自由自在闯九州|日本九州15天环岛自驾(二)

前篇:日本九州15天环岛自驾(一)

Day 4 阿苏火山、宫崎,住宫崎

下楼吃早饭路过大堂时候,有幸遇到悠悠亭的看板狗Angle。Angle是条白萨摩,全日本旅店看板犬排名第一(好吧。。。这种排名都有)!Angle已经是悠悠亭的第三代看板犬了,看板么就是宣传部长,子承父业啊

后来走的时候,看Angle可爱上去熊抱了一阵,Angle居然跟着我们就出门了,带这家伙上飞机会超重吧 

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早饭还是一如既往的丰盛,今天有纳豆呀。虽然是第四次去日本,却是第一次吃纳豆。纳豆里面放点酱油,拌饭还是挺好吃的么。

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离开九州一路向南去宫崎的途中,顺道拜访阿苏火山。不巧碰到火山2级警报,不能做缆车上山,颇为遗憾。沿途风景极美,到处都是地热蒸腾的水气,山谷中的阿苏市像是世外桃源。

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九州中部多山,去宫崎的路上不知穿过了多少隧道,有的竟长达6公里。几乎每个隧道都有自己的名字和长度表示。进隧道前有指示牌提醒开头灯,出隧道后也会提示关灯。

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越向南开气候越温暖,宫崎公路两侧都是高高的棕榈树。不只什么原因宫崎市区街头到不怎么热闹,行人不多,马路上车子还是挺多的。下午去宫崎港走了走,开过去的时候堵了一路。九州几个地方转下来,怎么觉得宫崎没啥意思呢。

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Day 5 青岛、鹿儿岛樱岛,住指宿(ibusuki)

距宫崎25分钟车程的青岛貌似是个养老胜地,气候宜人,海滩却是怎么也比不过黄金海岸连绵的细沙。沙滩上有散步的喵星人,毫无违和感 喜欢神社的的朋友可以去海边上的青岛神社。

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继续南行至鹿儿岛。鹿儿岛古属萨摩藩。“萨摩”看着好激动,涉及到明治维新的动画和游戏都会提及。需要了解的朋友可以玩如龙:维新,看浪客剑心啥的。

樱岛位于鹿儿岛县,与鹿儿岛市隔海相望,船程大概30分钟不到。樱岛火山是日本火山中最为活跃的一座,2013年还喷过,就在个把月前还看到樱岛火山警报的消息。鹿儿岛港口有轮渡去樱岛,可以开车上轮渡。坐轮渡的地方也是旧火炮台遗址。

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我们去的时候这座活火山暂时安静优雅了。

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车子没法开到火山顶部,路边的交通镜覆盖着火山灰。岛上有火山灰步道,公园还有足汤缓解旅途疲劳。

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逛完樱岛,一路沿海直奔指宿,又一处温泉胜地。之前温泉篇介绍过,指宿温泉是古毛曾汤,据说美容保湿有奇效哦。指宿住宿、旅游、登山,敬请期待Day 6。

便利店

日本随处可见便利店,九州的主要有7/11、全家和罗森。便利店里有取款机、卫生间,能买冷热饭食(可以帮加热)、饮料、关东煮、甜品、零食、生活用品。最近用了7/11卖的fancl的botanical force和kose的雪肌粹面膜。感觉7/11对海外现金卡支持最好,可以用银联和citibank visa plus取钱。其他应该都可以拿银联取钱。便利店厕所超赞,干净方便。

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自由自在闯九州|日本九州15天环岛自驾(一)

序章

说起来已经是第四次去日本了,每次去都有不一样的主题和乐趣。

第一次是8年前吧,2个人在GC刚刚开始在澳洲工作,买了Jetstar超优惠的打折机票,订了超便宜的商务酒店,游的是东京和箱根。那时候汇率还很差,银行卡也没现在这么便捷。记得为了多换点日币,还在换汇所堵换澳币的日本娃直接换日币 。虽然没啥钱,看的比买的多,传统必去的景点也都去啦,一兰和幸啥的也都吃了,迪斯尼和海滨幕张outlet也逛过了。因为老公拿到网上超划算优惠券,还在迪斯尼那边吃了自助。

