Archive for October, 2006

想寫中文

Tuesday, October 31st, 2006

有時真的很想BLOG中文。見到很多中文BLOG,自己真的很想有一個,但又知道很久沒有寫中文,一定會很懢忦吧。我始終都很怕寫中文,雖然是從小寫到大,但是一直都覺得,自己的語文水準很差勁,所以無論怎樣自己所寫的都會看不入眼。我想,反正都沒有人會看到這個BLOG的,寫幾個字都不太要緊的了。

Celebrity Sightings

Tuesday, October 31st, 2006

Well once in a while I would see a number of celebrities in a row by being in the city. I was walking down 7th Avenue towards the village, and right at the intersection, a familar face brushed by. No it’s not Tim Robbins (not yet, be patient), it’s Bobby Flay. Boy, does he have a big double chin!? He was not as tall as I would imagine. Well, though he is definitely not one of my favorites on the Food Network, he does a great smile, which I can credit him for. My favorite Food Network start is still Tyler Florence, whom I have met on the subway once sitting right across from me and looking right at me.

tim robbinsAnyway, back to last night. Shortly then, I arrived at Joe Jr. Restaurant on 6th Avenue, greeted MG at the bar while he was finishing his coffee and a piece of coconut cake before we could head out for a proper dinner. I took the stool next to him. MG was acting weird. He said quietly, “I’ll tell you later.” I thought something must be going on with the mama hostess and the daughter or something like that. Fine. I figured she must have given him that piece of coconut cake, because, why the hell would he order a piece of cake right before dinner? That’s just absurd.

Then a huge plate of stuffed-cabbage-meatloaf-with-mash-like food arrived at the patron next to MG. “It was a huge plate,” I thought. And then I started looking around. “Wait, it can’t be him, can it? That profile…” I thought the guy sitting right next to MG looked like Tim Robbins. He was wearing a green shirt. He has an adorable yet aged profile. And he turned to me and smiled (well I don’t think he was exactly smiling at me, he must be smiling at the hostess’ daughter who was talking loudly right next to me). It’s definitely Tim Robbins! His adorable face!

So with this, I have encountered Tim Robbins face to face twice!

康樂棋

Thursday, October 26th, 2006

康樂棋Last night I dreamt about playing this classic Chinese game. I have no idea of what it’s called in English. Anyhow, it’s sort of a combination of snooker/pool and Chinese chess. It comes with a table (with 3 legs), 32 chess pieces, a cue piece and 2 cues. Basically each player takes 16 chess pieces and line them up flushed to his/her side of the table, and uses the cue to hit the cue piece and to knock the opponent’s pieces into the hole (or pocket in pool’s term). Rules are rather similar to pool, I wonder who actually invented it.

I played 康樂棋 so much when I was growing up and it definitely helped to get my anger out: when I poke that cue hard into the cue piece, the bang noise they make is just remarkable.

Honeycrisp is the fruit

Thursday, October 26th, 2006

HoneycrispIf you’ve never tasted a Honeycrisp, you really don’t know what you have missed (assuming that you do like apples). It really lives up to its name: honey sweet and crispy, plus a little bit of tartness. This is the time of the year to get Honeycrisp. The last time I tasted a Honeycrisp it was at least 2 years ago when I got them in a farmer’s market. Then I missed the boat because it’s not like those yucky Delicious Red, that you can buy it all year long. It’s only available for a very short period of time.

I went to Whole Foods for lunch and I spotted them! Yum! I munched on one right away, before I even had my lunch. It was so damn good. It doesn’t come cheap though, it’s like 1.30 each… yeah, for an apple. But it’s so good that it’s totally worth it.

A weekend in Baltimore

Monday, October 23rd, 2006

Salt - interior - BaltimoreAnother weekend was spent in Baltimore. We drove down Thursday night for MG’s uncle’s funeral. SG took us to this new restauarant which I have read about in Baltimore’s City Paper a few months ago, as the best new restaurant in the city of the year.

The food was pretty good. I had Cornmeal Crusted Chile Relleno (smoked pork, aged white cheddar and tomatillo salsa) as the appetizer, which can totally serve as a main course. Gee, I only wished I knew. And then I had Sugarcane Skewered Pork Tenderloin (with sweet potato & andouille sausage hash and ancho bourbon glaze) as the main course, which took them forever to serve, because the waitress took the wrong order: they brought me Filet Mignon, something that I almost never order.

The pork tenderloin was, very intense. It’s flavorful, and it’s super spicy, which I like. I liked it very much, but I guess I was already half-full from the appetizer otherwise I’d have enjoyed it even more.

Dessert was a jar of cookies. Interesting. But then again, it’s way too much food.

We managed to finally catch Shortbus down there. We finally saw our friends KL and JG making out as the “sextras” in one of the orgy scene. We were psyched about that. I also think that KL is playing as an extra at some point near the end of the movie, talking to some person, with his back to the camera. I’ll need to confirm that, I suppose. It’s a fun movie to watch, but somehow I expected a lot more from it. The thing is, nothing much to talk about afterwards.

John Case revealed

Thursday, October 19th, 2006

The mysterious duo John Case is revealed! Upon searching for their website for my recent post on CaiLun.info, first of all, I realized that they have a new book out titled, Ghost Dancer, then I realized that John Case has his, or their rather, picture on the site. They have been revealing themselves bit by bit in the previous books, slowing leaking out (intentionally) the fact that John Case is a pseudonym and it’s a duo. Now the secret is over, they are Jim and Carolyn Hougan. Okay, I’d rather they keep is secret. It’s more of a drama that way. Now the fun is over. It’s all too clear.

What’s for dinner tonight?

Monday, October 16th, 2006

Unlike most recipe sites, Recipe Source is almost ad-free (despite the little Amazon box), and loaded with a ton of recipes. They are categorized according to regions and types. Looking for a snack or appetizer? Click on “Snacks and Appetizers” and glance through the list of available recipes. It’s a great way to brainstorm for your dinner tonight or the next party. And oh, the recipes are in plain text. (Link courtesy of ML)

The best Wii video yet…

Sunday, October 15th, 2006

One more month to go and Nintendo‘s Wii will come to the States. I just can’t wait. This is going to be super awesome. I think I would want to have a Wii party and have people over for some physical Wii games, just for playing the bundled sport games will be awesome enough. Watch this awesome demo video on YouTube, which is the best I have seen so far, it shows all the potential with Wii: Mario, sports, music, flying, fishing, shooting, fighting, killing … Meanwhile, Wii.com just posted some “experience videos” showing real people playing the to-be-bundled sport games: tennis, baseball and bowling.

Fierce scary kitties!

Thursday, October 12th, 2006

A while ago our friend B. gave us this hilarious book, Bat Cat, and it’s been sitting in the toilet since. Everytime I take a dump I’d flip through it and get a kick out of it. Then today when I was flipping through it again (during another dump-taking ritutal, of course), I saw the URL. And apparently there are more crazy cats out there! Here are a few of them, but mind you, they don’t do their justice without the captions. Check out My Cat Hates You and enjoy. Surely you can enjoy this site while you’re taking a dump also.

Self-promotion again

Thursday, October 12th, 2006

Not that it has been updated frequently lately, but I just want to self-promo my bookmaking blog again. Afterall, my true passsion lies there. Go to CaiLun.info, which I have a new book just posted. This one is really interesting, I have to say, I have been holding it and flipping it since I made it, until last night, when I finally decided to put it on the shelf.