Once again the Adult convention makes it to the Raritan Expo Center in Edison, NJ for the 3rd straight year despite some controversy. This time around in conjunction with the Xotic Autoshow, the collaboration has proved to be a huge success, bringing cars and girls together, for a spectacular show filled with on stage performances, workshops, vendors and exhibitions. Just the setup and morning prep was more than i could handle, sorry no vids of that. The after parties every night made for a nonstop sexy weekend, no video there either. I'm sure this union will happen again for another stellar repeat performance that gets bigger every year.
special thanks to Rico, V and all my industry friends, and shout outs to my home girls Jada and Sunny.
There is a new app called SHOPKICK where you don't have to spend to get rewarded with stuff. you don't even have to deal with advertising. The program is about checking into stores with your smartphone, racking up points, then turning them in for rewards with participating retailers. i use it and love it.
You get point by checking in (just open the app and click away at green bubbles), walking in (physically be in a participating store), or scanning items (i do this, its like a daily treasure hunt). then as you accumulate, there is a page (see pic) that lets you know what you can get. and its stuff i can use, like target gift certificates. for physical retailers, it breaks down to every 250 points is $1, and you can redeem in 5, 10, 15 or 25 dollar increments.
and every so often, if you don't even actively play, they have instant coupons per retailer you can use. one day there was a sports authority $10 instant cash for checking in. i used it 4 times, saving $40. and the same day i went to target to buy a video game and had enough points to save $25 on a video game. its really free money, except for the time invested to click away, but im always looking at my phone anyways.
So after all the splaining, i decided to compile them all into a blog entry that can be referred to, so that it would save everyone some time and confusion. Everyone is different and so is my diet. It was specially formulated for my active lifestyle and metabolism. People are wondering how this is, based on my pictures of food. Some might say that its unhealthy. Unhealthy is a relative term, after all, one mans trash......
Some time ago, i decided to take pics of my food. its a trend. and i think taking pics of food is easier than taking pics of friends, cuz food wont cower at the site of the focus light, or say 'tag me' or ask me to take it down. That is why there is 6 albums of 200 pics of food. looking at my pics, you can tell that it went from friendcentric photos to culinary wonders. the wonder is, how am i alive? seeing all the food pics is deceiving cuz you don't see pics of any exercise and i eat at all times of the night and what seems to be anything i want. but in actuality, i have certain foods i must have and those i must not. again, formulated for my metabolism and lifestyle.
According to the definition above, my food album is clearly a diet. My diet is regularly consumed, habitually, prescribed, and repeated. I would never recommend it to anyone because things differ for everyone. Diet is a regimen, not a weight loss regimen. Its like asking 'where did you come from?' i can answer philippines, edison, dinner, home, or just point in a random direction.
Why not fat you ask? I do exercise. Im not eating all the time. I've finished P90x. i cant count how many people i know that have tried to do P90x and quit after a week. I completed it without missing a day. I did the physical part of the program, and did not follow the diet at all. had i done the nutritional part, my results would have been tenfold. but i wasn't going to punish myself, so i just ate what i want. I also take fat burner pills. nothing as serious as hydroxycut, just a little something something. My metabolism has slowed down in recent years, so over the summer i did one cycle of P90x, then i spent long hours at the park jogging, biking on trails and playing basketball. I feel my metabolism is key to everything, fortunately it is how it is. i don't smoke, gives you finger cancer. i don't drink, tastes bad and don't want a beer belly. so i eat.
