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Meatless Monday is serving garlic chayotes, oyster mushrooms and chestnuts over a head of lettuce, and finally, stir fry enoki mushrooms, wood ear, with bean curd skin. Luckily, I always have the last couple of items at home which is a great help on meatless Mondays!IMG_9756With three dishes and a pot of soup, we still don’t have much leftovers for the boys to pack lunch the next day. They are making their own lunch after dinner (for those days we don’t have leftovers). The thought of me making cute little bento boxes for them not too long ago, shows that times have changed for sure. IMG_9761Untitled.png

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If the boys had the choice, they’d probably chow down a box of cereals every morning, because it’s the easiest. On weekends, I would show the boys make simple breakfast. Today, they learned how to make omelette with bell peppers, bacon and onions. Ah Lo decided to add some ground peppers because he knows best.breakfastcooking

One of the goals this summer is to show/teach the boys how to cook.  They agreed to cook a meal at least once a week. We’re not doing anything fancy, just want to make sure they won’t starve when mama is not around.UntitledHere’s what we’re all enjoying tonight for dinner. I still need to supervise, but as long as they are willing to do this, we’ll keep going. COHR5640 (1)

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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 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}IMG_7162

Ever since Dai Bee is making extra spending money (by teaching piano), we’ve been talking about what he can do with that money. Mr. Piggy got him a book about investing (for dummies). Nowadays, our dinner conversations revolve around ways to invest, rate of return, risks and rewards, how money can make money, etc. I was surprised that both the boys were so engaged in these conversations. They asked questions about types of stocks and how the risks that involve it. I’m sure when they have a better understanding of how the stock market works, they will have more questions. So far, nothing has been set, but just to spark their interest. This will be a good summer project for them to work on.

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Just updated our trip to the backcountry.

Enjoy.

Ok, adding another title to Dai Bee’s role. He’s not only a big brother, a friend, a mentor, a piano teacher, a parnter in crime, and a math tutor to Ah Lo. IMG_7041

After an exciting game this morning, we detoured to the Locke Historic District near Sacramento before heading home. This is an unincorporated area built by Chinese immigrants during the early 1900’s. We stopped by the visitor center (also known as the boarding house) and found out the town is named Locke, after George Locke, who owned the land. He leased to the Chinese, at a time when Chinese people were not allowed to own land. All the museums are free and let us roam around. The attractions include besides the visitor’s center: a Chinese language school, a museum, a memorial garden, a gambling hall, a theatre, and a meeting place (even had a round of Chinese chess), all within walking distance.  There was a calligraphy lesson in the Chinese school, so we sat down and practiced.

The whole district consisted of 2 main blocks, so it was a nice stroll. Locke is certainly unique with rustic charm and surrounded with “lost in time” feel. Happy we decided the detour for this opportunity to learn about the rich history of Chinese immigrants. It’s definitely worth the visit.

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From the website: Locke is the only remaining authentic Chinese village in the United States of America. Although many cities in America have a Chinatown, Locke is the only separate Chinese community that was built by, and exclusively for, Chinese immigrants. Locke was virtually unknown outside of California until a book entitled “Bitter Melon” by Jeff Gillenkirk with photographs by James Motlow was published.  At one time, 600 residents, all of whom were Chinese, lived in this three square block community. Now the permanent population of the town is less than 100, and less than a dozen of the residents are Chinese. The origin of the Chinese town of Locke dates back to 1915 when a fire in the neighboring town of Walnut Grove destroyed the city’s Chinatown. Locke was established by Lee Bing, on land owned by George Locke in 1915. There were two sections in the Walnut Grove Chinatown, one of which was populated by Chinese immigrants from Chungshan (中山) and the other by immigrants from Sze Yap in China. The Chungshan group decided to rebuild their community a half mile south of Walnut Grove where there were already three buildings in a tiny hamlet called Lockeport.

Ah Lo is taking lessons from his brother lately. Apparently the last few years, Ah Lo’s teacher didn’t touch any of the musicianship skills. Therefore, on Monday nights, Ah Lo would have a lesson with Dai Bee, training the ears, learning “notation” and tonal skills sight reading and how to execute the song. There are much to learn and at times, Dai Bee can be pretty tough on his brother. He will constantly test Ah Lo to see if he really understand what was taught. I enjoyed sitting in their lessons, might even learn a thing or two myself.

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