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My Last Meal

Sometimes Bourdain ask people what their last meal would be.  I think he’s said he’s own would be warthog ass bone marrow of some kind.

I was gonna ask Kim this the other day, but when I thought of the possibility of her asking me the same question in return and I didn’t know what my response would be I held it back.

What would I want my last meal to be?  It’s either something unassuming, a childhood favorite, or a really over the top dish.  I really like to eat, to limit to just a few dishes is hard for me, but I suppose your stomach is only so big.

To me, food is associated w/ love.  My mother was never big on verbally expressing how much she loves my sister and me.  The only and best way she knew how was the same way my grandmother did, through food.  At least people out on the street wouldn’t say anything if they see that your kids are well fed and well dressed.  But as we know, physiological factors like food is on the very bottom of Maslow’s hierarchy.  We didn’t have a whole lot when I was a kid.  A well fed kid is quite the accomplishment already.

I feel like Asians enjoy food a lot more than Westerners.  And more adventurous, too… albeit not necessarily by choice.  Some of it probably has to do with what I just mentioned, too.  Pig knuckles were served not because it was special but it was cheaper.  For a poor family, a nice meal can bring a whole world of joy.  Also, due to space restrictions, houses and therefore kitchens are not big so we eat out a lot more.

Anyway, enough talking.  Here’s my list:

  • Oysters.  Either charbroiled like Drago’s in New Orleans or the street food version like an omelet (not sure if there’s even an English name for it)
  • Xiao long bao, dumplings, wontons (holy shit, Mak’s in Hong Kong has one of the best wonton I’ve ever tasted), or any kind of juicy soupy meat wrapped in dough
  • There’s a restaurant near by the air base my uncle was stationed at when were growing up.  They make this cow stomach dish that is just perfect combination of spicy and tangy
  • There’s an indigenous tribe in Taiwan that likes to cook w/ vinegar a lot.  There’s a pig intestine dish that every time I talk about I can taste that light sour flavor in my mouth
  • Cantonese style roast pig – crispy skin while keeping the meat soft and juicy
  • Milk tea w/ tapioca to wash it all down
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I’ll admit some of the stuff I think is cool is probably really geeky.  I was just listening to an interview w/ AFLAC’s CEO on Motley Fool Money.  Well, the image of a duck came after an ad agency said that it sounded like a duck.  That’s not the cool thing.  The cool thing is that AFLAC has a huge foot hold in Japan, and to adapt to Japan’s culture, they got rid of Gilbert Gottfried’s voice b/c Japanese doesn’t like loud abrasive voice/people.  On top of that, usually in an American ad, only one person or nobody notices the duck b/c many people feels like they’re being ignore and this relates to people.  In Japan, however, this is consider rude, so EVERYBODY in the commercial engages w/ the duck.

I just think that’s so cool and good for AFLAC to acknowledge and adapt to a different culture.  If I was a brand manager I hope I’m wise enough to take things like that into consider.

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My Proust

If anybody has seen Inside Actors Studio before, you know that James Lipton asks his guest at the end of the interview the following questions after the Proust questionnaire, originated by Bernard Pivot and I thought I’d post my responses.

1. What is your favorite word?
It changes all the time.  Right now it’s douchebaguette, e.g. Snooki from Jersey Shore.  Before that it was “moist” just to push people’s buttons.  I don’t understand why that word creep people out.

2. What is your least favorite word?
GMAT

3. What turns you on?
Passion and beauty.  I love it when I see someone completely devote themselves to their craft, whether it’s acting, something musical, or just a cheese maker that’s been making the cheese that smells like angels’ feet.

4. What turns you off?
Complacency.  I can’t stand people just mooching off their, or even worse somebody else’s  success.  Or just someone that’s coasting through life.  Average is the best of the worst and worst of the best.  I learned that from working with Southwestern Company.

5. What sound or noise do you love?
Back when I was trading w/ Kershner Trading Group, I had my trading platform set up where this particular kind of trade would set off an audible alert after my order gets filled for the different closing or imbalance trades.  It doesn’t always work out, but when it does it’s really sweet.  Aside: Nothing in trading is 100%.  If it is, you’re probably doing some Bernie Madoff stuff.

6. What sound or noise do you hate?
Sometimes when you see a group of girls out and about, most like a bachelorette party, there’s that one girl that’s way too drunk, going “whoop whoop!” It also sounds really similar to Texas A&M Aggies would make.  They play a clip of Spencer Pratt doing that on The Soup sometimes… except I can’t find the clip.

7. What is your favorite curse word?
Good ol’ FUCK, although my head has been programmed to do an automatic find and replace to FRICK or any kind of variations, courtesy of Sarah Chalke from Scrubs.

8. What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
Stand up comedian.  There are no other jobs in the world where you can get an introduction, a round of applause and make people laugh.  As if you’ll hear the security guard go: “Now, everybody please welcome to the building: the Chief Comptroller!”  I know I can be good at it, too, with some practice.  All they’re really doing is complaining or ripping some celebrity.

9. What profession would you not like to do?
Clown; them’s some big shoes to fill.

10. If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?
“It’s not your fault.” There’s a scene from Good Will Hunting that has always echoed w/ me.  Being the first-born son and first-born male grand child on both side of the family in Asian culture has made my mother put lots of pressure on me, mostly b/c she thinks people will judge her as a mother.  Her stress, which then becomes my stress.

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My Dark & Twisty

I’m in Seattle right now. While I was driving back to my buddy’s place from UW I saw one of the stores had a sign outside that said: “Don’t worry about what other people think; they don’t do it very often.” I liked it so much I decided to post it here.

Seattle is beautiful.  I visited during Memorial Day and it was in the mid-70’s temperature wise and not one single drop of rain.  I knew that if I wanted to move here I need to see if I can deal w/ a more typical weather.  It has a lot in common w/ Austin such as the liberal, free-spirit, counter-culture attitude.  It is also very outdoorsy.  You’re surrounded by trees and water.  I can’t decide if Seattle is a city that just so happens to be right there w/ all these trees or all these trees happens to be right in the city.

Since I don’t have an iPhone yet, I can’t really keep up w/ all the news and the market.  I would catch a glimpse of data here and there but it’s like seeing a few pieces of the jigsaw puzzle, you can’t really tell what the big picture is like.  Seems like it’s still the same story, going up but w/ low volume.  This 10,000 level w/ the Dow is interesting.  Unless we find support and consolidate here I wouldn’t buy right now as a breakout trade.  There’s a higher chance that you buy now you’ll get punked on a sell off.

It’s been a good trip so far and I’ve done my job of planning everything out in advance very well w/ my flights, appointments, rental cars, etc.  Good job me!  My buddy is in the physical therapy program here @ UW and he’s almost constantly studying.  I know I’ll have more down time to get on the computer when he’s busy and I’ve already been here before.  I’ll try to make a few posts about some of the schools I’ve already visited.

The whole dark & twisty thing?  It’s a reference to Grey’s Anatomy.  I don’t watch it often but all my female friends do and I picked that up from them.

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