Category Archives: Family

Beating the summer heat

We were all looking forward to another picnic yesterday but because of the humidity index being too high (predicted 105 deg. F), our organizer decided to have it in their house. No matter how much we like to play outdoors, … Continue reading

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How do you eat an XLB

Xiaolongbao or XLB for short is a Chinese dimsum. Sometimes they call it Shanghai dumplings although they didn’t originate in Shanghai or soup dumplings because when you bite into it – it has a filling of ground pork with soup. … Continue reading

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Baby shower picnic

Oh yes, I’ve been busy like everyone else last July 4th weekend. Sunday I found myself at another baby shower, this time for Kris and Thania. Kris is my godson and of course I didn’t want to miss it for … Continue reading

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Independence Day celebrations – baby shower + fireworks

My cousin is due a couple of months from now. The baby is very well anticipated in my aunt’s household as he is going to be the first grandchild and the neophyte grandparents are looking forward to be called such. … Continue reading

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An engagement party

He’s now 28 and last year graduated from medical school. I met her girlfriend then during his graduation celebration and last night he faces another milestone in his life – it was his “engagement party” cum advance wedding reception for … Continue reading

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Mrs. Levy’s it was not

It was one of those weekends when my sisters were feeling lazy to cook. Marilou said we should try Manny’s, a diner in the outskirts of downtown Chicago. Ever since Mrs. Levy’s of the Levy’s Entertain You restaurants closed their … Continue reading

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: One item or the number 1

Hardly do I find numbers interesting so I am going to have one item in my entry to Cee’s Challenge: One Item. My cousin caught this fish while we were fishing in their backyard pond. I was so thrilled but … Continue reading

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I call her Jaz

Every year at this time Jaz is in Chicago to attend the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) meeting. It’s been a tradition that we meet no matter how busy and tight her schedule becomes. This year is extra special … Continue reading

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Boodle Fight

We’re curious. We often see in Facebook our friends in boodle fights and they seem to be having a lot of fun. So on Saturday when we normally have our weekly get together with my sisters we decided to experience … Continue reading

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Smoke gets in your eyes

We all know how frustrating to take a photo when there’s not enough light. This is my entry to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge for the week: Perspective. Last weekend at my niece’s graduation party, aside from food and music, games … Continue reading

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