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Blind Life episode 9: Visiting Guide Dogs for the Blind

Last time I was in the Bay area, I visited the Guide Dogs for the Blind campus in San Rafael. The GDB is a beautiful campus located in northern California. The hubs strapped a GoPro camera to my head as I got a crash course on how to work with a guide dog. Watch how I did in Blind Life episode 9.
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Blind Life episode 8: How the Blind Snowboard

We took a trip to Colorado in January where I snowboarded and rode on a snowmobile (as a passenger, not a driver–don’t worry!). I strapped a GoPro to my helmet when I took to the slopes, and the hubs wore the camera on the snowmobile.
Here’s footage from our snowy adventures from Peak 9 and the Continental Divide in Blind Life episode 8: How the Blind Snowboard.
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Help! I’m a blind Mac user in search of accessibility assistance with Apple’s Yosemite OS X.

I can’t be the only one shouting those words into cyberspace, can I?

At the urging of the hubs, I upgraded the operating system on my Macbook last week to Yosemite, also known as OS X. While software upgrades are intended to make user experiences more efficient, they also often come with frustrating learning curves. This is especially true for the blind user, as so much of today’s technological innovations are focused on vamping up visuals. Sure, this is awesome for sighted users, but what about the rest of us blind folk?

My recent OS upgrade has put me in such a sour mood lately that I’m inclined to believe Yosemite was named after Yosemite Sam, the raging red-bearded cartoon tyrant of the Wild West (pictured below) because that’s exactly how I feel about the latest OS X.
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Blind Life episode 7: Four Senses season 2

Season 2 of my cooking show with Carl Heinrich, Four Senses, premieres this Friday, January 23, at 7 PM on AMI!

It’s still kind of surreal to think I have my own TV show. Sometimes, the hubs pauses and goes, “Can you believe you won ‘MasterChef’?” And then I go, “Nope.”

But there it is: my cooking show I co-host with winner of “Top Chef” Canada season 2 and chef extraordinaire of Richmond Station, Carl Heinrich. And we didn’t get canceled after one season!
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I Am Vietnamese: A project anthology

My achievements as a Blind Cook often supersede my identity as a writer. That’s what I was before I went on “MasterChef,” and that’s what I still consider myself, in spite of my latest lackluster attempts at the memoir. (That’s a discussion for another day.)

In fact, I find writing much more challenging than cooking; results are less tangible, and gratification, if it comes at all, is way delayed.
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Give thanks: “Four Senses” now available online!

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about cooking aids for the blind to help those with vision loss gain independence in the kitchen.

If you’ve been following my life post-MasterChef, you may also know I have a cooking show called Four Senses, which seeks to inspire home cooks, especially the blind and novice, to conquir the knife and fire. “Four Senses” is a Canadian AMI original series, and since season 1 was released in January 2014, I’ve had friends, family, and fans from all around the world ask, “How can I watch your show if I’m not in Canada?”

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Blind Life episode 6: Cooking with Connor

Okay, I admit: I cooked with Connor over a year ago, so the footage from this episode is nothing new. But we were waiting on the embedded video, and then I was waiting on the edit from my hubs/director/producer/sound engineer/UX marketing manager at Home Depot’s blinds.com. (Yes, he is a John of all trades.)

This fell to the wayside, and I got nervous releasing Episode 6: Cooking with Connor so late—what if his condition has changed dramatically since our cooking date?

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Cooking panang curry on “Steven and Chris”

Steven and Chris is one of my favorite talk shows in Canada: the boys (as their crew affectionally refers to them), their producers, and their whole staff, really, are lovely. (That’s another thing I noticed during my three-week stint as a Canadian: they use the word “lovely” a lot. I was told it’s the British in some of them.) But indeed, I love going on “Steven and Chris”—the hosts are nice and very funny. No wonder their CBC show has been syndicated in the U.S. on the Live Well Network.
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