It’s Monday

 

The in-laws left for Singapore last night and so the weekend was spent doing some more outlet shopping – because that’s what people from Singapore do when they’re in the US. And more eating. It was an especially hot weekend so I’m just glad that it started cooling down again on Sunday evening. The skies are rather hazy this morning though because of the fires further north.

Currently…

Reading:

Karen Memory – Elizabeth Bear

Watching:

The new season of Queer Eye. Also, more Terrace House, this time the season set in Hawaii. It’s so very different!

Listening:

Behemoth – Scott Westerfeld, read by Alan Cumming

Eating:

Kaya toast – toast with coconut jam

Drinking:

Yorkshire Gold

Cooking:

Tonight is all about the leftovers. But I do have to cook up the yellow cauliflower and some cabbage I had from last week. So maybe some grilled chicken and cauliflower.

Last week:

I read:

Leviathan – Scott Westerfeld
Graceling – Kristin Cashore
Shade: The Changing Girl Vol 1 – Cecil Castellucci
The Prince and the Dressmaker – Jen Wang

I posted:

Weekend Cooking: A very light banana cake

I somehow finished reading 3 books yesterday

 

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It’s Monday and I’ve been reading the Stepford Wives

Made this light banana cake. And I’m writing a post about it!

Blooming Dahlias!

Pakistani food

Currently…

Reading:

Ill Will – Dan Chaon

We Need New Names – NoViolet Bulawayo

Watching:

More Terrace House!

Listening:

Eating:

Grilled cheese for breakfast. Also rainier cherries. My in-laws bought ten pounds at the farmers market!

Drinking:

Yorkshire gold with milk

Cooking:

I bought some lovely yellow cauliflower and romanesco broccoli at the farmers market so definitely will roast that.

Browsing:

The Center for Fiction’s 2018 First Novel Prize

This beautiful Seagrass Summer Cardi crochet pattern 

Added to my TBR: The Summer of Jordi Perez 

The Perfect Mother

When I Hit You

Last week:

I read:

Heartless – Marissa Meyer
Stepford Wives – Ira Levin
The Impostor Syndrome – Mishell Baker

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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 Tuesday (oops)

It’s the first official week of summer break. The elementary schools here let out last Wednesday and we had a class party in a nearby park to celebrate. Other than that we’ve been relaxing and hanging out at home.

On Saturday, we drove down to Santana Row in San Jose to have lunch at EMC Seafood, a modern Asian-fusion kind of seafood place. Their uni pasta is amazing, and even my father-in-law who usually doesn’t eat pasta enjoyed it. But the star of the show was the seafood tower, which had scallops, oysters, mussels, prawns, sashimi, uni, crab and a whole lobster.

When in Santana Row, one also has to wander into the Amazon bookstore. But one bookstore wasn’t enough for us and we also went to the Barnes and Noble in San Jose. We sadly don’t have a proper bookstore in our city now – although when we first moved there, there was a big Borders (RIP) and a B&N which apparently had a dispute with the landlord and left and is now a supermarket.

Then on Sunday, a barbecue at home.

Currently…

Reading:

Watching:

Terrace House: Opening New Doors on Netflix!

At first I was wondering, why should I watch it? It doesn’t seem very interesting, plus I was never into the kind of strangers-in-a-big-house kind of reality shows. But I love it! Nothing very much happens to be honest, but that’s somehow very refreshing. Interestingly, the six strangers still go to work or go to school, get access to phones and Internet and whatnot. They range in age from 19 to 31, one wants to be a chef, another is a pro-snowboarder, there is an aspiring model, a writer. And in between, there is commentary about the show by six people sitting in a studio. Somehow I cannot stop watching it!

Listening:

We finally finished listening to the Stephen Fry-narrated Harry Potter series. And we are now trying out Chris Colfer’s The Land of Stories series. I am also listening to Alan Cumming read Leviathan.

Eating:

Last night for dinner, laksa fried noodles.

