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DIY Asian Fit Goggles – A cheap fix and solution

Your snow gear is really important when it comes to skiiing/snowboarding. You got to make sure everything fits right and is at the right comfort level.

Unfortunately for me though, being Asian, not everything fits me properly :/ With the lack of a bridge, my goggles never fit me properly; they all leave a giant gap at the nose area, that my finger could easy fish through. This basically means there’s a funnel of air that streams up that gap and into my eyes. So on windy-snowy days, or going up the lift, my goggles are basically ineffective.

We were pretty hesitant to buy Asian-Fit goggles though (and not just because most of the good looking ones are ridiculously overpriced)…The main reason for that is because the Asian-Fit goggles use completely different lenses, even if its the same model. For instance, I have Smith-Phenoms, and I have a bunch of spare lenses for it, but if I buy the Smith-Phenoms- Asian-Fits, the lenses for it are COMPLETELY different. This basically means I’d need to buy everything new and all my current goggle-gear becomes useless. Also, there are very few places that carry anything Asian-Fit in the United States, so good luck finding them in store and good luck finding lenses.

Well, instead of succumbing to buying Asian-Fit goggles, which I’ll emphasize again- there are VERY few of (especially in store), we decided on a quick and cheap solution! Here’s what I did! I’m not recommending people do this though, since I know people will end up jacking their gear up and blaming me, but here’s what I did, documented, so that people can see what others have done for a solution. So basically, what I’m saying is…don’t come crying to me if you glued this on your stuff and it didn’t work out. This is purely me showing you, what I did 😀

Foam from Fred Meyers

1) So I purchased foam for 10 bucks at Fred Meyers, and started cutting a small square piece out of it. I aligned it to my goggles, to where the nose was, and with a permanent marker, outlined the cut of the nose on the foam.

Cut out nose pieces

2) I then cut out the nose pieces of foam out; these come out triangular. I had to cut out a few extra pieces as trial runs since I goofed up a few times  and wasn’t sure of what kind of cut I was making. Also, had to make sure that the width of the foam was about the right size too. I was originally planning to use an exacto-knife, but a good pair of scissors seems to work better. They didn’t need to be precise, since the foam shapes to you. Plus, everyone’s noses are different. If you look at the picture above, you’ll see that both triangle pieces are slightly different.

Insert foam pieces – then glue

3) Next step is to insert the foam pieces in and try them on!When I tried them on, I made sure that I didn’t see any gaps from the inside. If there were gaps, I just started over and cut out larger pieces. On a different pair of goggles (the neon-green-pair that is cut off on the far left of the photos, which are Smith IOs) I had to make a wider piece that extended out. Once they seemed like they fit properly, I tested them with double sided tape first. When it seemed all hunky-doory, I put a small amount of glue on, and voila (I only put a little in the middle because the glue hardens and if its around the edges, it’ll poke you).  I purchased gorilla glue for this since it says it works for foam and is also waterproof, but other glues could be a better option that I don’t know about.

I hope this helps you guys who struggle with this same problem! Oh…and as a disclaimer again, since I know there are a lot of foolios out there, I AM NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DAMAGE TO YOUR GOGGLES. If you suck at arts and crafts, and dealing with cutting and gluing, you should probably find another solution or buy proper Asian fit goggles haha. Also, I can’t guarantee that gorilla glue works best for this either, but for me, so far, so good.

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How we rescued an amazing Pit Bull named Nola

One night after Khang had gone to a friends house, he came back with a white Pit Bull that was all dirtied up. She had also obviously never been inside before because we had to drag her inside and show her how to use the stairs, and what carpet and linoleum felt like. Apparently, this Pit was running around the streets with no collar on at night, and if anyone knows the stigma about Pit Bulls, you know you don’t want one of these running around town freely. Not because they’re dangerous, but because of societies view on them, which can bring them directly to the pound and put down.

