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Winter Warming Tea Recipe

We are a family of boba lovers. In the summer I often make our favorite drink—blended watermelon with boba—just two ingredients but so refreshing and cooling! During the colder months, I like to make a non-caffeinated tea which the kids enjoy warm with boba, a reward for reading Sagebooks. This warming tea recipe includes Chinese Read More

Feed the Frog Game to Learn Chinese Characters

It’s cold, rainy, and we are all recovering from the flu… still… since Thanksgiving day. Being stuck at home is making all of us stir crazy. One day there was a gnat trapped inside (like us!) and my son was chasing it around the apartment. That’s when I got the idea for the Feed the Read More

Mango Coconut Tapioca Chia Pudding Recipe

The other day I went with my workmates to a Thai cooking class. We learned to make 3 delicious dishes but dessert was not in our budget. Since then I’ve been craving mango sticky rice so I decided to come up with this Mango Coconut Tapioca Chia Pudding Recipe. It tastes like mango sticky rice Read More

Habbi Habbi Reading Wand Review

Last week Monday was a school holiday. That night my daughter came down with a fever and was home from school for 3 days. That’s total of 4 days that one of us had to stay home from work because we have no back up childcare. The first morning with my sick baby, I had Read More

Book That Inspired My Son To Write

My son still remembers the Museum of Natural History in New York City, even though it’s been two years since our last visit. Perhaps that is why he enjoyed the book Dear Dinosaur so much. This is the book that inspired my son to write on his own! Really not a big deal, but kind Read More

Dinosaur Books With Big Text

It’s no secret that kids love dinosaurs. Dinosaur books are not difficult to find, so what’s different about this list of books? These are dinosaur books with big text! My kids can recognize many of the characters in their simpler books but, they rarely read on their own. While reading together I notice most of Read More

Halloween Decorations

Halloween season has arrived! I’m kicking off this holiday with skeleton and bat Halloween decorations. They are quick and easy to DIY and best of all, practically FREE! The skeleton is made using repurposed packing materials. The bat pennant banner is black construction paper. We love playing dress up and have an extensive costume collection Read More

The Problem With Chinese Schools

I should be clear that I am referring to preschools, after school programs, weekend language schools that follow different regulations than primary schools. So what’s the problem with Chinese schools? Below I share my negative experiences with two of the Chinese schools my son has attended. The first incident was at a Mandarin Immersion preschool. Read More

Chinese Bakery Frosting Recipe

My baby turned 3 years old today. She’s been telling everyone, “今天是我的生日快樂 (it’s my happy birthday)!” To celebrate, I baked a cake and cupcakes, both decorated with my Chinese bakery frosting recipe. What I love about this frosting is that it requires very little sugar and is so easy to prepare. Chinese bakery style frosting Read More

Fresh Berry Tartlets with Cream Cheese Custard

Wild blackberries are not hard to find in the Bay Area. My husband’s office is surrounded by wild blackberry bushes, heavy with their plump and shiny fruit. After an hour of berry picking my son came home with bowl full of juicy berries. He ran in the door and excitedly asked me, “Mom, what are Read More