It’s Monday

 

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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

 

I had a major craving for Indian food on Saturday so the husband went and picked up three vegetable curries, tandoori fish and naan from our favourite Indian-Pakistani place. So good. 

 

I posted about book covers that featured the backs of women!


This is the first time I grew flowers from bulbs. Here I have ranunculus. And I’ve got some tulips coming up too! 


Red bean pancake and golden milk buns (served with condensed milk) are the highlight of our Saturday lunch!

 

 

Currently…

 

Reading:

 

 

 

 

Watching:

The Grand Tour

Mad Men

The Night Manager 

Listening:

This is the story of a happy marriage – Ann Patchett

 

Eating:

 

A Super Duper burger and I love their lemonade!
Drinking:
 

 Well I was supposed to drink this milkshake but someone is finishing it

Browsing:

This cute Rube Goldberg-esque rock band machine! (Boing Boing)

365 books by women authors (NYPL)

Valeria Luiselli on the choices people make in coming to America (Lit Hub)

The green card application is nothing like the intake questionnaire for undocumented minors. When you apply for a green card you have to answer things like “Do you intend to practice polygamy?” and “Are you a member of the Communist Party?” and “Have you ever knowingly committed a crime of moral turpi­tude?” And although nothing can or should be taken lightly when you are in the fragile situation of asking for permission to live in a country that is not your own, there is something almost innocent in the green card application’s preoccupations with and visions of the future and its possible threats: polyamorous debauchery, communism, weak morals!

BookDragon reviews Temporary People 

Also the Man Booker International Prize longlist came out. I have not read any of these and haven’t heard of many of them before this! Intrigued.

  • Mathias Enard (France), Charlotte Mandell, Compass (Fitzcarraldo Editions)
  • Wioletta Greg (Poland), Eliza Marciniak, Swallowing Mercury (Portobello Books)
  • David Grossman (Israel), Jessica Cohen, A Horse Walks Into a Bar (Jonathan Cape)
  • Stefan Hertmans (Belgium), David McKay, War and Turpentine (Harvill Secker)
  • Roy Jacobsen (Norway), Don Bartlett, Don Shaw, The Unseen (Maclehose)
  • Ismail Kadare (Albania), John Hodgson, The Traitor’s Niche (Harvill Secker)
  • Jon Kalman Stefansson (Iceland), Phil Roughton, Fish Have No Feet (Maclehose)
  • Yan Lianke (China), Carlos Rojas, The Explosion Chronicles (Chatto & Windus)
  • Alain Mabanckou (France), Helen Stevenson, Black Moses (Serpent’s Tail)
  • Clemens Meyer (Germany), Katy Derbyshire, Bricks and Mortar (Fitzcarraldo Editions)
  • Dorthe Nors (Denmark), Misha Hoekstra, Mirror, Shoulder, Signal (Pushkin Press)
  • Amos Oz (Israel), Nicholas de Lange, Judas (Chatto & Windus)
  • Samanta Schweblin (Argentina), Megan McDowell, Fever Dream (Oneworld)

S’mores Stout Milkshakes! S’mores Stour Milkshakes! (How Sweet It Is)

Last week:

I read:

 

I posted:

 

Back to the Classics: The Dollmaker

It’s Monday

 

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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

 

 
I’ve been looking forward to this weekend for a while now – it was the first library book sale of the year! I grabbed a lot of books for the kids and a few for myself for about $14 (and donated the change of $6). This year there seemed to be more books in the adult fiction section but fewer that I was interested in. But hey, not a bad haul for a 20 minute browse!

 

 

 

Currently…

 

Reading:

 

Persuasion – Jane Austen (a reread)

 

Borderline – Mishell Baker 

Watching:

Mad Men season 5 and The Grand Tour

Listening:

This is the Story of a Happy Marriage – Ann Patchett

 

Eating:

A scone I found in the freezer. Which probably means it’s been in the freezer for a few months. But it was still tasty! And homemade!

Drinking:

Nespresso

Cooking:

 

Browsing:

I’ve been following Kerry’s blog Pickle Me This for quite a while now and the exciting news is that her book Mitzi Bytes is out! Congratulations Kerry!

