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NEWS 05 China is New Leader in International Education Rankings

PROFESSIONAL ADVICE 26 Immigration and You: Entries Without Inspection and Fraudulent Entries

PRO’S FILE 30 Roland Orallo @ SHOGUN Japanese Steak House

TASTE OF ASIA 10 Golden Lotus: Authentic Chinese Restaurant in Central Florida 24 New Year, New Challenge 34 Restaurants Guide

CULTURE 16 Between Ignorance And Enlightenment 25 Time to Welcome the Year of Rabbit

TRAVEL 12 URBAN PARADISE: 2010 Taipei International Flora Exposition



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China is New Leader in International Education Rankings The results of the 2009 PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment) Study were released last month, and on top of the list in the categories of Math, Science, and Reading-- Shanghai, China.

main competitive in the knowledge economy of the 21st century. Americans need to wake up to this educational reality, instead of napping at the wheel while emerging competitors prepare their students for economic leadership.”

In the United States, 2009 PISA testing was conducted between September and November 2009, and the sample included 5,233 15-year-old students from both public and private schools. According to NCES Deputy Commissioner Stuart Kerachsky, a total of 165 schools were randomly selected and weighted to be representative of the nation.

The following are the Top 5 PISA 2009 rankings. The United States ranked 30th in Math, 20th for Science, and 17th for Reading.


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This is the first year that China has participated in the study, and the results show that the United States is lagging far behind other developed countries, prompting President Obama to issue a Sputnik-like challenge for the United States to catch up. At a recent press conference, Education Secretary Arne Duncan commented about the 2009 PISA results: “The findings, I have to admit, show that the United States needs to urgently accelerate student learning to try to re-

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Asian American Heritage Council

awarded more than thirty-five Asian American students  By Asia Trend C.K. Lau for their outstanding achievement Founded in 1980, Asian American Heritage Council’s mission is to recognize and reward Asian American students for their academic excellence, community service and leadership. AAHC consists of many Asian American organizations who works together to preserve the Asian culture and heritage through informative programs. The scholarship is mainly sponsored by Corporations such as Darden Restaurants, Hewitt’ Asian Diversity Network, Siemens, Universal Orlando, SunTrust Bank and Orlando Health. If you would like to know more about how to join the organization or how to apply the next year scholarship, please visit AAHC 2010-11 Officers: Mario Ordona, Agnes Chau, Pauline Ho and Richard Shen

This year I was an applicant for the AAHC Student Scholarship, and was honored to win 1st place for the 7th grade category. Currently, I am an 8th grader at Stonewall Jackson Middle School. It was a great experience, especially the award ceremony at Sonesta Hotel. Applying for this scholarship gave me an opportunity to reflect on my local and Asian community involvement. This award is a checkpoint for me to see if I am on a path for a future that I want: to excel academically and become an architect or engineer; contribute to the community; and to be proud of my heritage.

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See some of the recipients would like to say about the scholarship awards: I first applied for the AAHC scholarship as a sophomore, not fully realizing what would make me truly eligible for an award. Now, I’m a junior and I’ve realized the true purpose of the AAHC -- it’s not to make us show how brilliant and talented we are as individuals, but how we use our gifts to help the community and make a name for Asians in society. I realized that maybe, compared to others, I haven’t done enough of this and it was an excellent source of motivation for me to continue to try harder in the future. I want to follow the examples of my peers and the winners, and become a better person along the way and finally achieve my dream of becoming both a graphic designer and computer programmer. Thank you AAHC, for giving me the opportunity to realize all of this in one night

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This year, I applied for the AAHC Scholarship. I am very glad and honored to receive the 1st place scholarship for the 8th grade category. Now, I am a freshman and I have a better understanding of the AAHC program. I feel that the AAHC program encourages Asian American students to work hard in academic but also encourages us to balance our studies with community involvement and the development of leadership skills. AAHC has motivated many students, including me to strive and do our best to reach our goals. Also, I had the honor to perform with my brother Hans a music ensemble while Tiffany and Celeste performed a Chinese ribbon dance. Performing at the Award Ceremony was a great experience. AAHC has helped me by observing my peers and striving to achieve my goal to become a business man in the future.

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Representatives of the participating organizations and Community Leaders Participating Partners include Asian American Pacific Women’s Association, Asian Student Association of UCF, Bayanihan at Wedgefield, Buddhist Light International Association, Chinese American Association of Central Florida, Council For Filipino American Organizations, Darden Asian American Network, Filipino American Association of Brevard County, Indian Horizon Association, Orlando Chinese Professionals Association, REACH of Central Florida, Saigon Radio, Vietnamese Association of Central Florida, Vietnamese Student Association of UCF

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健康 Volunteers offer their DNA from cheek swabs to register as potential bone-marrow donors.

