Disney on Ice in San Jose



Don’t miss Disney on Ice in 2015. The show was really great this year. It seems like every year there is a spin; this year it’s called Dare to Dream!

Tickets cost about $30-$40.

Cost of a toy wand? $30!

Watch the show, but don’t buy the toys. Well, you might be hard pressed since many of the kids are waving the wands around.

What will you see there? A few story lines shorten for the Ice Skating show.

Pictures are worth more than a thousand words so here you go!

Engineering in San Jose


Everyone in San Jose is an Engineer?

Yes, this is true! Every person I have met is an engineer of some kind. Software engineers, hardware engineers, asics engineers, network engineers and so many others types of engineers that exist in San Jose is crazy. A job that I once thought to be highly valued has depreciated in value so much within 20 years.

Engineering Salary?

When I was 24, I started my career at $45,000 a year in Silicon Valley. At that time, a co-worker who was considered a senior engineer was making about $105,000. By looking at these numbers, you probably wouldn’t recognize that these salaries are from the late 90’s. So what? 20 Years ago a house cost about 150k-200k or even less. Making a single income of $105,000 was good money and families can live with only one parent working. Fast Forward to 2015, houses in my area are somewhere around 700-900k. Guess what? A senior engineer makes about $120,000.

What does it take?

To live comfortably in the Silicon Valley, either one parent needs to make $200,000 a year + assets or both parents needs to be working.

The Competition

At my company, the work force has changed quite a bit. 20 years ago, the company I worked for has all employees in the United States. Fast Forward 20 years, and my department is 80% outsourced. What’s the point? The job market is fierce. Being an engineer in Silicon Valley is forever challenging. Engineers that wish to survive in this jungle needs to be constantly learning new technologies.

What should you do?

My two kids will not be engineers if I had a choice. The career that they pick should be something that can not be outsourced. Yes, it may be too late for me but not too late for the youngsters growing up in silicon valley.

Top Jobs I would for my kids:

  • Doctor
  • Lawyer
  • Marketing
  • Nursing
  • Human Resources



Best Affordable Schools in San Jose

Living in San Jose, the best thing you can do for your children is to provide them with the best education possible. When I graduated college back in 1995, getting a job wasn’t as competitive as it is today. San Jose work force has gone global; meaning that there has been a huge influx of foreign workers making the playing field more competitive. So how do you prepare your kids?

To find the top schools in San Jose and the surrounding area is not tough. You would need to visit sites that shows API per grade level. Here is a shortlist that I have used on my search for the perfect school.

1) greatschools.org

2) schooldigger.com

After you have done your research, you will probably have shortlisted between three to five schools that you want your kids to attend. If money is not a problem, you can probably skip reading this paragraph. For most of us, being able to afford a home in the right school district is really not obtainable. During my research, my focus was on four areas.

1) Cupertino School District

2) Fremont Unified School District

3) Evergreen School District

4) Milpitas Unified School District

Unfortunately, many parents have shortlisted the same school districts. As a result, there is a direct correlation between good schools and the cost of a home.  With homes costing 1 milllion dollars for a 1 or 2 bedroom, Cupertino Union School District was removed from our list. Fremont was considered, but to afford a home there we would have to overextend our budget. We didn’t really want to be locked into a house for 30 years and eat spam all day. Financially we could of purchased a home in Fremont but the sacrifice of spending time with our kids on our annual vacation was too much. Third on the list was Evergreen. Living up on the hills and overlooking the city would have been nice but the traffic is horrible. To get to work, I would have to exit Capitol Expressway onto 101. Since I work in Santa Clara, the drive could be between 45 minutes and 75 minutes. Hwy 101 is like the Twilight Zone, you never know what traffic is going to be like. Finally, we chose Milpitas School District. Milpitas has good elementary schools as well as junior high schools. From my house to work, the drive is less than 30 minutes. With affordable homes, and being so close to the Silicon Valley High tech companies; Milpitas is definitely an up and coming small city.


1) Choose a school district that your family can afford and don’t overextend your budget.

2) When buying a home, make sure the home is actually within the school coverage area. You can look this up by going to the school district you desire.

3) A home close to work, so you can spend more time with the kids.

Best BBQ Ribs

Trail Dust is absolutely the best BBQ in the bay area. Even though it is not exactly located in San Jose, it is close enough. Trail Dust is in Morgan Hill, CA about 5 miles south of San Jose. If the distance is out of the way, think about stopping by and grabbing food to go when you are planning a trip to the beaches of Monterey. Directions and Reviews @Yelp

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