It’s been a long time between write ups but I have had so much going on that I have spent so little time on the car. I was also unemployed for a month which was a bit of a stress but I finally found a new job which was such a relief when you have bills and a family to take care of. It kinda left no time for the car. I also got a company car – a crappy Ford Falcon station wagon so I have hardly driven the Astra in months. It’s a good thing I guess as I have not bought petrol for weeks now, the company car came with a fuel card so I’ve been driving that petrol guzzling jalopy around everywhere – Thems the perks.
I have been training more now that I am running my own school – that has been taking up a lot of my time as well. I am really enjoying training others in the Kung Fu style I have dedicated my spare time to for the last 15 years. I get a lot of pleasure in seeing people improve with time and having the same passion for Choy Lay Fut as I do. I have a few students who are really appreciating the hard training I dish out to them every week. If they keep coming back I must be doing something right.
I made a new website for the school, you can go visit it here
and you can visit the google+ page here
If you are in the west of Melbourne and want to learn a traditional martial arts style come down to my school and join us. The first lesson is free so there is no excuse..
I am intending to visit MotorEX this year as it is going to be held in Melbourne – I can’t wait to see all the customized cars to admire the amount of time and work people put into their machines. I will also get a chance to visit my favourite car related jewellery designer “RPM Jewellery“, I’ll be finally picking up one of those tyre rings I wrote about almost 2 years ago.
Hopefully this is just the start of me writing again, there’s just not enough time in the day.
Its been a long time since I last posted (six months in fact) and in that time so much has happened in my life that I have had hardly any time to do things to the Astra. Firstly I did my annual pilgrimage to Hong Kong and the fellas won all their bouts at the Choy Lay Fut International Kung Fu tournament. I also did some car spotting in Hong Kong – I must say I am always impressed by the calibre of hot looking cars there. I spotted this nice Ferarri parked in the backstreets of Mongkok, it was looking very out of place.
I also spotted a pair of Mercs that looked like it had a Brabus makeover. The rims were looking very sweet, apart from that the cars were pretty much stock looking – I didn’t really have a look under the hood so I can’t really say what had been done to them.
Then there was this thing… It looked like it was on stilts, very ugly.
I had a great time in HK once again but that wasn’t all that happened. I also became a dad for the second time this year with the birth of my son in November. Xavier has been keeping my wife and I up all night for over a month now and I don’t think it is going to stop anytime soon. Here he is with big sister Isabella.
I’ve also been looking for a new job, I feel that after ten years in one place it’s time for a seachange, so the Astra has been left on the side for quite some time. I did buy some small bits for it thou:
Some chrome air vents.
A new pair of Heko wind deflectors from Poland as well as tinting the windows (I got it done by a pro and was worth every cent).
I also did some more colour coding.
Stay tuned as in the next few days I wil be carbon fibre wrapping the hood and putting in those Audi style DRL lights I bought a few months ago. Once again Happy New Year everyone.
It is with great sadness that I have blogged this piece of news today. Legendary martial arts director and superstar Lau Kar Leung passed away on June 25 at the age of 76. In a career that has spanned more than 60 years. Lau starred in and provided action choreography for more than 70 films. In his early days he often worked with director Chang Cheh at legendary Shaw Brothers studios, and directed more than 25 feature films himself, culminating in 2003’s Drunken Monkey.
Many of Lau’s most famous films, including The 36th Chamber of Shaolin and Eight Diagram Pole Fighter, starred his “god-brother” Gordon Liu Chia Hui – who is also critically ill. Other highlights of his long and illustrious career include Legendary Weapons of Kung Fu and Drunken Master II with Jackie Chan and Ti Lung, and more recently he starred in Tsui Hark’s Seven Swords.
As a kid I grew up watching all the early Shaw Brothers films but never knew that Lau was part of so many of them, he was so versatile as he played the bad guy as well as the good guy more often than I can remember, he was instrumental in making Gordon Liu into the superstar that he is today and he was also a real master of Hung Gar with a lineage that could be traced back to Wong Fei Hung. He will forever be missed by the legions of martial arts fans around the world. R.I.P Lau Sifu and thank you for all the great films.
Below is one of my favourite fight scenes from one of Lau’s movies.
On a side note: I have not done a lot to the car since the last time, I have been poor, it’s winter here at the moment and I can’t seem to find any time. BUT I will be on annual leave for 2 weeks in July so I will be spending as much time as possible doing the things I need to do to the car. Stay tuned for all the mods.