My whole family owns/operates/works in Chinese restaurants so lemme tell you:
-We chop all our vegetables FRESH
-We butcher our own chicken from whole chickens (we strip the breasts/tenders from the torso; we debone the thigh meat)
-We use the bones to make chicken stock for our soups
-We roast our own pork/ribs in an in-house smoker
-We peel and devein all of our shrimp BY HAND (this is what i did as a kid)
-We make our own dumplings/wontons/egg roll/spring rolls/breaded shrimp BY HAND (none of these are frozen)
-We used to make our own dumpling dough from scratch, but it was a lot of work and we switched to premade but many other places still do this
-All sauces and marinates are made by hand (no premade/store bought)
-All gravy is made by hand from scratch
-All soups are made from scratch
-Egg Foo Young takes FOREVER TO MAKE (there are like 7 different steps and you can only make one order at a time)
-An average take out restaurant has 3-6 employees (oftentimes family)
-Most employees work 6 days a week/60-70 hours a week
-Many employees live with their employers, sometimes very far away from their families (ie a father sending money back to his wife and kids in China)
-Owners (such as my parents) usually work 7 days a week, 364 days a year (we close on thanksgiving)
-Oftentimes kids will be helping out/hanging around bc they can’t afford childcare (I’ve been cashiering since i was 10)
SO WITH ALL THIS IN MIND, it’s really hurtful when someone complains about our prices. Averaging $5-$10/person (which is FAST FOOD LEVEL PRICES), the food you get has fresh vegetables, fresh meat, no weird preservatives—all cooked to order.
“HOW MUCH did you say this cost??? WHEEEEW!”
“You’re taking all my money!”
“(Asks for extra thing) Why does that cost extra?”
“So what do i get for free for spending $20?”
“How’s your pork made? It ain’t dog meat, is it?”
—all hurtful things I’ve personally heard and had to grin and bear
For some reason, it seems people don’t respect Chinese restaurants. You would never treat a Western-owned restaurant like this. Even places like PF Chang and Panda Express (who DO NOT use fresh ingredients) can overcharge out the wazoo but no one complains because they’re oftentimes being served by Western faces.
It really hurts for people to act like my family’s hard work isn’t worth anything to them.
Treat your locally owned business with respect. Treat your Chinese restaurants with respect. Really think about the food you’re getting and all the work that goes into it. Think of all the hard working people behind bringing you this meal you’re about to enjoy, a meal you didn’t have to prepare (this goes for fast food too).
Above all else, TREAT OTHER HUMAN BEINGS WITH BASIC DIGNITY.
In January 2006 in New York, the patient of a well-known psychiatrist draws the face of a man that has been repeatedly appearing in her dreams. In more than one occasion that man has given her advice on her private life. The woman swears she has never met the man in her life.
That portrait lies forgotten on the psychiatrist’s desk for a few days until one day another patient recognizes that face and says that the man has often visited him in his dreams. He also claims he has never seen that man in his waking life. The psychiatrist decides to send the portrait to some of his colleagues that have patients with recurrent dreams. Within a few months, four patients recognize the man as a frequent presence in their own dreams. All the patients refer to him as THIS MAN.
From January 2006 until today, at least 2000 people have claimed they have seen this man in their dreams, in many cities all over the world: Los Angeles, Berlin, Sao Paulo, Tehran, Beijing, Rome, Barcelona, Stockholm, Paris, New Delhi, Moscow etc. At the moment there is no ascertained relation or common trait among the people that have dreamed of seeing this man. Moreover, no living man has ever been recognized as resembling the man of the portrait by the people who have seen this man in their dreams. (X)
There is only one difference between a madman and me. The madman thinks he is sane. I know I am mad.
Let’s admit it, we are a culture obsessed with defining ourselves and our interests. Although the general notion perceived is that labels limit us, we wear them proudly. We claim our astrological sign as a badge of honor: the passionate Sagittarius or the fiery Leo. In addition to relating to our cosmic presence, we enjoy taking exams, which value our introversion and extroversion.
We crave to know more about us. The music we listen to, the books we read, our favorite drink and even our favorite sport are glimpses into our souls. So if our favorite music tells the world that we are an introvert at heart, why can’t our favorite art piece shine light to our heart’s deepest secrets?
Take a look below at what some of your favorite classical paintings say about you.
Gustav Klimt: “The Kiss”
You are a true romantic and art lover. You dream of traveling the world and enjoying its luxuries. You love the finer things in life and will probably fall in love with an artist or wine maker. Or, maybe you just really love pretty things.
Vincent van Gogh: “Starry Night”
You’re a true intellectual with an introverted streak, who loves to daydream. You love nature and you love too many things to pick one interest.
Edvard Munch: “The Scream”
You are a person of extremities. You are passionate and think at a faster rate than most people. You love to do twenty things at one time and the only rest you take is when you sleep. Your brain is always working. You are a mad genius.
Frida Kahlo: The Many Self Portraits of Kahlo
You are an unconventional thinker. You follow your own rules and see beauty in the things most people overlook or deem unattractive.
Leonardo da Vinci: “Mona Lisa
You’re a purist with a twist. Although you are a fan or art history, you are a curious thinker of life’s greatest mysteries. You live in your head and you like to voice your funny, wicked or amazingly clever ideas.
Jean-Michel Basquiat: “Dustheads”
You are definitely the cool kid. You are an artsy soul who discovered today’s new indie band months ago.
Georgia O'Keeffe: “Pink Tulip”
You have simple needs. You want the person you love next to you, along with some good music and wine. Plus you love to look a beautiful things, which take you to a different realm.
Jackson Pollock: “Number 19”
You run all over the place. You’re messy and you’re always the friend who forgets to text back. Either way your chaotic system works!
Salvador Dali: “The Persistence of Memory”
You are definitely a whimsical thinker. You have an inclination for things, which are unorthodox and chimerical.
Hieronymus Bosch: “The Garden of Earthly Delights”
You are definitely a weirdo. But a lovable weirdo!
Marcel Duchamp: “Fountain”
You are sophisticated and slightly odd. You have a wide variety of favorite art pieces for different reasons or maybe for all the same reasons.
Katsushika Hokusai: “The Great Wave off Kanagawa"
You sure do love pretty things and you appreciate classical art.
Cindy Sherman: Self Portraits
You are a true art lover at the core. You love contemporary pieces and classic pieces. You appreciate every genre of art and your dream job is to be a curator at a small online gallery.
One day seeing a documentary about Sadhus, I heard about a story of a Sadhu who was meditating in the forest and when he opened his eyes he comes upon that a tiger was sleeping next to him. I drew this story before, but I wanted to do this to represent the harmony and the respect.
Betty The Shark would like to tell all of you how are trip sounded like in a song rather than a story! Sailing through dreamy valentines, a surf competition, camping, waterfalls and disco jams. Charphil saw the whole journey in an old song he had composed and would like to share it with you.
Betty The Shark wishes you all a Happy New Year and a huge Thank You for all your support from last year 2014. We couldn’t of done it without you, Thank You again and we love you all.
Betty The Shark vous souhaite à tous une bonne et heureuse année et un grand merci pour tout votre soutien à l'an dernier 2014. Nous ne pouvions pas le faire sans vous, ont vous remercie encore et nous vous aimons tous.