Blog Reboot

I’ve been blogging on VinceChan.net since 2004. Although I’ve resisted the temptations many times to start fresh with this blog, this time it feels right to perform the reboot. Over time, I’ll be retiring a lot of the old blog content. I may become sentimental and keep some of the old articles, but the majority will not survive the reboot.

Why reboot now?

Time passes by so quickly without us noticing. It’s been a while since my last blog update. Looking back, I can clearly see the different evolutionary stages of VinceChan.net. It’s first incarnation on the MovableType platform was as an online journal. Movable Type was replaced with WordPress as I evolved into a better blogger. Once I got lazy, the blog took on a lifestream format by leveraging my social web activities as content. In between, there were a few theme re-designs. The content? Not very exciting, and probably will not be missed.

It’s difficult to criticize myself, but it’s true. Now that I have a separate lifestream section, it makes no sense to continue blogging about my social web activities. This blog will return to its original intent to be my online presence. The recent time off has allowed me to pursue my passions – food / photography / blogging. I started 2 new blogs, and also reworking old projects. VinceChan.net can be the aggregating portal of my online work as well as share information that don’t fit in those forums.

Are you only rebooting content? What about design?

Currently, I don’t have plans to re-design the theme but I may do so if time permits. An idea I’m kicking around would be to release the old theme publicly if I pursue a new one. Stay tuned for whether that will happen.

My Chinese Fortune, Do You Think It’s Accurate?

Thanks to my friend Jenny! I tried out a cool Chinese Fortune telling web app. I’m not sure if it’s really accurate. I’d rather those who know me be the judge. Let me know if you think this is an accurate reading? Leave your comments!

姓名: 陳燊
出生日期: 西元1978年9月22日 (農曆67年8月20日)
靈數: 22

這組數字顯示

你是一個運勢特殊的人,非常聰明,反應很快,生命力量強大,能夠成就大事的,但卻天生有一些特別的使命,讓你的命運顯得神祕不可測。天生的使命,有時是個性或身體上的問題,比如在個性上有超乎常人的敏感,特別會重視面子的問題,或人際關係上的問題,在別人看來你都是過度敏感想太多了;或者是身體上的缺憾,但問題都不是很大,是命中注定你自己要想辦法去克服的地方。

在小孩時代,你便背負著眾人的期待,但是你卻一點也不在意,悠哉悠哉的過日子,還喜歡四處惡作劇哩!

長大後的成就,第一步需要看你能不能和人協調,協調成功以後,則要去進行實際的事情,才能達成目標。因此一般來講,你如果找到目標,事業運會很好,但是在你沒有找到目標前,會是一付漫不經心的樣子,花很多時間在找人生的目標,直到找到目標,才會全力以赴,也才能將你生命中潛在的爆發力,完全發揮,當然,那股強大的力量,會讓你成就一番大事業。

你的生命中必須完成二個目標,一是必須要完成金錢方面的事情,大多會與金融界有關,因此你所從事的行業偏向與金錢相關,屬於理財顧問或保險經紀人、傳銷等事業,有一個共同的特色是運轉金錢、帶領金錢交流的這類事物;你的第二個目標是找到生命中的知心伴侶。

你的性格特徵是隨性,想事情是憑感覺,不論在對事或對人的判斷上,通常不會想太多,只是依喜好去做,只要我喜歡有甚麼不可以;成年以後才能找到自我,有比較成熟的思考。由於你在社交方面會有比較光鮮亮麗和熱情的表現,因此在事業合夥方面,很懂得如何適時散發你的熱力,這將使你獲得相當的利益與實質的成功,建議你在事業的經營上要著重特色取向,如果要與人合夥,必須要審慎,才能找到適當的朋友合作。

你的優點是具有很好的溝通才能,人緣好,受歡迎。你的缺點在於很多事情想得太少了,過度的自信和感情用事的習慣下,讓你有些盲目的向前衝!

在感情方面,你較晚熟,因為你會以穩定事業為優先,在事業工作順利的時候,才會真心想找個伴侶安定下來,因此你的感情在事業穩定之前大多沒有結果,多半是空談。而在感情或婚姻的二人關係中,你會相當依賴於對方,配偶將會成為主要的意見諮詢者。你害怕一個人那種孤零零的感覺,喜歡與朋友一起分享或合作的美好感覺,所以一到新的環境,都會先找個伴,或採取合夥的方式來做事,但是在合夥關係當中,你經常扮演著主宰的角色,提醒你要小心,有可能會因此而成為合夥關係的破壞者喔!

Secrets Of Success: Passion, Persistence, Pushy Mothers

http://www.ted.com Why do people succeed? An unmissable 3-min. talk from the TED Conference on the real secrets of success (Hint: Passion, persistence, and pushy mothers never hurt) Delivered by Richard St. John (Recorded February 2005 in Monterey, CA. Duration: 3:40)

7 years, 500 interviews later.. the secrets of success revealed! And don’t forget to hug your moms after watching this!

Uniquely Singapore – Hainanese Chicken Rice


Uniquely Singapore – Hainanese Chicken Rice
http://www.visitsingapore.com/…

Boil a large pot of water. Stuff the cavity of the chicken with scallion and ginger. Add chicken to boiling water, breast side-down. Lower the heat to a simmer just under boiling point and cook, covered until just cooked through, about 40 minutes. …

If I can call anything comfort food, it’d have to be Hainan Chicken Rice.. sadly.. I had found nothing in Toronto comparable to the Singapore version.. until now! Thanks to Tiago’s & Mark’s recommendations, I found excellent substitute at Phoenix Restaurant (2 locations: woodbine/steeles, mccowan/hwy 7)… fresh, tender, springy, fragrant.. served with good chicken oil rice, the requisite garlic sauce and a thai sauce.. too bad they don’t have good chili to serve with it! But I’d still be willing to have this once a week!

A Cook’s Tour -Singapore- Part2

A Cook’s Tour -Singapore- Part2

Anthony Bourdain’s ‘A Cooks Tour’ Season 2 Episode 10 “Singapore, New York In 20 Years”This is simply too mouth-watering good! And it’s simply torture too since I just got braces and had 3 teeth extracted and am in pain with all the wires and gum soreness.. I can’t enjoy a good meal in reality.. but I cannot deprive my imagination!