第二次是去京都交换读书,4个多月时间玩了关西几个城市,爬了不少名山,体验了把类当地人的生活。说起来京都大学宿舍够便宜的,亮堂宽敞的一室一厅,一个月才合人民币1800块,还包除了1个bill外的其它所有bill。我是每天骑着车上下学,老公天天5小时泡gym里,周末还和登山队一起爬山。回澳洲时候已经比原来减重好几公斤了 可惜后来又胖回去了。。。如果说京都旅游有啥好推荐的。。。我只想说是我们京大的食堂,太好吃了!种类繁多、健康、还便宜,2人吃撑才10几澳币。衷心佩服下实验室小伙伴们,都是热爱这个专业而学习的,有几个还吃住在实验室。

第三次带朋友重游东京、横滨和箱根,和第一次不同这次是自驾了。赶上富士山脚下御殿场下雪,始料不及没挂雪链子换雪胎,差点掉山下面去。最后老公还是成功把我们囫囵着带回箱根。到达时酒店已经准备好鲜美热腾的晚餐了,顿时觉得活着太美好啦

第四次也就是这次是环九州自驾游,总共开了2000多公里。我们2个都不喜欢成天坐车上没得玩,所以每天开车时间其实并不多。路线图如下,内容每日更新中:

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九州好像不是大家旅游常去的地方,想到去日本旅游估计大多会考虑关东、关西和北海道吧。这次老公本来想去北海道,不过我怕冷,过去玩如龙游戏有一集是九州为背景的,过去喜欢的乐队orange range也是九州的。总是觉得九州男儿很豪爽,哈哈。在去九州之前我们也对这个岛知之甚少。去过了就稍微了解了,稍微了解了就爱上这里了:温泉、徒步、自然风光和人们脸上的笑容,看起来不那么紧张的节奏。

目录

  • 计划
  • Day 1 福冈暴走夜!机场、住博多
  • Day 2 博多、驱车九重温泉
  • 租车篇
  • Day 3 九重、汤布院、大分
  • 温泉篇
  • Day 4 阿苏火山、宫崎,住宫崎
  • Day 5 青岛、鹿儿岛、樱岛,住指宿
  • 便利店篇
  • Day 6-7指宿温泉、砂蒸、萨摩富士
  • Day 8 坂本龙马新婚散步道,住雾岛
  • Day 9 熊本、鸟栖,住鸟栖
  • Day 10 长崎、九十九岛,住佐世保
  • Day 11 跨年烟火!光之王国!豪斯登堡欧风主题公园
  • Day 12-15 鸟栖、福冈购物,东航回澳

计划

冒出了去九州的主意后,老公和我迅速查了下九州地图,大概有什么城市、大概有什么玩的就开始订机票和酒店了。我们的主题是休闲放松,所以打算以温泉,徒步和购物为主。后来2个人工作都很忙,一直忙到出发。。。除了最早订好了酒店和住宿我们就没管过这事了。。。临出发的前一个周末老公正好去悉尼出差,在HIS办了comst sim卡,在日本可以打电话上网了。国际驾照也是出发前才办的。

这次去日本前先回国了几天看家里人,然后做大韩航空经首尔飞福冈。去日本之前一分钱没换,拿了银联卡和citibank的visa debit就去了,准备到了取钱,本来是完全没问题的,这样做过几次了。。。然后就出了件天大的坑爹的事。

Day 1 福冈机场,住博多

晚上8点到福冈,一个海边城市,温暖略湿的海风,晚上还有12度,一扫身上北京带来的寒气。因为知道福冈机场是距离市区最近的亚洲机场之一,订了位于博多的旅店,本打算下了飞机去市区转转。福冈国际机场里有无线网,可以用来激活澳洲买的日本手机卡。国际机场有免费shuttle bus去国内机场,国内机场有地铁去各地。

