人生は五十歳から始まる。

(jinsei wa gojuusai kara hajimaru)

About

This blog is the rambling and sometimes twisted observations of an Aussie who has now found himself in the ‘second’ half of his life without a future direction due to redundancy after 8 years in an outdated IT field that has no further foreseeable future. So the future could now possibly involve anything at all now, from a new type of job (maybe in another city or country), to even moving to Japan ! Update as of June 2007 – I have just acquired an ‘MR’ drivers licence, and MOT ‘Driver’s Authority’. Update as of August 2007 – I started work at the end of July, with the world’s second largest public transport company, ComfortDelgro Cabcharge. Update as of May 2015 – have retired from the above job and the general working force and moved to Hong Kong !!!

Background: I was born in remote country Victoria, and grew up and went to school there and then in western New South Wales. After starting work in the Riverina for several years, I moved to Sydney for 7 years, then to Melbourne for 10 years and then back to Sydney again for 20 years. I have travelled to Japan 8 times in the last 15 years, and in the last 3 years been to Singapore & Thailand twice, London, Bali, Malaysia, Shanghai, Beijing and Alaska. I completed 3 years of part-time TAFE study in Japanese, and are starting to learn Cantonese. When I was young I learnt piano & organ, and later on played keyboards & drums in many bands, some of which toured up & down the Eastern coast of Australia on the same bill as such famous names as Midnight Oil (I am proud of the fact that my name is in the Who’s Who of Australian ROCK !!!) stars.gif

I am also interested in photography & video, and on these pages you will probably be able to read about such diverse subjects as Aussie sport, Japanese trains, Aussie life in general a big city, travel and food. I collect, display and sold Japanese model trains & other hobby items, and this is the main content of a sub-blog (http://jmtn.wordpress.com).

I have also recently become a lot more interested in J-Pop (Japanese commercial pop and other styles of music), so from time to time there will be reviews of albums, singles and DVD’s posted, as well as my thoughts about various artists – however there are many sites out there that give you downloads, so I WON’T be providing any of those unless it is something special that is not available anywhere else face_tehe.gif

Since my first trip to Hong Kong three years ago, I have become interested in the vibrant bus scene there and collected many of their models. With little space available to build or display a layout, I have changed my main hobby from Japanese trains to HK buses !!!!

P.S. – If you don’t understand the blog’s Japanese headline, then it relates to the first paragraph – please ask if you cannot work it out … ganbare.gif

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