It’s Monday and I’ve been writing book posts!

Happy Monday (or Tuesday)!

Hope you had a lovely weekend. My three fellas took me out to a new-to-us sushi restaurant and after that we had a nice wander around the bookstore.

And we ventured back into the farmers market again – our farmers market is a year-round one but we’re mostly there for the summer fruits. So we were excited to see the strawberry stall again.They have the best organic strawberries. And also there were cherries and peaches and nectarines! Hooray!

The preschool had a Mother’s Day celebration on Friday morning and the kids performed three songs which included Bruno Mars’ Just the Way You Are.

Currently…

Reading:

Tell me again how a crush should feel – Sara Farizan
Miss Burma – Charmaine Craig

Watching:

Friday Night Lights and The Good Wife

Listening:

Little Soldiers: An American Boy, a Chinese School, and the Global Race to Achieve – Leonora Chu
Eating:

A Mother’s Day brownie

Drinking:

Coffee
Cooking:
Taco Rice

Fried noodles with tofu and cabbage

Last week:

I read:

Less – Andrew Sean Greer
Fables deluxe edition Book 3 – Bill Willingham

Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orisha #1) – Tomi Adeyemi


Girls Burn Brighter – Shobha Rao

I posted:

#AsiannLitBingo – Such a Lovely Little War by Marcelino Truong

#AsianLitBingo : Rainbirds by Clarissa Goenawan

Lucy and Linh by Alice Pung

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#AsianLitBingo Lucy and Linh by Alice Pung

I thought I would be reading a light-hearted YA teenaged about school friendships. But it was so much more than that. And I am so glad.

Lucy Lam is from the Australian suburb of Stanley, a place “where many people work in banking and advertising – that is, their mums clean banks and their brothers put Safeway ads into mailboxes. It’s a place where people have four cars in their driveways – but only one that is working.”

Somehow she wins a scholarship to an elite private girls’ school. In fact, she is the “inaugural Equal Access student” and the headmistress constantly makes sure she doesn’t forget that.

Her family is from Vietnam and they are Teochew Chinese. They fled Vietnam for Australia when Lucy was just a few years old.

Her father works in a carpet factory and her mother makes a little bit of extra cash by taking on garment sewing in their garage. She also has a baby brother, who spends most of his time in the garage with their mum.

I was kind of excited to see the mention of a Teochew background as it’s something I’ve not come across in fiction before. Part of my family is Teochew, as in our ancestors originated from this region in Guangdong, China (I’m also part Hokkien and Hainanese).

(Back to the story!)

Lucy, writing about her experience in letters to her friend Linh, is at first enthralled with the glamorous school and wealthy classmates. But she soon discovers that the school is pretty much run by a clique of ultra-rich girls known as the Cabinet, even some of the teachers are at their mercy.

I loved how this book handles elitism and privilege, racial prejudice and the experience of Asian immigrants in Australia. It was thought-provoking and also rather amusing especially when a parent of Lucy’s classmate invites her home to demonstrate how to make rice-paper rolls.

“I could just see her at the market, Linh, marveling at the beauty of it all, extolling the parsimony of ethnic women and their ability to select ripe avocados and mangoes, bitter gourds and rambutans.”

Lucy and Linh was a sharp, funny and just fantastic read. We don’t get many Australian books here in the libraries of suburban America, which is such a pity, so this was an extra pleasure to read.

I read for Asian Lit Bingo – Asian Refugee MC.

Find out more details about the challenge here.

It’s Monday and that was some weekend!

Happy Monday! I’ve got 15 minutes before I’m off to do the school drop-offs, then it’s my day to volunteer in class (I stuff all the homework folders) so let’s make this quick!

Last Tuesday we celebrated a very special 5th birthday with a homemade funfetti cake with chocolate buttercream. The birthday boy also asked me to make tomato soup for dinner, and sausages. So we ended up with a hearty homemade birthday meal with mac and cheese, sausages, grilled broccoli, and tomato soup.

I made the boys amigurumi Pikachu. It really took a lot of patience!!

The boy got his pick of lunch – pizza at Pieology!

Currently…

Reading:

Rainbirds – Clarissa Goenawan

Watching:

More of The Good Wife. Also the Great British Menu.

Listening:

The boys and I are listening to Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince!

Eating:

I had a slice of homemade raisin bread for breakfast

Drinking:

Water at the moment

Cooking:

Thinking of cooking oyakodon

Maybe some pasta with bacon and asparagus

Last week:

I read:

All’s Faire in Middle School – Victoria Jamieson
The Cuckoo’s Calling – Robert Galbraith

(Books read during the readathon)
Gwenpool vol 3 – Christopher Hastings
Gwenpool Vol 4 – Christopher Hastings
The Interview – Manuele Fior
American Panda – Gloria Chao
Pashmina – Nidhi Chanani

I posted:

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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

It’s Monday and the kids are back in school!

