If you watched the presidential debate from Wednesday night, you might have heard about Mitt Romney’s remark to “binder full of women.” This is part of his response when he was asked about equal pay for women. He said that while he was governor of Massachusetts, he asked women non-bipartisan groups for potential female candidates for his cabinet, so they bought him a “binder full of women.”
After he made this remark, the quote went viral all over the internet. On twitter #binderfullofwomen was mentioned over 40,000 times a minute, the Facebook page, Binder Full of Women, reached over 100,000 likes, and there was even a Tumblr page of memes about it. My favorite would be the Amazon reviews on Avery binders. Almost all of them were made to satirize Romney.
First, killing Big Bird. Now putting women in binders. What are you up to, Mitt Romney? I understand Mr. Romney wasn’t trying to degrade women, but he should have chose better words other than “binder full of women.” Maybe “numerous women’s resumes”? To be honest, I actually enjoy looking through the memes and reading all the funny reviews. I’m not trying to be political, but Mr. Romney, seriously, people can’t take you seriously if you continue to make these remarks.
Just in case you missed it – Romney talks about “binder full of women”
The most famous dish from Chongqing is its hot pot. If you don’t know where Chongqing is, it is located in central-southern part of China, east of Sichuan providence. If i could describe it, hot pot is no different than soup that is constantly cooking, except is extremely spicy. Even though I’m from Chongqing, I can’t clearly tell you what hot pot is made of. One thing I am sure is that is has a lot of red pepper in it.
The most enjoyable way to eat hot pot is with a large group of people. You can order a variety of uncooked food such as sliced meats, potatoes, leafy greens, bean sprouts, tofu, rice noodles, and much more then cook in the hot pot. Once your food is done, dip it in the sauce that is made of a mixture sesame oil, crushed garlic, salt, black vinegar, and even oyster sauce. If you find the food to be too spicy, you can ask for a hot with a non-spicy section in it (like the center section of this hot pot), which is also healthier than the spicy hot pot.
Unfortunately, there is a down side to eating this authentic Chongqing meal. If you are not used to eating really spicy and greasy food, eating hot pot might be very discomforting. If you eat too much, it might cause stomach-ache, diarrhea, and mild fever.
If you are ever in Chongqing, hot pot is the one thing you MUST try. Hot pot restaurants in Chongqing are like Starbucks in the U.S. They are everywhere. I can’t suggest a particular one to you, because they all taste very similar to me. My tip is to find a hot pot restaurant that is sanitary and where you can request how spicy you want the pot to be.
Jiuzhaigou is a valley located in Sichuan providence of China. It is, in my opinion, one of the most beautiful valley in the world. What attracts millions of visitors per year to Jiuzhaigou is its colorful pools of water. It is said that water is the soul of Jiuzhaigou and the mountains are its protector. The name is derived from the Tibetan villages that used to locate there.
It is about 7 hours from Chengdu and 11 hours from Chongqing by car. If you don’t like driving, air travel is also possible, but the plane is almost always late. I remember waiting more than 2 hours to go to Jiuzhaigou from Chongqing. Once you arrive at the Jiuzhai-Huanglong Airport, there are buses and taxis that can drive you to Jiuzhaigou entrance. Buses are only 100RMB for both ways.
I suggest finding lodging at Jiuzhaigou as well. There are hundreds of hotel around, ranging in prices and quality. You want to go in to the park around 8am, so you’ll have plenty of time to go to all the tourists spots in the park, which will take about 8-9 hours. Even though buses are provided in the park, you always have the option of walking. But to warn you, it is extremely tiring because you are practically walking down hill for 30 minutes more at a time.
One of the jokes I make is that you can close your eyes and take a random picture of Jiuzhaigou, and it would look amazing.
Sadly, the park is not free. The entrance ticket is 220RMB plus 90RMB for transportation within the park, but the money is well spent considering how beautiful the scenery.
Recently, Mozilla Firefox launched a new add-on called Collusion (download via link). What it does is that it creates a web of the sites you have visited and connect them to other websites that tracks your information from the sites you have visited. When you think about about it, it is a bit shocking knowing that in a spam of a few hours, you have over 100 sites tracking your web activity without you noticing.
I am still new to this concept. Hopefully Gary Kovacs, CEO of Mozilla Co, can explain this better through this video:
In the coarse of one afternoon, after spending about a couple of hours doing what I usually do on the internet, I got close to 50 unknown sites tracking my online activity. Here is my graph
If you are interested in knowing who is tracking you, try Collusion
When you hear San Antonio, the first thing you hear is The Alamo. Of course the San Antonio area has many attractions, but the area also has a great culture. My point is not to tell you about the obvious places to visit or the things you can do, but to inform you on the culture and cuisine hidden within San Antonio.
The two restaurants I went to is located on the northwest side of San Antonio near I-10 and I-410, about a 10-mintue drive from Fiesta Texas. From observation, I am going to assume it is a minority, middle class neighborhood.
The first restaurant is called Pasha. It is a Mediterranean/Greek restaurant. The menu consists of typical Mediterranean food such as shish kabob, Greek salad, and gyros. The restaurant does not have the greatest atmosphere because it is a bit old, but the food is excellent. I usually love going to restaurants that serves bread for free. Pasha is no different. It served pita with a olive oil dipping sauce (unlimited). The dish I ordered came with a small portion of Greek salad, hummus, and gyro. The lamb was tender and fresh. The price is reasonable. Most all the entrees ranges from $7-$13.
The other restaurant I went to is called Bombay Hall, an authentic Indian restaurant/buffet. You have the choice of take-out, dine-in, or buffet. I would suggest the buffet because it is only $10.95 for all you can eat. Of course, you would expect the usual curried dishes, chicken masala, and samosas. Despite the fact that Bombay Hall is a buffet, its food is pretty authentic. They put so much spice in the food to make you want to go back for seconds. Surprisingly enough, they also had the best rice pudding and mango custard I ever had, it is sweet but not too sweet. It is also very highly rated on yelp.com and winner of two Blue Plate award. Even though it might be one of those “hole in the wall” places, it has one of the best Indian food I ever had.
Other than Greek and Indian, the area also had many other ethnic restaurants such as Mexican, Chinese, and Japanese. Whether you’re visiting San Antonio or a San Antonio native, I would suggest going to the northeast side of the town for some great ethnic food.
CHRISTMAS MUSIC!!!!!! Think of it as a treat for studying so hard for finals.
I know it’s already the end of the first semester, and everyone is probably getting ready for finals, but who says that you have to study every hour before finals. Personally, I hate studying for finals, but there are always somethings I do to take my mind off all the stress from studying.
- Listen to holiday music. Everybody loves Christmas! The music just reminds me that once finals are over, I can start the celebration
- Eat really good food. Everyone needs food to keep themselves energized. My favorite is congee (Asian porridge), because I’m Chinese
- Exercise occasionally. Sitting at the desk studying can be tiring, so take a break and walk around a little, do some jumping jacks. Exercising also keeps you awake.
- Drink hot chocolate on those late nights.
- Never go to sleep past midnight. Go to sleep early and wake up energized for the exam.
- Of course, always have a good breakfast before the exam.
Feel free to comment and add more ideas to the list!