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
That’s a lot of yum.

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.

Costco Shopping May 24, 2018

31st Costco shopping in 2018 – $111.45 (today) / $1736.52 (this year)

Coupon saved $26.60.  I bought a lot of stuff, it was fun, but I didn’t buy anything special.

Mixed vegetable will last a few months.  Frozen salmons will last about a year.  Garlic Chicken is for that time I want to fix something tasty, quick.

Box of Cheez-it (bottom of the cart) was for my coworker. The next day, I put the box at my coworker’s office when there was nobody in there.  They were surprised, but they knew it was me who put it there. There was no question about it.  Because rest of the guys on this side of the building are pr*cks.

Costco Shopping May 23, 2018

30th Costco shopping in 2018 – $1.62 (today) / $1625.07 (this year)

I had a quick lunch with my old coworker.  He is much younger than I am, about 15 years.  He is super smart.  He got his Masters degree when he was 20 years old.  He is humble and quiet.  Sky is the limit with this guy.

We used to work together at my prior employment several years ago (time I was poor). Now we both work at much better places that are close to each others. He likes to travel, so he told me about places he visited and girls he met at each country. I don’t go out much, but, as you know, I like shopping, so I had stuff on my body for show and tell.  I had on Swiss watch, Italian shoes, socks and shirt from England, silver cuff links.. and German undershirt that’s invisible from outside.

Hot dog was good as always. 1 hour flew by. We shook hands and promised to keep in touch.

Costco was super busy today, because Costco coupon sales started today.

BelGioioso Fresh Mozzarella Cheese at Costco

BelGioioso’s Fresh Mozzarella cheese was enjoyable.  Check out the big plate.  I seasoned it with salt, pepper, & olive oil (all Kirkland Signature brand).  I shall make it one more time.  I have one more pack left.  Costco sells 2 pack of 16 oz cheese for $7.29.  I bought it when there was $2.30 instant savings on it.  So, I paid $4.99 for 2 pack.  FYI: Walmart sells them at $5.78 each. I believe Costco has the best price.

My Mozzarella cheese salad was very good. My friend loved it.  It was such a good relaxing time.

Basil costed more than the cheese.  I thought that was ridiculous.  I shall grow my own basil.  I still have basil seeds from 7 years ago.  I wonder if they are any good.  Anyone remember that blog?  I had so much fun back then. I didn’t have much money, I had a 9 inch TV in my living room, but it was a magical time. I was so excited about buying a packet of basil seeds and a little pot.  Sometimes I worry that magic may be fading away.. 7 years ago I was aware that someday I would look back and wish I could go back to that time when I was poor and happy… and younger.

I’m gonna go look for those seeds.   Good times… good times….

Costco Shopping – May 9, 2018

27th Costco shopping in 2018 – $73.00 (today) / $1603.92 (this year)

I need to stop buying pants.  But, these looked nice.

I didn’t buy anything special except for the sliced fresh mozzarella cheese.  I bought it because of the tiny picture on top of the packaging (see below).  It was weird.  When I saw that picture… I don’t know… I had to buy it so I can make that plate for myself.  I guess I was hungry.  I was there at 8pm after work – I had a long day.

Oh, there was $2 off on Kirkland Signature’s Tuxedo Chocolate Mousse Cake.  I may come back Friday for it.  We’ll see…

Costco shopping cart