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Just wandered into Country Road for the first time in aeons and picked up a couple of pairs of espadrilles at 50% off, reduced to $49. The rope soles have a thin rubber layer (rather like a Topy, really!) applied so they should be more durable than regular espadrilles.    If you're an espadrille kind of guy, given the low Australian dollar, you'll really struggle to get them more cheaply than this at the moment. 
 I think that if you have a look around various watch fora and do some reading, you'll end up with a pretty good idea of what a good vintage Carrera or Autavia should look like. Sites like "On The Dash" and "Calibre 11" are really great resources for Heuer enthusiasts.  The problem is, as Firenze Rob said, that prices for Autavias, some Carreras and some other vintage Heuer models have shot up over the past decade. A good, vintage Heuer now easily commands 4-5 times more...
 Yes, many parts of the US are still deeply, deeply conservative.  http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/01/business/catalog-interview-with-gloria-steinem-has-lands-end-on-its-heels.html?_r=0 Dare to feature an interview with a feminist who favours legal access to abortion and all of a sudden multiple organisations are threatening to boycott you...
Back on to the topic of watches again for a moment, I just read that Seiko has opened a store in Sydney:   http://timeandtidewatches.com/event-seiko-sydney-swiss-rivalry-and-sushi-style-bladework-four-things-you-need-to-about-japans-biggest-watch-brand/
 I guess that could explain why they're now extinct! 
 I've never been to one of the Komehyo stores, so I really can't say, although I've heard that Komehyo in Ginza does have a good selection of watches.  I have been to "Jack Road" and a couple of the other stores in the Nakano Broadway area and they have more mid- to high-end stock compared to Book Off, as Jack Road is purely a watch shop, but if you want a brand that is popular in Japan such as Omega or Tag Heuer, then the large Book Off stores have very good selections. 
 I had some great dog in East Timor, but the dog in Flores just wasn't as good!  Entirely agree on the "eat where you can see the cooking" philosophy - that's why the warungs/street stalls are so good.  Kaya toast is great.   Book Off also sells second-hand watches. I'm not sure what prices are like now, but it used to be a great place to pick up a second-hand Omega Speedy Pro in excellent condition. 
 I can heartily endorse the duck at Chairman & Yip.
 The Rootbeer GMT deserves to be forgotten!
 It really is inexplicable. Local food is often one of the highlights of travelling (yes, even eating boiled dog with dirty rice in a thatched shack in the highlands of a remote Indonesian island) and it's an insight into the culture and circumstances of the local people. The food stalls at night markets in SE Asian countries are usually great - cheap, fast food prepared right in front of you so that you can check ingredients for freshness, unlike food prepared out in a...
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