Archive for May, 2008

Dylan Food Vegetable

 | May 31, 2008 6:29 PM

Today I tried to teach Dylan about the food pyramid.  He ended up drawing this which he called “Dylan Food Vegetable”.

Dylan Food Vegetable

It’s not bad.  It was inspired by this food pyramid.

Children\'s Food Pyramid


Asia Village

 | 11:20 AM

Honey Walnut ShrimpThis restaurant, Asia Village, was recommended to me by a friend who used to live in the neighborhood before he left to plant a church.  Not having the menu I ended up calling the restaurant and ordering what they recommended.

  1. House special pan fried noodles – $7.50. The kids loved this and we thought it was great. It’s not on the menu. The owner said it’s more expensive than the other dishes because the noodles are thinner and are deep fried twice.
  2. House special fried rice – $7.50. Again not on the menu. The owner said it’s more expensive than regular fried rice because it has more stuff in it. We liked it because it is not oily, instead rather fluffy, and they gave a lot.
  3. Walnut shrimp – $10.95. Sixteen pieces, quite yummy. This was Ji Seon’s favorite dish.
  4. Lingka (sp?) fish – $22. This is actually two dishes. The meat, which is white and light, is taken out and stir fried with celery and green beans. It was quite good though my wife thought it had too much ginger and no other flavor. The other dish is the head and tail chopped up and stir fried with tofu. I liked the tofu but the fish parts were mostly just bone in batter.

Overall it was a good experience. I have a feeling we’ll be going there quite often.  Still not as good as our old favorite in Boston, Victoria Seafood.

By the way, I wrote most of this on Yelp and then I realized I didn’t want the owner reading my review.  So I edited out most of it and put it here.  Also I only gave it three stars because I couldn’t figure out how to give it 3.5 stars. 🙂


Dwayne Wade gives mom church

 | May 30, 2008 6:40 AM

Dwayne Wade gives bikes and cars away in commercials and in real life he gives his mom a church.

Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade, left, and his mother Jolinda Wade open the Temple of Praise Church.

It is pretty amazing that Dwayne Wade was able to accomplish anything, let alone become an NBA superstar, considering his background. Daily wondering if your mom is dead because of a drug overdose is not the recipe for success


Maria Sue Chapman

 | May 28, 2008 7:19 AM

Maria Sue and Steven Curtis ChapmanMaria Sue Chapman, the youngest of six children of Steven Curtis Chapman, tragically died on May 21, 2008. She was struck by an SUV driven by Steven’s teenage son on their own driveway.

Maria was the third of three children adopted from China by the Chapman family. The Chapman family had just returned from China “for several concerts and to see the progress of the Shaohannah’s Hope Healing Home.”

Over the past few days I have had three main thoughts from this tragedy.

  1. Steven Curtis Chapman is a man of incredible character. From reading his lyrics to hearing his words to seeing his lifestyle he has always impressed me with his love, humility, faithfulness, humor and joy. This video of him washing dishes with his daughter reveals some of that.

  2. An example of his love and humility is found in the song “Cinderella”. According to his website, the song “Cinderella” was “inspired by a night where he wasn’t such a good dad.” If you watch the video on the Cinderella page you will see at the end of the video Steven Curtis Chapman explain why he wrote the song.

    Here is a part of the lyrics to the song.

    Well, she came home today
    With a ring on her hand
    Just glowin’ and tellin’ us all they had planned
    She says “Dad, the wedding’s due six months away
    And I need to practice my dancin'”
    “Oh please, daddy please!”

    So I will dance with Cinderella
    While she is here in my arms
    ‘Cause I know something the prince never knew
    Ohh-oh ohh-oh, I will dance with Cinderella
    I don’t wanna miss even one song,
    (even one song)
    Cuz all too soon the clock will strike midnight
    And she’ll be gone

    And here is SCC performing the song at a concert in Des Moines, Iowa.

  3. Tragedies seem to happen to those who are faithful, the more faithful, the more tragic. Pastor David Wilkerson of Times Square Church often spoke about this. This obviously goes against the prosperity gospel.
  4. I am considering adoption. Steven Curtis and Mary Beth Chapman started a foundation, Shaohannah’s Hope, whose mission is “mobilizing the body of Christ to care for orphans.”

