What Makes A Great Birthday Gift?

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It is not the amount of money you spend on a birthday gift that has the greatest impact. What people appreciate most is the thought that went into the birthday gift.  What they really want is to receive something that shows you were thinking of them.  The more personalized the gift the better it will be liked.  This is not always an easy task.  It is often hard to think of a way to come up with a truly meaningful happy birthday idea.

One idea often used in Asia is to tie the birthday present to the recipient’s Chinese zodiac birthday year. There are 12 animals in the Chinese zodiac and each one is tied to a specific year. Once you find out the year in which a person was born it is easy to determine that person’s zodiac animal year.  Just go to zodiacals.com and check the “Zodiac Year” table.  Men, women and Children always get excited to see their own Chinese zodiac sign on a birthday present. There is a wide selection of birthday gifts featuring the 12 animals of the Chinese Zodiac available through the online store zodiacals.com.

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3 Secrets to Maintaining Beautiful Asian Hair

 

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What is the secret to maintaining beautiful, long, thick, bouncy Asian hair? Naturally part of the secret is lifestyle and diet.  There are, however, actions you can take to maintain beautiful Asian hair.  The results of interviews with those with especially attractive hair and research with hairdressers have revealed three secrets that seem to help in keeping Asian hair healthy and shiny and full of life.

Proper Hair Cutting – Beautiful Asian hair can be enhanced by the way it is cut. .  Since most Asian hair types are very straight, layered cuts can be helpful to those who have facial shapes that call for layered cuts to add or remove volume in different areas of the head. The texture of Asian hair means that most of these layered cuts will need specific styling to help boost the volume in the desired areas. Those with fine thin hair should consider hair styles that are blunted with cleaner, sharer cut lines.

Proper Brushing – With long Asian hair you have to brush properly to keep your hair healthy and looking its best. Make sure to choose the correct brush that suits your hair. Choose the one with the largest head you are comfortable using.  Natural boar bristles on a narrow brush is ideal for short or fine Asian hair. A hairbrush with durable nylon bristles is a good brush for thicker Asian hair or for hair that often gets tangled. There is even an ionic hairbrush that keeps soft Asian hair static free. There is a wide selection of hairbrushes available on the online store zodiacals.com selected specifically for Asian hair.

Camellia Oil – One of the secrets to maintaining beautiful Asian hair for many people is camellia oil. This oil includes a wealth of necessary vitamins like A, B, C and E.  It also has an enticing herbal aroma.  In China this is called tea seed oil and is used as a scalp conditioner and healthy hair growth promoter.  In Japan some people believe camellia oil can put color back into gray hair.

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Happy birthday Ideas – Asian Style

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Want to join in on the hottest happy birthday ideas going right now. Think Asian birthday gifts.  They are unique, unusual and can be customized to precisely fit the birthday year.  Whether it is a normal birthday or a 30th, 40th, 50th, 60th or any type of milestone birthday an Asian birthday gift is sure to make the day.

There are many options for unique Asian birthday gifts. A red envelope (with money inside) is a traditional Chinese gift for children.  Children always get excited to see their own Chinese zodiac sign on their youth tees.  There are even onesies for babies customized with Chinese zodiac animals.  Women love to receive dresses, skirts, kimono robes, silk scarves or tank tops customized with their Chinese zodiac animal sign.  Men also appreciate receiving gifts like baseball caps, T-shirts, mugs and iPhone cases that indicate their Chinese zodiac sign.  You can see a wide selection of such gifts at Zodiacals.com, an online store selling a variety of products featuring the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac.

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Keep Kimchi Smell Out of Fridge Electronically

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Generations of Koreans have fought with the problem of dealing with the smell of kimchi during storage. In the past many Koreans simply kept kimchi outside of the house. Today, in modern America, many Korean Americans still keep kimchi outside of the house (in the garage) in a separate refrigerator.  They often call this a “kimchi refrigerator”. The kimchi is typically put large glass jars before putting it into the refrigerator to contain the smell.  Even then the smell gets into the soda cans and water bottles. Thanks to modern technology there is now an electronic solution to this problem.  It is called FridgeFresh® by BerryBreeze.

Fridge Fresh, which is slightly larger than a baking soda box, is simply placed on the top shelf of the refrigerator. It uses a patented timing sequence that releases a consistent level of activated oxygen throughout the refrigerator to eliminate odors and purify the air within the refrigerator. It sanitizes the air in the refrigerator with this activated oxygen, which is a powerful natural cleansing agent. Fridge Fresh is a lightweight, battery operated O3 generator.  The battery life is estimated to last 4-6 months.  You can learn more about FridgeFresh by visiting www.zodiacals.com and clicking on “FridgeFresh® for Asian Refrigerators”.

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Cook Chinese Shumai on a Steam Grill

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I guess I am pretty lucky because I live fairly close to a Chinese community where I can enjoy dim sum quite often. No matter what we order during the meal there is always room on the table for some Chinese shumai, those small steamed pork and shrimp dumplings.  You don’t, however, have to go out to a restaurant to enjoy shumai because they are one of the easiest Chinese meat dumplings to make at home.  They are normally prepared in a bamboo steamer but they are even more delicious when prepared on a steam grill.

If you want to make shumai from scratch there are many recipes on the Internet. If you live near a Chinese food store, however, there are also many excellent brands of frozen shumai available in these stores.  Simply arrange the shumai on cabbage or lettuce in the steam grill, add some water and steam on low-medium heat for 7 minutes.  You will love the taste.  From preparing shumai to steaming and grilling meat, fish and vegetables there are so many things you can do with a steam grill. To learn more about cooking on a steam grill go to www.zodiacals.com and click on the Asian Steam Grill collection.

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