So we take the Pit Bull in and wash her up. Admittedly, I was pretty nervous since I was only use to small dogs, and in comparison to my Dachshunds and Jack Russel, this Pit Bull was mammoth and strong. Fortunately for us though, she is THE sweetest dog in the entire world, and with only good intentions. So apparently, this dog was regularly running around the streets, and when Khangs friend would return it, it would be back out in the streets the next day. The house was also rumored to do some shady business, from drugs to dog fighting, and the friend even saw them catching bunnies to feed the dogs for a “fun” chase. At this point, we were at a lost of what to do…return the dog to the potentially abusive owners, or take it into a shelter…

Our first approach was taking it to a shelter. We contacted place after place after place, but it was impossible to find a shelter that would take in a Pit Bull and at the same time, ensure that it was a no-kill shelter. After a week, we ran into issues that we would be labeled as “dog stealers” since we knew where the dog came from…after much debate and talking to friends, we decided to take the problem head on and drove over to the dogs owner, and by this time we had given the Pit Bull a name…Nola 🙂

Nola’s original tiny cage in the nasty yard with trash. They covered it with cardboard to shield her from rain….She couldn’t even sit up in this cage.

We knocked on the door, and no one answered. After sticking around and being persistent, someone eventually opened the door. Khang told them that we found this dog roaming and how it was all dirtied up, and the owner just didn’t get that they were doing anything wrong. They told us that they kept her in a cage outside with cardboard on top to cover her from the rain (we live in friggin Washington….), and they tried to prevent her from running away, but she just kept leaving on her own…but to get the story straight, you have to realize that Nola kept leaving because even though they had a biggo-wooden fence up, they didn’t have a fence door……….wtf? Anyway, eventually they told us that they wanted to get rid of the dog since they didn’t have time for it! so, we took the opportunity and asked for her and got her signed to us. Without any hesitation, she signed Nola to us, and didn’t even want to see her a last time.

After trying to find her a new home without success, we grew really attached. So now, we have a new addition to our family, and 4th dog. Welcome to our home Nola 🙂 We love you lots. This has definitely opened my eyes about Pit Bulls and I have a new found love of them.

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2011 Flying By

The older I get, the faster time seems to be flying by. December somehow sneaked by me, and 2012 is right around the corner.

The best word that would describe 2011 for me is “work.” 2011 was a year that gave me a job of opportunities and new friends. When I think back throughout the months, my memories are enshrouded by work life and all of the things that came with it, such as stress, laughter, bills, overtime, projects, change, and so on and so forth.

Overall, it was an amazing year in its own way. I wasn’t able to travel the world as I hoped for, but I found stability for myself and future goals to look forward to.

The year is coming to an end…so take a moment to think back on it and embrace it, whether it was good or bad, because in the end…it’ll always work out 🙂

Below is a great video to recap the year done by google

Happy Holidays everyone! Have a fun, safe and amazing holiday! I wish you all the best!

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A new year, a new start

Happy Valentines everyone!

Already in our 2nd month of 2011. Only 1.5 months in and so far, so good! Filled with awesome eats, awesome friends, adventures and now…for a new career jump. After much anticipation, I have put my two weeks in at my current place of employment and will be moving on!

Goodbye Microsft Vendor…Hello Boeing! 2011…year of the Rabbit/Cat.. I am looking forward to what else you have to bring.

For those of you on the hunt for a new job, good luck and happy huntings! The market is still rough, but if you dedicate yourself to job hunting , something will come up, even if you have to apply to over 100 places. As always. I believe that in the end…things will always end up OK.

 Look forward to my future posts on job hunting, and also, I am trying to continuously update my blog about scamming companies, so keep your eyes on that and don’t get scammed!

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It’s 2011 already

Unbelievable! It’s already 2011. 2010 really did fly by…..the years truly do get faster as you get older it seems.

I hope everyone has a great 2011! and hopefully, everyone spent their new years in amazing ways already! I know I sure did!

