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蔥油餅 (cōngyóubǐng) or Scallion Pancakes


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Ingredients

Sauce

  • scallions
  • olive oil
  • salt

Dough

  • flour
  • water

This recipe seems not as good as it was as a kid — will try to work on it when I have more time. I think it would be better with a flakier crust, but this is more Northern China (四川菜) style. This is flat bread, no yeast.

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Unbecome Yourself

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Cajun Popcorn Lobster Roll


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AYCE Sushi in Montclair! Not the sweetest of places but this little diner conversion has its perks. The sushi of course is not the best quality but they don’t give you proper amount of rice for the sushi. I actually enjoy the rice so it was constantly falling apart on me, but if you prefer little to no rice, this is the place. The hand rolls were a better choice here but of course, the rolls filled me up. They actually give you full sized rolls here, so you won’t leave hungry. We actually didn’t even get to the second or third rounds.

Happy hour from 5-7PM on alcoholic beverages. Sake & beer, with an appearance from soju, as this is a Korean owned Japanese restaurant.

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Herman Miller: Mirra Chair – Updates

(Original Post: January 25, 2012)

I have the Herman Miller Mirra I, though they are on their second version right now. I’m not looking to upgrade. This baby has a warranty of 10 years. You can’t really get too many lifetime warranties anymore, so this one can’t be beat, really. (Ok, but to be fair, these are a pretty penny. And a dime. And an arm. And a kidney.)

I’ve never been more regretful yet fully satisfied with any purchase. Let me explain. This chair, it’s heavenly. It fits my body perfectly, and with a multitude of adjustment options, I would know if someone messed with my settings. I would know if someone even sat in my chair. It’s down to a T. This is the best investment next to my iPhone(s) that I have ever purchased. That’s a pretty hard thing to compete with since all you do is sit on it.

Ok, but to be fair, I think my next investment is going to be a bigger bed. I’ve been sleeping on a twin for all of my life. I never even had a crib as a baby. (Though it was only when I was older that I fell off and broke some bones.) And I want a headboard!

So why am I regretful about the chair? This chair is so amazing that I actually cannot sit on a regular chair for longer than an hour. Even my car seat can seem a bit daunting for a long drive now. My back feels achy and not well supported. I’m constantly shifting around and readjusting in dining chairs and even lounge sofas. I’m ruined.

I don’t think I’m ever going to buy another chair again.

Lifetime customer, Herman Miller!

25 Bible Verses on Pride

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  1. I will break down your stubborn pride. Leviticus 26:19
  2. The pride of your heart has deceived you, you who live in the clefts of the rocks and make your home on the heights, you who say to yourself, ‘Who can bring me down to the ground?’ Obadiah 1:3
  3. His pride led to his downfall. He was unfaithful to the LORD his God. 2 Chronicles 26:16
  4. In his pride the wicked does not seek him; in all his thoughts there is no room for God. Psalm 10:4
  5. For the sins of their mouths, for the words of their lips, let them be caught in their pride. Psalm 59:12
  6. When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom. Proverbs 11:2
  7. Pride only breeds quarrels, but wisdom is found in those who take advice. Proverbs 13:10
  8. Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall. Proverbs 16:18
  9. A man’s pride brings him low, but a man of lowly spirit gains honor. Proverbs 29:23
  10. The end of a matter is better than its beginning, and patience is better than pride. Ecclesiastes 7:8
  11. The eyes of the arrogant man will be humbled and the pride of men brought low; the LORD alone will be exalted in that day. Isaiah 2:11
  12. I will punish the world for its evil, the wicked for their sins. I will put an end to the arrogance of the haughty and will humble the pride of the ruthless. Isaiah 13:11
  13. Babylon, the jewel of kingdoms, the glory of the Babylonians’ pride, will be overthrown by God like Sodom and Gomorrah. Isaiah 13:19
  14. The LORD Almighty planned it, to bring low the pride of all glory and to humble all who are renowned on the earth. Isaiah 23:9
  15. But when his heart became arrogant and hardened with pride, he was deposed from his royal throne and stripped of his glory. Daniel 5:20
  16. “Do not go beyond what is written.” Then you will not take pride in one man over against another. 1 Corinthians 4:6
  17. Each one should test his own actions. Then he can take pride in himself, without comparing himself to somebody else, for each one should carry his own load.  Galatians 6:4
  18. Your heart will become proud and you will forget the LORD your God. Deuteronomy 8:14
  19. Unleash the fury of your wrath, look at every proud man and bring him low. Job 40:11
  20. Though the LORD is on high, he looks upon the lowly, but the proud he knows from afar. Psalm 138:6
  21. The LORD detests all the proud of heart. Be sure of this: They will not go unpunished. Proverbs 16:5
  22. Better to be lowly in spirit and among the oppressed than to share plunder with the proud. Proverbs 16:19
  23. Before his downfall a man’s heart is proud, but humility comes before honor. Proverbs 18:12
  24. The LORD Almighty has a day in store for all the proud and lofty, for all that is exalted (and they will be humbled). Isaiah 2:12
  25. Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 1 Corinthians 13:4

Source: www.BibleGateway.com -NIV Version

Home Buying Update

(Original Post: November 17, 2014.)

Well, I’ve been unsuccessful at obtaining a property. Boo. Unfortunately it has been an emotional roller coaster trying to not only find the perfect unit, but to pay enough to actually get said unit. I ended up being in a seller’s market, and consequently, out bid every time. Although, despite the disappointment, I was lucky not to be taken by any cash bids from China. …Because that would just be ironic and cruel.

