It’s Monday (May 1, 2023)

Hey it’s May already. How did that happen? Weirdly, after a rather hot week, today it’s cloudy and chilly, and we may even see some rain this week.

Some things last week:

So last Monday was my younger son’s 10th birthday, and I had posted about his birthday party over that weekend. We also had our own little celebration at home after school. I made a chocolate cheesecake – the first time making a cheesecake! We are not big on cheesecake, except for the 10yo, who loves cheesecake. So we occasionally may pick up a slice of cheesecake from Whole Foods. But I’ve never tried to make one before. I do however, put my trust into King Arthur’s recipes, and this one was easy enough, although the cake did crack a bit as it cooled in the oven. It did taste delicious though, even my older son, who’s always a “I don’t like cheesecake” person, enjoyed it.

We had a busy weekend, the kids had volleyball practice, and also the annual piano recital, which was held in-person for the first time in four years. The music school has previously done online ones, and that’s not the same. The recital was held in a nearby church and the kids did great.

My mum had been visiting us from Singapore since earlier this month. She flew back home last night. It was really great to have her stay with us for about a month. She loves Korean food so we made sure to take her out for some Korean food (although there’s great Korean food in Singapore too, my dad doesn’t like to eat Korean food as much). We had seafood kalguksu (thick noodles), vegetable pancakes, bibimbap and more. And of course the side dishes or banchan. Because we recently have been eating more of what they called Korean fusion or Korean street food eateries, these places tend not to serve banchan with the meal. The street food dishes include more stuff like fried chicken, gimbap, and tteokbokki (spicy rice cakes).



Queerly Beloved – Susie Dumond

Romantic Comedy – Curtis Sittenfeld


We watched the last episode of Jinny’s Kitchen on Amazon video. I’ve also just started watching Succession. Not sure what to make of it yet.


Haven’t figured out a new audiobook yet.

Eating and Drinking:

I woke up early today, as my 10yo has a full-day field trip to Sacramento. They had to be at school at 630, and the buses left at 645. It’s about almost a 2h drive there one-way. He insisted that I wake him up at 530!


Miso eggplant and maybe some kind of stirfried noodles. It is a bit cooler this week, so maybe I’ll make some soup.

Last week:

I read:

The Hookup Plan – Farrah Rochon

Whale – Cheon Myeong-kwan (see post below)

I posted:

Whale by Cheon Myeong-Kwan

Library Loot (April 26 to May 2)

Paris Daillencourt is About to Crumble by Alexis Hall

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