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Filming a rainbow when suddenly.


what the fuck

This is amaze. 

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No guys, I need to stop and talk about something in this movie and how fucking revolutionary it was; something that I haven’t seen in a movie before or since.

This is a movie about a kid who leaves her birth family.

Not a kid who find that they have a secret lineage or something that allows them to find their ‘true family’ - this is a movie about a kid whose true birth family is made up of bad people. So she gets out. And that is played as the right thing to do. She isn’t punished for it or made to feel bad about ‘abandoning her family’. There isn’t an underlying ‘but they’re your family and you have to love them’ or ‘they’re your family and they love you even if they don’t show it well or do hurtful things’ message of the kind that I see OVER AND OVER AND OVER AND OVER in media. Matilda gets out and lives happily ever after because of it.

We need a million more movies like this to counter the metric shit ton of movies that directly counter this message.

 #sometimes the family you start with isn’t a good one #but you can find your own #family is not absolute #blood is not absolute

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"Hot Pot" Cuisine Comes to Savannah

Savannah and the surrounding area is becoming more known for its cuisine and foodie culture. You have plenty of places for delicious Southern cooking. There are a decent amount of burger and pizza joints, too. And, there are numerous places for fine dining for the fancier folks. However, there is one area that is lacking in Savannah, and that’s good Asian food. Don’t get me wrong. We have plenty of Chinese restaurants, Japanese Steakhouses, Thai food dives, and even a few Vietnamese restaurants thrown into the mix. There are a lot of “fusion” places too that mix Asian cooking styles with other styles and pan-Asian restaurants that offer multiple types of Asian cuisine. But how many of these restaurants are more than just satisfactory? More than just a place to go grab food and be full? I want a place that I can go to consistently and say “Wow. I love going here because it’s delicious, and I’m happy and full when I leave.” That doesn’t happen very often…at least with Asian food in this town. Take for example…Vietnamese food.

Vietnamese cuisine is hard to find in the Hostess City

I’m Vietnamese, so I feel like I know Vietnamese food pretty well. My mom and plenty of people in my family know how to cook Vietnamese food. I’ve been to Vietnam too, and tried food over there, and I’ve been to plenty of major cities where the variety is greater and the competition is more fierce. When it comes down to it, Vietnamese food is lacking in Savannah. Saigon on Broughton Street closed down because there were issues concerned with the owner’s passing. And that was the “fanciest” Vietnamese dining we had in town. Then, what’s left? Saigon Bistro near Waters and DeRenne (my favorite of the places we have here). Saigon Flavors on Waters next to Byrd Cookie. And their satellite location in the Savannah Mall. A few other places in town serve pho or banh mi sandwiches, too. 

I digress… back to Splendid Shabu

So, when it was my cousin’s birthday, he heard about this “hot pot” place in Pooler called “Splendid Shabu.” Interesting name for sure. Shabu-shabu in Japanese refers to cooking thinly-sliced beef in boiling water. Think of fondue… but with broth and not cheese or chocolate… And that’s a oversimplification of what this Pooler restaurant offers. Here’s how Hot Pot works:

1) You choose your broth. I got the House Broth (it was a chicken-based broth… rather bland until you start adding things in). Everyone else decided on the spicy broth, which was a little more flavorful. This broth will then be served in a large pot that they’ll put on burners in front of you. You don’t share pots here; each person gets their own.

2) You choose your noodle. It’ll come uncooked, so you’ll have to stick it in the pot to boil and cook. I got Udon. My brother got glass noodles (thin clear noodles). The others got ramen noodles.

3) You get to choose what meat you want. The meat will come thinly sliced and raw. Seafood options are available, too. Shrimp for instance… and a mighty yummy fish. You cook it in the boiling broth as well. Worried about raw food contamination? They suggest dipping whatever utensil that touched the raw meat in the broth, which is hot enough to hopefully sanitize. 

4) When you choose your meat, it comes with a vegetable plate that includes whatever’s fresh in the restaurant that day. That normally will include bok choy, cabbage, assorted mushrooms, and spinach. Sometimes you’ll get corn or broccoli, too. There’s also an a-la-carte section where you can choose additional offerings for a small charge per item. 

5) They have a sauce bar where you can enjoy combinations of over a dozen different types of sauces. They also have chopped onions, minced garlic, and diced jalapeno for you to taste. Use these sauces to either flavor your broth more (which is what I did) and to dip your meats in after they’re cooked. 

6) Once everything comes out, dip it in the hot pot and cook it to your heart’s content. 

How was it? 

I’ll have to be honest… I’m not much of a fan of hot pot food. To me, it tastes pretty bland, and it’s normally not filling. So on the way to “Splendid Shabu,” I already had reservations. I will say that I had a pleasant experience, but it didn’t change the way I feel about hot pot. I had to add a lot of onions and garlic and chili sauce into my broth to flavor it. It was almost like putting meat into just boiling hot water. You can imagine how bland that could be. I dipped my meats and vegetables into the sauces, and they were pretty good. The vegetables were great. Three different types of mushrooms were laid out on my plate, and all were enjoyable. Who knew there were so many fungi to choose from! The bok choy and cabbage was my favorite. The experience was great. The service was great as well. Our server was not too informed with the specifics of all of the food, but she was very attentive and helpful when it came to trying to turn on and off the burners on our table. The idea of dipping your own foods and choosing whatever sauces you want gives the food a personalized approach that you can customize to whatever you like. And the amount of food was pretty generous. I left pretty full. Price-wise, this isn’t a cheap lunch or dinner. Expect to pay at least around $15 per person, but you pay for food and a fun experience. 

