It’s Monday and I’m so glad it’s cooling down again!

itsmondayIt’s Monday! What are you reading?” is a weekly event hosted by Sheila at Bookjourney to share with others what we’ve read the past week and planning to read next.

Having lived most of my life near the equator you would think I’d be used to the heat by now. But no not really. I am not a fan of the heat and humidity. Luckily the SF Bay Area tends to be relatively cool (compared to Singapore’s average temps of 35C year round) even during the summer except for the occasional Heat Advisory days. And boy was the weekend a scorcher!

So we skipped outdoor plans and instead spent the day indoors at the San Jose Children’s Museum, where we are members. The kids had a great time as always and we decided that an icy treat was in store for us after. So we headed to the nearby Japantown in San Jose for some shaved ice and mochi from Shuei-do Mando Shop.

Lovely delicate hues


grape and strawberry shaved ice


The cutest takeout coffee cup. From Paris Baguette



C spent lots of time “cooking” at the museum








One World: A Global Anthology of Short Stories Edited by Chris Brazier


The Silver Star – Jeannette Walls


I tried out this British police comedy called Vexed, available on Netflix. Kind of amusing.

But otherwise as usual I’m watching a show here a show there. Angel Season 2, The Carrie Diaries Season 1.


Chocolate digestive biscuit. So good. I’ve recently realized that I can buy them from the Indian supermarket. Which is also where I found a good price on my PG Tips!


Milky tea.


Maybe some Singapore-style prawn noodles.

Also we still have plenty of pastes. So maybe a spicy beef rendang with coconut rice.

Ok I got distracted by the thought of coconut rice and can’t think of what else is for this coming week.


The best book designs of 2015 (The Guardian)

Michael Dirda on his latest book on books (B&N review)

I so want to make this Chinese sausage (lapcheong) potato salad now. Never thought of doing that but I can see that it would really work!

The Atlantic on the subtle joys of food packaging. A fun read.

This video of astronaut Karen Nyberg washing her hair in space blew me away!

Last week:

I read:

This burns my heart – Samuel Park
Hey Princess – Mats Jonsson
Horizon (The Sharing Knife #4) – Lois McMaster Bujold

I posted:

Weekend Cooking: Laksa


Swimming to Antarctica by Lynne Cox

Top Ten Tuesday: Most-read authors



  1. What’s yiur impression of the one world anthology? I got something similar via net galley featuring writers who had won a commonwealth prize but was a bit underwhelmed by the stories. Maybe your collection is stronger though given some of the names featured on the cover.


    1. Yes underwhelmed is one word to describe it. Except for the well known authors many of the stories were forgettable. One even made me wonder if it was written by a kid.


  2. I haven’t had lapcheung for such a long time. To be honest, I didn’t like it as a child, I didn’t like the fatty blobs. But I think maybe my mum wasn’t cooking them right… she used to steam them in the rice cooker. I am not sure I would cook any kind of sausage or bacon like that.


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