Thursday, January 15, 2009

Just 4 Fun: Introducing My Folks to the Internet


I'm currently visiting my parents in El Centro, CA (120 miles east of San Diego) for some quality time with the family --- little did I know what I was signing myself up for. Ahhh...just like the good old days! Helping my parents at the restaurant was never glamorous, e.g. mopping, sweeping, washing dishes, food prep, working the register, running errands, but most importantly --- completing all of these tasks with a SMILE on my face! Oh the joy.

Before my departure to London to be reunited with Nick, I decided to introduce my parents to what we all know as the INTERNET. Just a couple of months ago, they thought the Internet was the actual computer! *Sigh* You gotta love 'em!

Don't get me wrong, my parents are intelligent and extremely business savvy and I have the utmost respect for them, but some things are completely left in the dark. I envy their diligence and ability to recognize a business opportunity before anyone else --- natural-born entrepreneurs! My parents are perfect examples of immigrants living out their American Dream.

So the fun began when I connected to the Internet and showed them what came up in search engines when I typed in the name of our restaurant. We searched using various keywords and they were disappointed in the results. "Why are they (competitors) coming up?" You should have seen the look on their faces. Priceless.

I must admit, there were moments when I wanted to launch the laptop across the room, but I didn't. Can I really afford a new laptop right now? J/K

I figured the easiest way to demonstrate the importance of the Internet was to create a Web site or blog for the restaurant. After snapping some photos of the restaurant, we sat down together and started to develop content for a simple blog (www.ChinaExpressElCentro.com). The goal was for my parents to understand the basics of SEO and realize the marketing tools that are readily available with a click of a mouse.

Once we launched the blog and gave the spyders a few days to crawl, we ran the searches again...and voila! Just like magic (well, almost), they witnessed the results and became excited about the Internet --- especially now that they have their very own blog for the family business.

They truly are the 'BESTEST' parents any kid could ever wish for.

This is the closest I'll ever get to cooking in a kitchen. My last cooking experience almost resulted in me burning down Nick's flat!!!

Monday, January 12, 2009

The World's Biggest Inn-N-Out Burger Fan!

Believe it or not, the world's biggest In-N-Out Burger fan is English, not American!!! Here's a picture to prove it...

"I can probably eat two 4x4's next time!" - Nick

I'll be sure to capture the event on video if and when it happens. Stay tuned...until our next trip to In-N-Out Burger!

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Growing up in the 80's

Every once in a while I get an email forward from a friend or colleague that cracks me up. Just recently, Diana - my newly engaged friend - sent me this hilarious email. Thanks for sharing this with me Di :)

You Know You (or your kids) Grew Up In the 80's IF:

1. You've ever ended a sentence with the word SIKE.















2. You can sing the rap to the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and can do the "Carlton"






















3. You know that 'WOAH' comes from Joey on Blossom











4. If you ever watched 'Fraggle Rock'









5. It was actually worth getting up early on a Saturday to watch cartoons. (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Gummy Bears, He-man, Jem and the Holograms)












6. You wore a ponytail on the side of your head.








7. You got super-excited when it was Oregon Trail day in computer class at school.













8. You made your mom buy one of those clips that would hold your shirt in a knot on the side.

9. You played the game 'MASH' (Mansion, Apartment, Shelter, House)













10. You wore stonewashed Jordache jean jackets and were proud of it.

11. You know the profound meaning of ' WAX ON , WAX OFF'













12. You wanted to be a Goonie.

13. You wore fluorescent clothing. (Some of us...head-to-toe)

14. You can remember what Michael Jackson looked like before his nose fell off, his cheeks shifted and his nationality became questionable.

15. You have ever pondered why Smurfette was the only female smurf.













16. You took lunch boxes to school...and traded Garbage Pail Kids in the schoolyard.













17. You remember the CRAZE, then the BANNING of slap bracelets.













18. You still get the urge to say 'NOT' after every sentence.

19. You thought your childhood friends would never leave because you exchanged handmade friendship bracelets.













21. You owned a pair of Jelly-Shoes.













22. After you saw Pee-Wee's Big Adventure you kept saying 'I know you are, but what am I?'













23. You remember 'I've fallen and I can't get up'

24. You remember going to the skating rink before there were inline skates.

25. You have ever played with a Skip-It.













26. You remember boom boxes and walking around with one on your shoulder like you were all that.

27. You remember watching both Gremlins movies.

28. You thought Doogie Howser/Samantha Micelli was hot.

29. You remember Alf, the lil furry brown alien from Melmac.








30. You remember New Kids on the Block when they were cool... and don't even flinch when people refer to them as 'NKOTB'

31. You knew all the characters names and their life stories on 'Saved By The Bell,' The ORIGINAL class.













32. You know all the words to Bon Jovi - SHOT THROUGH THE HEART.

33. You just sang those words to yourself.

34. You still sing 'We are the World'

35. You tight rolled or french cuffed your jeans. And still debate on which is the right term!

36. You owned a bannana clip.








37. You remember 'Where's the Beef?'

38. You used to (and probably still do) say 'What you talkin' 'bout Willis?'

39. You're still singing shot through the heart in your head, aren't you!

40. your hair looked like this for at least 1 school picture!



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