It’s Monday and I bought books and shoes!


It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week. This meme started with J Kaye’s Blog   and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date



How was your long weekend? That is, if you’re in the US and celebrating Thanksgiving. Did you buy anything during Black Friday or Cyber Monday?

I succumbed to the sale and bought 12 books (for under $50). Hey their 30% sale is still on! (Sorry).

And yesterday, we brought my in-laws to the factory outlet, because that’s what you do when people from Singapore visit – outlet shopping. Singapore prices are rather high. But ahem, I ended up buying two pairs of cute flats for myself. I have an excuse! Hear me out – I have weird bony feet and as a result, cannot wear most flats, so when a pair (two!) actually feel comfortable, I’m so buying them, especially if they’re only about $25 each!

As for Thanksgiving itself, we did our usual hotpot. The day starts off with a trip to Marina Foods, an Asian supermarket, to pick up vegetables, three types of mushrooms, fish balls and fish cakes, also crabsticks. The frozen items go in a cooler box, and we head to San Jose to the Mitsuwa supermarket. We make the mistake of eating lunch first. Mitsuwa is home to Santouka ramen which is a ramen chain from Japan. It’s a food court so it’s self-service and the queue can be long. The husband queued while I took the kids to Kinokuniya where they were oohing and ahing over the Totoro display (very smart, Kinokuniya! Who can resist little Totoros?).

Finally our ramen came. I like mine spicy.
And there was where our mistake was made. After ramen, we head into the supermarket proper and discover that other crazy hotpot lovers had already scooped up almost all the sliced meats! There were only a few trays of shabu shabu Angus left. So we quickly grabbed two and went home.

And here’s our Thanksgiving dinner. I made a chocolate tart for dessert but sadly the crust shrank. It still tasted really good though! I must say that I really liked the texture of it (probably due to the caramel) and the addition of coffee.




I love the writing in this book. And all that music that surrounds the story!

 Do Not Say We Have Nothing is my slow read. This is my fast one!




Gilmore Girls! I’ve watched the first of the four. And I think my heart skipped a beat when Logan appeared. It’s moving a bit more slowly than I expected, but I think that’s probably because it’s 90 minutes long. I mean, why 90 minutes? Why didn’t they just make it an hour long episode like shows are meant to be? It was just so much fun to see everyone again. And Hep Alien playing together again (minus crazy tambourine guy there)! Fun!




I’m typing this on Monday morning before I get the kids up. And I just had a slice of toast with cheese, shared some pumpkin pie (from Whole Foods) with the husband.


Yorkshire Gold with milk.


Not sure yet but I bought some oxtail from Costco last week. So oxtail stew is definitely on the cards sometime soon!


Loving all the bookish holiday decor on this Book Riot post

How American cuisine became a melting pot (The Atlantic) – talks about a book by Sarah Lohman called Eight Flavors. Definitely going to have to check that out.

Over at Read Diverse Books, 2016 book releases by Native Americans

A Month of Faves, hosted by Andi, Tamara and Tanya, is back! I’ve taken part in this month-long blogging event for the past two years now. Always lots of fun. Check out Andi’s post for the daily topics.

Last week:

I read:


Radio Shangri-la: What I Learned in Bhutan, the Happiest Kingdom on Earth by Lisa Napoli
Bhutan is such a fascinating place and I’ve always wanted to go there. This book, written by a broadcast journalist who spends a few months there working at Bhutan’s first youth-oriented radio station, is quite an eye-opener, albeit from a westerner’s point of view.

I posted:

#nonficnov: Immigration reads



  1. Man…your hotpot and chocolate tart look delicious! And good to know that the Thien is slow…not what I can really handle right now and I was considering it.


  2. I’ve yet to read a Tana French novel but want to! Also, thanks for the link to 2016 Book Releases by Native Americans – will definitely check that out.


  3. Absolutely no excuse was needed for you buying those two adorable pairs of flats! If I saw especially those red ones at a store for a reasonable price, I absolutely would have bought them to. APOLOGIZE FOR NOTHING. And your Thanksgiving food sounds delish!


  4. You will have to share your book haul! I used to buy from their sales, but the shipping is always crazy and they are located in Canada. They used to have free shipping sales. I miss those days.


  5. Loving your idea of a slow read and a fast read. I’m still not sure if I could do it, though – I’m better at one book at a time. The Thien is wonderful, isn’t it? But I think it did take me a full week to read it!

    I also took advantage of Book Outlet’s sale, which I rarely do. Half the fun was picking them out!

    Your dinner and dessert look delicious! And, have you gotten any further with GGs? My daughter and I watched them together over the weekend. 🙂


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