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2009-03

Super light now

Maruem Crew Super Light Suitcase

LOJEL Plastic Hard Suitcase

Maruem Crew Super Light Suitcase

My travel suitcases (see second image) are LOJEL placstic (PVC?) hard shell suitcase. They were bought on 1997. The blue one is for check in, the pink one is for on board the flight. (Pink? I know. lol)

Over the year, I have always been told how great suitcases I have got. And where I got them, etc. I like them too. They are very practical and water sealed and everything. But there is a tiny catch. They are heavy. Not that I have to carry them, because they have coasters, they carry themselves. It’s that I could have been able to carry more luggage.

Recently, a friend of mine asked again. So I did an online search. And I found out that nowadays these kind of hard suitcases all goes to ‘super light’ model.

Like these Maruem Crew models. I think the black one or the dark grey one looks good. Or the following model

for its more advanced lock – TSA lock.

Have no idea why these guys spending so much more money chasing RIMOWA case. What’s so special?

Super Lights PC - Suitcase

Leather Shoe for men

Indy BootWhile I was in Vancouver, my Indy type boot got a fallen sole. That’s after I re-soled it many many years ago. The shoe repair guy in ‘The Bay’ downtown told me it is time to call an end to that shoe. I said I will re-sole it nonetheless just to give it a good and honorable death, because it has been with me for 15 (I think) years already.

The guy in the store told me that it is a Florsheim. I couldn’t believe my ear. I bought that shoe 15  years ago when I have no sense of shoe brands (actually brands all together). And I had never paid any attention to the brand of this boot all these years. (the label was pretty tiny, and obscure ).

I began to search online for another pair of Florsheim of a similar model. Unfortunately, Florsheim no longer focuses on casual shoes, but instead business shoes. I cannot find a similar boot any more from Florsheim.

ecco ZONE black casual

ecco BARCELONA Norwegian square front lace up blackNot very far from ‘The Bay’ (the Bay is a Canadian Super Department Store, Like David Johns in Sydney). I found the ECCO shoe boutique store. I heard from online, they said ECCO is famous for making shoes that is comfortable from the first moment you wear them. There is no ‘adjustment’ period required. So called most comfortable shoe in the world. Well. That day they are selling a 09 new model – ZONE. (New to Vancouver, not to the US though). So I bought a black one for casual walking (See the second image). They said the sole is made of a high tech material based on natural rubber (from the tree). And there is a high tech bottom layer for extra extra grip for the ground. Perfect for walking/running. What I can say is that it is comfortable from the first moment I put them on.

After I came back (to Sydney), I begin to get neurotic about my shoe collection, I found my black business shoe got only half the sole/heel left. I went to Chatswood ecco store and bought an ecco Barcelona square norwegian front lace up black. It is known as the most comfortable business shoe – due to its super soft and flexible sole. (See the third image). The sales in the Chatswood ecco almost had their eyes fallen off on my ecco – black ZONE, cos after search high and low in the store and their computer system, they cannot find this modle. I told them I bought it in Vancouver, and it is a 2009 new model. And they give up.

Well, the point is I don’t like ecco Barcelona, they will be a temporary shoe, until I land on some of my dream shoes. Unfortunately they are not available in either Sydney or Vancouver.

Here are some of the shoes I am crazy about: Alden, Edward Green, Gaziano & Girling
I must get some Shell Cordovan for myself.

Alden, Edward Green, Gaziano & Girling

Alden, Edward Green, Gaziano & Girling

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Great Wall – A Web Slogan

Great Wall

A 2009 popular web slogan goes:

1921: Only socialism can save China;
1979: Only capitalism can save China;
1991: Only China can save socialism;
2008: Only China can save capitalism.

Although everyone knows the last one is just exaggeration (for fun).

骨瓷 / 骨瓷 / Bone China

Bone China

Wild_Strawberry Wedgwood Tea Cup

骨瓷 / 骨瓷 / Bone China is China with bone ashes (normally cow bone ashes) in the material. Wedgwood is perhaps the most famous bone China manufacturer. The tea cup shown is its wild strawberry collection – perhaps the most beautiful collection of Wedgwood. The store is Wedgwood duty free or boutique store in London Heathrow airport.

Although adding bone in China is invented by British. China as the inventor of China itself is no where behind in terms of bone China. The upper left set is bone china designed and made in China – Tang Shan City of Hebei Province of China…

The photography of bone China doesn’t do much justice. For bone china, one must look closely and hold it in your hand to appreciate the very subtle translucency, jade and butter feel in it.

