Things that annoy me, a runaway spider and foggy Melbourne!

Travelling on the way to work this morning and I saw a woman, not a younger person as most people would think, but a woman old enough to know better with her feet on the tram seat. I cannot begin to tell you how much of a pet hate this is of mine and maybe it’s a sign that I’m getting older but I hate it when people have no respect for things and take them for granted. And they usually leave the seat dirty for the next person (thank you) and then complain about the ticket inspectors’ fine.

Walking through the back of house at the Melbourne Museum and I saw the critter below casually walking in front of me, I was wondering if he somehow escaped from Live Exhibits or maybe he was a genetically engineered spider looking for someone to bite? Probably not 😦

And then coming home tonight, the fog in Melbourne was incredible, visibility was literally cut down to a bare metres in front of you making driving difficult I imagine for the people driving home 😦 It rarely gets like this in Melbourne and I’ve never had to drive through it…so far.


I’m in the process of collecting my thoughts for an insightful blog post which should be up in a few days…ideas take time, don’t you know? πŸ™‚


Japandaman’s goodies, Otaku happenings and light bikes

Wow…it’s been a while since my last post, I’ve just been so into my new duties over at Otaku Fuel. First up, in case you don’t know, I’m now writing product reviews for them and am also their blog contributor, two things that are keeping me very busy and very happily so I must add! Otaku Fuel are a US based site that specialise in anime, manga, cosplay accessories, in fact anything and everything J-pop culture related…they’re a superior site with an excellent product range. Look up their site and Facebook page and while you’re there, check out their merch, links are above πŸ™‚

I’ve also decided to take some pics of my small but growing Otaku collection for everyone to see, pics below with some descriptions πŸ™‚

A peek at my manga, Bleach and Vampire Knight and the Death Note Collection Vol. 1, Ryu from a gatcha machine, Mario and Spider-Bear!

My 3DS and Psp Go living peacefully together, my CD collection (J-Pop and OST’s), my magazines are just showing.

My Japanese magazines collection. Dengeki Games on the left which unfortunately has been discontinued. The Playstation and Famitsu Weekly magazines were purchased in Japan when we were there. The Dengeki’s and other magazines were purchased from Kanga Kanga, a Japanese magazine/book importer based in downtown Melbourne. Taka-san runs the place and is very friendly and extremely knowledgeable so pay him a visit and have a look at what he has on offer, there’s heaps for everyone!! The Kanga Kanga site has address details, keep up to date with his blog, Twitter and Facebook page πŸ™‚

Ryu, Mario and a Nintendog!

Spider-Man 2 bobble head which was a present from my stepsons quite a few birthdays ago.

And one of my most prized possessions, the Premium Package of Metal Gear Solid which I purchased when we were in Japan from Super Potato Akihabara. Great site here which has a walk through the store which is extremely rare and shows you what to expect. Having been there twice I can vouch for the store and say that as far as retro goes, it’s the best in the land. Great place to find rare items or gaming goodies that were never released in Australia.

That’s all for now but I will take some pics of my figures and post them up soon as well. Final Fantasy and Death Note figures only for now but am hoping to change that soon when I have my coins in my pocket!! πŸ™‚

And lastly,the vid below is what awaited me when I left work this evening. Riders on light bikes performing tricks, how cool, right?

See you all soon and thanks for sticking around! πŸ™‚

The state of Expos in Australia :(

2 days off work means more reviews to come for my new buddies over at Otaku Fuel…I’d kill to be going to Anime Expo ’11 but once upon a time I wanted to go to Tokyo Game Show and that ended up happening last year πŸ™‚ Thanks once again to Aussie Gamer for the press hookup so I’m guessing if I play my cards right, I’ll end up at Anime Expo sooner rather than later. We really are starved for these kinds of expos in Australia, I mean, sure we have Supanova, Armagedon and Manifest as the three big ones but the space they occupy is minute compared to what takes place overseas. I’m fairly certain those three expos are the only big ones unless I’m missing one? The point being that while these shows do draw big names from the entertainment world, I’d give my left nut for something more anime/manga/J-pop culture related with a bigger emphasis on cosplay…maybe Japandaman needs to do something about this. Get some sponsorship happening, pay for some big names to come Down Under and get some people dragging themselves to a proper big show with vendors peddling their wares, the whole works. Good Smile Company, Max Factory and then maybe even Japanese pop culture blogger himself, Danny Choo. I’m sure he’d love it down here and people would definitely come from interstate to see him judging by the amount of Australian visitors to his site. And if we’re going that path, maybe even have a Japanese car culture section where Itasha would be introduced to the masses. If you don’t know what itasha is or what it means, have a click here or here.

