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Above: a beautiful example of a VW Beetle at a recent show I attended. My first car was a 1966 Volksw. First Car, Vw Beetles, Volkswagen, Antique Cars, Religion, Antiques, Blog, Vintage, Beetle Car

Vintage Volkswagens, as a Religion.

Above: a beautiful example of a 60's VW Beetle at a recent show I attended. Loved it. However...... My first car was a 1966 Volkswagen Beetle 1300 deluxe. I loved that thing, even though it had a six volt electrical system and drum brakes that had the stopping power of wet newspaper. I took the (then) 20 year old car on camping trips, where I would fold the seats down and sleep in it. It was my trusty companion. That car would be getting on for fifty years old now. I recently attended a…

"It's a Nikon thing. You wouldn't understand". Nikon, Photographers, Baseball Hats, Ford, Bmw, Fashion, Moda, Baseball Caps

"It's a Nikon thing. You wouldn't understand".

Ford vs Holden. Mercedes Vs. BMW. Toyota vs. Nissan. Nike Vs. ASICS. Apple vs Samsung. Nikon vs Canon. I studied Consumer Behaviour at University what seems like a lifetime ago, because I wanted to find out why people had a preference to to particular brands when the product offering was relatively similar. It may be because of a good experience they have when they buy such a product, so they keep buying it. It may be a social expectation. Perhaps they had a terrible experience with Brand A…

What's new? What's shakin'? Business Money, Beetles, Whats New, About Me Blog

What's new? What's shakin'?

The introvert in me makes it almost impossible for me to participate in small talk with people. I just can't talk about the weather and the state of politics for half an hour. So, when I meet someone I haven't seen in a while, I usually say "Hey, what's new? What's happening in your world? It is because I genuinely want to know, rather than to fulfil the need to make small talk. Hence my title to this blogpost. Since I haven't posted in a while, here's what's new; in "things", and "things…

 In my 46 years, I have NEVER saved up for anything, ever. I admire people who do, but I never had the patience to do it. Never, Patience, Fun Facts, About Me Blog, Funny Facts

Fun Fact: I've never saved up for anything. Ever.

That's right! In my 46 years, I have NEVER saved up for anything, ever. I admire people who do, but I never had the patience to do it. I've just found creative ways to get stuff, because when I (really) want to do something, I just absolutely fixate on it. Simple example: I wanted an expensive Olympus SLR camera when I was a kid; I bought and sold stuff from Pawnbrokers Unredeemed Pledge auctions I would attend with my Dad (wagging school in the process). I had an advertisement from a camera…

Fourteen reasons why Japan is amazing. Vending Machines, The Incredibles, Japan, Amazing, Blog, Vending Machine, Blogging, Japanese

Fourteen reasons why Japan is amazing.

1. Vending Machines. They are everywhere. In convenient locations. Surprising variety. Cheap prices. So good. 2. Customer Service. I went to a nice Department Store in the city of Nagano, and while my wife was looking at stuff for the kids, I start my mission of looking for a watch. Not just any watch (nothing too fancy, I just wanted a particular look and brand). I enquired to one of the store assistants and she immediately retrieved a manager. A gentleman in an impeccably tailored suit…

In my family moved from Sydney to Ballarat, Victoria. We managed to rent an incredibly impressive ultra-modern home on the Golf Co. Ultra Modern Homes, General Store, About Me Blog

How my Saab obsession began.

In 2009, my family moved from Sydney to Ballarat, Victoria. We managed to rent an incredibly impressive ultra-modern home on the Golf Course, but it just didn't seem "right". We kept it in the back of our minds that we should look around to buy a house. An old, interesting, historic, centrally located one, with most of the hard work done. We have moved a fair bit and the thought of actually signing a contract to buy another house seemed a bit surreal. We have endured many years of living in…

Opportunity is everywhere. Just look for it ( It will probably be in your street). Opportunity, About Me Blog, Street, Walkway

Opportunity is everywhere. Just look for it ( It will probably be in your street).

I realise that not everybody can buy the home of their dreams in the perfect spot. (I definitely fall into that category). However, over time, locations can become more desirable as the demographics change. For my non-Australian friends, Ballarat is one of Australia's largest inland cities, population 100,000. It is about 110 kilometres west of Melbourne, population just under 4 million. Melbourne was recently listed as the World's most livable city, but unfortunately is one of the world's…

The joys of the "Financial King Hit" and the Mini Retirement. Retirement, Saving Money, Budgeting, About Me Blog, Things To Come, Joy, King, Save My Money, Glee

The joys of the "Financial King Hit" and the Mini Retirement.

