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5 Things You Can Do Today To Simplify Your Life

December 20, 2018

It’s early to mid-December, and many people are planning for Christmas.  Part of me thinks that I should begin to feel nervous because of my increasing workload, year-end planning, family visits, and gift purchases.  But no, I don’t feel nervous at all. I’m tired, but not nervous. What happens on the inside is a manifestation of our environment. Although I spend time taking care of my physical and…

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Claypot Rice With Mushroom and Chinese Sausage

October 8, 2019

I grew up in San Francisco, with easy access to a lot of delicious Chinese food.  Sometimes I wonder why there aren’t more specialty Chinese food restaurants like Chinese Porridge/Hong Kong breakfast style restaurants or Claypot rice restaurants??  I mean...the margin is HUGE! Anyway, I digress.   Cooking claypot rice can seem intimidating because you can run the risk of burning the rice, or undercooking the rice.  So,…

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Homemade Kim Chi Recipe

June 28, 2019

According to Britannica.com, there are at least 10 kimchi varieties. (OK, if you REALLY want to go deep, there are hundreds of kimchi variety, from spicy to not spicy, from dry to wet).  The most popular kimchi sold in the US is Napa Cabbage kimchi, which is also the kimchi we’re making here. If you live in a major metropolitan city like San Francisco or Southern California, you…

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Minimalism to Gratitude

December 1, 2018

Minimalism is a lifestyle choice and gratitude is a state of mind. Although they are not the same, they are interrelated, and a minimalist lifestyle can lead you to live a life full of gratitude.   “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step” – Lao Tsu In all honesty, I was never quite a grateful person until I stumbled upon minimalism.  Early on in…

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Sun-dried tomato with chives cream cheese spread

November 2, 2018

This is an incredibly simple recipe with only 3 ingredients.  In addition to using it on toasts and bagel, you can also use this cream cheese spread to thicken and add creaminess to your pasta sauce.   Yield – 1.5 cups Ingredients 1 package/8 oz of cream cheese (in room temperature) 2.5 tbs of chopped chives 3-4 pieces of sun-dried tomato Preparation Using the purée function, combine cream…

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Homemade hair shampoo and conditioner

October 22, 2018

I started developing psoriasis in my early 20s.  It sprung up from a small patch in the back of my head where I usually had my hair tied up.  I didn’t know what psoriasis was and never saw someone with that skin condition. So, I thought I just had an itchy and flaky scalp.   After I graduated from school, I was able to afford “better” hair products.…

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Traditional Chinese Rice Dish – Loh Mai Fan (Sticky Rice)

October 13, 2018

Loh Mai Fan (Glutinous rice) is a rice dish I grew up eating. It’s possible that I am not looking hard enough, but I can’t find this dish in any Chinese restaurant’s menu. I’m so glad I came across this recipe and can make it myself! To make this, you’ll need: Equipment Instant pot Dry Ingredients Glutinous rice (1 cup unsoaked) Dehydrated shiitake mushrooms (5 pieces) Dehydrated/dried shrimp…

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Simple Ginger Bug Recipe

September 21, 2018

I stumbled into soda making when my partner introduced me the book “Make The Bread Buy The Butter (affiliate link).”  Given the title of the book, the rebel in me attempted making butter first. The successful first attempt in making butter gave me an extra dose of confidence.  So I flipped over to the Table of Content for additional inspiration. And I landed in Ginger Ale/Soda. Again, it…

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Simple Homemade Probiotic Orangina

September 21, 2018

Besides Coke, Orangina is the other soda my partner’s go-to soda.  With a 1.75L of Orangina costing $3.50+, it adds up if you drink two of those a week.  But if you have a jar of ginger bug ready to go and 4 oranges sitting at home, I’ll show you how you can make two 1.25L bottles of Probiotic Orangina at the convenience of your home. Even if…