Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Today I finally got to get my car into the body shop to get my driver side fender repaired after the hit and run. I went to Normandin Auto Body, the same body shop as my mom did for her suv a couple of years ago and they did a great job, and also they are AAA certified. While the office manager was taking a look at the car, I took a glance at the paperwork he had and it stated I was getting both the front bumper and fender replaced, and I double checked with him and he said "yes, front bumper too." So I just to myself...cool. I might as well anyways since there are a lot of scratches and chips from rocks and debris. I was there for only about 20 minutes and the gentlemen from Hertz came down to pick me up for my temporary G-Ride. Once I got to Hertz, the guy asked me what kind of car is being repaired at the shop and I told him "2007 Subaru WRX TR," and he based off the rental car with the value and "status" of my car...so I ended up with this.... A Freakin Ford Damn Focus! Isnt this thing like $16,000 and base model-ish!? My car went for $23,000, and is worth about $18,000 used right now. Your gonna compare the White Stallion to a freakin Focus!? What an insult. I asked him if it would be more if I get the 2009 Honda Accord Sedan that I saw in the lot, and he told me $50, so I just said nevermind, that will do I guess, at least its good on gas. Hasn't he heard of the White Stallion, I should be getting a Lexus LS430...fully loaded, hahaha!
Monday, April 27, 2009
Lately I have been watching a lot of Gordon Ramsey's programs such as Ramsey's Kitchen Nightmares and the F Word on the BBC, so I've been getting more interested in cooking. So lately I have been trying to improve my culinary skills, watching Chef Ramsey and also Chef Nguyen at the hotel I work at. I've been experimenting mainly with salmon, shrimp and beef. Here I have marinated this salmon with extra virgin olive oil. Seasoned it with sea salt, ground pepper, basil and chopped garlic. I let it sit for about 5 minutes to marinate, get the flavor and juices blend together. Finally I placed in on the pan, frying it in olive oil, setting tempuraters between medium and high. I let each side sit on the pan for 5 minutes, you dont want to constantly keep flipping, the salmon will end up drying if you fry each side more than once. After finishing up with the salmon, I took a few pieces of shrimp, placed it in a bowl drizzling it with extra virgin olive oil, seasoning it with cayenne pepper, sea salt, ground pepper, and a little bit of basil. Stir it up and then place it on the pan. Let if fry for 8-10 minutes and keep flipping after every minute. Finally, after placing the shrimp on the top of the salmon, I fried some onions, seasoning it with just some cayenne to give it flavor, because after frying the onions with the cayenne, it give it a slight spice and good texture. Place the onions on top, then finished. In conclusion, Salmon, sea salt, ground pepper, basil, garlic, olive oil, rest. Olive oil on pan, fry salmon, 5 minutes each side, place on plate. Shrimp, sea salt, ground pepper, cayenne, olive oil, stir in bowl, place on pan for 8-10 minutes, keep flipping. Place on top of salmon. Onions, cayenne, fry for 5 minutes, place on shrimp. Spicy Peppered Salmon and Shrimp....Done. Cooking is definitely fun, lets a lot of frustration out, and your mind is completely open. More to come.
Friday, April 24, 2009
When thinking of a laptop case, the first thing that came to mind was the Black Incase Neoprene Sleeve. I've been keeping my eye on it for sometime when in the process of planning for a laptop. I bought it at the Apple store so its basically meant for a Mac Pro, but whatever. This thing is pretty dope, the exterior is like this nylon-ish material and the interior is like goose down, such soft feathers, I wish I was the laptop, nestled in the soft casing. I had to get a 17'' because even though my Dell is a 15.4'', you have to remember that the screen is 15.4'' but the casing alone is at least 16''. All good. I give this product a 10/10. Simple yet sleek, I admire the style and strong construction of this product.
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Many times that I go on youtube, I was check up on videos of my favorite driver/car enthusiast, Manabu Orido. And each time I check up on youtube, its always the same stuff, but not this time! I found the video that follows the story of his career, I've seen the sample clip before and this random Japanese car blog, but I never thought I would watch it, but I found it all! If you love cars and know how great Orido is, then you will definitely want to check this out. No subtitles though, but who cares, I know what he is saying because we connect him and I.
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
So after doing much research on laptops and waiting for years to get one, I have finally obtained one. I got my hands on a Midnight Blue Dell Studio 15, and its great. I was planning on getting a Lenovo, since its basically a IBM computer and I've always been a fan of IBM computers, but it was kind of pricey online after shipping and handling. This Dell has a 4gb memory, 320 gb hard drive, all in a 15.4 inch screen. Pretty light too, 5 lbs, and also a 7 hour lasting battery! Im happy and satisfied, now I can get some school work done at home w/o waiting for the living room computer that my dad always hogs. Now I need to see how I can transfer my itunes library to this computer.
Monday, April 20, 2009
Thursday, April 9, 2009
I finally got to catch Fast and Furious 4, and it was not to bad and not to good. I've heard few god reviews about it, but then again you cannot trust those reviews when it comes to cars, many people can have many different tastes with that. It was cool seeing the original cast together again, and the story line was not that too bad, compared to like the second movie, which is the worst one. What is good about the story line is that it wasn't just all about cars, and the use of cars was not as stupid as past movies, it was more about trust, friendship and etc. The driving could have been much better, they used to much computer work with the driving scenes, I expected a little more real stunt driving. I was happy to see that they brought the Charger back, but I will tell you that they barely use it in the movie, which is lame because that is the best car in the movie in my opinion. I give it a 7/10, it was okay, I guess I would spend the money to check it out in theaters, but I dont think I would own it on dvd, hahaha.
Monday, April 6, 2009
So Saturday night at work I stayed a little later for the club event we had going at our lounge. The whole day at work I parked at the end of the lot where there was no car next to me. A couple of hours later I see a big ass truck that is raised with big ass tires next to me, but I didnt think much of it. The whole entire day I was working, from 3-1:00 a.m., that car was there, and I still did not think much of it. Even though the night was busy and full of hoochies and tricks, I saw a few of my friends which was cool. The next day (Sunday 4/5), I get to work, park my car, lock the door with my remote, and while locking it, I take a look at my car and see a BIG ASS DENT on my driver side fender. It pretty much looks like someone punched it, but automatically I knew it was that damn truck, cause I can see the black tire streaks. Its funny, right when I looked at it, I didnt touch, I didnt take a step close, I just stopped, looked at it for about 5 seconds, laughed for a second, and walked straight in the hotel. I guess I just dont have the time and patience to get upset and furious, but I am a little frustrated about it. And a hit and run aint no free-be when it comes to insurance. Lame!!!