It’s Monday (August 17, 2020)

Hi, guess it’s Monday again, huh.

We went for more Singapore/Malaysia food on Saturday, driving up to Pleasanton just for this takeout.

We had nasi lemak, mee siam goreng, and two types of kueh (kueh Talam with red bean and Pulut Wajik, which is glutinous rice cooked with coconut milk and gula melaka).

Saturday night saw an unusual occurrence – lightning and thunder! We have never seen so much lightning in all our ten years in California. Thunderstorms are a regular event in Singapore but not in CA. The kids were quite excited about it.

It set off quite a few fires unfortunately and a few traffic lights in our area were out too.

And there was rain. Actual rain in August!

Of course after that, it was back to the heatwave that we’ve been having since Friday – it’s hotter than in Singapore!

The boys had a piano recital on Sunday – over Zoom that is. And it went well

Since it was such a hot weekend, we had sushi for Sunday dinner.



Falling Free by Lois McMaster Bujold


Umbrella Academy Season 2


Yup still this one!


I had a toasted bagel with Laughing Cow cheese for breakfast


Yorkshire Gold with milk


Maybe some taco rice this week

I also have some fresh chowmein-style noodles to cook up, so probably a fried noodle with fish cake, vegetables

Last week:

I read:

The Unicorn Whisperer – Dana Simpson

Camping with Unicorns – Dana Simpson

Oh, Tama! – Mieko Kanai

Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982 – Cho Nam-Joo

I posted:

Singapore-style carrot cake #WeekendCooking

Library Loot (August 12 to 18)

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. We used to eat Laughing Cow. I didn’t know you had it in the US. Now we live above the smoking break area of a pizza restaurant, there is a chef with a very distinctive jolly laugh and we call him the Laughing Chef. He’s been there for years, which is unusual in the restaurant trade.

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  2. Wow, I WISH thunder and lightning were unusual here – this summer, they’ve been a daily occurrence! We lost power for a week recently after 2 big storms in a row.

    On the Come Up was great – I also listened to it on audio – I think that’s the best way to read it, with the rap battles. My son and I are on season one of The Umbrella Academy and enjoying it.

    Hope you have a good week & enjoy your books!


    2020 Big Book Summer Challenge

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    1. The rap battles are great to listen to!
      Yes it was really weird for me to come to CA and realize that I would miss the rain and the frequent thunder and lightning of Singapore.


  3. Whew, I am sorry that y’all are having a heat wave — do you have AC to keep your lives bearable? I know a lot of my friends have been having heat waves in their area and don’t have AC and have really been suffering, so hopefully that’s not y’all’s situation!

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