1st week MPG update: From the Inland Empire to the South Bay

2012 ZVW30 Toyota Prius Four

Posted by 5teve-0 | Posted in 2012 ZVW30 Toyota Prius Four | Posted on 27-03-2015

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Today marks the completion of one week's worth of commute from the Inland Empire to the South Bay and I must say that while there is definitely a traffic jam to and from, it is not nearly as bad as I've anticipated. I have co-workers that commute from Diamond Bar and the commute takes 2-2.5 […]

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Looks like I'll be taking a micro road trip everyday

2012 ZVW30 Toyota Prius Four

Posted by 5teve-0 | Posted in 2012 ZVW30 Toyota Prius Four | Posted on 16-03-2015

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We're moving from the South Bay to the Inland Empire this month solely for the purpose of shortening and alleviating my wife's work commute at the expense of increasing my commute by 900% (from 5 mile drive to work to 50 mile drive). We're also exploring options to buy a new house in the area so we've […]

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Review: Custom Bobble Head Dolls by Bobblemaker.com

Briefings

Posted by 5teve-0 | Posted in Briefings | Posted on 30-01-2015

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During the wedding planning process with the wife, I not only wanted to add something that is fun and unique to the mix but also place emphasis on the small important details that compliments our character and values as a couple. My wife picked up a flyer at a bridal expo which she recently attended that depicted custom bobble heads. […]

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DIY: How to Install Winter / Snow Tire Chains On Your Prius

Automobiles

Posted by 5teve-0 | Posted in Automobiles | Posted on 07-12-2014

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It has been a while since I had to install snow tire chains on a car, but driving up to Vancouver, B.C. in late December, and doing multiple side stops along the way, I figured I grab a pair for those "just-in-case" moments (even though Vancouver is known for mild but wet winters). This article […]

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Winter Road Trip to Vancouver, B.C. With Stops

Road Trips

Posted by 5teve-0 | Posted in Road Trips | Posted on 23-10-2014

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Every year, we try to embark on one road trip. I'm not talking about a regular 400+ mile round trip road trip to the Central Coast (i.e. San Luis Obispo), I'm referring to a road trip that would last over 1,500 miles. For 2013, we drove from Los Angeles to Palm Desert, to Monterey, to Sonoma […]

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Prius with stock wheels lowered on TRD springs, comparison

2012 ZVW30 Toyota Prius Four

Posted by 5teve-0 | Posted in 2012 ZVW30 Toyota Prius Four | Posted on 11-03-2014

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I often receive a lot of questions regarding Prius lowered on TRD springs with stock 15" wheels and tires, such as number of inches lowered, request for before/after photos, etc. Today I had the opportunity to snap a pic of such while installing parts on a buddy's Prius. My Prius is lowered on Prius PLUS […]

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Newest member of the Prius Family: Prius v Three

Automobiles

Posted by 5teve-0 | Posted in Automobiles | Posted on 01-03-2014

I picked up a 2013 Prius v Three from DCH Toyota of Torrance back in mid December 2013 before our 2-week trip to the Philippines. Don't expect modifications to this bad boy since I purchased it as a Christmas gift for my pops. Maybe some JDM Toyota window visors and JDM Toyota Elegant Style chrome […]

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Our account of Coron 7 weeks after Typhoon Haiyan, Yolanda

Outside of California

Posted by 5teve-0 | Posted in Outside of California | Posted on 21-02-2014

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When one searches for "Coron Palawan Philippines" through popular search engines, the search result yields a vast media coverage of the typhoon and its immediate aftermath. Many of the resulting articles are dated mid November 2013 or earlier. My post will concentrate on our personal accounts in and around Coron, Palawan, Philippines 7-weeks after Typhoon Haiyan (also known […]

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Tutorial: How to update the firmwares on your IP Camera

I Love Technology, Always and 4ever

Posted by 5teve-0 | Posted in I Love Technology, Always and 4ever | Posted on 27-01-2014

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This is a follow-up to the article on how to set up an IP Camera on a Mac OS X machine. Rather than discussing hardware as in the original article, this write-up will provide instructions on how to update your IP Camera's firmwares so that you are using the latest firmware that fixes any previous […]

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T-Mobile's Free International Data Roaming and Unlimited Text

I Love Technology, Always and 4ever

Posted by 5teve-0 | Posted in I Love Technology, Always and 4ever | Posted on 26-01-2014

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I recently traveled to the Philippines with my fiancé and both of us took advantage of T-Mobile's free international data roaming and unlimited texting. Between the two of us, we used up a total of 2.8 GB of data and sent 165 texts in a two week span, from December 21, 2013 through January 2nd, […]

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Create a photo book from your iOS device with Mosaic

Digital Photography

Posted by 5teve-0 | Posted in Digital Photography | Posted on 16-12-2013

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While browsing the news feed of my Facebook account one day, I encountered a "suggested post" (advertisement) from Mosaic (heymosaic.com), a photo book printing service. I was intrigued by the message of the ad, "$20 for a printed, bound photo book with 20 photos of your choice straight from your iPhone and $5 shipping." I clicked […]

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Where do I Find My Virgin Mobile USA Account Number?

I Love Technology, Always and 4ever

Posted by 5teve-0 | Posted in I Love Technology, Always and 4ever | Posted on 14-10-2013

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This past weekend, I decided to switch from my current wireless carrier, Virgin Mobile USA, to T-Mobile. I did this for several reasons. One was to upgrade my phone to a gratuitous iPhone 5C 32 GB in blue color. The second is to take advantage of T-Mobile's new free international data roaming plan that takes […]

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JDM Prius ZVW30 Toyota Elegant Style Exterior Upgrade

2012 ZVW30 Toyota Prius Four

Posted by 5teve-0 | Posted in 2012 ZVW30 Toyota Prius Four | Posted on 09-10-2013

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I finally had time to order all the JDM Toyota Prius Elegant Style exterior chrome plated garnish upgrades, minus the lower rear bumper garnish since I have the Prius PLUS rear skirt installed. I originally asked my buddy back in July while on his way to Japan to pick me up a complete set of authentic JDM […]

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DIY: How to Blackout the Headlights On a 2010+ Prius

2012 ZVW30 Toyota Prius Four

Posted by 5teve-0 | Posted in 2012 ZVW30 Toyota Prius Four | Posted on 28-09-2013

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This is one of the very first mod I wanted to perform on the Prius when I took her home. I'm not a huge fan of all chrome headlights. Unfortunately because I commuted a lot during weekdays and go on road trips on weekends, this project took backstage. Fortunately, I've acquired a set of  used OEM […]

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NGJ10/KGJ10 Scion iQ mirror covers and turn signals fit Prius

Automobiles

Posted by 5teve-0 | Posted in Automobiles | Posted on 24-09-2013

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It turns out that the USDM Scion iQ shares the same mirror covers as the JDM Toyota ZVW30 Prius (and Prius ν). Which means that if 3rd generation ZVW30 Prius or Prius ν owners want integrated turn signals on their side mirrors but don't care for power folding function or 3-in-1 combo LED light features, they […]

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