Archive for the ‘fun’ Category


Monday, November 9th, 2009

I was in Japan recently for a holiday. This time it was longer than usual, 3 weeks. Chika went ahead of me and stayed an extra week too.  We traveled around together; 2 weeks in Osaka and 1 week in Tokyo. This was my first proper trip to Tokyo.  I ...

Hunter Valley wineries

Monday, September 22nd, 2008

Pictures from a recent trip to the hunter vallery visiting cellar doors. We visited our old favorites Moorebank and Petersons and 8 others. Standout new winery for me was Calais Estate. Most of the rest were passé. Still, you don't discover good things if you're not adventurous.

Tips when visiting Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo

Sunday, March 2nd, 2008

From Kateigaho 2007 Summer edition

Fishing again

Sunday, February 24th, 2008

We went fishing again today, with four friends. It wasn't a great day for it, the fish weren't biting as well as in the past. However with some concerted effort changing rigs, bait and location, we managed a decent haul that will feed us tonight. 23 Yellowtail (yakka), 4 Mackerel (slimy/blue) ...

R/C car nostalgia

Monday, January 21st, 2008

When I was a kid Tamiya R/C cars were all the rage; The Hornet, The Frog, The Grasshopper and the top of the line 4WD Hotshot. My memory is that only rich kids had them. The one I craved most was The Hornet. Well recently I discovered that Tamiya have released ...


Monday, January 7th, 2008

We went fishing yesterday, and overdid it a bit. 8:30am till 7pm. The hat, shirt and sunscreen weren't enough, I still got a bit cooked. The upside was that we caught a variety of fish, sadly none very big. We got lots of Yellowtail, two Tailor, and one ...

New Citroen concept car

Tuesday, September 11th, 2007

There's a remarkable similarity I think. Citroen C-Cactus & Makibao

Home Espresso

Friday, August 10th, 2007

We bought an Ascasso Dream a few weeks ago. It was a bit of an impulse buy, although we've been pondering getting an espresso machine for some time. It's just so sexy we couldn't resist. I knew making espresso wouldn't be easy, we've been practicing over the last ...

Simmered Fish

Sunday, July 29th, 2007

Chika usually cooks. She's much better at it than me and enjoys it. She's still recovering from the flu so today I tried making one of my favourite dishes, Japanese style simmered fish. Redfish (金目鯛) is in season at the moment and suits this dish. ...

Quality (authentic) Japanese food in Sydney

Friday, July 27th, 2007

I've been lucky enough to be introduced to seriously good eating places in Japan; Kaiseki, Sushi, Yakitori, Tonkatsu, Tempura, Izakayas etc. Restaurants in Japan tend to specialize in just one kind of food and concentrate on doing that as well as they can. Back in Sydney, its a bit of ...