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Aug 11, planted cabbages and peas

Friday, August 16th, 2013

Here is one of our two newly established raised garden beds where we planted our seeds:

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PagePlus Refill: KittyWireless vs PinCheap

Sunday, May 12th, 2013

I read a lot great information about PagePlus from kittywireless. The web site is not professional looking but it does have the most information about PagePlus prepaid program available in the internet. To show my appreciation, I chose to buy my next refill from kittywireless to at least give a try.

To be honest, the process is rediculously and unnecessarily complicated.

To me, I just wanted to get my PagePlus pin, pay by credit card and get the pin immediately and add it to my PagePlus account.

However, when in kittywireless, I had to do the following:

  • Verify my cell phone number
  • fill out a form with all my contact information along with my credit card info
  • you have to create a user account there
  • I have to provide a landline number so they can verify my address? (never have I done that with other e-commerce web site)
  • e-sign a form to do business with kittywireless (never have I done that with other e-commerce web site)
  • if you are a new customer, they cannot email you the pin
  • after i went through all this, the next day, I got the email saying that my transaction was cancelled because they could not verify my account/address. By the way, I used this credit card for years with any problem with other web sites
  • I wasted all my time creating this account and now I got nothing. That means, I WASTED all my time
Heck, I just wanted to pay my money, get my pin and add it to my account so I can make calls. Kittywireless does not understand e-commerce. When users wants to buy things online, they wanted it as soon as possible.
So here we had pincheap. It allows to do just that, no PagePlus phone number verification, no landline phone requirements(who has landline numbers those days anyway, are you NUTS?), no e-sign with a third-party web site, no…. just pay your bills, pin was shown in web site almost instantly. I then went to pagepluscircular.com and applied my pin and voila, I have my PagePlus account refilled.
Just one small issue with pincheap, they list credit cards as one of the payment methods, howver, the web site could only work with paypal, from my experience with CHrome web browser. By the way, you have to disable pop-up blocking, otherwise payment would not work. (After you log into paypal, you still have the option to pay with a credit card though)
Lastly but most importantly, if you buy PagePlus $80 365-day 2000 minutes pin, kittywireless sells at $80 face value, while pincheap offers it at a discounted $74, which is really NICE!

    Recent shoppings

    Saturday, May 12th, 2012

    I bought a 10 feet hdmi cable, a ds game and a 32gb micro sd card from amazon. So far only got hdmi cable, it works great so far.

    Also bought a generic tablet holder from eBay. It’ll be a while before I receive and try them out.

    Tips for the holiday

    Thursday, December 8th, 2011

    Here are some holiday tips I got from a seminar as holiday tradition in my place of work:

    1. Health:

    Juice into next year (Joe): jack la lanne Juice machine-around $100 US

    walking: the best

    stretching: some strength is important

    Hiking: take to the woods

    meditation helps training

    *Watch Dan Buettner’s TED talk about how to live to be 100+.  Good health advice.

    2. Family activities

    Baking/cooking holiday treats

    Family Movies: “It’s a wonderful life”

    3. Books to recommend:
    “Preventing and Reversing Heart Disease” and “The China Study” - Quoting from pf the colleages: “my only regret is I did not read these book a long time ago.
    Learn to run (walk) by John Stanton

    use the book “Juicing for Life” (Calbom, Keane) as a reference.  They really explain the benefits well and have some recipes for specific conditions.

    discover card new activation special offer

    Monday, July 5th, 2010

    Basically 5% back bonus. 10% for purchases at dell.com. I regret not using it to pay my N900 when shopping at dell.com… Here is a related link:

    http://www.couponflicker.com/deals/discover-card-5-cashback-and-0-apr-12-months-deal-offer/

    Back from the trip

    Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

    Finally got back from our trip to China. Lots of fun and tired, too.

    Saturday, January 9th, 2010

    让我们慢慢品冬之萧瑟。冬天脱去了一切伪装和浮华,只露出它本来的面目。

    让一切都遁去,听冬天的声音。

    就像我现在静坐车内,在中国城停车场一隅,对面是一株枯树,无聊地欹斜着,树梢刺向苍穹。是典型的悲观的元人所作"冬意萧瑟图"。

    只有女儿的鼾声,均匀而有节奏。

    新年 New year

    Saturday, January 9th, 2010

    在匆匆旅途中迎来了圣诞, 和新的一年 。华盛顿让我们感受到了白色圣诞的魅力。

    这是我第四次华盛顿之旅。前三次是家庭之旅,这一次是高中同学的聚会。四次均是在冬季,主要是参观博物馆,这一次我们还去了宾州的滑雪场 - 这倒让我们想起了夏天在chattahoochee河上的漂流。我们从覆盖着积雪的高坡上滑下, 惊叫着,一直触到坡底。老二妙妙也乐此不疲,玩了一遍又一遍还是毫无倦意。

    从同学的脸上, 读出自己岁月的流痕。二十年未见,遽然在异域相遇,有说不出的喜悦。我们回味着家乡美食,年少时的种种趣事,时光宛若倒流至从前。

    Puppet show: the last dragon on earth

    Sunday, December 13th, 2009

    That is a great show. We watched the show in the first floor. Rather than the scene is the who stage as in second floor theater, this is a show with smaller stage but all the performance is centered in the middle of the area. There are rodded, stringed and shaded puppets and the show is all in side the castle area.

    We also enjoyed the workshop to build a rodded dragon puppet with a string too. The museum is full of saseme street puppets create Jim Henson and his team.

    Per performer Bluegrass from Vermont, Atlanta’s center for puppet arts are the only puppet center in the states. We are so lucky to have it here in Atlanta so kids can enjoy the great puppet shows in Atlanta.

    To day I noticed that in iddition to member reserved seats in tows 1-4, row 5 is reserved for a kids birthday. What a good idea!

    坐在马桶上也能写博客

    Thursday, December 10th, 2009

    我觉得 ipod touch/iphone 成功的地方在于,它成功地让人们在马桶上就能方便地写博客。