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Friday fish

January 24th, 2009 by admin

fish on fire

Back into the swing of things at the office means we have already become sick of the local food establishments in the immediate vicinity of the office. I often like to try new places whenever I can, so when the opportunity came to pop into Glebe for lunch I jumped at it. Walking down Glebe Point Road we spotted a small cafe called “Fish on Fire”. The mixed grille was too tempting to refuse for $13, great value considering the seafood ingredients and chips and salad. Will eat again.

HOT

January 24th, 2009 by admin

40
Sydney summers can get quite warm and this year is exceptionally warm. Last year I think the average daily peak temp was around 25° Celsius, but this year it’s closer to 35°. Today is the hottest day I can remember, (I have been in the Northern Hemisphere on most of the other scorchers in recent times) and when I jumped into the Accord to pick up some food, the Outside temp dial said 41°C (106°F). That’s hot. By the time I pulled into the undercover car park it dropped a degree when I went to take the photo on the N95.

Ryan’s

January 24th, 2009 by admin


Friday night drinks are a big thing in Sydney, and not having worked in the CBD for about 5 years now, means I don’t get there much. Back when I was located in the CBD, the “local” was Ryan‘s. There are nicer bars, some with better views, and cheaper drinks, but Ryan’s has a cool vibe. Packed in an open space, various sporting events playing live on the plasma screens, Ryan’s has a good mix. One of my best mate Franky is in town, so it was a good opportunity to catch up with a few mates. A balmy afternoon, Corona’s flowing, it doesn’t get much better. (Opera bar does, but that will be next Friday)

frankster

Happy or sad?

January 22nd, 2009 by admin

I have a few more posts from my experiences in Japan recently, here’s a pic Charles Kha took while at a shoot location.

roadsters

I didn’t know if I should feel happy or sad, happy that I saw my favourite cars, but sad in that one of them looked like it was crying with its blinkers hanging out. These Mazda Roadsters were at an auto college outside Tokyo, I hope some students get good use out of them.

Just Cruisin

January 20th, 2009 by admin

Here’s some more from Japan, we spotted this lambo a mile away on Omotesando.

Lambo

On closer inspection we realised it was the awesome LP640 Roadster, which retails for about $650,000 in Aus.


It’s not everyday you see a car like that, but I guess on Omotesando it’s not too far a strech.

Back to…

January 17th, 2009 by admin

not Babylon, but home. I spotted this at Shibuya’s famous main crossing, and thought it was appropriate for my last night in Japan, for a while at least.

R35 Nissan GT-R SpecV

January 15th, 2009 by admin

r35 specV

I popped into the Nissan Gallery at Ginza last night, thinking the new beast may have been on display. I was not wrong. Apparently no press has even seen it yet, so it’s quite amazing to have it already on display to the public. Overall I think the reaction of the car is a little disappointing, there should have been more. And it seems just like they have slapped on the Nismo parts already available and inflated the price dramatically. I see it as an even more exclusive version of Japan’s latest and possibly greatest (so far) performance car. That should never be seen as a bad thing. Click the image above for a youtube clip.

It’s a pity I only had my phone on me, I would love to shoot this car.

R35 GT-R specV
The only difference at the rear is the small SpecV badge (I wonder what the reason for the chance from V-spec is) and the oval/square exhaust outlets.


The pearl purple was a classic R34 colour, and the R35 does look ominous in this shade.


Dry carbon rear wing.


Those controversial wheels. Made by RAYS Engineering, they don’t instantly grab me as a classic design. They look functional rather than pretty.


The front has two changes, carbon brake cooling ducts in the lower lip and…

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a carbon trim on the lower grille piece.


Possibly the biggest change are the brakes, Carbon Ceramic Brembos.


The rotating podium was lowered, so lets a take look inside.


No more rear seats, and I think the subwoofer system is now optional.


Behind the wheel, all is unchanged except for a tiny logo above the cruise control RES/ACL COAST/SET toggle.


That small green turbo logo signifies the addition of an overboost function boosting the mid range. It wasn’t a specific button, so my guess is that you hold the RES/ACL switch up and it enables the mode. Pity, a proper push to pass button would have been a lot cooler.

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And the specs. 1680kg, which is 60kg lighter than the regular model. The biggest standout for me is the big number, Â¥15,750,000. That’s about A$270,000 or more than double what the standard model will retail for in Aus. Sure it’s a lot, but after seeing a $200 rockmelon, and $4000 Nike sneakers, it doesn’t sound that bad.

High End Fruit

January 13th, 2009 by admin

JDM fruit

This fruit shops looks maybe a little cleaner and neater than what you may be used to. However, there lies a secret. Take a close look at the fruit and the prices they wear.



I’m not entirely sure of how the prices work, but it’s a lot.


grapes

These grapes are hand grown in New Zealand, and I guess air freighted in first class. That price works out at A$87 for that small bunch.


rockmelon

The rockmelons take the cake, A$350 for this pair. The fruit really are spectacular, they are completely flawless and unlike anything you usually see at even the best Aussie fruit shops. They look like they were constructed from wax and hand modeled as the perfect fruit. I can only imagine the taste.

Smile Therapy

January 13th, 2009 by admin

ummm. I’m not sure what exactly to say here. All I know is, we were walking down one of the most exclusive shopping districts in the world, and saw a guy cruising in his Corvette (very rare in Japan) with a large PA speaker pumping music and words from his boot. Click to play.

Harajuku

January 13th, 2009 by admin

This looks like a store for kids clothes right?

Look again.

It’s all for small dogs.

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