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Saturday, February 28, 2009

Lifesavers


Got this on my email yesterday.


A teacher was doing a study testing the senses (taste) of first graders using a bowl of lifesavers. The children began to identify the flavors by their color:

Red.......................Cherry

Yellow..................Lemon

Green....................Lime

Orange ................Orange


Finally the teacher gave them all HONEY lifesavers. After eating them, none of the children could identify the taste. 'Well,' she said, 'I will give you all a clue. It's what your mother may sometimes call your father.' One little girl looked up in horror, spit her lifesaver out and yelled, 'Oh my God!! They're ass-holes.

Friday, February 27, 2009

More into Hana Yori Dango and Kgotboda Namja

I just finished the first season of Hana Yori Dango. Yeah, compare to the Taiwanese or Korean version, the Japanese Boys Over Flowers were released in two seasons. I don't know whether they wanted to make sure that the first season was doing well before the second season release.

So far I actually liked the Japanese version better than Korean one. I honestly didn't remember much about the Taiwanese version so it wouldn't be fair to include it as comparison. The setting of Hana Yori Dango (HYD) reminded me of Harry Potter. Some of the music was actually quite similar. There was a scene where Makino was lost in the huge mansion of Domyouji family and she got to this room that had three long tables like the one at Hogwart. And Makino said huh, what is this ? Harry Potter ?

The story line was also different even though they were adapted from same comic. Well of course. The Korean Tsukasa (aka Goo Joon Pyo) was portrayed as such a spoilt brat that when Jan Di lost the necklace Goo Joon Pyo gave her, he was so mad that he didn't want to talk to her. While Tsukasa was actually more reasonable.

I found the bullying scene in the school very disturbing. But the Korean version one just made me think, what kind of school was that. The first time Jan Di got the red F4 card, she was the target of her classmates egg throwing and flour dusting. There must be something about eggs and flour which I didn't quite get. That part was not too bad. But later on when set up Jan Di's bike on fire. I thought that was TOO MUCH. And no teachers did anything about that ? WTF. Yes, teachers were afraid of F4 because they WERE F4, but those kids that set up bike on fire were not F4.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Between Kgotboda Namja and Hana Yori Dango

During one of those stormy days a weekend ago, I started watching this Boys Before/Over Flowers. It was a Korean version of the Taiwanese Meteor Garden. The Korean name was Kgotboda Namja (꽃보다 남자 ). It is still being aired on KBS in Korea. Supposedly it is going to end in March. Don't ask me how they were even posted on the net. That's the wonderful thing about internet. :)

I was too excited when I started watching it. I just clicked on the top of the 'hottest' list and couldn't wait to get started as soon as I found out that it was a Korean version of MG. But now I suffered from it. The new video is trickling down sooo slow. It barely even trickling anymore. Like somebody called the plumber and had it fixed. I came to episode 12 and stopped to think. I could continue and watch till episode 14 which was the last one available right now. If I did that, I'd risk forgetting and would have to rewatch it when the episode 15 comes out and wait another month before the next one comes out. If I stopped watching now and wait until more episodes are accumulated, I could just rewatch episode 12 instead of waiting miserable for the new episode to come out each time. I opted for the latter.

Now what to do ? It's another stormy weekend, and I didn't really want to start a new series with this one hanging. So I looked for the Japanese version instead. ha..ha.. The name is Hana Yori Dango (花より男子). And since I was still quite fresh with the Korean one, I could actually made some comparisons. One very obvious thing was the castings. The Korean version had a better choice for the F4 guys. While the Japanese had a better main girl character. The Japanese version is very dark. It was dark, literally...ha..ha.. But the portrayal of the bad character was also dark. While the Korean one was more light and cheerful. It's really hard to say which one actually represent the manga better since I haven't read the comic itself.


pictures courtesy of www.tbs.co.jp and www.kbs.co.kr

Official site for Kgotboda Namja http://www.kbs.co.kr/drama/f4/
Official site for Hana Yori Dango http://www.tbs.co.jp/hanayoridango/

Friday, February 20, 2009

Say Adios to Puerto Vallarta

Our favorite radio station had a contest going on the last few weeks. It hadn't meant to be that long, I guess. It just turned out to be more difficult than it was first thought. They put five voices in a puzzle and the contestants' job was to unscramble them. During the first week of airing, nobody even bothered to call into the station. Everybody had no clue whose voices were those. It just sounded like a busy room full of people talking at the same time. I even thought that Mickey Mouse was one of the voices. :)

Then somebody called and made a guess and it started rolling from there. Last week and this week actually got pretty intensed as most people who called in got three out of five voices correct. And me and hubby were quite regular callers. :) Embarrassing I know. But the prize was too tantalizing to resist. It was vacation to Mexico, Puerto Vallarta. In this kind of economy, a free vacation brought out so many listeners that usually won't even bother to participate.

I actually had rehearsed my winning speech for the day we'll win the prize. Alas, someone else won it on Wednesday at 3:20 PM. When hubby emailed me the news, I was shocked. I couldn't concentrate for a few minutes. But..the best man won the contest.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Back A Yard

Finally we got to try Back A Yard after a few months delay. But seriously, it's worth the wait. If I hadn't tried Back A Yard, I would be left with a bad impression of Caribbean Jerk from Mango Caribbean, Palo Alto. I actually thought that hubby forgot what jerk actually tasted like since it was long time ago when he ate it.