本来我们可以吹着海风,酒店洗个热水澡,去吃吃个涮锅、烧鸟喝着小酒啥的。可是。。。

福冈暴走夜,没钱!银联,我去年买了个表!昨晚8点顺利到达福冈,用机场免费wifi激活手机和网络。换汇所关了,去机场ATM取钱发现2张现金卡都不能用。新办的ic银联直接吐出。经过各种暴走,询问各种店家(永旺、便利店、tokyohands等),最后到酒店用skype给citibank打电话,最后发现银行误导让老公带错卡了。记得自己带了备用卡,重设总算拿到钱了。银联更搞笑了,走之前办了新版ic卡,结果日本不能取钱,网上一查是因为中国芯片和国外机器不兼容,所有ic银联都不能在海外用!今早老公打电话给中国的发卡银行确认了此事,而且毫无解决办法除非回国换磁条卡。办卡时候还特意说海外用,银联你还能更搞笑点吗(后来快离开日本的时候才发现yodobashi居然可以用新版IC银联,昏)。

从机场到酒店,快4公里。地铁票才300日元一个人。愣是没钱,买票不支持信用卡,拉不下脸借钱。。。硬是拉着4个箱子走到酒店。亏得福冈机场离市区近,吹着海风走走倒也冷热适宜。

因为住的是便宜商务酒店,前台不让后付,不然也不用大半夜暴走找钱了。我差点说要去公司的日本分部借钱了,哈哈。后来先用澳洲信用卡支付的,然后突然想起来老公的卡不能用,我带了自己的卡,重设自己的卡(立刻跟老公显摆了。。。我偶尔还是有用的),去7-11取了钱。期间冲到天神,去citibank福冈branch。。。结果去了地方死活就是找不到。灵机一动到隔壁便利店一问,人家说这个地方原来叫citibank现在改名了。。。

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Day 2 博多,取车去九重

翌日在旅店吃了早餐,味道还是相当好的,很喜欢它家的拌秋葵。吃过早饭去市区转转,这时候已经取出钱了,感觉真的是神清气爽,能喝咖啡了,能买零食了,能吃拉面了,完美~!福冈的人比东京少很多,人也走得不慌不忙,往往还带着微笑。老公5个月前订的是ORIX的车,太久了忘记了,结果跑进去Toyota了,把人家笑坏了。还好ORIX就在隔壁。ORIX服务人员推荐了KEP,九州自驾优惠路费计划,可不是一直有的哦。比如买10天的,交定额的钱就可以随便开,高速路费基本都包的。因为之前体验过日本路费多贵,毫不犹豫的买了。可惜KEP截至到12月25日,以后的就要自己出了。临走前,租车行的小姑娘说一定要开去鹿儿岛哦,鹿儿岛是九州最远的地方,能尽量多用KEP,实惠。好实诚的九州女儿。。。

早上在博多逛街看到家咖啡店叫西雅图最佳咖啡。中午在拉面街吃拉面,随便进了家鹿儿岛风味的,感受到了鹿儿岛的情热-真咸。

福冈出发2小时的路程,落脚九重(kokonoe)悠悠亭。一家温泉超多的旅店,还有可爱的看板萨摩狗狗Angle。和洋室的设计,方便而不失传统(虽然第一晚就睡的futon,好舒服啊)。浴室用的也是温泉水哦。附近有滑雪场,不过今年暖冬,去的时候雪不是很多。

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下午在九重附近晃,路过黑川白川温泉,摸到一家位于小国町的超市。某苏看到便宜橘子又把持不住了。晚饭在酒店吃的。店家听说我不吃红肉,特别帮我换成了只有鸡和海鲜的宴席。可惜了,没口福吃著名的丰后牛了。餐里有条栩栩如生的鱼。。。晚上泡泡温泉。虽然没有贷切温泉,室内1个、户外温泉好几处,不会和很多人一起泡,相当舒服呢。

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租车

这次租的是轻型车,比普通车小,0.8L的样子。型号是日本特有的suzuki wagonR。虽然车小但是上山,或是平地开到150都没问题,拉2个人4个箱子也不成问题,拉4个人可能有点问题。这车最便宜还省油,15天下来502澳币,加了4次油共90澳币左右。

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和2年前去日本又不一样,现在到处都跑hybrid,电车(小的商务旅馆门口有的也有电桩哦)或者这种轻型省油车-虽然不是hybrid但是停车关发动机,也有一些别的省油措施吧,每次停车会说这趟旅途省油多少多少毫升的。轻型车的过路费也比普通车低,有时候不分那就和普通车一个价。

租的车上都有内置GPS,日本叫nabi-navigator的缩写。GPS输入也相当简单,可以选择电话号码查询,只要输入目的地电话就ok了。电话号码可以用google查询,或者找个附近建筑的电话。当然也可以用地址或者周边景区,商场等主题搜索。

