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Caramelized Onion

First time, I sautéed and “blonded” them. Second time, it worked and they are delicious. I like onion, whichever way to eat them. I eat them raw, mixed in with salad, onion soup, or whatever. Last time I had a … Continue reading

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A Beijing Traffic Experiment

When T3 came alive before the 2008 Olympics, going to Beijing International Airport was a breeze. Hop onto the Airport Expressway, zip through sparsely occupied lanes, and you arrive at the majestic Terminal 3 in about 30 minutes. The most … Continue reading

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SiMaTai: the Sequel

Edit on Mar 16, 2015. Original post on Oct 2nd, 2008. Must be due to the popularity of my original post :-), this section of the Great Wall has become more popular. For unknown reasons, the official has blocked the … Continue reading

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Man Salad

A salad feast that fill an 8″ bowl and satisfying as a meal. (Insert animalistic, Tim “the tool man” Taylor grunt.) Of course, man prepares man salads for men. First get one of those Costco sorted mixed green box. There … Continue reading

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A moment of panic

I stood on the curb side cursing myself. “You moron!” Thirty minutes earlier, I got into the taxi and noticed the driver is a woman, a rare event in Beijing. My phone chirped. I replied to several WeChat messages and … Continue reading

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Stepper’s Foot

That’s when your foot goes numb while using a stepper, stair master, elliptical machine, or even stationary bicycle. I paid no attention to that about a month ago, thinking I pinched a nerve sitting too long on the stationary bike. … Continue reading

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My 2014

Facebook has “my year” automatic services. This is the same 2014 retrospective, the hard (manual) way. This year saw many new babies and firmly established my “grand uncle” status. I tried to train every grand nephews/nieces to call me “Xiao … Continue reading

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A Highly Effective Holiday Diet

I lost nearly 5% of my body weight with this diet. It was not an easy diet for me. Good thing that I have a good partner ♥♥♥. It worked at the end. Book a long-distance trip to an destination … Continue reading

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Detox from Laptop Addiction

I relish the offline time on the plane (to an extent). I would write programs, clear out my inbox, do presentations, or compose my thoughts into words. The epiphany is that those are transient works. Things really get “done” when … Continue reading

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The Paella Experiment

I am frequently in awe of Wife’s palate, much to her annoyance. She would literally whip something together and it just taste great. When I plastered her with questions on the theme of “how did you know it will come … Continue reading

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