Poached Prawns in Clear Stock

I had a hard time trying to come up with an English name for this dish with the correct interpretation, as from literal translation, it is Salted Water Prawns (盐水虾). This is one of the most common dishes you will find in any local restaurants in Shanghai, as well as in the surrounding Jiang Nan […]

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Shanghai: Normandie Apartment

Wu Kang Mansion, formerly known as the Normandie Apartment in Shanghai, was built in 1924 by the I.S.S (International Savings Society) for western employees living in the foreign concessions during colonial times. The 8-storey French Renaissance architecture was designed by the renowned Hungarian-Slovak architect László Hudec, who has also designed many other landmarks in Shanghai […]

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Tidy For Not Having To Tidy

There’s a common misperception about tidying, that it is equivalent to cleaning, and that’s what scares most people away when they are told to “tidy up”, including me.  The second misperception about “tidying”, or in a better word, “declutter”, is that we have to throw away the items we once brought in – the concept […]

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Does Weight Matter

My mom built us a family habit over the years, to weigh ourselves everyday first thing in the morning. Despite it being the most accurate net weight can be tracked down after resting overnight, it is also less fluctuated by the amount of water and food we consume during the day. However, does weight really […]

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Shanghainese Savory Turnip Pancakes

I’ve always preferred savory to sweet when it comes to snacks, and Fried Turnip Pie (油墩子) is a traditional street-food in Shanghai that reminds me of many childhood memories when I lived there. If you’ve been to Wu Kang Road in the Former French Concession (法租界), that’s where me and my friends used to hang […]

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Barcelona: Casa Milà

Ending the last piece of Gaudi’s series with Casa Milà, also known as La Pedrera. It was not a love-at-first-sight, I felt a little suppressed standing in the middle of the dark courtyard on a cloudy Autumn day, with the tour guide explaining that this is Gaudi’s last and also the most iconic design of […]

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Shakshuka & Tuna Cheese Quesadilla

Shakshuka originally is an Israeli dish, then became popular in the Middle East and North Africa. It is typically a mix of tomatoes, onions, and eggs; I usually make this when we are clearing the fridge with whatever we have left or going off soon。 Quesadilla is a Mexican dish that no doubt, all families’ […]

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When should I exercise

A scientific guide of WHEN to exercise – curated from Daniel Pink’s book WHEN, that I reviewed in yesterday’s journal. It is worth the investment of time, to find out our chronotype to optimize efficiency for all kinds of daily activities. Exercise in the morning, if you want to: Lose Weight: our blood sugar is […]

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oh, it’s about time

There are many books out there explaining the how, the what, the why of our lives, but not many about the WHEN. And ironically, we live in a world having to make “when” decisions Every. Single. Day. – when to schedule a meeting, when to change a job, when to get a divorce, when to […]

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Gym vs. Home Workout

Between when I was 17 to 34, I used to do 100 sit-ups before going to bed (it sounds a lot, but once you are used to it, it’s a piece of cake!) – however over the years, I found sit-ups can injure my lower back, so I started going to the gym instead. My […]

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