It’s really quite sad watching Wamu’s stocks. That’s where I keep my money. It closed at under $5 a share today. Overall, I’ve started watching the stock market. Mostly of ATVI stock, but now I’ve added more to my nifty Yahoo widget at work.

Speaking of ATVI stocks, I got a large envelope in the mail today about selling my stocks in the company back for $27 or something. It’s quite the confusing package. Personally, I don’t want to sell as I think the stocks are going to do well with Starcraft 2 and Diablo 3 on the horizon. I’ll read it anyways and make an attempt at understanding it’s complicated lingo.

Midnight Beach Picnic Weekend

This weekend started off rather boring. On Saturday, I woke up, putted around the house before I took a shower. I putted around some more by playing with my camera and taking self-portraits. The FLCL poster in the background kinda ruined the shots. Note to self, I need to get rid of the FLCL poster on my wall before it falls and paper cuts all over my face in the middle of the night.

After all that fun, I hopped into my car to go to work. On the weekend. It was actually a good thing that I went because there were some problems that cropped up that I would have had to work on today, so I got a head start on that.

At 8:30 PM, I left work to go down to Cabrillo Beach to catch some fish. Except there really weren’t any fish to catch. There were a lot of people on the beach pointing their flashlights left and right into the water, scaring the grunion away. :\ The grunion run turned into a midnight beach picnic instead. I kinda was looking forward to eating a grunion, but alas, nope. Maybe during the next run I’ll be able to take some home to eat.

Sunday, I met up with Shiz and Dee for the natsu matsuri at Mitsuwa in Torrance. They had takoyaki 6 pieces for $4! Cheap! The octopus pieces were generous, too. What a good deal! Of course, the yakisoba was kinda meatless… Jyun showed up and finished off the takoyaki Shiz was saving for him. It was the standard Mitsuwa summer festival of the years past. I wanted to wear a yukata, but I was defeated by the thought of having to tie an obi (which I couldn’t remember and thus would have to look up on the interwebs) and having to slip on a pair of zouri on my feet. Wearing zouri hurts and my foot was hurting from the night before standing on the beach barefooted. I’m so babied with my cushiony flip-flops.

Torrance Mitsuwa Natsu Matsuri
People lining up for shaved ice… It wasn’t even that hot that day…

Managed to escape Mitsuwa without buying anything. Go me!

When I got home, I planted my tea bush I bought at the obon festival last week.

Tea Bush

A Hint to Me?

So yesterday, the receptionist comes around my desk at work and hands me my mail, an Allure magazine. I’m like, wth? It has my name on it, and my work address, but I didn’t order this magazine. So now I’m wondering if someone at work is hinting at me dress girlier… >.>;;

Me-hijiki Iri Tamagoyaki

Tried a new recipe from 3 Minute Cooking magazine. It’s a bit more time consuming than your regular tamagoyaki, and I think the end result as followed in the cook book is a bit lacking (or the fact that my taste test didn’t include daikon and additional soy sauce…). Otherwise, it’s not bad.

Me-hijiki iri tamagoyaki
Serves 4.


  1. 10~15g dried me-hijiki (shoots)
  2. 1/2 green onion
  3. 4 eggs
  4. 1-1/3 tbsp sugar
  5. pinch of salt
  6. 1/2 tsp soy sauce
  7. vegetable oil

1.) Soak hijiki in water for 30 minutes, then let it drain in a colander. Finely chop the green onions.
2.) In a bowl mix the eggs, sugar, salt, and soy sauce. Add the hijiki and mix.
3.) Cook like normal tamagoyaki (I found the hijiki to clump together where they landed, maybe the fry pan was too hot?). Cut and serve with grated daikon and soy sauce.

Wedding Photography Assistant

Well, today was my first wedding gig as Ahmed’s newbie coworker assistant. It was quite fun and I learned a lot about wedding photography. I’m currently looking over what I shot, and some are hits, some are misses, and some are just embarrassing. I even rented a lens for the event, Nikon ED AF-S Nikkor 28-70mm f:2.8D. Freakin’ sweet lens. Freakin’ expensive lens. I think I’m gonna save up for a Nikon D300 and just rent the nice lens when I need it until I have enough money to buy my own. When I do save up enough money to buy a new camera body, I’m probably going to be crying, having to drop $1700 just like that…


Why Did AX Kinda Suck?

After talking with several of my friends and coworkers, we all pretty much agreed that AX 2008 wasn’t as great as AX 2007. Convention operations was wonderful, so it’s definitely not that. Someone said the venue, I’m inclined to disagree. Yes, driving in that area sucks. Trying to get food outside the convention sucks. But inside the place, it’s awesome. I’m thinking it’s because the special guests for this year is rather “unknown”. Well, unknown to me. I suppose most of my friends that went to the con were more casual enthusiast of anime like myself. Real world does take up all free time to do other things (like watch anime).

Anime Expo Today

Going to AX today. Getting ready. Gotta pack camera gear. I’m going to test out my new lens on people today. It’s been mostly landscape and rabbits before, but today it’s going to be people! Woohoo! I gave up helping my cowoker with a wedding to go to AX so I better get good pictures! ….

Cleaning Up the Bunny Room

So the bunnies have been very naughty, chewing and tearing up the carpet. They do it in areas where I won’t notice immediately, like behind large objects or the door. Naturally, I’m not happy about this, but it’s not behavior that I can easily control. However, I can do something to keep their access to the carpet to a bare minimum. So this past Saturday/Sunday, I covered the floor with heavy duty canvas cloth and weighed the corners and edges down with 6“ octagonal bricks. At first, Hoji and Sen were a bit bewildered at their new surroundings, but I think they’re getting used to it. I haven’t noticed any attempts to chew up the canvas yet so that’s a plus.