Dinner with the AngelHack Team

Woke up to a rainy Saturday morning. Thank goodness for the heater in our room, but when I stepped out this morning, boy was it c-c-c-cold! I checked the weather only to find out that it was 9 deg celsius. A typical day in San Francisco during this time of the year would be around 12 to 16 deg C in the day and an average of 8 deg C at night. And to think the rain had made the morning so freezing cold was just torture to us.

Immediately went back into the room, wrapped myself up and got ready for a long but exciting day ahead.

We left the house at 2 in the afternoon for 99 Ranch. We were having the rest of the AngelHack team over for dinner with us.

I’m currently staying with 3 of them (Gushcloud founder, Vincent Ha + my boyfriend + another Gushcloud developer) while the other 3 live elsewhere in San Francisco. Was pretty excited about meeting them. After all, this was the team that won 2 awards at AngelHack 2012 – Best Integration from Singly & Best Integration from Keen IO.

We were so hungry, we just had to have something to eat. So we saw this little Chinese eatery of sorts at 99 Ranch and decided to have our lunch there.

When we arrived at 99 Ranch, we were so hungry, we just had to have something to eat. So we saw this little Chinese eatery of sorts at 99 Ranch and decided to have our lunch there.

Getting groceries for the evening's dinner at 99 Ranch

Getting groceries for the evening’s dinner at 99 Ranch

It rained cats and dogs, so Vincent braved the rain while we waited for him to drive by.

It rained cats and dogs, so Vincent braved the rain while we waited for him to drive by.

Look what I spotted while we waited! Singapore Math... Apparently, we're famous... For math. Erm, okay.

Look what I spotted while we waited! Singapore Math… Apparently, we’re famous… For math. Erm, okay.

We got 10 huge live crabs for dinner.

We got 10 huge live crabs for dinner.

Just look at this!

Just look at this!

Here's Vincent teaching us how a crab should be killed

Here’s Vincent teaching us how a crab should be killed

While Vincent was preparing the crab dishes, I was cooking chicken curry.

While Vincent was preparing the crab dishes, I was in charge of cooking the chicken curry.

Please tell me it looks good.

Please tell me it looks good. Well, most of it was finished in the end *dances around happily* 

And the AngelHack crew arrived!

And the AngelHack crew has finally arrived!

It was a feast fit for a king! Everyone was literally in awe of the crabs. Took quite a while before every single one of us had calmed down from the excitement.

It was a feast fit for a king! Everyone was literally in awe of the crabs. Took quite a while before every single one of us had calmed down from the excitement.

After hours of slogging in the kitchen, this is what you get. Chef Vincent's specialty Black Pepper Crabs

After hours of slogging in the kitchen, this is what you get. Chef Vincent’s specialty Black Pepper Crabs

I'm just gonna spam the pictures of the crabs cos they looked too good.

I’m just gonna spam the pictures of the crabs cos they just looked way too good.

And another one :)

And another one :)

 

This is the other crab dish prepared by Vincent as well. His first attempt at Salted Egg Crabs, but I honestly thought this was the star of the night.

This is the other crab dish prepared by Vincent as well. His first attempt at Salted Egg Crabs, but I honestly thought this was the star of the night.

Just how awesome do these look? And they were cheap too!

Just how awesome do these look? And they were cheap too!

The vegetable dish was no one's favorite but was surprisingly wiped clean.

The vegetable dish was no one’s favorite but was surprisingly wiped clean. Sorry, the pic’s a little blurry.

The dinner was great. Lovely bunch of people. It proves one thing: geeks can be sociable too, and they don't sit in front of their computer screens all day.

The dinner was great. Lovely bunch of people. It proves one thing: geeks can be sociable too, and they don’t sit in front of their computer screens all day.

I heard that they have dinners like this once every week, so I’m kinda worried that I’ll have to cook again. Trust me, my cooking isn’t the best and I have failed many times in the past.. Hope they let me off the hook next time round :s

Mistaken, Misunderstood

MISTAKEN, MISUNDERSTOOD

Okay, so almost everyone in this world is some kind of money-obsessed, money-craving monster.

Fine, let’s face it – we all are to a certain extent.
Some are even willing to make that quick buck by deceiving, lying, cheating, stealing, or some sort of unethical and immoral means.
Yes, we want money and no doubt, we need it.

The politically correct statement is that ‘money isn’t everything’. But you know, I know and the stranger next to you knows that money is in fact the driver to practically every other aspect of today.
We need money to make more money; we need money to run a business; we need money to support a family; we need money to spend an afternoon with our loved ones; we need money to celebrate a special occasion; and most importantly, we need money to survive.

And so, this whole world-revolves-around-money idea has brainwashed us into thinking that quite literally, everything is in one way or another money-related.

Why is it that when we sincerely want to help someone, our actions are misinterpreted to possess the ulterior motive of squeezing some $$ out of the one we truly care for?

Do you know how much it hurts to have that thought of you? I would think that of all people, you’d know me well enough. But apparently, I’ve been wrong all this while.

99% of our conversations involve you talking about business, money, wealth & success. That’s who you are. I still love you – not for that, but for so many other things else about you.

When we first got together two years ago, I made it clear to you that I’m a simple girl. Bring me to the foodcourt for every meal and I’m perfectly fine with that. You know I come from a simple family. We don’t spend lavishly. In fact, we haven’t even gone a holiday for 3 years now.

To actually have you lash out at me, not only unnecessarily but also mistakenly, is unbearably painful.

I know I’m not filthy rich. Well, I won’t even classify myself to be anywhere near that. Money is your motivation in life, not mine. I know you probably wish your girlfriend was a whole lot richer. Sorry for disappointing you.

The same way many times you don’t pay attention to how what you’re saying is inappropriate to the situation, i have taken notice of instances where you neglected my feelings and spoken of guys who have it easier either because their girlfriends are working or are from wealthy families.

If I appear to be only after money as you implied last night, or if I’m such a financial burden to you, you know what your options are. They are open and I leave it to you.