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}.IMG_8424

Question posted by Dai Bee:

“If we call the wife of the President the ‘First Lady,’ how do we address the husband of the female President?”

Does anyone know? It’s a great question. Great that my son can envision the highest ranking position in the country can be potentially held by a woman shows the signs of change. I would never have saw that when growing up. I hope that one day I can live to see a woman president.

Called in sick today hoping to get some rest, but failed because today is my baby’s special day. So instead of getting some rest, I was running around getting things done. That’s what mothers do. Our sick days are reserved for running errands.

I still remember vividly every hour of this day 9 years ago. Today, he’s already capable of making special treats for his classmates. I helped by adding his name on the jello cups (using coconut jelly I made last night). He had requested pesto pasta for dinner and that’s what I made. Good thing it was a small gathering, so I only made chicken and bought a baguette on the side. I made the cake roll during the weekend so I didn’t have to kill myself making it today.

Anyway, as tiring as it was, today is a perfect day to remind me what a precious gift he is to us. Not a day goes by when I do not think how empty my life would be if he was not here.

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Ah Lo and I have been planning this party for weeks now. He gets very excited when we talk about it, especially during our morning walks to school. Who to invite, when is the party, what to do, how to do it. Today it’s finally here, but I was under the weather, and was not up for having a party with 15+ kids, outdoors, with not much adult supervision. Then again, I felt the need to stand strong since it would be a huge disappointment for Ah Lo if this party didn’t happen. I tried to make it as simple as possible. There was a little bump in the morning when it started to drizzle. Since this is an outdoor party, we started looking for Plan B – in our garage. Luckily, by the time when the party started, the sun came out!

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1) For safety reasons, I ordered goggles for everyone and gave each as party favor as well. Bought them at Amazon (with the best/most comfortable reviews). With a white board, I made sure all the boys and girls read that “they agree to play nicely and fairly with everyone” before signing their name.

2) Having a NERF gun party at the playground has its good and bad. When we got there, there were only two teenagers. The good thing is that I set up the obstacle course using the playground without doing much work. They had to slide and climb and shoot (the balloons). However, as the playground got busy, we moved onto the baseball field (which didn’t offer too much shield for them to play). I felt bad when a parent at the park had to leave because we were overcrowding the park. He commented how it was wrong for us to have this at the playground. I totally understood his concern and wished I had the chance to apologize to him. We ended up at the field which the boys and girls had no problems.

3. This was practice target shoot my niece helped me with the night before, giving something for the kids to do during the first half hour.

4. With everything in place, let the war begin!

Excited to meet our newest addition to the family later today, I got up early and spent my entire morning in the kitchen. I didn’t want to go empty handed, so of course, the practical me, wanted to make something for my sister and BIL. Since my sister had a c-section, I had to be super careful of what she can and cannot eat. As for my BIL, who might also be exhausted due to lack of sleep would appreciate some homemade food (beef noodles) and a dessert (mango sago).

As for my sister, I made brown rice, some greens and pig knuckles and ginger stew. The stew also contains cloud ear (雲耳 – or dried black fungus) and peanuts. The tendons on the pig knuckles supposedly help the recovery of maternal health, the dried black fungus help cleanse the arteries, and the peanuts help boost milk supply. This is one of the more common dish new mothers eat the first month after giving birth. For dessert, I also made black sticky rice with dried red dates and dried longans. Because black sticky rice is low in calories, high in iron and blood booster, it also has a unique place in the diets of new mothers. I think I’ve made enough to last her a few days. Knowing how exhausted new mothers are, hopefully, this can ease their way into parenthood.

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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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Dinner for tonight. Some greens (gai lan) over oyster sauce and tilapia over mango salsa. Everyone ate more than a bowl of rice! I enjoy cooking for this simple reason – good food makes people happy.

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Another busy Sunday today. In the morning, we were invited to my friend’s party welcoming her successful adoption of a lovely baby girl. I’ve seen her pictures on her FB, and finally got to meet her in person. She is indeed, precious little one. Right afterwards, we had a Minecraft play date at the boys’ friend’s house. It was a drop off, so gave us a little time to deflate. Not for long, we picked them up and head over to my sister’s. We celebrated my niece’s 4th birthday with a outdoor hot pot. The weather was nice and with the daylight savings time, we were able to enjoy dinner outdoors. Though it was a small gathering, but food was great! What a day!

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It’s PI Day!! After dropping off Dai Bee at music theory class this morning, we ventured off yet another gem in the city. We bought some panini’s here for lunch and saw many in and out of this place grabbing a piece of pie, which all looked so amazing.

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I’m not a huge fan of pies, but had to grab a slice on my way out. This is the blueberry buttermilk pie and wow, it was decadent and rich. So good I didn’t even want to share. I now regret not testing my taste buds when I was younger when I have so much more quota.

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