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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.”

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Snacks: Freshly Baked Brownies

A couple days ago, we baked some brownies with caramel drizzled on top so we can have something to snack on. I did that awesome caramel design on top too! HAHA! So, took some flicks of the brownies as they just came out of the oven before the others can get to it. Otherwise, I'd be taking photos of part of a brownie than whole...

Snacks: Freshly Baked Brownies

All I have to say is that they were DELICIOUS!!!

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Project AR15 pt 3: KAC SR-15 E3 IWS Complete Upper Assembly

So, here's part three of my build. Since I can't buy a complete KAC SR-15 rifle because it's on the Roberti-Roos assault weapons list (damn you California!), I did the next best thing. I bought a KAC (Knight Armament Company) SR-15 E3 IWS (Integral Weapons System) Upper Assembly from Valkyrie Tactical.

Project AR15 Part 3: KAC SR-15 E3 IWS Complete Upper Assembly

Project AR15 Part 3: KAC SR-15 E3 IWS Complete Upper Assembly

Here's some info about the KAC SR-15 E3 upper from Valkyrie Tactical...

"If you're looking for the best of the best, this is it. A direct result of Knight's Armament's U.S. Military development for the SR-16 upper has resulted in the most innovative and reliable upper for the AR15 market. The KAC SR-15 E3 IWS Upper equipped with a 16" chrome lined 1:7 twist cold hammer forged barrel with a proprietary mid-length gas system for increased reliability and smoother felt recoil. These components result in a very light weight upper that shoots very smoothly. This upper features Knight's URX II free-floating barrel system with integral front flip up sight and 5 integrated swivel mounts. The biggest improvement over the standard AR/M platform is an improved rounded multi-lug E3 bolt with dual-spring extractor and increased bolt web thickness for increased strength. This upper is compete and ready to attach to any AR15/M4/M16 lower receiver."

Project AR15 Part 3: KAC SR-15 E3 IWS Complete Upper Assembly

I also installed my Nightforce NXS 1-4x24 with the LaRue Tactical LT104-30 mount that I had sitting in the corner somewhere ready to be used. Together with the KAC SR-15 E3 Upper and complete lower that I just built is an awesome combination. I also installed the FDE Magpul AVG (Angle Vertical Grip). To be honest, I'm not completely sold on yet. I need some/more range time with it...

Project AR15 Part 3: KAC SR-15 E3 IWS Complete Upper Assembly

At the moment, I'm waiting to order KAC Taupe rail covers to complete the look. As soon as those come in, I'll be taking photos of the complete look and review of the final build to post here. I'm also considering purchasing the KAC Hand Stop to replace the Magpul AVG if I don't love it after some range time. But that won't happen until I have gave it some additional range time...

Resources: CalGuns.net, Valkyrie Tactical, Parallax Tactical

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Extraordinary Passion Fruit Ricotta Cake

So it was my Aunts birthday last week and she's in town from the Philippines for vacation. We wanted to get her a cake and not your ordinary birthday cake, but an extraordinary one at that. So, it was no surprise that we ended up getting Extraordinary Desserts' Passion Fruit Ricotta Torte, one of my favorites. And I'm sure that it wasn't a surprise to you since this isn't the first time I posted about their delicious cakes.

Extraordinary's Passion Fruit Ricotta Torte

Instead of taking my Aunt there, we bought and brought the whole cake home. Which is a shame as I really think she would of loved checking out the place. The ambiance of their store is really great and a fine place to kick back and enjoy the desserts with people you love. But, we did have a big dinner that night, so it maybe a good thing we didn't eat too much. Maybe next time...

Extraordinary's Passion Fruit Ricotta Torte

Here's a short description taken off Extraordinary Desserts site about the Passion Fruit Ricotta Torte... Tropical and light, this torte is made of ricotta cake layers, soaked with fruit juice and layered with passion fruit whipped cream, kiwis, strawberries and bananas. A tropical explosion!

Extraordinary's Passion Fruit Ricotta Torte

The Passion Fruit Ricotta Torte is a very light cake and not too sweet, but yet fulfilling. A small slice of this cake is more than enough to satisfy most people. Myself included, go figure. But I'm not complaining, I can always go back for seconds if need be. And that's if and only if the vultures that I call family left any for extras. We take our sweets very seriously in this family. HAHA!

