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Learn the International Laundry Symbols to Take Care of Your Clothes

Now that my boys are in college I realized that there are things I never bothered teaching them and this is one of them: laundry symbols. These are the symbols on the tag placed inside your clothes, where they describe the fabric content and the recommended laundry method. It may seem obvious to many but …

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Ginger Tips and Recipes to Fight the Flu

What do you eat when you have the flu?  Is it the standard chicken soup and soda crackers, which is always so comforting? Do you make sure you have lots of liquids that include hot lemon and honey tea?  These always do wonders for me, but being Asian, sometimes I crave Asian flavors when sick. …

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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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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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Creating Zones In Your Home

Unlike the homes of the 70’s and 80’s where the kitchen, dining and living rooms were all separated into individual rooms, families today enjoy the use of a great room.  The great room usually incorporates the kitchen, family room and casual dining area.  We tend to watch T.V. and generally ‘live’ in this space.  This …

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