Sunday, May 4, 2014

Domain Registration (reverting)

Posted by Jamz at 9:50 PM
A good run. That is all we can say about sharing web hosting from my work blog. After discussing with Yna we decided its time to put things into perspective and revert to what works best for the moment. Expect all new content to be placed here and previous content from the previous location to eventually get migrated here. Thanks, and keep visiting!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Blog Updates?

Posted by Jamz at 5:01 PM
The hubby has recently been playing around with domains and self-hosting. Everything (well almost) from this starter blog has been moved over but this will continue to stay up for now. All newer updates will be at:

See you there!

Friday, December 24, 2010

Vacation houses...

Posted by Double Y at 5:08 PM

We have been exploring California one County at a time. How do we get by with the accommodations? Well, a good friend heard from a friend that there is an economical way to travel. Instead of booking expensive hotel rooms, with no kitchen and no privacy at all why not rent a house for three or so days.. So there we discovered " Vacation Rental by Owners" ( VRBO). They are normally cheaper than B&Bs and Hotels, for you only pay a per night fee, a one time cleaning fee and a refundable security deposit.
We first used VRBO during a trip to Lake Tahoe. Since we are a group of 6, renting a vacation house was a must.
The house we rented was complete, all we had to bring was food and that's it, we were all set. The kitchen is fully stocked with utensils and appliances. There's even washer and dryer and oh, free wifi internet. Nevermind, the crappy cable tv, after all we were there to relax, see some sights and have fun.. The nightly rate was $200, there were three bedrooms plus a loft with a bunk bed and a pull out bed, not bad eh?

Here's our Lake Tahoe house...
Front porch



2nd bedroom

Dining room/living room

  For Thanksgiving, we decided to go to Clear Lake Oaks, where there is no snow and has a good view of the lake. We were three families, and since it is Thanksgiving most restaurants are closed so, a vacation house is a perfect option so that we can cook, eat in and celebrate Thanksgiving in a house near the lake. The house we got had three bedrooms, the master bedroom had a HUGE bathroom with jetted tub, and the view of the lake is just amazing!! And since we went there off season, we only paid $370 for three nights and the cleaning fee..

Our Clear Lake house...

Monday, December 13, 2010

My "Adult Bully"

Posted by Double Y at 2:53 PM
 "The only thing I'm guilty of is humiliating a bully" so says Dr. House in an old  House episode I watched the other day. Come to think of it, I am guilty of that as well, not as a bully but as someone who spoke her mind off and went against the supposed "leader of the group".

 Bullying happens in all ages, not just in kids at school or at play. In fact that's where they start. They start at an early age, they bully kids for their lunch money, for a cool toy or anything that you own that caught their attention. They become popular and feared off by the rest of the kids. They are regarded as someone who is cool as you'd want to join him if you can't beat him. (Self preservation is a must.) They glorify him as if he owns the world or that it only revolves around him. He is only sensitive to his feelings and doesn't care about yours..

  Bullies come in different shapes and sizes, short and tall, fat and thin. My bully was short and fat. Come to think of it, I've never met a bully who's tall and thin. They're mostly fat, stocky, and definitely not thin for they need the weight and the size to prove their point. Plus thin and tall sometimes equates to being a wimp and you can't be a bully if you are a wimp in the first place. I'd say, The short and fat ones are the rudest of them all for they surround themselves with several minions as to cope up with their lack of height. They terrorize more than your average bully as they are one too many.

  Bullying comes in various types and forms and for me I've classified them as the ordinary kid bullying, there's the adult bullying and then in the golden age of internet and particularly Social Networks, there's cyber bullying. My bully was an adult one and a cyber as well or perhaps he's all three. He's gotta start somewhere anyway,lucky me I've met him only when I was in my late 20s. He masqueraded himself as a friend when I first met him so as to see if I can be a part of his group or one of those who he would terrorize. Initially, I got in, I was cool for him then things changed. I was now a looser, a wimp and someone who he can push over. Life was easy when I was still "in" his circle for all I had to do was say yes to all he says, say no when he says no,laugh at his corny jokes, take all his hurtful remarks as constructive criticisms, all in all just bow down to what he says and do and everything was bright and shiny!But if and when you dare question what he says, you know you are into a big fight with him and the rest of the group who are still jaded. He dictated what was cool and what was not, he planned for everything,leaving no room for your suggestions. He even bullied his way up, hang us dry when he saw that we were useless and that we might be going up as well.

 So when the time came that I had to speak up,let my feelings be known to him and to the rest of the pack, I got booted out of the "cool group", instead I became a competitor,he made me look like as if I am the villain and he is the hero. He turned my (so called) friends against me, and had fun at my expense. When I was down and low he kicked me, and made fun of me, and that was the end of it and the start of me living. Living my own life, without having to abide by his rules, without thinking of what I am doing is cool for him or not, I dress up and say what I say as I want to and not in accordance to him. I buy stuff as I please and not to please him. Now I find life as lovely as ever, no rules, no constrictions, no bully... When I am amongst friends, I am who I really am, no mask to wear, no walking on thin glass, I am who I am..

 Well of course, the story doesn't end there, he still bullies me cyberly (if there is such a word),fb comments here and there,says things behind my back and laughs at my expense still. But that's who he is, that how he really is. He shows strength but deep inside him you know he is weak. He craves attention for no one really listens to him, for those who listens to him are those who are scared of him.

He is a bully and forever he will be, only if and when you let him be...

*Cyberbullying is rising at an alarming rate, for more information on how to avoid them and what to do click here..*

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Longchamp Limited Edition Bags

Posted by Double Y at 4:19 PM
I have never been interested in Longchamp Le Pliage bags until I saw the Limited edition ones..

Longchamp released 5 limited edition Le Pliage bags...

1. The Miajima – Japan Exclusive
2. The Galeries Lafayette Dome – Paris Exclusive
3. The Great Wall of China - China Exclusive
4. The Eiffel Tower - Paris Exclusive
5. The Statue of Liberty- New York Exlusive

So far I have three out of the five limited eds..I got the Eiffel Tower version from Bloomingdales at $135.00 last spring. Then the Statue Of Liberty, I got it from the New York Longchamp SOHO store for $140.00.. ( they do charge sends btw. =)). And the Great Wall of China edition was purchased by a friend in HongKong. I am not sure where exactly, but he told me that the LC store in the airport was out of stock that's why he had to get it in one of the shopping malls. Lucky for me! =)

Eiffel Tower Le Pliage, Navy with short handles

Great Wall of China, Pink with Short handles

Statue of Liberty, Black with Long Handles

The Galeries Lafayette exclusive can only be purchased at the Longchamp store inside the Galleries Lafayette store in Paris, France while the Miajima edition is only available in Japan. I have yet to find someone who can buy these for me or might as well go there myself!!.. =)

Galeries Lafayette Dome

Miajima edition

The great thing about the Le Pliage collection is that they are foldable and easy to store. Not to mention they are light weight and you can easily fit  a lot of stuff in it. It is now my favorite bag to carry whenever I travel, I go to the grocery store or to theme parks even. It is perfect for rainy and winter weather as it doesn't get wet for it is made out of 100% polyamide canvas with PVC coating, cowhide leather trimmings. 

By the way, carry several Longchamp styles at below retail price. For the limited edition ones, I'd check the Longchamp official website..

All folded up and ready to be stored away

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