The Illustrated Page is highlighting female SFF authors in March!

Beth Fish Reads reviews 3 books about beer!

Added to my TBR

The Ten Thousand Things by Maria Dermoût (Yasmine Rose Reads)

The Strange Death of Fiona Griffiths by Harry Bingham (Harriet Devine’s Blog)

Last week:

I read:



Kindred: a graphic novel adaptation – Henry Farrell
A Taste of Honey – Kai Ashante Wilson
Ginga – Jose Daniel Older
The Last Dragonslayer – Jasper Fforde


Prez Vol 1

I posted:

Weekend Cooking: Making bread with the tangzhong method

 

It’s Monday and I’m reading the graphic novel adaptation of Kindred

 

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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

 

 

My mum returned to Singapore early Thursday morning so the rest of last week was all about returning to regula programming. The husband had a busy weekend of working from home so we didn’t do much. But we did have some in-N-Out on a sunshiney blue-sky California Saturday. 

I’ve been experimenting with the tangzhong method (which requires a roux) of making bread. And am considering writing a post about it. 

And we made pizza 🍕 

 

 

Currently…

 

Reading:

 

Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation – Octavia E. Butler, John Jennings (Illustrations), Damian Duffy (Adapted by)

 

 

Watching:

The Grand Tour

Listening:

 

This is The Story of a Happy Marriage – Ann Patchett

Eating:

Raisin bread with butter for breakfast

Drinking:

PG Tips with milk

Cooking:

Baked rice with bacon, mushrooms and cauliflower

or maybe this baked chicken chop rice recipe 

Rice noodles with french beans, carrots and a protein, maybe chicken or pork sliced up and marinated with soy sauce, grated ginger, sesame oil

Browsing:

Jane Wong and Aditi Machado in conversation (Lit Hub)

I’m not typically a YA reader but this book American Street by Ibi Zoboi sounds good (BookDragon)

Nine modern literary letter collections (The Millions)

Also, immediately requested this from the library – Gwenpool, the Unbelievable Vol (In Tori Lex)

34 books by women of colour to read this year (Electric Literature)

I recently watched The Arrival (and then read the short story – and was fascinated by how they changed the story, more about that another time) and here’s an interesting article from The Millions about how The Arrival is a movie about movies 

I’ve not had a Starbucks brownie but here’s a copycat recipe of it that sounds delicious (Averie Cooks)

Another chocolate recipe. This time a chocolate chiffon from Bake for Happy Kids

 

Last week:

I read:




Captain Marvel, Volume 1: In Pursuit of Flight – Kelly Sue DeConnick (Writer), Dexter Soy (Illustrations), Emma Ríos (Illustrations), Richard Elson (Illustrator), Karl Kesel (Illustrator), Al Barrionuevo (Illustrator)

Strong Female Protagonist – Brennan Lee Mulligan, Molly Ostertag (Illustrations)

Living with the Dead (Women of the Otherworld #9) – Kelley Armstrong

Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? -Henry Farrell

 

I posted:

Weekend Cooking: Oxtail Stew

A Woman in The Crossfire

Books I loved more than I expected to

 

It’s Monday and I’m reading

 

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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

 

My mum will be flying off back to Singapore early Thursday morning, so we took a day trip into the city to spend some time at the SFMoMA on Saturday. The museum reopened last year with a brand new expansion, making it the largest modern and contemporary art museum in America. It has 7 floors of beautiful space and the new building so seamlessly joins the old building that I hadn’t a clue which building I was in. Here’s a Smithsonian magazine article on ten things to love in the SFMoMa. It’s such a big space that we didn’t manage to see everything we wanted to see. Plus the 3yo was getting tired and so we had to leave. Another time! The 5yo said he really enjoyed the day at the museum, although when asked what his favourite part was, his answer was: the store!

The view from the rooftop sculpture garden

 

 

Currently…

 

Reading:

 

 

 

Watching:

The usual – Mad Men, Parenthood

Listening:

happymarriage

This is the Story of a Happy Marriage – Ann Patchett

Eating:

Banana pancakes

Drinking:

Nespresso

Cooking:

The kids and I are going to make pizza tomorrow.

