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The Cactus Club

August 31st, 2009 by admin

The food in vancouver was very decent. Well priced, fresh and healthy. We ate at a couple of place, this one particular place on Broadway stood out. Known as The Cactus Club, it’s actually a chain of restaurants. Well worth visiting if you have the chance.
Mini burgers were that good we ordered them again.

The Jambalaya was spectacular:

The rest room was like a 5 star hotel

Tuna Tatake, again delicious.

If you say so.

I normally don’t like going back to the same place, but The Cactus Club was that good we ate there 3 nights in a row.

USA-CA

August 31st, 2009 by admin

Well, I was a bit late with these posts, cus as soon as I landed back in Australia, I had a stack of work on, with very little time to update here. We spent 3 days in Vancouver and I liked it. It’s scenic city with plenty of water and mountains around. We did take a trip down Hastings St one night, which felt like we were on the set for Escape from LA. I only managed to grab a couple of snaps on the phone, as it was a busy time in Canada.

Typical Vancouver street, this is a main road heading towards Downtown.

It was surprising to see so many European cars in Vancouver, a lot more than we saw in the US. This classic 911 looked quite at home on the tree lined streets, the Evo X didn’t look out of place either.

This old Caddy was parked outside our hotel. Hot.

USA Day 4 – Canada

August 13th, 2009 by admin

Today we had to leave the USA for a few days, and drive up to Vancouver in Canada. This is my first trip to Canada, and I have wanted to come here for a long time, I have family in Ottawa and Edmonton, but unfortunately due to our tight schedule, won’t be able to catch up.

Along the way on the I5 it just so happened that there was a large premium outlet mall, perfect.

We only had limited time, as I wanted to make sure the border crossing didn’t delay us too much. So it was a bit of a rush hopping from store to store. In the Sony store I spotted this amazing portable bluray player with HD OLED screen. The picture quality blew my mind, but the US$1699 price tag did not.

Digital book readers are also cool, the screen is super easy to read, even in full light.

During lunch we went to the food court, where I spotted this system where you text your video request. It’s free and the video is displayed on the plasmas.

These are the US equivalent of Toffee Apples:

I just had to give one ago, and it wasn’t too bad, the caramel is chewy rather than crunchy

There wasn’t any special sale on, but some of the more popular stores such as COACH had security on the door only letting a certain number of people inside at a time.

I don’t know if this is a fake cigarette or some kind of fan system, but it drew a bit of a crowd.

We also spotted this cool ride in the car park:

Yup, they are 24s

The drive up to Vancouver was pretty scenic, smooth and easy. Crossing the border took less than 5 minutes, and we were back into the a country with the metric system, yay.

Made it and unloaded:

Thats the damage I did in a couple of hours, lucky I didn’t have a whole day.

USA Days 2 and 3

August 12th, 2009 by admin

Days 2 and 3 of our trip were more of the same; wake up, rush to get ready, drive out to the track, shoot all day, come back, shower, upload, eat and sleep.

One thing I was looking forward to was driving an all American car. We get so few in Aus, and most of them aren’t all that special, so when the rental company order had Chevrolet Equinox on it, I was excited to drive it, it would be different at least. By the time we got to the rental counter at Seattle airport, they were all out of Equinoxs and left us with this:

It’s not a bad car, but I have driven plenty of rental Toyotas in my time, and even though I am driving on the other side of the road, it still feels like a boring Toyota rental. Oh, and driving here feels a little weird, but after a day or two its not too bad. We would be nowhere without satnav, so thanks Tomtom.

Our hotel was around 20min drive from the track, and like most race tracks around the world, is about an hour out of any major city. So finding a decent place to eat is a challenge. The first 3 dinners we had here were all burgers, first LAX, then McDonalds, and then Jack in the Box. No more burgers for me, unless we find an In and Out.

The hotel itself was decent, they didnt have any twin bed rooms, so we had to play rock paper scissors on who gets the fold out. I was happy with the outcome.

One super thing about US hotels, the bathrooms are normally huge.

We knew we were at the right place.

Spotted this cool Scion Xb on the way to the track, Snot Rocket: Pick It.
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After we finished at the track we though we would find food asap, so not too far from the speedway we found a decent and affordable Mexican restaurant, and this DOS XX beer really hit the spot. (yes thats a standard glass next to it.)

Tomorrow we drive to Canada.

USA Day 1

August 8th, 2009 by admin

We flew VAustralia from Sydney to L.A. and I liked it. You can notice the extra width in the seats when compared to a QF B747, the food was eatable, and there is a snack bar with chips, biscuits and drinks available to anyone throughout the flight. One highlight was the entertainment system, the 9-inch widescreen LCD is nice and big for economy, you can really see the extra quality in the movies and there was a good selection of films and shows available. One feature I really liked was the fact that they don’t turn the system off during the 30odd min decent,and 10-15min taxi to the terminal, you can continue watching and listening. Awesome.

After collecting out bags, rechecking them in, we walked between terminals at LAX, and the first thing that greeted us was a US Police car. Whenever I see a car like this it feels like its a movie prop.

Since we had some time to kill before flying up to Seattle, we grabbed some food in the terminal, there wasnt much choice so a nice cheese burger and Samuel Adams hit the spot. I also got asked for ID when ordering the beer.

We flew Alaska Air to Seattle, just over 2 hours on a totally packed flight with a stand by list a full page long. It seemed like the whole plane was asleep except for Cisco and I, as tired as we were, we really needed proper beds rather than a tight upright airline seat.

Finally landed in Seattle after around 22 hours travel time, there was just two of us, and this is our luggage.

I’m sure that will also grow once we manage to find a spare hour to hit a shopping mall.

More tomorrow.

USA again

August 7th, 2009 by admin

After a long long journey, over 24 hours, I made it to our hotel just outside Seattle. Im about to hit the sack, even though the flight was great, I didnt sleep much. No time for pics now, will try to upload some tomorrow night.

Natas Kaupus

July 22nd, 2009 by admin

I used to skate as a kid. A lot. This one video popped up recently on my radar, and it had a huge impact on me when I was much younger. I still occasionally say; “ooho dirt”.

KK’s E92 M3

July 20th, 2009 by admin

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M3

I caught up with a mate tonight and took a few pics of his awesome E92 M3. Kristof used to be a colleague of mine a long time ago, but we have somehow always kept in touch. He is now moving on from his M3, so it was time for a farewell shoot. The rest of the pics are here.

“Say, that’s a nice bike.”

July 4th, 2009 by admin


Spotted this Deus bike on the streets of Sydney near the Cross the other night. Although I reckon I’ll never own one, it doesn’t stop me admiring them.

Big time

July 4th, 2009 by admin

A few months ago Wheels mag flew me down to Melbourne’s Calder Park, to be photograph their cover story, 6 of Australia’s hottest cars. 2 V8 Supercars and 4 Premium saloons, HSV W427, HSV GTS, FPV GT and the FPV F6. An awesome line up. I was shooting along side a photographer whom I have admired for a long time, Christian Brunelli. It was a huge day, we had to cover a massive list of shots, and overall I was happy my results. When I saw the spread in the mag, it was interesting to see which photos the art director chose from us. There were a fair few shots I wasn’t sure who shot, which made me feel rather chuffed with myself.

Here are a few I liked.

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