A few months back I had documented how we replaced & painted the door for our 2000 Suzuki Esteem. Everything was going great and we really enjoy this little car that many people mistaken as a Subaru.
After coming back from the recent trip we found out that an ordinary check-up at the mechanic yielded unexpected results. The engine, the heart of the car, gave out after 190,000km.
We debated whether to replace the engine but in the end decided to let it go. It was a sad day to part with our friend of 13 years.
We did a little searching and soon narrowed it down to a few options. At first we were looking at the 2009-2012 Honda Fit but then I really liked the pedal shifter on the steering wheel after trying the 07 model.
Meet our new ride: a ’07 Honda Fit with the Sports trim. The Fit is also known as the Jazz in Europe and Asia. Despite its size the trunk and rear seats has a lot of cargo room. It is a very fun car to drive in the city, steering is responsive and pick-up is quick. Carmen is very happy we now have A/C in the summer!
Haven’t had a chance to do a proper shoot for the car, but so far we are very happy owners of this little Fit.
Still haven’t named her yet, any suggestions?
Posted on June 10th, 2013 at 9:26 pm and is filed under General
The weather has been strange lately. Switching from very sunny, hot to heavy rains. One of the main highways in Toronto, the Don Valley Parkway, got flooded and was closed for a day.
One the way home this week, it was really heavy foggy so we just wandered around the nearby park to enjoy the views.
Lacking the usual skyscrapers in the background, it was a refreshing view and also very mysterious, as if it is waiting for us to explore it for the first time.
An hour later, all the fog was gone, just a lot of puddles left!
Posted on May 31st, 2013 at 8:36 am and is filed under Toronto
A collection of people shots while we were wandering the streets of Hong Kong.
Shoe repairer underneath a pedestrian bridge.
Morning stroll outside of an elementary school in Kowloon.
A traditional rice store where you can buy it by the pound.
Enjoying some traditional breakfast near Jordan station.
Playing with the big boys.
An electrician’s workshop, I don’t even remember where or how I stumble across this small alley.
Along the waterfront in Tsing Ye.
Per grandpa’s recommendation, we went to Hoi Tin Garden Restaurant [海天花園酒家] for lunch one day. Rated as one of the top 10 seafood restaurants in Asia by The Asian Wall Street Journal, the restaurant certainly lived up to the expectation.
Taking the mini-bus from Tsing Ye, we arrived at the Sam Sing district of Tuen Mun, the restaurants are flanked by a row of seafood stalls full of pumps humming and seafood sorted by type & size. You wander up and down the stretch to see what is fresh and fits your budget.
After picking a shop, the clerks would recommend the freshest varieties and also the price.
You pick the seafood and specify how it is to be cooked. The stalls would pass the catch & order to the restaurant for preparation.
After buying from the shop, they took me behind the shop to get a peek of where the boats come unload and the storage tanks for the stalls. We pay for the seafood portion then head into the restaurant.
The food was amazing, but sadly I didn’t take any photos of it. Too hungry! It was a sweltering day outside but I couldn’t resist staying on the terrace to watch the harbor.
The restaurant charges for each seafood dish prepared (different styles have varying costs), drinks, appetizers, entrees. It was a pretty size-able bill all said and done, but a worthy experience once in a while.
Going to the pier to meet the fishermen returning from a day’s catch.