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July 3, 2004

Austin – day eleven (photos)

toys for the big boys.

this customized bike comes with a V8 engine. goddamn.

arrival of some bikers. looking for a space to park.

some bikes that I dig.

one of my favorites.

one of my favorites.

this isn’t a bike. this is a car. a very nice looking old car.

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Austin – day eleven

Our days are beginning to lighten up. We have basically wrapped up whatever unsettled business we had at Austin. That was why we were kinda like hanging out without really working. Shawn (one of the seniors) was here today and brought myself and Cheecheongfun out for lunch.

I’ve forgotten what was the place called but, it was basically another barbecue joint, but unlike the previous one we went to, this was with dressed to kill waitresses. Tight T’s with hot pants so short that I could see bare asses in broad daylight. It was a nose bleeding event. The lunch was mediocre, probably great but I was too busy ogling at asses and tits.

Evening, went to have dinner with Keith & his wife, together with my Asian colleagues. Big crowd. Keith brought us to a nice place called Sam’s boat. The place was famous for its oysters. And they’re indeed good. Taken raw with radish and some kind of chili sauce. It was out-of-this-world. Cheap too. 25 cents per oyster (they’re all very big in size), 3 of us took like 72 oysters (the rest do not eat raw food).

Then, Keith brought us to a biker gathering event – which was held every Thursday at Austin. Pictures to follow.

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July 2, 2004

Austin – day nine & ten

*it’s all about food now.

day nine
– had some Mexican for lunch. I have been eating so much Mexican food that I belch Spanish now.
– cheecheongfun paid for my bill. And Dave’s bill. And Jason’s. Maybe he isn’t that bad after all, if for not for his bad breath and noisy eating habit.
– lab was moved to another building which is kinda old and dilapidated.
– left work at 5pm. Had an appointment at 7 for dinner with colleagues.
– dinner at Joe’s Crabshack. Had crab as big as a Malaysian sewer rat. Enjoyed myself there. Think gonna go there again for more crabs before I leave this Saturday.

day ten
– had an unbelievable lunch. 5 bucks… for an eternity supply of the best pizza I ever had. And that included some splendid tasting pasta, salad, choc fudge and lasagna that you can ever imagine. 5 fucking bucks.
– pizza was so good, that I completely did not notice how much noise did Cheecheongfun make when he was eating. A Mexican patron there did though.
– went for more shopping after work. Bought a lot of stuffs for friends and Emily. I’m officially broke.

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July 1, 2004

Austin – day seven & eight

Nothing much happened on day 7 & 8. Short and summarized entry.

day seven
– initial plan on day 7 = some fun at John’s ranch (John is the manager of the team)
– he has a few quads that we could ride on his muddy ranch.
– early morning, the guys called in that the plan was canceled.
– rain on previous night had caused the place too muddy to ride.
– changed plan to do some shopping at San Marcos factory outlet instead, which was about 37 miles away.
– shopped till drop and until evening.
– went to an XXX shop at night with a couple of colleagues.
– never seen so many types of dildos before – dumbfucked.
– went back to hotel at 10pm.

day eight
– worked till 5pm
– went to have more steak buffet lunch
– then went to hang out at Austin State Capitol and took some pics.
– went back to hotel at 8pm.

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June 30, 2004

Austin – day six

Alright, if it’s still not that obvious enough, I actually went to Johnson Space Center at Houston on day 6. That’s right, I drove 4 fucking hours just to get a feel on how the congested traffic of Houston’s like… and then to visit the ever screwed up Space center.

Johnson Space Center is the place where those Americans launches all those rockets up to space (correct me if I’m wrong) – in case you wonder what the hell is the place all about. American space disaster films always show some hero astronaut chanting the magic words “Houston, we have a problem.” whenever they’re in trouble. This is the ‘Houston’ place.

So, was the place fun? Hell no. It was a big disappointment for me. Well… and my friends too. Even slouches like Cheecheongfun felt that the place sucked big time. Here are the reasons why :

1) the building looked chintzy (like Penang Komtar) from outside. It looked like some kind of factory outlet in some remote part of China that sells fake pearls to rip off tourists. Admission fee is USD22.50 – which is fucking expensive. I could have used the money to visit some titty bar (admission only 5 bucks and plus another 5 for a beer)… and yet, have enough money to call for a good lap dance from a busty blond.

2) my expectation was to see some space related items. Maybe a couple of moonrocks or perhaps some sort of weird minerals they found on a foreign piece of rock. But no. The first thing we saw was a commercialized lobby with kids screaming and running all over the place. No it didn’t look like a space center at all. It was more like a cheesy theme park.

3) Theme park it was – that kind of made us readjust our expectations. We hoped that it would be a GOOD theme park. Roller coaster ride on a space shuttle shaped cart or something. But again, hell no. What do they have there then? Some stupid guy boasting stories about their space program with a cheap 3D animated scenes at the background (it was animated using Corel’s Poser program… which, I could model WAY BETTER than them)… and some model interior of the shuttle cockpit. Then they have this stupid mini theater with a malfunctioned audio. Houston… we have a big fucking problem.

4) Alright. That was pretty much about the so called “theme park”. There was this tram ride to the actual Space center research facilities. Cool – we thought. We finally get to see some real spacecraft or maybe some cool exhibits concerning the space program. First, we had to endure the long queue of crowd waiting for the ride – waited for approximately 1.5 hours before we boarded the fucking tram. What took them so long? Well, it appears that the entire space center tram schedule was operated by a bunch of prepubescents aged between 12 and 15 (summer job or something). Hell, they were so screwed up, that it took them 20 minutes just to get a batch of passengers into one ride, because some of them could not figure out the seating position of the passengers. Tonnes of bullshit. It was kinda ironic to know that a supposedly high tech space center is actually operated by a bunch of imbecile kids… how thought provoking.

And then, when we finally got on the tram, guess where did the tram lead us to? To tour the parking lot of a few old and dilapidated buildings. “That’s building one fifty nine… it fucking does this… and that”. And that was basically all about it. No exhibits. Well, there were a few model space shuttle inside a fake hangar for us to photograph on (see previous entry). But those are pretty much plastics and rubber stuffs. They’re not real. What a disappointment.

So, that was how I spent my day in Houston. We drove (I drove) straight home right after the space center visit. The place is a total crap. If you happen to get a chance to visit the space center in Houston? Don’t go. It’s not worth it.

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