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}


InstaTen…10 things currently happening in the house, Instagram style.


  1. Chinese school continues. Just recently, they finished learning the mandarin song 對面的女孩看過來。I had both boys memorize the lyrics and each recorded on my phone (for the pleasure of my ears only).
  2. Dai Bee loves reading National Geographic, one of his favorite magazines.
  3. Here is another lesson where I am teaching them the Chinese calligraphy, writing basic strokes.
  4. Both boys got their teeth checked. No cavities to report.
  5. Ah Lo finally caught on with the Rubik’s cube. He is now able to solve all sides. With a speed cube, Dai Bee’s best time is 33 seconds as of today.
  6. Volunteering during the Holidays.
  7. Boys sharing the basketball court.
  8. First time the boys tried the griddle cake which came with Country breakfast at Rusty’s. They prefer the good old pancake.
  9. Dai Bee is moving on the Rubik’s cube and now trying the more advanced one – 12-sided cube(?).
  10. A “yelp” account is set up for both boys so that they can write their own reviews when we try out new food.

MathCounts is a nationwide middle school mathematics competition. So happens that Dai Bee’s school offers this club after school. Recently, the students were given a test to qualify themselves in the upcoming competition (which I had no idea). Dai Bee just casually mentioned to me yesterday that he will represent his grade level because he scored the highest for his grade, 2 points short of 8th grade. He admitted he would have scored higher if he didn’t make some careless arithmetic mistakes.

This kid never ceases to amaze me.

Meatless stir fried rice today. A simple fried rice made with a medley of bean curd.  Should have made more. Nom nom.


Boys have started with a new league this year (playing for separate grades). For Dai Bee’s team, so far, they lost 2 games out of the 7. Ah Lo’s team won once so far. The wins in Dai Bee’s team motivates him to practice more. To him, he feels that he’s the worst player in the team. So any chance he gets, he wants to practice, whether in the garage at home, or in the playground. Lately, he sets goals for himself when he practices at the playground. Today, he wouldn’t leave until he made 5 free throws in a row. Brrrrr….


Dai Bee’s determination also encouraged Ah Lo to hone his dribbling skills. On a dry day (even though it’s in the 50’s), you will find us at the playground a good chunk of time on any given weekend. The boys will practice while I freeze in the cold. That’s ok, that’s what mothers do, I guess.


Here’s another quest to try out new food with the boys. We are going south today with Southern food. Apparently this is the happening place and we lucked out walking in without reservations. The boys ordered the Country breakfast, which they immediately regret after seeing what came for us.


I ordered the pork chop sandwich and Mr. Piggy chose the fried chicken sandwich. Since we don’t eat much southern food, we have not much to compare. I thought the pork chop was excellent as they were tender and juicy. Mr. Piggy’s fried chicken sandwich was perfectly cooked as well. The restaurant is spacious and gives everyone plenty of personal space. Our waiter was super nice and attentive.

IMG_0413When we are in this neighborhood, we always always come for Vietnamese food. Rusty’s gave us another option.



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}.


This poem came to me in class because I drew a lily. It reminded me of how delicate flowers can be. I know this is a really long poem, but I think you’ll like it. Enjoy!

I wonder how Mother Earth could have such a delicate being as the lily.

Its pink pedals lay on the lily pad as it gently floats down the river.

The wind shall not stop it, for the lily shall merrily calm it down.

The water simply cannot do anything to the lily but push it’s current to help the gentle and priceless lily move.

Humans? They have no effect whatsoever.

It lies in the middle of Mother Earth’s heart, where it shall be untouched forever.

It is the only reason why calmness and joy are emotions.

It spreads through biotic organisms giving the emotions calm and joy.

It is as pure as crystal, as glamorous as ever, like millions of sparkling jewels and rubies in the sunset.

I say that all the creations from man-kind were built to honor the lily.

Wars ended when the lily went to react.

This lily was planted when Mother Earth was born itself.

It is even older than me some say.

They were many legends and stories about the lily, but none can prove that it is true… except for I, the sun.

I have watched form above as the lily’s pedals open and reveal the beautiful lily.

I watched as the lily’s pedals fall off, counting how old the lily is.

As they fell off, a new pedal grew back within an hour.

The lily is truly the greatest thing… on Earth

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Our meatless Monday meal, we have organic ramen with cabbage, mushrooms and carrots. Some siracha sauce would really help kick it up a notch!



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