[travelling] 6 tips on how to pack lite in style when you travel

Many airlines, not only budget airlines have tightened their check-in baggage allowance and makes it so much more difficult for us to pack, now here are some tips on how to pack lite but in style when you travel!   Packing lite doesn’t mean you have to travel like a backpacker, you can still pack…

[travelling] How to get the best deal when you buy electronics in Japan?

Japanese household electronics are still popular among many Asian tourists, and to satisfy the enormous oversea demand, many Japanese electronic brands have now introduce dual voltage small appliances, including hair dryers and other cosmetic used electronic goods like facial steamer and cleansing brush. In my trip to Japan this time, I was hoping there would…

[cooking] Boneless Hainanese chicken with fragrance rice

There are actually several different styles of Hainanese chicken, including Thai, Hong Kong and my most favourite Singaporean style.   The chicken itself is pretty much the same, in terms of taste and making, but the only difference is the dipping sauce.  Singaporean Hainanese chicken rice comes with three dipping sauce – dark thick sweet…

[making] Grocery experience with the new Walmart Scan & Go

Walmart Canada has recently introduced a new convenient way of shopping.  No matter it’s grocery or household items or anything at Walmart, you can just simply grab a scanner yourself and scan the merchandise as you shop and self check out in minutes.   So here is a little experience to share with everyone.  …

[traveling] Where to get a good Asian treat near Port Authority in NYC?

If you’re catching a bus or walking nearby the Port Authority in NYC, you’ve got to check this place out. Just about 12 minutes walking distance away from Port Authority, Bibble & Sip is a small Asian inspired cafe that serves urban Japanese sweet treats like parfaits and cream puffs, they also have a variety…

[cooking] Ginger fried rice that warms you up in the winter

Ginger is one of the best natural remedy to help warming your cold body in the winter, you can either take a ginger foot bath or drink ginger tea, or enjoy a ginger fried rice.   To a lot of people, even some Asians, ginger has an overwhelming strong taste that you just can’t swallow…

[making] Fried Rice 101

A lot of people would wonder what’s the best rice to make fried rice?   Rule of thumb is, you need “dehydrated rice” or “harden rice” to make a good plate of fried rice.  Keep in mind for any fried rice that’s too moist, mushy or sticks together, should not consider to be good fried…

[cooking] Pork ribs with soft cartilage udon soup

Now this is part 2 of the slow cook pork ribs with soft cartilage recipe I shared recently, apart from a dish to pair with rice you can also make this into a delicious udon soup. First cook your udon with the MSG free soup stock for noodles that I shared earlier, and place the…

[traveling] Shop smart for cheap JAL/ANA Japanese domestic flight deals

With the rising of cheap Asian flight deals in Toronto, more and more Torontonians are reaching out to Asia, especially to Japan.  Now that there are direct flights from Toronto to Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya.  I used to travel through Japan with my JR pass, but recently I’ve found great domestic flight deals like 7300…