It’s Monday and September is nearly upon us!

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.





Sunday lunch at an izakaya-style restaurant in Burlingame. One of few that actually open for lunch. 

 The husband decided to try this brand of snowskin durian mooncakes. In case that term “snowskin” is new to you, this type of mooncakes aren’t baked and the snow is soft and more like the texture of fondant than a pastry. Don’t worry, the flour is cooked first. 

Our usual Sunday morning stop at the farmers market. Fuji apples and Gala apples were just some of the fruits we picked up. 


We made a detour down to San Jose to pick up some sliced beef for hotpot. We prefer this beef from Mitsuwa supermarket as it is very tender. Just pick it up with chopsticks, swish it in the bubbling broth for a little bit until it is the right colored for you. I prefer mine a little bit pink still! 

I made cream of mushroom soup – and wrote about it on the blog. See link below. 







Snow Kimono – Mark Henshaw

A puzzling (in a good way) but very interesting read. It kinda reads like it was written by a Japanese writer, if you know what I mean.





If I Stay 


Lea Salonga



My mum made carrot cake over the weekend. Yum.


Wesley at Library Educated did a fun post on Spotify Lists of Classic Book Characters!

Over at Lit Hub, the great booksellers fall preview, has put plenty of books on my TBR list. Especially Indonesian writer Eka Kurniawan’s Beauty Is a Wound. Mostly because other than Pramoedya Ananta Toer (whose Girl from the Coast is a brilliant read) I cannot name another Indonesian writer.

Readers Imbibing in Peril (RIP) X is upon us! This year it will be hosted by Andi and Heather! I’m looking forward to it and will put up a post of my reading pool soon.  

Last week:

I read:

The Silver Star – Jeannette Walls

The Martian – Andy Weir

Creatures of the night – Neil Gaiman


I posted:

Weekend Cooking: Cream of Mushroom Soup

Library Loot



  1. Those durian mooncakes look in some way interesting and tempting, and in another way insane. I don’t think you can even get that combination in the UK, which is a shame. London has so much food, but we don’t have a variety of mooncakes here, it’s usually with or without egg.


    1. You should see the variety in Singapore. From ice cream mooncakes to chocolate mooncakes to all kinds of more modern, fusion-y flavours. I just like mine with lotus paste.


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