Browsing:

A fascinating piece on a job writing custom erotic love letters (Lit Hub)

George Saunders on making Lincoln on the Bardo (Book Riot)

Gula Melaka chiffon cake (No-Frills Recipes)

Ooh beer brownies (How Sweet Eats)

 

Last week:

I read:

The Dollmaker – Harriette Simpson Arnow

Children of the Alley – Naguib Mahfouz

 

 

 

 

It’s Monday and I’m reading

 

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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

I’m typing this on a sunny day. What a rare sight this winter. It has been raining and raining and the kids didn’t get to play in their schools’ playgrounds last week except for Friday. And to help them expend their energy at home, we’ve been having crazy dance parties, playing hide and seek and treasure hunts, and bouncing balls. It’s not easy having two little boys cooped up at home!

Some photos I recently took for the daily photo challenge I host on Litsy. The top one is flowers on covers, and the one below is my collection of latinx writers.

We had a busy weekend, with a concert by Charlotte Diamond on Saturday. Some of you may know her name, although I sure didn’t until my kids started preschool and sang lots of her well-known songs like I Am A Pizza and Octopus (Slippery Fish). Everyone had lots of fun singing, dancing and doing all the actions to her songs.

After that, the husband and I got to sneak off for a movie date, something we’ve not done in a long time. We went to see Lego Batman! What a fun movie. I’m looking forward to the day I take my kids to the cinema – my 5yo is a kind of a sensitive kid and he gets very absorbed in shows to the point where he gets very upset and agitated if there’s something bad about to happen, so it might be a while more before he’s ready to see a movie in a theatre!

 

Currently…

 

Reading:

 

 

 

Watching:

The kids are watching Finding Dory as I type this!

Listening:

Carrie Fisher read Wishful Drinking

 

Eating:

Drinking:

Well not right now, but last night. It was quite refreshing.

Cooking:

Mm laksa maybe?

Noodle soup – my 3yo has recent lunch developed a love for noodle soups like ramen and he keeps asking for it.

Grilled asparagus and maybe risotto? Or at the most spaghetti with bacon of course.


Browsing:

5 great Canadian Muslim books (Book Riot)

“Nevertheless, She Persisted” and the age of the weaponized meme (The Atlantic)

10 great novels on freedom of expression that aren’t 1984 (Lit Hub)

Added to my TBR:

The Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen (A Life in Books)

 

Last week:

I read:
Buffy: Glutton for Punishment – Kel McDonald, Yishan Li (Artist)
Buffy The High School Years: Freaks and Geeks – Faith Erin Hicks, Yishan Li (Artist)
Captain Marvel – Tara Butters, Michele Fazekas, Kris Anka (Illustrator), Tara Guggenheim, Felipe Smith (Illustrator)
The Arab of the Future: A Childhood in the Middle East, 1978-1984 – Riad Sattouf
Before the Feast – Saša Stanišić
I posted:

#comicsfebruary – Captain Marvel, Buffy and more

 

It’s Monday and I’ve been reading comics

 

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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

 

 
My mum is visiting from Singapore and brought lots of Chinese New Year goodies with her! Hooray!

 She even brought along a package of ingredients for lohei, a kind of salad that is eaten during the new year for good luck. And we invited some friends over for a new year celebration dinner. 

Yusheng is a new year tradition found only Singapore and Malaysia. At least it seems that way. Our friend from Hong Kong didn’t know about it, and you don’t really find it in Chinese restaurants here in the Bay Area, many of which are Cantonese style restaurants. 

The package comes with some pickled vegetables, crackers and sauces. We shredded carrots and radish  and pomelo and added some smoked salmon. Usually sashimi salmon is used but we didn’t have any. As a kid I used to detest yusheng, except for the crackers  but as an adult I just adore its sweet-salty-sour-bitter combination. 

 

The kids loved the tossing part but none of them ate it! 

Currently…

 

Reading:
Everyone in Their Place: The Summer of Commissario Ricciardi – Maurizio de Giovanni

 

 

 

To be Young, Gifted and Black – Lorraine Hansberry 

Watching:

The usual – The Grand Tour, Mad Men, Parenthood  

Listening:

Nothing at the moment! 

