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Month of May , 2010

Random Pictures and Chat

Just a few pictures from this month

This is the camera I use - Having a good camera doesn't guarantee good pictures.  You still have to understand fundamentals & mechanics of it.  But, good cameras will free you from limitations.

When I say "good cameras" I mean Canon or Nikon at $200 - $300 price range.  Of course, it's better to spend more money if you can afford.

This instant coffee from Starbucks is very good.  This is perfect when I visit my friends and relatives who are not coffee drinkers.  Costco sells them and I would buy it if they were cheaper. 

Costco only sells Columbia flavor.  Maybe that's the only available flavor in the market.

I got this 3 packs as a gift.  Good stuff.

My friend measured my blood pressure the other day.  I have no idea what these numbers mean.  Anyway, she said it's good.

Lunch time

My blue jean close up at work.

Costco Will be Closed May 31, 2010


Costco Shopping - May 26, 2010

* 17th Costco Shopping this year, 3rd time this month.

I went to Costco today to relieve stress I have from work.
I should feel lucky that I have a job... but I am stressed.

I took my time and looked around.

I feel better now.

I am thinking about going back to Costco next week.
I find it theraputic.

Oxnard Costco Car Wash - Video (YouTube)

Check this out~!!

Oxnard Costco's car wash is opened already.  That was a fast construction.

At first, I was worried that there would be a long line.  I thought the line would move slow, but no.  There was no line because the line was moving fast.

Whole wash took about 3.5 minutes. 

I was instructed to put my car at neutral, feet off the break, and hands off the steering wheel.

I had to cut the video shot (at the end) - because there was a Costco employee giving me  instruction for me to wait for the green light.   I wouldn't show faces of Costco employees.

All and all, I am happy with the wash.

Costco Oxnard Car Wash
Payment must be made at the machine before you get to the wash

Oxnard Costco Car Wash

Pancake Breakfast (with SPAM)

All the talk about pancake mixes...

I had to have some pancakes for Sunday breakfast (with SPAM).


I think SPAM is one of the most under-rated food items.
Whenever people talk about SPAM, they make faces and/or say "Yuck!".  As if they are too good for SPAM.

But, the fact is that SPAM is one of the most popular food items.  I don't eat SPAM every day (not even every month).  But, I have to have SPAM once in a while.  I love SPAM.

I eat SPAM raw when it's freshly opened.  And I love it fried.

Finally Opened the Printer

Here's a printer I bought almost 2 years ago (September 2008).  I paid $50.00 with free shipping at that time.

My old printer died this weekend.  So, after 20 months, I finally opened this printer.  It prints good.  I am happy.

I went online and checked the price? They still sell this printer for $160 and up.

Dunkin Donuts Coffee - Disappointing

If you are a coffee drinker like me, do NOT get Dunkin Donuts coffee from Costco.

It tastes bad. It's dry and bitter.
I can't use it.
I can't give it to anyone (it would be insulting).

Maybe it goes well with donuts.  I don't know...

Have a nice day~!

Latest Coffee Inventory - May, 2010

Costco Shopping - Valencia, California

* 16th Costco Shopping this year, 2nd time this month.

I went to Costco in Valencia, California.

Valencia is a home of Six Flags Magic Mountain.
I went to visit my friend and to check out Costco.
I didn't go to Magic Mountain.  I had better things to do. :)

I really enjoyed visiting Costco in different city.  It was so much fun.

CK "Weekend" Pants
I have 19 pairs of almost brand new dress pants (slacks).  Good pants were mandatory at work back then.  But lately people at work started to dress more "relaxed". So, I started to wear jeans and stuff.

Anyway, I bought 2 pairs of "weekend pants" today. They do not have crease.  They happened to be Calvin Klein. Now I have 4 pairs of "Weekend" pants (3 pairs of Calvin Klein).

These pants are so good.  I love them.  First, they look good on me - my lady friends love them.  I don't have to iron them.  They are very comfortable.  They are $23/pair.  That's a very good price for CK pants.

I would like to get (at least) 2 more pairs.

Dunkin Donuts Coffee
I hate this coffee.  I would like my money back, if possible. :(

* Coupon saved $12.00

Six Flags Magic Mountain Sign
Valencia - Home of Magic Mountain

Valencia Costco, CaliforniaValencia Costco - My heart started to jump when I saw this beautiful view.

Yeah, yeah.... it says Prostate Health

Costco gave me (back) $50

Hello there!  I just got back from Costco.  Unfortunately my car broke down in the parking lot, but that is another story.  


Allow me to introduce myself.  My name is Alan, and I am from Seattle.  The main two Costcos I shop at are the 4th Ave store (which is the original Costco, let me remind you!) and the Issaquah store.  I go about 3-4 times a month, for both business and pleasure.


I buy most everything at Costco... food, electronics, clothes, household items, etc.  I am single and in my 20's, so not really too much bulk stuff, I like Costco more for the deals on everyday items.  


So back to today.  I noticed that the air conditioner I bought for my condo is now on sale.  I purchased the unit a little less than a month ago for $50 more.  I was not going to bring the unit in, so I brought the receipt in.  Fortunately for me, the Returns man was most helpful; he checked my receipt and gave me $50 cash on the spot.  Love Costco!


Of course I immediately spent the $50 and then some the very same day... getting a couple of Wii games (I just bought the Wii at Costco on Monday:), as well as coupon items Dove soap, toilet paper, San Pellegrino Limonata (which by the way, I take credit for Costco stocking as I wrote them a letter about the need to carry it... they listened!) and a copy of Toy Story on BluRay ($8.50 and comes with a free ticket to Toy Story 3!).  


I'll try to remember to post photos in the future.  Glad to be blogging here.  I am a true Costco fan.   

Costco Shopping - May 12, 2010

* 15th Costco Shopping this year, 1st time this month.

Nothing special...

Costco Coupons - May 13, 2010


They are here~!!

I cut 8 coupons so far.

I am especially excited about Dunkin' Donuts coffee.

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