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    Quote Originally Posted by Odyssey-Boy View Post
    not really, i bought alot of M sizes T shirts and waist 32 jeans...

    for brand like Gap, tee shirts just cost around 5 USD and jeans like levis are 19.90 USD..
    Gap I never buy in outlet. Since during sales, Gap shirts in Gap stores are very cheap anyway.

    And for Levis, outlet ones all have their tags cut (back in my day) and during normal sales in dept stores, levis were going for around $30 anyway (for local warranty sets... LOL).

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    Gap I never buy in outlet. Since during sales, Gap shirts in Gap stores are very cheap anyway.

    And for Levis, outlet ones all have their tags cut (back in my day) and during normal sales in dept stores, levis were going for around $30 anyway (for local warranty sets... LOL).
    if possible, i would dream to migrate to Minneapolis. The cost of living there is much cheaper.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Odyssey-Boy View Post
    if possible, i would dream to migrate to Minneapolis. The cost of living there is much cheaper.
    I would never want to live in Minneapolis.

    I prefer the west coast, San Francisco or bay area would be nice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Odyssey-Boy View Post
    not really, i bought alot of M sizes T shirts and waist 32 jeans...

    for brand like Gap, tee shirts just cost around 5 USD and jeans like levis are 19.90 USD..
    wah can go there n grab loads back! 5USD.... its like only 7 sgd!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bitez View Post
    wah can go there n grab loads back! 5USD.... its like only 7 sgd!!!
    Wait till you see the prices on shoes at Nike Factory store...

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    Wait till you see the prices on shoes at Nike Factory store...
    Usd 19.99 for a pair of running shoes!!
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    Wait till you see the prices on shoes at Nike Factory store...
    Quote Originally Posted by Odyssey-Boy View Post
    Usd 19.99 for a pair of running shoes!!
    wah seh... i jus got a pair of nike running ones at 47 sgd at the nike sale 2 weeks ago...

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    hey, would you guys recommend renting a convertible to drive from sanfran to LA via highway one in late jan ?

    -- reasons : to "enjoy" the drive, probably once in a life time drive down the coast
    -- concerns: road conditions, cold weather

    It will be a laid back drive, taking 2.5 days to reach LA.


    cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by overdodo View Post
    hey, would you guys recommend renting a convertible to drive from sanfran to LA via highway one in late jan ?

    -- reasons : to "enjoy" the drive, probably once in a life time drive down the coast
    -- concerns: road conditions, cold weather

    It will be a laid back drive, taking 2.5 days to reach LA.


    cheers
    It is still very cold in Jan...

    in Mar-May or Sep-Nov a convertible would be perfect.

    And don't forget, convertibles have much smaller boots (called "trunk" in USA).

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    Rent cars that SG don't have.

    But for me, I would rent a comfy SUV like a GMC or Hummer, on highway set it to cruise control, and enjoy the journey.

    A convertible may be too small even for a couple in my opinion.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Odyssey-Boy View Post
    Rent cars that SG don't have.

    But for me, I would rent a comfy SUV like a GMC or Hummer, on highway set it to cruise control, and enjoy the journey.

    A convertible may be too small even for a couple in my opinion.
    Hummer or GMC suburban? Set to cruise on highway? LOL.

    U know how much gasoline cost in US nowadays?

    Even in China (where gasoline is heavily subsidised) when one of my friends took the Hummer from a city in Zhejiang province to Shanghai, a mere 3 hours drive, the gasoline bill came up to $250 SGD ONE WAY.

    And there are much bigger convertibles FYI, esp in USA.

    Funny hearing these stuff from you. I thought you are a car enthusiast and expert...

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    Hummer or GMC suburban? Set to cruise on highway? LOL.

    U know how much gasoline cost in US nowadays?

    Even in China (where gasoline is heavily subsidised) when one of my friends took the Hummer from a city in Zhejiang province to Shanghai, a mere 3 hours drive, the gasoline bill came up to $250 SGD ONE WAY.

    And there are much bigger convertibles FYI, esp in USA.

    Funny hearing these stuff from you. I thought you are a car enthusiast and expert...
    C'mon, that is in China, but from what I remembered, fuel is around $2.79 USD for a gallon (around 3.78L) for a RON 87.
    http://www.vegasgasprices.com/

    But for me, I would definitely take a SUV. Partly is because I am going with a few friends, thus convertible is out for me.

