2015 NYC “Blizzard”

Made a snow angel for the first time:


Came home to warm up to some sparkling sake. Heard good things about hana-awaka sparking sake. Not that it tasted bad, but it tastes exactly like cold Chinese 酒酿 minus the rice.


Grapefruit Chia Seed Muffin Recipe


I did not set out to make Grapefruit Chia Seed Muffins. Rather I was craving baked goods and saw a recipe for Lemon Poppyseed Muffins and thought hey I can do this. Granted I only had grapefruit juice instead of lemon juice and chia seeds instead … [Continue reading]

Homemade Roasted Tomato Sauce


I came across the recipe from RVGoddess's website promising an easy and delicious red sauce. I was in the mood for spaghetti today so I decided to go for it, especially since I had most of the ingredients on hand. It is one great recipe. A red … [Continue reading]

Best of Shanghai Restaurants: Miss Zhouyu’s Sauerkraut Fish 周渝食惦 酸菜鱼


Sauerkraut Fish is a popular Shanghainese style fish soup made of black carp and pickled Chinese mustard. Miss Zhouyu's rendition is not the first time I have had this soup. But it is by far the best. Sauerkraut and fish are not on my list of … [Continue reading]

Shanghai Banquet 1/3: The Intercontinental Rujin


A Little Tidbit: Shanghainese people are considered among the Chinese population to be the most prideful in all of China. I don't mean it as a compliment nor criticism but a statement of fact. When Shanghainese people host a meal or party, it is … [Continue reading]

2015 Goals

Some wonder why I have a public blog as I could just keep a private journal. I say a blog holds me accountable and will help me become successful in the long run concerning my goals. With regards to my 2014 Goals, I performed rather badly. Will I … [Continue reading]

Shanghai 2014: Weight Gain & Allergic Reaction


G and I spent 20 nights in Shanghai. It wasn't until halfway through our trip that we noticed we were gaining weight. Prior to the trip, I weighed between 114lbs-115lbs depending on the time of the day I weighed myself. G was 145lbs. By the end of … [Continue reading]

Shanghai 2014


Ah...Shanghai, the city of my birth. The city where I spent the first 7 years of my life and then visited many times over the years with the longest period being 3 months. My last visit was in 2011 when G and I were deciding between relocating to … [Continue reading]

The Passing Of My Favorite Uncle

My Uncle Jian passed away sometime in the early morning of 12/3/2014. I was not able to see him alive one last time. I had flown in the night of 12/2 and thought it would be too late to disturb him and had conferred with my relatives that 10am would … [Continue reading]

Full Circle

In 1988, my dad taught me how to use the PC. Computers were so primitive back then, a DOS interface with about 3 or so colors. In college, I majored in computer science because of my dad. And while I do not enjoy my major, it taught me a lot … [Continue reading]