Between July 13 to July 24, 12 pianos will scattered throughout the SF Botanical Garden, some more hidden than others. Everyone with any level of skills is invited to play and listen! This is the third year this event takes place. We missed it last year (found out about it right after the event just ended). This year when I learned about it I made sure the boys had the chance to experience the magic of the pianos in such a beautiful surrounding.

We biked to the park and took a leisure stroll around the Garden, a place of beauty and inspiration. With music filling the air, I encouraged the boys to share their pieces. No matter how good or bad they played, the audience applauded because everyone, including my boys, were just there to enjoy some outdoor live music. What a great event! Looking forward to next year.

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One of the goals this summer is to show/teach the boys how to cook.  They agreed to cook a meal at least once a week. We’re not doing anything fancy, just want to make sure they won’t starve when mama is not around.UntitledHere’s what we’re all enjoying tonight for dinner. I still need to supervise, but as long as they are willing to do this, we’ll keep going. COHR5640 (1)

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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As my gift to my sister who just delivered her 2nd boy, I have been making lunches and dinners for her. So every night after dinner, I’m back in kitchen again, busy putting another meal together. I make soup, lunch and dinner for her, nothing fancy. However, these are my ideal postpartum food. I wouldn’t mind eating these all the time! Luckily she lives so close by so I can drop these off to her in the morning before heading to work. IMG_8775UntitledIMG_8766

Without his older brother by his side, Ah Lo has been taking the bus by himself this summer. He takes the bus to my sister’s in the morning (to get a ride to school), and then bus home himself after school. I know many of his friends at his age are still being chauffeured around. With the child spending so much time in the car, under constant adult supervision, not so sure if it is the right way to go. Having him on the bus seems like a win-win to me (more exercise for him and less chaperoning for us).

Though I still get nervous when I don’t get the phone call from him at a certain time, but being able to ride a bus independently is a great accomplishment! So proud of him!

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Meatless Monday meal with some dried bean curd and garlic long beans, a head of lettuce with oyster sauce and some vinegar peanuts. Simple.

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Took the kid out for a bike ride today because the weather is just too beautiful to be at home. We biked around the park for a good 2 hours. Afterwards, we went home and enjoyed some down time.IMG_8709

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Had some middle school friends over today and cooked up a storm. There’s always endless topics to talk about with this group of friends. So when we go out, we always get kicked out before we can all share our stories. That’s why we decided to have it in one of our homes so we can talk/laugh without anyone constantly coming over asking if we wanted anything else. *wink* IMG_8695

It was supposed to be potluck, but somehow I did most of the cooking. One friend brought small pot of tofu soup, one brought drinks, one brought fruits, and my sister brought chicken wings and garlic enoki mushrooms.

For me, I made some rose dumplings, mini mango tart, egg leaf salad, japchae and green onion pancakes. My friends have been wanting to try my homemade bread, so it’s right there on the table! Since it’s an Asian themed brunch, I made name cards using each person’s chinese name.

gatheringfood Happy for the company, grateful for the memories, and glad everyone left with their tummies satisfied.

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Yay! Just received Ah Lo’s first published book of poems! This is a year-long project and i am totally ecstatic to see the end result. These are poems he was written since third grade. From writing to illustrating, page layout to cover design, he took charge of the entire project. I am so proud of this not-so-little little guy.Screen Shot 2017-07-13 at 1.38.52 PMI am putting this up for sale, not to make money (the cost to print this book exceeds the sale price). I am selling this book to family and friends just to encourage him to continue to write (since he gets to keep the proceeds).

IMG_8667Woohoo! We got another one down!

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