Sunday, September 10, 2017

Greece 2017 - July

 Monastriraki Flea market is one place I have to go when I visit Athens. There is a flea market and also an antique street where there are a number of antique shops like this one above.

 Walking through the flea market.

 7 years ago, I was attracted by this shop because there are many toy cars in the shop. Owner told me that he will wind up this business in August 2010. Just to return to see if anyone taking over the shop. It looks like the shop was closed for a full 7 years already.

I found a number of toy cars in one of the antique shop. The cream of the crop has to be this Tomica.

Here are the rest of the cars I bought from the same shop.

Cyprus 2017 - July

I have not set my foot in Cyprus for 7 years. This time coming with Emirates since Singapore Airlines doesn't fly to Athens any more so I am transiting in Dubai instead.

 View from my hotel.

 Actually was better than I expected.

Locals told me that this is a very good hotel. Staff are friendly, they have a nice pool, breakfast is much better than previous hotels I stayed.

The hotel staff recommended this restaurant if I wanted authentic Cypriot or Greek cuisine. It took me 10 to 15 mins walk from hotel. 

I order my favourite lamb as usual.

On the way back to hotel, I walked into a provision store.  

I was attracted by the Majorette display since I started buying Majorette recently again.

I bought some cars here as they are old stock which some are as old as late 90s. Seems like the kids in Cyprus doesn't play with toys. I stayed in Cyprus for 2 days before flying to Athens for the weekend.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Japan 2017 - June

Back to Tokyo once again.

This time putting up in Hyatt Shinjuku

Room is consider huge by Japanese standard

Saw a real life Tomica Hato Bus on the street

A mini car shop boss shared his collection with me. This is extremely rare 1/50 Diapet Fairlady. I never seen this before so I took a photo of it.

Meeting up my gang as usual. They are all the moderators from another group in Japan. Sorry, one of my friend doesn't like being in the lime light.

One member share with us his detailing and custom on Tomica cars.

Our trip is accompanied by a Honda N Box.

The car has compact dimensions but the space in it is enormous.

Our friend also come to pick us up in a Crown to bring us to a toy museum. We went there some time ago and we are revisiting again this trip.

Amazing right? There are about 20,000 Tomica not to mention other makes of toy cars.

Saw a Midget for the first time when we went to a mini car shop. That's all folks. Hoping to visit Japan soon.