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Turning Japanese: Suntory ad for tea.

April 26th, 2009 No comments

There are somethings money can buy, for everything else, there’s Youtube.

I miss Japan.

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Subaru to withdraw from WRC in 2009 :(

December 16th, 2008 1 comment

Sad and tragic news today, that Subaru will be withdrawing from the WRC.

Australian world rally championship driver Chris Atkinson will be forced to look for a new manufacturer in 2009 with Subaru pulling out of the sport because of the global financial crisis.

Japan’s Fuji Heavy Industries, the maker of Subaru cars, made the announcement on Tuesday.

“Our business environment has rapidly deteriorated. In order to protect the Subaru brand we were forced to make this decision,” Fuji Heavy president Ikuo Mori told a press conference.

Mori fought back tears as he announced the decision at a press conference, thanking Subaru fans.

Times are tough and we can  all understand why FHI had to do this, as they stated in the official press release:

This sudden decision was in response to the widespread economic downturn that is affecting the entire automotive industry, and follows Suzuki’s withdrawal announced yesterday.

After 20 years in the sport, during which time the Prodrive-run Subaru World Rally Team has won six World Rally Championship titles, this is not only sad news for Subaru and the team, but also for millions of rallying fans around the world. Thanks to its highly successful World Rally Championship programme, Subaru has developed into one of the world’s most widely recognised and evocative automotive brands.

Thanks for the memories and putting me on the path to buying a STi as my first “new car”. Whilst the new Suuby’s aren’t quite my type the WRC models are timeless. But it seems all is not lost:

Looking ahead, 2010 will see the introduction of new World Rally Championship technical regulations, which provide Prodrive with an opportunity to prepare for re-entering the championship with a new team and build on its 24 years of World Rally Championship experience and success.

Cant wait till then, in the meantime I hope they bring out their WRX STi sedans sometime soon as the Lancer is getting a major lead in the looks department in comparison 🙁 I’m still enjoying my MY06 Liberty which is up for its 55K service soon.

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Memoirs of Japan – Funny billboard in Osaka

October 11th, 2008 2 comments

I miss Japan, the culture, the weather (back then), the people, the atmosphere and the food. But I thought I’d share this funny billboard I came across when I was in Osaka. I was walking on my merry way one day looking for a coffee shop – either a Starbucks or a Doutor (anywhere with a decent shot!) and came across this billboard not too far from Osaka station.

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No idea what its advertising as theres no mention of a brand or company, but I knew the moment I saw it – and fell into a fit of laughter – that its something I simply had to take a copy of.

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Like Christmas in July, but in June – WINE 1.0 and Firefox 3.0 Released!

June 18th, 2008 1 comment

Well I’m still living it up in Japan (the fifth extension to my stay here!) but today marks an important day for the release of two very cool applications I’ve learnt to love and never live without.

Firefox 3.0 has finally been released after a long development cycle and with that WINE 1.0, 15 years in the making but as they say, the best Wine matures with age, and WINE certainly has matured! Not to forget, Opera has also released Opera 9.50.

Cheers!

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Flickr Gallery for Japan

April 29th, 2008 Comments off

Well even though I’ve been trying to keep a blog on my travels it seems harder than it originally sounded. I’ll publish them soon, but in the meantime, you can keep track of the trip via the Flickr photos uploaded in the Japan set.

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Day 1 – Melbourne to Korea, Seoul (from Incheon)

April 22nd, 2008 2 comments

And so it begins. This morning I headed off to my 6-weeks trek to Japan, via Korea.

First up, we rock up in the usual hurry (look we’re only 15mins from the airport, 7mins if I’m driving!) only to find that the Korean Air flight was delayed by an hour or so. But the airline kindly issued an apology with a $10 coupon to use in the airport Cafes. So naturally as I didnt have my caffeine fix, I decided to spend it wisely at Hudson Coffee with a Tall Mocha and a Chocolate muffin, with the remaining $2 the girl offered a chocolate doughnut to complete the chocolate delight.

Probably around 12hrs later we arrived in Seoul, Incheon to pouring rain at about 6ish in the evening. Wow! What an airport, the place is huge. Checkout wasn’t as complicated as I thought it was going to be, I had to make sure I hurry out in order to get my pass for my “free” night stay at the expense of Korean Air. After getting pasted with a “KL Transit” sticker I waited patiently awaiting my shuttle bus. Two korean guys came (slightly confused) loaded us up and we drove to our hotel. First thing to note was that they drive on the right and their drivers are on the left – much like the americans. The roads on the other hand are anything but, everything is electronic or flashing, the roads are super clean and unlike Australia the side of the roads are not setup with reflectors, instead little indicating blinkers. Something somewhere is blinking as you drive.

Once I got to the hotel, checked in and lugged my bag to my room, I rushed to the bathroom, to my surprise it was one of those “Electronic Toilets” you only see in movies, hear on the internets or see on TV shows. You know the ones I mean, they have heated seats, spray water and dry your rear all while you relax and wonder why no-one had thought about it earlier. I mean surely they couldn’t possibly exist. Well let me tell you they do!

Next up I flicked on the TV to see what Korean TV was like, to my surprise there was an infomercial about Playboy gear hosted by two cute Korean girls. Flicking through I came across a TV channel dedicated to “Games”, these guys are indeed crazy about their games. A TV Channel dedicated to games and full commentary as they’re playing.

As the flight was tiring I’m headed for bed after I type this out.

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Update since the last post…

April 15th, 2008 No comments

So many things have happened since the start of the year that I’ve not really bothered to update my old blog apart from when Windows Vista Service Pack 1 was released to testers.

I finally finished by undergrads in 2007 and graduated in March this year bringing to an end that chapter of my life, it kind of feels weird to realise that University is over – though I do plan on doing my masters soon (and by soon I mean within the next few years!). Earlier this year I also left Vividas, leaving me to take a well deserved (atleast thats what I keep telling myself) few months off getting acquainted with life again.

My aunt and my youngest cousin from Sri Lanka came for my graduation which was super-exciting considering it was their first visit. So we took them around Oz, I think we covered about 4000Km by car and about 2000km by plane. From the usual Canbera & Sydney (one by plane and the others in the car) to Mt. Gambier, Philip Island, Mildura, Bega, Echuca, Ballarat etc.

Next up (infact within a week) I’ll  be jetting away to Korea then Japan for a 6 week backpack around the country. Something I’ve always wanted to do, but never really had the time to take off work – so now that I’m unemployed (to a certain degree) its time to make the most of it!

Unless I manage to squeeze the old posts from the old blog into the new WordPress driven blog in the next few days, the next few posts will be about my trip. I’ll be taking my lappy (the lovely Dell M1330) with me to document my journey.

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