Costco Shopping – Brushed Twill Pants

30th Costco shopping in 2018 – $223.25 (today) / $2516.78 (this year)

Late post:

I bought 12 pairs of Kirkland Signature Brushed Twill Pants a few months ago. I rarely wear jeans at work anymore, mainly because I got older.  I am too old to wear neon colored Nike like my coworkers.  I am too old to carry a Jansport backpack like my coworkers.  There is nothing wrong with jeans, sneakers, and backpacks.  If you are in your 50’s and 60’s and still able to rock teen fashion, more power to you.  As for me, I look better with Italian shoes and leather briefcase.

These brushed twill pants are pretty OK. I don’t have to iron these pants. I’ve been wearing them daily to work.

FYI: English Laundry’s 5 pocket pants are much better. I have a pair, and they are the best.

 

Art of wearing undershirts

This blog post is for men who want to look like a gentleman. This post is about gentleman’s undershirt, especially while wearing white dress shirts.

Some of us understand the art of wearing undershirts. Some don’t.

Any man who claims that undershirts are bothersome do not understand the art of wearing undershirts.  It’s nothing to brag about. It’s like saying “Jazz is boring”. It only proves that you don’t understand music. Ignorance is nothing to brag about.  It doesn’t make you look cool but it does opposite. There is art of dressing up like a gentleman, and undershirt is a part of it.

Can you see what’s wrong with this picture?

The outline of his undershirt is embarrassing.  Undershirts are important when you wear light colored shirts, shirts made out of thin fabric, or any shirts that are transparent.

Long time ago, a gentleman never took off his jacket in public. Because dress shirts were the undergarments. It will eliminate the need for undershirts if you never take off your jacket.

To get to the point (above picture)- he needs to replace all his white undershirts with skin colored undershirts.  Color of your undershirt should match your skin color or come close to it.  The goal is to make your undershirt invisible.  You can achieve that by wearing skin colored undershirt.  Unless they are looking very closely, your skin colored undershirts will be pretty much invisible to the others.

* Dress undershirts should be thin, stretchy, and should fit you tight. Dress undershirts are distinctively different than t-shirts that are made to wear outside

The most important reason for undershirt is to hide men’s nipples from showing through.  I can only guess that women share the same priorities when they wear shirts that are transparent. Any other reasons, such as comfort, will be far less important.  It is crucial for a man to prevent his nipples from showing through.  “Showing through” also means having protruding nipples that people can see the shapes of your nipples from outside. They are absolutely disgusting to look at.  Never, ever show a hint of nipples in professional environment.

** Some people put bandages over their nipples.  Although I don’t practice that method, I can see how that can work for some people.

My closet, July 1, 2018

Undershirts I own: Skin colored ($35 each – Amazon)Gray ($43 for pack of 3 – Amazon).

 

I own about a dozen undershirts, but none of them are white.

Why I wear undershirts.

  • To hide nipples. This is usually an issue with white shirts.  Colored shirts are usually safe.
  • To keep my body warm.  No matter how hot it is outside, a normal office is too cold for just a dress shirt.  Sometimes, I put on or take off my undershirt at work as the office temperature changes.
  • To keep my body fresh and dry.  Without undershirt, some days my armpits would feel damp all day.  Undershirts fix that unpleasant feeling. This is somewhat similar to reason why men wear underwear. It just feels better.

My closet, July 1, 2018

Undershirts I own: Skin colored ($35 each – Amazon)Gray ($43 for pack of 3 – Amazon).

 

Every morning, when I pick out my clothes, I also plan my undershirt according to.

  • On a cold day, I would wear a long sleeves undershirt.
  • On a very hot day, I would wear a short sleeves undershirt with a colored dress shirt in thin fabric (poplin).  I never wear white dress shirt on extreme hot days. Because all my white shirts are thick.  Thin white shirts are too transparent.  I would never buy thin white shirts.
  • If I will be outdoor on a very hot day (California weather), I may not wear undershirt. I will wear a colored shirt.
  • If I wear white dress shirt, I may wear sleeveless undershirt to eliminate sleeve outlines around upper arms.
  • Skin colored undershirts are the best choice.  But, I have number of gray colored undershirts, because they are cheaper.  I wear gray undershirts under colored dress shirts.
  • I cut all my undershirts around neck (front side only), so I can open top 2 buttons.  Most deep v-neck undershirts are cut too deep, so I cut them on my own.

