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Have You Tried Bing?

Bing Image Saves
Bing Image Saves

Bing Gives Away Prizes

I used to use that other popular search engine to do everything and ever since Microsoft released Bing, it has been great. It has such an artistic design that makes it almost Beautiful. Then Bing started to give away points so that you can earn points just by searching for stuff on the web. I figure, why not make points for doing stuff I am going to do when I am online. They let you take those points and use them for prizes, drawings and even donating to your favorite Organization.

How To Make Points

If you are like me, then you search for stuff all the time. Why not make points for every search you do? You can also make points by referring people to join the program. Once the person makes enough points then you and them get some extra points.
I like to search for Black and White photos and especially portraits. I am always looking for ideas when I am shooting photos. With Bing, it allows you to save pictures in certain categories and look at them later. Almost like Pinterest, but you do all the searching and saving and don’t have to depend on anyone else to give you ideas. For every search you do, you get 2 points. You can max out at about 600 points per day with the questions of the day and other ways to make quick points.

Conclusion

I have used my points to buy Amazon Gift Cards, Microsoft Gift Cards and even pay for my XBOX Live Membership for the past couple of years. If you haven’t tried the program I strongly recommend you give it a try. I only use Google for their maps. If you have any feedback about the program, please chime in.

Thank you for reading!

Semper Fidelis,

Manuel Perez

 

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Review – Wayback Burgers

 

Wayback Burgers
Wayback Burgers

The Location

I haven’t been out to Panoche for quite a few years now, and when I arrived, I was surprised to see this Burger Place.  We have all seen those sandwich chains inside of Gas Stations, but this was something different.  I must admit, the location is probably at sometimes, great on weekends because of the travelers along Interstate 5.  Then I realized how close it was to Oro Loma and imagine, that a lot of workers probably stop here for lunch during the day.

The Service

When we walked into the restaurant and looked at the menu, we were looking trying to figure out what to order.  The lady that took our order could have been a little friendlier or at least happy to see customers.  She didn’t bother to ask us anything about the way we wanted our order.  I even walked away without getting my cups and she didn’t even bother to remind me.  When the burgers were done, the another person from behind the counter came and delivered them to our table, which was great.  I went over after we were done to ask for a bag and saw how amazing the grill looked with all the meat on it being cooked.  I asked the chef if I could take a picture and he said sure.

Wayback Burger Grill
Wayback Burger Grill

The Atmosphere

The restaurant was nice, it had a diner look and feel to it.  They even had bottles of ketchup on every table.  And if you need extra mustard, they have bottles of those too by the soda fountain.  They have televisions which kept my son occupied as he watched one of his favorite movies.

The Negatives

I myself am a Veteran and do Honor our Nation and the Flag.  I didn’t like that the flag was sitting outside the door next to the trash can.  I don’t see why they haven’t just hung it up somewhere.

The girl behind the counter was the other piece but I imagine, she was probably just having a bad day or was not looking forward to the shift to start.

Double Bacon Burger from Wayback Burgers
Double Bacon Burger

Overall

I enjoyed the trip out to Wayback Burgers and the food was good.  The pictures look a little bigger than the actual food, but the taste was right on.  My family and I will definitely be going again and try out some other menu items.

Semper Fidelis,

Manuel Perez

Flowers Outside The Doorway

 

Flowers Outside The Doorway
Flowers Outside The Doorway

At Peace

I have only been to Mexico a few times in my life and I must say, I always seem to enjoy the beauty that it has to offer.  This old abandoned house inside a small village reminds me of my travels as a young boy to Durango.  This photo was taken in a village outside of Leon, Guanajuato, Mexico.

Elementary School Josefa Ortiz de Dominguez
Elementary School Josefa Ortiz de Dominguez

This is near the place where my mother-in-law grew up.  The name of the town is San Bernardo.  This town seemed to put you at peace.  Even the old abandoned school – Elementary School Josefa Ortiz de Dominguez was almost scary but peaceful.  By using Google Maps, you can now see that the town has been growing and even the village area seems to have Street Views.  Give it a gander.