In another post, I mentioned that I am hopeless when it comes to saving money. I am also hopeless at budgeting. It's something I cannot (well, choose not to) do. However, what I am good at is spotting opportunities for the occasional financial windfall, something that I refer to as a "Financial King Hit"; where it can replicate the effects of months, even years of saving. Some things I have done are: 1. Making the most of "Pure Dumb Luck": Entering contests in rural areas. Its surprising how…

Now that the dust has settled from our family holiday to Japan, a great realisation has set in: For our first family trip overseas, we . Family Travel, Times Square, About Me Blog, Japan, Family Trips, Japanese, Family Destinations

A Great Realisation has set in.

Now that the dust has settled from our family holiday to Japan, a great realisation has set in: For our first family trip overseas, we went to a country that is non-English speaking, with no guide or any concept of what the country would be like, other than the experiences of others. We stayed in, and completely navaigated our way around the greatest metropolis in the world, a population of 36 MILLION. (And I hate crowds). We took our four children with us, three of which are autistic and…

My wife has always been interested in fashion and design. She is a keen seamstress and has a keen eye for what "looks good". High Neck Dress, Marketing, Blog, Dresses, Design, Fashion, Turtleneck Dress, Vestidos, Moda

Markets 101; How to dominate any Market.

My wife has always been interested in fashion and design. She is a keen seamstress and has a keen eye for what "looks good". A few years ago, she decided she wanted to start a small-scale, high quality children's clothing line. A few weeks later, we happened across a local market that specialised in handmade items, which was relatively distinctive and exhibitors were thoroughly screened to maintain the integrity of the market. I predicted that she would dominate that particular Market with…

 It wasn't perfect, but we hit a lot of personal goals, had some good things ha. Mercedes A Class, Personal Goals, Blog, Blogging

SUGARHOUND ROAD TEST: the Mercedes A- Class.

As I said in a previous post, 2013 was a pretty good year. It wasn't perfect, but we hit a lot of personal goals, had some good things happen and decided that we needed a (new) car for my wife. We wanted to remember 2013 as "the year we bought a new Mercedes and travelled to Japan", among other things, NOT as "the year we aspired to buy a Hyundai i30 and had a trip to the Dubbo caravan park" (sorry, Hyundai and Dubbo, but I have never experienced either, and am not about to). The new…

My favourite little camera just grew up. Little Camera, The Simpsons, Growing Up, My Favorite Things, About Me Blog

My favourite little camera just grew up. And became way more expensive.

) As often-bullied fat kid Martin Prince from The Simpsons says in his high pitched, enthusiastic voice "Behold!!" This is the new Nikon 1 V3. Check this thing out. 18 megapixel sensor. 20 frames per second shooting. Flip out screen. Add-on grip and viewfinder. And a price well north of $USD 1000. I'm really keen to check these out first hand in a few weeks in Japan. I have the first version of this series, the aptly named V1, and I am amazed by how good it is. I bought mine when they were…

If I ever buy another old house, slap me. A tale of downs, ups, and sticking it to The Man. 18 Month Old, Mansions, House Styles, Modern, Blog, Stuff To Buy, Home Decor, Trendy Tree, Decoration Home

If I ever buy another old house, slap me. A tale of downs, ups, and sticking it to The Man.

"If I ever buy another old house, slap me". These are the words I uttered in 2009 when we moved into our 18 month old rented ultra-modern home on Ballarat Golf Course (see below). I had seen the other side, and at the time, I thought it was pretty good. We had lived in older homes most of our married life and to move to a modern mansion like this was a great feeling. It had been an incredible week; we had driven down from our previous home in Sydney for yet another chapter in our life. It…

SUGARHOUND: SUGARHOUND CLASSIC (AND CONCISE) USED CAR REVIEW: ... Mercedes C180, Old Cars, The Past, World, Classic, Star, Nice, Blog, Derby

SUGARHOUND CLASSIC (AND CONCISE) USED CAR REVIEW: The 2003 Mercedes C180 Kompressor Classic.

I have had the chance to utilise a very nice old car for the past few days, and thought it may be opportune to do a review of it. After all, it was this very model that re-piqued my interest in the marque when a family member bought a C180 Kompressor, new, in 2005. I had a 2004 Subaru Outback 3.0R at the time and when I drove the Merc, I knew I would have to have a new one at some stage, thankfully realising that goal last year. First, "the look and the feel". When the Mercedes-Benz designs…