GOP Tax in gaming terms

If I were to explain the GOP tax reform in gaming terms, this is what it will look like using Final Fantasy XI skills. The GOP-at-large performs Trick Attacks to distract the general population (with all the random scandals) while the law makers rushes in for a Sneak Attack (to make it for 2018). This…

Solvents & Fats

I think one of the things that people often overlook is the role of solvents in cooking. I mean, we don’t usually think about it when we cook. “Solvents” is just an alien word in the realm of chemistry, right? Except it is not. Role of Solvents There are 3 common solvents we use in…

全职高手/The King’s Avatar

I would like to think that “The King’s Avatar” is a pretty notable piece of work. Of all the anime that I have watched, this is the first fully Chinese made anime that I think is on par with existing anime in both story and animation quality. Story is compelling enough, voice acting is good,…

食戟のソーマ/Food Wars

This series is an interesting one. With the frequent over-the-top and very inappropriate reactions to good food, this show is effectively “food porn”. While the characters and story line itself are cliched, unremarkable and quite predictable, it does make a notable impression where it matters. In other words, the food. The title itself is a…

Dealing with food rejection

As parents, we are the ones who will pass the first judgement on what ailments are assailing our darling kids. This is a regular affair, for most people, a mundane one as well. We decide if it is serious enough to go to a doctor or if a bed rest will suffice. As parents, we…

Making ingredients drier

This is a short article. One of the interesting techniques I learned in the last couple years about cooking is how to make the individual ingredients drier. This matters because many ingredients lose their water content on heat, or perhaps it is the water from washing the ingredient. Either way, this can turn your stir-fry…

Adding corn starch to food

One of those mysteries (to me at least) in Chinese food is the use of starch as an ingredient. It always bugged me a little…I mean…why? The answer, on hindsight is remarkably simple, but let’s indulge me a bit here. Is it just to make things look shiny and palatable? Or is there something more…

Making my PC great again

Out of the blue…it came… The dreaded black screen of death, sudden system resets and system hangs, amidst times of good operation. Even boot up GPU POST errors (Error Code 39, 1 long + 2 short beeps)! The immediate cause wasn’t too obvious. Was it dust? Was it a faulty driver? Was it a bad…

心が叫びがってるんだ/Anthem of the Heart

(Spoiler Alert) Just came across this gem from 2015, I must say I liked it. I suppose this can be considered a slice of life movie, about how a girl recovered from her self-inflicted curse of silence. The premise of the show is that the girl, Jun, stumbled upon her father having an affair and…

君の名は/Your Name

(Spoiler Alert) This anime movie release from 2016 was a mega-hit , claiming countless fans around the Pacific and beyond. A colleague of mine does not see what is so good about it though, so here I am, writing down my thoughts on why I think it is a good movie. The story itself is…

What use is that?

I think one of the problems with us Asian parents, in particular Chinese, is that we often have a fixed opinion on the value of things. I am certainly guilty of it, as was my mom, and I am sure there are many others out there as well. What use are computer games? What use…

Underestimating Gaia

With the gutting of the EPA and the reversal of attempts to protect the environment, the White House pretty much just gave the entire world the middle finger when it comes to going green.  At this point, it is not so much a surprise. We all saw it coming. Looking at all the ammunition fired…