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Food: mom cooks and I bake

Since mom arrived 1.5 month ago, I haven’t cooked AT ALL! When it was only mom and I, we ate simple food. A lot of veggies and some seafood. But now that my dad arrived, more food is needed. Let me tell you, my dad has a monster appetite!!! 😯 He seems to have a bottomless stomach. He doesn’t excercice other than walking 1-2 hours everyday, but his appetite is ADMIRABLE! He’s 64 yrs old and he eats like a teenager! Everything seems so tasty to him and he likes trying EVERYTHING! I’m the bad “daughter” telling him constantly to “Not eat too much”, “it’s high in saturate fat”, “it’s high in colesterol”, etc. Sometimes he’d listen, sometimes not. 😦

Samples of daily food:

cucumber sauteed with shrimp head


broccoli with mushrooms


tofu with shrimp


garlic green peas


bok choy with mushrooms


θΎ£ι…± my dad’s favorite dish. Cubed pork, potatoes, carrots, oyster mushroom, smoked tofu cooked with a red spicy sauce.


fried fish cooked with chinese pickles


bok choy


water chesnut sauteed with chinese pickles


chinese chives sauteed with pork, smoked tofu and dry chili


sauteed green beans


My mom is in charged of the cooking and I do the rest: BAKING! πŸ˜†

The day we came back from Orlando, I baked her pound cake with green raisins.



and when my Dad arrived the following day, I made him bread with dry pork floss


I’m clipping a lot of other baking goodies to make. They’re leaving tomorrow for a tour (Niagaras Fall, Boston and NYC) for 6 days. A little break from my dear parents πŸ˜‰ Wait… does it mean I have to cook? Maybe! Mom prepared 70 wontons for me in case that I continue to be lazy πŸ™‚

Q: What’s your parents’ eating style? My mom eats everything in moderation. My dad is a lost case. 😦 He enjoys EVERYTHING TOO MUCH!


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I believe…

β€œI believe that everything happens for a reason. People change so that you can learn to let go, things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they’re right, you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself. And sometimes good things fall apartΒ so better things can fall together.”-marilyn monroe.

I’m not a positive person by nature so I need to focus on being positive in a daily basis. This quote reminds myself something that I’ve always believed, everything happens for a good reason even if at the moment that it happens you can’t see the good part. πŸ™‚

Life with too much snow is tough~~~ I became irritable, upset, anxious, depressed, etc. I need fresh air, I need human contact, I need move other than walking from bedroom to the kitchen, I need life outside!!! Β Sorry people, I just need vent out!


Made a stir-fry soba noodles with shrimp, veggies and sesame seed. YUM~



It was done in <15 min, great meal for lunch! πŸ˜‰

It was sunny outside so I invited Toutou to go for a walk to the near groceries store. It felt soooo good!!! πŸ˜€ Few things until Sunday (if I can pull out my car by then)


Brussels sprout is my new fav veggie for stir-fry and YAM to replace Kabocha for this reason.

Look what Toutou brought to me…. her very first homemade bread!


I devoured it in <2 min… so good! Soft and lightly sweetened! πŸ™‚ You’re talented, Toutou!

Another stir-fry with tahini, soy sauce and sesame oil. I’m addicted to this flavor… tahini is the best thing ever! I’ve been increasing its amount from 1 to 2 tbsp, 2 to 3 tbsp and finally 4 tbsp. Conclusion? The more, the better! πŸ˜†


very HEAB style πŸ˜‰


Lastly, purple mousse is BACK!


Perfect sweet ending! πŸ˜€

Q: What’s your weekend plan? How are you celebrating Valentine’s? It’s chinese new year tomorrow, all my family is celebrating it in China. I miss them more than ever! My hubby is in Argentina (with my Dad), so no Valentine’s for me either. But I’m not too miserable because I’ll go to a birthday party tonight! πŸ˜€ Hope I can bring some Argentinean food picture for you tomorrow! πŸ™‚


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Ways to make new friends

I got a shocking news from a friend and I have mis-feelings that I’m not ready to share it here. I’m too embarrassed. 😦

So, instead let me share with you some good tips to make new friends:

  • Smile more frequently. Studies show that you tend to like people who you think like you; and that the amount of time you smile during a conversation has a direct effect on how friendly you’re perceived to be.
  • Actively invite others to join a conversation. This is polite and appreciated by everyone.
  • Create a positive mood. Don’t focus attention on something negative.
  • Open a conversation.
  • Try to look accessible and warm. Lean forward to show interest, try to catch every word, have good eye contact, use an energetic and enthusiastic tone, try to match the speed of the other person’s speed.
  • Show a vulnerable side and laugh at yourself.
  • Follow other’s conversational leads.
  • Ask questions.

Q: Do you do any of these? Any other tip to make new friends?

I had another no-lunch meal day. 😦 I hope I don’t get used to it.

New soy milk combo: soy bean & fresh corn.



I like it a lot…. it’s lighter and slightly sweet πŸ™‚

I had this combo as “lunch“: sesame & peanut rice cake


Chocolate with chili brought in Germany


and soy milk


why I had no lunch again? well…. I had a bad sleep the night before (woke up at 2AM) so I decided to exchange lunch time by this


1.5 h of rejuvenating nap πŸ˜‰

Dinner companion: State of Play


entertaining movie!

For my first meal of the day (aka. dinner) I made a shrimp & veggie stir fry.



instead of popcorn as movie snack, I had black corn! πŸ˜€


Q: When was the last time you made a new friend? In my case, I think it was Nov. 2009 when I met Maggie.


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