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Very busy March 25, 2017

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One hour wait for a party of 4 at 3:15 pm on a Saturday afternoon at Zhong Xiao Fuxing (忠孝復興)Din Tai Fung(鼎泰豐), the xiaolongbao (小籠包)place.

It takes four people to make a xiaolongbao: one person makes wrapper, one person takes the wrapper, fills it with chopped vegetable and places it on a scale to check its weight, one person picks up the vegetable-filled wrapper, adds shrimp or crab meat to it and then places it on the wooden work table. The last person fold the wrapper up and makes sure the end product has 18 folds.

Well, folks, that’s the way it is.

You are fired. March 25, 2017

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In general, VCs don’t buy a family business no matter how successful it is. Trump should apple the same principle too: no relatives in the White House. 

Democrats and the liberal media should have a field day with imploding of Ryancare legislation and SNL, The Tonight Show and Jimmy Kimmel Live! will make a mockery out of the Trump family too.
So Trump is “furious” but will Trump utter the words: “You are fired” to Ivanka and Khshner? 

Please stay tuned.

 “MAR-A-LAGO Act” March 25, 2017

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Obama should be subjected to “MAR-A-LAGO” too.

Source: U.S.A Today

Well, all U.S. presidents should too. Who knows who or what is buying access at “MAR-A-LAGO” or the White House. 

Let’s pass the  “MAR-A-LAGO Act,” Congress.

Do Americans even care? March 25, 2017

Posted by hslu in Religion, Islam, Military, Muslim, Middle East, US Government.
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Yeah, the Pentagon said that there will be an investigation about civilian deaths in the hands of U.S.-led airstrike in a western neighborhood in Mosul.

Then what? An apology by a Pentagon spokesman is probably all American people will hear six months later. But do American people even care what’s going on in Iraq? Probably not. They care more about Kadashine’s next bf than how many Iraqis got killed by American bombs and missiles.

However, Iraqi people and a lot of people in the Middle East will remember every death in the hands of the U.S. government.

The hatred perpetuates.

掌上明珠 March 24, 2017

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朋友從 LA 回臺灣,請我們去宜蘭吃飯。餐館的名字叫:掌上明珠。好可愛。朋友來過這裏多次,對餐館的環境,氣氛,食材和8菜的品質及味道都非常喜歡。他們特意帶我們來嘗一嘗。

    離開台北那天早上,天上下著不小的雨。上了高速公路,一路無事,上山後,過了雪山隧道(first time for me),沒多久經過礁溪,然後往宜蘭方向走,下交流道以後走了一些鄉間小道,前後差不多一個半鍾頭就到餐館了。到了餐館,雨慢慢的停了,正好讓我們可以四處走走。

    餐館好像在人口稀少的宜蘭郊外,離市區有一點路。四周都是農田,沒有高房子。一路上,幾間矮矮的農舍點綴著沒有農作物的稻田。說這個餐館在鳥不生蛋的地方,是有點委屈了它。可是,餐館附近確實沒有太多人家,也沒有什麼商店。路窄,車少,天陰,雲低。冬天的宜蘭郊外還真沒有什麼景色。

    餐館不小,氣派十足,兩個高高的大房子四周有幾間比較矮小的房子,看起來都是木頭的建築物。除了飯廳,廚房,還有一個頗有韻味的美術館和一個鐘樓塔台。院子裏有小橋,流水,燈飾和精心栽植的黑松與大樹,搭配著花圃,樓臺和花間小道。幾個不算小的鳥籠子裏,有孔雀,鸚鵡,鴛鴦和一些我叫不出名字的鳥。看來老闆投資不少。也看得出來這個主人確實花費了不少功夫和心思。餐館在這裏多年了。想必有一定的客人讓它在這裏生存,成長,打造出一個響噹噹的名聲。連台北的客人都專車跑來吃飯。

    這是一個鐘樓塔臺。古典,風j雅。一副歷經滄桑的樣子。

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        朋友說,鳥籠是不久以前蓋的。這一對可愛的紐西蘭太陽鸚鵡最引人注意。嘰嘰喳喳的也不怕人。相親相愛,相偎相依,你儂我儂,羨煞人也。

        鴛鴦戲水。

        白孔雀是非常珍貴,少見的。還有幾隻其他顏色的孔雀。

        牆壁上的小裝飾。

        因為當天是週日,客人並不多。好大的餐廳顯得有些空曠。樓上也是餐廳,還有品茶的地方。我們上去參觀,覺得它的氣氛優雅,精緻的桌椅和房裏的擺設都是日式風味。

        樓上的雅房。簡單,大方,風景極佳。

        我們幾個人被安排在一間包廂裏,窗外景色宜人,剛剛下過雨,樹木花草顯得格外美麗。掌上明珠的菜是走日本懷石料理的風格,精細,漂亮,餐具典雅,份量卻比以前吃過的多了許多。開胃小菜,壽司和生魚片是一定有的。

        這是菜單,也是出菜的順序。

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        掌上明珠跟我們以前去過的幾個懷石料理餐館差不多。不過,這家給的份量太多,全桌沒有一個人吃完。有的菜的品質精細和盤飾新穎,值得推薦。有些菜一大盆,沒有一點美感,跟攤子上吃飯一樣。服務也有一點匆忙,給人一種趕集上市的感覺。我們在的那天,一點都不忙,不知道是不是廚房太急了。要不然就是我們吃的太慢。

