September 29, 2010

Vintage Pickup: Seiko 5 Series

I recently picked up this vintage seiko 5 series, apparently from around the 70's. It's my first automatic watch so I'm pretty happy about that. The strap still needs to be adjusted and it's a little dirty inside so I may take it to a watch shop to see what they can do.

September 23, 2010

Trip to Gravity Pope

I stopped by Gravity Pope the other day and pulled the trigger on a salmon university stripe oxford by Gitman and the latest Inventory issue (yeah I know I was really late picking it up). The manager was nice enough to throw in an older issue of Hobo magazine for free as well. Be sure to stop by Gpope for some fall wear as its looking pretty amazing.

September 22, 2010

Lane Crawford Collaborations

While I was in HK this summer I must have went to at least 4 different Lane Crawfords. They carried lots of brands that I see all over the Internet but never have the chance to see in Edmonton so it was nice to see them in person. Although the prices were a little higher than they would be in North America, there were sales going on which made them close to equivalent. Here are some recent collaborations they have done with some of my favourite brands.
Engineered Garments
Nigel Cabourn

September 15, 2010

Trip to China 2010

 As some of you may know I spent a month of this summer in China. I went with my girlfriend's family and our entire travelling party was 12 people. Although it was incredibly hot I had a blast the entire time. Here are some shots from the trip.
We had a layover in Vancouver on the way so we hopped on the skytrain to get some dimsum in Richmond
The Beijing airport
Leftover peppers from the soup we had the first night we arrived
At Tiananmen Square and The Forbidden City
Group of kids dressed up in miltary clothes at the Great Wall
Army surplus flea market
At the Summer Palace
Pomegranete trees were everywhere
Our Beijing tourguide Rocky
Street vendor making a stamp for Andrea
Our Tai Chi instructer
Drum performance at the bell tower
Olympic grounds
The CCTV building on the right and the burnt Madarin Oriental hotel on the left. Apparently the CCTV building had a party of top of their roof and some fireworks hit the Madarin shortly before it was supposed to open and now it uninhabitable
City wall of Xian
Terra cotta warriors
Plane ride above Guilin
Our Guilin tourguide Charlie
We spent a few hours cruising down the Li River near Guilin
Snake wine
We were advised not to join the locals in swimming in the river in town
Panda at the zoo in Chongqing
View of Chongqing. Our Yangtze River cruise took off from here.
On one of the excursions we got to go on some little boats up a nice side stream.
In the shallower sections the rowers got out and pulled.
The men of the trip
Acrobatic show
One of the mornings in Shanghai I took the train to visit my cousin and his wife who've been living in Suzhou for 8 years.
Taste of home at the Canadian pavillion at the Shanghai World Expo
The whole building was made of cedar and as such smelled beautifully. It was a nice reprise from all the Chinese food to eat a burger, poutine and draft beer inside.
I was a Digimon fan as a kid so I had to take a picture of this
A tea farm in Hangzhou we visited and stocked up on longjing at
View from our hotel in Hong Kong. Andrea's family is from Hong Kong so we stayed here for a week, which was much longer than we stayed in any other city.
The total for this entire meal was around $3.50 Canadian
There was a typhoon while we were there
Gondola ride up to see the giant Buddha
Frog on a lilypad