Thursday, August 20, 2015

We're all blinds.

If everyone on earth was blind, and one person could see and then that person died. Thousands of years pass, it's difficult to believe that there once existed a person that could see because everyone is currently blind, all that's left are stories told in books of this one person that could see (which would seem miraculous). If this person saw stars and the moon, and the sun, and described them to all the blind people... people would have a hard time believing in the moon and stars now because they can't feel them, they would only be able to feel the warmth of the sun. And if asked why don't they believe in the stars and the moon, most blind people would say that they can't feel them so they're not there. But what if these people were told that they are blind and so they can't see, they would have a hard time believing in the ability to see as there isn't a person around who can see.

I truly believe there are people who can see, the first person that comes to mind is Buddha, the other is Jesus Christ, there might be more... and we're all blinded by our worldly desires.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

How my mom makes Spring rolls

0.5 bbq/roasted chicken
1 pound of peeled raw shrimp (my mom usually buy the raw ones with shell and peel them herself).
25 grams of black fungus
200 grams of cabbage
200 grams jaicama
1 whole onion
2 eggs
salt, pepper, sugar as desired
1- Soak black fungus in water for about 1 hour then cut them up finely.
2- Cut Onion finely as well.
3- Cut up Cabbage finely as well. Peel and cut up Jaicama finely as well.
4- Fry the finely cut Jaicama with a little oil to let some of water evaporate so it's not too wet... Or if you don't want to fry it you can just squeeze the finely cut Jaicama with your hand to get rid of excess water/juice.
6 - Use blender to chop up shrimp finely (the blended shrimp will help to stick all ingredients together).
7 - Rip chicken into small pieces while deboning it.
8- Mix all ingredients together.
9- Roll mixture inside spring roll wraps (spring roll skins [DOLL SPRING brand]) you can view this image to see how to roll them.
10- Seal the edges with raw egg whites (or flour mixed with water and microwave so it's like glue).
11- Deep fry spring rolls at medium heat about few minutes until yellow/golden appearance.

Can serve with lettuce and fish sauce dip (see below)
Fish sauce dip:
1/3 cup of fish sauce
1 cup of hot water
1 teaspoon of sugar (as desired)
1 teaspoon of cyder vinegar or lemon juice
add hot pepper as desired
mix it all together to make fish sauce dip.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

How my mom makes homemade tofu.

200 grams of soybean
2 litres of water
1 teaspoon of salt
3 table spoon of vinegar
1.5 cup of hot water

1 - Soak the soybean in (cool) water overnight (for at least 12 hours or more) to soften the beans.
2 - Process them in a blender (1 cup of soft soybean + 2 cups of water each time) on high speed for  2 minutes, until they're completely pureed.
3 - Use cheese-cloth to drain it to extract the raw milk, toss away the residue (okara, bean pulp) (or you can look up other recipes if you want to do something with the okara)
5 - Mix 0.5 cup of the raw milk with teaspoon of salt.
4 - Boil the rest of the raw milk, when it's about to boil, you see steam coming up, mix in the 0.5 cup mixture from step 5 with the rest of steaming raw milk.
5 - When it starts to boil, reduce heat to medium, watch it CAREFULLY or it'll boil/flow over.
6 - After 1 minute, take it off the stove
7 -  To make sour water, mix 3 tablespoon of vinegar with 1.5 cup of hot water.
8 - Pour 0.5 cup of sour water into the boiled milk, use spatula to stir evenly, cover lid to keep it hot, after 5 minutes pour another 0.5 cup of sour water, after another 5 minutes, pour another 0.5 cup of sour water.
Wait a few minutes, we will see tofu separate from water (water becomes clear yellowish).
9 - Use cheese-cloth to put in a plastic basket or home-made wooden mold with holes on the sides
for water to drain.  Pour the unpressed tofu with clear yellowish water into the cheese-cloth slowly to let the yellowish clear water to drain and you're left with tofu inside cheese-cloth.  Use something heavy like as pot of weight on top to squeeze out extra water, after a few minutes we will have raw tofu.
10 - Cut in pieces, put tofu in cold water and wait until its cold, and put in plastic containers, keep in fridge can keep up to a week (change water every day).
 11 - Use raw tofu to make different dishes with other recipes, DO NOT EAT RAW TOFU.

My mom would often deep fry the tofu and dip the tofu (while it's hot) very quickly into soy sauce (4 parts soy sauce, 1 part water with some chopped up green onions) and takes it out instantly (only a half dunk so half the piece of tofu would touch the soy sauce) because it's hot if you soak it too long, it'll soak up a lot of soy and be too much soy/salty.  Her friends from church would sometimes eat the deep fried tofu with ketchup if they're plain (not already soy sauced).

