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Important Reminder - Your AmEx card will stop working tomorrow


This is important.  I wanted to double check with some of you.

Starting tomorrow, your AmEx/Costoco card will stop working PERIOD. Don't get confused and think you can still use your AmEx/Costco card at other places outside of Costco. 

Your card will stop working completely.  According to AmEx website, you cannot even access your web account starting tomorrow (June 20, 2016).

Good luck.

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Takeya Thermoflask Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle 40 oz (Twin Pack)


You pay less at Costco for 2 bottles, compared to a sinlge bottle from Amazon.

If you are lucky enough to find these Takeya Thermoflasks at your local Costco, just so you know, these are really good price.  This twin pack was $34.99.  Usually a single canister goes for $35.  These high quality canisters keep cold drinks cold for 24 hours, and hot drinks hot for 12.  I haven't used it yet, but I believe this is a good buy that will not be repeated.

I bought the twin pack and gave one to my boss that made him very happy.  I know, I have no shame.  So, I bought a thermo canister I've always wanted AND kissed my boss' ass at the same price.

This is why I shop at Costco frequently.  I never know what I'm going to find. 

Amazon is selling the identical bottle for $32.18 (plus shipping). 
So, you pay less at Costco for 2 bottles, compared to a sinlge bottle from Amazon.

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Keep Using Your American Express TrueEarnings Card


If you are an American Express TrueEarnings member, replacement card (Citi Visa) will be delivered to you by June 20, 2016.  We can start using the card on June 20, 2016.

There is nothing we need to do.  All process will be taken care for us.

Most of all, keep using your current American Express TrueEarnings card.  The reward Dollars will be transferred your new card automatically.

I stopped using my American Express card because I thought I would lose my rewards.  I shall use my AmEx card for a couple more months.

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Costco Shopping for Thanksgiving Dinner


Oh boy, I am excited about the turkey I'm going to bake in a few days.  I decided to take a short-cut on side dishes - I bought them all pre-made.  I am not done shopping yet.  I still need some snacks, a pie, and drinks.

The turkey is 20 lb.

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Costco Dylan George T-Shirts - Bought 40 of them.


I know this will sound crazy to some people.  But, this will make perfect sense to some others.  I bought 40 shirts at Costco (Dylan George).  3 different colors, but same design.

About 3 years ago I bought 29 Calvin Klein T-Shirts.  For 2 years those Calvin Klein v-necks were "my look" that I truly enjoyed.  Costco brought back the same shirts earlier this year.  They were the same design as before, but they used entirely different (stupid) material that they couldn't pay me enough for me to wear them.

After two years I wore out all my CK shirts, so I had to throw them out,  I spent over a  year looking for my new shirts with no luck.  Then I finally found these Dylan George T-Shirts at Costco.  It's the brand name I have never heard of.  They were only $9.99 each, and they fit me well.  They are slim fit.  The sleeves are shorter than conventional t-shirts - I like that.  It has a small pocket that separates these shirts from most t-shirts that are basically undershirts. I really like these shirts.  I found my new look. So, I bought 40 of them.

$400 is a lot of money, but, to me, this was a smart investment.  I wish had I bought 70 Calvin Klein shirts 3 years ago, instead of measly 29.  What was I thinking??  x_0

Anyway, I've been hearing random compliments about my shirt.  Some dude even asked me if I work out.  It's good to know they like my shirts, because they will see them for a few years.  Haha.

Stack of 28 shirts

40 shirts in the closet.  After washing them, I hang my shirts on the right side. I wear whatever that's hanging on the left side.  So the shirts will slowly rotate from right to left.  It will take 40+ days to complete a rotation.  It will rotate 9 times in one year.

* The picture shows 1/3 (33%) of the closet.  I also have a coat closet,

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Woolite Darks


*June 2015

Woolite Darks is the perfect example why you should shop at Costco regularly and keep your eyes open.

Costco doesn't stock Woolite Darks all the time.  After they are gone they may not come back for several months.  So, get them while you can.

I never knew such thing as Woolite Darks existed.  They are laundry detergent for dark clothes.  This makes perfect sense. I felt stupid that I didn't discover Woolite Darks sooner.