How can you eat so much? When you look at my pics, its overwhelming, but anyone that has dined with me will notice, i don't eat all my food. I've adopted a modified small portion diet. don't eat all the food and it wont count. eat the rest later. 6 meals a day. diet between meals. instead of a full plate of bacon at the buffet, get 10 plates of 4 strips at a time, and sit far, walking is exercise. its all in the mind. just like powerbalance.com and religion.
why do you eat so many times? small portions. 6 meals a day. 3 regular scheduled meals, and a meal instead of 2 hours of sleep. replacing sleep with food not only makes the burning of calories round the clock, but gives you more time in the day to be more productive. once again, this is not for every lifestyle. and if you are still reading this, you are as crazy as i am.
there are limits, and consequences. currently my diet is: 6 meals a day, of which sonic not more than 3 times a day, 10 wings every other day, cut the soda, lots of water, unless its sonic cremeslush, don't eat at least 4 hours before long sleep, take powernaps often, and leftovers do not count for meal allotment or as pre-sleep food. and i have bags under my eyes which i hide with my non-prescription glasses.
wont you die? eventually, but went to the doctor, and both cholesterols were in good range, blood pressure good, and clean bill of health. this is my diet, i would never right a book for people to follow, its highly unorthodox and makes no sense. and i wont have to worry about haters or be liable for any damages. again, dont try this at home.
the end result is what it is. it works for me. if the only concern is the end result, weigh out the options, get priorities straight, and just do it. its like studying. if all you care about is the time invested to get knowledge, then instead of wasting 6 hours of studying before the test, study after the test so you know EXACTLY what to study. worked for me, but i got good grades anyways.
BLACK FRIDAY 2010
The plan was to wait in line for a long time for the door buster items. For those of you that don't know, these are the items usually featured on the front page of the circular, and are in very limited quantities per store. It is the first few people in line that get these items at a relatively deep discount. This door buster offer is a retailer's way of getting people to their store in multiple ways. One it gets people that know about it in line early, these are the crazy people. Second, for people clueless about how ads work, it gets them into the store, regardless of time or when they show up, thinking that they can get this deal when they get to the store, but when they realize that they fail in life, they are in the store, and thats was the goal of the retailer. Its not false advertising cuz if you look at the small print, it says something like, 'limited quantities' or 'minimum 5 per store'.
In my opinion, this years items were not great, and not really worth a long wait if i was just there to save money. Previous years, I've jumped on a Best Buy line for Black Friday wednesday night after closing for a friday 5 am opening. This year i planned to go with some friends around 11 am thurs. Yes, we miss Thanksgiving, but whatever, I eat like its Thanksgiving everyday anyways. I would never do such things alone, so participating in line waits with friends makes it worth it. I mean, we would hang out all hours of the night anyways, so why not with a purpose for once.
Thursday morning, my cohorts didn't text me, and I basically called it off for myself because I really didn't have anything I wanted to get for myself, so i figured it would be a quiet Thanksgiving since my best friend had plans already so there goes our Thanksgiving tradition together. Around 1 PM I did a drive by at Best Buy to see how bad it was. To my surprise there was nobody there! I went home and watched TV. Then one of my friends finally woke up and FB messaged me if I was still down. I had no plans, so why not. Packed up and met there in an hour. The duration was of our stay started at 330 pm thursday.
I parked, set up my tent, as i set up my tent, one guy was behind me, and an indian guy lined up after him. It was raining and this indian guy sat under my tent so i kicked him out. He technically cut the dude behind me. Plus this guy was not prepared. No socks and stuff. Asked him if it was his first time, it was. He was passing by and saw the line. He did have a chair and umbrella in the car. Then he left the chair, and went home to get layers. came back hour later. more people showed up. I was sitting pretty in my VIP area with 6 others. We were the loud rowdy bunch so I don't think anyone was going to bother us. And if anyone was going to try to cut the line, they were going to hear it from my linebackers.
We engaged in conversation and jokes all night. Ordered Papa John's, brought our own food and snacks. Tossed a football around. It was a great time and time flew by. About 1 am, the police were hand out the red raffle tickets to ensure entry to people in line. Indian dude was not in line. Being the nice person I am, I got the Best Buy guy to hold his ticket, while i go out of my way in the rain, to go see if i can find him in his car in the parking lot, maybe he was sleeping. I didn't find him. Best buy guy came back and hour later saying he had 10 minutes to show up or loses his place, and took his chair out of line. Indian dude shows up and hour and a half after tickets were given out, and had words with the cop and staff. But his words were more like crying, and how he was here since 330 (he was, but he was out of line more than in line) and how he left for 30 minutes to go home for '2 number' and how he will disgrace is family if he doesn't get these batteries on sale or something. He left, I told him I tried, sucks for him. At least he learned for next year.