A nurse collects blood sample from NBA star Yao Ming of the Houston Rockets at an activity held in the Renmin University of China in Beijing September 4, 2005. Yao and students from ten Chinese universities took part in the event promoting the donation of hematopoietic stem cell, or bone marrow. [newsphoto]

Bone Marrow Donation — Will You Be the One?

 By Celia Chan

I first became interested in the topic of bone marrow donation when I was doing some research for a class project in graduate school. Many people have heard of blood donation: they’ve seen the Red Cross blood drives, or they know someone who has donated blood. Perhaps they are blood donors themselves. I was familiar with blood donation, but bone marrow donation was something new to me, and as I’ve discovered, to many Asian-Americans. Every year, almost 15,000 people in the United States with leukemia or another lifethreatening disease can be best treated through a bone marrow transplant.1 To have a successful transplant, the patient must find someone whose bone marrow is a match for their own. The best chances of finding a match is usually within the patient’s own family, such as a sibling, but about 70% of patients are unable to find a close match and need to rely on unrelated marrow donors. Bone marrow matches are genetic, which means that the patient has a better chance of matching if the donor comes from the same racial or ethnic heritage. The National Bone Marrow Program (NMDP) runs the Be the Match® bone marrow registry, which is the largest and most ethnically diverse marrow registry in the world. A bone marrow registry matches potential volunteer donors with patients who need a transplant, using a database

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or directory of tissue types.2 Many patients turn to the NMDP to find a potential match. Nationally, minorities are underrepresented on the registry. Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders make up about 7% of the total number of volunteer donors on the registry. The more people that sign up, the greater the chances that a potential match may be found for a patient. It’s simple to sign up. There are nine bone marrow recruitment centers based in Florida that are listed on the NMDP website. Some of these centers run bone marrow drives and list those drives on their websites. When you attend a drive, you are given a cheek swab kit, which includes special cotton swabs that you use to swab the inside of your cheek. This sample is collected and used to tissue type your cheek cells, and the results are then used to match a patient. You can also order a kit online at the NMDP website. Once you join the registry, you may never be called to donate. Donors can join the registry when they are 18, and they are asked to stay on the registry until they turn 61, although they may request removal from the registry before then. Within that time span, you may be identified as one of several potential matches for someone. You may also be the only match for a sick patient.

the risks and inconveniences to donating bone marrow. You are encouraged to find out more about how donating might affect you. The choice to join the registry and donate bone marrow takes careful thought and consideration. It’s a more involving process than blood donation; however, the rewards from potentially saving a life may be worth it. To find out more about the Be the Match® bone marrow registry and donating bone marrow, please visit the National Marrow Donor Program website, at, or call 1-800-MARROW2. Sources: 1 Bone Marrow and Cord Blood Donation and Transplantation. 2010. Accessed on December 20th, 2010. 2

World Marrow Donor Association. 2010. “Share Life.” Accessed on December 20th, 2010.

All facts and data are taken from the National Marrow Donor Program website unless explicitly indicated. Celia Chan is a graduate student at Tufts University in Boston, MA. She is a candidate for the MS in Health Communication degree and expects to graduate in May 2011.

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Golden Lotus:

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Chinese cuisine has been an integral thread of the American cultural tapestry since the gold rush days in California, with Chinese rail road laborers setting up shop and making “chop suey” dishes out of everything they could find. This all changed when in 1972 President Richard Nixon visited China for the first time bringing new attention and interest for all things Chinese, especially for authentic Chinese food. Golden Lotus restaurant owner Jackson Lo started his career around this time many decades ago beginning in Hong Kong. He is now a builder of Chinese restaurants throughout the Central Florida area and also owner of the famed Szechuan restaurant near Walt Disney World. Golden Lotus is the restaurant he created to bring authentic Chinese food to Central Florida. Golden Lotus restaurant is hidden in a plaza on the southeast corner of Sand Lake Road and John Young Parkway, only a few miles away from the Florida Mall. The wait staff here is attentive and kind, having been at the service of Golden Lotus for many years, a loyalty that is not found in many other restaurants. Golden Lotus specializes in Cantonese and Szechuan dishes, serving dim sum until 4pm daily. They have helpful menus with pictures of dim sum, items on them to aid those of us who may be confused what a fried taro dumpling or shrimp rice paste looks like. Their dim sum is among the best in Central Florida, with fresh ingredients and skillful preparation.

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A specialty at Golden Lotus is their beef chow fun noodles, hand made right on the premises from scratch, giving the noodles its unique texture and taste not found in any other restaurant in Orlando.

