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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.”

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Spyderco Tenacious, My New EDC Knife

I've been EDC'ing (Every Day Carry) the Benchmade Mini Griptilian for a number of years and it has never failed me. I just love it! But, I wanted to find a replacement which I think is going to be tough. After some reading and searches, I ended up buying a few knives to try out. The Spyderco Tenacious, Manix 2 and Terzuola. With the Tenacious being the least expensive of the bunch and the one that will be used in place of the Mini Griptilian to see how I like it. I'm going to use and abuse this knife. So, this is the Spyderco Tenacious with the G-10 handle and plain edge.

Spyderco Tenacious, My New EDC Knife

Spyderco Tenacious, My New EDC Knife

The Benchmade Mini Griptilian to me is a lot smaller than the Tenacious. Especially in the hands and clipped in the pocket and it weight. It has some heft to it. I know the pictures show it a bit, but it's a whole different feeling. That's something I got to get used to. I'll be honest, I feel awkward at times pulling it out to do some general cutting duties out in public. You know, like cutting a piece of fruit or opening packages and stuff like that. People tend to shy away at those types of things. And the Mini is kind of stealthy like that which I took for granted in some ways. For the most part, that doesn't bother me and I'll continue to carry it. More photos here...

Spyderco Tenacious, My New EDC Knife

Spyderco Tenacious, My New EDC Knife

Spyderco Tenacious, My New EDC Knife

The photos don't show it, but I changed the clip location to what you see on the Benchmade. I carry tip-up. It's just something I'm used to and have always done. You can change the clip location so you can carry tip-up or tip down and switch them if you're right-handed or left-handed. Whatever is your preference. I also love the handle material. With this kind of material, I maintain a firm grip on the knife at all times. The smoothness and quickness of the blade deployment is awesome. So smooth and flicks fast! And as usual, it comes out of the box very sharp, shaving sharp. More photos here...

Spyderco Tenacious, My New EDC Knife

Spyderco Tenacious, My New EDC Knife

If you're looking for an awesome knife, well you're in luck. The Spyderco Tenacious is the best value for your money. It's pretty inexpensive and can be found around the $30 mark with some effort. Thirty you say? Yup, it helps that the Tenacious is made in China. But don't let that fool you; you wouldn't know it from the build quality. It's solid and has no play in the knife. I highly recommend this knife to anyone and would buy again.

You also be interested in the other blog post, "Spyderco Terzuola Carbon Fiber Knife" that I did a couple months back.

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Monday, February 21, 2011

Filipino Pancit Miki and Chowking's Buchi

Here are some food photos of our delicious homemade Filipino Pancit Miki and Chowking's Buchi Lotus Cream. The Buchi dessert is deep-fried glutinous rice with lotus cream fillings coated with sesame seeds. It's a great light snack.

Homemade Filipino Pancit Miki

Chowking's Buchi Lotus Cream

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Food: Burgers and stuff from Red Robin

Some time ago, we picked up dinner from Red Robin at Plaza Bonita in National City. Haven't eaten at Red Robin in quite some time, why the heck not. We placed our order via phone on our way over there after stopping by Sprinkles in La Jolla so that as soon as you got there, the order would be ready. And you know what; it turned out to be a great idea. Red Robins turned out to be pretty packed inside as well as outside on the patio. But anyways, here are some food shots that I took...

Royal Red Robin Burger @ Red Robin in National City

Lately, I've been craving burgers. At this time it was no different. But I didn't want just a burger, but a burger with an egg thrown in there. And I love eating eggs. So the Royal Red Robin Burger was the choice for me. Their description... "This is the aristocrat of all burgers because we crown it fresh fried egg. It's topped with applewood smoked bacon, American cheese, crisp lettuce, fresh tomatoes and mayo". And I must say, it was mighty tasty and have no complaints. But I'm easy to please. I also got some fries and wasn't impressed with them. It was pretty bland and lacked flavor.