    The last trip, which I came back from US a few days ago, my aunt and I borrowed a Mitsubishi Eclipse since it was a second car by her friend, 2 seater, go to factory outlet, had quite a problem... haha

    I am not sure whether you know about cruise control. But if you don't know, it's a feature that holds the speed of the car for you, so when driving on highway can relax, foot off the pedal, just concentrate on the steering.
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    Are you seriously staying in Oakland outside San Francisco? That area is nuts. Just about any American I have met tells me that. You are better off staying in Daly City. Cheaper, and it's a Middle Class neighbourhood.

    January? Cold? You have to be kidding. There's very few places on earth that has glorious weather all year round. Wait till you to parts in the MidWest etc., where it snows till you are sick of it and temps dive to -24 deg C and possibly below.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Odyssey-Boy View Post
    C'mon, that is in China, but from what I remembered, fuel is around $2.79 USD for a gallon (around 3.78L) for a RON 87.
    http://www.vegasgasprices.com/

    But for me, I would definitely take a SUV. Partly is because I am going with a few friends, thus convertible is out for me.

    The last trip, which I came back from US a few days ago, my aunt and I borrowed a Mitsubishi Eclipse since it was a second car by her friend, 2 seater, go to factory outlet, had quite a problem... haha

    I am not sure whether you know about cruise control. But if you don't know, it's a feature that holds the speed of the car for you, so when driving on highway can relax, foot off the pedal, just concentrate on the steering.
    Petrol is around USD $3.30 a gallon in California (Hummers cannot take 87). That translate to $0.83 per litre. That translate to Chinese RMB 5.50 per liter. When my friend took the hit for that huge petrol bill, Petrol in china was selling for RMB 3.60 per liter only. China's fuel price is a lot lower than USA. So I don't know what you are talking about. China or USA, Hummer or SUV will still take the same amount of petrol. And a km in China is still a km in the US. Imagine the amount of money you have to pay for petrol from a drive from SF to LA.

    Eclipse is actually a small engine car and doesn't really consume too much petrol. The older Eclipse (pre 2000) is actually a faster car with its turbo engine. The ones after 2000 are not very exciting.

    Of course I know about cruise control. Every car I've owned since 1993 has that. Even our old Cefiro in SG had it. Have you actually driven a car with one? Oh I forgot... you don't have a driver's license.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NazgulKing View Post
    Are you seriously staying in Oakland outside San Francisco? That area is nuts. Just about any American I have met tells me that. You are better off staying in Daly City. Cheaper, and it's a Middle Class neighbourhood.

    January? Cold? You have to be kidding. There's very few places on earth that has glorious weather all year round. Wait till you to parts in the MidWest etc., where it snows till you are sick of it and temps dive to -24 deg C and possibly below.
    Oakland area, really depends where you stay. Some areas are really nice... but south Oakland near High street.. that is gang town. But right across the bridge in Alameda, is rated one of the best places to live in the USA (top 50). East Palo Alto is the dumps, but cross the bridge to Palo Alto is another top 50 places to live in the USA with all the VC headquaters there and multi million dollar homes. Go figure.... LOL. Every city has its good and bad areas. That is why when travelling, you need to do enough research to know and avoid the bad areas. I remember one time I was working in DC and was driving after dinner. Took a wrong turn and got a little lost. Ended up on the streets of south East Washington DC... Man, it was a harrowing experience. I ran around 3 right lights to get out of the area fast.
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    Quote Originally Posted by daredevil123 View Post
    Petrol is around USD $3.30 a gallon in California (Hummers cannot take 87). That translate to $0.83 per litre. That translate to Chinese RMB 5.50 per liter. When my friend took the hit for that huge petrol bill, Petrol in china was selling for RMB 3.60 per liter only. China's fuel price is a lot lower than USA. So I don't know what you are talking about. China or USA, Hummer or SUV will still take the same amount of petrol. And a km in China is still a km in the US. Imagine the amount of money you have to pay for petrol from a drive from SF to LA.

