Inspired by Soule Mama:

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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Tonight I get to fulfill my dream as a teacher. I held a class in my house, teaching my two boys relationship within a family in chinese! Unlike how westerns greet their family with simply auntie/uncle, grandmother/grandfather, Chinese have specific title for each person related to us. For example, you would greet your father’s older brother and younger brother differently vs. uncle. Paternal and maternal side of the family have different terms as well. By referring relatives a certain way, we know precisely where they stand in the family. I learned this when I went to Chinese school ages ago. I don’t think this concept is taught in school nowadays. This is important for the younger generations to know because it’s part of Chinese culture.

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This year I enrolled the boys in a sports camp. They’ve never been to a sports camp so I can’t wait to hear all about it. Of course, it also helps that their cousins are in the same camp as them.

They do fun drills and strengthening their skills throughout the day. Dai Bee thought it was fun though it was a challenge to play with boys who are older than him (15yrs old). The coaches are awesome with a supportive and encouraging environment. Ah Lo, on the other hand, is struggling a bit, again, because of playing with older boys. He complained that the balls were never passed to him, even he was open. Even with boys his age, they were already skillful. This is just the first day, so I hope it gets better later in the week.

It’s quite a challenge these days to come up with healthy and low carb meals for ma familia. I’d always have to think ahead since I’m now making lunch and dinner for Mr. Piggy. While the boys and girls have a bowl of brown rice, Mr. Piggy and I enjoyed the okra mushroom with quinoa as a replacement of rice. I guess he won’t be complaining about the food today.

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When Mr. Piggy learned we were having tacos for dinner, he beamed with joy. Little does he know I have other plans for him.

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Inspired by Soule Mama:

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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We gave Dai Bee a flip phone to camp so that he can reach us or vice versa. Well, he has been very good at calling us every night. Though the conversation was always short, but it’s always great to hear his voice and learn that he’s doing fine. Tonight was especially sweet when I said to him, “I can’t wait to see you tomorrow,” he replied, “yeah, me too. And I miss your cooking.”

Dai Bee is not a very compassionate person, so hearing that from him, melts my heart. I missed him dearly.

I normally don’t add dressing to my salads, but I thought for Mr. Piggy, it might be too bland for tonight’s dinner. So I made my very own raspberry dressing – it was very refreshing and super easy to make.

Blend in fresh raspberries, cilantro, garlic, balsamic vinegar, dijon mustard and few drops of olive oil.

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Power greens, mango strips, smoked salmon, cherry tomatoes, and craisins.IMG_9328

Here’s how I steam a whole fish. It’s simple, delicious and of course, nutritious! First thoroughly clean fish, inside and out. Next cut few stalks of green onions and put it on plate.

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Before putting the fish on the plate, I use paper towel to dry fish, again inside out.

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Next add slices of ginger on top of fish, and you’re ready to go. Make sure to put plate when water is boiling. Depends on how big the fish is, boil it in high heat. In general, for 1-1/2 lbs (10 mins) or 2 lbs (12 mins or so).

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When it’s done, I like to add cilantro on top before adding soy sauce on it. That’s how I steam my fish. Simple.

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Lately, I’ve had Mr. Piggy start on a no/low carb diet for health issues. Here’s a guy who had rice, bread, pasta all his life, and now all of a sudden, we have to start eating “healthy.” Though he’s not very happy about it, but he’s a trooper. In the last 2-1/2 weeks, he lost 6 lbs so far! I’ve been preparing more healthier food for him and getting him to exercise. We are slowly getting there.

Breakfast: Fruit bowl with mint

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Breakfast: Apples, blueberries, and hard boiled egg

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LUNCH: spinach, tomatoes, turkey meat and portobello mushrooms

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LUNCH: kale, turkey breast, cucumber, organic beet and pistacchio

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LUNCH: minced pork meat, tomatoes, corn, mangoes, tofu, and cucumber noodles

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DINNER: tomatoes, chicken mushrooms, okra and salmon

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DINNER: roasted brussel sprouts, tofu and shrimp and some greens

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DINNER: string beans shitake mushrooms, quinoa and salmon

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