Fries @ Red Robin in National City

And here's a photo of the Caesar's Chicken Wrap. Their description... "Tender grilled chicken breast stuffed in a fresh spinach tortilla, with Caesar dressing, Parmesan cheese, diced tomatoes and crisp romaine lettuce. Served with fresh melon and our Bottomless Steak Fries". I gave this a taste and it was ok. But then again, I never had a chicken wrap that wowed me either. They gave a good amount of chicken in the wrap, which is a big plus...

Caesar's Chicken Wrap @ Red Robin in National City

Then we got the Chicken Tortilla Soup. It doesn't look too appetizing in the photo. Far from it. But that's how it looked as soon as we opened it when I got home. I'm sure it looks better at the restaurant. But man does it taste so good! Give me a big bowl of this stuff and I would have been completely happy with it and I'm not a soup guy at all. It was that good! Their description since my photo lacks the visual effect... "A hearty chicken and vegetable tortilla soup topped with grated Cheddar and Pepper-Jack chesses, sour cream and tortilla strips".

Chicken Tortilla Soup @ Red Robin in National City

The meals all in all were pretty good. And as usual, I'm not much of a critic. It's easy to please me. But man, I would definitely come back to Red Robin just for the Chicken Tortilla Soup. Yummy!!!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

NOTICE: Site Maintenance on 02.17.11

This is just a notice about the site maintenance that will be happening on Thursday, February 17th, between 23:00 and 03:00 Pacific Standard Time (Friday, February 18th, between 07:00 and 11:00 UTC). When this happens, you'll notice some photo/images will be down on this Blog, Communicating Ideas by Visualnewbie. This is where I host a majority of my photos for the site, Lapada Gallery. But don't worry, Communicating Ideas will be back up and running in no time. Besides, the content will remain, just not the photos during the maintenance...

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Monday, February 14, 2011

Delicious Krispy Kreme Dounts! Yum!

It doesn't take much to satisfy my sweet tooth. And boy do these Krispy Kreme Donuts hit the spot! I'm not one of those guys that eat donuts too. I rarely eat them. Probably a couple times a year if I'm lucky. And that's pretty sad since I do love them and don't know why I don't eat it that often. But this day different, I was craving donuts and more specifically Krispy Kreme Donuts. So you know I had to please my appetite for these small tasty treats.

Delicious Krispy Kreme Dounts! Yum!

We ended up getting a box of a dozen Krispy Kreme Donuts. We got six Original Glazed Twist donut, Chocolate Iced Kreme Filled donut, Chocolate Iced Custard Filled donut, Powdered Strawberry Filled and New York Cheesecake donut. There are also two other ones I don't remember what they were called. I'm not much of a critic, because to be honest with you, they were all fantastic! I'm telling you that it doesn't take much to satisfy my sweet tooth.

Delicious Krispy Kreme Dounts! Yum!

And if I had to pick a favorite out of the dozen donuts. I would have to say that the New York Cheesecake Donut would be it. It was my first time eating this and would say that I really enjoyed it to say the least. It was awesome!

Delicious Krispy Kreme Dounts! Yum!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Yummy Apple Crumb Pie! So good!

Some of my favorite pies are your ordinary Apple Crumb Pies! I just love the sugary crumb topping that tops the apple pies. So simple, but yet so good! It makes my mouth water just thinking about. This apple pie was bought at the local grocery store and wasn't bad for where we got it. And here are some pics...

Apple Crumb Pie

Apple Crumb Pie

I don't know what it is about apple pies. I can never cut them cleanly and they always fall apart as I moved them over to a plate. Well, I shouldn't say never. But, I have more cutting failures than successful ones. And it sucks because they don't look too good as snap some shots of it. Take a look. It looks horrible! HAHAHA! At least it tastes better than it looks. And that's what counts the most. Delicious!

Apple Crumb Pie

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Mini Filipino Cream Cheese Rolls @ Bread Deluxe in National City

I love eating Filipino cream cheese rolls. The problem is, finding a place that makes them great on a consistent basis with enough cream cheese to call it a "Cream Cheese Roll". Some places seriously lack the cheese and I won't them. I'm sure there are those out there that know who I'm talking about too. But the Mini Filipino Cream Cheese Rolls from Bread Deluxe in National City, right next to Seafood City, is the absolute best out there. If they're not, I dare you to name me a place so I can check them out. Cause I've tasted them all and these reign supreme...

