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I am a 10-day old user of Pinterest, I have already become addicted to it, and spend almost two hours a day on it.  Here are major reasons.

1.   Interest-Based Social Network

Interests based networking is huge and unlimited.  It can bring two people without any conversation or any geographic boundary to follow each other and go viral of individual people’s social media networks.  I commented on a Herb Scissors:. there are over 100 people’s comments after that for two days, and I got hundreds of e-mail notices of who is commenting about this product. No wonder Pinterest’s growth is unbelievably rapid. 

2.   Discovery Over Search

There is a moment, you don’t have any inspirations, Google won’t tell you what you should look for.  Go to Pinterest, follow some interesting people and their boards, you will discover a lot of fresh things you couldn’t even think of.  

3.  Potential Platform for E-commerce

Pinterest lets you easily put a dollar sign and price lable on your product. People differentiate them easily with other pictures.  In the eCommerce era, it is such a great idea to put a product on Pinterest and let it snow ball, circulating it to more and more people. I also use it for fund raising for the NGO I am working on – Global Press Institute.

4.  Interaction with Friends
This could be really huge market for Pinterest.  It increases the engagement within your networks, establish a community to interact with the people who are in your pinterest networks.  It also could be another channel to be developed to handle CRM.  Also it provides a platform to share content, you don’t have to send a huge size of picture via e-mail to your friends and coworkers, just post it on Pinterest.

The only complaints are one limited invitation, sometime you tweeted about your product, but some people might not have a Pinterest account, therefore, they can not see it.  The other is some of the website doesn’t show pictures, I think it should be a way to do some coding to interpret the language of the pictures.  Otherwise I love it.  No wonder the pinterest is so hot now, every social media or high-tech site is talking about this hot potato.

 
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I always like Yoga.  It can clean my mind, loosen the stress of my body, muscle, and physically help the chi and blood flow smoothly in my body. The most important, it can help me find the new balance and feel myself super powerful.

I had started practicing yoga since I was in the middle school.  Because I was trained well as an active athlete and I am skinny, my body is really flexible.   Also, I like to challenge my body to reach farther when stretching, because after stretching, it seems to able to release stress of my body - feel really relaxed.  
  
I went to my favorite free yoga place in upper east side because the instructor, Ms. Chiu's class is the best yoga I have ever had in the world because of her teaching style, such as customize focus area, encourage students to listen to their own bodies, humors, and Zen.  I have talked about all of these before in my other blog.  

This time teacher taught us different Zen when we did mountain style.  She said spring is coming, the season is changing.  In the Indian Yoga, there are three elements drag to the entire balance.  Tamas, Rajas, and Sattva.  Tamas is the lazy element, Rajas presents active, some time you feel lazy or you don’t want to go out because of the cold weather, that is because Tamas is in your mind, the other time you feel there are too many things in your pipeline that you are always very busy, which activates the Rajas.  

Sattva is the sun rise and changing season, which will influence the Tamas and Rajas.  Sometimes your life is full of Rajas, you need to call out the Tamas to rest yourself.  Sometime the environment - Sattva changes, you need to adjust Tamas and Rajas to find the new balance system of yourself. 

Then she asks us to do some abnormal free style arm action when we stood as tree style, and she said you need to find new balance point when you are challenged to different unbalanced things.  

I am totally sold with the concept even it is the first time I heard about it.  Our life, work, relationship, body and mind, almost everything actually are dragged by the three elements.  I am so surprised that balance has different interpretations in different cultures, but every culture has balance as the top level of high quality of life and mind that people seeking.  I can’t help to think of the word inspired me in the movie:” Eat, Pray, and Love,” The old man in Indonesia said sometimes the unbalance of the love is for the balance of other things (life).   

Teacher also suggests, sometime you feel stress and unhappiness, trying to stretch your mouth and smile to yourself and think of the happy things you have that other people won’t have, that simple motion will give nerve a sign to relax your nervous and depression.  I think that is why I always have a positive mind and keep smiling.  

I love this Yoga, it teaches me a lot, makes me energetic, find a new balance and sweat ( I seldom sweat when work out other than running), and a new concept of empower yourself to be strong, positive and thoughtful.