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Another specialty is the tea-smoked duck which takes hours to make. The duck is first salted and spiced inside, then hung over night. The duck is then dry smoked with Chinese tea leaves using wood chips over hours to absorb the flavors into the duck. Their Szechuan wontons are a spicy treat, with just the right amount of kick. They also serve noodle soup bowls starting at $6.95, a great meal for a great price. I’ve had their beef noodle soup on a previous occasion and can attest to their heartwarming flavors and beefy aroma.

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The egg tarts here are flaky and bite-sized sweet delights, a perfect dessert to go with hot tea, a drink cultivated for thousands of years by the Chinese for their healthy qualities. Golden Lotus Chinese Restaurant 8365 South John Young Parkway Orlando, FL 32819-9037 (407) 352-3832

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Golden Lotus is a restaurant full of tasty surprises and authentic dishes made with care. Visit them soon for a fantastic Chinese meal for an affordable price. Ricky Ly is the foodblogger for, the #1 Orlando Food Blog voted Best Food Blog 2010 by the Orlando Sentinel, and a past food critic for the Central Florida Future newspaper. He recently started EmpireDesigners. com, a website design and marketing firm in the Orlando area specializing in small businesses. For more info on how to grow your business online, email

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xpansive urban gardens. Fine art displays. Cultural dances. Horticulture and biotechnology exhibits. And yes, of course, millions of diverse plants and flowers. The 2010 Taipei International Flora Exposition (臺北國際花卉博覽會)will be held from November 6th, 2010 to April 25th, 2011 in Taipei, Taiwan. Taipei will be the 7th city to host such an event recognized by the International Horticulture Exposition, and the first to take place inside a large city center. Expected to attract eight million tourists, the Expo helps Taiwan share with the world its achievements in the areas of tourism, catering, gardening and biotechnology.

Conchita Hsu, is a nature lover who actively promotes culture and arts in the community. She advocates green practices and embraces ideas of exploring and broadening new horizons with the goal of protecting our mother nature in all its unique beauty.

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Placed in the middle of a major modern metropolis of 7 million people, the Expo is a response to people’s desire for tranquility and green spaces, of urban renewal. Amidst the hustle and bustle of life in the Taiwanese capital, the Expo consists of 14 exhibition halls spread across an area of 92 hectares, different park areas and galleries, each with a unique theme. Combined over 40 million flowers from 30 countries and thousands of species envelop visitors in awe and inspire human celebrations of shared values. Just to cite a few examples: “Flower Spirit Feast” is an exhibition of superlative craftsmanship in the form of fruit sculptures. Created by a group of accomplished artists, the sculptures evoke images and memories of a bygone era. Another area, “Fate Reborn”, demonstrates how traditional arts and plant life are combined in a sensory journey of spiritual purification to create modern fashion accessories. “Flora Dreams” uses literature, art, and photography to showcase how the human race has been inspired by flora throughout history. At the Pavilion of Culture, visitors will embark on an amazing journey of beauty. Other venues include a world-class Taipei Fine Arts Museum, and Taipei Story House, a Tudorstyle English heritage building that celebrates the international influences in Taiwan. Also some other not to be missed areas include the Pavilion of Aroma and Flowers, and the EXPO Hall, which features a unique butterfly and chrysalis architectural design created with recyclable steel and 1.5 million recycled plastic bottles. The themes of “dancing blossoms, fluttering butterflies, and green living” are omnipresent throughout the hall, and the transparent skylight panels brighten the interior with natural illumination. This international event is expected to draw millions of tourists to Taipei, with the opening ceremony attended by many dignitaries, in-

cluding Taiwanese President Ma Ying-Jeou (馬英九總統) and other heads of state such as the President of the Republic of Nauru, the former Prime Minister of Japan, the President of the Republic of Palau, the Vice President of Gambia, the President of the Marshall Islands, and the Governor General of Belize , etc. “It’s more than an expo of flowers and gardening. We want to use this to call attention to the fact that environmental protection is a way of life,” said the mayor of Taipei, Mr. Hau Lung-pin, (郝龍斌市長) . “It demonstrates the ‘three Rs’ — reduce, recycle and reuse — green buildings, green energy and green technology. The world will see the city’s efforts in seeking the harmonious coexistence of people and nature via the expo.” All in all, the Taipei International Flora Exposition promises to be a truly amazing blend of nature and city life, an urban inspiration to refreshing the senses. With rivers, flowers, museums, and theatres, this Expo celebrates green building and green energy alongside traditional teas, fashions, and fine arts. It also displays to the whole world the depth and warmth of Taiwanese people, its magnificent arts and culture. And while in Taiwan, there are lots of other places to see, things to do, and foods to eat. For first time visitors, shopping and eating at the Night Markets is something that may overwhelm the senses – especially taste buds. The National Palace Museum comprises the world’s finest collection of Eastern treasures, pleasing for lay persons and scholars alike. For those seeking more nature, many hot springs and national parks are nearby, while those seeking urban adventures can take the new high-speed rail to Taichung’s Sun Moon Lake, Kaohshiong or other Taiwanese cities. And of course, what trip to Taiwan can be complete without going up the expansive Taipei 101, one of the world’s tallest skyscrapers? Finish your trip by trying exotic fruits, or stinky tofu – if it’s not your thing, then wash it down with some sweet bubble tea - or other Taiwanese delicacies. All in all, the Taipei International Floral Expo, with over 40 million flowers and fine arts and biotechnology all displayed in an urban center, is definitely a must-see for those interested in gardening and science and a delightful experience for all on a voyage to Taiwan.