    Eclipse is actually a small engine car and doesn't really consume too much petrol. The older Eclipse (pre 2000) is actually a faster car with its turbo engine. The ones after 2000 are not very exciting.

    Of course I know about cruise control. Every car I've owned since 1993 has that. Even our old Cefiro in SG had it. Have you actually driven a car with one? Oh I forgot... you don't have a driver's license.
    Alamak.. don't like that say leh.. I still got a year more for my driving license leh..

    Anyway I guess the older Eclipse got it's attention through the show, Fast and Furious in 2001, the Lime Green Eclipse, and the Veilside tuned Supra.

    In Singapore, I guess it will still be the same right ? Just imagine, take a Ford 4X4, 5.3L V8.. just imagine the fuel consumption especially in SG where there's so many traffic lights.
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    Given a chance to rent a pt cruiser or Suzuki sx4, which is a better choice?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Odyssey-Boy View Post
    Alamak.. don't like that say leh.. I still got a year more for my driving license leh..

    Anyway I guess the older Eclipse got it's attention through the show, Fast and Furious in 2001, the Lime Green Eclipse, and the Veilside tuned Supra.

    In Singapore, I guess it will still be the same right ? Just imagine, take a Ford 4X4, 5.3L V8.. just imagine the fuel consumption especially in SG where there's so many traffic lights.
    No... The old Eclipse was already very popular back in the day way before Fast and Furious. This is due to ease of modification and the relatively low price of that car and the option for a 210 horsepower turbo engine in that package. You can easily mod that car to around 600 horsepower with just an intercooler and turbo swap. But friends of mine who did that have blown their engines more than once... so LOL...Even till this day you still see the old Eclipse around. But do know that cars are co-branded in USA. So the American Eagle Talon and Plymouth Laser are exactly the same cars with the same engine as the Eclipse. And since the Eclipse and its siblings are cars designed for the american market only (mostly designed in USA with Chrysler), most of the parts are similar to american cars, and the a lot of the interior look really rough like american cars. Interior and ergonomics are not very well thought out. Especially compared to the flagship cars from Mitsubishi like the GTO or the Galant VR4 (4 wheel drive turbo).

    Not the same. Singapore basically drive less than 30 mins will pretty much reach destination. My average drive from work to home was around 1.5 hours one way back in the day when I was crazy enough to take a job quite a distance away. Used to live in San Jose and work in Monterey once... and another job was in San Francisco and I lived in San Jose... back then my day starts at 5:00am. I start driving by 6:00 - 6:30 am to beat traffic. Those crazy dot-com days... LOL.
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    Quote Originally Posted by daredevil123 View Post
    Oakland area, really depends where you stay. Some areas are really nice... but south Oakland near High street.. that is gang town. But right across the bridge in Alameda, is rated one of the best places to live in the USA (top 50). East Palo Alto is the dumps, but cross the bridge to Palo Alto is another top 50 places to live in the USA with all the VC headquaters there and multi million dollar homes. Go figure.... LOL. Every city has its good and bad areas. That is why when travelling, you need to do enough research to know and avoid the bad areas. I remember one time I was working in DC and was driving after dinner. Took a wrong turn and got a little lost. Ended up on the streets of south East Washington DC... Man, it was a harrowing experience. I ran around 3 right lights to get out of the area fast.
    Washington DC is heck of a funny weird place. The downtown area is generally safe as one should expect, but the outskirts are insane. Go further north into Maryland, you have some towns which drift between undesirable to desirable. There are some good towns of course, like Bethesda and Rockville. Go further up, you run into Baltimore, which annually fights with Detroit for "Most Crime ridden city in the US".

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    Quote Originally Posted by NazgulKing View Post
    Washington DC is heck of a funny weird place. The downtown area is generally safe as one should expect, but the outskirts are insane. Go further north into Maryland, you have some towns which drift between undesirable to desirable. There are some good towns of course, like Bethesda and Rockville. Go further up, you run into Baltimore, which annually fights with Detroit for "Most Crime ridden city in the US".
    Yup.. when I was working there, I was in Rockville. Nice but a little dry in any entertainment... Always ended up spending time (and feasting) in Cheesecake factory in White Flint mall...

    I am really not the East Coast type... I'll take West Coast any day.

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