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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.

Dai Bee is off this week (inter-term break). At the very last minute, I scored a tour with the Engineering program @ Cal Berkeley. Dai Bee was a bit resistant initially, because he didn’t sleep last night and he thinks it’s too soon. I told him he could leave if he finds the tour boring.

So we got there on time, and followed the guide around. Good thing our guide was super energetic and knows a lot about the engineering program (though she’s a molecular bio major). Dai Bee followed her like a little duckling following the mother duck.  At the end of the tour, Dai Bee learned something he didn’t before going to the tour: 1) there are so many programs within the College of Engineering. 2) Better for students to go into engineering and transfer out vs. getting accepted and then apply to engineering major. 3)  After accepted, there’s an intro class students can take to learn about the different types of engineering to narrow down the interest. 4) It’s super hard to get in.

Before some say, ‘wow, so early?’, well, not really. This tour opened up more conversations, and got him to think what he needs to do from here. No, at the end of this tour, he’s still doesn’t know if this is something he wants to major in. At the same time, he’s pretty sure this is probably the path he’s headed to (STEM).



Didn’t realize Dai Bee has some sort of social anxiety…until yesterday….

Tonight we attended a preseason meeting for soccer referees. Since I didn’t have much information, I went to the meeting place with them. The place was packed with kids his age or younger. He knew a few of them (from his elementary/middle schools). After talking to the director, I met up with him, as he was in line to sign up. I noticed he was sweating like crazy (sure, given that place was a little warm). He kept asking me if he could leave. That was when I spotted a couple of kids (who went to same elementary/middle school with him). He kept his head down and totally looked uncomfortable. He walked all the way in the back of the room and stayed there the entire meeting.

When we left, he asked me how could I not noticed he has this kind of anxiety before?  I didn’t. What I also didn’t understand why he was nervous to (some) people he knew?! Yes, these are not people he hung out with, but still, not like he did anything bad to those people, why the fuss? Anyway, I guess I have to read up on this issue and find ways to help him overcome this anxiety.

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}


After a couple of years of encouragement, nudging, some nagging, Dai Bee finally bought into the idea of “giving back to the community” by volunteering his time to tutor younger kids. I suggested he reached out to his elementary school and the elementary school close by him. To my surprise, he jumped on it, sending out emails left and right and followed through the process.

Today he received calls/emails from both schools and are working with them to arrange for the schedule. I am guessing he’s mainly tutoring kids with math and/or helping some with homework (in different subjects). I am proud that he’s taking the initiative and staying on top of it. It’s a big step for him considering it took 2 years in the making. Hopefully it’ll work out and he’s able to help other kids.

I guess when the kid is ready, he’s ready.

Today is a more productive day for Dai Bee. He has his violin recital (Scene de Ballet by de Beriot) in the morning at SF Conservatory of Music. Then went out for a haircut followed by piano lesson in the afternoon. Afterwards we all went home to watch Super Bowl 52.

Tonight we enjoyed Dai Bee’s school orchestra and choir performances. This is extremely different from his middle school where the orchestra is so much bigger. Even the set up takes about a couple of minutes for each rotation. Tonight was a much more intimate feeling. Students introduced their piece and the timing of each piece was perfect. One hour flew by while enjoying this group of talented musicians.

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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}


Another recital in the books.IMG_0573

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.