- Mayday Mikey
- Mayday Mikey
Photo shoots. As our friends from Speedhunters, Fatlace, Stanceworks, etc. can tell you….. it is by no means a simple task. It takes planning. It takes scheduling a day that accommodates both parties, it involves picking out a spot unique for the car that has not been whored out all over the internet, it is dependent on traffic, and there is a a perfect time frame to shoot where the sun is masked just enough that it bears no shadows. That is only the beginning….after spending up to 4 hours on a single shoot, you spend twice as long editing and water marking photos. So between all this planning and sacrificing free time from our everyday lives to put these shoots together, it is by no means a simple task. However, the satisfaction and appreciation I receive from everyone excited about us keeping the “Ricer Life” alive is all we need to keep this blog going and keep us loving what we do!
For those who weren’t aware, our fearless leader John P owns and operates not only the only Chinese foodtruck in Houston, but the most gangster! So gangster that The Foodnetwork found it appropriate to interview The Ricebox Food truck during their adventures across North America. The filming was for their newest series, Eat Street. The vision that Eat Street has is to show the different varieties of food trucks from state to state, and city to city. I’m really excited for Eat Street to air as it will show the in’s and out’s of the food truck community while also giving people a new understanding of how much hard work is actually entailed. When the Mayday collective found out Foodnetwork would be filming John, we HAD to host a mini meet, it was only right.
After the dust had settled and everything was finally over with, John P said something to me that made me ponder. He said every event no matter what…no matter how thick or thin, big or small, The car guys have always supported Mayday Garage . He’s absolutely right. There’s heated debate about the direction that the “car community” in Houston has taken, but I’ve seen nothing but great things and people. Just made me ponder how lucky I am to be surrounded by the most hardcore car enthusiasts I know right here in Houston, TX. It’s time to give back to the Ricers.
Shot and editied entirely from my iPhone 4.
- Mayday Mikey
This past Sunday, Kimo (Team SunWorks President) hosted his highly anticipated event, The All Team Bash. Kimo’s summer meet happens once a year and draws out the best of the best teams in Houston from show cars, to drift cars, to VIP cars and everything else in-between. Due to finals, I unfortunately was unable to get away from my desk long enough to attend ATB. John P also couldn’t attend either because he operates his food truck (@RiceBoxTruck) at the same hours of the meet. John P decided that since there were already a ton of ricers out and about, he would make the announcement for a private MayDay Garage meet later that evening. The last minute venue we had chosen was a cool little hangout called, Liberty Station, which sat on one of the most popular streets in Houston, Washington Ave. There was already Cinco de Mayo festivities going on, so hosting a small meet here seemed appropriate.
The good thing about Liberty Station is that they usually always have different food trucks providing drunken hungriness. On this particular day, 3 food trucks had come out for Cinco de Mayo but my appetite only let me try one.
The Happy Ending food truck (@HappyEndingsHTX) is what I went with since I hadn’t had it before. It consisted of classic Filipino style cuisine with a modern approach to it and it was hella good. If you ever see them out, TRY THEM! Get a burger or hotdog to try their bread, you won’t regret it. If I’m not mistaken, their bread is home made and has a really nice fluffy sweetness to it. If you’ve ever had Hawaiian bread, it tastes pretty similar.
What started out as a small last minute thing, turned out to be an idea to do more often. Since John P threw his last large car meet (MayDay Junction 2008), we’ve been scourging for different venues to host another meet of the same caliber which almost made us lose sight of why we started MayDay Garage in the first place. It’s not about big events of meets; it’s about keeping it on the street. The idea that came about is to have smaller meets, more often. Give people incentive to drive their cars more and just come have fun with us whether it be attacking the Beltway or grabbing a late night bite. Keep updated with our Facebook page, as this will be the main communication tool we will use to let everyone know when/where it’s going down.
P.S. – Not to worry. The revival of Mayday Junction is still in the works.
Shot and edited entirely with my iphone 4.
- Mayday Mikey
Hey guys, just wanted to shake things up and show you how we do things in our typical day-to-day lives! -Mikey
70 degrees with a light breeze throughout the whole entire day made it a perfect Sunday to be off of work. Being a full time student and also working full time, days like today where absolutely nothing is on the agenda is rare. Our ace photographers Khiem and Danh are out shooting weddings for extra car funds, Brad “The Brad” Baker is somewhere out on the lake capitalizing on his Sunday off, and Andrew is out enjoying the weather with his new wife. With David Do still out East in Baltimore breaking the law and Danny out of town hunting lions, that left John P and I. If you guys didn’t know, John and myself are actually roommates living together in the East End of Downtown Houston.
There’s a general routine on Sundays if John and I are both off from work. That routine consists of getting up balls early (what I consider early on a Sunday…) and heading down to Bellaire to get a bowl of pho. Bellaire is basically Houston’s version of Chinatown except that it’s more heavily influenced by Vietnamese culture making it more densely populated with Vietnamese restaurants, markets, and stores. Our go to pho place is none other than Pho Binh.
With a traditional family recipe and consistency in quality of food, it’s easy to see why Pho Binh has been written up by popular news blogs such as the Huffington Post. Today we went to the Bellaire location, next time I’ll show you coverage of the original location, which sits humbly in a mobile trailer on the Southside of Houston. This is definitely a must take place for out-of-towners when they come visit us in Houston. Linhbergh Nguyen from Speedhunters knows all about this.
As if we weren’t full enough, we headed just a couple miles down Bellaire to a popular juice bar conveniently named “Juice Box”. This place seriously has every crazy fruit combination you could possibly think of. Everything from fresh fruit teas, mixed fruit smoothies, and fruit shaved ice are made upon order and ready to deliver a for sure gang bang in your mouth.
From Juice Box, its always fun to walk across the shopping center into a Japanese gift shop called “Fit”. Take a dollar store on steroids with some JDM flare and you have Fit. Its always interesting to see what new home appliances or gimmicks you can find here.
Definitely a cool place to load up on the extensive selection of JDM candy or entertain yourself by looking at all the infomercial quality products.
This particular Sunday we decided to head out over to Track 21 to brush up on our driving skills. With gas prices through the roof, we decided to consolidate into one car.
Even though this was a last minute thought, indoor cart racing turned out to be quite possibly the best idea ever. It had been a few years since I was here last which made me forget how much fun this all was.
As the day began to conclude itself, we touched base with Khiem who didn’t live too far from where we were. Khiem recently just sold his super slammed and menacing 2JZ powered SC300 for something that suited his style a bit more. As sad as I was to see him not drive the SC anymore, he assured me that I needed to come over ASAP to see what took its place. As we pulled up to his house, low and behold a 94’ IMMACULATE FD RX7 sat nicely in the garage. I emphasize the word “immaculate” because the factory paint had zero blemishes and looked like it had never seen a drop of rain.
The loss of the SC was suddenly justified once I saw how tastefully modified it already was. The FD is definitely my next project car once the S14 is done! There’s just something satisfying about sitting behind the wheel of an FD and feeling like you’re in the cockpit of a jet. Look for updates on Khiem’s FD to come in the near future. Also, don’t worry SC fans! The SC may or may not have stayed within the Mayday group. There also may or may not be parts on the way for it. Keep your eyes out.
As the night progressed, the realization hit that tomorrow was indeed Monday. As David used to always say to me, I wish there were either more hours in the day or there were 2 of me. More blog posts to come soon about our day-to-day Ricer shenanigans! Also, if you’re from Houston and you ever see me out, say what’s up! I usually got Mayday stickers on me!
Completely shot and edited with my iPhone 4.