Thanks for reading!

Semper Fidelis,

Manuel Perez

Review – Sakura Chaya Restaurant – Fresno

Sakura Chaya - Yo-Mama Roll
Sakura Chaya – Yo-Mama Roll

Reservations

Recently, my wife and I celebrated our Anniversary and we had heard a lot of good comments about this restaurant in Fresno. I decided that was the place that we would go to. Sakura Chaya is located in Fresno on Nees Ave and is pretty easy to get to. Parking is good with lots of room. I called a couple of days ahead to make reservations. We drove all the way in to town after work and were starving by 5 pm. We showed up to the restaurant about 20 minutes before our reservations. There was a very large crowd inside. The place had Hibachi style area, a bar and an original sit down booth. We were there for the Hibachi as there was no reason to have it any other way.

Sushi and Hibachi

I have had my variety of Sushi from all the Las Vegas restaurants that I have been to where the guys have ordered Sushi. I have always expected them to order it as I was never used to ordering. I took a look at the Menu on Yelp ahead of time so I was familiar with what to expect. The Yo-Mama Rolls seemed to be the popular choice. We ordered the Edamame Appetizer and the Yo-Mama Roll. The Edamame’s were okay and seemed to be a little under cooked. The Yo-Mama Roll was amazing. It had a creamy filling which really isn’t my style but it was good.

Hibachi

If you have ever been to a Hibachi style restaurant, you know they bring you Miso soup, salad. The Miso soup was also okay. It needed a little more flavor but the salad was amazing. Because the waitress sat us down on a big section with another crowd they had to add a piece of table to the inside. This made it difficult to fit two chefs inside the cooking area. It also made it a little uncomfortable when I had to sit next to another crowd. The chef didn’t really put on a show. He started with the egg trick and since he couldn’t complete the egg trick, he decided not to do anything except for the flaming onion. They didn’t have a large variety of sauces like the other restaurants. Usually, they give you a large variety of sauces. No, they just asked if anyone wanted their version of hot sauce. It was some hot paste mixed with Teriyaki sauce.

Conclusion

Overall, the food was great and the sushi was amazing. I will probably go back again, but not any time soon. I would probably prefer Edo-Ya or Japanese Kitchen. The cleanliness of the griddle was not too great. There was a lot of small pieces of left overs on there prior to the chef showing up. The service was not too bad. The waitress was probably the nicest thing. She was nice the whole time.
Thanks for reading!

Semper Fidelis,

Manuel Perez

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Thanks for reading!

Semper Fidelis,

Manuel Perez

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DIY Kitchen Remodel 5

Backsplash Tile Installed
Backsplash Tile Installed

Brazilian Tile

I am no tile expert but my wife and I worked together on Saturday to put in some Brazilian Tile that she found at Restore.

Backsplash Glass Tile
Backsplash Glass Tile

Glass Tile

It took us all day on Saturday and then after we got home from church on Sunday we started working on the Glass Tile.

Using Mocha Grout
Using Mocha Grout

Mocha Grout

On Monday after work we started putting in the Mocha Grout.

Using Mocha Grout
Using Mocha Grout
More Grout
More Grout
Grout Complete
Grout Complete
Grout Complete
Grout Complete
Grout Complete
Grout Complete
Grout Complete
Grout Complete

Plumbing As A Hobby

This whole project reminded me to never take up plumbing as a hobby. We were trying to put in the plumbing for underneath the sink but we kept getting the water to come up like it wasn’t going down the drain. We looked at other examples and ours kept coming up. We went to Lowes and bought a bunch of pipes to possibly change the way the flow of the water might help. One guy that saw us looking at all the pipes said that we needed a vent. I thought, we have a vent that goes out to the roof. Maybe we needed another one. So we bought one and put it all together and still kept doing the same thing. We ended up figuring it out yesterday when we put a plumber’s snake in the drain and unplugged it. After that, water was moving like normal. Now, back to figuring out how the plumbing will work without leaking.
Thanks for reading!

