Sweet Glutinous Rice Balls

March 31st, 2014
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Sweet Glutinous Rice Balls, in Chinese Tang Yuan, are often eaten for Chinese New Year. The round shape symbolizes family reunion and good luck. These recipe is delicious and perfect for deserts.


2 cups glutinous rice powder
1/2 cup hot water
1/2 cup cold water
3 tablespoons sweet red bean paste


1. Cut red bean paste into small pieces;
2. In a mixing bowl, add powder and hot water, and mix together. Add cold water and mix well.
3. Knead the dough till it’s all smooth.
4. On a flat surface, roll the dough into a log. Cut into about 1 inch pieces.
5. Roll one piece into a ball between your palms. Press down in the middle with your thumb and then make into a bowl shape.
6. Place a piece of filling in it and seal. Roll again into a round ball.
7. To cook, add rice balls into boiling water and cook about 5 minutes. Serve.

Suggested servings: 4



Top 5 All-Time Worldwide Box Office Hits

March 29th, 2014
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Here’s a list of the top 5 worldwide highest grossing movies of all time:
1. Starting off our list at number five, we’ve got Michael Bay’s action-packed threequel Transformers: Dark of the Moon! The sci-fi flick had it’s box-office boosted considerably by 3D sales, and by the end of its run it managed to reach a final tally of 1.1 billion dollars!


2. Flying in at number four, we’ve got the final film in a massive fantasy series – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2! This film was the event of 2011, and it did not disappoint with a final gross of 1.3 billion dollars!


3. At number three, we’ve got this year’s biggest hit, The Avengers! Marvel’s superhero team-up just left theaters a few weeks ago, with a staggering 1.5 billion dollar gross worldwide.Let’s see if its sequel can reach two billion in 2015!


4. Crashing in at number two is the oldest film on this list, James Cameron’s Titanic – which just saw a very successful rerelease in 3D this year. The epic romance made almost 2.2 billion dollars in it’s 1997 run, cementing its place in movie history.


5. And finally, the number one highest-grossing film of all-time, Avatar! James Cameron owns this list with his 2009 smash-hit. The sci-fi extravaganza kicked off a trend of super-expensive 3D blockbusters that changed the industry and show no signs of stopping.


Future Transportation Technology

March 28th, 2014
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Technology is pushing from every direction, prepare yourself for the future is closer than what you think. From gadgets and smartphones to transportation, the future technology is coming our way. Train is one of the most convenient and popular transportation from the old times up to the present.  Most people think of the train as a 19th century relic, the work course of industrial age. But for visionaries around the world, the potential of trains is unlimited and maybe the key to solving our transportation problems. Trains is perhaps the most efficient and cost-effective way to move large amount of passenger. Could train replace airplanes as our long distance ride of choice?Maybe if they were fast enough, watch this documentary video from visionaries and scientist about their visions of future transportation.


Tips on How To Save Money

March 27th, 2014
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1. Put yourself on a budget
2. Cut out non essentials
3. Learn to cook
4. Avoid buying sodas and snacks in vendo machines
5. Buy generic
6. Quit or reduce smoking
7. Order vegetarian
8. Drink less alcohol
9. Stop with the lattes and cappuccinos
10. Add another roommate
11. Turn down the heat/aircon
12. Use public transportation
13. Use the web
14. Use the library
15. use your student/senior discount
16. Consider cheaper entertainment
17. Use your meal plan
18. Cut back on pre packaged prepared food
19. Watch out for bank fees
20. Look for scholarships every year