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12 Best Asian Cultural Events in Florida 2010  By Asia Trend

Asia Trend Magazine would like to recognize these 12 best Asian Cultural Events in Florida in the year of 2010. We salute those organizers and volunteers who put tremendous effort into each event. Without their selfless contributions, we would not have a chance to enjoy these wonderful events. If you would like to nominate your favorite Asian event next year, please submit the name of the event, several event pictures and the reason to be the best at In order to submit your vote, you need to “Like” Asia Trend Magazine Page. All submitted events must be in Florida to be qualified. The pictures of the following events can be viewed at Enjoy. Tet Festival 2010 by Vietnamese Association of Central Florida Embrace China by Jacksonville Chinese Association – CAACF 40th Anniversary and Chinese New Year Celebration by Chinese American Association of Central Florida – The 22nd Annual CCF Chinese New Year Festival by Chinese Cultural Foundation, Miami The World Festival 2010 by The Rotary Club of Casselberry – World of Nations Celebration by City of Jacksonville Office of Special Events Fiesta Filipina 2010 by Council for Filipino American Organizations The Heart of Florida Asian Festival by The city of Gainesville Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs – The 33rd Annual Bon Festival by The Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens – Experience Asia 2010 by Asian Coalition of Tallahassee – Orlando International Dragon Boat Festival & Asian Cultural EXPO by Great White North – Orlando Japan Festival by Japan Association of Orlando – The sequence is the time of occurrence, not the ranking

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The Planting of Ideas In a person’s life, there are many key moments of success and failure. Having the positive or negative idea is such an important factor. Ideas can turn a person toward great achievement or grave failure. If a person’s mind is deeply rooted in making money and nothing else matters because he or she has set aside good character and morality in the pursuit of money, this person will achieve nothing of significance. Having an “idea” is like planting a seed in that one will reap whatever one sows. A positive idea will lead to wealth, success, and even great virtue, whereas a negative idea will only lead to unwholesome indulgence and moral decay. Having a sound idea is like having wealth that can be enjoyed forever. There are many sayings: “A person’s value comes from one’s contributions; a person’s legacy comes from pursuing greatness.”

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“To use money is to have money; to have money is a kind of merit. Knowing how to use money properly is wisdom.” “A person must have an image of the virtuous for the sake of emulating him.” “To be the first, one must learn to be the second; to be the boss, one must learn to be the subordinate.” “To have a good crop, one must first plow the earth and sow the seeds; to be treated well by others, one must first treat others with trust and respect.” One’s growth depends on the soundness of one’s ideas. One will only make progress if one can learn to adjust one’s ideas. A good idea will only be effective if it is accepted by the majority. If it is rejected, it will be rendered useless. Therefore, a worthwhile idea must not be narrow-minded; it must take into consideration all relevant factors. Ideas are wealth, and the Buddha’s teaching is the most precious Dharma treasure. However, many in the past have misconstrued Buddhism. If we are willing to know, to understand, to have the correct perception of, and to practice the Dharma, we will have the treasure of the Dharma forever. We will reap infinite benefits. In the six perfections (paramitas), “giving charity” is perceived as giving to others, but in reality, it is a way to gain inner-wealth. “Upholding the precepts” is perceived as restriction, but it is a way to true freedom and safety. “Patience” is perceived as suffering a loss, but it is a way to gain advantage. “Diligence” is perceived as something hard, but it is a way to happiness and success. “Meditation” is perceived as something boring, but it is a way to vivacity and tranquility. “Wisdom” is often confused with cleverness, but it is the insightful realization of the truth. In the five precepts, “no killing” is the rule against taking another’s life. “No stealing” prohibits taking another’s possessions. “No sexual misconduct” forbids the violation of another’s body. “No lying” is the rule against damaging another’s good name, and “no intoxication” prohibits the infringement on one and others. If the five precepts can be observed faithfully, the true manifestation of freedom and democracy will result. In this world, everything happens in a moment of thought. If we have any inkling of the true, the good, and the beautiful, our lives will be enriched beyond imagination. If we are willing to examine our ideas and introspect daily, our characters will be vastly improved. By broadening our horizons and revising our ideas constantly, we will become better people. Morality is the key to maintaining successful relationships. The integrity of our characters depends on our virtue. The more virtuous we are, the more respectable we will be. Positive thinking is the foundation of loving-kindness and generosity. If we can produce within ourselves correct understanding, purified thoughts, and admirable ideas, and if we can speak words like sunshine and flowers that will bring joy to others, we will definitely have a wonderful life.  By Venerable Master Hsing Yun © Buddha’s Light Publishing