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租车时候流程和澳洲一样会问买不买保险,检查车的状态。有的租车公司帮你在车上装ETC卡,过高速收费走ETC通道,最后还车时候去租车公司统一结账,非常方便。如果没有ETC卡,就走一般收费口,会有人收钱的。

Day 3 九重、汤布院、大分

我们这算是一场半说走就走的旅途吧,基本上项目都是头一天或者当时订下来的。 去九重梦之吊桥也是如此,头天去酒店途中看到路牌,好像就在酒店附近,晚上google了下便去了。梦吊桥高173米,全长390米横跨地热温泉丰沛的山谷,是日本最高最长的行人专用桥。因为地热,即使冬天谷内植物都郁郁葱葱。桥上望下去更是云雾蒸腾,瀑布奔腾。逢雨天水上桥不能撑伞需要穿雨披,否则桥上横风危险。景区卖店可以有卖雨披的。

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日本不大地名搞得到是很多很细,其实什么黑川、白川、别府、汤布院、大分等都在附近,不到1小时的车程。参观完梦吊桥驱车去汤布院,整个高速笼罩在硫磺味的水雾里。因为雾气太大,还有辆警车领头,我们其它车就像羊群,跟着头羊走。

相较九重汤布院在各国游客中可能更为有名,公共交通更为便利。大下雨天这里也是人头攒动。个人更喜欢九重,清静、人没有那么多。九重、别府、汤布院和大分这一带都是筋汤温泉。九重悠悠亭在温泉上游,来住宿的大都为日本人和韩国人,虽然有些韩国人比较大声。等下有更多旅店图片。

之前的微信订阅有介绍汤布院的欧洲风情街,所以怎么也要去一次。可惜去了稍微有点失望,小小一个区域挤进去太多的人。雨天撑着伞穿梭更是不便。这里主要是商业街,店铺像霍比特人家搬矮小。在照片上还是挺漂亮挺有特色的,如果去要找个晴天带个好相机哦。

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欧洲小街的看板猫头鹰,活的哦,长得贼标准,池子里的大白鸭也挺标致的。

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来日本怎么能不吃甜品呢?特别是雨天最爽莫过于躲在温暖的室内悠哉悠哉得吃甜品啦。喜欢日本的甜品细腻爽口,不会死甜腻歪。出了欧风街,去史努比咖啡馆吃上午茶。分量十足还不贵,雨天的一份温暖。

 

温泉

大致说说泡温泉吧,去日本旅游的同学不能错过啊。日本好多地方有温泉,成分不同、功效会不同。比如九重附近的筋汤温泉就是对放松筋肉有疗效,故称筋汤。平时工作肩膀和脖子僵硬、腰疼,来这里最好了。之后会介绍的鹿儿岛附近的指宿以古毛曾汤著名。传说是古代僧人治病养伤的温泉,对皮肤美容保湿也效果很好。泡完记得多喝水,如果喝酒会因为血液循环太快很容易上头。不过泡好喝点低度酒吃点鱿鱼丝啥的,真的很爽。

一般温泉酒店会有室内温泉和露天温泉。入温泉之前要把鞋子(包括拖鞋)脱在换衣间外面。然后沐浴,要好好洗不是冲一下了事那种哦。然后可以先在室内温泉泡到身体暖和,再去室外。室外泡会非常舒服,不会像室内泡多了喘不上气那种。泡10分钟可以起来下,给身体降温。也可以把湿毛巾放额头帮助降温。泡完温泉后,用淋浴简单冲一下就好了,温泉有效物质还在皮肤上和温度继续发挥功效。每天最多泡个2次吧,太多了会身体疲乏。

换衣间,鞋子要脱在外面。

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室内温泉,有门可以通往露天温泉。

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悠悠亭其中一个露天温泉,这家酒店有好几个露天。

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后篇: 日本九州15天环岛自驾(一)

More Colour, Less Politics in Technology

Grievance widely spreads in Company X last week due to the sudden redundancy. It is not because work shortage; actually there are overwhelmed workload and not enough human resource as always. It is not because the people get redundant fail to meet their job requirements; actually several colleagues with outstanding commitment and exceptional skills suffered from the redundancy.

