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This is our latest gig – I ask everyone (including myself) to bring one new vocabulary (one we don’t know before) to dinner on “Meaningful Monday” or “Wordy Wednesday.” We have been doing this for several weeks now. I realized my vocabulary is so poor. At least now, we all learn at least 4 new words a week. I also decided to pick up a book and started to read, as I know this is the only way to learn new words. IMG_0725

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Ah Lo wakes up the tiger in me. People often asked me if I am a tiger mom, and some even told me I am one before I can answer. With Dai Bee, I don’t have to be one. He works independently, and I am very hands off. I support him whatever he needs, and that’s about it.

With Ah Lo, the tiger can no longer rest still. I need to be fully awake to check homework, meet with teachers, help study for tests, monitor his progress, remind him to practice piano (and to sit in just to make sure he does the required time). Above everything else, dealing with the pre-teen attitude. I don’t necessary believe the tiger parenting. It works for some kids only, not Ah Lo. Nevertheless, he needs a lot reminders, discipline and lots of reasoning and explanation. I want to be a doting nurturing parent and hate to be that person who constantly nags and wears a frown. Knowing him, I have to play both roles. Ever since he was a toddler, Ah Lo likes to test his limits. He can be the most lovable kid but can be one of those who will blow off the roof for no reason.

Lately, I’ve been stashing a lot of patience in my bag because Ah Lo has been draining it pretty quickly these days. I tried my best to stay calm though I can feel the blood boiling inside of me. I already foresee the battle ahead of me, and am not looking forward to it. This is the only beginning…

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

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