I see this fruit (rambutan – 紅毛丹) in chinatown all the time, but didn’t want to buy since they are quite expensive. Today, for some reason, I was lured by the saleslady who persuaded me to try one. They were so juicy and absolutely refreshing. I couldn’t help but grab handfuls. Judging the strange appearance of this fruit, they were hesitant to try it at first. Once they tried it, they thought it was very similar to lychee, which they love. One after another, it was all gone. This was a good lesson for the boys – never judge anything, people or things, by its appearance.


What a busy Sunday, busy and tiring one! We got up early and started our bake sale. The boys also had a baseball game scheduled for today. So we grabbed lunch and headed straight for the game while my sister and her two boys continued with the bake sale. We were able to raise $139 for the bake sale! Woohoo.

By the time we went home, everyone was pretty exhausted. I didn’t feel like cooking so decided to have everyone cook all in one pot. This chilling weather was perfect to have a meal like this.

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Getting ready for a bake sale tomorrow. Taking advantage of the foot traffic due to the Bay to Breakers, Ah Lo wanted to do a bake sale to raise more money to donate to Nepal. So we spent some time decorating the emoji’s. My sister also made some rice krispies while I baked my favorite chocolate banana cupcakes (below).

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Eating out with my FIL tonight since MIL is helping out my SIL who just had her baby. No matter where FIL goes, he orders the exact same dish which is the hai nan chicken over rice. The funny thing is that he would take 5 minutes to go through the menu, but always always picks the same thing (hai nan chicken over rice). Well, at least we get a variety.

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While walking Ah Lo to school today, I noticed many students were carrying their visual presentations to school. All third graders were to work on a detailed report on an animal of their choice. The assignment was given to them a month ago and he finished it last week. I even reviewed it with him yesterday and made sure he placed the report in his backpack. This morning he asked me if I could help him with Powerpoint since he wanted to present his report using Powerpoint. He told me it was due Friday. Seeing all the kids with their visuals in hand made me second guessed the actual due date of the visuals. He stared at me blankly and said, “oh, I think the presentation is also due today.”

While I was fuming, I blame myself for not paying attention more closely to his assignments. A memo was sent out to parents about this project earlier. I read it, signed it and put it on my calendar. I just knew a report was due, but not aware of the presentation. While I thought it was his responsibility for his assignments, I blame myself for overlooking the details of the memo. Anyway, I called the teacher and she would still accept the late work. We will spend the time tonight to do it.  A typical case of second child syndrome. Sigh.

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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Today Dai Bee received an award from his music theory teacher in the form of an Amazon Gift Certificate. Here’s his note to Dai Bee:

quotes1This is an award for Dai Bee for making the greatest number of Happy Faces of anybody in the class, or maybe the world; but also for saying in class, one day, “I’m confused”. I know this doesn’t sound like much but 1) it helps your teacher a lot, and 2) not everybody is willing to admit it when they don’t understand something. They would rather pretend they know what’s going on when they don’t. Thanks for not pretending, Dai Bee.

At the spring concert tonight, Dai Bee is the concertmaster at his school orchestra. He seems to take his job seriously. Before the concert, while everyone is busy running around, chit chatting, he’s the only one practicing.

[Note to self: time to buy him some dress pants and shoes!]


Yesterday was Dai Bee birthday, and wanted to celebrate with family. So I invited my side of the family for a small gathering. I made something simple for the party – egg noodles, tofu, ginger chicken wings, and some greens.


For his birthday cake, I made the Japanese cotton cheesecake, topped it with whipping cream and berries.


This is mango mochi (芒果糯米糍) I made on the side for the very first time. I love mochi and I love mango, what a great combination.



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