Best Buy decided to open the doors to the first 50 at 4am, gather our stuff and then registers open at 5 am. Then they let in 50 at a time in 30 min intervals. Being 6th in line, I had an hour to get my stuff without the crowd, paid and left.
The one thing i noticed is the stupid questions. People drive by, 'what are they giving away?', 'what are you in line for?', 'what time do they open?', 'how long have you been in line?'. You see it on the news, and you obviously know its black friday, I mean you are driving by a retail store front. And if you are not in line by now, if you ask what time they giving out tickets, why bother, you establish you know about tickets, so I'll assume you know they are limited quantity, and if your jump on the end of the line now..... do you think you'll get a ticket? and the best is the people that line up at the exit at 4 am thinking that they are first in line.
"So much to do, so little time." That is how I would describe this weekend. A 3 day event in the heart of NY at the Jacob Javits Center filled with exhibitions, vendors, video games, celebrities, and not to forget, the fans that came dressed up. This was an amazing event bringing together COMICON and ANIME under one giant roof. I was not able to see half of the convention because it covered so much ground, so I just went around for the fan participation. This is what i saw as I walked around.
It was just quite the experience for me, the merchandising, the mass amounts of people in attendance, and the costumes were amazing. It felt like Halloween. The costumes were ranging from Comic themed, to Anime characters, to Video Game icons. There were some off the wall costumes that had no place at a comic book / amine convention, but I guess in the spirit of dressing up, it doesn't matter. Everyone had a great time.
Lowriders, bikes, tuners, and car clubs from all around the area came out to show off their stuff right outside of Cheeques in Linden, NJ. Thanks to everyone that came out to help and support.
This is the first time i saw hail. There was a precursor of rain, then it got loud. I looked out the door and saw hail. It was quite a site for me, and I ran out of a restaurant to check it out. I stood in it letting it hit me on the head, and it hurts. Reminds me of the time i was running in the park and supposedly a squirrel with good aim clocked me in the head with an acorn. But this was like a barrage of acorns. The hail storm didn't last very long, and my video is near the end of the storm cuz I was standing in it for the intense part and i didn't want to break my iPhone. I don't think if I ever come across a hailstorm again that i will stand where I can get hit.
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"Shirts are priced at $12 each. Available for ladies as well! If are you 100% sure that you will make a purchase please private message me how many you'd like and in what sizes. That way you are guaranteed a shirt! Printing will begin early next week. Again, borjuela.com is up however there is currently just an intro page displayed; the final product is coming soon. Thank you all for your support! Nick from GRAFX, thank you for all of your hard work. You are the man!"
So i got the iPhone 4 and am so excited. After being a Sony fan for so long, making the switch was hard. After playing with the iPhone and trying to set up things and get back into normal mode, I feel I will be missing alot, but gaining more. Some of the things I will miss is stuff like custom ringtones and textones. Every one knows that if you wanted a ringtone, I was there with it already and it was a matter of texting or bluetooth it to you. that too is gone. No bluetooth file transfer. I haven't played around long enough, but I feel like pictures will be in one folder. When it came to phone usage, I was very picture/audio centric.
But with loss, will come much gain. I will definitely turn appcentric. I had a 1st gen touch I was using all the time for games. It was a practice unit, just to play that game at BWW. Then the app store got me. So the switch was destined to be. HD video recording is a plus, but I have yet to fully utilize it. The camera was a major selling point too. I'd see my friend Reggie posting pics with all these cool effects and thats what I wanted. Too bad its an app and not stock on the iPhone. Had the iPhone not come with a flash, I dont think I'd own one.
