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“The Master in the art of living makes little distinction between his work and his play, his labor and his leisure, his mind and his body, his education and his recreation, his love and his religion. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence in whatever he does, leaving others to decide whether he is working or playing. To him he is always doing both.”

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Three Extraordinary Desserts to-go…

Three Extraordinary cakes to-go…

One of my favorite places to go to in San Diego for desserts is Karen Krasne Extraordinary Desserts. It’s a popular place to go to when you have a sweet tooth like I always do. But instead of enjoying the atmosphere that Extraordinary Desserts provides, we decided to have it to-go this time.

Three Extraordinary cakes to-go…

We ordered three cakes. It was neatly packed and arranged in a way that it wouldn’t get damaged during transport. The open space was stuffed with some type of tissue paper to secure the cakes. We also wanted to eat three kinds of cakes. You know, to have a variety to choose from. The first one…

1) Ivory Royale…
Three Extraordinary cakes to-go…

2) White Chocolate Cheesecake…
Three Extraordinary cakes to-go…

3) Dolce de Leche…
Three Extraordinary cakes to-go…

I’m not a dessert connoisseur, not even close and only know good or bad. And damn was this good! The desserts were rich and dense and you really couldn’t ask for more. In fact, we couldn’t even finish the three delicious cakes we ordered as you can see.

Three Extraordinary cakes to-go…

One slice of cake is plenty for one person. The cakes that we couldn’t finish were for two other people besides me. The best thing about cakes is that you can put them back in the frig and bring them out when you’re ready to eat them again. And boy did we get back to them and finished them in no time.

Extraordinary Desserts

Little Italy, San Diego
1430 Union Street, San Diego CA 92101
619.294.7001

Balboa Park, San Diego
2929 Fifth Avenue, San Diego CA 92103
619.294.2132

Mobee Cashew Tarts from the Philippines

Mobee Cashew Tarts from the Philippines…I love these things!!! So damn good!!! It’s like M&M’s and chips, you can’t just have one! And I’ve been known to kill a whole box myself in one day. But I’m not the only one, I’ve seen others do the same. It’s way too easy to put these tasty treats down…

Mobee Cashew Tarts from the Philippines

I have lots of family members going to and from the Philippines. And once and awhile I receive my own package from another relative. I don’t normally ask for anything but for some reason they always send me these delicious cashew tarts. And I’m a sucker for all things sweet… I think I have my mom to thank for letting them know how much I love these things. So, thanks mom!

Mobee Cashew Tarts from the Philippines

See, I told you… I almost killed the whole box. If you saw what happened a few minutes after, I made the tarts disappear like a Las Vegas magician. I’m just that good…

Mobee Cashew Tarts from the Philippines

What makes the cashew tarts so great is that they aren’t too sweet, but sweet enough. And the crunch you get when biting down on the crust. Love that crust too! Now I just have to wait until someone else sends me these yummy snacks…

Monday, August 17, 2009

First preseason Charger game 2009…

I know I’m a bit late on this… this past Saturday, August 15, 2009 was the first game this season. Although this game was only a preseason game, the excitement was still there. The game was pretty much uneventful for the most part, but it actually became a great game that came down to the wire. Unfortunately we lost, but no biggie, it’s just preseason…

First 2009 preseason Charger game this season…

I dug out my Charger lanyards with these clear NFL pouches to help protect my tickets since I collect them. It was real painful to detach these tickets from the rest of them. It looked great just having them all together as one. It was frame worthy…

First 2009 preseason Charger game this season…

We’re in Charger country here! Home sweet home! It feels great to be back at the Murph, errrrrrr, I mean the Q. Sorry old habits are hard to break. The sight and feel of going into the stadium feels great despite it only being preseason.

First 2009 preseason Charger game this season…

Love looking at that large Charger flag as it waves with a slight breeze going through mission valley every time we enter the stadium lot. It was the perfect weather for football and for tailgating, which other people will agree with me from the looks of it.

