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But, we needed a place for Costco shoppers to say hi.
I hope you enjoy the stay. Have a nice day.


Back to Work


Happy Monday to you all.

I can NOT believe I have to go back to school, I mean, work.

I enjoyed a glorious Thanksgiving weekend.

I went to Costco twice this Thanksgiving weekend.  I ate 2 Costco hotdogs and 1 slice of combination pizza. I did a lot of shopping on Wednesday night.  I went to 9 stores Wednesday night when there were not a lot of people out  shopping.  I avoided Black Friday shopping altogether.

Most of all, I made so far the best turkey ever in my life.  The turkey was amazing.  I almost finished eating the whole bird.  I only have one block of breast meat left.

You can catch up on my Thanksgiving tweets (with pictures) here.

Merry Christmas!  Talk to you soon.

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Just Checking In - Get your turkey ready


Thanksgiving weekend is only 2 weeks away Surprised

Things have already started to pick up speed.  I am already little sad that Christmas will go away in 2 months.  Only 2 months!  I hope time will pass slower.

I do have a female friend this year (or two).  But, again, I will be home alone, baking turkey on Thanksgiving Day. Which is perfectly fine.  Baking turkey alone has became an annual event.  It's really fun baking turkey alone.

FYI: This will be my 4th straight Thanksgiving day I will be home alone.

And I love it when I receive greetings from my website visitors.  Please don't forget about me this holiday season.  I am thinking about doing a live video of my kitchen again.

A lot of things are different this year.  I may be invited to 1-2 Thanksgiving dinners.  I may have people dropping by.  I have a big kitchen now.  Baking turkey will be super fun.

I hope, one day, I will be invited to a Thanksgiving dinner from my website visitor from far away (different city, different state, different country ?)

Get ready.  We'll keep in touch.
Send in your turkey pictures. 

To me, November & December are 2 months of non-stop Christmas music, sentimental feelings, and absolutely nothing to worry about.

And a lot of Costco shoppings.

Good times.


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Kitchen Table (pic)


Here's a picture that's long over-due (for a handful of special visitors). 

Pictures of my dining area: 3 years ago and now.



October 2012.  Flowers are cut from front yard.
Picture on the wall and the figurine are from ROSS (my other favorite store)

The previous home owner left this dining table and chairs (Thank God).

** I am expecting a female company in a few hours.  I bought 2 lobster tails yesterday at Costco.  I am so nervous, I'm gonna pass out.  Wish me luck~!! Innocent 

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Interview with CNBC


I received an interesting email this morning.
CNBC wanted to interview me about why I love Costco (for their TV program).  They made it sounds like I may be coming back for future interviews.

It was very interesting... I thought about it.  My heart was pumping.

But, I had to say "No, Sorry"

There is nothing against CNBC or using media for personal gain.  I am humbled that they even took time to contact me.  I will start watching CNBC now.

But, 1) I would be terrified to do interview for TV   2) I was worried about my privacy.  I talk too much about my personal life on my website.  With a TV interview, I would be giving up my privacy.  3) I can't just get on the media and talk about Costco without Costco's permission.

If I talk about Costco on media, Costco may sue me for it & etc...  bad things can happen.  So, I'll have to stay safe for now and think about the future of my website.

Anyway, I still think about "what if"

Interesting day...


I keep in touch with a PR person at Costco headquarter.  For this kind of interview, I will check with Costco's PR person before doing anything.

Last year, I gave Huffington Post a phone interview for a different website I own.  At the end, she made me look bad on her news article.  I still have a sour taste from that experience.

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(pic) Sunday Morning


I know there are handful of people dying to see my personal pictures.

Sunday morning pan cake breakfast

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First Christmas Gift - 2012


I received my first Christmas gift of 2012 from my new neighbor.

Story continues... :)

First Chirstmas Gift 2012

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Looking for a house to buy


I am officially looking for a house to buy.  I started to look today.

I've been saving and waiting.  I think now is time to buy a house.
I have almost perfect FICO score.  I saved enough for down payment.

For many years, I've been not eating things I wanted to eat. I've been drinking water instead of soda.  I was very careful with money.

When I become a home owner I will have to rent out at least one room.  I hope I make more money, so I can live alone.  I can't trust anyone to live in my house. 

Anyway, this will be my only blog about house shopping.

Maybe, one day, you will notice that backgrounds of my pictures are different. 
Maybe not :(

I wanted to find true love while I live in this small apartment.  That was my dream wish.  But, it's OK.  I'll just keep it positive as always.

I am so looking foward to 3 days Memorial Day Weekend.
Talk to you later.


HEY!  Get off my lawn!  Damn kids.
Hehe, just practicing.

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Terrified - The Weekend of Horror


I was at my computer desk in the living room with the front door opened.   I like to open my front door so I can feel the cool fresh air.  Today is Saturday and everything was beautiful.

I heard some bird chirping close by.  Soon, one bird flew inside my apartment, it flew right by my head, and flew in to my bedroom.

Imagine the terror!  I freak out when I see bee.  Last week a lizard came in to my living room and I almost passed out.  This time it was a huge animal.