Extraordinary's Passion Fruit Ricotta Torte

All in all, the cake was great as usual and eating it is always a defining moment. But the best part is eating it with the company of family. That is all...

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Flashlight: Streamlight Scorpion

One of my first high powered, high intensity flashlights that takes the CR123 batteries is the Streamlight Scorpion. The Scorpion is an incandescent type of light that uses high pressure xenon bulbs that produces a very intense white light and focused beam. Keeping the light secure and protected is the Bianchi 7311 AccuMold Compact Light Pouch...

Flashlight: Streamlight Scorpion

The Scorpion is a great general use flashlight that's very light and compact, but extremely bright. The body of the light is constructed out of machined aluminum. The flashlight is also covered with a rubber sleeve around the body and not the bezel/head and it's there to improve grip. With the light having a rubber sleeve, I wouldn't pocket the light itself. It makes a simple task of taking the light out of your pocket a chore and covered in lint... more photos here.

Flashlight: Streamlight Scorpion

Flashlight: Streamlight Scorpion

Many people would be surprised by the cost of this light (about $35) and the cost in feeding it CR123 batteries. That's why I buy these batteries online and in bulk. But many flashaholics, myself included, know that it really isn't much compared to other high-end models and brands like Surefire. Sure, the runtime on the Streamlight Scorpion is approximately an hour. But when you have a flashlight a bit larger than the popular 2AA Mini Mag flashlight and that out shines even their larger models that use the C and D batteries, you have to sacrifice a bit too. In this case, cost of the light and the batteries... more photos here.

Flashlight: Streamlight Scorpion

Although LED flashlights have better runtime, I prefer to use incandescent lights when outdoors. That where the Scorpion shines. When I use LED lights outdoors, everything seems a bit flat as well as color rendition is off. It's easier for me to gauge distance and identify objects from afar with the incandescent as well. So it does have it's place even though I don't use it much like I used to. Like the saying goes, the job dictates the tool. And a flashlight is a tool... more photos here.

Flashlight: Streamlight Scorpion

The Streamlight Scorpion is nothing new. It's been out for quite some time. So, I won't bore you with details and/or a full review. Other fine sites that talk about flashlights do a better job at that than I can. Like the forum/message board like Candle Power Forums. I just wanted to share some photos of the light. Click on any of the images provided for more photos of the Streamlight Scorpion.

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Saturday, April 17, 2010

Lunch: Little Caesars Five Dollar Pizza

Grabbed a box of pizza for a quick lunch before the big dinner I'll be having with some family. We got the Little Caesars five dollar pepperoni pizza to be exact. It's not the greatest pizza, far from it. But it was good enough and cheap to get me and some others through the day until the evening. I was only able to eat two slices...

Little Caesars Five Dollar Pizza

Friday, April 16, 2010

Sweet Treats, Mobee Cashew Tarts

My aunt arrived from the Philippines a couple days ago. And as usual, I received one of my favorite treats from that region, Mobee Cashew Tarts. I did a post awhile back about these delicious tarts and almost forgot what it tasted like. Well, not quite, but it's been awhile and that first bite left me wanting more...

Sweet Treats, Mobee Cashew Tarts from the Philippines

Check that out, three packages all to myself. And at this very moment, one down and two to go. I don't think it's going to last. Especially with others around wanting to get a piece of the action. But it's cool, I love sharing the wealth that I call tarts...

Sweet Treats, Mobee Cashew Tarts from the Philippines

The Mobee Cashew Tarts aren't that big. In fact, I usually just pop one in my mouth whole. Sometimes it takes a couple of these tarts to satisfy me. They're just like chips, you can't just eat one. Good thing I have some self control, cause the old Chris "Visualnewbie" would of finished the whole box in a day, while still wanting more...