First 2009 preseason Charger game this season…

We get these Tailgate times every time we enter the lot for some light reading to kill time and before the game starts. I didn’t do much reading since I love to people watch. And boy was there some watching to do. Lots of eye candy. I wish I remembered to take some pics, but I was caught up in the moment. I’m sure you’d understand. Maybe next time…

First 2009 preseason Charger game this season…

The above photo is a picture of the view I have from my seats. It’s right on the 45 yard line on the opponent’s side. Love my seats!!! If you love to get into to it with opposing fans and heckle with them, this is the area to be. Fortunately, longtime/mature seasoned Charger fans surround my section but I as well as others have a great view of the field level chaos below…

First 2009 preseason Charger game this season…

The Chargers are hosting their 21st annual Salute to the Military. Just like the Padres, the Chargers are proud supporters of the military. It’s nice to see this since my dad served in the navy for 20 years as well as my many uncles. It only makes sense since it is San Diego after all. The above photo was during the national anthem. They brought out a huge American flag with members of our armed forces carrying the flag and waving it during the song. It looked awesome…

Something I noticed… they didn’t have the canons go off on the field!?! What the hell was that about? I love it when those canons go off during the National Anthem. It’s something that’s pretty unique to the San Diego Chargers. Bring it back!!! It’s a trip to see new fans flinch every time the canons go off. I love it!

Now I can’t wait for the next home game even though it’s still preseason. It’s against the San Francisco 49ers on Friday September 4, 2009 at 7pm. The wait continues…

Thursday, August 13, 2009

2009 San Diego Chargers Schedule

The 2009 San Diego Chargers schedule is here! Design and photography are one of my passions. I also love football. So, with football season about to begin for me this coming Saturday, I decided to combine them in such a way…

Below is the 2009 San Diego Chargers schedule that I’ve created, shot and designed. I just felt like being creative yesterday and with football being on my mind, just had to do something. The ones with the yellow backgrounds are the preseason games. The baby blue backgrounds are the home games and the away games being in navy blue…

Preseason Week 1: Saturday, August 15, 2009 @ 7pm
Seattle Seahawks @ San Diego Chargers
2009 San Diego Chargers Schedule

Preseason Week 2: Saturday, August 22, 2009 @ 7pm
San Diego Chargers @ Arizona Cardinals
2009 San Diego Chargers Schedule

Preseason Week 3: Saturday, August 29, 2009 @ 5pm
San Diego Chargers @ Atlanta Falcons
2009 San Diego Chargers Schedule

Preseason Week 4: Friday, September 4, 2009 @ 7pm
San Francisco 49ers @ San Diego Chargers
2009 San Diego Chargers Schedule

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Regular Season Week 1: Monday, September 14, 2009 @ 7:15pm
San Diego Chargers @ Oakland Raiders
2009 San Diego Chargers Schedule

Regular Season Week 2: Sunday, September 20, 2009 @ 1:15pm
Baltimore Ravens @ San Diego Chargers
2009 San Diego Chargers Schedule

Regular Season Week 3: Sunday, September 27, 2009 @ 1:15pm
Miami Dolphins @ San Diego Chargers
2009 San Diego Chargers Schedule

Regular Season Week 4: Sunday, October 4, 2009 @ 5:20pm
San Diego Chargers @ Pittsburgh Steelers
2009 San Diego Chargers Schedule

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Regular Season Week 5: Sunday, October 11, 2009 – BYE
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Regular Season Week 6: Monday, October 19, 2009 @ 5:30pm
Denver Broncos @ San Diego Chargers
2009 San Diego Chargers Schedule

Regular Season Week 7: Sunday, October 25, 2009 @ 10:00am
San Diego Chargers @ Kansas City Chiefs
2009 San Diego Chargers Schedule

Regular Season Week 8: Sunday, November 1, 2009 @ 1:05pm
Oakland Raiders @ San Diego Chargers
2009 San Diego Chargers Schedule

