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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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Ah Lo’s school won a prestigious award and every day this week, they are celebrating with the entire school. Ah Lo has been asked by his teacher to write a poem to celebrate parents.  This morning, he’s standing in front of the entire class to recite the poem. He did an awesome job (not because I’m biased)!

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Meatless Monday tonight calls for a hearty and flavorful dumpling recipe filled with diced five spice tofu, chives, carrots, black ear fungus and jicama (for the crunch). Pan fried, just couldn’t get any better than this.Untitled

This has got to be the most disorganized birthday party I’ve every thrown. March has been such a crazy week for us with tournaments and school activities, all our weekends are fully booked except today (the only day). Because of so, I realized that there weren’t many availability to throw a birthday party for Ah Lo. At first, I didn’t plan on one. However, Ah Lo just wanted something small, hanging out with his friends. Again, the only day and time available was today. So I just sent out an email invitation to a handful of people which I wasn’t getting much response. Anyway, at the very last minute, I whipped up a simple hard copy invitation since I didn’t know most of the folks’ emails. Not knowing who he invited and clueless of who will show up (most didn’t even RSVP), I scrambled to buy some snacks, fruits and cupcakes in the morning of. I would loved to bake, but just couldn’t find the time.

Another stressful thing was I didn’t even reserve a site! We’ve been at that park a couple of times to fly the drone. It has always been a little quiet with light foot traffic. Since I didn’t even know who to call to make reservations, we just showed up and started marking our territory. Luckily we didn’t have any issues with anyone. We brought a whole bunch of games and just enough NERF guns to entertain the boys. The two hours just flew by and everyone had fun. Whew!

Planning is always a plus, but sometimes acting on spontaneity can bring surprises even if it’s messy at times. The cupcakes got crushed while we were moving the table to be in the shade. LOL. Weather was unbelievably cooperative today! What a big bonus. At the end of the day, Ah Lo got what he wanted (to spend time with his friends) and I couldn’t asked for a better party (not too bad for 3-day planning party).

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Woke up early to make sure Dai Bee has a hearty and healthy breakfast. Made sure he had all the documents and materials he needs for his test this morning. Mr. Piggy drove him there with a little extra time, gave him a phone (turned off of course) and wished him luck on his SAT.

At 9:10am, I received a call from Dai Bee, from Mr. Piggy’s phone. Immediately I thought it was odd, he couldn’t have finished it that quick?! Dai Bee’s voice carried a heavy disappointment, even cracked a little when he told me he was kicked out of the testing center because Mr. Piggy’s [stupid] phone went off. He had no idea the phone’s functionality, nor did he expect that it would go off.

When he came back, [while trying to hide my anger over Mr. Piggy’s phone], I explained to Dai Bee it wasn’t his fault and he shouldn’t feel bad about it at all.  I do feel bad for him though, knowing how he is, I just hope this incident wouldn’t affect him taking tests in the future.

 

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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“7 Little Words” introduced to the boys by Mr. Piggy and they were hooked since then. It’s a puzzle with 7 mystery words, 7 clues, and 20 letter groups. I believe the words are more difficult as they pass each level. Both boys love it to play this game and it is helps build their vocabulary.  Their vocabulary is incredibly large for their age level. Though I’m not a big fan of video games, but when I see them on this one, I would leave them alone. Untitled

Dai Bee just joined track-n-field at his school. This is the only school sport he’s joined in the last 3 years, only because it doesn’t require try-outs and everyone makes it. Finally after weeks of assessment, he is competing in the 200m event this Friday. These shoes are loaner from the school.

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Had lunch with my sisters today at a Vietnamese restaurant. My sisters each ordered a bowl of pho which came with a bundle of basil. One of them didn’t bother putting in the soup, so quickly I grabbed it and thought of using it for tonight’s dinner -Thai basil chicken.

Thai basil chicken is something I’ve always ordered when dining at Thai restaurants. Never knew how easy it is to make and the taste was also amazing! The recipe calls for Thai Holy basil, but since those are hard to find, I substitute with the basil I got from the Vietnamese restaurant. It could be a tad bit spicier (didn’t want to go too far in fear my boys can’t handle the heat). I made a lot more so we can save some for tomorrow’s lunch. There’s so much to play with this recipe I can’t wait to try again.

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The plainest of meatless Monday meal makes everyone full, healthy and happy. Pan fry tofu, garlic stir fry chayotes, and oyster sauce lettuce are the continuation of our meatless Monday tradition.

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