Sweet Treats, Mobee Cashew Tarts from the Philippines

I really don't know what it is about these tarts that keep me wanting more. It's as if they added crack to it and now I'm addicted to it. To tell you the truth, there's nothing really special/memorable about it. I just love them. Could it be that simple? Yup, that's it. I just love them!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Project AR15: KAC Shield Patches

Here's a sneak peak to what's to come for part three of the project AR15 build. If you don't know what it is, they're KAC (Knight's Armament Company) Shield Patches in black and FDE (flat dark earth). Lets just say KAC equals quality. And I love quality. Got these patches out of the package and couldn't wait to take a couple flicks. And this is what I got and came up with...

Project AR15: Sneak Peak, KAC Shield Patches

As much as I liked how these photos came out, the other photos of the project AR15 are different. It has that certain theme/look to it. I'm pretty picky when it comes to consistency since the other photos have that backpack background. So, took a couple new pics and here they are...

Project AR15: Sneak Peak, KAC Shield Patches

I know it's not much of an update, but stay tuned as there are much more to talk about and show in the next coming days. Hope you're enjoying the photos and the gear. Until next time...

Resources used: Calguns.net, Valkyrie Tactical.

Other related content:
Project AR15 Part 1: LAR Grizzly-15, Lower Receiver as my Blank Canvas
Project AR15 Part 2: Complete Lower Half

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Project AR15 pt 2: Complete Lower Half

Part two of the AR15 build consists of the complete lower half of the rifle. I included two photos of the completed lower to show the status of the build. I won't go into full detail of this build until the rifle is completed and tested, but I will do a quick list of its specs in it's current form...

Project AR15 pt 2: Complete Lower Half

First you have the main part, which is the actual lower receiver, LAR Grizzly-15. I also went and bought the Milspec FDE (Flat Dark Earth) VLTOR EMOD stock with an H buffer. For the pistol grip, I went with the FDE Magpul MIAD full kit that comes with the trigger guard. I have these on other rifles and love them so much, I had to get it for this build...

Project AR15 pt 2: Complete Lower Half

Now, for the internals. I used the RRA (Rock River Arms) lower parts kit. But I also didn't use RRA's trigger that came with the kit. I went in a different direction and bought Geissele Combat Trigger, also known as SSA (Super Semi-Auto). I can't stop there, so I also added the LMT (Lewis Machine & Tool) ambidextrous safety selector switch and a Prince extended take down pin. And lets not forget the most important part of the completed lower. That's right, the bullet button from Raddlock in FDE, cause that's how we roll in California and not like the free states...

Next up, is part three of the build. And part three is about the complete upper that I choose to go with and photos that I took of it to share with everyone. And after that, a complete run down on the whole rifle that I've built and why I went with certain parts and not others. Basically my full assessment on this project. So, stay tuned...

Resources used: CalGuns.net, Royal Loan, Cold War Shooters, Parallax Tactical, Rainier Arms.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Nestle's Vanilla Caramel Drumstick

It's been a bit warm in San Diego a few days ago and it still is. So, we wanted to find a way to keep cool in the comfort of our own home while I get work done. Well, we took a family favorite, Nestle's Drumstick, and got to munching. I went with my favorite, vanilla caramel. I just love caramel! Didn't forget the few people that actually read my blog and took a few flicks to share.

Nestle's Vanilla Caramel Drumstick

Man do I love ice cream! I love them whether it's cold or hot outside. It just doesn't matter to me when it comes to these frozen sweets. What makes it even better is that it's warm that day and this kept me real cool and my stomach satisfied.

Nestle's Vanilla Caramel Drumstick

Nestle's Vanilla Caramel Drumstick

Nestle's Vanilla Caramel Drumstick

Nestle's Vanilla Caramel Drumstick

Just thinking about makes me hungry for more. Maybe I'll grab one to reward myself for working hard and staying focus and as always, staying on the grind. That's it, I'm getting one...

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Server Space Low, Need a New Drive

I've been waiting for 2TB hard drives to go on sale for some time now and finally they went on sale! Much to my delight since I'm really close to running out of space and fast on the home server. I ended up getting a couple Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" internal drives to satisfy me for awhile...

Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5

Real talk. This home server thing has become an addiction. And Deo, I know you're reading this! I have no one to blame except for you! HAHA! You are a bad man and a bad influence cause my wallet is starting to get a bit light. But you know what, I love this damn machine (home server) and should of gotten into it sooner. I now have 4 bays left on the Sans Digital TowerRAID and looks like it may fill up by the end of the year. CRAZY!!!

