This is a personal blog. I am not affiliated with Costco in any way.
But, we needed a place for Costco shoppers to say hi.
I hope you enjoy the stay. Have a nice day.


Chocolates Of the World & European Cookies - Revisited



Remember this picture from last year?

I bought five jugs of Chocolates of the World and three cans of European cookies 10 months ago (October 14, 2010 blog)

from October 14, 2010 blog

On my blog I said something about my self control.   And I also said these chocolates would last a year.

Today is August 10, 2011.  I still have one and a half jugs of Chocolates of the World.  I have more than a half can of European cookies. Cookies are in the refrigerator. One jug of Chocolates of the World is in the freezer.  It's been frozen for 10 months.

I have been enjoying these snacks for last 10 months.  I eat one or two Chocolates every week.  I enjoy cookies with or without coffee.  My friends freak out when I serve these for them.  Stocking up on these Christmas snacks was a good idea. 

I hope Costco will carry them again this season, so I can do the same for next year.  But, I don't think I can spend $80.00 like the last time.  I am so poor this year.  I just thank God I still have a job.

These snacks are Costco's Christmas tradition.  If you haven't tried them, don't miss out this year.

August 10, 2011 - 10 months later

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My Nephew



I went on an Alaskan Cruise last week.

We all had super good times.  I still think about the cruise.  I have a small Alaska Airline model airplane sitting at my work desk.  I play with the model plane whenever I have time.

But, this story is about my nephew, and the lesson I learned.

My nephew was at the cruise also.  I think he had THE best time among all of us.  I mean, he lived my childhood dream.  He was very cool.  It was like watching a movie.

My nephew is 16 years old, tall, and fit.  He's in high school football team.  As soon as he got on the ship, he started to look for kids at his own age group so he can introduced himself.  He made a lot of friends quick.

Looking back at myself when I was 16:
I was never like my nephew.  If I was at his situation, I would be too shy to introduce myself.  It would be too awkward for me to walk up to somebody and say "Hi, I'm John".  I would pretend that I didn't notice the girls.  Or, if I see other guys, I would give them evil eyes or something... like I don't care (sending negative message for no reason).

Back to my nephew:
On day 2 or 3, my nephew had a buddy.  Then the group got bigger.  He had a female friend as well.  At the end, he had about 10 buddies.

On day 6, when we were at Victoria Canada, I caught my nephew walking casually around the town with a girl from the cruise ship.  They looked so cute together.  I said hello to the couple.  The girl was from Florida (my nephew lives in California).

My sister said that, on the last day of the cruise, my nephew came back to the room crying.  Group of kids said final good-bye.  I can imagine the pain at that age.  I remember...

I looked up my nephew on FaceBook.  I saw a bunch of guys saying "I love you bro" or "I miss you, man".   He wrote "The best week of my life".  There were pictures of my nephew with girls as well.

I had a lot of fun at the cruise.  But, I keep thinking about my nephew.  He had a week right out from a movie.  He lived my dream.  It was beautiful.

Lesson I learned from my nephew:
Life is like a cruise ship.  We are all in the same boat and everyone will leave the ship soon.  We can get off the ship alone, or we can get off the ship with awesome memories like my nephew.  I still have some time left in my journey through life.  I am going to be more friendly and active when I meet new people.  I would like to be cool like my nephew.  Life will be more meaningful this way.


I must get back to work now.  I have a lot of work backed up from last week. Talk to you later.

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Can't Go Wrong with Whispering Chorus (music)



This blog is for lovers only. Kiss

I came to this conclusion long time ago that, for love song, you cannot go wrong with any song that contains soft whispering background vocals.

If a girl doesn't like any of these songs, I wouldn't go out with her.  Why even bother when she is that insensitive and dry?  hehe..

Here are a few examples of whispering songs from top of my head.  If you think of any other whispering songs, please let me know.


This is my favorite. Ah~ the memories of the 90's

Randy Crawford - In my life

This is my favorite song, but YouTube took this one down :(


I love this song since I don't know when.