Drinking:

Lots of water

Cooking:

Tonight, perhaps a steamed whole fish if we find a nice one at the Asian supermarket later.

Browsing:

This cute market bag crochet pattern 

Black pepper parmesan biscuits sound delicious

It’s been a while since I’ve read crime/mystery/thriller type book and The Last Place You Look sounds good

Number One Chinese Restaurant is on my TBR list so I’m glad to hear it’s a good read

Last week:

I read:

Dear Committee Members – Julie Schumacher
A Tale for the Time being – Ruth Ozeki
Annihilation – Jeff Vandermeer

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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 it’s been a sick week

Good day to you, wherever you are!

I feel like this year hasn’t been a fantastic one health-wise. Last year was pretty good – I don’t remember being sick much but this year coughs seem to have been plaguing me.

And last week, not long after we returned from Oregon (more on that in another post), I got the chills, and a cough and cold. Then somehow that got worse with some chest pain in the middle of the night. So I finally dragged myself to a doctor, he looked me over, listened to my lungs and all that, said, “it doesn’t sound like pneumonia but I’m going to send you off for a chest x-ray just to rule it out”.

Chest x-ray done, waiting for results, trying to cough discreetly into my mask in a corner of the waiting room, he calls me in and says, “it’s pneumonia”.

So I’ve always thought pneumonia was something that affected old people especially in their dying days. Apparently not.

Also, I’m not dying or in hospital or anything, in case you were concerned!

I was given an antibiotics prescription and told to rest and take deep breaths now and then.

And I’ve just been trying to rest and recover since!

My dahlias are blooming!

Last weekend, the boys attended a friend’s mini golf birthday party, did a Home Depot workshop, and we hit the farmers market and bought a ton of fruits and vegetables.

Currently…

Reading:

Amberlough – Lara Elena Donnelly

Watching:

Lords and Ladles – a lovely Irish series about three chefs who recreate banquets from time past, including strange things like boiled turkey, Cabinet pudding, stuffed pike and more.

Listening:

No audiobook at the moment

Eating:

One of these pastries

Drinking:

Water and green tea. Also, over the weekend I made a lemon-ginger-mint-lemon thyme tea that was quite nice and apparently is good for coughs.

Last week:

I read:


Turtles All The Way Down – John Green
Paper Girls Vol 4 – Brian K Vaughan
A Girl on the Shore – Inio Asano

I posted:


#AsianLitBingo wrap-up

Here We Are Now by Jasmine Warga

#AsianLitBingo – Miss Burma by Charmaine Craig

#AsianLitBingo – Don’t Let Him Know by Sandip Roy

Everything Here is Beautiful by Mira T Lee #AsianLitBingo

#AsianLitBingo : After Dark by Haruki Murakami

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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

My in-laws arrived from Singapore on Saturday evening and the kids were just so excited to have their grandparents visiting. And of course receive all those books and treats they brought with them!

Also last week, the kids at tennis class

And the elementary school open house. My 7yo thinks he’s tall and has a medium voice, hmmm

Currently…

Reading:

Watching:

With the kids, Masterchef Junior. I love how the young contestants are inspiring my kids to want to learn how to cook!

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

Eating:

A ham and cheese sandwich

Drinking:

Water

Cooking:

Tonight, chicken rice

Fried noodles

Last week:

I read:


The Land of Forgotten Girls – Erin Entrada Kelly
Unicorn of Many Hats – Dana Simpson
Giant Days vol 3
Tell me again how a crush should feel – Sara Farizan

I posted:

#AsianLitBingo – The Land of Forgotten Girls by Erin Entrada Kelly

#AsianLitBingo – Tell Me Again How A Crush Should Feel by Sara Farizan

#AsianLitBingo – Girls Burn Brighter by Shobha Rao

#AsianLitBingo – The Epic Crush of Genie Lo by FC Yee

#AsianLitBingo Kinder than Solitude by Yiyun Li

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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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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

#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.