Before I changed my career to IT, I thought it would be a relatively pure world. Less politics and more colour.

When I changed my career to IT, I thought I was about to help people with convenient work life. Parents will be able to work remotely and more part-time opportunities.

I was wrong it depends on individual environment, and definitely not in Company X. A valuable colleague got redundant, which actually saved Company X’s welfare pay as the result.

I still remember my passion when I studied IT; I still remember my personal life before. I refuse to forget those and to be disappointed. So does many other IT professionals. We are simple people and simply devote our intelligence and commitment to make the world a slightly better place.

Shall we add more colour but less politics to technology?

Picture 1: X’mas card I drew on iPAD while studying in Japan

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Picture 2: Girl holding Mobile Garden I drew on iPAD. Mobile Garden is a project that my laboratory mate started in German.

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Picture 3: and sweets! That’s called life!!!

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I am not smart I am learning

‘Smart’ is the word repetitively appears in IT world, but not that often in my previous careers. If a person can program, the person must be smart. If a person knows technology, the person must be smart. If the person works for a blue-chip technology vendor, the person must be smart.

 

Recognising people as ‘smart’ without concrete context can grow arrogance. Arrogance hurts, not only to others and relationship, but also eventually to self.

 

In addition, recognition with ‘smart’ does not help encourage desired behaviours. We want to encourage behaviours that can be developed such as ‘dedication’, ‘team work’ and ‘learning’; no those are born with such as ‘good looking’ and ‘smart’.

 

Moreover, simply recognizing with ‘smart’ ignores the person’s effort invested in doing a good job, as if they were just naturally born to do a good job.

 

I also received comments like ‘smart’ and ‘clever’ many times. However, I’d prefer to be recognised by my effort invested in work and continuously learning. Comparing what I’ve achieved with the effort I invested, I don’t think I am smart at all. Therefore, I am on the journey of continuous learning to enrich my live experience in the world, to be a better person, and if possible to influence the world towards a little bit better place.

 

Life is too short to be little (Benjamin Disraeli)

 

Besides ‘I am smart’, another danger is ‘I am well experienced’. It is not rare to hear the saying that ‘I know how to do things because I have 20 years experience’. Experience is definitely an advantage; however, don’t let it grow arrogance and stop learning.

 

Wang Yangming, a famous philosopher in ancient China believes in the unity of knowing and acting (reference: http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/wang-yangming/). I understand it as learning by acting and acting by learning, neither can be ignored.

 

In today’s fast-changing world, it’s not so much what you know anymore that counts, because often what you know is old. It is how fast you learn. That skill is priceless (Robert Kiyosaki)

 

I recently download an audible book ‘The 4 Hour Workweek’ by Tim Ferriss, which inspires me to be a more efficient learner. I summarise my thoughts and practices below with reference to Tim’s views

 

Ambitious Goal

 

Self-efficacy is one of my favorite theories in psychology – we tend to achieve what we believe. Giving yourself an ambitious goal, even if you just achieve 80%, it is still much better than achieving a comfortable goal which only brings you 50% as maximum.

 

In addition, many things are not as difficult as their initial look when you start doing. With 3.5 months full time study, I passed the top level Japanese proficiency test from new starter. When my husband mentioned this on a famous language forum in China, nobody even believed it. Other examples are I achieved IELTS academic four 7+ in 10 days with initial result of 6. I passed 3 CCIEs within 7 months during my full-time work.

 

Meaningfulness in Learning

 

Meaningfulness is the key in adult learning. Tim Ferriss used a Japanese Judo book to learn Japanese grammar – learning Judo is more meaningful to him than watching Japanese cartoon; while I studied Japanese with the initial purpose of playing games and watching cartoon.

 

I found it sometimes boring to learn technology purely for the sake of technology (obviously I am not geeky enough 🙂 ). I tried to relate technology to business use cases and my service goal of making people’s life easier (refer to my previous post ‘Configuring a router should not be more difficult than using a fridge’).

 

Meaningfulness adds motivation to learning and boosts the outcome.

 

Multi-tasking vs. Focus

 

It really depends on individual brain and task nature whether we adopt multi-tasking or focus on a single task.

