Miami has a Design Distrct?

I’ve been living in South Florida for almost 10 years now and last weekend was the first time that I’ve ever been to the Miami Design District.  The reason for me to go was not to go shopping but for eating (thats the main reason me and the family go somewhere for the most part).  It’s in a part of Miami that I’ve never been to thats near I-195 and I have to say that I was expeting it to be bigger and maybe a little fancier.  There are so many high end shops where I could blow a years worth of income on a single item it was kind of crazy.  (Places like Tiffany, Bvulgari, Cartier, and TAG are considered the “cheap” brands).

We were there to meet my daughters godmother since she had come to town with her husband for a work trip and my wife found a nice brunch spot in the Design District.  I was a bad Asian and only too one picutre of the food we ate instead of each individual dish.  After brunch we had some time before we had to go to the airport to drop off our friends so we took a stroll around the Design District.  Being a Sunday it wasn’t heavily populated and a lot of the places looked empty and closed.  That was a little decieving since the shops were open but the windows tinted so it was difficult to see inside.  The stores were all places I’ve heard of in NY before that I knew would kill a paycheck in the blink of an eye.  What surprised me was that all the doors were manned by security guards to prevent theft.  A lot of the area looked to be under construction too and there was a new area we strolled off to that has some huge sculptures.

I would say that it was nice just to see the Design District but without a real purpose of spending money there, I probably wouldn’t go back.  The prices for things there are just too intimidating and who would wear half that stuff in public anyway?  I’d be scared to wear a $20K piece of fabric or jewelry outside of the four walls of my home let alone walk the streets of South Florida with it on.  At least I can take it off the list of places to see in South Florida.

   
 I decided to post the one food item from Michaels Food and Drink that I took.  This is Duck Hash, simiar to Conred Beef Hash but made with duck.  I’d totaly recommend going to Michael’s Food and Drink  for brunch.  Reservations can be made on OpenTable but you don’t get points for it.

Trying on the Apple Watch

 

 

This past Friday morning I went ahead and pre-ordered the Apple Watch along with my wife.  In addition to purchasing the watch, I also made an appointment for Saturday at the Aventura Apple Store to actually try on a watch.  Normally I wouldn’t buy something so expensive without looking at it first but since I can always sell it on eBay or something.  There have been numerous posts online by journalists about what the try on experience was like, I’m sort of going to do the same but since I’m the average person, my post will be a lot shorter.

First off, the Apple Store employee that I first met regarding my try on appointment was genuinely impressed that I managed to make the appointment on my Apple Store app.  I’ll admit that it was’t easy to figure out sine it wasn’t apparent so I guess most people were just doing walk ins.  I was also surprised that there wasn’t a long line to try on the watch.  There were plenty of stations that were empty so actually getting to the table to try on the watch wasn’t such a big hassle as I thought it might be the day after the pre-orders were allowed.

My wife and I actually each had an appointment but we were able to do our watch fittings at the same time.  Tis was pretty convenient and the person helping us was very nice about letting us try on watches.  We had to go one at a time though since I think they were trying to control theft and the overall experience.  I was surprised how small the 38mm watch was compared to what I saw online.  I did only try ons with the 42mm watch and my wife did hers with the 38mm watch.  The band that I picked for my watch which was the black sport band was pretty nice.  I’ll probably have to use the smaller band for it to fit my wrist snugly but overall quite awesome.  I did also like the link bracelet but its over $600 and I’m not sure I want to spend that much on a band.  What surprised me was that my wife like the Milanese loop band but she pointed out that she would never really use it except for the sport band.

After our fitting (we didn’t even stay for the 15 minutes for 1 appointment since I’ve read all the info I could regarding the Wacth online).  There was a place where we could play with the watch interface so we went to that table and I started to try some of the fuctions out.  Since it wasn’t paired to my watch there was only a few things that I could do but it was still pretty cool to be able to swipe on the watch and use the digital crown.  The interface will take some getting used to since I can tap, press, use the crown, or the side button.  The goal is to not have to always look at my phone and also so I don’t miss any alerts.  I miss a ton of alerts because my phone is in my pocket.  I am definiely going to choose the Mickey Mouse face, I’m hoping that they add more faces or have them for purchase because I will definitely pay for a Donald Duck watch face.

