Archive for September, 2008

HIFF-Bound?

September 30th, 2008
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Wanted to take a poll out there to see how many of you are going to check out the Hawaii International Film Festival this year. Several of my co-workers are hard core HIFF fans who use their personal vacation days to do three-a-days of these movies. Are they nuts or do you do the same? I have honestly never been, but would one day like to go.

Tickets for this year's HIFF just went on sale last Friday. The event will take place from October 9th-19th at Regal Dole Cannery Stadium 18. For those who will be attending, are considering attending, or just like to read :P , here are the details from their press release:

HONOLULU - General admission tickets are set to go on sale Friday, September 26th for the 28th annual Louis Vuitton Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF). This year's lineup of 150 films come from over 36 countries, including Australia, Canada, Chile, China, Denmark, France, Germany, Guam, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Iran, Japan, Marshall Islands, Mongolia, New Zealand, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Sweden, Syria, Taiwan, Thailand, United Kingdom and the United States.

HIFF's 2008 program is being held at the Regal Dole Cannery Stadium 18 Cinemas from October 9 - 19. Opening the festival this year and having its international premiere is one of the most anticipated Korean films of the year, THE DIVINE WEAPON. Released in early September in Korea, it easily garnered the #1 box office spot. Among others being showcased is the Korean-style Western and #1 box office hit from Korea THE GOOD, THE BAD, THE WEIRD, whose lead actor, Jung Woo-Sung, will receive an Achievement in Acting Award from HIFF, and the acclaimed docu-drama RAIN OF THE CHILDREN from New Zealand director Vincent Ward.

General admission tickets are available for $10 or $9 for students, seniors, children and military. Tickets may be purchased in person at HIFF's box office at Dole, by phone at Honolulu Box Office at 550-8457 (TIKS), by fax at 536-2707, or online at www.hiff.org. Special discount tickets are available for HIFF members and sponsors. Download high resolution images of the films, view the Program Book online, or check out the full movie schedule here.

Talk to me!
* Do you go to HIFF religiously? What's the draw for you?
* Have you gone to HIFF just once? Why haven't you returned?
* Have you ever been to HIFF? Why or why not?
* Are ya gonna check it out this year?
* Which movies are you planning to watch?

Happy October 1st tomorrow gang!

When You Know, You Know

September 29th, 2008
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Yesterday, we went to finalize our tuxedo style and colors. To my own surprise, I was uncharacteristically finicky about the colors and the overall presentation of the entire get-up. Men don't usually care about this kinda stuff, but for some reason, I did.

The one for me was an easy one. White/Cream was the only color option (of course!), but the rest of the ensemble (style, patterns, etc.) was duck soup. As soon as I saw the one I wanted, I knew. The ones for the fellas and the papas posed a greater challenge. We were initially gonna have the boys in a pink-ish style to match the ladies, but I wasn't quite feeling the vest. After hours of deliberation (minutes actually), we decided to go grey/silver on um. The dark pink/mauve accent will come in the way of the handkerchief or a flower. Hours (minutes) more, and we decided on the papas' color and style. Whew!

Our point person Elsie teased about my long decision making process, but said, "But when he knows, he knows."

I thought to myself, that's exactly how I felt about the lady when we first started dating.

Talk to me!
* What kine tuxedo style did you choose/will you choose?
* Are tails still in? Ha!
* Should I change my color to baby blue ala Dumb and Dumber?
* Want me to "man up" and stop getting mushy on you? Haha!

Happy Fun day Monday yo!

Fave Five Friday - Traffic Pet Peeves

September 26th, 2008
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Thought I'd give y'all a break from the wedding fave fives and mix things up a bit this week son. Let's do pet peeves, but not just any pet peeve, traffic related pet peeves. Oh yeah! I can see all of your minds spinning. Relax tampax! We're not in traffic right now. No need get all habuts. Just think about um, no need re-live um! :) Anyway, check um out and post yours below k?

  1. Tailers - I go at a reasonably brisk pace already (ok, I speed!) so for somebody to tail me means they're really flyin'! What's worse is when both lanes to the side of me are wide open and they continue to follow me. I slow down just to irritate them more. Too bad so sad.
  2. Turtles (in the fast lane!) - Even more irraz if they are oblivious to their surroundings (they don't realize how much traffic they are holding up behind them). Worse when the only lanes open are clogged up by slow drivers going the exact same speed.
  3. Parking lot buffoons! - This is when people go to their car, get in, turn their engine on, and then never come out! Meanwhile you're waiting for them to come out for ages. What do you do? Honk? Rev your engine? Go back and forth hoping they'd see you. Worse when they have their reverse lights on this whole time!
  4. Slow Cutter Offers  - It's one thing to cut you off, but it's another to cut you off and then go slow. And these aren't the punk types who do it on purpose. These are, again, oblivious peeps, who don't know how to change lanes in the flow of traffic.
  5. Chatty Fatties - Idiots who talk on their cell phone and let it effect their driving (slowness, swerving, etc.). Let's be honest, we all talk on the phones while driving, but at least we don't forget how to drive. I personally use an earpiece so both of my hands are free to use the wheel (plus I won't burn my brain with radiation :P ).
  6. Smokestacks/Litter Bugs Me - Had to add this one in cause it's annoying too. Smokers who hang their arms out the window and waft their stinky fumes into my car. Also litterers (is that a word?). I can't stand seeing someone toss junk out their window with disregard to everyone but themselves.