The Verdict

Overall, I think it’s a great addition to Pooler. It’s a new concept that many Savannahians and folks around here likely have not seen before. From reading the Yelp and Tripadvisor reviews, everyone who’s eaten there and compelled to write a review has said good things. And, the food is definitely a fresh, healthy alternative to the many fast food chains on Pooler Parkway. When we ate there at around 1PM, it was just us. They’ve been open for almost 2 months, so hopefully, the crowds will start coming in. They’re located right next to where the Tanger Outlets will open in about a year, so if they can hold on for long enough, they’ll definitely see more traffic in the area. 

9 Mill Creek Circle in Pooler. If you’re looking at Sam’s Club, it’s on the right side where the Pita Pit used to be.

It’s time to stop feeling jealousy but showing support and happiness to those who are doing well. And then maybe some time down the line, something good will come my way, too…


Savannah, GA - Day 1

Departing South Florida in the early hours of darkened morning allowed for a timely arrival in Savannah. We stopped into The Distillery for a few cold, local brews and hot food items to appease our appetites before checking into our hotel. The city is a well laid out template of Southern style homes originating near the river, and growing in size the further they are from its borders. It remains fairly quiet, peaceful to stroll the streets under the shade of the Spanish Moss. Dinner proved to be quite the indulgence at Alligator Soul, but that is for someone else to tell you about. 

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Blogged about something that I’ve always wondered about when I drove through New Jersey…


What’s the deal with not being able to pump your own gas in New Jersey!?!

Every time I go up to New Jersey, I always forget the statewide ban on self-service at a gas station. Most people may not even know what I’m talking about when I say “self-service” because it’s just so intuitive to get out of your car and pump your own gas. Intuitive unless you live in Oregon or New Jersey, which are the only two states that require an attendant to pump your own gas.

So, for me and many out-of-state travelers, it seems counter intuitive to have someone pump your gas for you… It wastes your time when you have to wait for an attendant to come by. You have to have unnecessary contact with another human (and we know how inconvenient that can be… haha) And, you can’t keep on pushing the lever on the pump yourself when you want to fill your tank up after the pump clicks off. You want to get to the nearest whole dollar amount!!! 

Well, after talking with an attendant in New Jersey about it and reading briefly on the law that was passed in the 1940s, there are a few reasons why the state isn’t budging on their law.

1) Pumping gas is dangerous, and you should leave it to trained attendants to do it.

2) Allowing self-service would mean cutting thousands of jobs across the state, and that’s no bueno.

3) New Jersey people genuinely like having someone fill up their tank for them, and they don’t want that to go.

4) Apparently, the tax on gas in New Jersey is pretty low, and having attendants is a reason why. 

For me, I still argue that if the residents of the other 48 states can pump their own gas with pretty few explosions, shouldn’t the people of Oregon and New Jersey be able to do the same? But it’s tradition, and some people don’t like to see something they’ve grown up with for decades go. Understandable.

Now… another question I had… Do you tip the attendant? After reading a few forums and getting people’s thoughts, the answer can vary. If they’re only pumping your gas for you, then they’re not doing much, so probably no tip… If they offer to clean your windshield or have your tire pressure checked, a couple of bucks would be nice. I don’t know how much they get paid, but you giving a dollar or two probably wouldn’t kill you too much. We got gas pumped twice in New Jersey. One guy was kind of nice, so we tipped a buck. The other attendant didn’t say a word, so no tip it was. 

So there you have it. A brief little passage and hopefully some incite on why you can’t pump your own gas in the Garden State.

By the way, this picture is from New York. I couldn’t find a relevant picture from my roadtrip folder since I neglected to take a picture of a gas pump… 


Me in the club

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CARYTOWN, Richmond, Virginia

I am a sucker for street art and murals. It adds not only beauty and creativity to an area but also speaks about the type of people and the way of life in the community. You can get a sense of the neighborhood through the emotions and messages conveyed through the art.

I’ve been to many cities with murals and wall art/graffiti… Wynwood Walls in Miami for instance was an amazing collection of public art. Carytown, while smaller in magnitude to Wynwood’s mass amount of paintings, is not inferior in any way. You can’t look at it like one is better than the other. Because it’s not about that. It’s about expressing creativity and emotions and messages through visual illustrations. My stroll down Cary Street was pretty awesome…and I thought I’d share some of the amazing work.



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Dangerous derecho, a powerful type of rain storm, knocked out power for hundreds of thousands in the mid-west. Storm is over Chicago now. The Vane reports hundreds of thousands lost power, but I cannot confirm this.

Things you’re guaranteed to find up north: Traffic, tolls, and Dunkin Donuts