Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Blog Updates?

I've recently been playing around with domains and self-hosting. Everything (well almost) from this starter blog has been moved over but this will continue to stay up for now. All newer updates will be at:

http://jamz.yaneza.me/

See you there!

Sunday, August 08, 2010

Hotel: Road Runner Business (SoCal)

We got a good rate at the Quality Inn and it came with broadband internet. To compare what they offer in terms of business travelers I set out to measure their wired speed.

The room was spacious and had a nice quiet pool, unfortunately I'd left my swim trunks back home.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Honda CrossTour, whats that song?


If you're like me watching for nice cars, you've probably already stumbled across the new Honda CrossTour ad with a subliminal message not to be "square".
Its also got a very catchy song in the background sung by Miriam Makeba which to my astonishment was recorded in 1967. What can I say, but good songs last. :-)


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Sunday, November 08, 2009

Travel Tip: Card Charges and International Trips

This realization hit me just recently, and this is all based from painful experience (one of which is just happening to me right now). This is in regards to weekend check-outs.

Accounting and/or finance offices are usually closed in most places. They are even closed perhaps seen earlier in Asia given that they are ahead sometimes a full working day. As such, initial holds will show up in your credit card but will only really transact first thing Monday during office hours.

So if you know you're checking out the weekend, the best is to either settle your bill in full on Friday before the close of business hours; or settle the partial you can manage and just go on cash for miscellaneous towards check-out.

This way you'll avoid the annoying wait and the preliminary one-day check-in while waiting for the previous transaction to go through. Its not a great feeling to be on tenterhooks your first night at your next hotel destination. :-)

But for now, wish me luck!

*I'd also like to thank and commend the front-desk at the Hyatt Regency Kyoto for their patience in helping me track what's going on. Great hotel, you rock!
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Saturday, November 07, 2009

Hotel Nikko Kansai (JP)

After checking out of the Hyatt Regency Kyoto, a bus tour, train ride on the Haruka 41, and arriving back at the Kansai Airport, I walked across the bridge to Aero Plaza and stepped into the convenience of the Nikko.

I'll be adding more stories later [ here ]

There isn't any internet in the smoking rooms at the South Tower and your best bet is free wifi at the first-
(1st) floor lobby or walking into the Business Center with your own ethernet cable. I didn't even attempt wifi given that line speeds (shockingly) for a full service hotel in Osaka which has an airport compared to Kyoto which doesn't is:

To be honest this was disappointing given to comparing the Hyatt at 35 Mb/s downstream. And hey, I was willing to pay for bandwidth but never given the option.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Guitar: Return to the Passion of Music

Remember the very first time you picked-up a guitar? In my case it was a Yamaha nylon acoustic my mom used to have lying around in a green soft case. It wasn't used much except when I took it down and gave it a few strums.

(the rest of the story later, got something more exciting here below ...)

I was updating FaceBook today and came-upon this post of a kid holding a guitar linking to YouTube. Curiosity of course ... but lo ... behold ... and be ashamed at not trying harder. Sungha rocks and makes me proud!



No news yet if he's coming out with an album, but I'd buy it and put it next to my other favorites like Laurence and Ilsey Juber (my thanks again to David Perry for bringing me along for sushi and the show at Santa Monica which I previously blogged about).

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Thursday, June 04, 2009

Song: Alright

Here's an idea, Life Uncomplicated. I remember the days in Irisan just staring across the mountains as the golden sun either rose or set. There are days in California where the light is just right and it sends me to reverie.

On one of the jeeps to "town", as we often called traveling to Baguio proper, I remember seeing this "I'm an Irish Cowboy". A local would understand, but for those who didn't my Uncle Sixto and Johnny listen to country; I remember my cousin Jaja's favorite album was America. My mom listens to Randy Travis. Looking at the guitar makes me want to play covers of Cat Stevens. There's a cowboy hat in back of my car all the time. Been to the Grand Canyon more than once. 'Nuff said.

I've been a big fan of Hootie & the Blowfish and identify with with Darius' easy song style and baritone. Is that a banjo in the background? That just reminds me of Sky World Condominium and the blue grass band that played at Shakey's Pizza. Hero burgers, Orange Julius, skiletti's, garlic bread, family meals. *sigh*

All you tenor's out there, well, you rock as well!



Artist: Darius Rucker


Alright, Alright
Yeah it's alright, alright

Don't need no five star reservations
I've got spaghetti and a cheap bottle of wine
Don't need no concert in the city
I've got a stereo and the best of Patsy Cline
Ain't got no caviar no Dom Perignon
But as far as I can see, I've got everything I want

Cause I've got a roof over my head,
the woman I love laying in my bed
And it's alright, alright
I've got shoes under my feet
Forever in her eyes staring back at me
And it's alright, alright
And I've got all I need
And it's alright by me

Maybe later on we'll walk down to the river
Lay on a blanket and stare up at the moon
It may not be no French Riviera
But it's all the same to me as long as I've got you

It may be a simple life, but that's okay
If you ask me baby, I think I've got it made

Cause I've got a roof over my head,
the woman I love laying in my bed
And it's alright, alright
I've got shoes under my feet
Forever in her eyes staring back at me
And it's alright, alright
And I've got all I need
And it's alright by me

It's alright by me, yeah yeah
When I lay down at night I thank the Lord above
For giving me everything I ever could dream of

Cause I've got a roof over my head,
the woman I love laying in my bed
And it's alright, alright, alright, alright
I've got shoes under my feet
Forever in her eyes staring back at me
And it's alright, alright, alright
And I've got all I need, yeah
I've got all I need
And it's alright by me
Oh yeah, it's alright by me