Finally, the bad news.

I don’t know why Hanes and Jockey do not sell skin colored undershirts. The only decent skin colored undershirts I like are over $30.00 each (all brands).  I order my undershirts from Germany via Amazon. They are about $35.00 each.  Gray undershirts are cheaper, but they are still about $14 each.  Gray undershirts are better than whites.

I hope this was informative and enjoyable to some people.

Have a nice day.  🙂

Costco Shopping – June 29, 2018

38th Costco shopping in 2018 – $83.03 (today) / $2258.51 (this year)

Coupon saved $24.20.  Besides that, I didn’t buy anything exciting.  Wipe’n Clear is a box of 150 disposable eyeglass cleaners (wipes, towelettes). With $3 saving, each towelette is 3 Cents.  I only clean my eyeglasses with these wipes. Wipe’N Clear is not my favorite brand, though.  There are better ones out there.  But these are cheaper.  Wipe’N Clear is too wet.  They don’t dry fast enough.  And they leave a lot of lint on lenses.  Better (& expensive) wipes from Amazon will leave no lint and they dry fast.

I bought an extra box of Wipe’N Clear for a friend who wears eyeglasses.

One of my coworkers (I gave him a case of Cheez-It in May), displays a box of glass wipes on his desk.  So, anyone can take them.

I always buy beef jerky when they are on sale.  They were $4 off.

I will freeze Basil Pesto.  Hopefully it will last over a year.  I shall try and find out.

Costco Shopping – June 22, 2018

 37th Costco shopping in 2018 – $302.97 (today) / $2175.48 (this year)

I bought a pair of eyeglasses at Costco. Bought a frame for the first time at Costco.

I’ve been hesitant to buy designer eyeglass frames at Costco, mainly because I was poor.  If I put enough time and effort, there is a chance that I can find the exact same frames online at considerable savings.  Back then, I was willing to invest great deal of effort and time so I can save money.  Actually, I couldn’t afford a designer frame, period.  Just a year ago, I was wearing a pair of eyeglasses that I paid less than $50 for both frame and lenses.

I finally I came to the conclusion that buying designer frames at higher cost at Costco can be a smart move – depends on financial situation and how easy it is to find the identical frames online.

Searching online for the frame I saw at Costco can be a grueling process.  It can take many months.  And you may never be able to find the frame.  Additionally, Costco will charge you $25 for bring in your own frame.  So, if you can, just buy at Costco and enjoy your new frame.  It’s not about going hell and back to save $50.  It’s about enjoying higher level of life-style, the reason why I love Costco.

At Costco, designer frames rotate fast.  Your perfect frames can sell out in a few days. It happened to me twice this year.  I went back after a few days to look at the frames again, but they were gone.  Each time, I was informed that designer frames sell fast.

So, this time, when I saw the frame I liked, I didn’t hesitate.  I picked up a pair of blue Zegna frame ($129.99).  After I paid for it, the lady showed me a pair of olive/green Prada.  She said I looked much better in Prada, which I agreed.  So, I paid the difference ($40) and ordered lenses for Prada instead.

Total price for frame and lenses was $299.98. The frame was $169.99.  I have never bought a pair of eyeglasses this expensive. I better look adorable in them. I believe in owning multiple pairs of eyeglasses so I can match my glasses with rest of my clothes (how I feel that day, etc..).

After ordering a pair of eyeglasses, I picked up a bag of celery on my way out.

Do you see how convenient Costco is?

I saw Milky Way

I drove 8+ hours (round trip) to see Milky Way for the first time in my life.

Now that I think back, I believe I have seen Milky Way number of times in the past – I just didn’t know what I was looking at.

Milky Way looks like streaks of cloud.  It doesn’t look anything like what you see on photographs. It will look awesome if you manipulate your picture (kind of like below).  I used my point and shoot camera for below picture.  I can take much better pictures with my professional equipment, but my trip was not about photography.

I went to Joshua Tree National Park (CA), and I was disappointed to see glowing city lights all around. It was darker than my neighborhood, but not by much.  I have been to darker places in my past.   I am disappointed.  I need to research more and visit darker locations. Next time, I will bring my professional camera.

