Category: Miscellaneous

Business spotlight: O Green Café

The new cafe recently opened in Arcadia.

Written by Sophie Ho, Staff Writer/ Published on February 21, 2014

Amidst vibrant-colored flowers, an abundance of brown, and contemporary décor stands O’Green Café, serving organic cuisine at 713 West Duarte Road, Arcadia. This café has been highly praised by health fanatics for its usage of high-quality organic ingredients and 316 titanium stainless steel cookware, which help to preserve nutrients.

O’ Green Cafe gives off an original twist by allowing diners to experience a mixed tradition of Taiwanese bubble milk tea and Hong Kong-style food in a very trendy, western environment. The cafe’s quaint yet lively interior accommodates around 20 customers, setting a comfortable ambiance for a date or a free Wi-Fi-supported study environment.

The Wild Mushroom Pasta with chicken is very flavorful. Savory mushrooms sautéed on basil are sprinkled in the bowl along with various herbs that tingles taste buds. Lightly salted chicken strips are enough to satisfy any meat lover, and the overall dish is light yet filling.

The Chocolate Mousse and Chocolate Macaroon serves a nice surprise in the center with a strawberry filling and the macaroon was crisp on the outside and chewy on the inside.

O’ Green Cafe serves tasty and organic food to customers and boasts smooth and accommodating service. Whether for a relaxing night out with friends or a small family dinner, O’ Green Cafe welcomes anyone who is looking for healthy and satisfying dishes and drinks.

Evaluate yourself

Editor’s Column for February 2014

Written by Natalie Jin, Editor-in-Chief/ Published on February 21, 2014

This might just be the musings of an observing senior in high school. Within just the few years of my high school career, as I watched each new batch of underclassmen file in for orientation, I feel as if more and more students are getting more and more involved – too involved. So involved and immersed in both academic and extra-curricular rigors that I can’t help but question the moral integrity of their interests.

They’re joining clubs, a minimum of four at a time; they’re starting charities; they’re going to Africa for a summer to gain global insight; they’re taking a minimum of five AP classes per semester. And as I sit back and watch them file in to start their new clubs that Mr. So-and-so said was a great resume booster, I can’t help but wonder – have you lost yourself? What is your passion? Harvard? That’s not a passion. That’s an institution.

Don’t get me wrong. Aiming high and striving for admissions into reputable colleges is no sin. And I am certainly not devaluing the merits of these high school students: I do believe that certain individuals do have the capacity of heart and capability of mind to manage so many different realms of responsibilities. But does everybody? Or have you lost yourself amidst the struggles of plumping your resume? Has your sheer ambition taken you too far?

Let me give you a humble word of advice: you don’t have to do this.

Find things you are truly passionate about. It doesn’t have to be more than one or two. It’s quality over quantity.

Do things you truly love.

Make a difference in a field that you’d boast not only on your resume but also to your grandchildren.

Be personable, and don’t lose yourself to your ambitions.

A hidden culture

Managing Editor’s Column for January 2014

Written by PROMISE LI, the Managing Editor/ Published on January 20, 2014

I was talking to a woman outside of the Metro station at Lake Avenue who told me a story about an old man whose throat was slashed open at a nearby station. Through encounters like these, I sometimes question the authenticity of the hyper-reality I live in: living in a quaint, safe, little town, and growing up with a hopeful generation of youth that is guilelessly directed towards security and success, who, if ever under those rare lapses of enlightenment, might realize the absurdity and bleakness of pursuing a future of conformity and comfort.

Beneath the façade of growth and peace, there is a brokenness that exists around us that we are sometimes too blinded to acknowledge, too blinded by our privileges and well-being, and too blinded by our individual pursuits.

We wait to receive and indulge in seasons of giving. Outside the consumerist commotion of holiday sales and warm family gatherings lay the true reality of our towns in which we have always neglected to notice. Yes, in the thriving communities of the San Gabriel Valley there are those who had been wandering for decades, victimized by random and repeating splurges of both physical and sexual violence, and broken for so long that one can see nothing behind their glassy eyes.

I never did truly stop to recognize this hidden culture of plight and suffering in our supposedly sheltered and privileged perimeters until now. I joined the staff of this publication to satisfy and cultivate my youthful desire to document, to explore, to discover.

