Sorry, I’ve been busy. I am here.

I am sorry I haven’t been updating my blog. I am here. I will talk to you soon. I’ve been busy. I need to take a vacation. Below is my available vacation & sick hours at work. I have over 6 weeks of vacation & sick days to take. Vacation hours will keep accumulate without limitation. But sick hours will be maxed out at 48 hours.


I need to take a sick day soon, before I max out my 48 hours. I love my job. My job has been good to me. But, I’ll have to be stupid not to take paid days off that’s coming to me.

Ideally, I would never get sick, and enjoy a sick day every two months. Sometimes I take road trip with my friend. Sometimes I go to all-you-can-eat sushi place for huge lunch. Sometimes I watch a lot of TV. Sick day is crazy good times if you are not sick.

I never took sick days in the past. I called in sick maybe once in my entire life. Then, 2 years ago, I finally saw the light. I’ll have to be stupid not to take all my sick days. When I worked for small companies, I felt guilty to take a sick day even if I was really sick. I was afraid I might not get my fifty cents raise. Now that I work at a large company, my attitude has changed. For example, if I feel lousy in the morning, I text my boss and say that I feel lousy that I’m taking a sick day. This doesn’t make me a bad employee. This makes me the employee who put myself first. So they better keep me happy or I’ll do business elsewhere. You are welcome.

Anyway, I am doing well – both physically and mentally. I will talk to you soon.

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Costco Shopping – March 8, 2019

11th Costco shopping in 2019 – $9.98 (today) / $1021.2 (this year)

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I’ve been enjoying Hoody’s unsalted roasted peanuts lately. Maybe there is a right season for them? I don’t know. But, sometimes these peanuts are not very good. But, lately they are amazing good. They are meaty and tasty. I eat them every day.

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Online Auction and Sniping

This is for those who appreciate excitement of online auction, and to those who want to know what it’s about.

I bid on an Italian (Lubiam), 100% cashmere coat at Goodwill auction website. Auction end time was Friday 3/1/2019 6:05 PM.

I was willing to spend a few hundred Dollars to buy it, alter it, and dry clean it. I decided $157 is my absolute maximum amount I am willing to spend at this auction. I would bid at the very last seconds, within 4 seconds. This strategy is called sniping.

I waited for 5 days and watched the price going up from $6 to $20 to $70. Two bidders, JR & SA were going at it. It was exciting to see two dapper bidders in action.

Finally it was my time. 9 minutes to go, my stop watch was synchronized with auction clock. By now, my heart was pumping hard. Time seemed to go fast and slow at the same time. I didn’t know at that time, but, 8 seconds to go, KG appeared out of nowhere and made his move, but he was 50 Cents below JR’s maximum bid of $75. Dang! so close. (FYI: maximum bidding amount is hidden during the auction).

3 seconds to go, I made my move and bid $157. Suspense was killing me. 5 seconds later I learned that I won the coat for $76.00. Soon, I looked at detailed auction history (below), and learned that KG was sniping with 8 seconds to go. Cheeky monkey…

KG thought he was slick, the only game in town, but he was still a student (or poor). He bid enough to beat current amount. But he didn’t know the other person’s maximum amount. When he realized he was outbidded, he didn’t have time to react. KG should have bid his absolute maximum amount, Then KG and I would have a fair battle.

Some people frown upon auction snipers. But, I am bidding at my best ability. I see nothing’s wrong with it. So, am I supposed to bid at my second best ability? As far as I am concerned, the best and the only way to bid at online auction is to bid your maximum amount at the very last seconds. You will have no regret if you don’t win, because you bid your maximum amount. You lost on your own term.

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Costco Shopping – March 1, 2019

10th Costco shopping in 2019 – $10.94 (today) / $1011.22 (this year)

Costco coupon was about to expire. I wanted to buy dishwasher detergent while it was still on sale. So, I make a quick stop to Costco on my lunch time – then I saw Kirkland Signature dishwasher detergent at better deal, without any discount. Naturally, I bought Kirkland Signature brand.

With this, I pay less than 10 Cents on detergent every wash. That’s not too bad, I think.

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Costco Shopping – February 28, 2019

9th Costco shopping in 2019 – $611.32 (today) / $1000.28 (this year)

** Purchase like this pays for Costco membership and more.

I am finally getting a dishwasher. To me, this is a life-changing event.

When I bought my house 7 years ago, the house came with a broken dishwasher. I never felt the need for a dishwasher. ‘Dishwashers are for rich people,’ I thought.

I had a similar notion on gardening services. I thought any man with able body should mow his own lawn and save hundreds of Dollars. It took me a year to change my mind. Now I cannot imagine my life without a gardener. And, lately, I’ve been thinking about getting a dishwasher. I started to think about how much time I will save if I had a dishwasher. A single man with a career should not spend this much time washing dishes every night. A grown man should not come home to see a mountain of dishes piled up.

Costco had $200 discount on Maytag dishwashers. So, I ordered one. It was a right time for me.

Order process was different than the time I ordered my refrigerator. It currently says “order received” – and I am waiting for some kind of communication from delivery company. We’ll see…

Update: 2 business days later, I received an email from Costco informing me to expect an email from a delivery service. I’ll get to schedule delivery, it says.

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Costco Shopping – February 19, 2019

6th Costco shopping in 2019 – $22.76 (today) / $361.47 (this year)

Today marks the landmark event. I finally bought meat at Costco for the first time. I was always afraid(?) to buy meat at Costco, because Costco meats were too fancy for my lifestyle.

I’ve been buying meats from local supermarkets only when they had special sales going on. Today, I had a huge craving for some stew. I couldn’t wait for stew meat on sale… so I thought ‘Why not buy from Costco?’

I did it! I am not afraid of Costco meat anymore

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Costco Citi Visa Reward Certificate

If you have issues with your reward certificate, I recommend you to ask Citi Visa directly via website. Use their Live Chat. Let us know how it went. Good luck.

I just received a Costco City Visa reward certificate amount of $358.14 in the email. I recently switched my monthly statements to paperless. This is the first time receiving certificate in email. I have been always receiving these checks (certificates) in paper via US Postal Service.

I am guessing they will send paper copy of certificate to those who receive paper statements (?). That’s my educated guess.

Again – You may receive your certificate on your own schedule. I happen to receive them usually in February.

Costco Citi Visa Reward Certificate 2019
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At Costco – Forever Stamps at old price until Feb 17, 2019

On January 27, 2019, the price of USPS’ first class (also forever) stamp went up 5 Cents to 55 Cents each. Now, a roll of 100 stamps will cost you $5 more.

Don’t feel bummed out if you heard the news too late. You still have a chance to buy 100 forever stamps at old price of $49.75 at Costco. You have until February 17, 2019.

After February 17, 2019, you will pay $5 more.

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USPS Postage stamps price increases effective Jan 27, 2019.

Don’t delay, purchase at current member prices in Costco locations through Feb 17, 2019.

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