Not to mention i lost my annoying voice mail message where i say 'i can not come to the phone, please leave a message' in 7 languages. Plus my FU button app that i relied on so much where if i dont answer it goes to voicemail, but if i press end i have it forwarded to a nonexisting number. but im sure i can find one in the app store.
So overall, I'm excited for the gaming and not carrying 2 devices. This might make me switch to a Mac. Ppl have told me to switch since I like to make vids. but that is something for the future.
When you get used to a flow, sometimes you overlook the details. That was the factor that caused a unNIMlike performance in the results for the weekend of HIN/NOPI NY. Held at Englishtown, NJ, the usual show practice is top 100 Sat, and fully judged Sun. NIM shows up Sunday with what could have been best team quality, plus at least 5 other awards. Since the rules were different this time at a normal NIM venue, the standings were compromised. Turns out for this specific show, cars were to be there both Saturday and Sunday to be eligible for any top honors, and there was a lesser achievement to bring home if you were there just one day. With the details of awards being overlooked, NIM came up with this.....
CAR SHOW STREET 2nd DAY only
CAR SHOW CUSTOM 2nd DAY only
BEST OF SHOW CUSTOM $1000
Selfdisqualification. LIVE and LEARN.
this mistake will not be repeated
Its FARMVILLE for cars. What was I thinking playing Farmville. This is cool. And you get to change parts / rims and make custom graphics. Ive tried the graphics thing. Click and let me know what you think. Merc's CAR TOWN photos Its limited to the cars you can pick from, so ive been making replica of my friends cars and famous cars. Stuff like Fast and the Furious, real drift cars, Initial D, and my team cars from NEW IMAGE MOTORSPORTS. In the album, for each pic, I tried to include a link to a pic of the actual car so you can see when the inspiration came from. Join me on Facebook and play CAR TOWN.
Maria Rosales was such a strong individual is so many ways. She gave birth to 7 children where nowadays people cant handle one. and that comes with 58+ great grand-children. She came to this country to basically raise me and my sister while my parents worked hard. I owe her so much, and there is not enough thank yous to even come close. Raising me was a chore, but she was strong enough to put up with me. She was always telling me what to do, but that's how she was. Telling me to come home early or the gypsys will get me, that she did not see me take a shower, and be careful i might make babies. She would always ask me when am I getting married. I'm sorry she didn't get to see that day. 98 years strong, she really was, up until the last few months, she was up on her feet, doing something. As crook and broke her fingers were, she was still sewing something, or chopping stuff up to cook, even rolling lumpia. She would have dug her own grave if her body hadn't given up on her. That's how strong she is. I love you grandma.
from the last day i saw her, weeks after a stroke
before the stroke, she was rolling aboot
showing her bling
that toothless smile
Many people came out to the funeral to show their respects. The mass went as expected, very emotional, filled with nice things said, and loving reminiscing. I too was not able to hold my composure several times. The plans for her remains is to be cremated and transported back to the Philippines to be next to her husband forever. Its a bittersweet honor to say I was the last to see her before cremation for I had to go to the crematory as a witness. As they were about to lift her up out the coffin into the cremation box, I closed my eyes so that my last memories of her is unhandled in the coffin. I will miss you very much grandma.
Another hot day at Englishtown, NJ for the DUB tour / SUMMERSLAM event, where NIM came 7 deep to represent what passion and dedication for a scene really means in a time where we all have priorities, budgets and sacrifices. Even in the blistering sun, the NIMTOUR2010 still proves themselves to be dedicated to the culture and having fun together. Situated in the VIP courtesy of TSL/ESR/Urban, outfitted in World Cup inspired apparel, drinks flowing, music bumping, New Image BEEN HAD another great weekend.
1st place VW 2dr
1st place subaru
best EURO $250
3rd place radical mild
2nd place BEST OF SHOW $500
3rd place BEST OF SHOW $250
Date: Sunday, July 18, 2010
Time: 10:00am - 4:30pm
Location: 360 Route 211 E # 1 Middletown, NY 10940-2136
If you are registering and will be participating in the show please indicate whether you will be showing or spectating. this will give us an idea of how many cars will be in the show. There 250 openings. registration will take place upon arrival. For spectators the event will be free and open to the public. There will ...also be food vendors in attendance at the event. Let us know if you have any questions.
