day 2014 – lunar new year meal

lunar new year calls for a family feast that fills my dining table. it was a full on ten course meal that started with a fish corn soup and ended with a sparkling juice. i enjoyed the meal and quality time because we were in the comfort of our own dining room which i much prefer over crowding into fully booked restaurants. its crazy how fast time goes by. here’s hoping the year of the pig will be a good and prosperous one

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day 2005 – sushi nanaimo

it was unplanned to skip lunch and go straight for dinner. food is usually really low on my saturday priority list because teaching takes me most of my energy. it was especially draining since some students taking promotion test tomorrow wasn’t performing up to my standards. fueled up with my parents at sushi nanaimo before playing my fishsticks hockey game

day 1973 – annual turkey feast

another year has gone by and it’s time for another tong’s family turkey feast on christmas day. this year features the main event juicy turkey stuffed with fried rice, with baked pork loin, cod and cilantro, baked potato crisps, grilled asparagus and choice of wine pairing. so many dishes on the table we almost ran out of real estate. i didn’t get to taste every dish before i got way too full. everything tasted really good and of course the turkey was my favourite of all. i think it’s safe to say i need to go on a cut after the holiday celebrations

day 1940 – lunch on me

lunch for the roundtable was on me as i take my grandma out to eat at her favourite vegetarian temple. my grandma was very happy that her once young granddaughter is now a proven and capable of taking her out. seeing my grandmother happy makes my mom happy, which in turn makes me equally happy. my two grandmas are the reason i visit hong kong as often as i do, so naturally knowing i can do something to brighten up their lives is a fulfillment for me

day 1939 – mr. brown

had a day with my parents before heading to grandma’s place for a homecooked dinner. we spent the day shopping at apm and in the area of guan tong. i didn’t but anything in particular, except a matcha ice cream waffle cone from tsujiri. i tell myself it’s okay to indulgence a little, as long as i keep up with the walking and workout. i did, however, meet gigantic mr brown and couldn’t resist the urge to climb on him as per usual. i started a lineup of kids also wanting to sit on gigantic mr brown

day 1930 – marina bay sands

couldn’t go to singapore and not visit the iconic hotel while doing touristy things. i call it the hotel with surfboard on the top. even though i didn’t manage to watch crazy rich asian before this trip, i know this is crucial checkpoint. the hotel was so nice both inside and outside; i was so amazed by the designs and architecture as i was walking through the common areas within the lobby. this is definitely one hotel i want to stay in next time i’m back

day 1893 – western lake

it’s always a special occasion when the best mom i know is celebrating her birthday. together, we celebrated at western lake restaurant with some chinese food. as the years pass by, the amount of time i spend with her lessens and is sporadic at times. my schedule is horrendously packed on a regular basis, but i do what i can to set aside time for family. for that reason, having everyone together like tonight is important. i’ll continue to re-evaluate my priorities to see how i can better manage everything else on my plate