One of those average life dichotomies is having a Miami-Dade bus stop just around the corner from your home, but knowing a ride will take 1+ hours to/from work, when commuting on your own vehicle would take 40 mins at most.
Yes, that's time on an A/C'd shuttle which could be a blessing when you're guaranteed a seat and (relax?) time to read, think, listen to your fav music or all of the above... But, that's still a solid 2.5 hrs every day riding public transportation. Maybe. Occasionally.
Somehow I was able to find the time to pick-up the excellent Sony Alpha NEX-7 interchangeable-lens mirrorless camera, and go around Tokyo shooting pictures and finding angles very early in the morning.
I used the awesomely sharp Carl Zeiss 24mm f/1.8 prime lens, and enjoyed the sights at the Tsukiji fish market and nearby back streets in the Gynza district as much as possible.
I finally wrapped up my session with angles of the city and the Shinagawa train station at sunrise, with the incredible luck of being able to capture the amazing Fuji mountain peak and its perpetual snow (only for the 2nd time in 11 years visiting Japan).
It was such an inspiring and beautiful sight...!
A short video I edited a couple years ago, that pretty much sums-up the best of my years as the Technical Marketing Manager, then Product Manager, for the eVehicle division in the Mobile Electronics Dept. in Sony Latin America, Inc.
So many good professional and personal experiences, great people I met and awesome activities I was able to complete with the help of our colleagues, partners and suppliers between 2001 and 2011. Definitely some of my best years in Sony.
My early years in the Car Audio industry were as a complete fanatic, devouring anything and everything relating to Head Units, Equalizers, Amplifiers, Speakers and Subwoofers, that I could get my hands on.
It was a really great time and the very beginning of my career as an expert in the field in Latin America.
These are some of the early products I loved or had at the time, and my memories about them.
Sony Digital Imaging products receive great recognition for their design, including two GOLD awards, one for the 24MP Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 Full-Frame Digital Camera with 35mm Carl Zeiss lens, and the second to the User Interface in the 24MP Alpha NEX-7 APS-C mirror-less camera with 18-55mm lens.
Last Saturday, Feb. the 23rd was a full day of cars @ the Miami Marlins Stadium parking, for the NUROTAG show.
I participated with my semi-finished '82 Toyota Starlet (a KP61), as part of the RODSPEED team leaded by Rodrigo and Matías. The video and Gallery of pictures are a quick summary I made of the cars in our team and other notorious rides at the show, the Stance trend going strong in the USA, and the obvious effort by each owner behind those vehicles.
According to the 8 AM report from NOAA's National Hurricane Center, the Isaac Tropical Storm could turn into a Category 1 hurricane once it starts leaving the Eastern Cuban coast, if it continues in its current path. As of now, there's a Hurricane Watch advisory for the Miami area, while the Florida Keys currently have a Hurricane Warning already.
I spent a beautiful afternoon in July at a great Car Meet in NY State, after spending three days of vacations in NYC. I pulled-out my Sony ALPHA camera and started shooting until the sunset.
Definitely around here you see more American iron than imports, but the quality, refinement and rarity of many cars made it all very worth it! Enjoy it by heading to the Gallery, or just clicking on the Red Corvette Callaway picture above.
Incredible cars from all origins and styles, gather at one big auction event, close to home. The Barrett-Jackson's Collector-Car Auctions back in April 2012 was a highlight in the Spring season, with beautiful collectible examples, classics, muscle cars, European vehicles and even some nice 4x4s.
The weather was great, the prices surprised me for actually being lower than I expected in case of some fine rides, and there also was a nice exhibition and sale of car memorabilia and even art. Definitely worth a visit instead of just watching it on SPEED channel!
Spending time back in the country of birth after a while is always good, and watching the girls having fun, enjoying their new little cousin Alejo, and talking with their Grand-Grand Mother, Abi Judith, makes it even more special!...
And what can I say about the food...! Corn Mazamorra with Panela, Cuajada cheese, Colombian Coffee with milk, Milo for the girls, and so much more, did make that trip truly awesome, while having lunch at one of the best Italian Food Restaurants in the world with close friends and family at Salerno Hermanos Restaurant in Cali, was great too!
Here are those pictures from our last 2011 vacations in Colombia, including fun times in Los Llanos Orientales, riding horses and enjoying their Grand Parents (go to the Gallery for a higher resolution slide show)