Hooray for the simple, yet delicious meatless Monday meal! Yippie for the tofu and the vegetarian egg rolls. Kudos to all the veggie sides!FullSizeRender 18

The weather by the bay is always so unpredictable. What started out as a gloomy morning turned out to be nice warm day here in the city! I almost wanted to cancel plans to picnic @ Crissy Field, luckily I didn’t! The boys have been bugging me to take them to fly drones, and this would be the best place. I invited my sisters to join and was glad most of them can make it. FullSizeRender 20

This is a bring-your-own food picnic, so it was much more manageable for the four of us. I made sandwiches for the boys. Then there’s pasta salad, crackers and cheese and snacks for Mr. Piggy and I.IMG_8344

I was smart enough to dress in layers though. Yes, I even wore turtle neck just in case (I know, mid-June, me, dressed in a turtle neck). Then again, nothing more warms the heart than to see the boys running around with their cousins. Some are flying drones with others flying frisbees. When the drone battery died, we worked on volleying the ball over the net. We sang, we laughed and we continued to chase around.

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The plan was to picnic and then bike around the area which ended up to be the best plan for this weekend. I wouldn’t want to spend this Sunday any other way!

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Today my boys and their cousins are partnering to do the letterboxing. Good news and bad news. Bad news is that we searched at least 6 letterboxes, but to no avail. Good news is we spent some quality time and got our exercise. Though we try to locate the letterboxes close in proximity, but we were all exhausted by the end of the search. I think it’ll probably make the day if we didn’t leave empty-ended. The search continues…IMG_8318IMG_8326

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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Always happy to get some ripe bananas from the inlaws. I had to snatch it from them before the bananas go to compost! This is what I did with them. One of the boys’ favorite breakfast.IMG_8279

Thank goodness for instapot for making dinner tonight. Bought these ribs a couple of days ago but couldn’t find the time to put it on dinner table. Finally today I’m tossing it right into the Instapot. In 20 minutes, slather some BBQ sauce, voila, these fall-off-the-bone ribs turn out to be finger licking good.  Dinner can be this simple.FullSizeRender (3)

Is summer finally here or we are just experiencing a temporary heat wave in the bay area? So today for dinner, we having a cold dish! Bought the dried shaved noodles (刀削麵) for the first time to go with my homemade Japanese soft boiled eggs (aka ajitsuke tamago). I made the eggs a couple of days (using my lovely instapot!). So putting this all together tonight didn’t take too much time. Since my boys aren’t big fans of boiled eggs, I added zucchini and enoki mushrooms. And yes, they ate the eggs!

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To make the egg, this is the marinade I use:

Egg – Instapot (steam for 4 mins, low pressure). Cold water bath afterwards.

Marinade:

-2 tablespoons soy sauce

-1 tablespoon mirin or rice wine vinegar

-1 teaspoon shaoxing wine

-1 tablespoon of oyster sauce

-1/2 teaspoon of sesame oil

-1 teaspoon sugar

-1/2 cup of water

Once remove the eggshells, soak the eggs in the mariande (I left it overnight).

This is Dai Bee’s first day at the entrepreneur camp! It’s our first time enrolling in this camp. I am excited for the things he’s going to learn but not too crazy about the drive to get him there. The camp is located about 25 miles from our house, but requires 1 to 1.5 hours to get there (because of traffic). This means, I will be spending 3 hours on the road every day. Yes, we’ve tried to map out the time if he was to take public transportation, but there would be too much transfers from one bus to another. It wasn’t worth it. Luckily my job is flexible enough to allow me to work with this schedule. Thank goodness it’s only 2 weeks! When I picked him up, the first thing he said to me, “this camp is fun, I am really enjoying it” – makes everything all worthwhile, right?

The camp consists of 28 people, and it is divided into 4 groups. Each group has a company they want to work with. Everyone in the group has a role he/she plays. Dai Bee is the CFO who is in charge of the flow of funds. When he came back home, I saw how eager he was to set up a survey to market the company’s product – efficient lighting. He told me he learned so much in one day about finance and marketing, customer service, the innovation and the backbone of the company.

No, I’m not thinking that he will be start his own business after this camp! I hope he can pick up new skills that he can take with him – teamwork, thinking outside the box, negotiation, some fundamental business skills, including communications and leadership and as a bonus, experience entrepreneurialism.

Today’s father’s day is especially meaningful as our family took our annual walk in memory of our dad/grandpa to bring awareness to Pancreatic Cancer. For the first time, our mom has joined us for the walk. So proud of her!

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Happy Father’s Day to all the wonderful dads out there!

 

One of the more productive Saturdays, especially for Dai Bee. In the morning, took the boys to volunteer, bagging lunches for homeless shelters. This was our first time volunteering here, so we didn’t know what to expect. It was a pretty simple job and the boys seem to take their jobs seriously.IMG_8075After the volunteer gig (2 hours later), we decided to do some letterboxing. If you are not familiar with letterboxing, check out my travels blog. We recently got into it during our road trip to Utah/Arizona. Here in our backyard, there are still a few treasures left to be found. This treasure hunt brought us to one of the most beautiful trails in our city! We’ve never been to this area and it didn’t even like we were in the city.  IMG_8111

The best part?! We found our stamp and have already met one of our summer goals!

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We had lunch and then came back for Dai Bee’s piano lessons with his cousins. Right after that, we wasted no time to drop off Dai Bee at his first violin recital. He did a phenomenal job, though I can be biased on that.

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And of course, this is Father’s Day weekend. Mr. Piggy wanted some pork chops and pork chops are what we are having. For the first time, I marinated pork chops with lemongrass earlier the day. I bet the chops would be tastier if I had more time with the marinade. Overall, it was quite good and Mr. Piggy was happy, so that’s all that mattered.

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