 Dr. Hook - Sharing the night together


Another oldie - This version is better than Sam Cooke's original version.  You know why?  That's right, because it's got whispering chorus.  That's why.

Mickey Gilley ~ Bring It On Home To Me


Everyone loves this number

Gino Vannelli - I Just Wanna Stop


I hope you are having a beautiful Summer (now that I picked out the make out songs for you).

Keep your eyes open for Christmas items when you go to Costco.  Christmas starts in Summer in Costco.

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Sometimes it's better not to tell you what happened.

But, here's a card.

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Sign Of Getting Old - Chatting With A Young Co-Worker



Sign of getting old.

My co-worker "R" shares the cubicle wall with me.  Without the cubicle wall, we would be looking right at each other.

Below is a copy of our communication at work.  It's a sign of me getting old.

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Personal Stuff (updates)



Below is random items.  Just keeping you updated.

  • I have 10-20 personal websites.  I moved all my websites to another hosing company.  Then I changed my mind and moved them all again to yet another company.  I was super busy for 2 months with this project  (I am still working). This is the main reason why I've been neglecting this website. 
  • I just bought 4 Santa hats from eBay (Yes, I know...).  But I am not happy about their quality.  Quality of these eBay Santa Hats are getting worse every year.  I am thinking about buying an expensive Santa hat so this Christmas season will be more fun.
  • I'm trying to find the best way to make my apartment smell like Christmas (cinnamon/apple).  I tried boiling cinnamon last night, but I wasn't happy with the result.  I like Yankee Candle, but they are expensive.  I just ordered a small amount of cinnamon oil.  I hope this is good.  Then I will buy a gallon. 
  • Thank God it's June.  Now I have health insurance.  There was a major change at my work and I lost my health insurance last month.  Now I am insured again (beginning June 1st).  I have less coverage now.  I need to stay healthy.
  • I need to rollover my 401k - I have no idea what I'm doing.   I need to research more.  The accounting lady (at work) is waiting for me to get this done ASAP.
  • I still have the same job.  But, we are over-hauling our company structure.  I will be making even less money.  I mean, starting next month, I may make less money than what I need to survive.  :(
  • I would like to buy a bicycle from Costco.  (more coming).
  • I've been drinking a lot of tea.  I drink coffee more, but I spent a lot of money on tea & tea accessories.  I've been doing a lot of experiments.  It came to the point that, when desired, I would add kitchen spices such as basil & fennel seeds to my tea. (more coming).
  • There is a guitar I want so bad.   It's ESP M-II ($1800 + Case).  I've been eye-balling this guitar for over 1 year now.  It's very expensive and I don't have this kind of money.  But I would really like to have that guitar.

I am busy & distracted.  I need to take care of big items on my list.

Dispite everything going on I am having fun every day.  "Life" is the best thing to play with, and we all have it.  How lucky are we?  Times are tough for a lot of us, but we are not going to starve to death.  Most poor people still have cable TV and cellular phones. 

Let's stay positive and try to do something every day to make things better.  Just don't get sick and have fun, everything will be OK.  God bless sick people (my parents included).


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Another Lazy Spells - Planning a Perfect Weekend



I am going through another lazy spells.
Not much is going on with my life.

Like I always say, boring is good. To me, boring is the ultimate happiness. Nobody around me is sick or dead.  I visit my parents and they are always happy.  I go to work every day and have fun.  There is no "News".  I didn't win a lottery.  But, I didn't lose a job. Boring is good. 

I've been feeling tired and lazy lately.  So I took things slow.  I went to Costco today on my lunch time, but I didn't buy anything special.

I am planning for a perfect weekend.

This weekend, I will be totally home alone.  I don't even have a date.  I am very excited about this weekend alone.

I will fix good meal, practice guitar, work on computer, visit my parents, watch movies, watch NBA finals, eat out, go to farmers market, go to Costco, work on my websites, drink good coffee and tea,  wake up early to enjoy morning...

