It’s Monday and my boy is 8!





My parents flew in from Singapore on Friday evening, just in time to celebrate my older boy’s 8th birthday yesterday.

He placed an order for a funfetti cake with chocolate buttercream.

So tada!


We started the birthday off with homemade waffles

He requested burgers for his birthday lunch so we tried a new place called Grub Burger Bar.

Then he got to spend the afternoon playing video games and in the evening cycling – we got him a new bike for his birthday present.

Oh and on Saturday, his music school had their annual recital and he did great!




Daisy Jones & The Six – Taylor Jenkins Reid




I’ve been watching Zumbo’s Just Desserts, an Australian baking competition. It’s a slightly different take on TV baking competitions – the two worst scoring bakers of the day go head-to-head and recreate judge Zumbo’s super-fancy desserts. It’s always a technically difficult creation, like one which was a dessert in a dessert in a dessert in a dessert kind of thing like a brownie within a lemon tart with a ricotta pancake and a raspberry gel all encased in a meringue layer. Or something like that. And there was a levitating dessert!! Inside that chocolate hat was a ridiculously difficult ice-cream gobstopper with like five layers that sounded more like a savoury dish than dessert like tomatoes, avocado, corn, some chocolate-chipotle thing. I was intrigued but also appalled that this was a challenge for home bakers….


The Fellowship of the Ring – JRR Tolkien

This is the BBC radio production with a full cast and sound effects and all.



Funfetti cake


Lots of water


We had hotpot last night so lots of leftovers!

Last week:

I read:

Lu – Jason Reynolds
Wundersmith – Jessica Townsend
Geekerella – Ashley Poston

I posted:

Wundersmith by Jessica Townsend

Book Beginnings/Friday 56 – A Woman is No Man by Etaf Rum

The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal

Library Loot (March 27 to April 2)

Top 5 audiobooks with multiple narrators #toptentuesday




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



  1. Which BBC LotR dramatization did you listen to? There is one from 1955 and one from 1981. I listened to the first one last month, and I plan to listen to the 1981 version sometime (as a library download). I have mixed feelings about it; there were some great moments, but also a ridiculous number of mispronounced names, I don’t know what they were thinking. It wouldn’t matter if they only got one or two names wrong, but after a while it became irritating. 🙂


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