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Asia Trend Magazine: Exclusive Interview with

Far East Movement, the 1st Asian American group to top the Billboard Hot 100 chart at #1 with “Like A G6”

Far East Movement (FM) is an electro hip hop group based in Los Angeles, California. Far East Movement has the distinction of being the first Asian-American group to earn a top ten hit on the Mainstream Pop charts in America. Their single “Like a G6” hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart and on iTunes as well in late October, 2010. Members Kevin Nishimura (Kev Nish), James Roh (Prohgress), Jae Choung (J-Splif) and Virman Cocquia (DJ Virman) come from Japanese, Chinese, Korean, and Filipino ancestry in the Asian American community. In early 2010, Far East Movement was the opening act for Lady Gaga’s Monster ball tour. Far East Movement recently released their new album Free Wired and single “Rocketeer” featuring One Republic’s Ryan Tedder, produced by The Stereotypes and co-written by Bruno Mars . AT: Where did you come up with the name for Far East Movement? FM: The name came from the first song we recorded in an attic in downtown LA. We lugged a huge old school computer up to a friends attic where we wouldn’t disturb any one and wrote a song about what we felt was a new generation of kid livin’ in LA how we live. The song was about thinking out the box, listening to all kinds of genres and letting your playlist define you, streetwear, kick culture, downtown la club

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life, lowridin’. It was a collage of everything that represented us and we called the song The Far East Movement. Eventually we realized that since the song described everything about us we figured it was the perfect name. AT: Who are your greatest musical influences? FM: Our musical influences are all over the board. That playlist would have Michael Jackson, Linkin Park, The Beastie Boys, NWA, Snoop Dogg, Tupac, Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins, Rage Against The Machine, Beck, Muse, Hall and Oats, Outkast, Empire Of The Sun, Daft Punk, ATB, Paul Oakenfold... could keep going haha. AT: Who are your role models and heroes? FM: Our role models happen to be the people we work with: Martin Kierszenbaum who is the head of Cherrytree Records, an incredible music mogul, insane work ethic and understands music and the marketplace better than anyone we’ve met, and our managers Ted Chung and Russell Redeaux who’ve changed the game in their own lane with amazing business scene and work ethic as well. AT: What can listeners and fans expect from your latest album Free Wired? FM: For Free Wired, we set out to make an alternative pop album fusing our inspirations in hip hop, electro, pop, alt rock and anything Support Asia Trend Magazine, Support our Advertisers

else in our playlist that moves us to create a new Free Wired sound that represents how we live in downtown LA. Along with slappin club tracks, we pushed ourselves to switch up the tempo and fuse a slower paced hip hop track with electro synths and an alternative style hook for Rocketeer, a song about flying to make those dreams happen for the one you love. We want the listener to hear all the different layers of a Free Wired LA. AT: Whats your favorite track from Free Wired and why? FM: They are all equally our favorite ;) but for sentimental reasons we have to say “Girls On The Dance Floor” since that was the song that brought us into the Cherrytree Interscope office and got us signed to the label. AT: How does it feel to be the first ever Asian American group to be number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100? FM: We are honored that our community is acknowledging it and proud to rep but at the same time our music and how we live was never fueled by race, we’re just some everyday kids from LA, artists in LA among hundreds of thousands working for the same dream no matter the race, so its a crazy feeling to be able to rep our neighborhood as well. AT: If you could give advice to Asian American youth today what would it be? FM: Wild out being yourself, have faith, network and create opportunites for yourself, dream big, and surround yourself with positive people, stay free wired. AT: From your experience, what are the most important qualities to be successful? FM: Be passionate, have an intense work ethic, be humble, be patient, never give up.. but we have yet to see if any of this will work haha. You can purchase Far East Movement’s Free Wired on CD at a local store near you or on iTunes today.