    The Bible says God works in all things for the good of those who love him, Romans 8:28. If the tragedy of Maria Sue Chapman motivates some of us in the body of Christ to care for orphans then something good has been done. Now I just need to find out more about adoption.

    Here is a video of “When Loves Takes You In” which Steven Curtis Chapman wrote for his three adopted children. I believe Maria Sue Chapman is featured in this video.


Windows Vista Revisited

 | May 24, 2008 10:03 AM

Windows VistaPreviously I had talked about my disappointment with Windows Vista in my Explaining the Macintosh Surge post.

Having been forced to play with it some more I must admit I kind of like it now. Here are some reasons.

  1. eye candy – it looks so much nicer than Windows XP
  2. ear candy – it sounds nicer than XP
  3. I like the sidebar gadgets

Issues that have annoyed others about Windows Vista like performance haven’t bothered me too much. My friend was pulling his hair out and I told him to upgrade from 1 GB to 2 GB of RAM and he says now he only has to reboot once a day so he’s happy. 🙂

The major issue I have with Windows Vista is its security. Vista tries to protect the user but so often I run into problems and I don’t know why and it turns out it is because of the security. For example I could not install the drivers for my annoying, never should have bought, Lexmark X4550. I finally was able to install it after I installed it as an administrator and turned off User Account Control. Previously I kept getting an error message that the installer could not wirelessly connect to the printer but it had something to do with the security controls preventing the communication. Several times I had problems with trying to install Internet Explorer plugins where the browser would just spin because Vista security was not letting it but I received no error message.


Love and Washing Hands

 | May 22, 2008 3:27 PM

This is a letter I transcribed for Dylan to his mother.

Dylan\'s letter to his mom

And here is another to me, a little bit more direct.

wash your skin



 | 11:05 AM

Ruth 8

In the sermon, True Love Meets Needs, Pastor David Chae spoke about how Ruth had made herself available to Boaz. Then he spoke about how the single women, when they’re ready, should signal their availability to the single men. The analogy he used was the taxis with the blue lights, when you see the blue lights then you know the taxi is available. What’s funny is that Pastor David Swaim of Highrock, in a sermon on dating and relationships, used exactly the same analogy.


You’re cheap

 | May 21, 2008 1:05 PM

Sometimes people say I’m frugal. Sometimes they say “With the way you live, you’re ready for the missions field.” When my friend saw the first condominium I purchased she said “I admire your life style. Other married people would never live like this.”

What they’re all really saying is “You’re cheap.” 🙂

Recently I met a couple that was proud of their frugality. Up until then I had been pretty ashamed of my frugality but they showed me there is a lot of value in it. And this couple is generous with friends, just frugal with themselves.

Back in Boston my friend and I would talk about our cheapness. This friend would brag about how he could do a dinner party for ten on $10. I have to admit that I never noticed, I always enjoyed his dinner parties. Once I told him that I felt he was now cheaper than me and he was offended for days. 🙂


Seafood Watch

 | 12:34 PM

Seafood Watch

The Monterey Bay Aquarium has a Seafood Watch program.

Your seafood choices make a difference! Our Seafood Guides can help you make choices that are good for you and good for the oceans.

In the West Coast Seafood Guide it says the best choices are fish like Alaska wild salmon, U.S. farmed catfish, pacific halibut. Fishes to avoid include farmed salmon, sharks, imported shrimp, Atlantic cod.

You can download and print out pocket guides that fold up and which you can carry in your wallet or purse for your next seafood shopping or dining experience.

Update 06-23-2009: Now you can get Seafood Watch recommendations on your iPhone.

get Seafood Watch recommendations on your iPhone


You’re a taker

 | May 20, 2008 3:26 PM

During cell group we were talking about prayer and one person shared how God speaks to him and that often it is not always pleasant. He shared that once God said to him “You think you’re a giver but you’re not. You’re a taker.” His wife liked that one, said “I didn’t know God had a sense of humor.”

Anyway it’s rare that I can listen to what is God is saying. But I thought that was really interesting and could be applicable to me.