I plan to dedicate 1 day to listen to Christmas music a lot.

I hope to start my weekend on Friday 4pm by visiting my parents for dinner.   I used to take my parents out to lunch and dinner and give them some cash too.  Now, my parents treat me, and they give me cash.  They have more money now.

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Bad design on men's underwear. Why ???



This had been my complaint for about 20 years.  But, I couldn't complaint to anyone because of nature of the topic.  This is about how some manufacturers design men's underwear.

I couldn't hold it to myself anymore.  I have to share this with you.  I would like manufacturers to read my post and fire the guy who came up with this God awful design.

It's difficult for me to buy underwear that looks "Normal".  I just want a simple low-rise underwear that feels comfortable.  I do not want my underwear to bother me in anyway.  I wear my underwear inside out so the seams (stitching) will face outside.  I believe underwear are meant to be worn outside in.  I also wear tank-tops inside out for that reason (to avoid seams on shoulders).

But some manufacturers take extra effort to come up with bothersome features on men's underwear.

Take a look at this (below).

I found these at ROSS.  They look lovely.  That's exactly what I like.  But...

Look at the red circle.  Do you see the extra seam that's stitched in?  Do you know how uncomfortable that is against men's (ehem) skin?

They had absolutely no reason to put that extra stitch there.  No reason at all.  But, they had to put that there.  I don't know what they were thinking.

Additionally, that particular area had extra layer of material so it will be durable.  In return, that will make men (ehem) extra warm with less air circulation.  Yikes...

This is truly an anti-male design.  If you are a girl and worry about your boyfriend cheating on you?  Buy these for your man.  It will FIX him.  Yikes...

Can I please have some underwear with no extra stuff built in?  Thankfully, there are plenty of normal underwear out there.  I just have to look for them harder.  Gag me with a spoon.

Hanes now makes underwear with no tags.  I applause Hanes for that.  I always cut the tags off as soon as I buy underwear & T-shirts.

This is NOT a photo of myself


Here's an image from my past blog:  Tags, tags... (08/03/2009)

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GTE Phone Bill from 1999



There is a massive cleanup project going on at my apartment.  My place was really messy.  I finally decided to clean everything I see.  That's what I'm going to do for next few weeks.  If I see it? I will clean it.  After that, I shall keep my place clean forever. 

I shreded a lot of papers.  Then I found this 11+ years old GTE phone bill.  Whatever happened to GTE?  I think they are no more.

Anyway, This phone bill made me to stop and think about my life 12 years ago.  Life was simple back in 1999, except for the Y2K fiasco.  I used to rent a room.  I made little money, but I didn't have much worries.  I used to drive a beat up white convertable.  My hair was even longer then now, and I used to wear a cowboy hat on top of it. 

1999 was the year I decided to go back to school for a BS degree.   I was sick and tired of being poor.   I enrolled myself into a super expensive private university and took out a loan.  I wanted to make more money.  I wanted to be rich.  And, most of all, I wanted to own my own house to prove that I made it.

I still don't own my own house.   I have a one bedroom apartment now.

I still have fun.  I manage to save some.  I am still going for home ownership.  We're all having tough time in this economy.  But I try to look at the bright side.

GTE Phone Bill


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(pic) Under My Bathroom Sink.



I am going through a slow blogging season again. 

I am fine.  My work is repetitive and nothing special is going on.

I just don't find time to write anything.  Also, nothing is going on.


I missed 5 Costco Shopping blogs - because I didn't buy anything fun.

I am totally out of Coffee.  Costco didn't have Starbucks Coffee coupon for 5 months now.  Next time I see Starbucks Coffee coupon, I will buy 5 bags.

I am planning for a super vacation (coming up).

Anyway, I hope I will have some fun stories I will share. 


This is how under my bathroom sink look like.

I use baby shampoo from 99 Cents Only Store.  They are cheap and gentle.

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