Semper Fidelis,

Manuel Perez

DIY Kitchen Remodel 4

Cement Lunch

Getting Out The Air Bubbles
Using the orbital sander to get out the Air Bubbles.

I went home for lunch yesterday and when I got there my Father-In-Law had just finished pouring the cement and was smoothing it out. I was able to use the orbital sander on the edges of the counter to get out any air bubbles.

Cement Is In
Cement Is In

When I got home after work, it looked like it was mostly done and becoming dry. I started cutting the frame that will go around the sink.

Thanks for reading!

Semper Fidelis,

Manuel Perez

Kitchen Remodel 3

Another Day

Crawlspace Has Spider Webs
Crawlspace Has Spider Webs

We had to go under the house yesterday and check the support beams to ensure that there was enough structure under there to accommodate the weight of the concrete countertops. I was under the house for a few hours working to make sure everything was good. Talk about an Ab Workout. I feel like I did 1000 situps.  Lots of spider webs under there.  Old wires and stuff, that I pulled out to clean it up a bit.

Crawlspace Squeaks
Crawlspace Squeaks

I found a support pillar that looks like someone did a quick one on it. I added a new cement pillar and some new 4×4’s right next to it to help with the weight.

Counter Top Is Ready
Counter Top Is Ready

My father-in-law came over today to pour cement, but we hadn’t finished with the countertop. So we worked on that all afternoon. Tomorrow, he is going to come over with my mother-in-law to pour the cement and finish it up.

Space For The Kitchen Sink
Space For The Kitchen Sink

We put an idea we had for the sink to sit in after the cement gets somewhat dry. Then we can pull out the PVC pipes and allow space for the hoses for the sink to fit in.

Pipes For Sink Faucets
Pipes For Sink Faucets

We will hopefully have a sink tomorrow and then we have to wait 30 days for the cement to cure. Once it cures then we can seal it. Hopefully, by this weekend, we will have the backsplash done too.

Thanks for reading!

Semper Fidelis,

Manuel Perez

Kitchen Remodel 2

Main Kitchen Sink Board
Main Kitchen Sink Board

Getting There

I was able to finish up the face setup for the top drawers. I put the Main Board on top of the counter and screwed it in. Now it’s time to make the hole for the sink.

Sink Hole
Sink Hole

Once the hole for the sink was cut, I started to think about the small pieces of metal that support the frame of the sink.

Double Cast Iron Sink
Double Cast Iron Sink

My wife was thinking that we should use a jack to set the sink in place once the cement is almost dry.  Were not 100% sure but we are going to keep trying.
Thanks for reading!

Semper Fidelis,

Manuel Perez

The Force

Star Wars

You have all watched the Star Wars movies. If you haven’t then you are really missing out. In the series each of the actors learn to master a form of power called “The Force”. Some of the actors are good guys and others are bad guys. They learn to master “The Force” for good and bad. I would guess it would be some kind of energy that allows your thoughts and desires to come to reality.

The First

When I first encountered “The Force” I was in Okinawa, Japan. I was in my barracks watching tv and I made myself one of those Top Ramen Noodles. I had just pulled it out of the microwave and as I was walking back to my table, I was thinking to myself, I am going to spill it all over. Not a second later, I poured the entire bowl of soup all over me. It was so hot that the steam was still on my skin.

Realization

When I finally realized that I had some form of power to use “The Force”, I was asleep in bed and couldnt sleep too good. I was tossing and turning and we have one of those carbon monoxide detector in the hallway. It had been having issues where the sensor had been dying. I had reset it and it had been working for days already without any problems. I was lying in bed and was thinking to myself, that alarm is going to go off any second now. Not two seconds later, the alarm went off and I had to get up to dismantle it so I can try to go back to sleep.

Conclusion

If “The Force” is real, then I believe we all have some form of controlling it and using it for good or bad. I just pray that I can use it for good. If anyone else has had an encounter with “The Force” then please share your story.
Thanks for reading!

Semper Fidelis,

Manuel Perez