Regular Season Week 9: Sunday, November 8, 2009 @ 1:15pm
San Diego Chargers @ New York Giants
2009 San Diego Chargers Schedule

Regular Season Week 10: Sunday, November 15, 2009 @ 1:15pm
Philadelphia Eagles @ San Diego Chargers
2009 San Diego Chargers Schedule

Regular Season Week 11: Sunday, November 22, 2009 @ 1:15pm**
San Diego Chargers @ Denver Broncos
2009 San Diego Chargers Schedule

Regular Season Week 12: Sunday, November 29, 2009 @ 1:05pm**
Kansas City Chiefs @ San Diego Chargers
2009 San Diego Chargers Schedule

Regular Season Week 13: Sunday, December 6, 2009 @ 1:05pm**
San Diego Chargers @ Cleveland Browns
2009 San Diego Chargers Schedule

Regular Season Week 14: Sunday, December 13, 2009 @ 1:15pm**
San Diego Chargers @ Dallas Cowboys
2009 San Diego Chargers Schedule

Regular Season Week 15: Sunday, December 20, 2009 @ 1:05pm**
Cincinnati Bengals @ San Diego Chargers
2009 San Diego Chargers Schedule

Regular Season Week 16: Friday, December 25, 2009 @ 4:30pm
San Diego Chargers @ Tennessee Titans
2009 San Diego Chargers Schedule

Regular Season Week 17: Sunday, January 3, 2009 @ 1:15pm**
Washington Redskins @ San Diego Chargers
2009 San Diego Chargers Schedule

LET’S GO BOLTS!!!

Note: **Denotes flex scheduling and possible time change. All times are Pacific Time.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Stocked up on memory cards…

Stocked up on memory cards…

I have this Lowepro Pixel Pak V1 - Aluminum Memory Card Wallet for awhile now and it’s been doing great for me. It does what it needs to do and that’s to protect my memory cards and to store them. The only problem for me is that I have few open spaces to add more memory cards. The solution, buy more SDHC cards to utilize those pesky open spaces…

Stocked up on memory cards…

The crazy part is that I also ended up buying a SanDisk 8GB CompactFlash memory card for my DSLR camera that I’ll be taking on a future road trip that wasn’t on the shopping list. Only the SanDisk SDHC 8GB memory card was what I originally wanted to buy. But whatever, it is what it is…

Stocked up on memory cards…

When I take pictures, I tend to go overboard and take tons of them. I’ve been known to fill up those cards real quickly and to tell you the truth, I should have bought more. I’m pretty sure more purchases will be made soon…

Now that my Canon PowerShot SD780 IS shoots HD movies, I’ll be able to shoot those in confidence. Knowing that I have a number of extra memory cards, these video clips will be flying out of the camera. Hopefully I’ll be sharing these with everyone in the near future.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Filipino Basic Sun and Stars Shirt Design

Filipino basic sun and stars shirt design. It’s an oldie, but a goodie. As cliché as it is, the design is timeless and represents our culture and heritage in a strong and iconic way. Something us Pinoys and Pinays need sometimes to help express who we are…

Filipino Basic Sun and Stars Shirt Design

I have this design in black, red, blue and yellow. I’ve also placed this design on a variety of products that range from t-shirts, shirts, hats, mugs, bags, etc. It’s a great way to show your pride, culture, and heritage to anyone in a positive way. They make excellent gifts for any Pinoy and/or Pinay for any occasion. Heck, just give it to anyone, the more the merrier. What makes these great is the ability to customize these to fit your wants and needs with a variety of options to choose from.

Come and check out Visualnewbie, Visualnewbie.com, for new Filipino related designs to show off your culture and heritage. Or just come back here, Communicating Ideas for any updates…

"I Love US Presidents" Shirt Design...

President of the United States… It’s a job that I would not dare to have and I get the feeling that these thoughts are similar to millions if not billions around the globe. It’s already tough living my life as is. Here’s a tribute to the present and past Presidents that this great country had.

I Love/Heart US Presidents!

