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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! 🙂

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! 😆 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!!! 😆 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! 😀

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. 🙂 If you could choose, would you like to have your parents to live with you? 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! 🙂

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! 🙂

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. 🙂

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! 🙂

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. 😉

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! 🙂

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


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Life: weekend happening

It was a long weekend for me. I thought I would get bored being alone, but it turned out to be quite eventful. Let’s recap 😉

Friday: I spent the morning organizing old letters/cards/pics and I found this


wooo!!! It was taken in 2000, and I was probably 20 lb heavier. It was quite shocking how much did I changed during the last 12 years. I think as we age, the fat content of our face gets redistributed elsewhere and we look slimmer.

I did manicure. I didn’t have any spring/summer color, so I used this intense beige one.


Breakfast continued to be the same. For lunch, I made a salad using canned wild salmon that I have bought 6 months ago.


butter lettuce, cucumber, tomato, bell pepper, tofu and 1/2 can of salmon. All dressed with 1 tbsp olive oil and 2-3 tbsp the amazing balsamic.


as dessert, two argentinian chocolates



At night, I met with some friends at Cafe Asia for dinner. It’s a place that offers all kind of asian food, chinese, vietnamese, japanese, indonesian and singaporean. I had a Yum salad. Thai style spicy salad with lettuce, cilantro, onion, tossed with fresh chili, garlic and lemon juice, and squid.


It was way too spicy for me, but had all the squid and 1/2 veggies.

And a tom yum soup with mushrooms and shrimp.


which was just okay.

After dinner, we went to a Cuban Music Show.


It was my first time going to a cuban music event. The music is so lively, people were dancing like crazy! 😉

My friend Huihui and the husband of another friend, who’s cuban.




  • Same breakfast
  • Home duties: ironing and organize clothes for spring/summer.
  • Lunch: same salad as Friday.


  • A much needed nap. I went to sleep past midnight and woke up at 7:30 😯
  • Reading a new book
  • A BBQ party from 7-8:30pm
  • A dinner party from 8:30 – 12pm.

Some of my best friends just became Doctors on Friday so a little celebration for them. 🙂 They did a good job preparing food for like 20+ people. IMG_0874

an israeli coucous salad


a pasta salad with tuna


and I made the dessert, choco-nuts petit fours


It was nice catching up with friends. I also told them the news and they were all very happy for us. 🙂 They were not surprised though because among my friends I’m someone who’s extremely decisive, whenever I say I want to do something, I do it right away! 🙂



  • Groceries. I went to four stores: chinese supermarket, korean supermarket, Tj’s and Whole Food, and under the rain!!! 😯 Fortunately they were all very close by.
  • Lunch


A black rice, corn meal, red dates and white fungus porridge




sautéed chinese greens, black fungus and tofu


  • Another amazingly enjoyable nap.
  • More reading
  • Planning to have another salad with grilled shrimp for dinner! 🙂

Star is coming back tomorrow!!! Yupi!!! 😆

Q: What’s your favorite part of the weekend? For me, meeting with friends, late breakfasts and lunches, naps and leisure reading.


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Travel: Buenos Aires day 3

A friend of mine from work Huihui arrived this morning. She joined me on this trip spontaneously when I told her. It’s her first time in Argentina so I recommended her to visit Calafate and Ushuaia as well. She arrived today and leave tomorrow morning for Calafate for a 4 day trip.

I walked along Av. Santa Fe and then Puerto Madero. It was a really nice day, blue sky and sunny. Since it was her first meal, I took her to have meat at Rodizio, where Star and I first meet in 2001.

After we sit down, the waiter served warm empanadas. I had one with tuna and she had one with meat.


They have a buffet as salad so I made one for me with greens, tomato, palm heart, beets and octopus, olive and balsamic.


it was so fresh and delicious that I went back for another plate right away.

I had two wheat rolls


and Huihui had some warm farm bread


and then meat started to came. I had my favorite cut: tira de asado!


there were a big variety of cuts of beef, lamb, fish, sausages. Huihui tried them all


the fish


I only had tira de asado and a small piece of chicken. I enjoyed them both but I know I can’t digest too much of them.

Finally, we had our dessert: mine was a coffee semifreddo.


here we are at Rodizio, full and happy! 🙂


At night, Mara, Gunther and I went to Mara’s father’s place for dinner.

A big spread of starters


and the entree was a wrap with chicken and vegetables filling. It’s the argentinean version of tacos. Very good, I had two.


Once we came back… more chatting and wandering at the apartment until we went to sleep at midnight again. 🙂 I used to think I need to go to bed before 10 pm, but actually I don’t need to! I can perfectly function well until midnight if I’m well-accompanied!


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