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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


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)!


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

Wishing Dai Bee best of luck in getting to his school’s basketball team.  He tends to get nervous playing around those (who he thinks) are better than him. According to him, he has a fairly good chance he’s only joining the frosh team.


Every tournament, Ah Lo’s teammates vote for the two kids to be the team captain for the team. This week, Ah Lo is the team captain. At the end of the tournament, he would give out a line or two to motivate the team.  He’s not the best player in the team, but he took the job seriously and kept the team upbeat and positive during this tournament. The team came back with a 2 wins and 1 loss.

Good job, Ah Lo. I’m so proud of you!

‘Tis the season of basketball which means crazy weekend schedule again. Ah Lo’s first tournament of the season happened today. 2 out of 2 losses. The team was half asleep playing the 1st game, and got crushed the 2nd game. Hope they will do better tomorrow. I do notice that Ah Lo has more play time today, which is a good thing. He’s gradually improving, but still need to play a little bit more aggressive. IMG_9858-1

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}



InstaTen…10 things currently happening or have happened, Instagram style.

  1.  As of this blog, both boys now have finished 3 triathlons, and one more coming this weekend..
  2.  Dai Bee found this free software where he can write his songs. One of the goals he wants to accomplish this summer.
  3. First time bagging lunches at GLIDE, a great volunteer opportunity for the boys.
  4. Dai Bee’s first violin recital.
  5. Still wandering around to search for treasures – letterboxing in the city.
  6. Making Dai Bee helping with cooking dinner, hope he can whip something up without any supervision by end of summer – again,of the goals for this summer.
  7. The boys gave a workshop to their cousins about investing. Though it’s a little advance for the little cousins, but this also gives a chance for the boys to present in front of the group, and to share what they know about investments.
  8. Mr. Piggy found a basketball hoop a month ago, and it’s being used EVERY SINGLE day.
  9. Dai Bee is off to a 3-week camp studying combinatorics and graph theory at UC Santa Cruz.
  10. As of June, Ah Lo is learning piano with Dai Bee’s teacher. She pushes Ah Lo to do a lot more. It’s a bit hard for him at first since his previous teacher was so lenient. This teacher is much more expensive, but at least he’s learning a lot more now.

A crazy busy day, starting off with waking up early to bake these scrumptious BBQ pork buns. You won’t find the fatty BBQ pork inside these homemade ones (unlike the store bought ones). Now that I got the recipe for these soft fluffy dinner rolls down (will share recipe later), you can pretty much do whatever with them. IMG_7057

Dai Bee has music (choir) competition in the morning, two placement tests (math and language), and fencing late afternoon. Ah Lo has two basketball games today as well. Now you know why I baked these, just to get the boys off the right feet for a busy day ahead.

Being the gym commissioner for Ah Lo’s team tournament, one of the responsibility is to find the scorekeeper for all the games. At 10:30pm the night before, I was still scrambling to find one. I volunteered Mr. Piggy, so he got busy learning how to be a scorekeeper via youtube that night. LOL.

When the time came, I just asked Dai Bee to take over the job since he’s familiar with the game rules. He sat down and poked at the machine. Next thing, he was there all day long and kept going for the next 8 games. Great he can earned the extra cash while enjoying the games.