Mini Filipino Cream Cheese Rolls from Bread Deluxe in National City/San Diego

Bread Deluxe's cheese roll has good bread, plenty of cream cheese with enough butter and sugar spread on top that's worthy of its price. They're pricier than the other stores that sell them that are twice the size of these rolls. But they are worth it with the amount of cream cheese they put into them. They are so good!!! It's so good that I just had to share it with the rest of you on this blog...

Mini Filipino Cream Cheese Rolls from Bread Deluxe in National City/San Diego

Now, if you have any spots that you think I should check out, please let me know and I'd be happy to give it a try. Besides, I love to eat anyways. Until next time, happy eating...

Monday, February 7, 2011

Spotees: State Hates You! Shirt Designs

New designs at Spotees! This design is called "State Hates You". Instead of your typical "I Love State" designs, what about if the state or people in that state hate you instead? I wanted to do something completely different than the norm. So, that's what I did and the samples below are what the design looks like. The design samples show ones for California, Texas and New York. The design is available for all fifty states as well as Washington DC. Click on the image to go to Spotees...

State Hates You! T-Shirt Design

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By clicking on the images above, you'll find other cool related designs for the state you represent. The designs are not only on t-shirts, but on other products like mugs, hats, bags, etc. The best part is they are fully customizable which makes excellent gifts for anyone for any occasion. Continue to visit Communicating Ideas (http://www.communicatingideas.com/) and Spotees for the latest designs and news...

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Surefire 6PX Pro Dual Output Flashlight

A couple of months ago, I bought the Surefire G2X Pro flashlight for an emergency light for the light. I liked it so much I wanted to buy another one. But instead of buying the same exact one, I decided to get the Surefire 6PX Pro dual output LED flashlight for the sake of variety and the fact I wanted something new to blog. Here are some detailed photos of the 6PX Pro. Since it has dual output for general purpose use, we know this flashlight is going to be put to some serious use. At least that's what I plan to do...

Surefire 6PX Pro Dual Output LED Flashlight

Surefire 6PX Pro Dual Output LED Flashlight

Just like the G2X Pro, the 6PX Pro is a two mode light with a low at 15 lumens and a high of 200 lumens. To me it's perfect for most tasks that the general public would use this for. 200 lumens can be too much light for most household tasks, but awesome for outdoor spot lighting. Like most of the Surefire light product line, this flashlight uses two cr123 lithium batteries. Making it perfect for emergencies where you know it works when it counts during those tough circumstances. Others may dislike the use of those batteries because of the cost, but it's not as bad as they make it out to be. Considering lithium AA batteries cost as much. I just can't stand leaking alkaline batteries and how it ruins your stuff. More photos here...

Surefire 6PX Pro Dual Output LED Flashlight

Surefire 6PX Pro Dual Output LED Flashlight

Here's a product description off of Amazon about the Surefire 6PX Pro... "The 6PX Pro is a dual-output LED flashlight. It boasts 200 lumens of max output but also features a useful low-output mode that lets you extend the runtime per set of batteries. The 6PX Pro comes with a press/click tailcap switch. SureFire's 6PX LED illumination tools share many features, such as virtually indestructible high-efficiency LED heads, 200 lumens of maximum output, deep micro-textured reflectors, and hard-anodized aluminum bodies. But their differences let you select precisely the right light for your needs. Single-output or dual output. Press/twist tactical tailcap switching or press/click switching. They're ideal for outdoor use, emergency preparedness, everyday-carry needs, and are well-suited for the needs of first responders. Virtually indestructible LED emitter regulated to maximize output and runtime Two output levelshigh for maximum light, low for extended runtime (6PX Pro) Precision micro-textured reflector creates smooth, optimized beam High-strength aerospace aluminum body, hard anodized for extreme durability Weatherproof O-ring and gasket sealing MAX OUTPUT: High: 200 Low: 15 lumens RUNTIME: High: 2.5* Low: 45 hours BEZEL DIAMETER: 1.25 inches (3.2 cm) LENGTH: 5.2 inches (13.2 cm) WEIGHT: 5.2 ounces (147 g) with batteries SWITCHING: Dual-output tailcap click switchpress or click for low, return to off then press or click again for high MATERIAL: Aerospace aluminum, Mil-Spec hard-anodized; polycarbonate window COLOR: Black BATTERY: Two SureFire 123A lithium (included)" More photos here...