Friday, April 9, 2010

Espasol, Filipino Rice Flour Snack

I'm not much of a cook, far from it. So instead, we picked up a small package of Espasol, sweet rice flour cake to snack on a few days ago. Espasol is a bit gooey/chewy in texture and for some reason, like what many others have said before me, will have you craving it often after the first bite. It's a Filipino snack that's also not too sweet nor packed with much sugar. Basically a great light dessert to snack on to help you get through your day...

Espasol, Filipino Rice Flour Treat/Snack

Espasol, Filipino Rice Flour Treat/Snack

Besides the chewy-ness, you also have the snack dusted with toasted rice flour coating the whole dessert. I'm telling you, it's pretty good stuff and you should give it a try. Anyways, I just wanted to share with you a snack that I've grown up eating and still continue to this day and hopefully brought back some memories for others in the process.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Mount Rushmore Coin Coaster Souvenirs

Found these coin coaster souvenirs from Mount Rushmore that we bought during our summer road trip last year hidden under a pile of stuff in the cabinet. They brought back some great memories of traveling to and from Chicago in ten days. Ten days is not enough to experience the beauty that the many states we've traveled through and hope to see and do more...

Mount Rushmore Coin Replica Coaster Souvenirs

So, here are some pics of the Mount Rushmore coin replicas coasters we picked up while visiting the breathtaking monument. Great coasters I might add and should last a really long time since they are well built. And they're are being well used at the moment without any signs of wear...

Mount Rushmore Coin Replica Coaster Souvenirs

Mount Rushmore Coin Replica Coaster Souvenirs

Mount Rushmore Coin Replica Coaster Souvenirs

Mount Rushmore Coin Replica Coaster Souvenirs

Looking back, I should of bought more of these coasters. Out of the many souvenirs that we've bought during the road trip, these get the most use. But man do they get heavy as you add them up...

Mount Rushmore Coin Replica Coaster Souvenirs

Mount Rushmore Coin Replica Coaster Souvenirs

Mount Rushmore Coin Replica Coaster Souvenirs

As I said earlier, ten days was not enough for this trip and almost felt like we were rushing it. Next time we know better, even though we've said that before and want to explore more of this great country at a slower and manageable pace. And more importantly, seeing most of it by driving and doing the cross country type deal. It's something everyone should do at least once in their lifetime, like driving along the coast of the whole west coast is a sight to see...

Man, I love looking back at these great memories!!!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Dreyer's Fun Flavors Ice Cream

We bought a bunch of these individual size Dreyer's Fun Flavors ice cream some time ago and wanted to take a couple flicks to save and show. Good thing I took these pics, because they were gone in a flash. No Joke. We don't play around and we take sweets very seriously. And at times, I've been known to be a sucker for ice cream, but I know I'm not the only one...

Dreyer's Fun Flavors Ice Cream

The photo above happens to be the flavor I enjoyed the most. Apple Pie. All I can think about right now is how yummy this was. Lets be real here, have you ever tasted bad ice cream? I think not! So, they're all pretty good to me. There's not much ice cream in the containers that they're packed in, but that may be a wise thing on their part. Cause I could of definitely eaten more of it if I had my own way.

Dreyer's Fun Flavors Ice Cream

Dreyer's Fun Flavors Ice Cream

Dreyer's Fun Flavors Ice Cream

Dreyer's Fun Flavors Ice Cream

We didn't just pick one flavor as you can see and really how could you. So, we ended up getting a few other flavors to enjoy and try. Double Fudge Brownie, Mint Chocolate Chip, Mocha Almond Fudge, Chocolate Chip and of course Apple Pie, pictured at the very top. Man, I'm craving for some ice cream right now...

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Project AR15 pt 1: LAR Grizzly-15, Lower Receiver as my Blank Canvas

Project AR15 pt 1: LAR Grizzly-15, Lower Receiver as my Blank Canvas

Join me as I create and build the near perfect piece of machinery and America's rifle, the AR-15. Or at least close to it, with my vision and how I view the rifle. I'll be getting parts from various places like online stores and brick and mortar shops, so this AR-15 post will be done in parts as they come in. So in essence, it's going to be like Christmas very few days for me until it's complete. Hopefully it'll be completed soon so I can test it and run it through its paces like any good tool should...