骨质瓷简称骨瓷,是当今世界上公认的最高档的瓷种。
十六世纪,精细的中国陶瓷在欧洲市场上极为走俏,被许多贵族和有钱人视为身份的标志并作为珍贵的礼品收藏。但是,即使当时欧洲最好的瓷器,也缺乏中国瓷器的明亮与细腻。于是,欧洲人开始对中国瓷器进行研制。more …

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Bullion Gold Coin to Ring

sovereign_bullion_ring
Gold ring made out of Bullion Gold Coin. Like the bullion gold coin from UK – Gold Sovereign.

Q1 – the highest residential building on earth

QI, Goldcoast, QLD, Australia

QI, Goldcoast, QLD, Australia

QI, Goldcoast, QLD, Australia

QI, Goldcoast, QLD, Australia

QI, Goldcoast, QLD, Australia

QI, Goldcoast, QLD, Australia

QI, Goldcoast, QLD, Australia

QI, Goldcoast, QLD, Australia

QI, Goldcoast, QLD, Australia

QI, Goldcoast, QLD, Australia

GoldCoast in Queensland, Australia is less than 2 hours flight from Sydney. Q1 is the highest building in the GoldCoast. It is also the highest residential building of the world at the moment. The second highest is the World Tower in Sydney downtown. QDeck is just the viewing deck of Q1.

Best Dressed Chinese Lady 1920-40’s – Madam Wellington Koo

Madame Wellington Koo

Madame Wellington Koo

Madame Wellington Koo

Madame Wellington Koo

Madame Wellington Koo

Madame Wellington Koo

Madame Wellington Koo

Madame Wellington Koo

Madame Wellington Koo

Madame Wellington Koo

Madame Wellington Koo

Wellington Koo

Wellington Koo

Madame Chiang Kai Shek

Madame Wellington Koo (顾维钧夫人), originally named Oei Hui-Lan (黄蕙兰).

She was officially voted the best dressed Chinese Lady of 1920-40’s by VOUGE magazine. She was the daughter of the richest man of South East Asia back then, who was also easily one of the richest man on earth then too. A Sugar King.

Her husband Wellington Koo was famous diplomat of the time in China.

She rivals Madame Chiang Kai Shek for the best dressed lady in China back then. She won.

The first image showing her with the young ‘queen mother’.

The man in the last images is her husband – Wellington Koo. The last image is of course Madame Chiang Kai Shek (
宋美龄
)…

Go to part 2

A Chinese link with a brief bio of Madam Koo in it.

Roots Tribe Leather Milano bag for men

Roots Milano Bag Tribe Leather

Roots Milano Bag Tribe Leather

Roots Milano Bag Tribe Leather

Roots Milano Bag Tribe Leather

Roots Milano Bag Tribe Leather

Roots Milano Bag Tribe Leather

roots las vegas Bag Tribe Leather

One of the things that can represent Canada apart from its Maple Leaf and Syrup maybe ROOTS. It’s a brand famous for its leather products, especially tribe leather (known as exclusive to Roots). That’s why I bought a tribe leather bag of Roots. Called Milano model in Tribe Leather for men. It’s a very good product. Only except that it is a bit heavy as a should bag even when it is empty. That’s why I originally opt for the other bag – Las Vegas model in tribe leather for men (see the last picture).

However this model however is not available in Vancouver downtown Roots store on Robson St. It was available on line. Strangly after two days when I check back the website, it was taken off the website as well. Very strange. It might be perfect that I got that bag instead.

I am happy with Milano too, it is the lastest model with the lastest design and very trendy looking as you can see.

Ozone Treated Pools in Vancover

Ozone Pool - Vancouver

Haven’t been able to update the blog for a while now. I have been very busy in Vancouver.

After living in Sydney for so so many years, finally have to move to Vancouver. I am however still in doubt that Vancouver can top Sydney in terms of living etc.

Well need to find out Ozone treated pools in Vancouver. To be exact, in Vancouver and Burnaby.

BTW, the image used is a fancy one in, actually, West Vancouver, which for now, I have no intention to move to. Looks good though.

OK the list so far:

YMCA downtown

Century Plaza Spa Pools

Killarney Community Centre (Near Burnaby side)

Percy Norman Pool in Piley Park (It is not clear whether it is a Ozone pool, while it was promised to be one when it was built. Not clear whether the promised is kept)

Eileen Dailey Pool (Burnaby, far from Metro Town)

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