Surefire 6PX Pro Dual Output LED Flashlight

Surefire 6PX Pro Dual Output LED Flashlight

So far, the 6PX Pro is rugged and reliable and like most Surefire lights it can take a beating. Sure, I wouldn't mount this flashlight on a gun since it wasn't made for that type of job. But that doesn't mean the light itself isn't tough. So, this is high quality stuff that's priced and targeted to the general public. The design of the light also seems to target the masses as well. It's not as tactical looking as the other Surefire offerings. I also like the feel of the aluminum body of the 6PX Pro. I prefer to have some knurling on it for added grip, but that's ok. Also, the finger groves don't do much for me. They're more for form than function in my opinion. More photos here...

Surefire 6PX Pro Dual Output LED Flashlight

Surefire 6PX Pro Dual Output LED Flashlight

You can see the difference between the Surefire G2X Pro and the 6PX Pro. Not only in the material used (aluminum vs. Nitrolon) for the body of the light, but also the design of it. The head units are basically the same as far as I can tell. Then again, the LED heads can not be removed without some serious effort due to it being designed to stay put. All-in-all, I'm a very satisfied customer and find this light an excellent value. So I recommend this light and will say that Surefire has a winner with these entry level lights...

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Saturday, February 5, 2011

I love fishing! I Fish State! Tee Design

Here are the newest offerings at Spotees called "I Fish State" for all those fisherman's out there. I loving fishing so much I wanted to express it in some way. And what better way to show than to wear it. You know, "say it loud, wear it proud". So, I created a new t-shirt design that shows just that for your respected state or favorite state to fish in. Because in the end, we all have our honey holes that just produce fish when doesn't for others. Enough of the talk and on to the design...

I Fish State! T-Shirt Design for Fisherman and Anglers alike

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Click on the images above to go directly to the Spotees homepage to view the "I Fish State" designs for all states. All products are customizable to fit your wants and needs. So, they make excellent gifts for anyone for any occasion. Especially for fisherman and anglers who love to fish, just like me...

Friday, February 4, 2011

Lil' Piggy's Bar-B-Q in Coronado, CA

I've been eyeing Lil' Piggy's Bar-B-Q in Coronado for some time now, but never found the time or the excuse to go check them out. That is until now. There was an offer/deal to try out their BBQ on Groupon and thought now is the time. Besides, I've been craving for some BBQ and don't want to wait in the long lines at Phil's BBQ in Point Loma and I wanted someplace new that I haven't been to. And as luck would have it or maybe it's like this all the time, it was pretty empty. But then again it was during the early afternoon on a Monday. Good for me...

Pulled Pork Piggy Plate @ Lil' Piggy's Bar-B-Q @ Coronado - San Diego, CA

Smoked Sausage Piggy Plate @ Lil' Piggy's Bar-B-Q @ Coronado - San Diego, CA

So with the coupon in hand, I took a buddy of mine to check it out and get our grub on. I got the Big Portion of Pulled Pork Piggy Plate with white bread, mac & cheese and corn fritters as my sides for $14.99. Hoheezee got the Big Portion of Smoked Sausage Piggy Plate with white bread, mac & cheese and seasoned curly fries also known as Pig Tails as the sides for $14.99. I really enjoyed the corn fritters, especially with the honey butter that came with it. Frankly, I wanted more of it. The mac and cheese was alright and was real cheesy and creamy. The fries was nothing to write home to as it wasn't seasoned enough despite the name. Although the pulled pork was good and tasty and the portion was large and also would order again, I actually preferred the smoked sausage. Damn I should have picked that instead. Next time...