Back A Yard itself is located in a not so glamorous location in Menlo Park. Parking could be a challenge during lunch time. We went on Saturday and we had to park on the street. The place itself is more for take out than eat-in. During our time there, there were numerous people came in and out for take-out but only three tables (including ours) for eat-in. In fact, there were only about five tables and probably fit about fourteen people altogether.
I ordered jerk pork, jerk chicken and mango passion fruit juice (supposedly fresh). When the platter came, I immediately noticed the difference between this jerk and the ones from Mango Caribbean. This one actually smelled wonderful. Hubby wanted to dig in but I stopped him because I wanted to document the food first. ha..ha..

Platter consisted of jerk, rice with red beans, mixed salad with ranch dressing on the side, fried plaintains and a small plastic container of jerk sauce. Hot sauce was available on the table as well. But with this jerk, you don't need to add any hot sauce at all. It was tasty by itself. The jerk sauce that came with it was AWESOME. I tasted tons of onion, garlic and spices. I'm so gonna try to make it myself. Fried plaintain was not oily and I could taste the sweetness of the plaintain. All in all was a wonderful experience. I WILL BE BACK !


Back A Yard
1189 Willow Road
Menlo Park, CA 94025
(650) 323-4244

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Monday, February 9, 2009

Go Green

So many business these days are encouraging their customers to be greener by bringing their own shopping bags. Few years ago when I went to Vancouver, Canada and happened to go to the Canadian Superstore. Upon check out, I found out that each plastic bag that we used would be charged 25 cents. That may seem like small change, but if you have big family and shop like ten bags. It easily adds up to quite an amount.


Trader Joe's has their way of rewarding green customers. Customers that bring their own grocery bags will be offered raffle tickets to win free grocery. Not bad. Seriously though I never won any.


Last week I went to Whole Foods. Upon checking out, I was asked whether I wanted a deduction or addition for bringing my own grocery bag. Puzzled. I replied neither one. I knew from past experience that bringing your own bag will get you a 5 cent discount. But addition ?? Is this a new move to discourage customers from bringing their own bags ? Turned out that if I had chosen addition, a 5 cent would be donated to Sacred Heart. Interesting. Maybe they should have made a donation anyhow since I declined the 5 cent discount.




courtesy of www.zen3bags.com

courtesy of www.zen3bags.com

Sunday, February 8, 2009

RM50,000 Go Bald Give Hope

What can you do with 1 RM (about 30 cents) these days ? Nothing much I guess. But when put together you can make a Kenny Sia (http://www.kennysia.com/) let go of his full head of hair. Help Kenny gather his RM50,000 (about US$13,800) and see him go bald for good cause. All 100% proceeds will go to Sarawak Children's Cancer Society.

Spare 1 RM today ..or more to help the Sarawak Children's Cancer Society. To donate go to www.kennysia.com or click the link below. Last day for donation is February 12, 2009.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Pho Garden - San Francisco

During my 3.5 hours ordeal yesterday - I meant my 1/2 marathon. The only thing that I couldn't stop thinking about was food. For breakfast I only had 1/2 slice of plain bread and a few sips of hot tea. I couldn't eat anything before running, it's going to be slushing around in my tummy. Not a good thing.

And I yelped this restaurant the day before and I knew what I wanted. So during the last few miles of my 13 miles walk/run/almost crawl..I knew what I'd order when we got to the restaurant.

The place wasn't hard to find. Outside looks like typical restaurants in the area with a red awning and big sign that says Pho Garden. Inside looks like it probably was renovated recently. I ordered garlic noodle with chicken. Hubby ordered seafood pho and we shared a plate of spring rolls. I didn't take any picture of the pho and spring rolls. They look just like any other pho and spring rolls we had. The garlic noodle was something new I tried yesterday. I had garlic noodle before at Thanh Long restaurant that was popular for their crab and garlic noodle. But Pho Garden's garlic noodle was more mild and less buttery. It tasted kinda plain when eaten separately. But after I combined it well with the chicken it got more taste to it. Total spent $26 (including tips). It's slightly more expensive than the usual pho restaurant.

Garlic noodle with chicken (option : seafood or fillet mignon)


spring roll (bigger than usual size)
(pic borrowed from yelper Kat C)



Pho Garden
2109 Clement St (between 22nd & 23rd Ave)
San Francisco, CA 94121
(415) 379-8677

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Lulu's first half marathon

I've planned on running a marathon this year. It is my new year resolution. And I wanted to start it with a half marathon before I go for a full one. And finally today is the day.

I should say I've been bad. I haven't been training enough. In fact, I haven't really run 6-mile for quite a while. So you could imagine me trying to run 13.1 mile today! Believe me it wasn't fun, it was actually painful. I could have stopped half way, but I kinda underestimate the distance. I thought to myself, it should NOT be that bad if I just walked half of the distance. Yeah..it's going to take forever, but I CAN do it. But on mile 9, I realized the next 4 miles is going to be extra hard.

I can say that I finally made it. Not a good PR (personal record). My first half marathon was done in 3:35. I just hope that my second one would be better. And hopefully I would do it in a better condition. Looking good when I passed the finish line. :)

Just starting at 8 AM - still very enthusiastic



This is how I looked towards the end - still 3 miles to go.