Soybean milk:
100 grams of soybean
1 litre of water
a little vanilla
Soak beans and process soybean in a blender (same way like tofu) but we must cook well.
Wait till it boils, reduce heat to low and cook for about 5 more minutes, if we don't cook well it becomes poisonous.
The big mold/form
Sometimes my mom would make 3 times the amount mentioned in the recipe so she uses the bigger wooden mold/form instead of a plastic strainer to press the tofu.  The mold/form we have in image below.... there's a separated base just for the form to sit on, and a top piece (with two hangers hook for my mom to easily lift the top piece when done) that fits inside the form/mold, and she usually uses vinegar plastic containers filled will water for weight and sets them on the top piece to give it some weight so it would press down on the tofu inside cheese-cloth. Holes are drilled on the sides for the clear yellowish water to drain quickly.  It's made out of scrap wood that's why it's all uneven. We have never have more tofu than the mold can hold so the top piece usually fits in and goes down about half the height of the form/mold.  The form/mold is about 1 hand span wide and 2.5 hand span in length.

Friday, August 14, 2015

What Buddha says about desires.

 I read this story long time ago (I think it was when i was going to University).  Now I try to find it on the internet and couldn't find it.
The story is this.
A king once asked Buddha: "Isn't good to be born with good karma, be rich, powerful, healthy and marry beatiful wife and have obedient kids?".  Buddha said something like: "It feels good to scratch mosquito bites, but it's greater to not have the bites in the first place."  Meaning our worldly desires are like mosquito bites, we seek all sorts of things to fulfill our desires, like scratching the bites.  To be free of worldly desires is like not being bitten by mosquitoes.  Because we all have worldly desires, it's hard for us to understand what it is like to be free of desires, that is why Buddha gave the above analogy.
Tôi đọc chuyện này lâu lắm rồi (hồi con Đại học thì phải) giờ tìm trên Internet mà không thấy.  Chuyện kể xưa, có vị vua hỏi Đức Phật, "Nếu sanh ra gieo nhân quả tốt, được làm người giàu có, sức khỏe lẫn vật chất, cưới được vợ đẹp, con ngoan không tốt sao?  Đức Phật trả lời tựa tựa như thế này: "Nếu bị muỗi cắn, gãi thì cảm thấy đã ngứa, nhưng nếu không bị muỗi cắn từ lúc đầu thì vẫn hơn".  Ý muốn những ước vọng của chúng ta như bị muỗi cắn, chúng ta muốn gãi là tìm kiếm đủ thứ đễ đã ngứa, nhưng nếu không có khát vọng nữa thì là tự do như không bị muỗi cắn vậy.  Vì chúng ta có ước vọng nên chúng ta không hiểu tự do không ước vọng là cảm giác như thế nào nên Đức Phật đã đưa ra thí dụ trên.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Help design a video game and have your name displayed on that portion of the video game.

Help us design a portion (small part(s)) of a video game.
And in return, you get your name displayed on that portion of the video game.

Before you can help us design, try out the game mechanics with this android WIP (work in progress)

We want the game to be really simple, tap anywhere on screen to jump.
You can jump over lava or jump on land platforms to jump over longer parts of lava.
The game has 4 arrow icons.
If your hero touches the down arrow icon, he shrinks to half his normal size and his jump is lower but he is now shorter, so he can go under low lying platforms.
If your hero touches the up arrow icon, he grows back to his normal size and his jump is normal height so he can jump on to platforms that half-sized hero can't.
If your hero touches the left arrow, he will travel backward (toward the left of the screen).
If your hero touches the right arrow, he will travel forward (toward the right of the screen).
That's it, that's all the game mechanics.

We want to create a really long level composed of portions/designs by users like you from around the world.
We want to display your name somewhere on the portion(s)/design(s) that you create/submit (it might be over a land piece/lava or just hovering on black background).
If you have a design(s) and you submit it/them and it/they is/are not yet in the game, we'll add it/them for sure and make sure your name appears in it/them.

You can then tell your friend(s) about the game and have them play the game and see your name as proof of your contribution along with hopefully many others around the world.

Our hope is that the game will evolve into a really long level that requires memorization in order to beat it and contributer's names are clues to memorization.

To submit your design, create a forum user account and submit/reply to the post in the link below (you should specify a name to be displayed in the game, if different from your forum user name, otherwise your forum user name will be displayed):

This game is purely experimentally as we want it to evolve over time (as it gets longer) purely on user contributions.

Share with your friends to give them the opportunity to have their designs submitted and their names displayed in the game as well.

Your design(s) can be as simple as the below images (as long as you get the idea across, so that we can build the game to include that design(s)):
Higher Ground

Small guy passage
If you wish to be clearer, you can include a short discription for example: 1) for Higher ground image above, "Move backwards, jump on platform Move forward, jump on higher platform" 2) for Small guy passage, "Touch down arrow to shrink but jum over up arrow in order to stay half-size (small) to dodge under low lying platform."

You can freely use these these images to compose your design(s)/portion(s):





We hope that you come up with interesting variations/placements of these land/lava/arrows to keep the game entertaining/challenging.

Thank you for reading and Thanks in advance for submitting design(s).