If you live anywhere in the world that’s very dark at night, please let me visit you.  I will pay for the room.

Raffle – Superfood Veggie Cakes – $60 Value

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Raffle winner will receive 48 packs of Superfood Veggie Cakes, $60 value.
Continental US only – they are frozen food.

Garden Lites makes healthy, gluten free, allergy friendly, frozen food.  Their muffins and Superfood Veggie Cakes are being sold in Costco nationwide. Their products are tasty and enjoyable.

Superfood Veggie Cakes are frozen vegetable cakes that you microwave. They are single servings of vegetable cake(quiche) that you eat warm. Please see pictures.

I eat Superfood Veggie Cakes in two main occasions.  First, I eat Veggie Cakes when I run super late that I don’t have 10-15 minutes in the morning to make Vitamix juice.  Superfood Veggie Cakes takes only a few minutes start to finish (opening of the refrigerator door to burping).  Second, sometimes I feel hungry at night.  I crave for something.  But, I refuse to eat a bowl of ice cream or a bag of Cheetos in the middle of the night. I want something light, fast, and satisfying,  That’s when I eat a Superfood Veggie Cake.  Additionally, I eat Superfood Veggie Cake whenever I feel like.

I had a bad cold last month.  I was sick and didn’t feel like cooking and anything else.  Really, I had no will to live.  Superfood Veggie Cakes came it handy while I was sick. They were much better than instant noodles.

If you are interested, visit their official page for more information – Superfood Veggie Cakes, or look for them at your local Costco warehouse.

Win 48 packs of Superfood Veggie Cakes – $60 Value
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Good folks at Garden Lites will send 48 packs of Superfood Veggie Cakes to a raffle winner. Good lcuck~!!

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Costco Shopping – June 18, 2018

36th Costco shopping in 2018 – $40.07 (today) / $1872.51 (this year)

Brussels sprouts I bought last time was not very good.  This bag was good.  I mixed them with mini potatoes and fried them with oil and butter.  I seasoned them with salt, pepper, and some rosemary from front yard.  It came out OK.

 

Costco Shopping – June 2, 2018

33rd Costco shopping in 2018 – $41.99 (today) / $1807.54 (this year)

Ruta Maya Organic coffee is good. It’s really good. You cannot find them at Costco warehouse.  They are only available at Costco website.

Here:  https://www.costco.com/CatalogSearch?dept=All&keyword=Ruta+Maya

I don’t understand why Starbucks Coffee is so popular.  You get better tasting coffee at fast food restaurants such as McDonald’s, Wendy’s, and Burger King.  So far, Ruta Maya is the best coffee I know.  If you know any other good coffee, please let me know.

Costco Shopping May 30, 2018

32nd Costco shopping in 2018 – $29.03 (today) / $1765.55 (this year)

A jar of Jelly Belly ($13.99, Item #12173) was for yet another coworker of mine.  She is known for a Jelly Bean dispenser on top of her desk. People from neighboring departments would visit her, say hi, and take some Jelly Beans. It was her signature routine for some time. Then she ran out of her Beans. A few weeks had gone by.  No jelly, no beans…  She even put away her dispenser.

So, I put this Jar of Costco Jelly Beans on her desk when nobody was around.  Her entire department couldn’t figure out who brought Jelly Beans.

Jelly Bean dispenser is back on her desk now.

Kirkland Signature Balsamic Vinegar’s built-in pour spout

Kirkland Signature’s Balsamic Vinegar is well known for its superior quality and fine taste.  I use it often at work for my lunch salad.  It’s the best salad dressing I know of.  It’s tasty and healthy.

The bottle, however, was not ideal for dining room use.  I needed a separate bottle and a spout – so I can pour vinegar with some kind of control.  I spent last few years looking for a bottle and a spout. It was frustrating, because I couldn’t find products that I liked. Finally, that search is over. I don’t need a separate container anymore.

Now, Kirkland Signature’s Balsamic Vinegars come with built-in pour spout. This brilliant little mechanism is absolutely useful.  It eliminates the need for separate bottle and spout.  I can now use my Costco Balsamic Vinegar straight from the original bottle. The spout functions perfectly, much better than generic spouts at most restaurants. This is a great idea, and I am truly enjoying it.

I shot a quick video below.  Check it out.