Thursday, July 31, 2008


I have encountered a site which I am beginning to love called Postcrossing where you can send and receive postcards all around the world.

So far I've sent postcards to Finland, Germany, Taiwan, the Netherlands and even the USA. I've only received so far from California, so I guess there are more Americans registered than other users, but I look forward to the day I get my first international postcard.

You too can join in on the fun by clicking on the link and setting up your account. You can send out 5 postcards at any one time once you are new, but later once you've sent/received more, then that number goes up.

If you'd like to turn your postcardee into a penpal you simply add your address to the postcard and make the request.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Reggae = Torture

Listening to repeated reggae songs played by an office mate is what I think it would be like to experience Chinese water torture. This music is not good office music, especially when it's the same songs played over and over again. Why does the beat have to be the same in every song?

Help! Rescue me from this unfortunate style of uncreative musical genre. They are copycats, too!

Friday, July 25, 2008

The ice cream dilemma

If I like ice cream but know it's bad for me do I simply avoid it altogether, or do I partake of it every once in awhile for occasional pleasure?

You see, I have this ice cream that is really delicious and I enjoy eating it. However, I know that when I eat it, I really shouldn't be and think about the challenge created by tasting it.

On the other hand, it isn't that often because I've vowed to eat only sugar-free or frozen yogurt so it is less unwholesome for me. The only problem is that I frequently think about the real ice cream and wonder about how it would taste. When I did eat the real stuff, it was so delightfully delicious going down.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Handmade Postcards + Quote

On the rare occasion I delve into the realm of arts and crafts to create. This time it was a swap that I hosted on Swap-Bot. I was very excited about making my postcards as I had an old Asia tour magazine that I had pulled pages out of in hopes of turning into something cool.

Here are my creations:

Swap-Bot Postcard
Swap Bot Postcard uploaded by me
Quote: When you are content to be simply yourself and don't compare or compete, everybody will respect you. Lao-Tzu

I just wish that my camera didn't leave a glare.

Swap-Bot Postcard
Swap Bot Postcard themed Thailand uploaded by me

Swap-Bot Postcard
Swap Bot Postcard uploaded by me

Normally I don't have much to do with Buddhas or buddhist images, but I thought these made for great postcards.

Monday, July 21, 2008

UPDATE: Indochina Tour

The Indochina Cultural Heritage Tour has changed dates!

It will no longer take place in September.

The new dates are set for next year: June 15 - 29, 2009.

These are planned to coincide with my summer internship schedule.

Contact me NOW to make your reservations!

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Harrassing Phone Calls from RPM

I'm being harrassed by a debt collector and I don't even owe them! Here's what I wrote on Pissed Consumer and Ripoff Report:

I have been called on my cell phone numerous times by this company over the past 3-4 weeks. They are calling for a "Marcos/Marcus" who lives/lived on South Higuera Street in San Luis Obispo.

I do not know this person, nor do I have any relationship with this person. When I ask the company why they are calling, they simply say it's a "personal matter," and ask me if I am his wife. I have asked them why they are calling and what is the nature of their call, but the person gives no further information.

I have asked this company to stop calling this number and to remove my number from their list. It is very clear to me that they are simply calling his old number and that I have been given it since many old cell numbers are recycled. I have only had my number since October 2007.
The number they are calling from is 410-202-0027 and possibly 866-471-9387.

I have definitely been called the following times by someone who said her name was "Rita" from "RPM":
8:28 am, Jul 1, 08
7:37 pm, Jul 8, 08
7:17 pm, Jul 9, 08

There have been messages left for a "Marcos/Marcus" to call back an 866 number with the same following digits as the 410 number. Unfortunately I erased those messages.

I would like these calls to stop. I am tired of being harassed by the employees of this company who cannot take "do not call" for an answer.

Here's a link to that complaint:
RPM debt collection calls
Pissed Consumer - 07-10-2008

At this point, as a consumer, all I can do is report my complaints in as many ways as possible because it is obvious this company doesn't take "no" for an anwer and hires completely impolite employees who seem to be trained in evasiveness and nastiness.