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Day 2… oh how very difficult you were to wake up in time for.. especially since I stayed awake till around 3, waiting for the food coma to go away and the food to digest after eating at the Wynn Buffet. So horrible. Anyway, woke up sick early, got ready, and headed over to the track around 7:30. Parked, then met up with the rest of the Yokohama guys, this time including a lot of the XO’s from YTC and YRC. We began setting up everything, starting with the cars and making sure all of them had the proper tire pressure and that the tires weren’t worn down. The press and distributors coming down for sure wouldn’t be bored with the lineup, consisting of 5 RX8s (two of them 40th anniversary and one of them a Mazdaspeed edition), 2 Evo Xs, an Audi A4 and S8, and a Porsche Carrera S Cabriolet. Anyway, not too much to say about the event. Entire track was open to use, also set up an autocross track on the skidpad, and that everyone seemed to have a very positive response about the new AD08s. I’ll let pictures do the rest of the talking.

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Stopped by to pick up a bottle of water before heading over to the track. If you know me, or were with us at Formula D Vegas this year.. you know what kind of fear I have developed for Iron Skillet LOL.

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The G Trailer.

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International Press and Distributors arriving.

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Before allowing to drive solo, they were required to ride along with one of the drivers to show the course layout.

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One of the many RX8s

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Getting ready to go on.

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The MS joint. Pretty cool actually.

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All cars were also equipped with GoPros, so drivers could put their SD card in and record their drives.

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New Neova AD08s. Amazing tires.

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RX8 on left equipped with AD07s, and RX8 on right equipped with AD08s.

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Out on the track snapping a few shots.

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Evo X.

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Driver was getting pretty nutty hahah.

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Evo X MR.

After a quick session, it was lunch time, so everyone migrated to the meeting room.

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List of what cars run Yokohama tires as OE equipment. Yep your eyes are not deceiving you.. they do supply to Boeing.

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Features of the new Neova.

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Advan A048. Still my favorite R-Compound tire to date.

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Advan STs

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Advan Sport.

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The star of the show: the Advan Neova AD08. Will be running these on my C63.

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Group shot!

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Audi S8. Would love to have one of these as a daily hahahah.

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Pro drivers now taking press along for rides to show how far you can really push these tires.

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“Hey I’m going to string the first three turns into a continuous drift. That’ll make the press happy.” LOL. You do what you gotta do man.

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Evolution Racewerk’s 135i. So sick. Crazy fast on the track.

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Can’t ever go wrong with bright orange wheels LOL. Evo was running hard until it started losing power. Not sure what happened.

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The three pros ready to roll.

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Waiting to be driven.

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Took a shot while JC was shooting down the straight hahah.

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Would love to try driving this later on today.

After all that, they went over to the autocross course for the rest of the day. Me, being lazy, stayed at the trailer and just kicked it with the rest of the staff. After everyone left, they had to start replacing the tires on all the cars in order for everything to be ready for the next day.

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Kevin taking off all four wheels on the 911

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Kevin #2 working his magic on the (dis)mounter.

After all that, we ended up getting back to the hotel around 8, where Allen and I started burning copy after copy of CDs containing the Yokohama Press Kit, product guides, and photos from today. Took about 1 1/2 hours to burn 34 CDs. We then had to wait for Matt to come and pick up everything so we could finally go grab some dinner. Now how do you celebrate after doing work all day? Easy.. by blowing yourself up with food! So, per Francis’ recommendation, we went over to the Mirage to Carnegie Deli.

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I ordered a “Woody Allen,” which consists of both corned beef and pastrami (REAL pastrami mind you.. not “stringy meat” ala THE HAT). I’ve already seen pictures of how large the sandwiches are, but really now.. how bad could it be?

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BAD. VERY BAD. BAAAAAAAAAD.

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WHAT. THE. DEUCE.

Yes. It really is that large. It was pretty much stacked to the height of a ketchup bottle. I ate half the sandwich, and the other half I just couldn’t hang and had to take home.

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Total was about 16 per sandwich, which really isn’t too bad considering the portions.

Now feeling super blowed, we decided it would probably be in our best interest to walk back to Paris from the Mirage, since it wasn’t that far anyway, and we’d be saving money from the cab ride.

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Walking out of The Mirage.

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Nice chill weather. Perfect for a nice chill walk.

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Still impressive every time I see it.

Anyway, took us about 15 minutes until we got back to Paris and into our room. I was planning to sleep early that night, since we had a sick early call time the next day, but that totally didn’t happen. I don’t want to get into specifics, but I’ll just say I got a call from someone, talked about something serious, and then the issue kept me up all night, to the point where I ended up going down and walking around the strip, ending up at the Bellagio, and staring out into the water, hoping to clear my mind. It kind of worked, but it wasn’t until I got a random call from Ms. Nancy Lin all the way from New York that I started feeling better. She, being the awesome person that she is, stayed on the phone with me for a solid two hours, listening and offering rather sound advice to me. Of course, also played catch-up during those two hours, since we haven’t seen each other for almost a year, so no worries it wasn’t just me being boring. Just kidding Nancy don’t kill me! LOL. But yes, thanks to her I actually got a few hours of sleep before having to wake up. Thank you miss, I shall treat you to dinner next time you’re back in town!

