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When playing the game of thrones…

Posted in Ceci's favs on 九月 18, 2007 by ceciwong

Your Score: House Stark

27% Dominant, 36% Extroverted, 63% Trustworthy

Responsible. Respectable. Dour. That’s not shit coming out of your ass–it’s honor. You are clearly of House Stark.

You are a submissive personality, meaning that you are more than willing to relinquish control to someone more qualified; you will unflinchingly accept any responsibility that is thrust upon you, including servitude. Unfortunately for you, your unending patience and accommodating nature often make people look to you for a leader. In essence, you are the perfect leader: someone who has no desire to lead, yet is substantially well-qualified to do it.

You are also introverted, which means that people sometimes have difficulty understanding your thought process. Your dependable nature makes you predictable, but you’ve probably got all sorts of emotional dysfunctions when it comes to more intimate relationships. There are very few people whom you trust unwaveringly, and you’re not the type to confide in other people. So cold, so aloof–so Stark.

Finally, you are trustworthy–the very definition of the word. All secrets are safe with you. All of your vows are unbreakable. True to your name, you world is a stark place; there is black, and there is white. Your rigidity tends to undercut your overall value as a friend and ally. Honesty such as yours is hard to come by, which is easy to understand when you consider how easily manipulated you are by less decent individuals. Essentially, you’re the nice guy, and you’ll always finish last.

Representative characters include: Eddard Stark, Jon Snow, and Sansa Stark

Similar Houses: Frey, Lannister and Tully

Opposite House: Baratheon

When playing the game of thrones, you play it with one sword in your hand and another up your ass.

Link: The Song of Ice and Fire House Test written by Geeky_Stripper on OkCupid, home of the The Dating Persona Test

One sword in my hand and another up my a**.  Ouch.  At least Jon Snow is good company.


Help this guy find a job

Posted in Ceci's favs with tags , , on 八月 7, 2007 by chauonline

Home made ice cream

Posted in Ceci's favs with tags , , on 五月 25, 2007 by chauonline

Ice cream maker

Ceci requested this Ice cream maker for over an year and yet I kept forgetting to get the maker from Amazon. Finally, it’s here. Here’s the first batch of yummy ice cream.

Now, it looks like soft serve. Freezing it for a few hours, it will be like regular ice cream.

Food Fun in Honolulu

Posted in Ceci's favs with tags on 四月 27, 2007 by ceciwong

Congrats to Jen and Andrew, who got married recently in Hawaii. Huzzah!

It’s always great to see friends get married, and doubly so (for us) when they do it in a beautiful place like Hawaii, especially since Elden’s never been there. Maybe he should blog about the various activities and places we went, since it’s his first time there, and I’ll do the food section, again =p

Ono Hawaiian Foods: this is my second time there. It’s a small divey looking place, but the food is not divey at all. The first time I went there, the dishes that stood out were lomi salmon, poi, and haupia. Lomilomi salmon because it was a little bit (just a teeny little bit) like salsa and was my favorite; poi because how could something sooo bland have been the staple of so many people’s diet for so many years; and haupia because it was like a starchy 椰汁糕. That was 5 years ago, when I didn’t eat everything in the traditional order.

This time we went in just as they were opening and they had already done like 200 take outs. We told the waitress we’ve never had hawaiian food before and the waitress gave us an introduction on taro, poi (sort of like mashed taro?), and luau and made recommendations. She was incredibly nice and helpful. So we ordered the luau combo with Kahlua pig, chicken lau lau, all the combo side dishes like lomilomi salmon, raw onion, dried beef (pipikaula), haupia and a separate order of salted beef watercress soup, a local favorite. The waitress brought us the raw onion to “open our taste buds." She told us to sprinkle sea salt onto it liberally, then dip it into poi and eat. I hate raw and half cooked onions because they have that very strong raw flavor that lingers for the whole day, but for some reason the salt and poi cancel out that unpleasant flavor and I could eat this just fine. In fact it was pretty good. Then she brings out the rest of the goodies and made a dish of seasoning with soy sauce and some liquid with just a little pepper in it and proceeded to tell us how to eat the food. Basically we were to dip all the vegetables into poi before eating and dip all the meats into the seasoning first and then poi and then eat. Everything was good, but my favorites were lomilomi salmon, which was just as good as I remembered it, with and without poi; salted beef (short ribs) watercress soup: the watercress was very fresh and probably heaped onto the dish just as the soup was done and sets off the saltiness of the soup and beef perfectly, and the beef comes off the bone effortlessly and gives the soup its salty beefy taste. You see the mountain of beef and watercress in this picture? We actually ate the whole thing. Thank goodness we went most everywhere on foot in Hawaii. My other favorite is the haupia, and the waitress was very very nice to give us an extra one. Yes Ono! And now I can’t remember why I had thought poi was bland and boring.  It actually went very well with the meats.

Waiola Shave Ice: their shave ice is shaved so fine it’s like snow, which lets the syrup seep through the whole cone and you can taste it with every bite. We ordered ours with vanilla and lychee syrups, azuki (red) beans, and condensed milk. We did try other combinations, but this was our favorite and our benchmark order. We tried the same combo at Matsumoto, Oahu’s more famous shave ice place. They don’t shave their ice as fine as Waiola and their lychee syrup just don’t taste as good. Sorry Matsumoto, we just love Waiola more. In fact we went twice during our short stay and were truly sorry we couldn’t go a third time before leaving. We even tried one of those shave ice carts you see around popular tourist spots (Diamond Head, in our case) to see if Waiola is really that different from the other places, and indeed the regular shave ice are the size of small stones. On a fineness scale, the cart was very rough, Waiola was like snow, and Matsumoto was sort of in between. As a final note, I want to say that this shave ice is nothing like the Taiwanese shave ice you see around the Bay Area. And “shave ice" just sounds so ordinary when it’s so unlike other desserts.