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 By Rowena Mateo-Sjovall

New Year, New Challenge

For most of us, the New Year usually means making resolutions. I have found that the most common resolution people make after the holidays is to lose weight. I remember times when a local gym was packed between January-March not only with new members but also with old members who have “taken a break” from the rigors of exercise, pounding some kind of shake at the juice bar and hearing conversations about the latest diet fad. I was one of those. I would pay my monthly dues at the gym but can count with both my hands how many times I have actually been inside the gym. I would start some kind of lose weight diet program only to be on it for a week or two. Oh and not to mention the amount of money I spent not only on those protein shakes but also buying groceries that after staring at them for a couple of hours, wondering what to have for dinner, I call and order take-out. Yeah I would say my attempts to fulfill my New Year resolutions have been unsuccessful. That said, nobody minds losing a pound or two, saving some money on groceries and eating healthier.

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This year, I challenge you to be a lot savvier in the kitchen to help you lose weight, eat healthier and save money just by doing these two things:

MEAL PLANNING This is a good start to save money and monitor what you eat. Before I got into planning our weekly dinners, I was spending about $250 on groceries for a household of four every week. I have teenagers and with the way they eat, it’s like feeding 2 more adults so in the end, I always plan to feed six people. Nowadays my grocery bill is significantly less than that a week which is not bad considering we eat at home 5-6 nights a week. In addition to saving money, I also get my family’s input on what kind of meals they would like to eat. Now granted Spaghetti is frequently requested, I have become creative by giving my kids a couple of the food magazines I subscribe to and they each pick one that they would like to try. This gives us 2-3 new dishes that we try during the week. It’s almost like going to a fancy restaurant, getting seconds but not paying the fancy price. Additionally, we do a “pick a country theme”. Perhaps this could be a good way to re-connect with your heritage by preparing those meals that you have not had in a while.

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COOKING AT HOME As I mentioned we eat at home 5-6 nights a week. This doesn’t mean I’m always slaving away in the kitchen for 2-3 hours a day coming up with a gourmet meal. Just like any parent of teenagers with a husband who is out of town for work a lot, I juggle my schedule in the afternoon trying to get my kids from here to there. I cook meals that I can freeze and save for another busy night, use my slow cooker so I can “fix it and forget it” or re-invent leftovers. I save Sundays for my special dinner such as pot roast, fresh seafood or something new and complex from a magazine because this is when I have plenty of time to cook.

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We used to be a household that ordered take-out quite frequently. However, one of the things I feature on my blog, Saraplicious! Kitchen is cooking your favorite take-out at home. Some benefits of cooking your favorite take-out at home include: 1. You know what goes in your food. There’s no more guessing whether about whether MSG was used or not. Also, if you are allergic to something you can make your favorite meal to suit you. You are making something that’s healthier based on your standards. 2. You save money by cooking your favorite take out at home. Yeah you may be paying $9.95 for Shrimp & Tofu Phad Thai but if you buy the ingredients with the money that you would be spending at your favorite take-out, you can make a lot more servings that you can save for the next day. It’s more cost effective in the long run. 3. You have fun and a sense of pride knowing that you made something that your family will enjoy. Getting everyone involved in planning and making a meal are great ways to bond with family members. Are you up for this challenge?

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ROWENA MATEO-SJOVALL is a self taught home cook who decided to venture out of her college Ramen recipes when she got married and became a step mom. Her passion for developing and making taster-friendly exotic dishes for her American family and friends led to the creation of her blog – Saraplicious! Kitchen - She was born and raised in the Philippines and speaks fluent Tagalog. For questions, comments and ideas for future articles, contact Rowena via email at



Time to Welcome the Year of Rabbit


he festivities begin on the first day of the first lunar month of the New Year and last for 15 days. Lunar New Year 4708, which falls on February 3rd this year, is the most important festival among Chinese (as Spring Festival), Vietnamese (as Tet Festival) and Korean (as Solnal). It is the time for renewal, family gatherings, eating rich foods and paying respect to your ancestors and elders. Also, what you do and how you act during the period is crucial in determining how the rest of your year will go. So, eating the right foods, dressing the new clothes, saying the blessing words all symbolize the prosperous year to come.

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Make sure to learn the following greetings to impress your Asian friends, co-workers and neighbors.

Kung Hay Fat Choy – Cantonese Gong Xi Fa Cai – Mandarin Saehae Bok Mani Paduseyo – Korean Chúc Mừng Năm Mới – Vietnamese



Occupying the 4th position in the Chinese Zodiac, the Rabbit symbolizes such character traits as creativity, compassion, and sensitivity. Rabbits are friendly, outgoing and prefer the company of others. They also prefer to avoid conflict. In confrontational situations, Rabbits approach calmly and with consideration for the other party. Rabbits believe strongly in friends and family and lacking such bonds can lead to emotional issues.

Rabbits are articulate and good communicators which is why friends and acquaintances seek out their advice. It’s also why Rabbits make excellent diplomats and politicians. Other good careers for Rabbits include: writer, publisher, actor, fashion designer, therapist, doctor, administrator, public relations, and teacher.