In this season of truly exploring and communicating to more people in the streets, I must admit, my naiveté did take quite a blow. Understanding the desolation of life outside of the matrix we live in is only the first step; giving back to the community takes on a new meaning once one actually takes the initiative to give back to the community. Not until then would one realize that the issues of our society are even grittier, harrowing, and in need of aid than it seems.

What we should do to help our students

Opinion: The advanced placement classes force children to become more mentally mature before they are ready to be.

Written by JEFFREY LI, Director of Circulation / Published November 1, 2013 

This past year, Temple City High School administered 1,145 Advanced Placement (AP) tests to 467 students, and 84.5 percent of these students passed at least one test with a score of 3 or above (on the scale of 1-5).

These statistics are very impressive, especially when you compare them to the national average pass rate of 63.5 percent and consider how it implies that 84.5 percent of TCHS students are already prepared for college courses. However, the rigor of AP classes has caused many to criticize the system, claiming that it challenges students with too much, too quickly. I, personally, agree with this, but I think the solution to the problem is not to dissuade students from challenging themselves but to instead prepare them for the challenges before they arrive.

The trend parents and school administrators are afraid of is this: students, urged by the competition going on around them, apply for every class available, start every club imaginable, and attend as many SAT classes as possible. It is a recipe for disaster that often results in missing homework assignments, lack of sleep, and sadly, depression due to poor academic achievement. How can we prepare them for this future? We start with renovating the curriculum of the elementary and middle schools.

We can offer Honors or advanced classes in middle school. We can do more with the GATE system. We can bolster our elementary school science education so that students don’t go into sophomore chemistry not knowing what the periodic table is. We can bring back grammar, so students don’t go into high school not knowing what a gerund is, or where to place a semicolon. What we cannot do is expect students to master college level concepts in one or two years of high school if they have never been exposed to them beforehand.

Our current model for “success” expects too much out of children. It forces students to learn at an exponential rate, rather than gradually. It pushes students who are honed with docile curricula to suddenly be able to manage AP classes. This model is preposterous, and we cannot amend this model by making it easier; we have to produce better prepared students.

John F. Kennedy once said, “Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men.” I’m praying to our school district to help students become stronger earlier for the future that awaits them.

Halloween lurks around the corner

The Temple City Voice reminds readers to stay safe and have fun October 31st.

Written by LOUISA CHANG, Staff Writer / Published October 25, 2013 

Halloween is just around the corner. Kids are putting those final touches on their costumes and families are stocking up on bulk bags of candy for those trick o’ treaters that will come knocking on their doors.

However, this holiday isn’t always as sweet as it seems. Many parents are concerned about the safety of their children as they head out onto the streets late at night. Here are some safety tips to help ease your minds when taking your kids out:

Bring an escort. As children go out for Halloween, make sure that they are accompanied by an adult, preferably a parent or a legal guardian.

Wear bright, reflective costumes. By wearing costumes that stand out, it will be easy to pick your kid out of the crowd. This will also increase visibility, making sure that drivers will be able to see him or her when they are crossing the streets in the dark.

Take flashlights. As it gets darker outside, it will become harder for trick o’ treaters to see where they are going. To prevent your child from getting lost, make sure that they take a flashlight with fresh batteries in it to ensure their safety.

Use face paint or costume makeup instead of masks. Masks can block and limit eyesight, making it hard and uncomfortable for the wearer to see properly. Instead, use decorative hats, props, and make up as alternatives.

If there is an emergency, dial 911 and get help immediately. A safe and entertaining way to spend Halloween with your young ones this year can be attending the annual Temple City Halloween Carnival at Live Oak Park. For those who are older but still looking to enjoy themselves, going to an amusement park such as Knott’s Scary Farm or Universal’s Haunted Horror nights is a popular way to spend the evening. Another popular location for young adults is the Haunted Hayride located in Griffith Park where there is a maze, photo opportunities, pumpkin carving, a band, inexpensive food, and of course, the haunted hayride.

No matter what you end up doing, Halloween is a great time to dress up and have fun with friends and families. Have fun and enjoy, no matter what you end up doing!