 
 
I recently read BusinessWeek Google’s bid to be Everything to Everyone, talking about how Google purchased Motorola Mobility to gain 17,000 patents into its portfolio.  The market is also surmising that Google is testing new audio devices since Motorola is already the market leader in cable set-top boxes. Such a device could be used to distribute television, movies, and other digital fare.  Google is not only a search engine, it covers everything high-tech and to everyone.  I was talking to an in-house digital advertising marketer who said he doesn’t use an advertising agency.  Rather all businesses he does is only with Google.  They paid Google for the top search engine position in the focus categories, and use Google webmaster to figure out best SEO practices.  They display the ads on Adwords and use Google Analytics to track and analyze traffic and insights from customers.  They upload video ads on YouTube.  Today I saw this Google Play video, which also shows Google’s ambitions to cover more media aspects including gaming, music, books, and movies.
However, Google doesn’t necessarily cover everyone, at least not at the one of the biggest, hottest, sweetest pies - China.  When Google left China 2009, it had 24% market share of the domestic search engine, now only 0.24%.  To be a global company, Google has to develop targeted global strategies for different countries.  China, India, Brazil, Russia,  each country has its own business habit and culture for investors and businesses.   China is spending tons of money on technology infrastructure and aiming 2050 it will be the global leader of the technology.  Going to a country, Google needs to engage to the local market and business culture, really listen to what local market needs and wants and adopt the market first and then considers to influence and change it.  

Google, please be more aggressive to cover everyone including China, because we are welcome the convenience the high-tech has brought to our life.  Covering China, Google will be a truly cross-industrial Guru, unbeatable in the world.
 
What you need:
ShuiZhuYu spicy package - got it from China town, see the package picture if you don't know Chinese.
Fish (Nian Fish) - Ask sales people in market at China town for Shui Zhu Yu, one piece fish filet for 2 people.
Chinese Cabbage - just a small one 
Mushroom - some as your preference suggested 1/4 LBS
Soy (Green) Bean Sprouts - one hand (ladies')
Green Onion, Garlic - a little
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How to Cook:
Use garlic to fry vegetables first, you can pick some mushrooms, Chinese cabbage, and sprouts. Add just a little salt to cook it. 

Dry the juice from cooking and put them at bottom of the serving bowl for final stage usage.  Don't cook with the spicy sauce so that the vegetable won't be too spicy. 

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Cut the fish filet into small pieces.  Don't cut them too small, you will enjoy the big fish meat chunk when you eat them, also too small pieces  will easily fall apart when cooking.  Just refer the size to what you ate in the restaurant.  

Cover the fish with the recipe powder included in the spicy fish cooking package for at least 5 minutes.

Use 1/3 cup (100g) oil to cook the spicy source, included in the spicy fish package, add some green onions until the spicy smell comes out

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Add 700ml (a little less than 3 cups) water to the wok until it is boiling. 

Add fish with powder covered into the spicy soup for 3-5 minutes.

Pour the cooked the soup into the serving bowl, whose bottom covered by the vegetable cooked at the first step.

A delicious, soft and spicy fish has made in half price with fresh ingredients and clean oil.

What are the Comments: 
"A Great Creation for the first time" - Chef Dad
"Looking Spicy" - Full time Professional housewife Mom
"Just Delicious" - Chinese food American savvy and commentator @Hegranes

*Friendly Remind: Don't eat spicy food too often, watch out your pimples.

 
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I am so missing Yakitori (BBQ Chicken) at Shinbashi in Tokyo all the time.  This week is Japan Week in New York.  To celebrate it, I went back to Yakitori Daisho, the best yakitori I have tried in the US.  I had some yakitori, yakibeef, Takoyaki and Okonomiyaki.  Drinking the Sapporo draft beer, eating the authentic yakitori, and listening the waitresses and chef yelling in japanese, I felt like I was in Japan. Hmmm, oishii!

The Next day, we have a friend meetup at Union Square, we can't help swinging there again to continue enjoy it! - don't be ridiculous!