Here’s the list of “I Love US Presidents” or some will say, “I Heart US President” for all you United States History enthusiast. Each and every president has this design on a variety of items that range from t-shirts, shirts, mugs, hats, bags, etc. They make excellent gifts for anyone for any occasion. What makes these great is that you’ll be able to customize these to fit your wants and needs. So, get yours now…

I Love Abraham Lincoln, I Love Andrew Jackson, I Love Andrew Johnson, I Love Barack Obama, I Love Benjamin Harrison, I Love Calvin Coolidge, I Love Chester Arthur, I Love Dwight Eisenhower, I Love Franklin Roosevelt, I Love Franklin Pierce, I Love George H Bush, I Love George W Bush, I Love George Washington, I Love Gerald Ford, I Love Grover Cleveland, I Love Harry S Truman, I Love Herbert Hoover, I Love James Buchanan, I Love James Carter, I Love James Garfield, I Love James Knox Polk, I Love James Madison, I Love James Monroe, I Love John Adams, I Love John F Kennedy, I Love John Quincy Adams, I Love John Tyler, I Love Lyndon Johnson, I Love Martin Van Buren, I Love Millard Fillmore, I Love Richard Nixon, I Love Ronald Reagan, I Love Rutherford B Hayes, I Love Theodore Roosevelt, I Love Thomas Jefferson, I Love Ulysses S Grant, I Love Warren Harding, I Love William Harrison, I Love William Howard Taft, I Love William J Clinton, I Love William McKinley, I Love Woodrow Wilson and I Love Zachary Taylor

Check out Visualnewbie, Visualnewbie.com for more designs and products. New designs are being added weekly and it would be tough to keep updating it through this blog, Communicating Ideas (CI). So, check out Visualnewbie for more up to date designs. Come back soon…

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Other San Diego Chargers Materials…

I’m still feeling the excitement that football season is basically here! As any football fan, I went through my materials again that the Chargers have sent a few weeks ago that came with the season ticket invoice. I choose to ignore the invoice, but don’t worry; it’s already been paid and forgot about the sticker that they sent me.

2009 San Diego Chargers Folder and Sticker!

The San Diego Chargers gave away these stickers as well as these pretty cool folders. I threw out all the other materials that were in it since I thought they were useless. These were the only things I thought that would make awesome collectors items when we win the Big Game! The Super Bowl BABY!!!

2009 San Diego Chargers Folder and Sticker!

2009 San Diego Chargers Folder and Sticker!

The pictures above are a shot of the folders cover. The logo is the same design as the plastic pouch that contains the “Memory Booklet” where you insert your tickets after each game. It says “San Diego Chargers 50th Anniversary Season” with the years 1960-2009.

Besides the printing, the logo that you see has some texture to it. It has what you call an embossed texture. The camera seems to not be able to capture it…

Then it has some text that spiral around the 50 logo that states when the Chargers have won the AFC West and Conference in chronological order. Pretty neat! I really didn’t notice that until now and overlooked it when I first received them. I love it when people/designers really think about these things. As they say, it’s all in the details…

2009 San Diego Chargers Folder and Sticker!

2009 San Diego Chargers Folder and Sticker!

2009 San Diego Chargers Folder and Sticker!

The photos above are shots of the inside of the folder. Clean and simple. My photos may show it as black, but that’s not the case. It’s actually in the Chargers navy blue with the Chargers 50 logo in a lighter blue. You can also see the embossing effect in one of the photos above that you couldn’t from the front.

Then you have a photo of the traditional/basic San Diego Chargers logo that can be located on the right side flap from the inside of the folder…

Well, that’s it for now. As you can see, I’m pretty damn excited and wanted to share with the world what one of my passions for life are. More to come when the season gets into full swing…

If you like this post, you may also like “2009 San Diego Chargers Season Tickets: 50th Anniversary Season!”. You may also want to follow my Twitter account for updates when the season starts like events and tailgating. Where some of the best Charger Fans share this same passion called Football! GO BOLTS!!!

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