Project AR15 pt 1: LAR Grizzly-15, Lower Receiver as my Blank Canvas

So, as my first post, I give you what I call my blank canvas. I really do view them as art. Much like cars. Anyways, here's a stripped LAR Grizzly-15 lower receiver that was bought a few years ago around the "two weeks" era, early in the OLL (Off List Lower) movement. Royal Loan in San Diego did the DROS and paperwork in case you were wondering. Also, visit CalGuns.net, the California Firearms Owner's home on the internet for more information regarding the laws or any questions you may have about these tools...

Project AR15 pt 1: LAR Grizzly-15, Lower Receiver as my Blank Canvas

And this receiver basically laid peacefully in a box waiting for its turn to be built until now. This naked beauty is going to be all dressed up and ready to party. Of course and always in a safe manner as all responsible gun owners do. So, come back soon for the latest news on this build... this is going to be awesome and in my eyes and others like me, a work of art!!!

Resources used: CalGuns.net, Royal Loan, Cold War Shooters.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Heavenly Cupcakes, Gaslamp, San Diego

More cupcakes! Next stop, Heavenly Cupcakes in Gaslamp Quarter, San Diego. I'm telling you, I'm on a cupcake roll and will soon be an expert on the subject at hand. Ahhh who am I kidding, if anything, I may gain some weight from eating so much of it. But, it's OK since we usually end up getting the minis when we buy a dozen of these delicious bite-size snacks instead of the regular size ones.

Heavenly Cupcakes in Gaslamp Quarter, San Diego

This dozen of cupcakes from Heavenly Cupcakes is priced fairly compared to other competitors. Especially the minis. Then we got the taste and the flavor. Out of the all the other cupcake places we've tried, these happen to be the lightest in flavor but still quite moist. I know some people may like that and tend to shy away from desserts that are too sweet, which I think these are perfect for them. I prefer to have things a bit more sweeter...

We ended up getting four different flavors...

Heavenly Cupcakes in Gaslamp Quarter, San Diego

Above: Banana Chip Flavor. Fresh banana cake with mini chocolate chips and chocolate buttercream topped with banana chips. Like I stated earlier, the cupcakes in general tasted really light. With that said, I felt that the banana chips that topped the cake kind of overpowered the whole flavor. Which isn't bad if you're into that thing...

Heavenly Cupcakes in Gaslamp Quarter, San Diego

Above: Vanilla Caramel. Vanilla cake with vanilla bean buttercream topped with caramel sauce. This happened to be my favorite out the bunch. I tend to like red velvets, but this cake really tasted great. As a whole, it was also really light with the caramel singing to me. Then again, I really love caramel. Put caramel on anything and I'd probably love it...

Heavenly Cupcakes in Gaslamp Quarter, San Diego

Above: S'mores. Chocolate cake with marshmallow buttercream topped with graham cracker crumbs. This cupcake is the one I was really looking forward to. I love s'mores and having that flavor in the form of a cupcake is genius. And to be honest, I was really disappointed. Maybe I was expecting too much out of it. Or maybe it's just hard to recreate perfection. It just didn't work for me.

Heavenly Cupcakes in Gaslamp Quarter, San Diego

Above: Red Velvet. Traditional southern red velvet cake with a hint of cocoa topped with silky cream cheese frosting. Not my favorite red velvet that I've tried around the County of San Diego, but definitely not the worst. Again, just a bit too light in flavor for me. I prefer stronger/bold flavors, especially the cream cheese frosting. Maybe I should try that again...

All in all, I would go there again. In fact, plan to go there soon. Besides, they got other great flavors that I want to try out to get my sweet fix. And they're more central to the San Diego region and really close to me with easy access. They may be a bit light for my taste, but the price is really reasonable and that in itself says a lot to me, value.

I'm telling you, I love sweets. I need to get some help before this sickness gets out of control. Some say it's too late. I say damn right! HAHA! Until next time...

Heavenly Cupcake
(Located in the Gaslamp Quarter)
518 6th Avenue
San Diego, CA 92101
619.235.9235

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