Yep. Vegas always brings troubles LOL. Just one more day before I can pack up and go home!

One mo’ gain.

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LOL. Poor Kid.

Anyway, last post on Vegas coming on later today/early tomorrow!

– Charlie

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Arcadia Ten Ren.

Victim of another careless driver.

Let’s see..

Young asian girl (probably barely got her license) + Brand new E92 M3 (either her’s or boyfriend’s) + WALL =

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This..

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..and this.

People of the world. Let this be a warning to you..

Never ever let your kids or significant other drive a powerful car like that if they don’t know what they’re doing.

I pray the two people that got hit have a safe and speedy recovery.

Please be careful on the road everyone.

Wow Charlie.. a whole NINE days without an update. Shame on you.

Once again, sorry for the lack of posting. In an attempt to explain myself, I’ll just say these past two weeks have been incredibly stressful and emotional. A lot has been on my mind, and I’ve been losing a large amount of sleep from it. I’ll try to go to sleep, only to find myself trying to process the thousands and thousands of thoughts flowing through my mind, effectively keeping my mind stressed and working overtime and therefore not allowing me to sleep in peace. I guess it’s just not the best thing being super over-analytical lol. It got to the point where it started affecting my work.. making mistakes where I normally would be aces. However, with the help of my close friends and loving Kallusive fam, I’m starting to regulate everything a bit better and am finally feeling more like myself, though not completely up to maximum efficiency yet. But enough about that.. no worries Chazzy Phizzle will be back up and running soon once again! You can’t ever stop this well-oiled machine.. only slow him down somewhat LOL. I do want to take the time right now and say Thank You to everyone who has helped me and tried to cheer me up.. you all mean the world to me =)

ANYWAY, just because I’ve had a few FAIL weeks, doesn’t mean that nothing interesting and post-worthy happened these past two weeks hahah! Mainly.. my roomies and I have FINALLY found a house for us to live in! After nearly two months of searching, we have finally succeeded in finding a property suitable for us, all while keeping rent within all our budgets! The house in in the K-town area, which is super nifty for me, since I frequently roll down to the area to eat, drink, or just kick back, relax, and wind down for the day. It WILL be a bit of longer drive to get to work and school every day, but I believe the house is totally worth it. Not to mention I’ll be living with the coolest roommates ever =) Stay tuned, for I will post up pictures of the new pad once we finalize our lease and begin moving in! Also, prepare for our HOUSEWARMING party of the century! Woooooooo =)

Alright, so now for some going-ons since I last posted. Saturday.. oh Saturday lol. That was the day we first looked at the house we’re moving in to. Who knew he would actually call us the next day and say that the house was ours?? Good stuff =) So yes, after looking at our wonderful new home, we were all feeling a bit hungry, and cold noodle/korean bbq sounded SUPER good, so of course we had to hit up The Corner. Even though their BBQ isn’t nearly comparable to GUI RIM, their cold noodle more than makes up for it lol. We all shared two bowls of cold noodle, and two large plates of Galbi/Kalbi. More than enough to split among one dude and four other chicks =) After lunch, we all wanted a little dessert, so we decided on some Shaved Ice. However, because of a little communication error (AHEM… JESS and JOAN LOL), we ended up at K-Town Galleria, when we needed to be at K-Town PLAZA. But we did eventually get our shaved ice, which was delicious =) We then proceeded to check out one last house, since we didn’t know whether or not we would get that one house, so we had to make sure we had a backup. Nice house, brand new, but not finished! Afterwards, dropped off Joan at her car, then Jess, Dow, and I rolled down to GLOW in Santa Monica. We walked around for a bit, ate and drank at Mariasol (great food and drinks by the way!), walked around some more admiring some of the art pieces, then rolled back to LA so I could drop them off at their car. After that, went back to the office real quick to grab a jacket and headed down to The Terrace in Pasadena, where we were throwing a little event =) Not much to say about that night.. other than a FAIR FAIR amount of alcohol, a ton of love for Kallusive, and Yardhouse sucks because they turn off their taps earlier than they say they do LOL.

