September 18, 2013 § Leave a comment
The start of Oktoberfest season is just a week from now. It is actually my favorite autumn harvest festival, and it has nothing to do with beer. There is more to Oktoberfest than just beer. My local church used to host a week-long Oktoberfest every year with all sorts of food and games. However, the financial crisis in 2008 ended the long-standing tradition. Fortunately, there is an abundance of Oktoberfest celebrations in my area. This festival has become a worldwide event.
To celebrate this occasion, I have prepared this Oktoberfest trivia quiz for all to enjoy. Happy Oktober!
September 16, 2013 § Leave a comment
This week, our Asian friends are busy celebrating the Lunar (Chinese) Moon Festival. This is the second most important holiday on the lunar calendar. The Moon Festival could be likened to Oktoberfest in Germany or Thanksgiving Day in United States. On the occasion, family members gather for a traditional moon-viewing dinner where moon cakes are the main delicacy. Moon cakes are baked goods made of different sets of ingredients — beans, lotus seeds, eggs, meat and even abalone. You can find these delicious cakes at any Asian supermarket this week. Moon cakes are meant to be consumed together with tea. Happy Lunar Moon Festival!
September 11, 2013 § Leave a comment
I am a little puzzled as to why Constitution Day is not a federal holiday in the US. The constitution impacts every single aspect of Americans’ lives. Without the Bill of Rights, for example, freedom of speech would be restricted, personal privacy would not exist and religious practices would be banned. We certainly don’t want to live in such a world. Again, I still don’t understand why this has not been made a federal holiday. Maybe we should petition the government to make Constitution Day a public holiday so people could take time off from work to learn and come to appreciate the U.S. constitution. However, I suspect those millionaire senators and government officials are too busy with other things to make time for the constitution.
To celebrate the occasion, I have made this Constitution Day quiz for all to enjoy. Hope you like it!
September 10, 2013 § Leave a comment
Tensions in Syria seem to have calmed quite a bit since the Syrian government announces it may offer its chemical weapons to the UN in exchange for no airstrikes from the US. This is a big win for Assad since he has no use for chemical weapons anyway. He could easily win the civil war with conventional weapons supplied by Russia and Iran. Having chemical weapons only gives world powers like the U.S. an excuse to intervene militarily. This is also a big win for Putin as he will be seen as a global statesman and a formidable opponent of the U.S. foreign policy. I am sure American adversaries like Iran, North Korea and Cuba will be seeking assistance from Russia and also buying its arms.
What about President Obama? He may get a second Nobel Peace Prize for not bombing Syria. Just kidding!
September 8, 2013 § Leave a comment
By an overwhelming vote, Tokyo was chosen to host the 2020 Olympics. I believe this is the best choice of the lot. Tokyo is an interesting city to host the Games because it is an unique fusion of the past, present and future. If you have ever visited, you would know what I am talking about.
Did you have a chance to look at the design for the Olympic Stadium? It looks like cool looking spaceship. I am also looking forward to the Opening Ceremony. With Japan’s rich culture and technological prowess, it could be quite a show! If I am the director of the Opening Ceremony, I will showcase Japan’s robotic industry. I think the 2020 Olympics will be a fantastic one.
September 6, 2013 § Leave a comment
What happens when you arrive to your workplace and are greeted by a menacing dinosaur? A Japanese TV show tried to answer this question with a hilarious prank on an actual co-worker. Watch the Youtube video from the tubemediacom channel and see. Enjoy.
September 4, 2013 § Leave a comment
While I do not support an U.S. military intervention in Syria, I’m against indecision. By passing the buck to Congress, President Barack Obama shows the kind of indecisiveness unfit for a leader. If you don’t want to involve militarily, just come out and say it. If you want to engage in Syria, act swift and prudent. The Syrian government and other American foes must be laughing hard at the perceived U.S. weakness. By the time the Congress finishes debating and voting on a war resolution, Assad and his allies will have had lots of time to prepare. The indecision is putting American troops in terrible dangers. Moreover, Obama’s reputation will be shattered if Congress voted down on an intervention in Syria. I don’t know who is advising the president, but he is getting very bad advice.