But I digress as EB or Electronics Boutique themselves are planning an expo themselves at the end of the year, which in lieu of going to TGS this year, may be a distinct possibility on the Gold Coast. Link here to the website for those of you who don’t know what I’m talking about.

Of course something of this undertaking would require massive planning and I’d be doing market research for a lonnnng time to make sure this thing had the best chance of success and I’d probably call it Japania or something like that πŸ™‚ So who’s with me, does anyone want to see a massive event like this here? So instead of us flying overseas, which we’d still do, it’d be great to see international fans coming here for the expo!

A day in Melbourne

Just thought I’d take some pics to and from work today just to give readers an idea of what I see each and everyday. Some interesting pics in here I think, I’ve included comments under stand out pics πŸ™‚

Rainy morning in Melbourne 😦

Bourke St. Mall

The bane of my existence for the past 2 months…Tutankhamun @ Melbourne Museum πŸ™‚

The Myki ticket system that causes everyone grief but is supposed to be cheaper than buying a normal tram ticket.

All the leaves are brown…

And the skies are grey…

On the way back home through the city, top of Chinatown.

The Last Emperor

Her Majesty’s Theatre and Dr. Zhivago

Looking down Chinatown – Little Bourke St.

At Russell St. down Chinatown

Cooking it up @ Chinatown!

Arcade in Bourke St.

Rocking to Guitar Freaks πŸ™‚

Cool steps leading up to an even cooler clothes store in a shopping arcade off Chinatown

Closer shot of the steps

And the shop that has all of Melbourne talking, Zara

Swarm of people queueing up for Zara on a Friday night

Masses of people by the windows waiting to get in

The weather can’t keep people away πŸ™‚ FYI, Zara is in Bourke St. Mall just in case you didn’t know and were from out of town πŸ™‚

Looking down Elizabeth St. towards Flinders St.

And now looking up the other end of Elizabeth St. out of the city

Hope everyone has enjoyed the little tour around my day, it’s usually pretty much what it’s like πŸ™‚ But with better weather and not so freezing conditions!

Today’s morning playlist

And now another installment of what I listened to on the way to work πŸ™‚

1. Higher – Taio Cruz feat. Kylie
2. Sweet Dreams – Emily Browning (Sucker Punch soundtrack)
3. World (Hold On) – Bob Sinclair
4. Just can’t get enough – Depeche Mode
6. Jai ho – Pussycat Dolls
7. Teardrop – Massive Attack
8. Gears of war 2 symphonic suite – Eminence Symphony Orchestra
9. Fairyland – Ayumi Hamasaki
10. Hot stuff – Koda Kumi

Thanks for listening! πŸ™‚

Melbourne Chinatown views…

Spent some time with work colleagues tonight which was great, such a diverse and interesting group of people I’m lucky enough to work with at the Melbourne Museum. Took a shortcut through Melbourne’s Chinatown area which I always love as I always seem to find new shops with cool things in the windows as the pics below will attest to πŸ™‚ Ranging from the Taiko no Tatsujin arcade game which I was introduced to in Japan and still love, to shop fronts with interesting food models, Nintendo figures and a range of assorted characters. There always seems to be something new which draws my attention and makes me wonder how I missed it in the first place!






This morning’s playlist and thoughts

Travelling to work this morning as part of my daily commute on the tram and was feeling decidedly melancholy and definitely in a slower mood music-wise. Maybe it was because I was reflecting on my current station in life, either way, it definitely showed in my music choice as I kept skipping and choosing tracks I normally don’t listen to on an everyday rotation. So here, on the tram, I thought I’d post this morning’s playlist πŸ™‚ In no particular order:

1. Against all odds – Montell Jordan
2. Purple rain – Prince
3. Exogenesis symphony – Muse
4. Right where it belongs – Nine Inch Nails
5. Please, please, please let me get what I want – The Smiths
6. The trick is to keep breathing – Garbage
7. Running to the edge of the world – Marilyn Manson
8. City girl – Kevin Shields