Their serene nature keeps Rabbits from becoming visibly upset. Because they’re serene animals, Rabbits are easily taken advantage of. Their sensitive nature makes them shy away from aggressive or competitive situations. They’re overall conservative and not interested in taking risks.

Metal Rabbits – Years 1951 and 2011 Metal gives Rabbits more strength, resilience and determination. Metal Rabbits are more intense in their actions, whether they’re work-related or romantic.

Classy, sophisticated, expressive, well-mannered and stylish, those born under the Sign of the Rabbit enjoy leaning about cultural issues and learning about people from other countries. Rabbits are most comfortable being home, and their homes are always neat and organized. Home is also where Rabbits prefer to entertain. Rabbits are conservative in their decorating tastes. Rabbits should work at building more self-confidence and self-worth so they can feel more secure. The desire for remaining in safe, comfortable environments keeps Rabbits from taking risks which sometimes causes them to miss out on good opportunities. Health Even though Rabbits don’t usually get visibly upset or stressed, they do tend to keep these feelings inside. When they don’t express these feelings, such feeling can cause Rabbits to become ill. Rabbits could benefit from more everyday activity which would reduce their stress levels and better their health. Relationships Rabbits are very sexual, but tend to give more of themselves than they should. This can lead to unrealistic expectations and unhealthy situations. Rabbits need partners who won’t take advantage of their giving nature. Such pairings will be strong.

Rabbits and the 5 elements

Water Rabbits – Years 1903 and 1963 Like the currents, Water Rabbits prefer to go with the flow, avoiding conflict at all costs, even in situations that are bothersome. It’s easy to take advantage of Water Rabbits. They’re very supportive of others. Wood Rabbits – Years 1915 and 1975 Wood Rabbits occupy their time doing for others; always feeling the need to make others content. This generosity is easy for others to take advantage of and sometimes Water Rabbits don’t even realize is happening. Fire Rabbits – Years 1927 and 1987 Fire adds spark to the Rabbit’s personality and all that Fire Rabbits do. Fire compels Rabbits to seek new adventures. Prone to tantrums, Fire Rabbits prefer to avoid conflict. Earth Rabbits – Years 1939 and 1999 Earth Rabbits are grounded in reality. Their advice can be harsh, but honest. Home life is important to Earth Rabbits as are money and material goods. Source: Jan 2011


Professional Advice


Immigration and You:

Entries Without Inspection and Fraudulent Entries  By Fernando Perez III, Esq.

As an attorney who has been helping clients with their immigration problems for over 29 years, I find that often, because of a misunderstanding of the law, persons will spend years, or a lifetime, in the United States illegally when there is a way to become legal. One of the most common misunderstandings is the difference in the meanings of an ENTRY WITHOUT INSPECTION, sometimes referred to as EWI, and the meaning of a FRAUDULENT ENTRY.

are able to get a waiver. The only exceptions are (1) for persons who apply for asylum; (2) for persons who were in the United States before 2001 and who had a family member or an employer petition for them prior to April 30, 2001; and (3) for persons in removal (deportation) proceedings who have been in the United States for more than ten years, have not committed any crimes, and who have a parent, spouse or child who is a citizen or permanent resident of the United States.


By comparison, a person who makes a Fraudulent Entry can get a green card (permanent residence) if they marry a United States citizen or if their son or daughter becomes a United States citizen. Those persons, because they were “inspected” when they came into the United States, would apply for the green card like anyone else and will just be required to file a waiver to overcome the fraud at the time of entry.

Very simply, and Entry Without Inspection describes a situation where someone sneaks into the United States. This would include persons who sneak across the border into the United States from Canada or Mexico or persons who come ashore on a boat and, who, after entering that way never come into contact with a Customs and Border Protection Agent who checks their passport and visa and formally admits them into the United States. Specifically, the term Entry Without Inspection refers to anyone who enters the United States who is not “inspected” by an Agent with the United States Customs and Border Protection agency. Persons who make an Entry Without Inspection will not have any official papers or a stamp in their passport showing the place and time of entry.

FRAUDULENT ENTRIES By comparison, a person who makes a Fraudulent Entry is a person who is formally admitted to the United States after being inspected by a Customs and Border Protection Agent, but who uses false documentation like a false passport or a false visa, or who provides false information to the Customs and Border Protection Agent, to get admitted into the United States. Because these persons were “inspected” these are not Entries Without Inspection. Persons who make a Fraudulent Entry will have an I-94 entry card, even if it is in someone else’s name, and a stamp in the passport used to enter showing the date and place of admission into the United States.