My neighbor, an old lady, told me that a smaller bird was being chased by a crow.  The bird flew in to my apartment to hide, and the crow almost followed in as well, she said.  Can you imagine that?  2 Birds?  A crow?

I grabbed a broom and slowly looked for the bird.  It was terrifying.  I finally found the bird.  I used the broom to chase the bird away, but that backfired.  This time I really lost the bird.  Now I had no idea if the bird was in my apartment or not.

So, I left the door opened...  and I fell alseep on the couch.

The old lady's granddaughter (early teen) woke me from the nap.  She asked me to look for the bird again that she would like to keep the bird for herself.  I found the bird inside the bedroom.  Oh, my God, it was disgusting.  The bird actually grew bigger while I was taking a nap!!

My neighbor with her granddaughter came in to my bedroom and we shut the door behind us.  The bird was flying in my bedroom.  This was a nightmare.   At one point both the granddaughter and I screamed like a little girl.  Then the girl saw me screaming like a girl, and started to laugh.  :(

Finally, the grandmother caught the bird with her bare hands.  What a trooper.  I think she's got pecked by the bird.  After a quick photoshoot, she released the bird.  It flew and reunited with the family.

I came back home and washed my hands like there was no tomorrow.

PS. Next day my neighbor told me that she faked being pecked by the bird to scare me even more.

Update: Next day, Sunday morning.

My other neighbor made me Sunday breakfast.  (I love my apartment.  I know a lot of people.)  I told her about the bird incident and we had a big laugh.  Then I looked at my neighbor's cat.  She was playing with what appeared to be a toy lizard.  And then it hit me.  Oh my God, not again.  Make it stop!

"Please tell me that is a toy lizard" I begged to my neighbor.  "Oh! not again" she complained, and she picked up the lizard with her bare hand. 

With her bare hand!!

I almost lost my breakfast right there.  Too much, man... too much in one weekend.

Look at that evil face...

PS. Did you notice those two animals have an exact same facial expression?  As if they shared a note...

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Favorite Time of the Week - Saturday Morning


Oh how I love Saturday morning.  It's my favorite time of the week.  Today is the day of endless possibilities, good food, rest, TV, and music.  And, the weekend is just starting.  I still have Sunday coming up.  That's too much good stuff.

Every weekend is a mini vacation.  Thank God for the weekend.  God bless those who don't get weekend off. (God bless single people).

As a weekend ritual, first I pick out the scented candle I would like to burn for the day.  And I make my weekend coffee.  I drink Cubita coffee in my Krispy Kreme coffee mug (AKA Sunday coffee mug).  I love this coffee mug.  I like to eat Costco's Christmas cookies with my weekend coffee.

I took below picture just now.  I am listening to funky 70's Country Music  (Donna Fargo, Margo Smith, Connie Smith, Barbara Mandrell... oh, Conway Twitty, of course.).  

My parents are out of town, so I will not be visiting them.  My mother is enjoying her mother's day trip.  So, I will be totally free this weekend. It's a beautiful weekend. 

Have fun everyone.  Take care. 

Sunday Coffee


I thought my blog was done for the day.  Then I got this guy in the mail box.

Check this out, free unlimited movie rental for a month at Block Buster (one movie at a time). 

So, I opened a "Blue Ticket" membership account.  I marked Saturday June 9 to cancel membership (28 days, to stay safe).  I estimate I will copy about 80 movies in 28 days (don't ask me how I do this).  Movies will look good on my new TV.


OMG, my dinner came out perfect.  I had to use 3 kitchen timers at the same time.  I eat vegetarian Monday to Friday.  I don't even drink soda during the weekdays.  Weekend is when I eat for fun. 

Check out the white plate.   It's new from Costco.  I tell you about that later. 

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I am back! (almost)


Be happy for me, my big project is about to come to an end.
Sorry my blog is dead. I am just too busy and tired, but I am still here. I will get back to you.

Few more stories:

A new neighbor moved in yesterday. In less than 24 hours, I learned that she works full time and has a boyfriend. That's my apartment (that's me).

I lost 1 Inch on waist. I lost about 4 pounds last 2 months. I now wear 30 inch waist Calvin Klein jeans. I didn't even try to lose weight. I believe in Vitamix even more. Maybe I have a tape worm. Yikes.

I am still single. A really good looking girl started to talk to me... then she disappeared. :( A fun thing about dating websites is that I get about 1 new girl every week sending me note. But most girls live far away. I don't know what they want from me when they are 100-1000+ miles away. I just don't get it.

At Costco Hot Dog/Pizza stand, Costco will introduce Hot Turkey & Provolone Sandwich for $3.99.

I still listen to Christmas music every day. I never get tired.

Finally! last month I made more money than I spent. I think my next paycheck will be about same. But, I don't know if I'm willing to work super long hours and give up my personal life for money. We'll see...

I can't wait to do nothing tomorrow (SAT). I will take a nap, watch TV, practice guitar, eat, eat, and eat some more. Oh, I will be listening to old Country Music tomorrow.

I just learned that next week is a 4 days week. We get Easter Friday off. I am so happy.

Talk to you soon. Have fun.

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