My Photography

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My Photography

If you know me, you will know how much I love taking pictures. I carried my CANON S95 every where, and often I used my iPhone to take a photo. iPhone has a very decent camera. It takes a nice photo in a low-light situation. I like to share moments and interesting things through my photography. I share my photos through Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and even in my blog. One of my favorite application that I have been using is Instagram. I like this application because it provides me with ton of photo effects and it is easy to share my photos on Twitter and Facebook.

For those who do not use iPhone, you will not have Instagram to view my photos. However, I use Inkstagram to share all of my Instagram photos on the web. So, now you can view all of my Instagram photos on my Photography page!! Don’t forget to check it out!

Halloween Party at ILC

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Halloween Party at ILC

Today the ILC staffs celebrated Halloween and Sylvia’s Birthday. It has been a month since we had a party for my Birthday last month. Some of our food were Halloween-related, and they all were yummy!! I had to say… I loved everything! We had a great time, but I hate to think this was my last Halloween party that I celebrated with the ILC.

Here are some of food pictures I took.

Monster Jaws

Witch Hats

Alligator Eyeballs

Cupcakes

Great Flood in Thailand

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Great Flood in Thailand

I experienced great flood in Bangkok once when I was a kid, but the devastating floods in Thailand are now just unbelievable. When I see pictures that Thai people share on Facebook, Twitter, and blogs, I can’t help but feel sorry for victims. This is probably one of the biggest disaster in Thailand’s history.

Floods are coming to the area where my parents’ house is located and expected to pass through this area before flowing into the Gulf of Thailand. This is scary!!! I really hope the flood would go somewhere else or leave minimal impact to our area.

Let’s take a look at our great lessons learned from this disaster.  These pictures were collected from multiple sources. Thanks everyone for sharing!

Thank You

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Thank You

Today I got a chance to celebrate my birthday again. Thanks to the ILC staff! I love the 3D card and the Tiramisu cake. Tonka’s potato salad was so yummy!!

3D Birthday Card

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Do you know what the meaning of “Tiramisu” is? Tiramisu is an Italian word and it means “pick me up.” I have known this tasty dessert for about ten years or so. I think Tiramisu has become popular around that time. Actually, Tiramisu is not a new creation from Italy. According to Wiki, it has been mentioned in Italian cookbook since 1983!

Some said it wasn’t too difficult to cook, but it looks complicated to me. Some day I will give it a try. I don’t have the recipe, yet I’m sure it should not be a problem to find one on the Internet.

 

Another Year in Mobile

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Another Year in Mobile

Honestly, I did not plan to celebrate my birthday this year because I had so much things to work on my dissertation. It sounded pathetic, but I had to do it. I had no choice. Brandon insisted to throw me a party. He arranged a dinner with friends of his and mine at Fuego restaurant.

I decided to go because I felt like this could be my last year to celebrate my birthday in Mobile. Also, I wanted to show my appreciation to our friendships.I’m graduating soon, and I have no clue of what is going to happen in the next few months.

All in all, thanks to Brandon who has always been good friend to me and thanks to all of my friends who came to the dinner party.

Bill, David, Amy, Kenny, Denise, Danielle, James, Jonathan, Brandon, and me

Wordle

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Wordle

Have you ever wondered how to create a typography graphic? It might take a good amount of time to create such a graphic in Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator. But, with Wordle you can create the typography graphic within a minute!! You have a full control of the words, colors, fonts, and layout. Ton of options are available! Please visit Wordle to create one online. Type, create, and print! Enjoy!

Thanks to Sylvia. I saw her Wordle on the twitter and I loved it!

Sakai Part 1 and 2

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Sakai Part 1 and 2

Today I was a backup for the Sakai Part 1&2 workshop at the College of Business. Sakai is our new Learning Management System which is going to replace eCollege soon. We trained USA faculty how to access the eCampus, set up a project site in Sakai, manage site tools, import contents and resources from one project site to another, and activate the gradebook.

Tonka and Sylvia did a great job as usual. I just helped around and made sure the faculty complete all the assigned tasks. I also tried to remember what needed to be trained for the part 1 because I will have to teach next month. Part 1 is very important. The overall concepts and Sakai basic tools and settings were introduced to the faculty in this part.

So far our training approach has been working very well. We introduced the tools, let the faculty watched the tutorial videos, and asked them to complete the activity. They can use the given job aids or ask for any assistance during the hands-on activity.

After long hour workshop, we stopped by Cold Snap yogurt ice cream shop. It was OK, little pricey. But, I liked the concept of make-it-yourself ice cream. They offered a lot of toppings and they all looked yummy!

 

 

Steamed Plate

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Steamed Plate

Boiling Pot is one of my favorite sea food place in Mobile. Gulf shrimps -steamed plate is my favorite dish. It came with corn on the cob and sweet potatoes. The food with a soft drink was about $17!! The food was great but there was not like anything really special.

So today I decided to cook my own version of the steamed shrimps. All I did was just skillet shrimps on the saute pan and put creole seasoning on top of it. Wolla! Yummy!

Boiling Pot's Steamed Plate

The original Boiling Pot’s steamed plate

My version of the steamed plate

Unagi and Tamago on the Rice

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Unagi and Tamago on the Rice

No, I didn’t cook that. They were frozen food from one of the asian store in Mobile. It did look good and was tasty!! Unagi is the Japanese word for freshwater eels, and Tamago is a type of Japanese omelette, which is made by rolling together several layers of cooked egg.

To me, this is a quick & easy dish for a tiring day like today.

Kaltura Media Gallery

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Kaltura Media Gallery

Yesterday Jason conducted the ILC staff training on Kaltura Media Gallery in Sakai. Kaltura is an open source system that serves as a media respository. It handles a variety of media on the sever, such as audios, videos, and graphics.

We learned how to access the Kaltura via Sakai, upload a file, create a collection, and change the privacy settings. Although the Kaltura is still under development, it will be available to the USA faculty in the next couple of months.

Click here to read the data sheet of Kaltura MediaSpace for Education