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Another great tournament for Ah Lo, his team came home with the trophy. The hard work is finally paying off. On the first game, they had a come back when they were down by 8 points. It was that kind of spirit that carried them to championship. Good job, boys! IMG_2202


10 things currently happening or have happened so far in 2018.

  1. Dai Bee now tutors at an elementary school (near his HS) and his middle school. For the elementary school, he basically reviews kids’ homework. For the middle school, he tutors math in a small group of 6th graders. He finds it quite rewarding thus far.
  2. Dai Bee is also taking online class to become a soccer referee (a job he can do during weekends).
  3. On March 14, 2018, Dai Bee and Ah Lo’s schools participated in the National Walkout day protesting against gun violence.
  4. We are soliciting our next door neighbor to be the boys’ personal basketball coach. How cool is that?!
  5. Dai Bee checked out one college tour.
  6. Ah Lo has been to 3 orthodontist consultation, and we’re trying to squeeze one more just to be sure if extraction can be avoided.
  7. Signed up for 2 triathlons this summer.
  8. We completed our first 5k Run.
  9. So far, Dai Bee made $2k on his investments and Ah Lo doing just as well, but with one zero short.
  10. Still forcing the boys to try new food every week.

This weekend we drove to Sacramento for Ah Lo’s basketball game. The team played two games yesterday, and depending on the outcome, they would play championship or consolation today. This time around, even without the last couple of practices, our team stepped up their game. They held their heads up and fought hard. To me, as a parent, it was much more exciting to watch Ah Lo played his heart out. I’ve never seen him played the way he did the last two games. In all the games I’ve seen him played, it was obvious he’s not mentally there. However, in this tournament, he was on fire! He jumped for rebounds, made great passes, and helped the team off to championship. Because of so, he earned much more playing time on the court today.

After their two straight wins, the boys’ confidence was a bit shaken when they found out they are going against the best team in the bracket for championship. My sister and I spent the whole morning giving the boys (my nephew is also in the same team) a pep talk. We encouraged the boys the other team is not any better than them. If they played like the way they did yesterday, they have the same chance as any other team.

I must say this game was the most exciting game I’ve seen. To get off a great start, our team set the tone for their opponent by leading on the scoreboard. Though our team was in the lead most of the time, the scores were very tight the entire game. I was at the edge of my seat the whole time. It got even more intense when both teams tied at the end of 4th quarter. Overtime, and then double overtime, both teams stayed focused and still tied. And then…the sudden death overtime, whichever team scores first, wins. That was totally a nail biter. The gym roared when one of our team players stole the ball and finished the game with a layup. For the very first time, the team experienced what was it like competing and winning the championship.

What an exciting and memorable play to watch. This was more than just a game. It was a confidence booster and a life lesson to take with them – never stop trying.

Believe and achieve, that’s all it takes. So proud of our team, and extremely proud of Ah Lo (scored 12 points)!


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}


My nightmare has started – I knew it was inevitable, but was hoping it wouldn’t come so soon. Ah Lo has always had a temper, but he has never gone overboard.

This morning, he yelled at me to ‘shut up.’ And all hell broke loose.

I told him to sweep the floor after he’s done with breakfast. He had his headphones on but acknowledged my request. After breakfast, he did as told, swept the floor, but only the area where he sat. He went back upstairs when done. When I noticed the floor was still dirty with crumb, I asked him to come back down to finish the job. He was already triggered and busted with “you only told me to sweep that area.” Here I am thinking – how would that make sense?

Anyhow, my sister was there at the time, and I made a sarcastic remark “see when you have a teenager, this is the attitude you have to put up with.” Somehow this got him even more upset and told me to shut up.

Of course, like all parents would react, I was furious and gave him a piece of my mind. I took away all the electronics and left him alone when we went out for lunch.

When we came back from lunch, he acted like nothing happened. He asked me something and I scolded at him, “don’t talk to me like nothing happened. Don’t expect me to respond like nothing happened. Because if I did, I’m telling you it’s ok to treat me like that, and it isn’t.”

Later that evening, he came back from basketball practice and apologized for his behavior. He did what he does best – sweet talk his way. I resolved it with him by asking him to write me a full page essay on what he did, reflect on it, and come up with solutions on how he can manage his temper better.

I know this won’t be the last time we are going through this. I know, it’s all part of parenthood.

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}


Ah Lo’s felt project. He said he got a B for this.IMG_0939

Ah Lo’s 2nd CYO game kicked off the weekend for us. The team didn’t win mainly because most people (including Ah Lo) were still sleeping. It was a bit painful to watch…LOL. Afterwards, we grilled him for it. Hope he gets better next game.IMG_0887

Ah Lo wanted mac and cheese for our meatless Monday, so mac and cheese we will have. He went “cheese” shopping with Mr. Piggy last night. He watched one youtube channel to see how it’s done using instant pot. And he did it (with little supervision). It was not too bad for the first time. I thought we will definitely have leftovers for lunch tomorrow. Nope, all gone.

Glad that the boys can now make simple meals on their own. IMG_0530

Our morning is clear, so found the time to stop by senior home and play some music. The boys did great and Dai Bee played for a good 20 minutes. We will try to stop by sometime next month.

Next onto Ah Lo’s basketball practice while we did some grocery shopping. Afterwards, Ah Lo had his first piano workshop with this piano teacher (same one as Dai Bee’s). According to the teacher, he has improved so much on sight reading. He seemed to enjoy playing a lot more now. He’s also very lucky to have a teacher at home who can give him some pointers. When I drove him back, dinner was ready!

Meal prepared by Dai Bee and Mr. Piggy. What a special treat. It’s always nice to come home and dinner is ready. Doesn’t happen very often, and when it does, I love it.IMG_0329