Archive for 2010 年 08 月

Rice cooker

八月 30, 2010

Last week I tried cooking rice with this “hot-pot express", but the result is disappointing: the rice is never throughly cooked so it’s still hard inside (although my flatmate describe that as crunchy) and the rice at the bottom was burnt (as can be seen from the picture).

Therefore I ordered a rice cooker from Amazon. It’s just 13 bucks! It’s even cheaper than my memory foam pillow!

From the picture I was misled into thinking that it is a relativly big one that holds 3 cups of uncooked rice and gives 6 bowls of cooked rice. The truth is it can only hold 1.5 cups of uncooked rice and give 2.5 bowls of rice. When I saw Black and Decker the first thing that came to my mind was tools like a screwdriver or an electric drill, and never a rice cooker…

I also steamed the watery egg (蒸水蛋) to serve with the rice, but apparently it doesn’t look as nice as those prepared by my mom. (It taste more or less the same, though. 😛 )

A photo of all the appliances in the kitchen. Can you imagine they cost a total of only US$32? (From left to right: $11.5, 13, and 7.5.)

Around Berwyn Heights

八月 30, 2010

Since I had no internet access for the last weekend, I went out for a walk on Sunday afternoon.

This is where I started (Indian Creek Park) – there’s a post with flyers on a self-guided walking tour about the old, representative building in Berwyn Heights. At the bottom is a sign for the East Coast Greenway, a trail linking cities from Florida to Maine.


Alongside the path is the Indian Creek – the water is clear although the creek appears brown due to the riverbed.

Crossed the creek here…

… and we arrived at Lake Artemesia …

… and Lake Metro.

The sky was blue and there’s willows and lilies by the lake.

Several pavilions are built along the lake.

There are signs introducing the inhabitants. The hay field look similar to that in Mai Po (米埔).



Home for the birds.


On the other side of the creek there is a birding trail.

Every time I walk back to school I’ll cross this creek.

Then I took the self-guided tour. I tried to take photos for each of the houses introduced in the pamphlet but eventually I missed one. Most of these were built in the 1890s. Some of the designs were from a pattern book.



I like this house because of its blue color.

This octagonal house is one of my favorites among the houses.

This house is now a building of the Berwyn Heights Elementary School.

Logs are stored between two trees.

The last house in the tour.

Town center for Berwyn Heights.

Rain water is stored for garden use.

Another house in blue.

This is the main building for the elementary school. The road in front of it has a speed limit of 15mph instead of 25mph (which is the limit for other roads in Berwyn Heights). Also, there are stop signs at almost every intersection in the area so cars have to stop in front of the intersection even if there is no traffic light.

Trivia

八月 28, 2010


French toast here is not the same as that in Hong Kong. Plato’s diner serves great food and we have to wait for 25 minutes before having a seat.


“Not to use artificial hormones*" in the front, but “* No significant difference has been shown in milk from cows treated with the artificial growth hormone rbST and non-rbST treated cows" at the back, so, is artificial hormones used?



This is what happen when there is a pasta source sauce sale in Safeway… We got 10 jars of them in 8 different flavors (same for the one living upstairs…). (The deal? $2.99 -> $1.25)


The sky is so blue… This is now the wallpaper on my laptop. 🙂

My new home (cont’)

八月 25, 2010


This is my backyard. It’s very large.

With the blue sky it’s even better.

The landlord (who is another CS PhD student starting this year) brought me a bed. The timing is perfect that it came when I no longer want to sleep on the airbed (coz it hurts my back).

Other photos have been posted but due to time limitation*, I’ll write about the rest later.

* Originally we’ll have internet setup by today, but the Verizon guy came and say they have to dig up the road and lay the cable, which means we’ll not get internet this month… (oh my gosh!) We are trying to see if other companies can offer internet this week… Can’t imagine I’m going back to the university twice in a day, given the distance between my home and the university!

My new home

八月 21, 2010


The house on the left is my home in the states. It’s in Berwyn Heights with a quiet neighborhood. I live in a room in the basement half of which is underground, so I don’t get good signals sometimes.


This is the footbridge that crosses the Metro line and the MARC line. It is on my way to school if I have to walk. It’s a 40 minute walk and I have to spend 3.5 minutes winding up and down on this footbridge. Why don’t they add stairs (or ladders)? 😛


This is the bridge that leads to the campus.


My wardrobe.


The kitchen downstairs. Without stoves, oven or microwave, I have to go upstairs to cook my dinner.

I’ll post some more photos in the coming week.