Thursday, October 9, 2014

Common Core

There hasn't been any political agenda in the history of America, that has so successfully and silently slipped into the lives of the American public. Common Core is ultimately dumbing down our children in this country. Common Core literature equates reading Shakespeare as similar value to reading government regulations. Doing math without common sense but the most meandering way possible. The scary part is, it is erasing history, the centuries of classical education as we knew it, is being deleted.
Each child is a thinking and emotional individual, complete with their own talent and passion. Education is the way to liberate them and point them in their directions, not cookie cut them into an unbearable robotic life in order to serve the dictates of a group of elites. Because all the testing boards including SAT and ACT have dumbed down their standards, this fight involves everyone, not just the public schools. At the start of this year, I had to personally meet with the head of school when one of my son's recommended reading "365 ways to live green" was flawed with lies and unsubstantiated assertions. It was a brain-washing piece of literature which I do not mind him reading as long as he is also recommended an alternative perspective and substantiated facts. The head of school agreed.
The day I become Mom, it is my responsibility to know what my children's malleable minds are exposed to. They are my children, they are not a part of some mechanical system. I spend more time on vetting through their educational exposure and surrounding than anything else I do. Yes, we have a race, not against the China or Asia ( note: most Asian parents actually aspire sending their children to American College), we have a race to raise thinking and caring children.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Person of Interest - The TV series

Person of Interest

If you haven't seen it, you're missing one of the best TV series ever made. Strong characterization, intense plot within plot within plot. You are constantly on edge, surprised and humored. Action scenes are as good as any major movie production and each main actor brings life and complexity to their role. Breathtaking soundtracks. The emotional aspects of the series, while subtle,are realistic and multi-layered.

Be forewarned, it is highly addictive. Set your alarm and be ready to give up your social life before you pay for it. We bought it via Vudu but it's available on Amazon too.


Sunday, June 1, 2014

Easiest Way to Cook Chicken

2 Whole Chicken in A Crockpot. No kidding, that's all you need for your chicken supply of the week.

Usually in our house, we make the famous Singapore Hainanese Chicken Rice. 

Rice ( better if cooked with chicken stock and basil), sliced up Chicken, garlic and red peppers pureed sauce, dark soy sauce ,  ginger pureed sauce and chicken soup.

Shredded cucumbers, carrots, green onions , even slices of tomatoes really lighten the whole dish. 

 If you don't like it deconstructed, you can make a combination sauce of all the condiments. So it would look like this: 

Just shred some chicken on top of hot rice and add sauce. 

More left over chicken? Fry and slice up an omelette, more vegetables and you're ready for wraps. 

Wine to pair. 

Because the taste is rather bold, I would pair with something white and fruity like a full-bodied Pinot Gris from Alsace, a full-bodied Grüner Veltliner from Austria, German Reisling or Champagne. 

Friday, May 2, 2014

Coffee Forward

Something nice happened to me yesterday. 

I was in a long line at Starbucks drive through. Staring at my clock on the dashboard, getting nervous and frustrated, It's too hot and I was sure I was going to be late to pick up my children from school. No one was moving, for a very long time. So long I had to pray for patience. 

I was going to leave but there was no way I could back up from the drive through without getting that someone behind me very mad. Then after what seemed like a week's worth of waiting, the line moved and rather quickly. When I pulled up to the coffee window, a guilty cheerful voice read my order. I tried to smile a half smile and handed her my Starbucks card. Her eyes widened and uttered the sweet words,
 "the car in front of you paid for ya!". 

I was so taken aback. I wasn't in the best of mood all day. That's perhaps why God felt I needed a "cheer me upper". And hey, what's more perfect than a cheer-me-upper coupled with a pick-me-upper? So Thank you God! I hadn't smile so widely for a while. It's amazing how powerful Mundane has over my jaw muscles. 

And out of my own selfish interest to feel even better, I paid for the car behind me. Wonder if I laid a wide smile on her face too? Would she feel as great as I felt then? To think that I could have gotten impatient and missed this great gift of joy. Patience does pay. And I suppose it's only logical for me to pay it forward. 

I love this country, good things still happen in this great country.