 

When I try to maximise outcome in short time and the task involves complex problem solving, I focus on the single task, and use minor task different in nature as refreshment. I am improving on this, as when I am focused on work, I tend to forget my daily task of exercise.

 

Multi-tasking when less brain energy is required. For example, I listen to audible book and radio in foreign language while doing household chores, running and etc.

 

Learning Resource

 

There are plenty free learning resources on the Internet. Following is a few examples:

 

 

 

  • TuneIn: radio stations from all over the world

 

  • Youtube: such as search ‘positive psychology’

 

  • Free course with Udemy: can be searched from OZbargain

 

  • Practice blogging in different language like what I am doing 🙂

 

Configuring a Router Should Not be More Difficult than Using a Fridge

‘Configuring a router should not be more difficult than using a fridge.’ That’s my philosophy in technology.

 

No…not just technology, actually that’s exactly the same belief I expressed during my interview with Deloitte China over 12 years ago as HR consultant. That’s the exactly same belief I hold during my various studies. That’s exactly the same belief that supported my career change from business to IT before. That’s exactly the same belief guide my career development in IT.

 

If things are too complicated, then it implies that something goes wrong and there are space we can improve.

 

My first Master degree was in Human Resource Management and Business. At that time, joining big 4 was almost every business student’s dream in China. During the interview, I explained some HR theories and practice implication in simple terms, instead of big words. Unfortunately the interviewer was not a fan of my belief and preferred complicated concepts to establish knowledge barrier so that client would purchase our service.

 

There was a reason behind me using simple terms to articulate HR concepts at that time. I was a new graduate from Bachelor of International Business when I started Master in HR. HR was extremely abstract and hard to feel connected for a 22-year old, without any management experience and from a different academic background. Even worse, I studied HR in U.K. , under completely different employment law and employee relations from China. What could I possibly do to achieve a pleasant academic result?

 

The trick I took was to make complicated things easy. I projected HR theories into daily life and understand abstract concepts with metaphors and life scenarios. I also practiced to elaborate HR concepts to non-HR friends in my simplified way. It worked for me at that time and was repetitively proven working in my later studies. I related my project management study with World of Warcraft gaming experience. I related my Education study with my previous HR study. I also brought in my skills from marketing experience to engineering work.

 

When a thing turns too complicated, instead of investing more effort, I would prefer to look for alternative to simplify it.

 

I used to work as university admissions officer, dealing student inquires and enrollment. We were extremely busy in issuing offer and processing credit application around semester beginning. It was required to issue offer and credit assessment result in paper. Mail can take long time to reach students; therefore, tons of student inquiries were about application result. My colleagues and myself spent significant amount of time to check application status in database and rely those inquiries.

 

Same as many others, I don’t like work overtime, especially when no overtime pay! To simplify the work, I learned the database tool in use and just got enough knowledge to add a button to pull information from relevant fields of the student profile and generate email. Admissions officer only need to review the email content and click the send button in outlook. We still sent students the paper version afterwards. Since students received the application result much quicker, the number of inquiries significantly dropped.

 

 

When I changed my career to IT, I decided to make people’s life easier. But when I started working in technology, I noticed two issues: 1) IT professional’s life is not easy 2) the client’s life is not always easy – technology can be too complicated to use.

 

Configuring network connectivity, deploying server and etc. are way too complicated than it should be. Configuration and programing are prone to human errors. Also configuration and programming can be repetitive and manual work, not always require creativity.

 

Things become so complicated and evolve so fast that non-IT organisations don’t understand and outsource to service integrators. Even IT organisations can hardly achieve a complete skill matrix.

 

It is not rare that big dollars are wasted due to misalign with client’s environment/requirement, profit from information asymmetry, deployed but not in use and etc.

 

‘Configuring a router should not be more difficult than using a fridge.’ If researchers bear this in mind when developing algorithms and protocols; If developers and product managers bear this in mind when developing new products; if SAs and engineers bear this in mind when designing and deploying technology for client to use…we make each other’s life easier, instead of establishing barrier.

 

I red a Linked-in post today ‘Is agile ad-hoc?’. Such misunderstanding and more precisely mis-application are not rare. Agile may be used as an excuse of ad-hoc; modulised design as an excuse of siloed design; enterprise architecture is beautifully presented without user acceptance and solid ROI.