On the first day of 2011, I spent it in the mountains, carving my way around on a snowboard =) The snow was PERFECT and

company was amazing. Could I ask for much else on a snowboarding trip or start of a new year? absolutely not! This was also the first snowboarding trip I had with a helmet..and DAMN..that sh*t works! haha. I had a pretty awesome fall near the lift, (where everyone could see me)..but thanks to my awesome helmet (as you can see on the right)….I was barely rocked. Folks..I HIGHLY encourage this helmet thing haha. Why didn’t I use a helmet before?? It would have saved a TON of pain and scary thoughts of if I was going to get a concussion or something… O__o

Anyway.. as for 2011…I should probably set a New Years Resolution…and that will be…blog more =)

Even with my drastic drop of writing blogs this past year, my blog is still getting a ton of views:

(according to wordpress)

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

“This blog was viewed about 34,000 times in 2010. If it were the Taj Mahal, it would take about 4 days for that many people to see it.

In 2010, you wrote 23 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 245 posts.

Your busiest day of the year was December 27th with 351 views.”

So.. to start of the year on my blog, I’d like to thank all of you for reading my blogs! I alwaysss love reading comments and love knowing that my writing has gone far enough to entertain those that follow =)
Thanks everyone, and have a happy new year! 2011…here I come!

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Florida Trip -Part 5/5 – Down hill from here

On the final day of our trip, we decided to return to Island of Adventures to see Harry Potter World for the last time.

Oct. 22, 2010 – We got up bright and early as usual to get ready and were out of our room by 6:30am. We decided to check out in the morning, spend the rest of our day out and then head straight to the airport. So at 6:30am, we checked out of our hotel and before eating our morning breakfast buffet there, we dropped off all of our luggage in our car.

As usual, it was dark outside. Right after loading our car up with our stuff, we returned to the hotel….while walking back, a police officer was walking toward us, and just as he was within a few feet in front of us, he yelled “PLEASE GET DOWN ON THE GROUND!”.. in shock, khang and I stared at each other and then notice that the cop went past us..we looked behind us, and literally within 20feet of us were 2 black men, which thuggish looking clothes on… they looked at each other and then RAN. The cop pulled out his gun and his walkie talkie and took off after him…. O___O

Well….we went back to the hotel and got our breakfast…soon after, we headed down the street to pick up some stuff at walgreens, and to our surprise, the area around us was all covered with 8-10 cop cars closing off a 2 mile radius. Awesome.

What a morning right? haha..I never found out what that was all about…but yes..soon after we went back to Orlando Studios and enjoyed our final time there. We hit up The Wizarding World of Harry Potter first of course, got tons of butterbeer, last minute souvenirs and then went on other rides in Island of Adventures that we enjoyed. I will miss you Harry Potter World….

With such an eventful week and already going on all the rides we wanted, we were out of the park by 11am. Our flight didn’t leave until 7:30pm so we still had the whole afternoon. We dropped by the Orlando Premium Outlet mall, which is very similar to the Seattle one..just..better weather? haha..then killed the rest of our time at Downtown Disney again. By 4pm..we were pooped..so we headed to the Airport early..and thank god we did.

Delta Airlines…YOU SUCK. I’ve never been on such a HORRIBLE airline in my entire life (this will be long…warning you).

So we arrived to the airport around 4:30pm and did the self-check in. I tried to pay for one check in at the booth but it didn’t give me my option. When I asked for help about it, they just said go line up..so in counter-lines I went. Khang and I lined up at the first counter and there were a handful of people in front of us. We didn’t know what was going on really, but people kept getting turned away. By the time we got up to the front to check in our luggage, the lady told us that this was for pre-payed customers…..and it ended there. WTH..why wasn’t there a sign? or someone directing ppl? Anyway…so we hopped into a different line..again, with a few ppl in front of us. When it was finally our turn, the lady at the counter walked away. I saw her wandering back and forth and then I heard her saying to another co-worker that she was off work……so..that was it.. we had to find another line. For the next 2 lines we hopped into..the person at the counter kept switching counters by the time we arrived tot he front of the line……..after 45min..we were checked in.

We found out that our flight would be late..so instead of leaving at 7:30pm…we were leaving at 7:50pm…this raised a lot of concern for me since our layover in Atlanta (ATL) was originally suppose to be: arrive in ATL at 9:05pm…depart to Seattle (SEA) by 9:45pm..this meant that with our delay..our flight would come to ATL by 9:25..giving us only 20min until the next airplane took off. When we asked a Delta worker about it..they responded “You at least have to try”………….