 

Eating:



Homemade waffles for breakfast

Drinking:
Nespresso

Cooking:

Mee rebus 

Chicken and potatoes

Browsing:

17 Books to read this February (Lit Hub)

Book recs from the 7 countries targeted by the travel ban (Book Riot)

Ghost writing (The Millions)

Added to my TBR:

BookDragon reviews The Girl at the Baggage Claim: Explaining the East-West Culture Gap by Gish Jen

Kerry talks about Among the Ruins by Ausma Zehanat Khan

Stir by Jessica Fechtor and a tomato soup recipe (Kahakai Kitchen)

Last week:

I read:




Blue Bloods – Melissa de la Cruz, Robert Venditti, Alina Urusov (Illustrator)
Captain Marvel: Rise of Alpha Flight – Tara Butters, Michele Fazekas, Kris Anka (Illustrator), Tara Guggenheim, Felipe Smith (Illustrator)
Death in the air – Agatha Christie

I posted:

 

Back to the Classics: A Raisin in the Sun

Top 10 comics

It’s Monday – happy Lunar New Year!

 

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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

 

 

 

This past week I’ve felt so much anger and frustration with all that’s going on here. As a US permanent resident, it makes me sad that someone who has gone through a long vetting process to get a visa or to get a green card, can be turned away at airports, detained for hours, handcuffed, interrogated, just because they happen to have been born in one of the seven countries. It’s already difficult enough to be here as a visa holder – I was here for several years on a H4 visa, which is the spouse visa for H1B holders. Under the H4 status, employment is not allowed, a social security number is not allowed. When our visas had to be renewed, there was a long process via the company’s lawyers, and when we returned to Singapore, we had to visit the fortress-like US embassy and be interviewed there. It always stressed me out going there, all devices had to be surrendered. Metal detectors everywhere. When we flew out of the country, we carried with us all our paperwork just in case we were ever questioned about our status. 

The green card process required all kinds of things like labour certification, medical exams, lots more paperwork and just so much waiting. By not detaining visa holders and green card holders, what is the orange man saying about this country’s own vetting process? Does it mean nothing?

Anyway, let’s talk about happier things.

It is after all Lunar New Year and we had a lovely time celebrating it, even though it’s just the four of us here!

On Friday night, new year eve, we had our reunion dinner hotpot.

Matchy-matchy


And on Saturday, we went to the San Jose Museum of Art’s community day, where there were performances and crafts. The crafts were a little bit too hard for the kids and required help! We made Chinese knots, a rooster noisemaker, paper lanterns. And we wandered around the modern art exhibits, some a bit weird (like what looked like an Eyore made of mud), others quite intriguing.

The prompt I picked for the Litsy book photo challenge for Jan 28 was Asian authors.

 

Currently…

 

Reading:

 

Death in the Clouds – Agatha Christie

 The Devourers – Indra Das

Watching:

Wreck-it Ralph. I watched it with the kids over the weekend but they didn’t like the parts where Ralph was in Hero’s Duty and I had forgotten about that part!

Listening:

Nothing at the moment!

 

Eating:

Nian gao dipped in egg batter and panfried.

Nian gal is a sweet steamed cake made from glutinous rice. I buy the premade version at the Asian supermarket (it’s bought for Lunar New Year for good luck. I think traditionally you’re supposed to offer it to the Kitchen God so that it will make his mouth sticky and he can’t say too much during his annual report to the Jade Emperor). The ones sold here and made in the US are usually firmer and less sticky than those that are found in Singapore.

Drinking:

Yorkshire Gold with milk.

Cooking:

 

 

Browsing:

The Misfortune of Knowing on the importance of writing today.

 

Just discovered the food blog What To Cook Today which is full of Southeast Asian recipes

 

Last week:

I read:


Bandette vol 3: The House of the Green Mask  – Paul Tobin, Colleen Coover
The Mistress of Spices – Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
Shelter – Jung Yun
I posted:

Two diverse YA reads 

Top Ten Tuesday: Diverse royals