Microlending update

In almost 18 months since I started lending through Lending Loop, I’m impressed how my three measly minimum deposits ($200 each) has translate into lending $900 so far.  My actual earnings is so paltry that (Banker) NPY laughs and wonder why I even mention it. I’m excited to be be a part of the growth…

Quora & Google reading

A while ago, I subscribed to Quora and when it asked for my interests, I believe I only listed one and that was the Royal Family. Oh, has it delivered in spades! Further, Google provides me a list of current news based on my interests, so far as it has surmised and it’s fairly Royal…

We are rich… in car seats!

Yesterday, someone offered me a car seat her kids had outgrown. “No!” I scoffed. Not because I mind a hand-me-down but I told her that we have five car seats already and only one kid. Come to think of it, we have six car seats and this is how it happened … Graco Snugride Clickconnect…

Year in review 2018: Books

Total books read: 43 🎧 Percentage that were audiobooks: (14/43) 🍚 Percentage that were “Asian-American”: (9/43) – that’s a bowl of rice, lol – so, this year I’m distinguishing between works that have an Asian-American/Canadian topic vs Asian-American/Canadian author, the latter being denoted with a rice bowl 💒 Percentage chick-lit: (12/43) – an emoji of…

Nellie’s starter bundle

As the end of the year approaches, I’m trying to clear out as many of my blog post drafts as possible. Like this one! I actually made this purchase back in February. Seemingly at PNE every year and every one of the numerous home & garden shows at BC Place, there is a Nellie’s kiosk….

My awesome Sash Bag

(I started drafting this post in March 2017, a couple of months after I got my Sash bag.) I watched what I’ll call the “OG video” which I saw on Facebook, noodled just a bit on the price (I’m cheap) and took the plunge. To date, the OG video is the one with the most…

Crafting lately: Halloween 2018

For months, I’ve had this idea to make a transforming Transformer costume for E for Halloween. We kind of steered him towards liking Bumblebee because I could gleefully translate that name into Cantonese (蜜蜂). But he likes Optimus Prime quite a bit, too, and at this point can’t pronounce “Prime” properly, it coming out something…

Cooking lately: Chocolate stout espresso cake

🍫 + 🍺 + ☕️ > 🎂! Every couple of years, I want to make a cake for NPY’s birthday – not mine, gosh no – and this year I wanted to make him the specific combination of his favourite treats: chocolate, beer and coffee! There were other recipes including these ingredients but they involved creating a layer cake and spreading…

Toronto adventures with the kid, Summer 2018 Edition

Okay, it took a while to get the first part of this trip blog out but I think I’m on a roll. It also seems to take me longer to blog if I’m concerned about uploading and dropping in photos. If I’m as good a writer as a fancy, photos aren’t necessary, right?? **** Thursday,…

East coast adventures with the kid, Summer 2018 Edition

I’m not sure what I’m waiting for exactly. A huge stretch of free time on a weekend afternoon? Hah. Not being exhausted one evening and blog away the night? When I am still awake after 10 p.m., I’m doing a whole laundry list of other things, usually household-related. A pocket of free time at work?…