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As usual, it’s been over 6 months since my last update on this blog.  It’s easier to update 140 characters at a time, so I don’t make it here frequently enough.

Here are things that have happened:

Lina & I got married on October 4th 2009 at SFU Diamond Alumni Centre. Much to our relief everything went smoothly.  We started our blog together ( where you can find a link to our wedding pictures.

wedding ring

I am now going back and forth between Victoria & Vancouver, with Victoria as my primary residence (that’s what it says on my drivers license).

We loved having the Olympics in town. The vibe and events were great, but the best part was we were at the Gold Medal winning Men’s Hockey game!!!

Since it was a once in a lifetime event–and also because we had the furthest seats possible–we purchased a 70-200 F4L lens for our Rebel. It is awesome. We now have the L bug. It’s great for taking creepy-stalker or private-investigator-tailing-someone, or best of all, candid shots for a more natural photo.

cody running

Lina and I travelled to Japan and Guam for Mako (my bro) & Hirono’s wedding. It was a lot of fun, but a bit of a whirlwind as we did not stay in one area too long.

GinzaJewell by the Sea

Gils and Sharon had their wedding in May, where I had the honour of being part of the wedding party. It was a beautiful wedding with fantastic people. I had a blast.

That is the 6+month update. I will try to write more often.




Lina and I would like to announce that we are now very happily engaged. To be honest, we have been engaged for the last couple of months.

For those of you who know us, you are all very aware that we have been together for ages. I’m sure that it’s not a surprise to any of you.

We will be having our ceremony on October 4th of this year.



I spend a lot of time on the phone at work. Some on a land line, but mostly on my cell phone. I know it’s major dorksville to have a bluetooth headset sticking out of your ear. To top it all off, they don’t always work that great–static, poor volume and terrible noise cancelation being some key issues.

I’ve tried some headsets in the past, ranging in price from $25 to $50 in the past, but was greatly disappointed in performance. I’ve been eyeing the Jawbone for a while as they were always getting good reviews. The only problem is that I had only every seen it in the $120 range. Hard to justify.

As luck would have, I was in London Drugs picking something up when I saw the Aliph Jawbone Gen 1 unit on sale for $69. There was only 1 left and it was the Red one. I snatched it up.

There is no doubt that I looked like an absolute dork with this red hair clip looking thing sticking out of my ear. To make me look like an even bigger tool, I ended up talking much louder than I needed to. This thing works so well, that even with background noise you can speak as though the person is right in front of you.

If you are looking for a BT headset, I totally recommend these headsets without hesitation. However, I would suggest taking a close look at the 2nd generation unit as it is much more elegant looking.


Griffin Windowseat


So what do you get an iPhone -owning-Gadget nut like me for Christmas? Do you get him case? Nope, already have that. How about a travel charger? Sorry, have that too! Car charger? In the glove compartment.

The WindowSeat from Griffin is the answer. I received one of these from my friend this Christmas–thanks Sam–to my excitement. It’s very much like the suction cup holders for GPS units in peoples car, but for the iPhone and iPod Touch. It attaches to your window or on your dash with an adhesive platform. Also included are: 3.5mm audio cable and an extension arm.

I had it set up on my window in a matter of minutes, basically ready to go out of the box. However, if you want to mount it to your dash or use the extension, it will take a little longer. I tried out a few different angles, on the windshield, on the dashboard and with the extension arm. I found that there is excess vibration when the extension arm is used. This may or may not affect you depending on your car’s ride. I found extra reach of the extension very convenient but the bouncing of my iPhone was very distracting and annoying, so I went back to the regular length.

Switching from portrait to landscape is a very easy twist of the wrist. Make sure that you mount it high enough to clear the dash with room to spare for the rotation and the charging cable–just in case you need it.

Anyone considering this set-up may also want to invest in a bluetooth headset. The iPhone mounts very securely in the holder making it difficult to detach for phone calls–though it could be because I have an Invisible Shield by ZAGG all around.

I hope that in the future they will make a case that works with this holder. It would be great to pull it out of my pocket or off my belt and put it in the holder when I get in the car.

I will say that I am extremely satisfied with this product (as any product I’ve ever used of Griffin’s) and would recommend it to anyone who spends a significant time on the road.


Christmas 2008 wishlist

I’ve posted an update for the wishist page. The seperate pages for each person have been eliminated in favour of a consolidated page. As usual the link is here for the wishlist page.


Birthday Time

Seems like November is Birthday Month around me.  Happy Birthday to all my friends and family (about a dozen).

Gils has asked me to update my wishlist for this year.  I’ll keep it up for Christmas too. Clicky here!!!

PS: Since wordpress has added a Poll feature, lets try it out.


iPhone Anti-Glare Film

With the iPhone being out in Canada for close to 3 months, there has been a flood of accessories on the market. There are at least a hundred cases out there. But, one of the most useful accessories that I’ve come across and purchased is the Anti-Glare Film made by Power Support.

The phone comes with this beautiful scratch resistant glass display that is Super glossy–which is part of it’s beauty. However, it does leave a lot of streaks when you touch it with your fingers. And, when you are outside there is major glare, even with contrast levels turned up.

This is where the film comes in handy. It sells on the Canadian Apple Store (online and retail) for about $15. There are 3 items in the package: 2 Anti-glare films and 1 applicator–since there are 2 films share it and the cost with a friend. The applicator is basically a slightly adhesive piece of plastic you use to pull the dust of the screen. Then you apply the actual film which, contrary to the name, is more like a sheet of plastic than a saran wrap type film. The whole process takes you less than five minutes.

The colours on the screen does lose a little vibrancy, but being able to see the screen, without glare, in the brightest situations make it worth every penny. On top of that, it also does an excellent job hiding any greasy finger marks.

If any of you are iPod Touch users, they have one for you as well.

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