Hooray! Spring Break is over!

(Not what my kids are saying, just me)

For the past four weeks I’ve been working on this afghan stitch-along with The Crochet Crowd and I’ve learnt quite a few new things like crocheting cables and popcorn stitches. And this week I’m working on putting the final border on.

We didn’t do all that much over spring break – the husband was busy working so we didn’t get to travel anywhere. But we did some fun stuff around our city,  plenty of play time and playground stuff, and when a pineapple express decided to head our way, the boys got building their Lego Ninjago sets!

Currently…

Reading:

The Dog of the Marriage – Amy Hempel

Watching:

Together with the kids, we’ve been watching The Kids Baking Championship via Sling TV. It’s quite amazing what some of these kids (aged about 11-12) can do, not just in terms of decorating but also their choice of flavors.

Listening:

The Last Black Unicorn – Tiffany Haddish

Eating:

Homemade walnut bread with Brie

Drinking:

Yorkshire Gold with milk

Cooking:

Not quite sure yet this week. Pork chops perhaps.

Some fried beehoon or rice vermicelli with carrots, green beans and tofu.

Last week:

I read:

A Kind of Freedom – Margaret Wilerson Sexton
Sourdough – Robin Sloan
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix – JK Rowling (audiobook)

The Owl Service – Alan Garner

I posted:

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It’s Monday and someone turned 7!

It was an exciting weekend – the start of spring break and a 7th birthday!

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There was cake (a chocolate cake with strawberry frosting and raspberries inside).

And of course presents. He got some dinobots and books and Pokémon things and clothes and more!

And there were rides. As a birthday treat we took the boys to Great America for the first time and the birthday boy sat on one of those really big roller coasters. It didn’t go upside down (it’s the type on wooden tracks) but it sure looked scary! He later said he was kinda scared cos it went up so high. Even my husband said it was really fast.

Currently…

Reading:

Watching:

All sorts of things – finishing up the Big Family Cooking Showdown (I can never remember the name and had to go look it up!). I love Good Girls! And The Good Wife which I never finished watching and now requires a rewatch from the beginning.

Listening:

Just downloaded this one

Eating:

Cake of course!

Drinking:

Tea

Cooking:

Tonight, a slow cooker pork stew with five spice, star anise, cinnamon sticks and dark soy sauce.

Last week:

I read:

 

A Song of Ice and Fire George – R.R. Martin
See what I have done – Sarah Schmidt
Fables Deluxe Edition Book One  – Bill Willingham
The Countess Conspiracy – Courtney Milan

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It’s Tuesday (oops)

Last week I…

Made a supposed to be Marble Cake, baked some baguettes, tried out a new Japanese restaurant, and we watched our friends’ kids for the day (it was their anniversary).

Currently…

Reading:

Bailed on:

Watching:

Good Girls

Listening:

I Am Malala – Malala Yousafzai, Christina Lamb (read by Archie Panjabi)

Eating:

Baguette

Drinking:

Tea

Cooking:

Using up the rotisserie chicken and making a baked pasta – the kids have tennis class today so I try to make something in the morning that I can easily heat up

Last week:

I read:

Courage is Contagious: And Other Reasons to Be Grateful for Michelle Obama – Nicholas Haramis (Editor)
This was an audiobook

The Grave’s a Fine and Private Place – Alan Bradley

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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

It’s Monday and I’m reading See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt

Last week was brought to you by …

Ramen!

Singapore-style kueh

And homemade walnut bread and cloverleaf rolls

Currently…

Reading:

Watching:

The Big Family Cooking Showdown – I loved Nadiya in the GBBO!

Listening:

Courage is Contagious And Other Reasons to Be Grateful for Michelle Obama by Nicholas Haramis (Editor)

Eating:

I had some toast for breakfast with Yorkshire Gold with milk but I wish I had more of this delicious kueh that the husband took home from this Singapore forum he went to. The kueh is made somewhere in the East Bay and was seriously so good. The green and white striped one on top called kueh salat has a layer of sweet glutinous rice and coconut custard. It’s one of my all time favourites and I’ve had some in Singapore which aren’t even as good as this one.

Cooking:

Yesterday I made some fried noodles with bokchoy, cabbage and thinly sliced beef marinated in soy sauce, sesame oil, hoisin sauce. So that will be dinner tonight.

I hope to also make some rendang, a spicy dry curry found in Singapore/Malaysia/Indonesia. But the paste is quite spicy and the kids won’t eat it. So will have to figure something else out for them. Maybe a beef stew with the same cut of meat.

Last week:

I read:

Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death – MC Beaton


Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine – Gail Honeyman


The Grave’s a Fine and Private Place Alan Bradley

I posted:

Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death by MC Beaton

Rabbit: The Autobiography of Ms Pat by Patricia Williams

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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