So…we of course ..had to try. Our flight landed at ATL at 9:20….the flight was parked by 9:25pm..and we exited the plane by 9:30pm… this meant that our next plane would be leaving in 15minutes. We darted out of the plane and Khang got a head start running off while I looked at the sign to see where our transfer gate was. Delta SUCKS..they don’t have the “technology” to tell you what the transfer gates are while you’re on a plane….wtf? so you have to land and find out. So we landed in gate A20 ..or A30…I can’t remember..and when I read the gate to Seattle it said “T07” …I was horrified! and I didn’t even know where to go! I thought I read it wrong..but we had to just run. So Khang and I ran toward gate T…we stopped really quickly at another board to confirm..and yup.. T07.. we started running at full speed again and then down a set of stairs. T was so far that there was a subway that could take you there….when we got to the subway..the doors JUST closed…you had the choice of running ALL the way around..but since it was only 30seconds until the next train, we waited. We hopped on…quickly got off and took off running again.

We arrived to T07 at 9:40m. 10 solid minutes to get to it. When we got there..the door was shut but there was still a lady there and she told us to hurry. We told her that we were rushing the entire time and she just opened the door and said huurrry hurrry…when we told her that our flight had JUST landed, she responded “everyone else made it.” …BULL SHITTT.. I don’t believe for ONE second that anyone from our flight made it..if there were anyy at all. We were the only people in the airport running..and by the time we were on the plane, there were tons of empty seats in the back..The only positive outcome of this was that, we got a row to ourselves.
Delta. Your service sucks. Worst layover I’ve ever experienced. I sent a complaint to Delta via email and I got a response back really quickly. To my surprise it wasn’t automated and was actually quite polite. You know what they gave us as a “sorry our service sucks”? , they rewarded Khang and I each 4,500 Delta sky miles… effing useless……….Wanna know the best part?  A few days after this whole escapade…I saw this article about American airlines and which was ranked the meanest..guess who took the cake?  Article: America’s meanest airlines

well..in the end..we got back in one piece Anne kindly picked us up. What a day…Delta.. I hate you.

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Florida Trip – Part 4/5: Going to shows

This was one of the more relaxful days =)

Oct. 21st, 2010 – We went to Seaworld! As noted before, I went to Florida before with my family..and on that trip…I vividly remember that  Seaworld was one of my favorite places, and when I came back…I realized that it definitely still is.

When we got in, we darted towards the major rides! We first hit up the Manta. We had be anticipating this ride from the very beginning and damn was it awesome. You ride it superman style! basically, head first and belly down…and wow does that create a completely new sensation when you’re riding rollercoasters and taking twists, turns and going upside-down! I felt like a bird flying =) Afterwards, we hit up the Kraken, a floorless rollercoaster, which my bro and I went on over and over again when we went a few years ago..and it’s definitely still just as amazing!

Well..after hitting up the awesome rollercoasters, we were going to conquer all the big shows! On our way to find them though… we ran into the Dolphin feeding area! and of course, we had to do it =)

Feeding dolpins =D

After feeding the cute dolphins, we hit up 3 shows…one with dolphins, another with walruses, sea lions and otters, and then the shamu one ( one whale had just given birth to a baby only 12 days before we arrived, and we got to see the mommie and calf!). The shows were all cute and the animals were all brilliant. Given.. I was quite hesitant to go to Seaworld after reading the news about Seaworld and finding out that the life of a captive whale is basically half than one in the wild…but..I still had fun? plus, lots of their animals there are ones that they have rescued.

Well..we left by 4pm and took a short nap…but since it was our last full night in Florida..we couldn’t just end it like that! We went to eat at a meat buffet place called Texas De Brazil, which is very similiar to Ipanema Grill, but instead the meat is more pink (awesome!) and if you don’t like how the meat is, you can ask them to cook you a skewer that is more red or even with less salty. Delicious! To burn off some calories after some fine-meat-dining, we played  2 rounds of some intensee……. mini golf at Pirates Cove!

Why don’t we have mini-golf courses like this at home? *sigh*

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