Library Loot (June 1 to 7)

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Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and Sharlene from Real Life Reading that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library. If you’d like to participate, just write up your post-feel free to steal the button-and link it using the Mr. Linky any time during the week. And of course check out what other participants are getting from their libraries.

Happy first Library Loot of June!

What I got from the library this week:

By The Book – Jasmine Guillory

This is part of a Disney reimagined fairy tales (or maybe more like Disney tales) series. Ok so I already raced to read this one finish last night!

The Spanish Love Deception – Elena Armas

Ah the good old fake boyfriend trope.

Sorrow and Bliss – Meg Mason

A story about a woman dealing with a mental illness.

Taste – Stanley Tucci (audiobook)

I watched some episodes of Searching for Italy and then it disappeared from HBO Max so never got to finish it. It was an interesting series where Tucci travels around Italy talking to people and learning about food. I didn’t have a particular interest in Tucci before watching the show but he was entertaining and I guess I was curious enough to borrow this audiobook.

Library Loot (May 25 to 31)

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Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and Sharlene from Real Life Reading that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library. If you’d like to participate, just write up your post-feel free to steal the button-and link it using the Mr. Linky any time during the week. And of course check out what other participants are getting from their libraries.

Hey, it’s Library Loot day. What did you get from your library this week? Let us know in the link-up or comments below.

What I got from the library this week:

Among the White Moon Faces – Shirley Geok-lin Lim

This book by Malaysian-American Lim has been on my TBR list for many years now. So I was a bit surprised to find it when browsing my library’s Libby catalogue. It was first published in 1996 so I guess it’s recently been given a new lease of life with an ebook publication?

Build Your House Around My Body – Violet Kupersmith

The synopsis describes it as “part puzzle, part revenge tale, part ghost story”. This is set in Vietnam and spans 50 years. Sounds intriguing.

The Sentence – Louise Erdrich

So I opened Goodreads as usual to check out the synopsis of this book. And the first review on my list was by Jenny of Reading Envy. She was very active in many online bookish communities, like on Goodreads and Instagram. I found out a few days ago that she had passed away recently. It was rather heartbreaking to read about that. I’ve never met her in person but I’ve followed her for many years through various bookish media channels. She will be missed.

Rosaline Palmer Takes the Cake – Alexis Hall

I’m a sucker for cooking and baking-related romances

Love & Saffron – Kim Fay

A food and friendship story! While I really like the first book cover (which is luckily the one my ebook copy has), I am kind of put off by the second one.

It’s Monday (May 23, 2022)

Some things last week:

On Sunday morning, we drove for an hour to get to Brentwood. It’s cherry season and as the whole Bay Area knows, you head to Brentwood for cherry picking. There are also some other u-pick farms there, like stone fruits and strawberries. But picking strawberries is too much work, and at last weekend’s farmers markets, the stone fruits look too small. Anyway, we were there for the cherries. We went with some friends (our kids all attend the same school) and had fun picking Bing cherries. Then In-N-Out for lunch!

It cost about $4 a pound (at the farmers market it’s about $7 a pound) and we got about two buckets full for our family. Our fridge is full of cherries now! I might make some into a cherry pie. Never made one before, but I’ve made a blueberry pie so I’m guessing it’s not that much harder than that.

We ordered from our favourite Malaysia/Singaporean-style restaurant. We had satay chicken, beef rendang, curry vegetables, gado gado (a kind of salad with jicama, bean sprouts, cucumbers, tofu and a peanut sauce), and two types of noodles.

Currently…

Reading:

China Boy – Gus Lee

Lessons in Chemistry – Bonnie Garmus

House of Many Gods – Kiana Davenport

Watching:

Listening:

Beautiful Country by Qian Julie Wang

Eating and Drinking:

A morning glory muffin (recipe from KAF).

Cooking:

I just found a small bag of arborio rice at the back of the pantry! I thought we had finished them all and so I’m excited to have found it ;P That means I just need to go get some parmesan and maybe scallops and asparagus. And then risotto is in the books.

Last week:

I read:

Summer of Sloane – Erin L. Schneider

We Ride Upon Sticks – Quan Barry

I posted:

Library Loot (May 18 to 24)

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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

Library Loot (May 18 to 24)

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Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and Sharlene from Real Life Reading that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library. If you’d like to participate, just write up your post-feel free to steal the button-and link it using the Mr. Linky any time during the week. And of course check out what other participants are getting from their libraries.

Happy Wednesday! Claire has the link-up this week.

What I got from the library this week:

A Good True Thai – Sunisa Manning

Set in 1970s Thailand, this is a story about 3 friends and the Bangkok student uprising.

What Kind of Woman – Kate Baer

I can’t remember why this poetry collection got on my holds but hey, it’s probably about time I read more poetry!

Lessons in Chemistry – Bonnie Garmus

It’s the 1960s, America. A scientist becomes the star of a cooking show.

It’s Monday (May 16, 2022)

Happy Monday! Hope you all have a great week ahead.

