Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Australia Rockhampton

Going to Australia is something I wished for since young because of the Koala. As age catches up, I don't feel I have the urge to visit Australia and I turn more to Japan instead. Ironically, first time to Australia and it is for my reservist. Our unit attached me to another unit and only 13 of us are chosen. I don't know if I should say "lucky" because to be pick among few hundreds for only 13 spots is not easy. Surprisingly, army food in Australia seems to be the best comparing my NS & reservist life. The food in Taiwan during my 2013 reservist is a nightmare that I patronized the canteen daily.

Here is another example for my favorite dish, there is lamb chop and mushroom soup.

I found a small Australian lizard and I kept it as a pet for a day before I released it at the canteen.
These are the wildlife in Australia. Kangeroos or Wallabies are everywhere. I can also see a few from the resort hotel room where I stay.

We also visited a zoo and this is the first time I came so close to a peacock.

The Kangeroos here will come to you instead if you got food.

Finally, this is the creature I always wanted to meet since young. She is adorable and I did touch her fur. The fur is so thick and I don't know how they survive in the hot weather.

I love this Land Cruiser. Really old school.

There are many FJs here. If your eyes are sharp enough, another FJ in behind the beige one.

More Toyota FJs in the Toyota Showroom.

First time custom build my own burger in McDonald. I must say it taste good.

Not the most beautiful beach I have seen but this is definitely nicer than Singapore. Haha.

I did my part in toy car hunting as usual. No Tomica, just Hot Wheels, Matchbox and Welly. The Welly are really cheap at a dollar but I didn't buy them. I bought many Matchbox and a few Hot Wheels. Found some 90s HW in a shop.

During my 3 weeks stay in Australia, I made some new friends along the way. This might be the first time I like and appreciate reservist because it let me rethink what I want to do for in the near future. I will take some course probably before the year end after my return to Singapore. Bye Yeppon, Bye Rockhampton, See you again Australia.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Ken-Box Matsuri by Go! Go! Tomica

First of all, thank you everyone for attending Ken-Box Matsuri on 26th July 2015. Thank you for helping me to make this happen. It all started 6 weeks before the actual event when I know Ken-Box has the intention to sell their Tomica in Taiwan. I managed to talk them through to come to Singapore. Sorry, Taiwan. Initially location was a problem and eventually with the help of my good friend (Let's Play's owner), we finalized it in Let's Play. I also do have other choices of places but Let's Play should be the best option for this event.

There is a lot of hard work for this event. We have to handle 800 over Tomica, taking them out from their boxes and re-pack in plastic display box. We worked from noon till midnight but it was a fun experience for me.

I get to know from Kenichi San that they prepare these special edition Lamborghini for the Singapore Event. Once I posted these cars on my facebook group, my "pm box" goes crazy from over all the world. I was replying "pm" almost whole day.

I simply love this job. I am able to look at cars that caught my eye which packing.

Here is another cattle truck.

This is the first flag series and the most rare among all flags now.

I was buying and working at the same time. Sorry guys, got to buy this one, yes, because of the box, car is the same as regular.
I do love this but it is too much for me to swallow.

There are 2 pieces for this event.

There are a couple of nice Skyline for this event. I keep my hands off all of them. I need to control myself.
I do want that Civic Motul and NSX Targa. I couldn't afford so it's for you guys.

It's one of my favourite cars for this event. It's mine now. Thanks boss.

One and only Mini Cooper variant in the world.

And it's for sale and it's nearly sold.

We packed all cars in 10 cartons full.

Sunday came. The day when Go! Go! Tomica turned into Ken-Box's staff.

My car was fully loaded. I just felt that this car is still not large enough.

Asking Kenichi San to pose before we set off.

Meanwhile at the event. I was surprise that there are members coming as early as 9am because our event will start only 11am.

We have done the set up and waiting for 11am to start sales.

I can recognize quite a number of members.

Moments before start of event.

Customer browsing what they need at the event.

On actual day, I get to know that we have a queue number system, initially thinking of creating a queue because of the small space.

Each customer only allow to buy 5 cars per transaction intially so that members who got a larger number can have something to buy also.

By queue number 40, we set the limit up to 10 cars per transaction. I know it doesn't please everyone but we have to control the crowd so this will be the best system.

My good friends from Ken-Box. They are really fantastic people. Only that my Japanese is really raw.

One of our assistant, Pooh. He is a big customer at the end of the event also.

A good friend came to support also and overly support. Haha. Thanks bro, appreciate your support.

At the end of the event, all of you emptied 7 cartons and we still have 3 cartons full.

Just when I thought even was over....
I posted these on my group....
I received "pm" from many countries again and plus a friend came over before midnight to my home and bought 1 more carton leaving only 2 cartons to bring back to Japan. Kenichi San was telling me that he is surprised to see Singaporean collectors being easy going, gentlemen and he got a very good impression of us. He wanted to come again soon if time permit for him. I will try to arrange for another with Ken-Box if they like to come again. I declare this event a success. Thanks again.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Ken-Box Go! Go! Tomica Event

Hi guys, I am proud to say that I will be organizing the first international join venture Toy Car event held in Singapore. I bet you have heard of Ken-Box if you have been following my blog well enough. The above is their 7th event held in Tokyo which I attended last month. Read more for the event that is going to be held in Singapore below.

Their event back in Japan have about 30 stalls consist of minicar shops and private collectors.

It's very hard to move from stall to stall probably due to small event hall and too many people.

The event in Singapore is firm on 26th July Sunday. The location to be advised on my Go! Go! Tomica facebook group so I urge you to join my group to find out more. The event will be starting from 10am till 5pm.

What will you expect to see at the event? It will not be as large scale as the one in Japan. Only one shop will be coming to Singapore because our market is still pretty small. Ken-Box will bring around 500 to 1000 piece of Tomica for this event. You don't have to travel that far to Ken-Box now as I have brought them here for you. I will do more posting of updates in my facebook group for this event. See you there.