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…

Food Variety

Have you ever counted the different kinds of foods you eat over, say a month? I have. And it is not many. By “foods”, I really meant the ingredients, minus the minor flavorings. That still only counts as one! – Gimli, Lord of the Rings Let me do a quick estimate how many I buy…

Milk?

Milk. The fact that there is a controversy over this power food boggles my mind. Humans have been consuming animal milk for millennia and in many regions, it remains a “superfood”. Cow’s milk, sheep’s milk, goat’s milk, camel’s milk, horse’s milk…we as humans, drink it all. It is as much a part of our culture…

The problem of eating

It is kind of strange that prior to coming to the US, “eating” had never been much of a concern to me. I just eat what my family cooks and what is available at the food centers outside. Paying attention to “eating” only became important when my wife was having our first kid. The worries…

On Learning One’s Language

If someone told me 20 years ago that I would write this article, I would have laughed at his face. I hated learning Chinese (Mandarin) and didn’t feel that it would be anything useful. In Singapore, everything that mattered was and still is taught in English. However Singapore made it compulsory to learn a 2nd…

Your Lie In April

(Spoilers Alert) While I am in anime-review mode (following the post on Code Geass), I figure that I just have to post something on “Your Lie in April (四月は君の嘘)”. In my eyes, it too is a masterpiece. The story is, truth to be told, fairly plain. Perhaps it can be regarded as just a slightly…

Code Geass

(Spoiler Alert) 10 years ago, Sunrise released a masterpiece called Code Geass. Season 1 had a cliffhanger ending but it was good if you had Season 2 to continue the series with. Never before had I watched such an anime, and never since had I watched such an anime either. It was an awesome adventure….