Best Cities to Raise a Family in California – 2019

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According to, there are 5 California Cities on the top 20 cities out of 176 US cities.


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Solar Panels that produce fresh water and green energy

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Scientists have modified solar panels to produce drinkable water from sea water while generating electricity. This is possible because a majority of heat generated by solar panels was not being used efficiently.

The new panels use this type of heat to produce fresh water through evaporation method. This type of solar panel can be valuable for project to reclaim dessert areas in Africa and Australia.

Solar panel design

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3 California cities are in the top 10 US cities to raise a family

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This report is researched by using 46 key metrics with 180 cities in the US.

Irvine is ranked 2nd; Fremont is 3rd; and Huntington Beach is ranked 9th.

Source: WalletHub

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Vanilla is an orchid

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Recently, I read an article on saying only 1% of the vanilla drinks or food come from real vanilla.

The top 2 countries that supply vanilla are Madagascar and Indonesia.

One reason of vanilla supply limit is that it is an orchid and the plant depends on a few specific types of bees or hummingbirds to pollinate its flowers. And each flower blooms within one day.Vanilla Orchid Flower

Most of the vanilla products are made of synthetic vanilla.


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Happiness Ranks of Vietnam and Neighbor Countries

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This is from the Ranking Happiness Report 2015-2017,

Vietnam is ranked 95th, out of 156 countries. This belongs to the second half of the list.

No countries from Southeast Asia is ranked in the top 25. Taiwan is ranked 26th is the top countries from Southeast Asia.

There are 4 countries that are between 26th and 50th range.

happy ranks 25-50

There are 3 countries ranked between 51 to 75.

Happy ranks - 51-75

There are 4 countries ranked between 76 to 100

happy ranks - 76 to100

2 countries ranked between 101 to 125


Surprisingly, India is below 125th rank; Same is with Myanmar.



A village in the US only be reached by foot or helicopter

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This is interesting and I just have to share. The village is in Grand Canyon- Arizona.

Supai Village in Arizona

Here is a description from Wikipedia

Supai has been referred to as “the most remote community” in the contiguous United States by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. It is accessible only by helicopter, on foot or by mule. Supai is 8 miles (13 km) from the nearest road and has no automobiles in the community. More info can be read on wikipedia

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Chicken Gizzard Appertizer Recipe

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  1. Check and clean the gizards if necessary
  2. Boil the gizards with 1 cup of red wine, (cabernet sauvignon was used in this article) and water, enough to submerge the gizzards. A dutcht oven is recommended. for 1 hour with medium heat
  3. Pour the gizards into a strainer, rinse the gizzards.
  4. Pour 1 cup of chicken broth, and 2 cups of water into the empty pot or dutch oven. Add a cup of slides onion, 1 crushed garlic, 1 tablespoon of soy sauce, 1 tablespoon of siracha, 1 teaspoon of peper and 1 table spoon of brown sugar. Bring it to a boil
  5. add the gizzards back to the pot/dutch oven. Boil the gizzards with low heat for 2 hours, until the liquid is evaporated.


Binh Dan Restaurant

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This is one of my favorite restaurants in Little Saigon. This quan nhau is specialized in goat meat (thit de), but other dishes are good as well. Some of my favorite dishes are goat curry, grilled goat chops, long heo luoc, tiet canh de and lau de.

If you like Vietnamese food that go with beers, you should check this restaurant out.

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Flying Car – fully testing reality

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The AeroMobil 3.0 can fly up to 124 mph for 430 miles  with a full tank. On land, its fuel consumption is 29mpg.  It will be on sale in 2017 and the price will be several hundred thousand dollars.


Top 5 drought tolerant shrubs for OC homeowners

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If you decide not to water your lawn this summer and plants drought tolerant trees in October, you should consider the following 5 native California shrubs.

1- Lemonadeberry (scientific name: Rhus integrifolia) lemonade-berry

  • bloom period: February to May
  • preference: sun/dry
  • edible: berry is edible and can be used for  lemonade
  • height: 3′
  • other information: evergreen shrub
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2- California Honeysuckle (Lonicera hispidula) california-honeysuckle

  • bloom period: May to August
  • preference: sun/moist to shade/dry
  • height: 1′
  • edible: fruit is edible
  • humming bird: attract humming bird
  • other information: climbing deciduous shrub
  • More photos on google

3- Bladder Pod (Isomeris arborea) bladder-pod-shrub

  • bloom period: most of the year
  • preference: sun/dry
  • height: 4′ to 7′
  • edible: fruit is edible
  • other information: evergreen shrub; flame retardant; found only in California
  • More photos of Bladder Pod on google images

4- Purple Sage (Salvia leucophylla) purple-sage

  • bloom period: April to July
  • preference: sun/dry
  • height: 4′ to 8′
  • edible: fruit has fragance and is edible
  • other information: foliage has fragance and edible; can only be found in California
  • More photos on Google

5- Sugar Bush (Rhus ovata) sugar bush shrub

  • bloom period: April to May
  • preference: sun/dry
  • height: grow to 10′
  • edible: fruit is edible
  • other information: evergreen shrub; mainly in California with some in Arizona and Baja California
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In Orange county, we googled and found two nurseries that carry California native plants:

If you know any other nursery in SoCal, please let us know we will update the list.


  • Native Plants of the Palos Verdes Peninsula that are Suitable for Gardens –
  • California-Friendly Guide to Native and Drought Tolerant Garden –
  • Wikipedia list of California Native Plants –