Best Chrysler / Dodge
Best old school JDM
Best old school muscle car
Best in show
more to come
So since noone wanted to join me at Famous dave's for a comp dinner I went there to just pick up some food for myself. While I was there a family of 6 was there fighting over how much to order. I gave them my 75 dollar credit and wished them a happy dinner. Times are rough, I can sacrifice one meal with friends for a hungry family. MercTV
So as it turns out, the one feature I was counting on not to be on the new iPhone4 so that I wouldn't buy it, is there. Can you guess what the deciding factor was that will make this lifelong, hardcore SONY ERICSSON jump ship? The total package that the iPhone4 offers is just too enticing that I must get one. So finally after 7 consecutive Sony phones, each ahead of the current US bland market phones (I was taking color JPGs in 92 with no way to get them off the phone, and had internet options), I'm getting an iPhone. Whats next? a MacBook?
click the title for Engadget's review.
click for GSMarena's review
Another successful afternoon for the annual F1 Cars @ the Club. The weather held up until the very end, musical talents CPO, Albe Back, and JBiz & Chupie kept the party going, D Prados had the crowd hyped, the bikini contest had the crowd crazy and RIXMAG.com brought the show to another level. Cars from all over came out to support and show off their rides. NIM's very own Daniel came from NY to represent and took home first place Mitsubishi. If you missed out, check out http://RIXMag.com for coverage or come thru next year, it just keeps getting better.
Alex from 2NRxpressions approached my club, New Image Motorsports, to do an interview type video for the feature section of his website. The NIMTOUR is proud to be part of this and wishes Alex and 2NR all the best the future can bring.
see the video at YouTube
The proposed structure for the old Ford plant site is said to include a lot of things already found not even a mile away from the site. Typical Jersey strip mall with a home improvement center, theater, wholesale club, hotel, and shopping boutiques. Seems like nothing new, but i'm sure at least it will provide necessary jobs and unnecessary traffic. Its novelty will wear off and then someone will decide that another typical jersey strip mall will be build probably right near another one.
there is an official website for the proposed site, its http://www.EdisonTowneSquare.com but you have to register.
Nowadays with shows being spread far and thin, a show that comes around to the NIMTOUR's stomping ground is not going to go unattended. Showing 19 rides strong, that was more than enough to qualify and then some for the team title. In their own backyard the NIMTOUR2010 take home the coveted title along with 13 other distinctive hardware titles. Anyone who is is the show scene will tell you that a show is hard work and long hours but you could hardly tell with this group. Every show, they seem to have a blast and such a great time before, during, and after a show. The NIMTOUR is a year round party, but don't get it twisted, this team is focused and been had for the past 10 years and going. Be sure to be on the lookout for more of this team at a show in your area. Always a big thanks you to friends and family and support from the likes of Grafx, ESR and TSL and all affiliates. Today's MVP: Squirrel
BEST OVERALL TEAM $600
2nd place Radical Mild
1st place Accord
1st place Euro
Best Of Show Euro $250
1st place Acura
3rd place Infinity
1st place Sportscar
BEST OF SHOW $500
2nd place Honda Other
1st place VW
3rd place Sportscar
1st place EVO
3rd place Acura
this is going to be the choice grill meat for bbqa this summer. i been procrastinating on this for a year or so. its about time i got into this. this will top all the bacon bbqs i had so far.
I have to look for help out there in the virtual world for my friend. So many of us are lost when it comes to helping. this seems like a good place to start. Always here for you buddy.
Its like that song that goes 'I wear my sunglasses at night', come on, you think your cool, but you look a fool. So when you wear sunglasses indoors, and at night, your an idiot for compounding 2 things against you for the sake of 'looking cool'. the majority of people around you will not think you are cool. Its like wearing shorts in the winter, you are not impressing anyone.
