Goal #11: Compete in a cooking contest – my recipe was a runner-up!

It really was a surprise! 6 years or so ago (wow, time really flew by fast), I knew nothing about cooking. Even though I loved eating, I could barely microwave right. But then I relocated to a small town in Kansas. With just a handful of restaurants, I decided to learn how to cook as a […]

Goal 11: Compete in a cooking contest – DONE!

Goal #11 Compete in a cooking contest – Done! Submitted this Chicken Stroganoff recipe to a contest.   INGREDIENTS – 1 tablespoons olive oil – 1 ½ lbs of Chicken breasts – Salt & Pepper – 2 teaspoons of Paprika – 1 large red onion, sliced – 1 tablespoon minced garlic – 1 cup of […]

About 3 months left!

It’s the beginning of 2017, and it’s about 3 months or so away from my 45th birthday, so this is a good time to have a review of my project so far. Of the 45 things: Completed: 30 Tango in Buenos Aires (completed: 18th March, 2016) See a football match at Estádio do Maracanã, Rio, […]

Progress Report: May 2015

8. Eat Tai Ping Koon’s Portuguese Chicken, Hong Kong (my childhood favorite) – CHECK!             It was still good! Food memory is such a powerful thing. It totally brought me back to my childhood eating that Portuguese Chicken.     23. Conquer the fear of doing a handstand – CHECK! […]

Goal #7: Dine at Noma – CHECK!

Goal #7. Dine at Noma (Chef René Redzepi), Copenhagen, Denmark – COMPLETED September 10th, 2014. It was the most amazing dining experience I’ve ever had for sure. 25 courses, about 10 glasses of wine and champagne, and a fruity espresso later, it has completed transformed the way I think about culinary art.   I even got […]

Progress Report: June 2014

Goal #7. Dine at Noma (Chef René Redzepi), Copenhagen, Denmark. Noma has reclaimed the no.1 restaurant in the world title this year. Third time’s the charm. Got out of bed at 3am to book a table at Noma. I’ve learned from past experience. You have to be at the booking site just a little bit before it […]

Jumping out of a plane and other progress updates

Goal #24 Jump out of a plane (preferably with a parachute) – COMPLETED!! All I can say about that 1 second when you jump out of plane for the first time is, it’s freaking surreal! I wasn’t scared at all. I wasn’t even nervous. I was surprisingly calm for someone who’s about to leap off a […]

Goal #10 Try vegetarianism for a month – Check

So 28 days came and went just like that,  and I was a vegetarian for a month. It was actually much easier than I expected. I think it’s mainly because there’s an end date. I knew I could go back to eating meat again on March 1st (which I did. I had a meatball sub […]

2013 Progress Update #2

Goal #10 Try vegetarianism for a month (happening right now) This is happening right now! Feburary, 2013 is THE month. Of course I would pick the shortest month in a non-leap year to try this, despite many friends telling me to pick a summer month to get better and more variety of vegetables. I grew […]

Progress Update: September, 2012

Goal #1 Visit 50 states (in progress) I went to Telluride, Colorado for the Risk and Reward Library Conference (aka R2 Conference), which was hands down the best library conference I’ve ever attended. The entire conference challenged convention library thinking. Everything was planned and executed meticulously. It was such an exciting experience. However, while I was intrigued […]