Sunday, November 28, 2004

Easing into Sunday

Yesterday I spent some of my evening here:

Then I took a nap at home and messed up my sleeping schedule.
Sunday was woken up by my sis to visit the Nike Store. This was all I got:

Everything was so expensive over there.
Next was yum cha with family. Then off to Futureshop to exchange something for this:

This is SOOO great! Makes any computer wireless so I don't have to drag a network cable from my basement to the 2nd floor anymore. I got it for $65! What a good price! It even came with a USB extension so I put that on my old computer downstairs so my dad doesn't have to reach to the back of the computer to put in his USB key hard drive.

Saturday, November 27, 2004

Errand Filled Saturday

Today has been a super busy day for me. First it was driving my sis for her tutoring, visit markville to find this candle for my mom at Hallmark, visit the Hallmark at Warden and Hwy 7 since Markville didn't have it, visit Curry's to pick my mom's art supplies and chatted to an old friend there, pick up my sis from tutoring and drive her to work, finally rush to my dentist. After visiting the dentist I'm a lot more free so I drove to North Acura to look at the TSX. Seems the 2004 are very limited. I only got to see a 2005 they had on display:

That's the only 2005 TSX they had in stock so I didn't get to try it out since it wasn't registered yet.
Next it was off the Treatz' Rogers store:

There I took a look at the MOTO V551, Nokia 3220, and Samsung E316. Nothing was interesting at all. I did get to see Treatz' Nokia 6230 and his Blackberry 7100r. Pretty cool phone. I liked the Nokia 6230 but it was just so plain. I still like my T616 menu.
Next it was off to Acura in Markham where I got to see more TSX. They had:

Then I went test driving in a 2005 TSX white colour. It was great handling. A lot better than the 2005 Honda Accord Sedan. It feels a little better than my 2004 Corolla in steering wheel feedback and connection but it was a LOT better in terms of handling characteristics since it was wider and lower to the ground. Bad thing was that it felt a lot heavier than my corolla. So we ended up talking numbers and the TSX is very affordable. I even got to see the new 2005 colours since they had them in stock.
Abyss Blue:

Graphite Grey:

The standard silver car:

I really really wish I could have bought a TSX on the spot.

Friday, November 26, 2004

First Snow Fall of the Season

I woke up to find the ground covered with a thin layer of snow. It's winter time so dress warmly when you go out. I had to dust off my car. I forgot a before picture so here is an after picture:

Hmm... yesterday night we were at Vivo and the TCBA Junior Chapter was there. Very interesting. LOL. Not very descriptive eh? Just a mental note for myself.

Wednesday, November 24, 2004

Car in the garage again

I dropped my car off the Toyota dealership again. This was the 6th day I have been there in the last 2 months. I guess I wasn't expecting much. I figure the airplane like sounds would still be there after I picked it up. So it was the usual, their shuttle came to pick me up from work at 5:15pm, chatted on the van ride, then dropped me off at the dealer. Quickly got my car back. Started the car. Then shifted into drive and slowly manuveured out of the dealership. I didn't push on the gas too much because my car was still cold. But I could already tell it was a lot more quiet than before. I went back to the office to the gym downstairs and worked out. The drive back home was very very good and soft sounding. It felt like I was driving a new car!! I love my Corolla!

Saturday, November 20, 2004

Sumo and Clubbing Friday

Yesterday was a fun filled day of Sumo Wrestling:

We even got popcorn to eat while watching the fight. I can't believe how emotional some of these matches became as the match progressed.
At night I went to the U of T Profac (Professional Faculty) club night at Bamboo Cabana:

It was just like any other club, which was great since they planned normal music instead of caribana beats. It was surprisingly packed at 11:30 when we got there and it was small so it looked so filled. Had a great time. Seems I'm up for clubbing again.

Thursday, November 18, 2004

Test drive at Parkway Honda

I got off work "early" (only in comparison to my usual) so it was 6pm and prime rush hour traffic so I dropped by the nearby Parkway Honda

When I went inside, I took a quick glanced, quickly took a look at the front of a new 2005 Civic Si Coupe. With the body kit, it looks nice. Then quickly went to the main target. The 2005 Honda Accord.

I was quickly greeted by Katy, the receptionist there, and we chatted for a bit. A sales person arrived a bit later since none were around at the time I was taking a look around. Quickly introduced himself to me as Rick and we got to discussing what I was looking for and what cars would suit me. We talked about driving "feel" so we quickly got to arranging a test drive. Before going to grab the license plate, he showed me the Accord EX but I wasn't into leather and what it offered. He came back and we were off in a new 2005 dark grey Accord automatic. He took me around the back industrial area and told me that he would also let me try the highways but it'd be at that time. We went for a couple circles and even got me doing acceleration and breaking tests. Needless to say, I was not use to slamming the gas or breaks on a real car. We came back talking about the feeling of the car. He showed me his office, quick numbers. Talked about what I really wanted, showed me this spyware his computer had, and we arrived to the conclusion I wanted an Acura TSX. It was 7:45 when I left and I had been there since 6:15. It was a great experience. Never did he pester me to buy the car or some other Honda. If you're looking for a Honda I recommend Rick at Parkway Honda. My next car will probably from him if the price is right.