Hakone in Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki: sushi buffet restaurant from Fridays to Sundays, buffet restaurant on other days.  Their sashimi is not bad for a buffet, but their sushi is better.  They have amaebi, uni, mirugai, and various other sushi that you can ask the sushi chef to make, and they were all pretty fresh.  They also have a bunch of cooked items not found in regular Japanese restaurants.  I can’t vouch for the authenticity of the food served here, but I liked them and they reminded me of the food in Japan.  They also have sakura mochi for dessert, which I loved.  The cherry blossom leaf makes it much more interesting than just a regular blob of sweet dessert.  The pineapple was actually the best of the ones I had in Hawaii.  It had the sweet pineapple taste but none of the tartness.  The papaya was ripe and sweet too, but not as good as the pineapple.  Overall, I’d say I really like the food in Hakone, but I keep wondering if I could have eaten the same quality of food for the same price ($43/person).

Prince Court in Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki: hehe, yes, we went to 2 hotel restaurants of our own accord, and in the same hotel too.  Originally we planned to go to Hakone based on Elden’s sister’s friend’s suggestion, so I made a reservation for Thursday night.  We got to the hotel Thursday evening before Hakone opened and started eyeing Prince Court, which was sort of just across from Hakone and serving buffet.  Their menu looked pretty good, and we happen to realize that Hakone’s weekday buffet is not as fabulous as their weekend buffet (no uni and no amaebi).  Oops.  At the same time, the receptionist at Prince Court saw us and invited us to take a look, so Elden went in and found the food pretty appetizing looking.  Hmm… what to do?… So we walked across to Hakone, told the receptionist we had a reservation for right now but can we change it to tomorrow? I felt like a major village idiot at this point because why would anyone show up at the right time only to change the reservation? This hotel was not exactly right on Waikiki beach, despite what it called itself.  Luckily (for us) the receptionist said “of course" right away and made the reservation for us, and we were free to go to Prince Court.

Prince Court served regular American fare with some local dishes like ahi poke (g00d), octopus poke(good), lomilomi Salmon (bad, Ono’s was the best), but most of their food was pretty good.  Their strangest item is steamed minced pork in black bean sauce.  Not that it’s not good… actually, I have no idea if it’s good or not, since eating a Chinese dish at a $40/person buffet seems like a total waste of money… but the Japanese tourists loved it.  Well, they probably thought we’re crap too, so who am I to judge? It wasn’t a bad meal, actually it was pretty good for a buffet (certainly way better than Todai), but $40/person?… We only do this when we’re traveling.  Elden liked Prince Court, and I liked Hakone.

I forgot to mention that we sat by the windows just as the sun was setting and it was beautiful.  I think that was the most scenic dinner I’ve ever had.  It was also pretty romantic =)

Tokkuri-tei: our friends Tony and Tania had dinner with their friends in Hawaii, Tina and Sam, and we tagged along.  Tokkuri-tei is a popular local izakaya with a thick menu offering appetizers, yakitori, sushi and sashimi, and other mysterious goodies.  All of their items have a line to explain what it is, and one of them said “you’ll never know until you try it," and it turned out to be a very tasty (but small) pot of eel soup.  The soup was very very good.  I can’t remember all the things we ate that night, but everything was good and the sushi was fresh.  I wish there are more izakayas of this caliber in the Bay Area.

This is all for now.  I’ll update the post with pics later.

Current favs

Posted in Ceci's favs on 一月 26, 2007 by ceciwong

Listening: I’m listening Borodin’s String Quartets #1 and 2 (performed by the Borodin String Quartet on EMI/Melodiya) and love them.  I discovered them while watching Little Match Girl, which comes with the DVD release of Disney’s Little Mermaid.

Reading: Recent news about A Song of Ice and Fire got me going on a ASOIAF binge.  I just finished The Hedge Knight and am reading The Sworn Sword.  I also realized that I don’t know ASOIAF lore well enough =p, so I’ll be rereading that soon.  Luckily, I don’t have any holds at the library.   Winter is coming.

Daiso is now in SF Bay Area

Posted in Ceci's favs, Elden's favs with tags on 一月 21, 2007 by chauonline

During our trip to Vancouver, we discovered a nice Japanese style CAD$2 store called Daiso. Daiso is like a dollar store but most of the items are better quality. We were grateful that we found a cat toy for $2 and it is Maomao’s most beloved toy.

We found a Daiso store in Serramonte mall in Daly City today on our way back from SF. We immediately dropped by and got a similar toy for Maomao. The store is not as big as the one in Vancouver.  Most of the items are US$1.5. I love how there are these “Don’t open packages" signs everywhere, in Chinese.  I see future Daiso pilgrimages in the horizon.


Posted in Ceci's favs on 一月 17, 2007 by ceciwong


“A Song of Ice and Fire" has been optioned by HBO.  Each  season will cover a book’s material.

GRRM  confirms.

Looks like I’ll be getting HBO for 7 years.  I’ll even hold off going blind for 7 years.