day 1745 – mom appreciation 

the fact my family is going on vacation starting tomorrow means an early mothers day celebration. i don’t show enough, but i truly appreciate my supermom that never fails to take care of me. we rarely go out for vietnamese food cause my parents don’t like the seating, but had to try this place since it’s a highly touted authentic vietnamese restaurant. the lineup outside is always so long, somehow we got a table within fifteen minutes of waiting. this prices wasn’t cheap for sure, but the food was really good, especially the lemon grass chicken. when i said may is a busy month, i do mean it 

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day 1706 – joey’s night

first workout of april in the books; despite not feeling great, i got it started again. at night, the tong family went out to joey’s for an early celebration of my brother’s birthday. it was a tough toss up between the farmers market chicken salad and steak frites. in the end i ordered the steak frites which had the smaller version of prime sirloin, greens and joey’ssignature signature skinny fries. it was a pricey meal, but sharing a birthday is always a special occasion. i spent a lot of time with my family this weekend and that’s what long weekend is all about – rest and family time

day 1682 – anniversary toast 

recognizing a special day for the tongs family, namely my parents. i’m so happy to spend the most precious time with my loved ones. a toast to the two special people in my life, i look forward to sharing more moments like this. what was suppose to be a three course meal became a two course meal. i was too full i elected to skip the main course and only had my appetizer and dessert. the lobster burger will have to wait until tomorrow 

day 1671 – dimsuming


i don’t recall the last time i ate dimsum, but it’s  safe to say i can now eat them guilt free. my love for malaysian cake, ha gao and rice rolls never changed. switching up the diet has its perks for reasons i can enjoy food with variety. since the switch, my appetite has improved significantly, or maybe it’s just a result of improvement in my overall state of mind. either way, the trend is heading in the right place in multiple aspects of my life 

day 1626 – barbie’s birthday 


the true meaning of reflecting ceiling plan is an artistic photo. all of us sitting down at the family table celebrating another birthday. we had a long dinner with lots of xiao long bao followed by a mango mousse cake. the day had a startling start but actually turned out pretty well despite an overwhelming amount of work accumulating on my plate. being friday, it was time for me to live a little and lift a little. the stress of the work week was negated with some olympic lifts. though i’m noticeably rusty, i’m working diligently trying to clean up my olympic lifts. going about my business with my olympic lifts and happy that my hand is showing some resiliency even with usage

day 1526 – double yolk

mom cooked lots of food for dinner and bought mooncake for dessert to celebrate mid autumn festival with the family. it gets harder and harder to have a full family dinner because my schedule is just so packed. i’m glad they understand that i am working hard and grinding every single day. they know i’m hardworking trying to establish a better future but they’re always concerned i don’t eat. i’ll just make the most of the special dinners we get together. i guess i can allow myself to have meals and desserts this once in a while. i hate being called fat, but maybe i’ll just have to accept it’s the truth and that i’m getting fat

day 1523 – family affair

dining out at dinesty with hong kong relatives from australia was a pleasure. they’ve been staying over at my house for the past couple days but haven’t had much time to interact with them at all. i’m glad i was able to arrange a time to take them out for dinner before they leave tomorrow morning. it was slightly rushed dinner before i had to go off to my hockey game. i’m officially on the board for vachl with my assist today. the point came at the expense of my butt falling hard on pants that no longer have proper padding