THE IMPORTANCE OF KNOWING THE DIFFERENCE The reason it is important to know the difference between these two terms is that a person who makes a Fraudulent Entry has more possibilities for becoming legal than a person who Enters Without Inspection. Under current immigration law, it is usually impossible for a person who makes and Entry Without Inspection into the United States to become legal. It does not matter if they marry a United States citizen or if they have a United States citizen child. For persons who make an Entry Without Inspection normally the only option is to return home. However, returning home is not recommended because in most cases when the person leaves the United States they will not be able to return for ten (10) years unless they

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To get the waiver a person would have to convince the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service that if they have to go back to their home country for thee (3) to ten (10) years it will result in an extreme hardship to a parent or spouse who is a citizen or resident of the United States. The exception to this is someone who entered the United States using a fake United States passport. This is because alleging to be a United States citizen is a separate bar to obtaining a green card (permanent residence) for which there is no waiver.

CONCLUSION The important differences between an Entry Without Inspection and a Fraudulent Entry are just one example of a situation that is often misunderstood. What is important to realize after reading this article is that the immigration laws of the United States are complicated and always changing. For the same reason readers are also advised to ignore any advice received from family, friends or non-lawyers like immigration consultants. These persons, even if they mean well, will not know the latest laws and their advice may make the situation worse. Anyone who is in the United States illegally, or who is here legally and is considering trying to remain to work or live, should consult with an attorney specializing in Immigration Law so they can get a clear understanding of their legal options.

Fernando Perez, III, Esq. is an immigration attorney at Perez & Associates ( He can be reached at Fernando@ To receive a free phone consultation, please call (813) 254-8472, or (407) 692-9878. Representation available in Cantonese Chinese, Tagalog, English, Spanish, Urdu, and Hindi. (律師代表精通粵語)

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Hangad – A Fundraiser Concert of Hope and Inspiration  By Victor Alzona

Victor Alzona

Typhoon Juan (Megi)

A Fundraiser Idea

On October 17, a super typhoon locally called “Juan” hit the Northern Philippines. With strong winds up to 217 mph, Juan destroyed homes and flooded the Northern Luzon regions; Isabela, the City of Tuguegarao, and the Mountain Provinces. The typhoon would end up leaving thousands of residents living in damaged and flooded homes but this typhoon could possibly impact the Philippine economy negatively during harvest time with ruined crops in the agriculturally rich lands.

The Filipino – American Club of Saint Joseph Catholic Church had a wonderful idea of raising funds to help the people affected by the typhoon, they decided to invite a Music Group called Hangad to perform a fundraiser concert at the church. The group was already scheduled to be on Tour in the USA and members of the local Filipino Community were called to help Sponsor the group so they can perform at the fundraiser concert.

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Hangad is a Filipino word that means “yearning” or “desire”. The musical group was formed in 1991 by a handful of boys from Ateneo High School, just think of them as a singing group similar to today’s “Glee” but they sang songs with a strong influence and devotion to God. The group is part of the Jesuit Music Ministry and since its founding 19 years ago has expanded to include women to its family of over 80 individuals from various schools and professions. The group has recorded seven albums and produced four music videos under the Jesuit Communications Foundation. The individuals from Hangad that were able to participate with the fundraiser concert are Mariel De Jesus, Elaine Aliga-Ricafort, Clare Royandoyan, Melody Ricohermoso, Jeanie Tolentino, MJ Fancia, Paulo Tirol, Prime Asprer, Domi Espejo, Migs Jimenez, and Louis Ricohermoso. You can learn more about the Hangad Music Group at

Hangad Concert On November 12, Hangad performed to the local community at a fundraiser concert at St. Josephs Catholic Church. The people of the community came to listen, be moved, and become inspired by the music and songs sung by the wonderful group.

As I listened and watched the group perform their songs; Walang Ibang Hangad (No other desire), Without Seeing You, The Lord is My Shepherd, You Raise Me Up, Dwells God, Give Thanks to the Lord, Child Emmanuel, Magnificat, Groovy Medley, Panunumpa (oath), Pag-ibig Ko (I Love), Love Never Fails, Raymond’s Lullaby, Paghahandog (offering), and The Climb, I couldn’t help but feel my heart swell with hope and inspiration for the people in the Philippines that were affected by typhoon Juan. The Fundraiser concert was able to raise $1,197 with the help of Hangad, St. Joseph Church, and the Filipino – American Club and the Concert’s many sponsors, volunteers, and the Filipino Community. The donations collected will be used to help the people affected by typhoon Juan.

You too can help Typhoon Juan would end up taking 12 lives and affecting 215,037 people in the wake of its path. With the world economy struggling to get out of its deep recession, help to the people affected is expected to be slow and very little, so the local Filipino Community took matters into our own hands. You too can help the people affected by this tragic event by donating to the Philippine Red Cross at

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