Along our travels and adventures, my wife and I mostly use Airbnb instead of hotels. This is true about 70% of the time, since every now and then we will stay at a hotel. We both love the experience and concept of Airbnb; you can choose to “rent” an entire home, apartment, studio, guesthouse, and even single rooms. With proper researching, you can find single rooms with a private entrance and private bathroom; similar to what you get at a hotel but less expensive.Continue reading “A Sketchy tale of Airbnb”
It is almost one year from the day I married my awesome beautiful wife, when we gave ourselves to each other for life, and then celebrated this union with our closest family and friends. It is a day I will never forget, a day that seemed magical beyond anything, that went better than planned or expected, and our guests truly appreciated.Continue reading “Outrageous Wedding Bill!”
In the last few years, technology has improved so much that it aims to increase our quality of life, be it with smart appliances, self-driving cars with improved sensors for safety, audio speakers you can give commands to, and so much more. Technology is good. It is cool, fun, nerdy, and geeky. Along with all these technological improvements, social media has seen a boom as well and is being used more than ever for many different reasons.Continue reading “How do you spend time on Facebook?”
Depending on where you live, you might be using your heating unit much more now to stay warm during winter season. If you’re an unfortunate soul that has an all-electric HVAC system, you might also start to notice your electric bill creeping up. But regardless of what season it is or weather you have a gas furnace, have you ever wondered how you end up owing what you owe for the monthly electric bill?Continue reading “Are you battling your electric bill?”
Not many people enjoy going to any type of car shop, mechanic, dealership… you name it. Everyone hates car trouble. So when I received an email about an open recall on my car, I scheduled an appointment at my nearest Toyota dealer. When I went in for the checking, they said the CVT needed a reflash.Continue reading “Winning at the car dealership”
This was freezing cold!
The outdoors is something I really enjoy, so when some few weekends ago a friend of mine mentioned the idea of going hiking and camping, I immediately said yes. The night before, my wife and I packed our gear, got the hiking boots ready and were anxious for the next day. Our day started with heading over to Shenandoah’s Old Rag Hiking Trail with a group of friends.Continue reading “Camping in ice cold weather!”
Last week, I showed you the progress I am making on tracking the fuel efficiency of my 2015 Corolla! So far I am getting the results I wanted, with efficiency at or above the highway rating of 37mpg for my vehicle.
So… How do I calculate this?Continue reading “How to Calculate your Vehicle’s MPG”
I was recently reading on vehicle efficiency and how it has changed throughout history, and I stumbled upon the term Hypermiling. Hypermiling is basically driving with efficiency in mind, to get the best possible MPG (miles per gallon) on your vehicle. The hypermiling enthusiast, or the hyper-milers, have developed a lot of crazy techniques to achieve extraordinary MPGs way above the EPA specification of their car. I won’t go into detail on each of these techniques, but two of the more extreme techniques I remember are:Continue reading “Reducing Fuel usage in your Car”
Let’s start this off…
I have been thinking for the past few months on starting a blog and today, the 1st of December of 2018, I finally did it! I’ve never had a blog before or anything related to a blog, and I am learning as I go with the support of my wife. As my blog title states, I like using the term Monster because if you saw the movie Shrek, he was always private about his life (until Donkey arrived). I also think it’s just funny and I like it. In other words, I won’t be sharing to many personal details about me, but I will about Mr. Monster. I will be writing about some life experiences, stories, and anything I find interesting enough to share with you in this blog that will hopefully help you out in your own life adventures.