The NEXT DAY, ohhhh baby… got that call early morning from Jess and Dow.. and we got the house! Woooooooo hahah. That was pretty much the highlight of my day =) Called my big bros, told them the news, decided to grab some lunch at Golden Deli to celebrate! Now if you’ve never heard of Golden Deli.. please just slap yourself in the forehead right now lol. I have yet to find ANYWHERE that has better Pho and fried egg rolls than Golden Deli. So yea, grabbed a great lunch, then rolled back to the house where we all just relaxed and watched TV, anxiously waiting for the ESPYS to come on! Sadly though, once the show started, everyone had to piece, so I called Allen up and we decided to grab some Korean BBQ for dinner. Didn’t want to roll to LA for Gui Rim, so we ended up going to that one joint in Arcadia next to CVS. Not the best stuff, but good enough to satisfy =P. Went back to the office afterwards to chill and finish up some work, then went back home around 2AM to try and KO. That’s pretty much it for the weekend hahah.

As for the week, nothing really too interesting went on. I did almost break down on Tuesday because of my current apartment’s stupid ass management, but after talking it out with them (read: threatening them back in person with two attorneys at my side LOL) and blowing off some steam at the range, I seriously felt like I was pretty much back to normal LOL. Other than that, I’ve just been working hard, getting our orders ready and making sure everything is good to go, and hanging out with some friends I haven’t had the chance to kick it with for a while. I am looking forward to the weekend though.. nothing really planned, but definitely nice to have a chance to relax hahah. All in all, I’m just glad that things are starting to pan out now, and I can’t wait until I move in to the new house! Hope you’re all as excited as I am =)

A few pictures:

Time Machine in the house.

Good crowd that night.

Some more people.

Yardhouse… Can’t believe you failed us. =(

I ❤ this place.

Always a full house. Be prepared to wait.

Some people lucky enough to wait inside lol. Yea that girl’s totally not trying to look LOL.

Phooooooo.

Best fried egg rolls EVER.

Too good.

Anyway, once again I’m sorry for the lag, and I’m even MORE sorry that this post was so ridiculously long! I’ll make it up to all of you some how.. just wait =)

I love you all.

Chaz.

Yes. Celtics take it home 4-2. Oh yeaaaaa!

Ended up last night at Yardhouse to watch the Celtics DESTROY the Lakers. 39 points… good fricken game ahahah.

Packed!

Love this bar.

So yes, Celtics. Paul Pierce… you are my hero.

P.S.

Gas is a bitch.

NOT EVEN A FULL FRIGGEN TANK! Had I actually paid for the full 22 gallons for my FX… probably would’ve been in the ~110s =(

So then, it’s currently 2 in the morning, and here I am sitting on my bed finishing up a ton of work. Of course since it’s so late, I’m feeling quite cracked out, but yet I randomly become inspired to write. And how could I satisfy this write-a-holic’s craving you ask? By starting my own blog of course! But what could I possibly write about what? Simple: Anything. Life. The World. Kallusive. Cars. Whatever. In any case, to the new readers who have unfortunately ended up at my little corner of the world wide web, I owe all of you an introduction as well as an advance apology, as what I may end up writing here may seem completely incoherent and may just waste your time, but hey who knows.. I might actually have something worth reading about once in a while. Anyway, my name is Chaz Tsai, and I’m the Operations Specialist at Kallusive Clothing. Here are a few tidbits about me:

– I love life, even with all its little foibles, because that’s what makes life interesting.
– I love my Kallusive Fam. Without them, I wouldn’t be the person typing all this today. One Love.
– I can’t stand being unproductive; therefore, I always push myself to work as efficiently as possible, either by just physically pushing myself, or by taking a more strategical standpoint and figuring how to make something even more efficient.
– I love cars, and will often spend ridiculous amounts of money into my current project(s). Currently working on my Infiniti FX35, and soon on my Benz C63 AMG arriving mid November. Be ready for more magazine cover features once they’re done.
– I treasure my friends and family more than anything else in the world. I will never ever leave a friend out in the cold alone if he or she needs help.
– I love spicy foods. Thai food is my absolute favorite. Lahd Nah or Pad See Ew, some Tom Yum Kai, and a plate of Kao Kham Mu, with some homemade chilies and a side of sriracha, and I’m in heaven.
– I tend to joke around quite a bit, but only when the time and situation allows it. If it’s time to buckle down and get serious, it’s game on.
– I’m quite tech-savvy. I like to be updated on everything that might be new in the tech world. This is also quite a bad habit, as it leads to…
– …me being a horrible impulse buyer. If you value what you’ve saved up in your wallet, I advise you to never go shopping with me.
– Creative Recs > Nike.
– Haters hate on me because they’re jealous of what I have and what I can do. Grow up and realize that if you took the time you used to try and sabotage me, you could’ve used the same amount of time to try and achieve something worthwhile.

So there you have it. Just a few random bits about me and who I am. If you’d like to know more, continue checking back every now and then to see what I might have updated about, or you can always contact me directly.

Chaz Tsai
Email: chaz@kallusive.com
AIM: Mr Chaz Tsai

And always remember. I am the one and only Chaz Tsai. And I make the impossible VERY F*CKING possible.