I’m lazy. I want the quickest and easiest way to get pictures off my digital camera and onto Flickr with the option of doing some really basic editting in-between. For a couple of months now, I’ve been using FlickrExport for iPhoto and it’s fantastic. I first tried out their demo version just to make sure I liked it enough, but after using it for a month, I bought the retail version (about $15) and it was a worthy investment.

FlickrExport adds an “Export to Flickr” option in the export menu in iPhoto. It lets you select the photos you want in iPhoto and when you export them, it opens up a window that lets you change things like set the max picture size, tags, titles, descriptions, sets, and all sorts of things that I would have needed to go to the Flickr website to do manually. After all that is set, I click “export” and all the work is done for me.

My favorite part is that you can choose to edit the parameters of all the pictures you want to export at once (like if I wanted everything to be a max of 450px in width), or I could edit them separately (like if I wanted some pictures to be 850px and others to be 450px).

Considering iPhoto is what opens up by default when I plug in my camera in and I use it to tweak basic white balancing and color adjustments, it’s the perfect solution for me to use FlickrExport to upload it into Flickr.

Kung Fu Panda

I just got back watching Kung Fu Panda at the theaters. We came a bit late, so we had to sit all the way at the front. I didn’t have high expectations for the movie since I didn’t like previous animated movies from Dreamworks, but this one was decent. The action scenes were really good and there were some genuinely funny scenes, but the rest of the movie had my rolling my eyes. I thought the movie would be over-the-top with being oriental but it was thankfully kept to a minimum.

What I don’t like is the trend of having celebrities do voices for animated movies. I think there are plenty of talented voice actors who can do a better job. I don’t like Jack Black and it was hard trying to like Panda in the movie because Panda was such an animated version of Jack. Having celebrities do it kind of distracts away from the characters they’re playing.

Unrelated to the movie, but people with kids who don’t know how to shut up or who they can’t control should not go to 10:40pm showings. Some people (like me) choose to go to later showings just to avoid having to listen to other peoples’ kids babbling.

Chinese Breakfast Showdown II: Yi Mei vs. Four Sea

It’s time for Chinese Breakfast Showdown Part 2. Part 2? Where and what is Part 1? It’s Yi Mei vs. Yung Ho. This time, I will compare Yi Mei Monterey Park (review) to Four Sea in Hacienda Heights.
Four Seas (Hacienda Heights)
First and foremost is the savory dou jiang (soy milk). There was a bit of misunderstanding at Four Sea after I ordered a vegan version (sans meat floss) because they brought out the normal version but after I informed them of the mistake, they brought out the vegan version. Even though they left out the green onion, the dou jiang at Four Sea is creamier and has a richer taste than the one at Yi Mei. There was also more you tiao (oil crueller) in this one, which I like.
Four Seas (Hacienda Heights)
Next was the fan tuan (rice roll). As usual, I ordered the vegan version of this as well. It had the oil crueller inside, crushed peanuts, veggie meat floss, and dried nori. I thought this was comparable to that of Yi Mei even though Yi Mei’s version doesn’t have the nori. While Yi Mei’s fan tuan is delicious when it comes with a freshly fried you tiao, I have to say that the addition of nori in this one at Four Sea taste better.
Four Seas (Hacienda Heights)
The BF ordered cold sesame noodles (len ban mien) at Four Sea and they tasted about the same as they would at Yi Mei. It was impressive that the noodles were still firm after sitting in the plastic to-go box for so long, but the sauce wasn’t anything special.
Four Seas (Hacienda Heights)
Last but not least was the egg crepe. It’s basically a crepe with scrambled eggs inside. I prefer the one at Yi Mei to the one at Four Sea because there’s usually more green onion in Yi Mei’s. The one at Four Sea tasted a bit bland and the crepe was a little too oily.

The ambiance at Four Sea is nicer and there are a lot more tables — I might take a bigger group (or a hot date!) there, but if it were just me and the BF, I would rather save the gas and stick with Yi Mei in Monterey Park. It’s closer and a bit cheaper.

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Four Sea
2020 S Hacienda Blvd
Hacienda Heights, CA 91745
(626) 330-3088