Pulled Pork @ Lil' Piggy's Bar-B-Q @ Coronado - San Diego, CA

Smoked Sausage @ Lil' Piggy's Bar-B-Q @ Coronado - San Diego, CA

Corn Fritters @ Lil' Piggy's Bar-B-Q @ Coronado - San Diego, CA

Mac and Cheese @ Lil' Piggy's Bar-B-Q @ Coronado - San Diego, CA

The above images are some close-up shots of the food. Looks pretty good huh? It's a lot of food and I wasn't able to finish all of mine. It was just too much for me to handle. Hoheezee on the other hand killed his plate with plenty of room for more. I just can't hang. All in all, I would come back to Lil' Piggy's Bar-B-Q again and try out the other dishes that they have. Some of the other BBQ items look very promising. And it doesn't hurt that I like visiting Coronado for food every now and then. The view of Downtown San Diego and the Bay is amazing. It's one of my favorite places to go to for sure. Oh, the service was great and very attentive. No complaints here. I should have ordered more coupons on Groupon for future visits. I just didn't want to waste my money if I didn't like it. And boy was I wrong, I should have gotten more...

Lil' Piggy's Bar-B-Q
@ Coronado Ferry Landing
1201 First Street
Coronado, CA 92118
619-522-0217

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Surefire E2E with KL1 LED Conversion

The Surefire E2E with the KL1 LED Conversion Head is probably my favorite light out of my whole flashlight collection. The compactness and output together make an awesome flashlight that's hard to beat. Plus it just looks cool. It was originally just an ordinary spare Surefire Executive Elite lying around but that had to change. I wanted an E2E that uses LED technology. And that brings me to Surefire's KL1 LED head unit. I bought this a few years ago and it seems that it has been replaced by newer models. But here are some pictures of it...

Surefire Executive Elite E2E with KL1 LED Conversion Head

Surefire Executive Elite E2E with KL1 LED Conversion Head

Since mine was pieced together instead of being bought as a whole. The equivalent model would be similar to Surefire's E2L LED Outdoorsman. Difference is that it isn't a two-stage light nor does it have a clickie for a switch. Mine is just a twist. This is a great general purpose light and a light that I keep in the backpack most of the time. Like any geeks out there, I tend to rotate the lights I have in the collection to make sure they all get used. But when doing road trips and such, this is the first to be put in the bag. Again, the compactness of the flashlight is what keeps me going to it every time. As usual, it uses two CR123 lithium batteries. More photos here...

Surefire Executive Elite E2E with KL1 LED Conversion Head

Surefire Executive Elite E2E with KL1 LED Conversion Head

The KL1 LED Conversion Head isn't just your typical LED light. This has a Total Internal Reflection (TIR) lens which focuses light into a smooth, tight beam with maximum output. So, this light doesn't to well for close-up work as it doesn't flood well and has a tight hot spot. That's not to say it can't, I just know others prefer flood lighting for those type of tasks. But it does well for more of a medium to long range type lighting. More photos here...

Surefire Executive Elite E2E with KL1 LED Conversion Head

Surefire Executive Elite E2E with KL1 LED Conversion Head

Surefire Executive Elite E2E with KL1 LED Conversion Head

The next photo shows what the Surefire E2E with KL1 looks like with the original Surefire E2E Executive Elite. In case you were wondering, it seems Surefire likes to change and experiment with the flashlight body over the years. I prefer the newer bodies myself. The KL1 head unit also adds some length to the light, but not that much. About another half an inch longer. More photos here...

Surefire Executive Elite E2E with KL1 LED Conversion Head

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Yes, there might be brighter and cheaper lights out there. In my experience when it comes to tools, you get for what you pay for. All in all, if you need a dependable, long lasting, built like a tank, a tool and not a toy flashlight. The Surefire E2E with KL1 LED head is for you. Heck any Surefire will do to be completely honest with you. Would I recommend this? Absolutely! In the end, you really only need one since they last forever. Sad part is, I couldn't just stop at one and ended up buying more. They're just that great!

Click on any of the images to go directly to the gallery with more detailed photos of the Surefire flashlight. You can also find more related information here... SureFire E2D LED Defender Dual-Output LED (200 Lumens)

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