A Friday ritual.

A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week.

A simple, special, extraordinary moment.

A moment I want to pause, savor and remember – {this moment}

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Something simple for yesterday’s dinner. Bought Bánh ướt (rice noodle sheets) and Chả lụa (Vietnamese pork roll) with cucumbers and bean sprouts and made my own fish sauce. Voila, quick and easy.

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Breakfast this morning: sometimes when you can’t decide scrambled or sunny side up, you just make both.

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Poem by Ah Lo…

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Here’s our delicious meal without any meat of our Mondays…

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Not my kind of Sunday waking up at 7:30am, but again, this is what moms do for her kids.

Dai Bee expressed interest in learning to tune pianos. I started to research to see if there are any lessons he can take. There are some fee based online courses available, but not much options out there. We checked with his music theory teacher for recommendations. He gave us a name, who happens to work in the Conservatory of Music. Unfortunately, this piano tuner is on his way out, but was happy to show Dai Bee a thing or two (as a favor to Dai Bee’s Music Theory teacher).

That’s why we are here, at 8 am Sunday morning, because that’s the only time the piano tuner is available. He kept mentioning 5 minutes was all he got and that’s all we’ll get. But he went on and on, telling Dai Bee about the background and some history of the business. To consider oneself a pro, one must tune at least 600 pianos. It’s the type of business that you have to be all in or nothing. He gave Dai Bee some magazines and some materials he once used to teach to bring home. At the end, he was nice enough to bring us to the concert hall at the Conservatory. Dai Bee had a chance to play on the piano at the concert hall and enjoyed it tremendously.

After all the information presented to Dai Bee, I asked him if he’s still interested to learn to tune pianos. Yes, he is. We’ll see where we go from here.

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Quite a day with activities, the usual sports practices and music. On top of it, I have 2 little ones with me in the morning and picking up 2 more in the afternoon. This actually works out great with our little project we have in mind.

This past week while walking Ah Lo to school, we talked about the earthquake in Japan. He said we should do something for the victims. We started to brainstorm what we can do. I came up with folding origami cranes. I told him this weekend would be a good weekend to get some help since I am babysitting most of his cousins anyway. I was responsible for getting the origami papers, while Ah Lo put together a small slideshow presentation to show his cousins the point of our little project.

After the slideshow, all the little ones watched a youtube video on how to fold paper cranes. We had an assembly line where the little ones did the first folding and the older ones finishing it off. There were giggling, sharing, joking and chatting during this 2.5 solid hours while each learned patience and perseverance as they fold the origami crane. I hope the time spent together tonight brings them a lifetime of sweet stories and lasting memories.

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A Friday ritual.

A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week.

A simple, special, extraordinary moment.

A moment I want to pause, savor and remember – {this moment}

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Dai Bee’s violin teacher has an art studio. When Dai Bee takes his violin lessons, Ah Lo would be there same time to take drawing lessons. A few weeks ago, he mentioned about quitting. After several conversations, he was willing to stay longer to learn other techniques. I also gave him a small mp3 player to bring along during his lesson. These are his latest sketches.

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While Ah Lo is still finishing Paolini’s Inheritance series, Dai Bee is racing through John Grisham’s series. In two weeks time, he’s gone through all of these.

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Here’s his latest book…

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