        整體來說,掌上明珠像是宜蘭平原上的一顆樸素的珠子。四周的稻田把這顆明珠襯托出來。那些人工打造出來的景觀經過歲月和海風的洗禮,顯得非常安詳,默默的散發出誘人的光彩。一方方的稻田,襯托著一條條細細的田埂,延伸到不算太遠的高山。高高的山頭,躲在淡淡的霧裏看著這顆人工堆積出來的明珠,欣賞古典和詩意柔和在一起的綠洲。

        臺灣地小,人多,許多年輕的一代薪水低迷,工作時間非常長。除此之外 他們還被大環境壓的喘不過氣來。可是,這幾年來,臺灣的房價高漲,有房,有地的人身價大增,無形之間使得社會財富增加。掌上明珠和許多懷石料理餐館以及下午茶之類的高級餐廳就名正言順的滿足了這個市場。


    Over easy March 24, 2017

    Posted by hslu in Travel, Taiwan, Taipei, 林口.
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    不知道林口扶輪公園的雕刻是什麼,不過它有一點像 over easy。有個小銀牌子,可是字太小,看不到,只好作罷。

    後面的白房子是一個比較小的購物中心。它有一個電影院,幾個運動服裝店和幾個精品小店。餐館有七,八個,中間一個是火鍋吃到飽。我們試過。青菜自己拿。肉隨你吃多少,不過要向店員要。我們肉吃不多,拿來的也沒吃完。

    電影院好像 $200 一個人。這是會員價。我們已經參加。不是會員要 $400 吧。還沒來看過。電視上的節目就多的看不完了。還有 PC 上的文章和影視節目呢。

    扶輪公園還可以,地方並不是太小。在台北這一帶已經算是不錯了。我們有機會就在這裏走幾圈。繞著人行道上走一圈差不多 1000 步。公園裏有六,七個雕刻。三個籃球場,許多步道,好幾個亭子和做體操的地方。只要不下雨,就有許多人在這裏走路,跑步,談情,說愛,運動,遛狗,打籃球。公園邊上有好幾個公車站,附近有好幾個高樓,熱鬧的很。

    來一鍋 March 23, 2017

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    林口三井 Outlet

    韓國美味,高麗佳餚,熱鍋燒烤,任君選擇。物美價美,花样繁多,小菜大餐,一概俱全。

    林口三井,聞名北台,四方饕客,趨之若襟。三朋好友,大宴小酌,粗茶淡飯,利益良多。

    弄假成真。

    如假包換。

    跟真的一樣。

    Ghost shopping malls in the U.S. March 23, 2017

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    The Fed has just raised the key federal funds rate by 25 basis points, citing improvements in the labor market and rosy economic indicators. Two more rate hikes are widely expected before the end of 2017.

    Indeed, the latest unemployment rate data shows that the U.S. is almost at full employment with unemployment rate at 4.7% as of 3/10/2917. In other words, according to the U3 data, most people who want a job have a job: washing dishes, flipping hambergers, driving for Uber, waiting tables at local diners or walking dogs for the top 1% in NYC near Trump Tower. 

    We are not going to quibble about the U6 number because the media doesn’t report it and most Americans have never heard of it anyway.

    To me, 4.7% U3 means people’s pockets are stuffed with $100 bills. They are happy. They are satisfied with their lives. They go out for beer and lobsters. They fly to exotic resorts for vacations. Of course, they buy stuff they want instead of what they need. They might save a penny here or a quarter there. They are confident in their future according tow the latest consumer confidence survey results.

    But, according to this 3/23/2017 thestreet.com article on Yahoo Finance and other sources on the web, why are these U.S. retailers closing hundreds of their stores all over the United States?

    Are people having less money because their jobs aren’t paying enough?
    Are Amazon and eBay so successful selling almost everything on the Web that they ripped the faces off these once untouchable giants?

    Have their profit margins been squeezed by higher costs because China has been exporting inflation to the world?

    Do these big and small retailers simply lose touch with the changing spending habits of the consumers?

    Do baby boomers stop buying from them because they only have enough to pay for medicines and food?

    Or could the reason be as simple as America simply has too many shopping centers?

    Whatever the reason, real estate operators in the U.S. will need to adopt and modify their operations so that they don’t end up with ghost shopping malls on their portfolio. 

    Here are the known store closings for 2017. The list is long and no doubt that you have been to many of thrm:

    • JCPenney – 138 stores
    • Sears and K Mart  – 150 stores
    • Macy’s – 100 stores
    • Foot Locker – 151 stores
    • Kohl’s – 16 stores
    • CVS – 70 stores
    • Office Depot – 198 stores
    • Radio Shack – 552 stores
    • Family Christian – 240 stores
    • HHGregg – 88 stores
    • Pier One Imports – 100 stores
    • Staples – 118 stores
    • Tiffany – 11 stores
    • Bebe – 170 stores
    • Payless – 500 stores
    • Abercrombie and Fitch – 54 stores
    • Guess – 60 stores
    • Crocs – 160 stores
    • BCBG   Maxzaria – 118 stores
    • The Limited – 250 stores
    • Wet Seals – 171 stores
    • American Apparel – 110 stores

    All together, there will be roughly 3,500 empty retail spaces across the U.S. To make the matter worse, WalMart reportly will close 269 stores in 2017. 

    With so many stores closing up in 2017, how many employees will lose their jobs? 

    Is America’s economy really that good?

    Making sense March 22, 2017

    Posted by hslu in Debt and deficit, Taxes, Trump, US Government.
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    http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2017/03/22/john-stossel-is-trumps-budget-draconian-careless-and-counterproductive.html

    I enjoy reading John Stossel’s comments and watching his TV shows.

    臺灣政客做廣告 March 22, 2017

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    不知道有沒有他賣鞋子的廣告?

    最好找噢巴馬簽個名,替你賣”穿三天都不臭”的襪子,那就發了。