Check out the features. (from official website)

  • Dark colors stay vivid and bold for longer
  • Keep your clothes looking like new longer
  • Clothes like new even after 20 washes
  • Does not cause fading, shrinking or stretching
  • Ultimate protection for clothes with refreshing Midnight Breeze scent

After several months of waiting, I finally saw Woolite Darks at Costco.  I was getting sick of waiting for them, so, I bought 5 jugs.  Each jug was $12 after $3 instant coupon.  That's a pretty good price.  Both Target & Wal*mart sell 100 Ounce bottles for $14 each.  Costco's jugs are 133 Ounces each.

I still have a few full jugs of regular laundry detergent for regular colors. 

From this point, I shall separate my laundry in 4 different categories; darks, colored regular, whites, and towels.

I'm ready to make some bubbles.

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Visiting Atlanta, Georgia Costco - March 2015


I went to Costco in Atlanta Georgia!  And I stayed somewhere in Georgia for the weekend.  How cool is that?

More coming..

I miss Cracker Barrel, Waffle House, Mrs Winner's, Piggly Wiggly... and Southern hospitality.

I wish to retire in Georgia.

More coming.  ZZzz....

Landing in Atlanta, Georgia

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Visiting San Francisco Bay Area Costco - March 2015


March 2015

It was an exciting weekend.  I visited Costco in San Francisco Bay Area.  Flying from Burbank to Oakland was just about an hour.  I rarely leave my comfort zone.  It was exciting to face the unknown.

Friday: I arrived at San Francisco Bay area late evening. The first thing I noticed was that people seemed classier in San Francisco Bay Area.  We went to a fast food restaurant for a late night bite.  Young people working there were classier than what I was used to.  Later, a bunch of high-school kids walked in for Friday night fun.  It was a group of kids in mixed races.  They were all well behaved, quiet, and classy.  Throughout the weekend, I saw nothing but classy people.  People were different there.  It was strange, and I liked it.

Saturday: We took BART, a public transportation subway system, to down town San Francisco for lunch.  It was not busy because today was Saturday.  But, now I know how people in the Bay area commute to the big city every day.

I had a good, authentic Chinese food for lunch.  Then I learned that they didn't take credit cards. Pretty much all restaurants in China Town had "Cash Only" signs.

Sunday: We went to Costco in Danville (San Francisco Bay Area).  The entire warehouse looked familiar, except they had an insane amount of coffees.  They had about twice as many coffee varieties compared to Costco in my area.  For example, at my Costco we have Peet's coffee (Major Dickason's Blend).  At Danville Costco, they had Peet's Coffee AND Peet's Coffee Organic.  Most coffees had organic versions at extra cost. 

It was cool to see San Francisco Giant "World Series Champion" hoodies.  I felt the patriotism.

I didn't buy anything because I was flying back home in a few hours.

It was a glorious weekend I will never forget.  Good times..

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Costco Kitchen Faucet - WaterRidge


I replaced the kitchen faucet.  Not only that, I finally installed the water filtration system I bought 2 years ago (from Costco).

After Costco shopping yesterday I had a phone conversation with a friend.  I told her I bought a nice kitchen faucet at costco.  And, get this, she asked me how much it would cost me to install it.  I was a little offended.  She completely dismissed my mechanical common sense.  I am not clueless.  I build my computers from scratch.  So, I told her that there should be no problem for me to install the faucet.  I have never replace a kitchen faucent before, but how hard can it be?

So, today, I installed the kitchen faucent. While I was at it, I remembered I still had a water filtration system I bought 2 years ago.  So, I installed the water filtration system as well.

When the same friend came over both the faucet and the filter was installed.  She saw my new sink setup, but she didn't say anything.  She didn't say "Wow" or "Hm.."   Nothing...

I almost asked her to leave.  What do I have to do to impress her?  (don't tell me, this is a family show).


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Costco Tulip Bulbs


I bought a bag of 50 tulip bulbs from Costco about 3 months ago.  A bag of 50 bulbs were about $8.  yes, eight bucks.  It was a very good price.  Tulip bulbs usually go for $4 - $7 each at retail stores.

I bought them 3 months ago.  then I stored them in a mini refrigerator for 2 months.  It's called "forcing it" or "chill it". I just learn that technique.  I also made sure I didn't have any apples in my mini refrigerator.  They say apples will kill the bulbs.

I planted them on Christmas Eve.  I water them every morning.  I am now starting to see them sprouting out.  I am looking forward to see some progress.  I have a lot of small pots to give away to my friends and family.

More pictures coming...

Check out my cute, rustic pot setup.  I bought them at a garage sale for $1.00
Oh yeah, I should talk about garage sales sometimes... :)

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