As we’re rounding the week 6 mark, I can finally say I’m getting more used to this new life and new normal.  The past several weeks have all been about the feeding, pumping milk, changing diapers, keeping her satisfied, and sleeping well.  It’s been an adjustment to say the least.  I can surrender to the fact that all I’m expected to do nowadays is just look after her.  It’s not hard or stressful.. yet.  Continue reading

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When it’s difficult to put baby to sleep by herself

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1 month baby

And just like that, the newborn stage is gone. She turned 1 month two days ago. 😭 Continue reading

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I haven’t even been a mom for a full month yet but reading this passage hit me really hard and left me with Continue reading

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Pandemic 2020 Takeout Eats: Hai Tang Cafe & Takeout

Hai Tang Cafe & Takeout takeout spread

Hai Tang Cafe & Takeout located at 38 Buttonfield Rd in Markham

July 1, 2020:  For dinner for the long weekend holiday, we decided to get takeout from a local Chinese restaurant which has recently become a favourite for us over the past couple of months.

The first blog post I wrote about Hai Tang Cafe & Takeout was in 2015 (which you can read here).  Since that visit, I have visited them a number of times both for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, and dinner.  Those visits ranged from typical Hong Kong style cafe food to beloved favourite dishes to occasional Continue reading

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Pandemic 2020 Patio Eats: The Farmhouse Restaurant in Barrie

The Farmhouse Restaurant patio lunch

The Farmhouse Restaurant located at 268 Bradford St in Barrie

July 1, 2020:  For Canada Day, we decided to venture out of the Greater Toronto Area on a short road trip to Barrie for our first patio lunch of the year (which also signalled the first time we had dined out since March when the COVID-19 lockdown began).  This was also when restaurants were able to operate in the Stage 2 capacity meaning that patrons could dine in at restaurant patios.

I did some research of the restaurants in Barrie the day before our road trip and found that The Farmhouse Restaurant had Continue reading

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Melon Buns from Sweetened by M

Sweetened by M Melon Bun

The Melon Bun from Sweetened by M

Sweetened by M is a home-based bakery from a husband and wife team whose travels inspired their baking.  I personally know the sweet couple behind the new venture (having met them during the Mon Sheong summer retreat in 2014) and then saw how their love flourished over the years with milestones like Continue reading

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Pandemic 2020 Takeout Eats: Fishman Lobster Clubhouse Restaurant

Fishman Lobster Clubhouse Restaurant takeout lobster

Fishman Lobster Clubhouse Restaurant located at 4020 Finch Ave E in Scarborough

To celebrate Father’s Day this year, I decided to surprise Ken with a lobster feast from Fishman Lobster Clubhouse Restaurant (魚樂軒), the best place to eat “lobster mountains” in Toronto!  I previously blogged about my visits to this seafood restaurant and how their freshly prepared lobsters are one of the best in the city and how you always get an jaw-dropping picture of the stack of lobster at such a feast. Continue reading

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Buffet Dinner at Jerusalem Restaurant

Jerusalem Restaurant Leslie storefront

Jerusalem Restaurant located at 4777 Leslie St in North York

March 6, 2020:  For my mom’s birthday this year, we went to Jerusalem Restaurant (4777 Leslie Street, North York) for the first time.  Jerusalem Restaurant is a Middle Eastern cuisine restaurant that serves a la carte dishes as well as a buffet with live singing and belly dancing performances.  This was actually the second-last time we Continue reading

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Pandemic 2020 Takeout Eats: Cha Kee Restaurant (Richmond Hill)

Cha Kee Restaurant takeout food

Cha Kee Restaurant located at 280 West Beaver Creek Road, Unit #30 in Richmond Hill

We actually dined at this restaurant sometime after they opened earlier last year before the pandemic hit, but that blog post is part of the backlog that I still have to post, so this one serves as the first one about it.

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