July 2010

If You Wanna Make The World A Better Place
Take A Look At Yourself, And Then Make A Change

Volunteered for a charity event that took place at the park on Sunday. Pretty stoked it raised over $3million this year.

7am breakfast in the park

We set up our posts and waited for the participants

and here they come, some of the 25,000 people.

It was a another cold day. We clenched through the weather, and were offered ice-cream bars at the end – how ironic.

Went to a restaurant for dinner in Milbrae, CA and ordered only 2 dishes for 3 people.
A “one man hot-pot” that we’ve had before, so we knew what to expect.

With Hot-Pot we cook at the table. We begin with a cooking element, and at this place it was a canister of gel.

It was lit and pot of soup was placed on top of the stand for you to cook your pile of raw food. (prawns, oyster, fish, chicken, beef, napa cabbage, tofu, noodles, etc)

That’s quite a lot of food for their so-called “One Man Hot Pot” or to us, a “one man hot pot for three”.

We also had a clay hot pot. Claypot rice is a dish cooked on an open flame. It usually starts from scratch, the rice and any of the below ingredients are cooked, allowing all the flavors to infuse into the dish. The perfect claypot has that smokey bottommost layer of scorched/toasty rice. That’s my favorite part, to crunch on the rice. For this method of slow cooking, it normally take 15-30minutes. So if you want this dish, order it in the beginning to get it started before you negotiate with the other parties of the other options in the menu.

I know we had the “Lap Mei” clay pot, but in translation, I’m not sure if it was the Four Fortune, or the Chinese Salty Meat item. My verbal Chinese is pass-able, but my reading of it isn’t 🙂  What I do know for sure is that there were 2 types of chinese sausage, preserved pork(chinese bacon), preserved duck, shittake mushroom, and bok choy.

I think we just discovered the World’s Tiniest Hot Sauce Spoon

Still not much there after 7 scoops. I think I can live without the added heat tonight.

Aside from hectic schedules, it’s great to see that so many people still participate in philanthropy.

I’m Starting With The Man In The Mirror…To Stand Up And Make That Change


My week was up in the air, waiting to hear back from a music video being shot in the city, or going on a road trip, which all are happening at the same time frame. Well the gig was a no-go, so I called up my sister for the roadtrip. It’s summer vacation and my sister sent her oldest to Arizona 2 weeks ago to spend with our other sister, and it was time to pick her back up.

Before the trip, I needed to finish up my techie work…which went well into sun up and I was way tired. Took a quick half-hour power nap and was on my way to my oldest sister’s place near Sacramento, 2-hours away. Another quick half-hour power nap while the sister gathered the other 3 kids and loaded the minivan and we were on our way.

This is what we had to look forward to.

She started the first leg, I took the second, and she finished off as the anchor. 13-hours on the road, and I contributed 1-hour. In my defense, I was mad tired, and truly believe you need to train yourself for long distance driving.

Arrived about 4am near Phoenix, Arizona, at my 2nd oldest sister’s place, and headed straight to the couch for more sleep! Yeah, the little ones call me Sleepy-Head. Woke up with little eyes staring back at me, so I knew it was time for breakfast.

What an assortment it was, but where was the Lucky Charms and Fruity Pebbles? 🙂

We kept it simple.

He had a potpourri of cereal.

In the afternoon, we headed to an outdoor recreation pool center. The water helped us forget the fact it was 111°F ! …but our bare feet walking on the cement didn’t. OUCH!

Back at the house, we went to the backyard for some fig picking.

Headed to a Korean Restaurant for dinner.

I’m goin’ back to Cali, Cali, Cali…I did much better this time contributing 9-hours of drive time.
The day after, I babysat – made oatmeal, fed the little one, went to swimming lessons.

It was 100°F here in this neck of the woods.
Checked out this sister’s backyard.  There were grapes

White Peaches

and hopefully the next time I’m here, the persimmons will be ready for me.
And now back to a more bearable weather conditions.

You’ll win some, you’ll lose some, but it all worked out as I got to spend time with family.

Since my Popeye’s endless line post, the project I’ve been on has come to and end. Met some good people and of course the food made me happy too.

On set, there’s snacks galore. Any time, all the time, anything you want..that they stock up on.

And the meals, are another joy for me, but rarely is there time to be – one with the food. Sometimes they are catered, sometimes take-out orders are made from surrounding eateries. We did the latter inwhich some of them were:

BJ’s Chop Salad from BJ’s Brewery. Chopped romaine and iceberg lettuce tossed with our special creamy garlic dressing and freshly baked seasoned croutons. Topped with roasted turkey, Applewood smoked bacon, feta cheese, tomatoes and avocado.

Our days are usually 12-14 hours long, which means production takes care of our 2nd meal too.
One of these days I had a Pineapple and Canadian Bacon Pizza from a local pizzaria. I was surprised we each got an entire medium pizza to ourselves! It was late, so I had a couple slices and brought the rest back with me.
Happy hour barbeque at our hotel for a midday snack

Asian Chicken Salad from Red Robin’s. Grilled teriyaki chicken with greens, bell peppers, mandarin oranges, cucumbers, red onion, cilantro and an sesame Asian dressing.

This evening we opted for In-N-Out Burger. Been pretty good with the fruits and salads, so I didn’t mind indulging.
Another meal from Red Robins, Whiskey River BBQ Chicken Wrap. Spinach tortilla with chicken, BBQ Sauce, cheddar cheese, lettuce, tortilla strips and ranch dressing. Served with fresh melon and Steak Fries.

Another 2nd meal this day, but the steak fries didn’t want to digest, so I opted for a salad at La Salsa this time around. Little did I know, the salad was ginormous, or just perfect for a family of four.

Out of all the meals, the one from BJ’s Brewery was my favorite. One day I’ve got to try it out as a dine-in customer! In the meantime, I’ll be working off all the food that was consumed.

Aside from the food, the atmosphere also keeps the work exciting.
Daly City is a 5-mile radius that transfers you into another world. No, the picture isn’t blurry, it’s really that cold. Even the shorts wearing crew didn’t believe it as they saw the fog roll in and engulf them.

In past shoots, I’ve had to deal with rain…

be up early in the morning before everyone else…

to dusk…

to late into the night…

But at the end of the day, this is what I enjoy doing, and hope to get the chance to do more.

…yet begins my quest for the next project.

Are you living the life or just going through the motions of it?

Got to go with the flow of the situations.