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I am an oenophile, and enjoy drinking red wines and of course, always enjoy shopping and tasting new wines.

I won’t say that I have a very sophisticated palate in tasting red wine, but I generally find that award-winning wines that have competed in blind tasting competitions would give me some indicator to the quality of the wine.

I found this trick or hack for you to list the Gold Medal wines in BevMo (bookmark this link) and you will be able to sort the wines:

Visit Bevmo here .

  • Gold medal wines
  • Sort the price from Low to High
  • And… now you can get the wine for the best value (so to speak).

FYI, here in San Francisco Bay Area, I have a few wine stores that I enjoy shopping at:

Hope this helps. Let me know if you have other findings to share with other oenophiles!

Disclosure: I love new world wines (Napa Valley) better than old world wines.


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I just switched from AT&T Yahoo! DSL to Comcast and have to spend couple hours trying to figure out how to install D-Link DR-655 Extreme N Wireless Router to work with Comcast Cable Internet.

After a little bit of research on the Internet, I found that a lot of people had the same problems with Comcast. Now, the idea is that you need to clone your PC’s MAC address to your router, so the Comcast router doesn’t hang up when you connect your router to the modem.

Here’s an outline of how you could get your router to work with Comcast:

Part I – Connect your PC to the Cable modem

1) Turn off both your PC and cable modem

2) Turn on your PC and cable modem, and let the connection be established.

3) Ensure that the internet connection is active and running

Part II – Connect your Router to the Cable modem

1) Turn off cable modem and PC

2) Unplug your computer from the cable modem

3) Plug your computer into the router, leaving the router unplugged from the cable modem.

4) Enter the router’s configuration with your web browser, normally the way to access is this:

5) Tell the router to Clone your Mac Address. wait a few seconds.

6) Plug the router into the cable modem.

By now, I hope that it should work. Let me know if it does or doesn’t work.

Thanks to Link, Link


No Privacy with the free service Zabasearch

Posted by editor On May - 29 - 2008


A friend of mine recently told me about Zabasearch, an online service (completely free) that allows you to look up people’s name.

I was quite shocked when I see the results of my Zabasearch. Anyway, Zabasearch gathers all the public records (real estate transactions, listed phone numbers, etc) and aggregate them so you can search it by name.

Try searching your own name in Zabasearch and I think you will be surprised at the results. Far more surprising that googling your name.

A little reading in their About Us page points that the company was founded by the founders of US Search. If you don’t know US Search, they are an internet company that allows you to pay to research someone’s background (read: stalking).

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I guess this has its place when landlords researching the prospective tenants’ backgrounds, or for meeting someone over online dating. But aside from these cases, the idea sounds spooky. I heard though that the company is making a lot of money (millions) from selling the data online. Another company in this space is Intelius.

Please comment out if you’re also shocked like I am with your Zabasearch!


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What’s the best medication for lip cracks or dry lips? Many perhaps, but I’ll say Vitamin E will do it just as fast. You do not to take and swallow the E but to apply it on the lips directly just like you would with lip-gloss. First, dab a needle through the vitamin E (soft-gel version like the picture shown above), after you make the hole start pressing that gel and apply it thoroughly onto lips.

What’s good about this is it’s not only gonna heal your lips and make them healthy but it can make your lips look plumpier, healtier, n sexier. HOW? well vitamin E will give you that extraordinary shine and gloss at the same time it’s not as sticky as lip-gloss or clear-gloss or some lip balm, so…. it makes a more desirable “lip-kisser” thing.

Another plus, this is just keep getting better, it won’t harm you at all you can re-apply as many times as you please, and yes… go sip your drinks and eat those meals, you will enjoy your drinks and meals altogether while swallowing good amounts of antioxidant into your body. Isn’t it good to know that there’s a lip gloss that keep you healthy?

I once heard an advice to smear lips with honey to make it healty, shinny, redder, and it might be true but most honey packed in supermarket has sugar in it, so when I tried to heal my lip during my bed time, that won’t do good for my teeth. Since then I switch into my own experiment: use Vitamin E, and it actually works! To my suprise it works even faster, better than honey and with no teeth problem to be worry.

Hope this will work for you, too.


For more information, you could visit this site.

Apparently there is this class action law suit where credit card companies charge excessively high fees for foreign currency transactions ( when one is abroad), so you could find more info on the website above. Note that you may have received this information in the mail from your credit card company.

