Jul 18

Blah… it’s cheesy, but he’s cute.. maybe I will just watch a couple of episodes…

Jun 28

So last night, my mother and I were talking about taking a trip to Europe. I know it’s cliché but we’ve decided that we have to go to France. Because of work I’m only gonna give myself like 12 days max to roam. The question is if we should do all France, a London-Paris hybrid, a London-Paris-Nice hybrid, or even a London-Paris-Amsterdam trip.

Sure I could do either of the last two but mind you, the price jumps up almost $1.5k compared to the London-Paris hybrid! Ugh but I’m going nuts, because even if I decide to do the three city tour I don’t know if I should do Nice or Amsterdam. Actually just thinking about it now, Amsterdam seems like the better choice.. seems like it’s for a much younger crowd and I’m in a totally different country!

Also I decided to take a tour instead of winging it on my own. If I was with my friends I wouldn’t mind winging it, but I’m with my mom and I think she’d prefer to be escorted around. What’s also great is that the tour (from Monogram Travel) actually gives you days to roam around on your own. So in a way it’s structured but with a certain degree of freedom.

What I’m also excited about this London-Paris thing is that we get to ride the Eurostar. I’ve always liked trains as a kid so taking the Eurostar is important. And if I decide to go to Amsterdam, then I get to ride on the Thalys. Going to Nice would mean I’d take the TGV.

Now is it just me or am I really pushing this 3 city thing? lol Argh! It sounds super awesome but I’m not sure I wanna spend so much money for it. =\

Anyway, we’re still thinking of going on March or April so it’s still far away. As you know from my post about New York, I have a habit of planning things way way way in advance. It’s so far in advance that the tours I’ve been looking at don’t have prices for next year yet.. and I’ve been basing my estimates on this year’s prices.

In the meantime, I’ve been watching way too much YouTube videos of airplanes, airports, and now trains just to satiate myself. Now who can forget Top Gear’s Aston Martin vs Train race! For the train, they actually took the Eurostar and the TGV! OMG, this could be my trip right here (sans Aston Martin)!

Oct 16

Yup this afternoon was the Toyota Indy 400. I’ve never been to an actual race before so I was definitely excited to see this. Heck it was exciting enough to wake me up at 8.30am on a Sunday. My bro and I managed to leave the apartment around 9.10 and we did our pre-pre-race tasks of getting breakfast and gasing up for the trip to Fontana (eep!). Yup redneck country.

Amazingly, the whole trip turned out to be really great. There was no traffic on the 91 on the way up there. Then there was the rain. As you all know it was raining this morning, we were honestly worried on the way up since we didn’t know if the grandstand was covered or not; neither of us wanted to sit 3 hours in the rain you know. But by the time we got to the California Speedway the rain started dying off.

Raining at 10.30am

In fact, the rain stopped by the time we got to park. Here’s a shot of the grandstand on our way to the gates. It still looks pretty gloomy by yup no rain.

Rear view of the grandstand

Now considering that it was 1.5 hours till race time, we needed something to do. Probably one of the best parts of the day is the fact that we got passes to the pit area, which is where we got to see a whole bunch of cool shit. We were able to go walk in the garages from seeing the pit crew getting the cars ready…

Here’s the ROCKSTAR Panther Racing crew setting up Tomas Enge’s car

No 2 Pit Crew

Panther Racing working on Tomas Schekcter’s car

Rolling out one of the Marlboro car

Team Penske rolling out either No. 3 or the No. 6 car (sorry I forgot to check which one it was!)

Rolling out one of the Marlboro car

Of course, there was one car my bro and I were looking for. Danica Patrick’s No. 16 car :-) Honestly, I’ve never heard of her amazing performace at the Indy 500. It was actually pretty easy to spot her car because it had one of the biggest crowds. Good thing is, we were able to get really close to the car…

(please ignore the bag on the driver’s seat)

Danica's car

Another shot of Danica's car

Also here’s a shot of Jaques Lazier No. 10 car. I can’t believe it’s PINK!

No. 10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing

Take a good look at those Patrick’s and Lazier’s car…

After the whole touring of the pit area, we headed for the grandstand and we got pretty decent seats. We were situated close to the finish line so we got a good view of the area where they do the flag thingy.. sorry I don’t know what you call that place. If you look below you can see John Elway in the striped blue shirt, waiting to get the chance to wave the green flag.

Flag area with John Elway

So yeah he did get to wave the green flag and the cars were off!

Start of the race!

Now I did ask you to remember the No. 10 and No. 16 cars because with only 15 laps to go, Danica’s left rear hit Jaques’ right front resulting in a really bad accident, where both cars slammed into the safety wall and took them out of the race.

Accident between Danica and Jaques

Seriously a whole bunch of fans were pissed off that Danica was out. In fact, I think everyone around me was rooting for her… all I could hear was Danica this and Danica that.. but yeah, she was the one I was cheering for.

So in the end No. 27 Dario Franchitti took the win for the Toyota Indy 400. It was an exciting finish since it was really neck and neck between him and Tony Kanaan. Anyway, the IndyCar site has a video of today’s highlights. It has the accident between Danica and Jaques as well as the match between Kanaan and Franchitti. It’s definitely worth a look! (click)

Finally, I just have to show you this picture which I took while we were leaving the pit area.

Easy button

I don’t blame you if you can’t figure out what I’m trying to show you because I had to shrink it for this site. But what I wanted to show you is that one of the ROCKSTAR Panther Racing crew members pushing a toolbox with an Easy button. You gotta love the irony in all of this…

Easy button close up