For gods sake, the other day I saw this guy shooting pool with shades on at night. Either he just bought them and decided to wear them out, or maybe he is epileptic and the flashing balls will make him seizure or he thought the pool hall is open til sunrise and was just being overprepared. What a toolbag.
tell you what, ill drive you home, but first let me get drunk, break both my ankles and wear a blindfold. And then pointlessly rev my engine at others to waste the high priced gas but foolishly achieve that 'look at me! look at me!' status. R U ImPrEzEd??? I'm just hating right now. Is that so wrong. I'm in need of attention. Will i get that attention if i told you i wrote this wearing sunglasses.
LOL. http://www.flexispy.com/ back in the day, before paid software, but after that 3 way calling trap, people would plug in a handsfree ear piece (now you can use a bluetooth), set phone on auto answer, turn off the ringer, then plant the phone in a key location like in the car, or in the bedroom. then when the time is right, call that phone, and voila!... instant bug. now with new tech, you can remotely use someones phone. paranoia. thats why i dont let my phone out of my sight. same reason you dont leave your drink unattended at a bar. blowing up spots, ya heard.
im just sayin', hit me up for the 30% promo code on this.
Selling a pristine set of gold 17" rota downshifts 5X100 +48 with 215/40 yoko H4s. These were on my 2000 impreza, and will fit WRX's but not STi's with the 114 bolt pattern. cleaned when taken off, no scratches, no curb rash, straight, balanced, plastic still on the center caps. A great set of rims for your subie. so much tread left and condition shows this, set was hardly used. comes with copy of original receipt, paid 1100. very well maintained as seen in display.
amazing. i remember the first go around. i like how that dude at time stamp 5:27 used the t-pain iphone app. jk, i know it was him. but im sure not everyone does.
text WORLD to 50555
sooooo cute. 9 wk old Rottweiler named Quattro running around. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VXFMmUq-9io
The NIMTOUR has been a success for sometime now. Hard work and countless hours invested proved favorable for the team. Another aspect of the scene, and one of our unsung heroes, is our very own Rich Ruiz of Exotic Carriers. Rich and his '01 Kentworth W900L has been counted upon time and time again to transport the NIM prized possessions coast to coast, and has been New Image for some time. He attends the major trucking events and kills the competition in many categories. His truck has even transported and competed for the same event, taking home multiple trophies at events like HIN Minnesota and Texas. Without Rich, there wouldn't be that NIM presence west of the Mississippi. He gets his recognition, and his exposure can be seen on an episode of Speed channel's HIN Minneapolis, and in 10-4 magazine as cover and centerfold. Congrats and thanks to Rich for being a big part of the NIMTOUR.
link to the 10-4 magazine full article
link to caught in action in Texas NIMVID
See Rich featured here in the first segment:
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This turbo is new, never installed, SHIP FOR FREE within the continental US.
• Ball Bearing
• Water and Oil cooled
• Compressor Trim: 57
• Compressor Inducer(mm): 46
• Compressor Major(mm): 60
• Turbine Trim: 82
• Turbine Major(mm): 53
• Turbine Exducer(mm): 48
• Exhaust Housing A/R: .79
• P20 Exhaust housing
• Internally Wastegated (1 kilo~ 14.223 psi)
• Rated: 250-350hp
• Flange: Subaru OEM turbo flange
• Same turbo as originally equipped on JDM Ver.3 STi models (22B). Similar to the VF22, as it utilizes the same P20 exhaust housing (largest of the P-series exhaust housings). Uses the smaller compressor housing of the VF24 for faster response and excellent low and mid-range with considerably less turbo lag than the VF22. Full boost expected between 2800-3200rpm.
• Direct bolt-on replacement turbo for 2002+ Subaru WRX and EJ20 STI engines. Not intended for the EJ25 STI.
Now theres this! InitialD 4. Everything the other one was supposed to be, plus you get to open a door, look over at your head to head opponent. This is the best experience ever! I'm going to go broke.....