Note that the deadline for filing a claim is May 30.

Thanks to link


Design that conserves space

Posted by editor On May - 27 - 2008

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We ought to be thankful to live in the U.S. because of those extra spaces we have. We even have a big garage to store all of our junk =P (living the American dreams) Imagine people living in small tight spaces like in Japan or some other places, like big cities in Europe, where big space is a rarity. Actually, I wrote this topic because I just received an e-mail from a girl friend of mine with all pictures above as an attachment. She was inspired to create an additional bathroom that conserve space at her home. Now that it’s done, I thought she did a remarkable job. It’s amazing how we can actually utilize and conserving spaces whether through remodeling or new-built extensions to our living spaces, however we never actually take that into our consideration, cuz I think, we all just get too comfortable with all the big spaces we have =).

Having to deal with small spaces aren’t all that bad after all. Actually with a good design you can work it all into a very lovable space. Try to play with colors, materials, and functions. All together will make it worth doing – because I’ve seen it done at my friend’s place.

Thanks to Yuli for all the pictures and tips.


Square [ box ] Watermelon

Posted by editor On May - 27 - 2008

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This is a rather interesting find: square watermelon. I wish to be able to see it on a first-hand basis though, but they are not available in the US, and although they are available, it’s at approximately $83.00 each … so it’s rather expensive to consume one. So here’s part the story:

Farmers in the southern Japanese town of Zentsuji have figured out how to grow their watermelons so they turn out square.

It’s not a fad. The technique actually has practical applications. “The reason they’re doing this in Japan is because of lack of space,” said Samantha Winters of the National Watermelon Promotion Board in Orlando, Florida.

A fat, round watermelon can take up a lot of room in a refrigerator, and the usually round fruit often sits awkwardly on refrigerator shelves.

But clever Japanese farmers have solved this dilemma by forcing their watermelons to grow into a square shape. Farmers insert the melons into square, tempered glass cases while the fruit is still growing on the vine.

The square boxes are the exact dimensions of Japanese refrigerators, allowing full-grown watermelons to fit conveniently and precisely onto refrigerator shelves.

But cubic fruit comes with a caveat: Each square watermelon costs 10,000 yen, the equivalent of about $82. Regular watermelons in Japan cost from $15 to $25 each.

At $82 apiece, Winters said she didn’t know if there would be a market for square-grown watermelons in the United States.

read the rest of the story here

more from BBC Asia-Pacific:

For years consumers struggled to fit the large round fruit in their refrigerators.
And then there was the problem of trying to cut the fruit when it kept rolling around.

The farmer, from Zentsuji in Kagawa prefecture, came up with the idea of making a cube-shaped watermelon which could easily be packed and stored.

To make it happen, farmers grew the melons in glass boxes and the fruit then naturally assumed the same shape. Today the cuboid watermelons are hand-picked and shipped all over Japan.

But the fruit, on sale in a selection of department stores and upmarket supermarkets, appeals mainly to the wealthy and fashion-conscious of Tokyo and Osaka, Japan’s two major cities.

Each melon sells for 10,000 yen, equivalent to about $83. It is almost double, or even triple, that of a normal watermelon.

link: CNN, link2, link: BBC.


Fashion your hair – Evita Peroni

Posted by editor On May - 25 - 2008

Fashion is not only for clothes, bags and shoes, it even crawl up to your hair. Females need to accessorize their hair to appear neat,… most of the time. Evita peroni has long been the jewel for hair accessories. I first discover about it while strolling around in Copenhagen, now I’m so glad they’re readily available here is the US especially through web based stores like hairboutique.com, how convenient to have items deliver right to your door step.

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And the good news get even better with EVITA PERONI joining YouTube in January 2008, so now we can all learn hair trick online =D I did have the embeded clip above for all of you to preview. I don’t know if anyone else is as happy as I am, cuz I just love to play with my hair-do so I guess I’m so exited to have all these at my own convenient (all within reach – just need a computer and an internet connection)


Thanks to Nick for his comment on my last post in trying to embrace and promote sustainable building development.

He gave a useful video link on this as an outreach educational effort. I watched the video and think it’s very useful to come to know about our living environment and how we are to be able to take parts in it in a friendly, non-toxic, non-harmful kind of way.

Victor Insulation – an AllTech environmental resource



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