Getting a Nissan X-Trail

Nissan X TrailWell. It is not me who is getting a Nissan X-Trail, but my dad is. I talked to my parents last night and tried to get them to come to Sydney for a weekend. Then my mum mentioned that my dad is replacing his old Honda Accord with a new X-Trail. Mind you that they are actually living overseas in Taiwan. My dad was originally going to get a Honda CRV, but being a few centimetres taller than X-Trail it actually cannot be fitted into the double-deck garage in their appartment in Taiwan. "Sorry, I cannot buy your car because it is too tall!" Nissan is in fact not that expensive in Taiwan, as it is assembled locally there. Now my dad can drive that big all wheel drive to his clinic, which is just 10 minutes away from their place...

On the topic of cars, recently I saw a notice of pre-release of Daihatsu's new Charade on the local news paper, and it did brought me some memories... My first car was a 3 door Charade, which my parents bought in Queensland in '93. It has travelled between Sydney and Gold Coast (900km drive) for at least 5 times when I studied in uni, and driving a little 1.3 litre car on a 110km/hour motorway was not that pleasant. But then we had some fun past time with it. I still remembered that when I was in high school, and on Sundays when we went to our friends' place to jam, my younger brother and I would pack my electric guitar, a practise amp with cable and effects, and check out this - a 5 piece drum set that my brother plays into the boot and backseat of that tiny little Charade. It's capacity always amazed me. And when I was moving placce in Sydney, I once packed a mid-size fridge at the back, with the hatch back opened... But someone trashed the Charade in '99, when a car crossed the red light and ran into its side on High Street near UNSW. And it is now history. I don't think I'll be getting a Charade again, as there might be "family expansion" sometime next year (if God's willing). But I do miss driving small cars :)

Okay. That's the random blog for today...