秀宜粄條 XiuYi BanTiao (Kway Tiao) Hakka Cusine





Location
Last Visited: 24 Feb 2016

Located in Kaohsing Meinong, the recent epic earthquake center. I have been to this eatery for the third time and always enjoys it. Now I have decided to make a video, you can it below. I really love the food there especially their pork dishes. This store is really popular with the locals and it is one place you cannot miss if you are passing by.





Car Camping Mini Camp Setup (Mini Glamping)



It has been 18 month since we did this and is our third time we have tried mini camping, was much inspired by many Japanese V-Blogger. Mini camping has all the comfort of Glamping, the setup is less tedious and less heavy gears to bring along.

Watch the video below to get a better glimpse.

Main Gears
Main Tent was from Walrus now taken over by MSR
Tarp by DD Hammock
3 different size of take top
Sho's B-6 Grill
Cooler


All our gear in Mini Daihatsu 4x4 Terios


Bring along Trash bags, it protect your gears from getting soiled

笑's Sho's Compact TAKIBI Grill 【B-6 boy】



This is one of our favorite camping gear, we do use it at home for mini BBQ. It is small, compact and do not take up much space. We have used it for BBQ and a mini fire place for camping. 

We like the quality build, size and the fact that we can have a camp fire off the ground and not hurting the environment. Cleaning was very easy, we can BBQ using the Iron Grill Plate or just skewer with the Grill Plate which makes cleaning easier. Our skewers were bought from Daiso. 

We paid for the TAKIBI Grill (SHO-0004) and Iron Grill Plate (SHO-0010) a total of 5832yen, total shipping package weight  1060gm. 

I did not order from them directly because they took a while to reply. I did order from http://www.rakuten.co.jp/shop/ and use Tenso shipping which cost 2800yen.
Yes, the shipping cost is rather expensive but for the whole grill set  was rather reasonable considering the product innovation and built quality. 

Note this item was purchased in March 2015 

笑's Sho's Info
Link to 笑's Sho's Works product http://eng.sho-s.jp/index.html
Link to 笑's Sho's Works product PRICE LISTS  (note this quotation was listed in 2015)
You will need to send them an email for more detail sho-s_global@showapress.jp








Specification from Maker
【B-6 boy】Item number : SHO-0004 ・Ultra-thin compact design, storage thickness 18mm
 ・Weight 500g only, superior carrying characteristics
 ・It is most suitable for touring, mountain climbing, hiking
 Dimensions / Weights
  Storage Dimensions:181×122×18
  Assembly dimensions:215×122×165
  Weight:0.5kg
  Materials:Stainless(t=0.6), Aluminum rivet
  Static weight:10kg 
  Depth grate:7㎝

How I Have Combat Cold


美利奴羊毛 Merino Wool

2016 Jan, Taiwan has not seen an extreme cold spells for 40 years throughout the island. As a tropical boy having lived 40 years near the equator, I have never experience such cold weather condition.  

Now I am living in Kaohsiung where the temperature did go as low as 6 degrees and some part of Taiwan saw minus, the rest of the northern low land went down as far as 3 degrees.

The lowest temperature I have encountered was in North East China with wind factor, the temperature was 1 deg. In Taiwan at HeHuanShan it was 3 degrees with snow. From both these experiences I have learnt my cloth layering was all wrong. Having thick clothing did not warm me at all.

Last year summer I have decided to renew my wardrobe, had spent around US100 for Merino Wool clothing because of the hot weather and the wardrobe was almost 2 decades old. My Giodano cotton shirts were fading colours and outdated for Taiwan weather, they were meant for tropical climate. 

After many purchase on wicking odor less wear which I have spend the $$, it still did not work out. When I was under Cambodia hot climate, these wear stinks right down to my feet. 

Back to the topic how did I combat cold?
Base Layer
1. Merino Wool sock with Wool Socks
2. Merino Wool T-Shirts with Giodano G-Warmer Long Sleeves
3. Merino Wool boxer with Giodano G-Warmer Long John 

Locus Map Pro and My Maps


Google has created a new world of mapping, My Maps is such. Using My Maps I have created a vast numbers of camp area and POI around the island Taiwan. 

However for travelers using My Maps can be expensive as it requires Mobile Data Coverage. Hence I am currently using Locus Map Pro version, there is a free version but since it does a better job compare to my Garmin which I sold it away, it was a worthwhile investment for the Pro version. I am a mapping addict!! 

Locus Map has been highly rated in Google Play Store. Anyone who needs offline maps, Locus Map is the way to go. There are tons of offline Worldwide Maps (see link below) otherwise you can download from their Pro version to your smartphone directly. 

Apple iOS, many might felt that is the best Smartphone but to serious travelers it is just a good camera phone, their mapping still have not taken shape. Android smartphones are the choice for travelers especially you have developers like Locus Map, accessible to offline Maps. You can track, navigate, check your speed, elevation etc. 


So how do I use My Maps and Locus Map? Create your POI (point of interest) on My Maps. Download the KML files to Dropbox, from there using Locus Map Dropbox add-on and you have it on Locus Map, simple as that.

Downloaded Locus Map POI

This info was created on My Maps, still can be viewed in Locus Map

More World Maps on OpenAndroMaps

Vaseline for Outdoor


Vaseline aka Petroleum Jelly, to many novice campers they mostly think of only one usage, fire starter such as cotton ball coated Vaseline. Below I will cover on my usage, frankly there are tons of usage but these are some of it how I have used Vaseline.  


Ferrocerium Rods and Fire Starting Kit


If you have been surfing around the internet on this subject you will definitely find tons of info on it. Ferrocerium Rods aka Fire Steel. Some claimed the Chinese made Firesteels are crap while other champion the Swedish Fire Steel which I still own and now she is laying it my pile of outdoor scrap stuff.


High Sierra Diplomat Lumbar Pack


This will be a brief review on the High Sierra Diplomat Lumbar Pack so it will be more to why and how I used a Lumbar Pack. End of the day is up to your opinion if you like my setup. Below there will be many photos of my setup.....so keep reading.

The Ultimate Stove

We have owned couple of different types of stove. Recent addition is The Pocket Stove and another Vargo Titanium Wood Stove is on the way. In our honest opinion after using Wood, Alcohol, Butane, Hexamine (solid fuel tablet) and Multi Liquid Fuel Stove we can narrow down which is our ultimate and maintenance free stove.  

Below the post we have rated each stove and came to a conclusion on the Ultimate Stove.