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 […]

Goal #36: Achieve and maintain ideal weight – ACHIEVED!!

Goal #36: Achieve and maintain ideal weight – ACHIEVED!! In 2011, I was 243lbs. Then I started yoga, and I started this project. The goal was get to within the healthy weight range of my height and frame, and the target weight was set at 185lbs (which was also my weight when I was in […]

Goal 43: See Leo Messi play in person – Completed!!

The first time I tried to see Messi play in person ended in failure. I was in Europe and flew to Barcelona to see the last match of the season, when Barca had already won the league. Messi was injured and didn’t played at all. However, I got to experience Nou Camp, which as awesome, […]

Goal #3 Tango in Buenos Aires and Goal #20 Be comfortable at at least one ballroom dance – DONE!

For Spring Break 2016 and my 44th birthday, I went to Buenos Aires and took 2 hours of tango lessons each day for 5 days. At the end, I was nowhere close to being good, but I was comfortable enough. I even danced at a Milonga! Here is my 3rd 1-sec everyday diary. From the […]

Goal 44: Have myself 3D Printed – DONE!!

The original goal was to “Have my portrait painted”. But I thought the goal seemed “so last century” and changed it to something a bit more current and decided to “Have myself 3D Printed”. I went to a place when I was in L.A. and had my image scanned. And here it is!! I’m going […]

Goal #19 – Learn how to iron a shirt – DONE!

Bought my first iron, ironing board and my mom gave me a lesson. I have to say, ironing is good skill to have, but it really isn’t the most efficient use of time. It takes quite long to get a short nice and crisp. I heard that steamers are much better. Still, now if there […]

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 […]