Some things last week:

Tried a black sesame ramen at our favourite ramen restaurant. Not quite sure if I liked it! I think I associate black sesame taste with sweet items (for instance, black sesame paste which is a sweet soup, black sesame bao). But it was fun to try something new for a change.

For dinner last night, we ordered Indian/Pakistani food, which we hadn’t had for a while. Our usual order is tandoori fish and tandoori chicken (not pictured), garlic and plain naan. Three curries – mixed veg, saag dal, saag paneer. Messy looking photo, but it was delicious as always!

Sunday was National Chocolate Chip Day – not sure how my kids knew that – so I had to make some chocolate chip cookies for them!

The 11-year-old recently joined a jazz band. He plays the piano and is one of three 5th-graders in the group, the rest are teenagers. They practice every week and once a month, they perform at a local pizza place. He’s enjoying the music but still has a lot to learn when it comes to jazz piano!

Currently…

Reading:

Watching:

Hacks! on HBO Max. I really like this show about a legendary Las Vegas female stand-up and a 25-year-old entitled comedy writer. It’s smart and funny, and has an older female lead.

Listening:

Still listening to Qian Julie Wang’s Beautiful Country.

Eating and Drinking:

I had some leftover steel cut oatmeal for breakfast.

Cooking:

We have more Indian food leftovers. But I’m thinking of cooking some claypot rice this week (traditionally done in a claypot but I don’t have one, so I cook it in my rice cooker). It’s a seasoned rice with Chinese sausage, chicken, and mushrooms.

Last week:

I read:

Chew volumes 8 to 12. I feel like I was in a bit of a reading slump over the past week or more. So I read a lot of these Chew comics.

I posted:

Library Loot (May 11 to 17)

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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

Library Loot (May 11 to 17)

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Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and Sharlene from Real Life Reading that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library. If you’d like to participate, just write up your post-feel free to steal the button-and link it using the Mr. Linky any time during the week. And of course check out what other participants are getting from their libraries.

Happy Library Loot Day!

What did you get from your library this week? Link-up above or in the comments below!

What I got from the library this week:

I’m still reading for AAPI month and found a list of recommendations on Instagram for Pacific Islander writers and borrowed a couple of books.

Summer of Sloane – Erin L. Schneider

A YA book set in Hawaii and written by a native Hawaiian.

Turtle Under Ice – Juleah del Rosario

A novel-in-verse by a Filipino-Chamorro writer about a sister who goes missing.

It’s Monday (May 9, 2022)

So the kids are on the mend from Covid. Thanks for your well wishes! The younger one was back at school last week, and the older one took a few more days off (he also got symptoms a few days later than the younger one). So he just went back to school today.

Warning: food pictures coming up!

We decided to have Korean BBQ at home for Mother’s Day. The kids helped prep the vegetables, the bulgogi was a premarinated one that we got from HMart. We also got some nice kalbi and pork belly. We ate it with rice and also lettuce leaves. There was also fish cakes and anchovies from the HMart deli area.

Also, on Cinco de Mayo, the kids wanted to have tacos and burritos. This was my al pastor taqueria taco from our local Mexican restaurant.

I was going to add some photos but WordPress is being a bit sh*tty so I’m giving up.

Some things last week:

Currently…

Reading:

China Boy – Gus Lee

Watching:

Upload Season 2 on Amazon video

Listening:

Beautiful Country – Qian Julia Wang

Eating and Drinking:

I had toast and a slice of Brie for breakfast.

Cooking:

I have some extra pork belly from the KBBQ so I might cook that up and add it to some ramen. I also have to cook up the rest of the bag of asparagus. Maybe a pasta with salmon and asparagus?

Last week:

I read:

A Magic Steeped in Poison – Judy I. Lin

I posted:

Tangzhong marble bread #WeekendCooking

Asian diaspora

Library Loot (May 4 to 10)

Read in April 2022

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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

Asian diaspora

While AAPI month is more of an American event, I wanted to highlight some Asian diaspora from Singapore. I’m from Singapore although I’ve lived in the US for over ten years now. But like many other Chinese Singaporeans, my great-grandparents came from China. And I still have distant relatives who live in China, although I’ve never met them and likely never will. 

In case you’re not familiar, about 75% of Singapore’s population is ethnically Chinese. About 15% are Malays, 7.5% Indians, and 1.5% Others (these are the official term used). 

Are Singaporeans diaspora? Yes, although Singapore is part of Asia, our ancestors migrated from China to Singapore, and there they stayed and started families. 

What am I? I’m Singaporean, I’m Chinese, I’m Southeast Asian. But living in the US has made me realize that the term “Chinese” is more closely related to China than what it means in Singapore. So at times when I have to fill in a form and tick off my ethnicity, my pen hovers over “Chinese”. Am I Chinese here? Because there’s also other boxes like Taiwanese, Indonesian, Malaysian etc. Maybe I should just be Singaporean. My kids, after all, have declared themselves “Ameriporean”.