Sunday, June 16, 2013

Father's Day Shout-Out

I read something proverbial (Solomonic even) that "when a child is born, a father is born as well." Such is the cycle of life, and one without the other simply cannot be.

Bless me FATHER for I ...

A year short of a decade and I'm still humbled on a daily basis that my psyche is fully charged and I am complete! Today my schedule is packed with celebrations, and  all my  social media accounts are packed with greetings and Father's Day cheers.

Allow me to give a shout out to the MAN I've made proud, who taught me that money and power are not ends in itself.  For teaching me to almost always choose the rainbow over the pot of gold. Best of all for Instilling in us that Family Comes First! Leadership By Example At Its Best. Happy Father's Day Papa!

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Modern Dating - HK Style

Thanks to my Graduate School partner-in-crime Patrick Ng Yat Lung, a Hong Kong (HK) native in his late 40's and still an eligible bachelor, for sharing this modern day "HK Dating 101" trivia.

The fun part of traveling is immersing one's self in the host country - discovering about their ways and means, bad words included. Although HK is a place I frequent as far back as I can recall, it's good to discover that there's always something new to learn - particularly in the interesting realm of Dating.

At present, the HK Coffee Culture is gaining popularity among the youth in a rapid manner, to which "coffee" (synonymous to "post or after dinner") has become part of the dating ritual. Case in point that when a couple go out, they culminate the night with a visit to a coffee joint for a caffein fix and/or dessert (ergo the name behind HK's popular chain Honeymoon Dessert). And typical of all forms of culture, some are maintained and some are revised (for the better?!): The (gentle) man still foots the dinner bill, AND the woman pays for the "coffee". But wait, here's where it gets tricky - a disinterested Gal' will make no move whatsoever to pay her due, leaving the guy in a double whammy - No Money No Honey(moon)!

Yup, who would have thought that a post dinner cafe visit is now a strong barometer of a relationship's future, whether there's a spark of hope or otherwise. Happy dating to all my single friends! Cheers Pat!

Saturday, June 1, 2013

HAI Coffee Dripper

Welcome to our growing family *HAI COFFEE DRIPPER*. This cute and clever caffein brewer combines the best features of a drip machine and a French press at a fraction of the price and storage size, making it a must-have in every cafe, household and/or office pantry.

Drip brewing is a time tested extraction method which involves pouring (HOT) water over ground coffee contained in a (PAPER or CLOTH) filter, resulting in a full-bodied drink free of oils and sediments.

Here is a simple step-by-step Drip Brewing procedure recommended by the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA). Happy Brewing!

Step 1: Choose your desired mug/cup. Place Hai Coffee Dripper on top of it. Place paper filter (#2 size) into the dripper.

Step 2: Select your desired ground coffee (freshly ground, DRIP grind is best), 8 grams coffee per 6-ounce cup is the best proportion.
Photo courtesy of Mr. Stone Ang
365 Modern Cafe

Step 3: SLOWLY add the HOT water. Wait 3-4 minutes, stirring once in between the process to ensure a homogeneous mixture.

Step 4: Serve and enjoy!!!

With the surge of Coffee Houses specializing in single origin shots, this is the perfect go-to method that is cost effective, and gives proper justice to the end result. So what are you waiting for?

Drip brewing is best for hot & cold
coffee concoctioins

READY... SET... BREW!!!!