 

Before blaming user incompetence, shall we make the implementation of those powerful tools more user-friendly? What have we done to enhance and promote usability?

 

I am striving to make your life easier, please can you also help mine?

那些年我经历的歧视

之前看到有些在澳洲生活的华人会讨论自己遇到的歧视,隐忍、愤怒、出手、或是报警,各有各的处理方式。我就来谈谈有记忆的几次歧视或所谓歧视和我的处理方式的变化。

 

情景一:学生时代和刚入职场,作为外地人在上海

 

十来年前在上海读书和工作的时候,北京人不懂上海话,文化和想法也有很大不同。遇到些不快, 印象最深的是三件事。

 

一件是租房子的时候,楼上漏水,到没怎么影响我们,却滴滴答答漏到楼下的住户。楼下不开心了,一口咬定是我们家漏的,想进我们家查看。因为知道不是自己家造成的,就说了情况让对方去问楼上那家。可曾想,楼下上海人举报我们是外地人,可能在家里做非法生意,让警察过来查看。

 

在那个年代暂住证可是比签证还要命的东西,拿不出暂住证关起来的事都有。警察就来上门盘问外加查暂住证了。还好虽然老公没有办,我自己有,躲过一截。

 

第二件也是租房子,和上海的理据有了些口角。对方自己脚踹缝纫机,说是我们打伤,要求赔偿,也叫来了警察。不过警察知道这个人有类似前科,虽然老公还是被邀请去片儿所喝茶,也陪了100块钱,就当作息事宁人了。

 

第三件是上海找工作时候,不管我面试、笔试成绩多好,用人单位还是怕我是北京人留不住。

 

年前时候的自己,心高气盛。处理这些事非常简单粗暴,不是自己气得诱发哮喘,就是冷嘲热讽、不带脏字得骂回去,把对方气得半死,还沾沾自喜自封吵架王。现在想来,得不偿失。对方也不因为被你骂了损失什么(功力不够,没有成功气死谁还,哈哈),吵架解决不了问题,还损害自己的健康。

 

情景二: 求职面试,遭遇外貌歧视

 

虽说我在澳洲找工作保持着面试百分百成功率,在中国倒是各种不顺呢。印象最深的是德勤上海的面试,搞出七轮,专业内容和语言能力,包括中文、英文和日文的面试。

 

其中有个面试官是合伙人等级,可能是打算来个压力面试吧。他彻头彻尾都在否定我。说我的英文是just so so; 说德勤只收牛津、剑桥的,我就读的学校不够好;说我专业能力不行,说出来都是大白话,说咨询就是整知识壁垒,客户不懂就付钱了。等等等等,这些都OK,可是他的有句话让我记了十几年,甚至让我改变了一些人生轨迹。

 

他可能是看我穿了粉色的西裙(是我爸帮我买的,我还特意穿了去面试),说了一句话我记了十几年。 “女孩子20来岁时候可以靠外貌、可爱,到了30来岁就要靠能力、内涵。”我当时一下脑子就蒙了,面试之后觉得无比不甘心,后悔没有当面表达我的不满。只会一次又一次的偷偷流泪,觉得自己各种努力,这好那好,到头来却给人留下个只会卖萌、脑袋空空的印象。

 

虽然后面逐渐释怀了些,但这次经历还是莫名的影响着我。我比原来更努力了,遇到不满我会去表达了,外加加倍卖萌和扮猪吃老虎,嘿嘿~

 

连自己都觉得搞笑甚至是幼稚的是。。。我转行IT之后,选择的第一个实习公司是墨尔本德勤。一路过关斩将,又是好多轮面试。十来个人一桌的assessment centre面试后,只录取了我一个。本来是对这个公司抱有多少敌意的,想进德勤的目的也是进去体会下,证明自己后再无情地踹了他们。但真不得不说这次德勤的经历和之前大不相同,公司合伙人欣赏我的创意,同事也是共进退的伙伴。

 

现在想来刚进职场时候的自己真的是软弱。明明有话却不敢说,一次又一次的难过,浪费自己的时间和精力。自己都保护不了,怎么可能成为别人的支撑。光阴稍纵即逝,我却选择浪费时间在一个生命中的过客身上。慢慢的后来才明白,一个人的话并不能代表他所在的环境,也不能定义我是什么样的人。听过就听过了,不要太认真。