All I can do now is wait patiently for mid May when my watch is scheduled to arrive. Hopefully it will get here before my wedding anniversary but if not, no big deal.  Still it was exciting just to try thing thing out in person. 🙂

So I bought an Apple Watch

Just like previous launches of things I wanted to buy, I woke up nice and early this morning to make sure that I could get an Apple Watch.  Not only did I wake up but I also woke up my wife so she could get one too.  I’m not sure if we are going to keep them but we wanted the opportunity to at least get them pretty close to launch day.  I’ve read most of the reviews online that were released lately saying that the Watch really wasn’t a must have device but thats not why I wanted to get one.  I wanted to get one to see how it would help me as I travel around for work.  I also liked the fitness piece about reminding me to get up from my desk and walk around more.  I’ve tried setting reminders on my iPhone to try and accomplish the same thing but that didn’t work so hot so maybe this will work instead.

I was surprised my wife got one too but hopefully she can use it for her half marathon training.  I was watching some of the videos online on how to use the watch and I think she’ll really like how it syncs up with the watch.  I might even buy her some bluetooth headphones for running so she doesn’t have to carry her phone with her while she runs.  I probably won’t run like she will but maybe I’ll end up doing something else like riding my bike more.

Another possibility is to sell them on eBay.  The Watch seems to be getting decent bids although I don’t expect things to heat up considerably until April 24.  Needless to say I’m a little sleepy right now since I woke up early and had a hard time going back to bed.  I scheduled a try on at the Aventura Mall tomorrow so I can see what it really looks like.  Who knows I might even buy another strap for the thing or I might turn right around and sell it on eBay like a lot of other people;.  The fact that it sold out so quick should be pretty telling that people want the Watch even though its a first generation device.  I personally have no problems with first generation devices.  I still own an Original iPad that my daughter uses.  Worse comes to worse, it’ll be come a tech collectors item.

All that remains is the wait….. 

 

Getting back on the skateboard

 

It’s been a really long time since I’ve been on a skateboard but it’s just like riding a bike, yu never really forget.  I think it was our 4th anniversary that me and the Mrs. gave each other skateboards since the anniversary gift was supposed to be made of wood.  The World Industries board on the right was the one my wife gave me and it’s super smooth.  The one on the left is the one I built for my wife since I still remembered how to put one together and what parts to buy.

Recently they finished resurfacing the entire community so the roads are all new and smooth so it seemed like a perfect opportunity to ride my board.  My daughter also likes riding her trike behind the townhouse and it was way easier to catch up to her on my skateboard than running back and forth.  Since its been a while some machine oil was needed for the bearings for both skateboards but both run so smooth now I encourage my daughter to go ride her trike so I can skateboard.

The really cool part was that my wife learned how to skateboard.  I was hesitant at first when we first got the boards because there wasn’t a good surface for her to try and learn.  Pebbles are a skaters enemy and causes a lot of spills.  My wife did awesome her first day on her board.  I made some adjustments to her trucks to make them a bit more stiff so it wouldn’t wobble so much.  She was able to get on her board and start heading down the street in mere minutes which was awesome.  I picked really good parts for her board since it’s faster than mine and it rolls a lot further on a single push.

I remember it was my 2 cousins from Malaysia that actually got me into skateboarding way back in the late 80’s.   Our boards back then were super cheap and made of plastic.  They were also really thin so if I tried to ride it now I’d probably bust my ass falling off of it.  I also spent a lot of time skating around with my friend Brian who lived next door to me.  We would tear up our boards and see how fast we could go down a hill (sitting down of course) that was near our houses.  I’m pretty sure that my original board is at my moms house in the garage.  I know she uses the skateboard I left there to take out the recycling bin since that’s what I used it for as well.

Overall it’s nice to have an excuse to get back on a skateboard.  When she’s a little older I’ll teach my daughter how to ride one.  Although the lack of hills won’t give her the same childhood experience I had with a skateboard she’ll probably go to skate parks and show up her old man in no time.