She is a Blo-ga-a-ho-lic

Just a HDB budget Tai Tai who wants to live her life to the fullest


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A Day @ Google, Mountain View (Global HQ)

When LC knew we would be in San Francisco Downtown for few days, he told Ben he would like to bring us around Google HQ at Mountain View. It was not planned, we knew he didn’t stay in CA and he flew almost every few days, it was just a coincidence that we happened to be there at the same time. It was such rare opportunity for us to visit Google Global HQ at Mountain View. *big hug*

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Getting our guest tags at the main entrance. Though guests of the Googler were allowed in some buildings and cafe, we could only enter some common areas, but that was good enough.

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Ah, you spot something?

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Asher spent some great time in this small park, picking up the “jellies” and placing them everywhere.

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Oh my, first time in my life to see Google self-drive car. Click to zoom in, the safety belt was on but there was nobody. Someone did wave at us anyway.

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After taking a stroll around the campus, we went to the nearby IN-N-OUT for their famous burgers.

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I still couldn’t believe myself for missing the pop up store in Singapore weeks before we went to the State, I heard the queue was snaky long and no fries were available, they replaced it with packet chips. I was just so glad that we finally got to try IN-N-OUT, it was really delicious, patties were juicy and the bun… Oh my, I am drooling!

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It was a pretty cool experience to have the chance to visit Google campus. The environment around the campus itself was nice to walk around, of course it would be even better if you choose to ride the bicycle. 😅 Anyway, thanks to Luke!
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Dawn, the special girl

  

For some reasons, this girl is very well loved by all the boys in school. Asher is one of them and he keep telling Dawn and her mom (who is the school director) that he wants to marry her when he grows up.   On some days, he will tell me he can only marry her when they turn 18years old. *how silly, I wonder who told him that.* 

When I found out Asher pushed his friends and played rough in school for continuously few days, I knew I needed to do something. Instead of reprimanding and repeatedly saying something that everyone has said for more than a thousand times, I sat down with him and we talked about “friends”. I was not surprised when he chose to talk about Dawn but I didn’t expect him to tell me his feeling and what happened in school. 

I was glad I made a right choice, he hardly told  me anything emotional, let alone something he felt bad, or something awful. From that onwards, I didn’t hear anything much from teachers, except being told “he knows he is cute” and sings all pop songs in the director’s room. Honestly, I will take it as “no news means good news”. 

The crying boy : Asher. he said he was upset as another boy was playing with Dawn.


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Steam Chicken with Chinese Wine/DOM


I bought half a bird and was clueless how to deal with it. I didnt want to bake or deep fry, so decided to steam it after gathering my condiments in the drawer.

Steps :
1. Marinate half a bird with 2 teaspoon of salt and set aside.
2. Prepare the seasoning, add before steaming the bird.

Seasoning :
Soya sauce – 1 tablespoon
Wine – 3 to 4 tablespoons
Dang gui – 2 big pieces (50 cents size)
Wolf berries – your preference (I added more for Chinese wine, Dom is sweet so add lesser if you use prefer)
Sesame oil – 1 teaspoon

If you use salt to marinate the chicken, make sure you wash away the salt before steaming, or control your soya sauce amount. I steamed it using rice cooker so I wasn’t sure the length of time.


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Peter Rabbit, all over again. 

It had been a while since we last read Peter Rabbit or watched the DVD, I was surprised when Asher came home talking about Flopsy, Mopsy and Cotton-tail. I then checked with teacher and got to know they were told about the story in school as it was the Speech & Drama theme for this term.

Instead of playing the DVD back home, we went to library and borrowed a few books and I read them to him again. It is no doubt he understands the story better and enjoys our reading session together.


See, this was his summary after reading, for the first time, I didn’t have to rephrase, everything here was his own words, look as if he had read it a thousand times! 😂 Besides, I had to stop him from going on and on, *copying 2 pages or more is no joke! 

*In order to improve his writing speed and copying skills, I would ask him to tell me any event/story in simple words, then we rephrase and he copies from mine. 

As for me, I think I’ve gone a little too far to get these for him.   


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Fried Rice (healthy version)

 
 

Oh yes, it’s fried rice again but not oily and unhealthy as I am cooking it the healthy way! 

  • Steam the rice or cook it in cooker
  • Choose only heathy and fresh ingredients 
  • Stir fry the ingredients with little oil
  • Transfer the cooked ingredients to the rice
  • Mix well
  • Serve

Now this is easy peasy ! 😁


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I’m 33

Well, some might have figured it out that my day was spent with only Asher because Ben forgot about my birthday. He remembered the date but not the day, so he made plan with his friends. I was pretty upset of course, no any reasons could comfort me. The man simply refused to take a day off or postpone his meeting with his friends, I then decided to keep my only son with me for a day because I did not want to be alone, I wanted my son to know it was mommy’s birthday and no one should be alone on his/her birthday.

To be fair, he did bring us out for breakfast at Marché but we were left on our own after that for the rest of the day. I brought Asher to Polliwogs, a weekday at Polliwogs can be really boring as there weren’t many children.

Still he spent 2 hours there, we had our simple lunch together before we left the place.

It was my idea to bring him to Icing Room, knowing he would love to decorate the cake with icing cream which was meant for me.

He enjoyed decorating the cake and couldn’t wait to present it to me. He was very satisfied with his creation and so proud. I personally love this shot a lot.😍

And we came home way past 7pm to see these in the fridge.

The joker asked his buddy and these were some tips, they told him not to contact me at all and thought the surprise would make me happy. Well, I was glad and thanked his effort, these were not needed at all if he were to remember a simple day like this. (eg.put a note on the calendar appointment corner) We were waiting for his call, hoping he could join us for dinner yet he was told not to because a surprise was enough.

This was given by my dearest eldest sister while the rest of them wanted to celebrate my birthday on the following weekend but I rejected the idea. It was me who told them not to celebrate with me a week prior to my day as I did not want them to waste money on cakes. Serve me right, I almost had no cake for my birthday this year. Honestly, what can I expect from someone who doesn’t celebrate his birthday since young? Birthdays are occasion for families and if one doesn’t make a big deal of it, be prepared no one will celebrate yours until the day you die. Frankly, I mind a lot when my husband forgotten about mine as my family never fail to celebrate this day with me, I feel cared and loved. So, yes! I will continue to celebrate everyone’s birthday because I care and I will want Asher to do the same. (To my future DIL, I will make sure Asher doesn’t forget yours.)

And this somehow summarize my day. Using our 5W1H method, we made it short and sweet.

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