 

情景三:澳洲,来自陌生人的种族歧视

 

在黄金海岸的时候,周末会去中文学校教书。有次上完课回家的路上,遇到个澳洲小孩,张嘴就是亚洲猪滚回自己的国家,嘴里不干不净。可能觉得对方是个小孩,自己平时又在中学做老师,习惯性的问到“你哪个学校的?哪个班的?”,居然直接把小孩吓跑了。。。

 

堪培拉市中心,一直有个披头散发的流浪女人。遇到人也骂骂咧咧,什么亚洲狗滚回去是她的口头禅。每次经过要么就绕过去了,要么就当搞笑看。

 

这些真的是歧视么?从言语上是,但心底里我却认为不是。自己过得百般不如意,又不愿承认是自己的错,就想把自己的穷困潦倒归为外界因素,是外国人抢了我们的工作之类。

 

小孩子么,叛逆期什么不好做什么,澳洲熊孩子抢劫,纵火也不是什么新鲜事。家庭缺乏关爱,父母的影响,自己也不如意吧。与其说是歧视,他们是自己太可怜,语言透露了自己的脆弱和卑微。尊重别人的人才值得尊重。

 

情景四:做IT,遭遇性别歧视

 

之前做一个很大的IT项目,牵扯到很多服务商。我作为C公司的工程师加入了项目团队。团队由来自K公司的一个人负责(这里简称K人)。这个负责人和客户单位的中高层有些关系,便不可一世,各种歧视和不尊重。据说K公司,D公司还有客户方都有好几个员工因为他而辞职或者换团队。客户方派驻团队的成员也有人和我诉苦。我自己当然也是饱受其害。

 

没事我不惹事,事儿来了我也不躲事。高质高效完成自己的工作基础上,联络自己在客户方、K公司和D公司的熟人、同事争取支持者, 收集罪证、有理有据投诉,并在K人上司和客户方上司面前展现受害者姿态,博得同情。

 

利用舆论,自己工作表现非常好,名声很好,K人名声却不怎么样。工作的城市也有女性IT工作者协会之类,一打听就知道他过去的事迹了。并在社交媒体上发表了下面的文章。最后结果,K人上周被客户正式撵走了,据说之前多人投诉,2、3年都没有驱逐得了的人。

 

还是那句话,强而心大,为成为别人的力量和支撑而努力,不断努力!

 

Career in IT taught me a word ‘misogynist’

I happened to watch a video yesterday, titled as ‘Julia Gillard’s misogyny speech’. I am not a fan of Gillard, but the speech content made me feel connected…though I don’t exactly know what the word misogyny means. My friend Google helped as always…’He will zero in on a woman and choose her as his target’ …’He is extremely competitive, especially with women. If a woman does better than him socially or professionally, he feels terrible. If a man does better, he may have mixed feelings about it but he is able to look at the situation objectively’…’He will be prepared (unconsciously) to use anything within his power to make women feel miserable’ (reference: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-mysteries-love/201502/12-ways-spot-misogynist)

As a person studied and worked in quite a few different cities and countries, YES, I did experience discrimination, which didn’t affect me much as I know who did those are simply loser and envy what you have achieved.

As a person always has a passion in automating people’s life, I changed my career from business to IT 4 years ago. Since then I started facing bits and pieces uncomfortable experience…but not as bad as recent two incidents. I don’t what to mention details. I doubt those, who cannot treat women in a professional way, overall work professionalism towards clients.

‘He is extremely competitive, especially with women. If a woman does better than him socially or professionally, he feels terrible.’

Apologies to those misogynists that I will not lower my intelligence, skill level, professionalism nor customer service standard to make you happier!

I will not betray my passion in IT and learning ability.

I will not betray my father who taught me to be excellent at what I do, being generous and being helpful.

I will not betray my husband who believe I am the best, smartest and prettiest woman ever 🙂

I will not betray my employers and colleagues who trust me as best worker, outstanding engineer.

I will not betray my university professors who thought I am exceptional problem solver.

Last but not least, I will not betray my clients who trust I can help and defend their benefits.

I am new Australian migrant, female engineer. So what? I still can be distinguished. So do you!