The road to a toddler tower

I had a sense of the existence of these things called toddler towers when Kiddo was a young toddler but it never connected with me. I’ve also long since known that there is an Ikea hack whereby you nail down an inverted side table to a footstool that is no longer available in Canadian Ikea…

Back to Modo (car-sharing)

Not too long ago, I blogged about our new normal for 2021, and now we have a small change. Ever since NPY decided to bring Baby to his parents once a week – because it was just getting untenable with her around two days of the week and he would work from home even if…

The birthday perks

Last year, my birthday was shortly before the city shut down – two weeks before everything shut down, one week before panic-buying and the beginning of a ghost town. Kiddo wasn’t in daycare so I met up with SIL and her toddler at Denny’s for my first time redeeming free birthday Grand Slam breakfast. Five…

Weekly and meal planning in Google Keep

While I re-started bullet journaling on January 1 this year, completed with a proper Leuchterm 1917 notebook in Army Green and a dedicated pen I got from a shop in California I really wish I remember the name, I haven’t yet shaken my weekly (meal) planning using Google Keep. After all – I just checked…

Supporting local businesses for Lunar New Year and February 2021

Updated February 18 with a photo of most of the haul! ******** I can feel the increased hum and buzz with Lunar New Year falling on February 12 and the subsequent two weeks traditionally people will celebrate, and Valentine’s Day occurring two days later. On top of that, the annual month-long Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival…

It’s 2021 and there’s a new normal

Billions of women before me have returned to work after having a second kid. Millions upon millions of women are navigating pandemic-era working with different configurations of chilcare/school runs or no childcare. I am not alone. I am not the first. But the struggle is mine/ours alone. Baby, being born in July 2019, turned 18…

Home “reno”: working from home

I have another post about our new normal that started with the new year but the easier one to post is how I created a workspace for myself because there will be times – often enough – where NPY and I are both working from home. We never considered sharing a workspace and switching off…

Year in review 2020: Books

Total books read: 38 🎧 Percentage that were audiobooks: 4 🍚 Percentage that were “Asian-American”: 13 🐣 Percentage chick-lit: 10 💯 Percentage non-fiction: 15 🔎Percentage not “Available Now”: 23 🇨🇦 Percentage Can Con: 12 👽Percentage that is sci-fi/speculative/dystopian fiction: 7 🏫Percentage that is YA novel: 7 ✊🏿 Percentage that came from BLM recommended reading/”woke” reading:…

Disney Emoji Blitz

As far back as at least October 20, I have been hooked on this game called Disney Emoji Blitz that I saw in an Instagram ad. There I said it. It looked legit associated with Disney although reviews say that the app used to be owned by Disney and that since its break from the…

Virtual challenges for 2020

It started with the TTC Challenge, a Canada Running Series event, that I registered for the morning registration opened on November 2 because (1) subway systems (2) minimalist design race swag. I didn’t grab a screen shot of the t-shirt so I’ll just update this post when I get it. Basically, the virtual challenge is…