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This and that

February 26th, 2010 at 08:13 pm

I initially started this for fun, but it looks like it may be profitable too.

Drug store game records

CPA exam is delayed again. Argh! I'm so frustrated. Why did it take so long to have that degree conferred? Review should have been done when I submitted that graduation application. Unofficial transcript was recently updated but official one is still not ready, which means it's impossible for me to take the exam I had planned for the end of this month. Next available window is all the way in April. I'm going to need to take Reg in that window, otherwise the data will be updated to 2010 info.

Been looking at real estate lately too. Townhouses in my neighborhood, with 1-2 bedrooms and 1-2 car ports are hovering around $100k to $150k. After $30k down and using 6% for 25 years for calculation, the monthly payment range from $700 to $1000. Add in property tax, insurance and home association fee, the total is very much within my reach. I want to buy one so badly right now.

Joining the drug store game

February 6th, 2010 at 06:24 am

I've been mad busy this past month. Between working like crazy, studying for the CPA exam, and fending for myself now that my parents are off on their months long vacation, there are hardly anytime left for me to do anything else. I was seriously spoiled while I was in school. I didn't have to worry about housework at all before, now I have to remember to get the mail, take out the trash, do the laundry, clean the house, water the plants, turn down the thermostats when I leave, etc.... The list just goes on and on. I also broke the washing machine when I washed my pillow so now it takes even more time to do the laundry. The rice cooker also died at the same time, although not because I did anything. After 10 years of continuous 24/24 usage it finally ran out of steam.

Anyway, I went and bought this rice cooker from Costco.



It cooks regular white rice, quick rice for when you're short on time, brown rice and can also steams stuff. Looks good right? Well, looks can be deceiving. It can cook rice quite well, but if you leave the rice on warm for a couple of hours, your nice pot of rice will be ruined. The temperature for warm function is set too high causing the rice in contact with the pot to dry out, as if it has been out in the air for several days. The evaporated moisture is then condensed and dropped down to the rice in the middle, turning it into mushy congee.

I search for some info on it and found out that the tempt is high to prevent the rice from going bad. I couldn't believe the number of comments on how rice develops bacteria in just a few hours. Obviously these people are non-rice eater. Rice left outside, in hot and humid tropical weather, can last the whole day without going bad. I ate rice my entire life and I've never gotten sick from it. My rice is not cooked daily. I cook a full pot and leave it on warm for 3-4 days while I slowly finish it.

I ended up returning that one and ordered the same model as my old one.



Had to wait a week for it since the one made in Japan is only available online. Stores nearby have the same cooker, but made in China, for half the price but I couldn't buy those. Reviews from everyone I've know, who bought the China version, have been terrible. Anyway, an entire week without rice made me extremely irritable.

I also got started on the drug stores game and boy is it fun Big Grin

CVS

So far, I've spent $6 out of pocket for:

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And got back $6 ECB for my next purchase.

Rite Aid

Received $.50 for buying

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Woohoo!

Got to find a way to get rid of the Ousts though since I don't use them.