Sorry if you are one of these cause I just called you a name. Haha! Give it back to me by posting your comments below man. Shoots!

Credit Card Scam - Be Careful!

September 25th, 2008
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My job here at WWE is to take care of all my beautiful babies. :P As such, I'm taking a quick break from the silliness and wanted to share this warning I got via email recently. If it helps save at least one of you loyal WWE readers from months of headache from a credit card scam, I've done my job.

Please, please, please, take it for what it's worth though. I can't confirm for sure whether it's true or false, but it's conceivably very possible and isn't it better to be safe than sorry? Chicky check it!

This one is pretty slick since they provide YOU with all the information, except the one piece they want.

Note, the callers do not ask for your card number; they already have it. This information is worth reading. By understanding how the VISA & MasterCard Telephone Credit Card Scam works, you'll be better prepared to protect yourself.

One of our employees was called on Wednesday from 'VISA', and I was called on Thursday from 'Master Card'. The scam works like this: Caller: 'This is (name), and I'm calling from the Security and Fraud Department at VISA. My Badge number is 12460. Your card has been flagged for an unusual purchase pattern, and I'm calling to verify. This would be on your VISA card which was issued by (name of bank). Did you purchase an Anti-Telemarketing Device for $497.99 from a Marketing company based in Arizona ?'

When you say 'No', the caller continues with, 'Then we will be issuing a credit to your account. This is a company we have been watching and the charges range from $297 to $497, just under the $500 purchase pattern that flags most cards. Before your next statement, the credit will be sent to (gives you your address), is that correct?'

You say 'yes'. The caller continues - 'I will be starting a Fraud investigation. If you have any questions, you should call the 1- 800 number listed don't he back of your card (1-800-VISA) and ask for Security.'

You will need to refer to this Control Number. The caller then gives you a 6 digit number. 'Do you need me to read it again?'

Here's the IMPORTANT part on how the scam works.The caller then says, 'I need to verify you are in possession of your card'. He'll ask you to 'turn your card over and look for some numbers'. There are 7 numbers; the first 4 are part of your card number, the next 3 are the security Numbers that verify you are the possessor of the card. These are the numbers you sometimes use to make Internet purchases to prove you have the card. The caller will ask you to read the 3 numbers to him. After you tell the caller the 3 numbers, he'll say, 'That is correct, I just needed to verify that the card has not been lost or stolen, and that you still have your card . Do you have any other questions?' After you say No, the caller then thanks you and states, 'Don't hesitate to call back if you do, and hangs up.

You actually say very little, and they never ask for or tell you the Card number. But after we were called on Wednesday, we called back within 20 minutes to ask a question. Are we glad we did! The REAL VISA Security Department told us it was a scam and in the last 15 minutes a new purchase of $497.99 was charged to our card.

Long story - short - we made a real fraud report and closed the VISA account. VISA is reissuing us a new number. What the scammers want is the 3-digit PIN number on the back of the card Don't give it to them. Instead, tell them you'll call VISA or Master card directly for verification of their conversation. The real VISA told us that they will never ask for anything on the card as they already know the information since they issued the card! If you give the scammers your 3 Digit PIN Number, you think you're receiving a credit. However, by the time you get your statement you'll see charges for purchases you didn't make, and by then it's almost too late and/or more difficult to actually file a fraud report.

What makes this more remarkable is that on Thursday, I got a call from a 'Jason Richardson of Master Card' with a word-for-word repeat of the VISA scam. This time I didn't let him finish. I hung up! We filed a police report, as instructed by VISA. The police said they are taking several of these reports daily! They also urged us to tell everybody we know that this scam is happening.

Please pass this on to all your family and friends. By informing each other, we protect each other.

Talk to me!
* Can you confirm if this is true? (Snope says it's true.)
* Has this happen to you or someone you know?
* Have you ever gone through a credit card scam or stolen identity crisis? How hard was it to come back from that?
* Tell us where you think those Internet scammers can shove it! :)

Where In Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? - September 24, 2008

September 24th, 2008
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No world "Where In Hawaii" records were broken this time around, but M gets the award for persistence as he takes home his second victory in the WIHIES contest (see further below for the answer). For now however, it's this week's entry. Post your guesses in the comments below baby!

Where In Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? - September 24, 2008
Where In Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? - September 24, 2008

Hint: TBA if necessary... (part of me thinks it'll be easy and part of me says maybe not) *grin*


Last Week's Answer
Here's the answer to last week's photo:

Where In Hawaii Is Edward Sugimoto - September 17, 2008: Tree Tunnel on Highway 520 (Maluhia Road)<br>  in Kauai
Where In Hawaii Is Edward Sugimoto - September 17, 2008: Tree Tunnel on Highway 520 (Maluhia Road)
in Kauai

Da "Where In Hawaii" Winnahz Circle!

Happy Hump Day Where In Hawaii Wednesday y'all. :)