Tuesday, November 16, 2004

Eric's Corner

Busy day today. Had a LOT of work and deadlines today. After work I had dinner at Pickle Barrel. I don't know about you, just because ketchup is difficult to get out of the bottle, did they have to make it upside down?

Sorry it's a bit dark. Bad lighting at the restaurant.
After dinner we watched The Incredibles.

It was a good movie. A good wholesome movie for the family. Nothing memorable though. I think watching too many cartoons in the past has made super hero shows very forgetable... or perhaps my memory is already giving up on me.

Monday, November 15, 2004

Very Hot Sunday

I didn't end up going to Church today... yes... bad me... I slept in and worked at my office. Look at what a mess it is:

I didn't get much of my work done cuz soon after I set up, I had to go for lunch with my parents. Later that day I went to pacific mall to pick up the mini cruzer that I said I'd get. I ended up getting a 256MB on for $50. Not too cheap but reasonable price at the time.

Then it was off to hot pot with friends at:

It was very good! We had crab, squid balls, oysters, shrimps, beef, lamb, egg nog stuff, veggies, cuddlefish, mussel, and dumplings. I am SOOO full as I'm writing this. I don't know how I'll sleep with such a full stomach or even work this food off. We then took a short walk around this mall:

Let's just say that no walk could clear my stomach. Not sure if your recognize what mall this is. Too bad everything was closed.

Saturday, November 13, 2004

6 Day Week!

Today was another day at work. Things have been super busy at work and I haven't had time to live the lap of luxury. Let me see... I've been meaning to go to Pacific Mall to pick up one of these:

I didn't end up going because of work but I did end up here:

Can you guess where I was?

Thursday, November 11, 2004

Car in the shop again

So today I brought the Corolla into the dealer again. Hopefully this time it's the last. My mom's 4Runner was also into the shop today. The only car left in our inventory is our 1989 corolla. If I had a pic I'd put it up... but i tend to ignore that car. I'm wondering if I should even consider Toyotas for my next car. You probably know I've been eyeing the Mazda 6 for a while now

I thought I'd be getting it when my old corolla died... seems like that won't be the next car to die after reflecting on today.

Tuesday, November 09, 2004

Pushing it to the MAX

I've been very busy at work lately so I don't have many exciting stories to tell this time. Perhaps when the weekend starts again. Well, some of you may know what powers the photos on my blog. It's the Sony Ericsson T616 if you didn't know. When I got my phone, it had enough battery life to last a bit over 3 days with moderate use consisting of a couple short calls and playing with the camera. Right now, I've conditioned the batter to last over 6 days! This what the battery status looked after 4 days of use:

I'm really glad it's lasting longer than 3 days. My friend told me he gets a whole week on a battery so I'm catching up.

Sunday, November 07, 2004

A nice sunday

Today was just one of those great Sundays that I get a lot done. I woke up early to get to Church. This is where I go:

The sermon was about the sow. To sum it up, it's about having a good foundation (soil) so the person (seed) will grow well spiritually.
After Church is was off to the much hyped Vaughan Mills. Close your eyes if you don't want a preview. The exit ramp was very packed and a LOT of cars in the parking lot. But thanks to GOd, we quickly found a parking spot. Here's the entrance.

It was already 11:30am so we decided to grab lunch before starting our shopping. Lining up for food was crazy as well. Don't even think about going to the major franchises like A&W. Those looks like 30min line ups. We got something like Bourbons Grill. The food court:

While walking the mall, you saw the usual stores like Espirit, The Children's Store, and EB so I didn't take a picture of them. There were things stuff in the middle of the mall:

Yeah... I am a bit shaky, but with all the children around, I didn't want some parent to think I was taking a picture of their child. With this camera, even if I tried to do that, it would come out as a big blur.
We slowly got to the biggest store... or at least the biggest store you can see from Highway 400. It was the Outdoor store:

The theme was everywhere inside as well:

There was a sea plane that hung overhead as well but I forgot to take a picture of it. I realized while inside the store that I shouldn't be taking pictures cuz at some places they don't like people copying their designs since they paid so much money to have someone design it for them. But too late ;)
After I went to the best place in the whole mall:

I wonder if you can figure out where that was.
Then it was more of the mall and this:

We didn't quite finish walking the mall but we'd been there for quite a while. Too bad I didn't pick up anything.

Friday, November 05, 2004

Back on Schedule

Hey everyone reading my Blog! It's back to schedule now. Lately, I've been very busy with things in my life. This week I worked 51h. I'm going crazy. I want to work out tomorrow but it doesn't look like I'll have the time. After work I went to my sis' Golden Key International Honour Society induction ceremony. Here's a pic:

Can you guess where it is?
After getting back home I finished off some work work. Hopefully this weekend I can go do some shopping. I need a crossover cable for my work laptop.

Wednesday, November 03, 2004


My cell phone buzzes once, I know it's a text message so I quickly look... it's only Rogers advertisement.
I look into my wallet and it feels thinner... remembering it's by my bear now.
The beautiful sunlight I see looking out the window reminds me of the summer just gone by... and Baskin Robbins rum raisin milk shake.
My MSN... I barely use it anymore.
I don't know... another cryptic blog for me.