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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.


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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Quck Update - Working 7 days a week



I hope everyone is doing fine.

I am currently working 12 hours a day, 7 days a week schedule. It's a temporary schedule because we have a big project. We will be busy like this for about 2-3 more weeks. I guess it's good. A lot of people don't have jobs in this economy.

I have absolutely no personal life.

I will try to keep in touch. I will try to share my boring moments. For now, I am very tired. I am having hard time waking up in the morning. I will be so angry if my next paycheck is small.

Christmas music is helping me a lot.

I don't have time to go to Costco. I would like a hotdog and pizza... :(

I can't wait to complete this project and enjoy a normal weekend.

Quick updates:
I still use Vitamix 3 times a day. I lost 2-3 pounds.
I received $201 rebate check from Costco.
I talked to some girls from dating websites, but never got connected with any.
I've been watching Spanish TV a lot - I try to learn Spanish.

Talk to you later.

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Sign of Getting Poor - Syrup I never heard of



This is my first installment of "Sign of getting poor"

There will be no more Costco maple syrup for me.

I went to Smart and Final and bought the cheapest syrup I can find.  I have never heard of "Fist Street" before.  What is this brand?  Can I trust this company?  Is it tasty?  What kind of chemical do they put in them? 

Who cares? I'm poor.  It was about $2.00.  So, I bought it and gave it a try. 

My first reaction was "Testing, testing... is this thing on?"  Because I couldn't taste anything.  There was a fainted hint of syrup taste.  I think I made it even worse by buying a lite version with 50% less calories.

Oh, boy...  it's tough, I tells ya. Embarassed

Update: It defeats the purpose of saving money, but I'll have to trash this syrup because there is no taste.  I will buy regular syrup such as Aunt Jamaima. I know some of you have extreme views against HFCS.  Me? I will make sure to enjoy food containing HFCS whenever I eat them.  The point is to do everything in moderation, and be happy.

Update 2: I bought Aunt Jamaima.  It's pretty good.

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Happy March. Keep in touch.



Happy March everyone.

I am looking forward to my next paycheck (coming very soon).  I've been poor for last 12 months.  But, I've been very busy lately.  I am hoping for a better paycheck.  My last paycheck didn't cover my rent. Yikes..

Because of my none-stop overtime, I am also very tired.

My only escape is listening to Christmas music every day at my desk.  It does help a lot.  I also turn on my Christmas lights and light Christmas candles.

March also means we have 5 months to go until we see Christmas at Costco.  Like it or not it's coming that soon..   about 25 more weeks.

I don't have time to go out shopping or write blog.  Also, I am still single.  It's pretty sad here, haha...

I want to do something fun when things slow down... but I don't know what to do.   I want to go somewhere far away.. maybe go to Costco in different state.  Yeah, that sounds fun... Costco in Arizona, Texas, Mississippi... oh man that will be fun.

Anyway, I need to go to sleep soon, so I can wake up at 4am.  I have a lot of work.

I will keep in touch.  Have fun.  Looking forward to Summer.  I can't wait to get back on my girl bicycle.

Wish me luck on my next paycheck and other stuff...

Talk to you later.  ZZzzz...

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Kathleen Edward died today 9 yrs old.



Little Kathleen (9) died today.

If you don't remember Kathleen Edward, please watch this video. If you want to know more about this story, watch more videos on this page. (click "read more" below)

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Green Onions



Smart and Final had a special price on green onions.  They were only $0.49 each (bunch).  This is when I buy 4 bunches, chop them up, and freeze them. 

I am supposed to completely dry them before freezing.

I saved $1.20 - $1.60 this way.  But, most of all, I will have quick & handy access to green onions for months to come.

If you live alone, you must use your freezer and food saver wisely. 


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