Deleting my Facebook account

by phuoc

I’ve recently decided to delete my Facebook account.  In the past I’ve only deactivated the account, which basically preserves everything for you until you log in again.  This time, I chose the delete option.  It’s eerily similar in the sense that it still gives you two weeks to log into the account and then it’ll be as if nothing as happened.  However, the difference here is that after 2 weeks, your account is permanently deleted and you’ll have to join again as a new member, with a new account name (if someone has already taken yours), etc.  It’s been about 2 days so far.  I’ve been tempted.  Let’s see if I can actually let it go to deletion.  There’s nothing there that I would miss or couldn’t rebuild if I needed it.  I’m just getting to worn out from Facebook, am concerned about privacy on there, and am sick of the drama.  But I suppose only time will tell if I can actually go through with it.

Down to the wire!

by phuoc

I’m getting the house ready for my fiancée to come over and things are down to the wire.  She’s due over Tuesday night.  I have painting to be completed and then final cleaning.  As of yesterday, all the baseboards are in and the walls & ceiling are patched.  They still need to be sanded and the baseboards need to be caulked before painting can begin.  The painter is one site and he has started some of the caulking and prep work for painting.  He tells me that he will finish tomorrow early.  That doesn’t give me a lot of time!  Once he’s done, I’ll spend most of Monday afternoon & evening cleaning up.  And perhaps even some of Tuesday.  Yes, I’m certainly feeling the pressure as I’m leaving for LAX on Tuesday around 2:00 PM to pick her up.  I lost 3 days last week going to New York (which ended up being just a day and a half in the city since the rest of it was spent traveling).  That certainly didn’t help and I’m feeling the pressure.  I don’t like these last minute things at all!

The new iCloud

by phuoc

I just logged into iCloud today and I must say, I like the changes.  It now reflects the new iOS 7 theme.  Gone are the skeuomorphs for Calendar, Contacts, etc. and in is the new flat theme of iOS 7.  The other thing that’s nice is that iWorks (Pages, Numbers, Keynote) are now in the cloud.  The other thing is that once you go full screen, your computer now looks like a Mac, even if you’re on Windows or a Chromebook.  The changes are drastic for some but in the whole I like what I’m seeing.

Cleaning up

by phuoc

I’m back home now pretty much full time.  I have a date when my fiancée will arrive (September 24!) so now it’s all about getting final clean up on the house done so it’s ready for her.  I don’t think it’ll be perfect and we’ll have to do some stuff together but my hope is that I get as much of it done as possible.  I’m taking off for the East Coast for 3 days next week so that will put a hamper on things but I think that I’ll have enough time to get things ready.  It looks messy at home but it’s an illusion – it’s not nearly as bad as it looks.

Once the cleaning is done, then it’s a matter of getting the painters in to paint the walls & ceiling and install the new baseboards.  Then we’re good to go.  I really can’t wait for it to be truly completed.  It’ll be nice.  Afterwards there’s a lot to do planning for the wedding and we have almost no time.  Currently the wedding is set for November 2nd.  The first thing to do is to get the restaurant squared away.  Then it’s a matter of getting invitations printed, sent out, shopping for a dress, etc.  We’re shooting for just a very small reception so hopefully it’s not something that will get out of hand.  I can’t afford a big wedding anyways!

Things are coming hard & fast but it’s exciting so I’m not worried.  Yet.  🙂

Vietnam Trip in September, 2013
Ben Thanh Market in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Vietnam Trip in September, 2013

by phuoc

My fiancée finally got her immigration visa. I went back for moral support as well as to see if there may be any questions that I might need to help her answer at the interview. Although we had a tough interviewer, everything went well and she’s on her way! That was the main reason I went but it’s also nice to take a mini-break and visit Saigon. This time I didn’t go anywhere and just stayed in the city. I did manage to take a few photos though. Enjoy!

Remodeling Photos

by phuoc

The remodeling is continuing as planned.  This weekend I picked up a Samsung gas range in stainless steel (model # NX583G0VBSR/AA) and a Samsung overhead microwave oven, also in stainless steel.  I wasn’t planning on getting new appliances but I figure why not?  The old appliances are over 15 years old and it’s about time.  They should be a welcome upgrade to the old appliances.

As promised, here are some progress photos of the remodeling:

Remodeling Time

by phuoc

With a new fiancée on the way, it’s about time I remodel the place.  I’ve been here over 12 years and the place is beginning to show its age.  I’ve deferred a lot of work on the house since my brother, sister-in-law and their two young children have lived with me but I can’t stand it anymore.  So last week I began the remodeling of my bathrooms and kitchen in earnest.

I’m using TL Premier Construction in San Diego to do the work.  Those guys are super efficient.  Most of the major demo occurred in the first day with remediation work done the following day followed by electrical rough-in, framing, flooring work and plumbing rough-in.  My house was built in 1952 so it’s over 60 years old.  It has remarkably held up very well over the decades but there are some things that needed repair work.  That’s the toughest part of remodeling an older home.  Construction standards were way different back then.  Materials were different too.  In some cases they were better but the majority is better today.  Material science have gone a long ways since the 1950’s!  Still, a lot of the work is repairing before the renovation.

I’m hanging in tight though as the project is moving quickly.  I’ll add pictures at some point here so you all can see what I’m talking about.

Immigration Services

by phuoc

Completing immigration paperwork is like doing taxes.  You either like it or you don’t!  The fact is that is not’s terribly difficult – it’s just very paperwork intensive and bureaucratic.  Missing one document or answer can have your application sent back to you to begin again.  I should know – I recently went through this sponsoring my foreign fiancée to America.

Luckily, if you need help to complete your immigration petition/application or other forms from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and either don’t have the time or are too intimidated by the process to do it yourself, there’s help! Trusted Immigration Services in an affordable service to help you sponsor your foreign/alien fiance to the U.S. or to sponsor a foreign/alien relative like parents, siblings, etc.

Trusted Immigration Services provides affordable help to get your application/petition completed.  All for a fixed price of $300 with no hidden fees or strings attached.  The truth is that most immigration cases are pretty simple and do not require the help of an attorney.  Attorneys won’t tell you that though.  They’ll try to scare you and get you to pay thousands of dollars for essentially clerical work.  There are definitely some cases where you need legal help.  But if yours is a simple one, don’t let the attorneys scare you into using them and wasting your hard earn money.  Do your due diligence and check out Trusted Immigration Services and see if they can help you.  Who knows?  You might end up saving a lot of money!