Life: good news & Shanghai dim sum

It was a 5 day work week and I was not as exhausted as the previous two weeks. I think eating fresh salad for lunch made a big difference in my energy level. The two weeks that I ate leftovers, I was exhausted. Got to keep up with salad then! πŸ™‚

The big news of the week is a visa issue for my parents. For you native americans, you never think about visa problems. But since I’m not citizen nor have green card, my parents can only come as visitor and have to leave after the 6 months stay expires. I submitted my mom’s visa renewal application on January 1st and haven’t heard back until last week. It was approved! πŸ˜† So now she can stay until August. And that’s not the actual good news. The real news is that I can now sponsor my parents to come to live with me PERMANENTLY! well… not technically permanent, but permanent as long as I continue to work at my current job. How cool is that!!! πŸ˜† Once they get the new type of visa, they don’t have to worry about visa application/renewal, they can come whenever and stay as long as they want! πŸ˜€

I always thought I wouldn’t want to live with my parents. I love them a lot, but I feel I need my own space. My thoughts changed after Sofia’s arrival. Now I can imagine having my parents living in our house. It’s such a wonderful setting. Have all the people I love the most under the roof. They get to see me and their grandkids everyday. I’d like to live that way when I’m old too. πŸ™‚ If you could choose, would you like to have your parents to live with you?Β We haven’t talked about it yet, but as how things are going, my parents will definitely spend more time with me in the future, specially when baby #2 comes! πŸ™‚

I started the weekend with pancakes (no surprise!). This time I made a variation of the gluten free pumpkin pancake (3 egg whites beaten, 1/3 c. pumpkin, 2 Tb coconut flour, 1 tsp baking powder).


topped with PB2 sauce and maple syrup. Perfect combo! πŸ™‚

Sofia took her 2.5 hrs morning nap while I did a lot of online shopping. Look how cute are these

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I got the yellow doll, and the sleeping girl bag for Sofia. Well… actually I think that’s just an excuse for me to get them, because they’re soooo cute and I’m too old for legitimacy have them, so let’s say they’re for Sofia. πŸ™‚

I also got some clothing for me at my favorite chinese online store and other misc cool items. Can’t wait to get them all! πŸ™‚

For lunch we met with some friends at Shanghai taste, a shanghainese dim sum kind of place. The place is small and very crowded when we got. We had to wait for 15 min. The menu is in chinese so I guess only chinese people go there.

We had chicken marinated with wine ( I loved it! devoured half of the plate)


seaweed salad


cucumber salad


pickles salad


all the three salads were too sweet, but that’s expected because shanghainese cuisine is famous for its sweetness. I’m definitely not an authentic shanghainese. πŸ˜‰

pan seared dumplings


wonton (which was just okay. my mom’s are much better!)


fried dough (a typical breakfast food)


xiao long bao, another typical shanghai dish, filled with pork and “pork soup” with very thin dough.


Overall everything looked authentic but they didn’t taste like the real thing. I think even I can make them better. But I did enjoy catching up with friends, and of course taking Sofia out and receive compliments of how cute she is! πŸ™‚

And then we did groceries, I got a lot of new products. Stay tune! πŸ™‚


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4 responses to “Life: good news & Shanghai dim sum

  1. laika

    Congrats Coco! Really happy for you and your family!

  2. I am glad you got good news regarding the visas for your parents!

    Love the items you got for yourself, I mean Sofia… πŸ˜‰ Shopping for a girl is fun!

  3. Marie-Sophie

    Just interested: What are your husband’s thoughts on this?

    I guess it’s also a cultural thing but neither me nor my fiancΓ© could imagine having our parents live in the same house!! Ever! Having them live close by to watch the baby sometimes is perfect but I guess in Germany we also do not have such a permanent and close-on every-day kind of thing. Really interesting.

  4. What a beautiful blessing that your mom got her visa! I’ll pray for you that your parents can get their permanent visas so there isn’t the stress of having to renew every 6 months. My hubby is working on becoming a citizen so he can file for his family to have their visas as well. Right now only his brothers have tourist visas and his parents haven’t been able to get theirs in Mexico because of the strict guys in charge in Mexico City. But we trust it is in God’s hands and will work out for His glory at the right time!

    Those toys for Sofia are so, so cute! Online shopping is so dangerous – makes me want to buy everything I see! Woohoo for an over two hour nap, she’s amazing!

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