Friday, December 29

Man in Tokyo: in New Zealand part 3

This week was a short one, although it was pretty tough. I only had to work Wed to Fri but I had so much crap to do. Last Tuesday was Boxing Day for you people not in the know. Everything here in NZ was closed so I spent some quality time in a park near where I am staying. It was a glorious day. I took a lot of photos. Here are some for your enjoyment.

They got some big ass trees here. It was all gnarly too.

In addition to those huge trees, there was a wide variety of other trees and plants. In some directions, it looked like I was going back to Cali, Cali, Cali...hmm...I don't think so. Deep bass, minimal beat, and those horns! Best LL song ever? Discuss...

And then when you turn around, it looks like you are in Hawaii.

I was enjoying all of this beautiful weather and at the same time getting some work done. I may not be all wifi-ing all over the place...but I was able to get a bunch of stuff done. See for yourself...

I was also able to break out my newest purchase. I found some nice sneaker shops here in Auckland. Loaded is really nice, but they didn't have anything I needed. But at Loft, I was able to find a pair I have been looking for for a really long time. I now have the complete SIZE? clerks pack. I am pretty sure I over paid for the last part of the trilogy, but such is life.

How about a close up pic of my new Air Stabs.

And one last pic. One of my best shots ever....I think.

Moving from a park to parking. They have some fancy parking meters here.

Just look at all those choices for payment; coins, credit card, and you can even text a payment. All this technology provides the city with some interesting options. Take a look at what you can do if you link all the parking meters to a city-wide network.

These signs are on the most of the major roads that I have traveled on.

How helpful would these signs be in Boston or NYC? An innovative use of existing technology: well done NZ.

Before we finish off for today, you all know I have a mouth full of sweet teeth. I am always keeping my eye out for interesting new snacks. These are some of the keepers from my collection from this trip. Apparently, Turkish delight can be found outside the Wardrobe...

And it's news to me that Milo is not only a drink, but a candy bar too!

An oldie but goodie that I can't find in Tokyo.

And I was shocked to find a candy bar named after a special some one.

And last but certainly not least, thanks for all the great comments. That shit is blowin' up! I should travel more often!!! I hope I can keep taking pictures that people enjoy. Now, to get to one question that was raised in the comments. Picking shoes for that beach venture last weekend was no easy task. I had wanted to wear my newest Air Stabs, but I couldn't risk getting them dirty on their first outing. So, I went with the gray New Balance from a couple posts ago. I did my best to be careful as I was climbing the rock and walking on the beach. They got a little bit of a workout, but no serious damage. Thanks to the sister teamwork to raise an important point.

Happy New Year to all my people out there!!!


Anonymous said...

These pictures are really nice. I want to go to NZ!
I hope you have a nice holiday. Have a happy new year! From m

Lisa said...

Happy New Year, John!

NZ is bringing great things to your blog...not that it wasn't the "best" before, but I'm amazed that you can continue to "wow" us with it while you're there as well!!

Fabulous pics! And love the news about their city parking technology!

Keep it comin', as long as it doesn't take you away from your studies!!!

annapauline said...

OBVIOUSLY the best LL song ever!!

annapauline said...

p.s. happy you found some twix. when you were little, all you could think about on the bus ride home from school was TWIX TWIX TWIX!!! you were a little monster! we miss you!

annapauline said...

one more thing: i am stunned to see the parking system they have going on over there. we NEED that in boston. BAD. (not that i drive.)

jcontonio said...

Those might be the best stabs I've seen yet. Well done!

Anonymous said...

very nice pictures, even little things could make us smile. have fun in nz, and ganbatte to your training! kit

Sumochewsgum said...

hey John. Try the milo ice-cream too its good. i used to have one a day. I find it so funny that ur putting all these pics of chocs up cos they seem so normal to me! HAve u fattened up yet? :)
Ur blog is making me hungry tho... as does everything. Bring back some goodies please!
Work's not really the same without u! come back soon!
ps i flushed my fish down the loo. One was already dead tho

Sumochewsgum said...

Ps. HOw come no talk about ur Bestie ?

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