Highlights:
Anaheim Hills
  • I was notified that my realtor was metaphorically sleeping with my lender, as they began to discuss the prices I could actually buy behind my back and attempt to push me into spending more money. In return for this behavior though, I made sure to call my lender every time I was thinking about bidding on a property to have her punch out the numbers. ;) Well it was helpful though. And I feel less bad about it knowing what they did.
Tustin Ranch
  • Seller’s realtor wanted the full commission and likely did not present my offer to the seller, presented her own offer from her own buyer (representing both buyer and seller). I speculate this because the price it was sold for was less than what I offered and was not a cash offer.
  • Missed out on one fully renovated one bedroom/one bath 700+ sq ft unit w/garage by $1,000. I could have offered $5,000 more if they had countered me.
  • Bid the perfect bid (full price, 20% down, 3% deposit) on another 80’s warped 600 sq ft unit w/garage, no patio, and another person bid $15,000 more than asking price.

I’ve decided to just take a break to cool down a bit, maybe return as early as next year to continue the search. In the mean time I’ll be saving diligently for it and studying. Maybe buy my/a car instead of continuing to lease them.

I can’t leave you without telling you what I learned for these few months though.

  1. Buying a place is really expensive. When I first went on this venture I thought the down payment was fine to use savings (people do it all the time), and the mortgage payments / taxes / HOA fees were all just about as much as rent. ($1,600+ per month because I have a dog.) Sure that was all dandy and stuff, then I actually punched out what the interest on a mortgage was. That just made me :(
  2. Do not succumb to the pressures of “the market”. Yeah, by “the market” I really mean your realtor. You’re a young first time home buyer and they will manipulate the shit out of you. Literally. Unless you get constipated from pressure. Sometimes I felt the need to snap back even though I knew my realtor felt I was naive. I probably am, but I sign the check, so I am not naive about my checkbook. Mmm kay?
  3. People spend all sorts of money on homes. A lot of money. Money I don’t have. The real market of buyers and sellers can drive up the price, and in a way, if everyone buys the homes in the area for a lot of money, then the neighborhood could go up. It’s really that guy that sells his unit for dirt cheap that screws everyone. So yeah, there is a “comp” list (comparable sales), but at the end of the day, when you could be upside down on it (owe more than the market says it’s worth), YOU decide the price you’re willing to pay. Cause you’re the one that has to pay that every month. Not other people! (I wish.)

Happy House Hunting if you’re on this track!

The Bastardization of Yoga

This goes along with what I said earlier on the fact that Westernized yoga has significantly changed from its original Hindu origins. Although in a way, it is “bastardization”, I feel that using this as a tool for worship (of whatever it is you believe in) has actually brought so many cultures together in the West. It has changed to a business oriented fitness practice, but truly, what else is expected from the West?

(New) Pomelo @ Boiling Point


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My usual stomping grounds pretty much once a month! They have a few new items in rotation, one of them being this Pomelo flavor, available only in Southern California. The pomelo is a type of grapefruit citrus.

This location really blew me away today. We only ordered one to share, and when it came time to put in more broth, we said the usual “sure”. The lady poured in the soup and immediately another server (probably the manager?) came by and let us know that the lady accidentally put in the wrong broth and he would take it to the back and change the broth. I wasn’t totally interpreting what he had said since that has never happened to us, so I said “oh, but we still have meatballs we just put in.” He said that was “ok” and took the bowl back.

We sat for around 10 minutes waiting for the wok to be returned to us with the proper broth. He came back to say that they would just remake it for us, sorry for taking the extra long time, and offered us any drinks we would like on the house. I was caught off guard so I just ordered two more green teas to go. This was a really nice gesture and beyond the call of duty to make our soup right. Very pleased. Great service.

After waiting for an entirely new wok to come to us, we were able to enjoy all our food (again!). Note: Through this we realized the pork intestines must be cooked a little longer to be tasty. We thought at first it had expired. They even brought us a new plate of meatballs to compensate for the ones we lost in the mixed broth. Wow.

In addition, totally icing on the cake, another one of the workers offered us a coupon for our next visit and profusely apologized for the mix up. I am just totally blown away by their service today. AWESOME. They went above and beyond fixing their mistake, but I hope other restaurants take note of this — this is truly how you get loyal customers… And that cost the restaurant what? Just a few extra dollars for the green tea and a new wok? I just love it. GREAT training Boiling Point. This is definitely by far the best service I have received at an Asian restaurant. I can’t say enough good things about it today. LOVE.

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Humility

In the spirit of competitiveness and jealousy, I am always metaphorically (and violently) smacked across the face by the Bible. (The hardcover study ones, not the little pocket ones.) For my own person and growth, it’s probably for the better. So I tell myself. For the person who makes me feel that way, cruelly negative and unapologetically unwitting. Sometimes it makes me feel like a child again, competing for my father’s affection. Though even now I realize, it’s a futile attempt at some distorted concept of “love”. I digress. In conjunction with my thoughts on bullying and emotional abuse, I have to let those feelings go, and ultimately, learn to be more humble so that those things don’t bother me in the future. Certainly easier said than done. In some philosophies, as it has been taught to me, if you are one to be introduced, then you will be. You need not introduce yourself.

So in today’s terms, there is no #HumbleBrag. There is no bragging at all. And you shouldn’t need to, really. There is enough Love to go around. All the Praises only go to One. Praise the LORD for always being my true Father, and the One who will love me the most, even though I am terribly undeserving. As He loves all.

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of others. – Philippians 2:3-4 NIV