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Pakistan’s Floods, China’s Landslides, Moscow’s Fires: What’s the Feng Shui?

As I turned the page of the Wall Street Journal, there were three articles on current natural disasters:  Pakistan’s floods, China’s mudslides and Russia’s fire.   So many natural disasters at one given time…I wondered if there was a feng shui message. The question when something so devastating as these is usually:  “Why did this happen? …

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Are You An Environmentalist?

Last week, good friends of ours invited my husband and me to a talk featuring actor, Ed Begley, Jr. and architect, Matthew Coates at the Seattle Town Hall.  It was titled “Leading the Way toward a sustainable future.” Mr. Begley is a successful actor and an environmentalist.  You can visit his website here.  He easily …

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Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs – To Use or Not To Use

Compact fluorescent light bulbs or CFL’s, are now being promoted as an easy way to conserve energy.  Compared to the regular incandescent light bulb using CFL’s can save up to $30.00 over it’s lifetime.  It sure sounds good.  So, in the beginning I went out and bought many CFL’s in different shapes and wattage.  It …

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New Trends in Tile for an Asian Aesthetic

A few days ago I visited a tile showroom in Bellevue called Ambiente, which specializes in European tile.  Their tile designer Stephanie Lappano guided me to what’s new in the tile market.  It’s always a fun outing to see and learn about new trends, as materials change constantly.  As I tend to gravitate toward a …

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Cold Soba Noodle Salad for Summer

I love noodles!  Hot, cold, with soup, fried, with a sauce, it doesn’t matter, noodles are just so wonderful and versatile!  Noodles are an Asian staple, but if you go to any Asian grocery shop there is such a variety that it can be extremely confusing.  Since the weather is getting warmer….well actually since I …

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How to choose Soy Sauce or Shoyu?

Shoyu, or soy sauce made from fermented soybeans, is a liquid flavor base of many Asian recipes, and I would say the main ingredient in Japanese food. I also believe shoyu is addictive.  It is known that when traveling outside Japan, many older generation Japanese bring their favorite brand of shoyu with them.  However as …

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