Review: My new LG VX8600

Drink of the morning

I’ve upgraded from my LG VX8100 to a slim LG VX8600. It’s been discontinued, but it’s still in stock at Verizon Wireless being phased out. I preferred it compared to the LG VX8700 because the front display isn’t narrow and it’s black. Plus, the area below the keypad is flat, which wasn’t the case with the VX8700.

I received the phone on Friday, so I haven’t had that long to mess with it.

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Story of our road trip to San Francisco

These past three days were insane! Our band, Phantom Scream, had a show Friday evening. Afterwards, I must’ve been outside talking with friends for 30 minutes! When I finally left from No Future Cafe, I went home to shower and pack.

  • Jordan’s sister took his PS2, so they asked me to bring mine. Little did we know that we would need an adapter for the TV. That was a waste.
  • I installed Google Gears onto my laptop, but when I restarted Firefox, I didn’t see a tiny button in the top of Google Reader to download my feeds like I did on my desktop. So, I didn’t get a chance to catch up on feed reading on the drive there and back.


We didn’t leave until 12:30am, but not before I got money from an ATM and we stopped at Carl’s Jr for dinner. Bill ordered our food at the drive-in window. Funny story about that:

Bill: I’ll have ten chicken sandwiches.
Me: Bill! What the freak? Hold on! Gimme a #16 with a Dr. Pepper.
Bill: Ok, I’ll have a #16 with a Dr. Pepper, 10 chicken sandwiches…
Teller: 16 small Dr. Peppers…
Bill: No, what!?!

Weekend in San Francisco

We arrived in San Francisco around 7am. We went to the Golden Gate Bridge, walked around for a bit and took pictures. Then, we went to the Motel 6 in South San Francisco. Matt tried to get us checked in early, but that didn’t work. To kill time, we drove in search for McDonald’s (which Matt wanted). The GPS said there was one, but was it mistaken.

Instead, we ate breakfast at Crepes On Grand in South San Francisco. I had a hearty omelet, which was very tasty, and Jordan had a crepe. I had a taste and thought it was really good! Bill slept in the car and skipped breakfast.

We got back to Motel 6 around 9am and Jordan tried. They said they would call him if a room was ready early. So, we slept in the car until 10am, when we got the phone call. Sweet! Matt and Jordan were trying to talk us into going to batting practice at 11am. That’s nuts. We napped until 12:30pm before leaving for AT&T Park.

Weekend in San Francisco

Our tickets were for standing-room only. I endured standing alongside Matt, while Bill and Jordan took open bleacher seats a couple rows in front of us. Lots of Dodger and Giant fans were either hi-fiving us or cursing us. It was hilarious. The game was awesome because the Dodgers won! Fortunately for Giants fans, I’m not one to rub it in their faces. 🙂

Back at the motel room, we were relaxing. Me and Matt ordered pizza for supper (late lunch, early dinner) because we opted out of lunch at the stadium. Bill and Jordan were hyped to go out, but we were exhausted. They went to some restaurant at Fisherman’s Wharf for clam chowder. Afterwards, we later found out they went to five art galleries just because. However, Matt and I were sleeping around 8pm.


We woke up around 10:30am, dressed, packed our things, and checked out. Then, we headed to the piers by the stadium for breakfast.

Jordan and I settled on Boudin Sourdough Bakery & Cafe, while Matt and Bill got some clam chowder and fish & chips. After a somewhat hearty meal, we left for free parking a mile or two away from the stadium. We found a better free parking spot than yesterday.

Matt’s boss got us some free tickets on the third level behind home plate. At first, it was four, then just two. Since I was with Matt on Saturday, he hooked me up with the other one. Later in the game, Jordan and Bill were able to sneak down to some really good seats one level up, between home plate and first base, by asking departing Giants fans for their ticket stubs.

Weekend in San Francisco

The view from our seats were spectacular! We had sun for the first few innings, but shade for the majority of the game. It was a refreshing difference from being sunburned on Saturday. The rough thing about the sun in San Francisco is that when it’s breezy, you think you’ll be fine.

After another Dodger victory, and couple more photos in front of the stadium, we drove home.

  • Matt was possessed! He drove the majority of the time (there and back), totaling about 11 hours.
  • The GPS navigation helped us see that an In-N-Out was imminent, because that’s what Bill was craving for (as opposed to Wendy’s). We knew far it was away, and if our hunger could hold for that long.
  • Having comedians to listen to melts the hours away. We listened to [the late] Mitch Hedberg, Demetri Martin and Dane Cook.
  • FM transmitters are lame. How much would it cost to include an auxiliary input jack in all cars? (The commercials for most cars call it an “MP3 jack.”)

My photoset of our weekend road trip to San Francisco

Review: Canon cameras rock!

PNC Park, Pittsburgh


I don’t think Canon has let me down yet. I bought my first digital camera sometime in 2003, and it was a Canon PowerShot A40 (2MP). This first photo was taken with that camera. I loved that camera, but I found myself not carrying it with me as much as I’d like because it was bulky.

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AeroPress – the only way to make great coffee

I’m on a break at work. I need coffee, and I’m not going to walk to Starbucks. Our kitchen has brewed coffee, so I’ll try it.

Ugh! Bitter!

My AeroPress is still rocking since I bought it almost two months ago! Have you read my Aeropress review? It’s worth buying! I rarely go to Starbucks anymore, except to buy more coffee beans.

My new AeroPress Coffee Maker
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Twitter helped me meet with a complete stranger

Dinner with Chris Marsden
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Earlier this week, Chris Marsden Twittered and wrote a blog post about his coming to Pasadena for a few days. So, we had a brief dialog through Twitter, and decided to meet for dinner (at Ichima Sushi) on Wednesday night. I figured he hasn’t had that too often, so it sounded fun. I was right, so he was at my mercy. Fortunately for him, the majority of sushi I order isn’t raw. 😉

We talked about a lot of stuff in the duration of the evening, and didn’t call it quits until 3 AM. Chris is awesome!

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Review: iRiver iFP-899

On Saturday, I received the iRiver iFP-899 I won on eBay. I immediately messed around with it for two hours. I must’ve made 5 unpublished podcasts that day. 😀

Initial thoughts

I like the size and shape. Since it’s triangular, the built-in mic can point at a certain direction for a more optimal positioning. The menus aren’t as simple as an iPod — there’s a learning curve with the click, long click, etc.

Size comparison of an iRiver iFP-899 and lip balm

Size comparison of an iRiver iFP-899 and lip balm

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Latest band practice photos

Our band, Phantom Scream, is still active. Whether I realize it or not, Doc and Bill are constantly working on new material. Last Friday was special because we all got together at Unchained Studios in San Dimas for band practice. We haven’t been there since our first show last April. We needed to hear ourselves in a room with better acoustics.

This is my favorite picture of all the ones taken. That smile is priceless:


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As far as I’m concerned, the lyrics are even more abstract, and the sound is more progressive rock than ever before. I love it.