It’s Monday (February 7, 2022)

Hello, it’s Monday again. How was your weekend?

Some red covers for good luck.

Today is the 7th day of the Lunar New Year (which is celebrated for 15 days). It’s renri (人日)which is supposed to be the day that humans were created, and so is also known as everyone’s birthday. In Singapore, this is the day you’re supposed to have yusheng (see my post on the yusheng and lohei we did when visiting Singapore).

Some things last week:

On Sunday morning, we went for a walk at a bay wildlife refuge.

A cute little picnic hut

We picked up some lunch after the hike. Bulgogi kimbap and burdock root kimbap. Different banchan like spicy fish and apple salad.



The Red Threads of Fortune – Neon Yang, pictured with some Lunar New Year treats that are popular in Singapore – pineapple tarts, love letters (the folded up ones), and kueh bangkit.


Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy on HBO Max


A Nearly Normal Family – M. T. Edvardsson (it’s narrated by Richard Armitage and others)

Eating and Drinking:

During the lunar new year, we eat niangao which is a sticky sweet cake made from glutinous rice flour. You’re meant to offer it to the kitchen god so he won’t say bad things about you to the Jade Emperor.
I slice it up, dip it in beaten egg, and pan fry.


I plan on cooking some kong bak or braised pork to be served with stir-fried bokchoy and rice.

Last week:

I read:

Fireheart Tiger – Aliette de Bodard

If Cats Disappeared From the World – Genki Kawamura

Thud! – Terry Pratchett

I posted:

This Must Be The Place – Maggie O’Farrell

Library Loot (February 2 to 8)

Books with Character Names in Titles #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. The love letters are a thin crispy batter that’s made from coconut milk, eggs and I think tapioca and rice flours. There’s nothing inside. They can be rolled up or folded. They’re delicate and crunchy and absolutely delightful!


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