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My New Planner

Finally bought my planner. It’s a little smaller than I initially intended to buy but I like the cover, so I’ll manage 😊

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Dadi’s Garden

I wanna go back 😭. I spent the first six years of my life here. This specific window led to my grandmother’s tiny garden. Every once in a while she would have it opened to tend to the plants. We both would stand on this side of the window watching the plants being watered or the guavas being picked from the guava tree. Thank you ammu for opening this gate for me that day. The rain, the atmosphere, and the vehicles on the street both heightened my emotions and brought back many beautiful memories. I am going to cherish this moment forever. And thank you for keeping dadi’s garden flourishing all throughout the years ❤️❤️, even though it has changed quite a bit…. the jackfruit tree has gotten smaller and the guava tree is no more. Even in dadi’s absence, I feel her presence every time I’m here 😌.

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My New Favorite Dessert Shop 

Passion Fruit Tea with Popping Boba

This place is my new favorite dessert shop. When I left work in Chinatown, Philadelphia this month, I was disappointed that I won’t be able to visit some of my favorite places anymore. Because I got out of work late, I never got the chance to try T-Swirl Crepe or Frozen, the rolled ice cream shop. But after coming to Cafe Cabana, it seems like I’m back in Chinatown. There’s crepes, rolled ice cream, Bubble and fruit teas, and best of all Shaved Milk Snow 😍😍😍

Inquiries of a 4-year-old

T: Miss Saraaa. You look different.

Me: I look different? How do I look different?

T looks me over quizzically, not sure exactly how I look different. I know what it is that she noticed so I show my body from the side so that she can see my hair.

T (noticing my hair): You have a ponytail!
Smiling, I say, “Yes, I do have a ponytail today.”

Then T looks at me quizzically again. With her eyebrows raised, she asks, “How did your hair get so long?”

Me: How did it get long? It was always this long. You just always see me with a bun. [I show her how my hair gets shorter when I do a bun.] See? …. [I let down my hair again in a ponytail.] How do I look?

T: …….You look different.

😂😂 Oh T.

Playing House

The three little ones were busy cooking as I sat down to play house with them.

“I’m so hungry?”, I said as I rubbed my stomach. “Can you give me something to eat?”

“Yeah”, said K and he pulls out a pan from the cupboard.

The three are tinkering away in the kitchen, making me the yummiest foods. When they are finished, they set the table and set the foods in front of me. B and Kh go back to the kitchen. Before K leaves, I ask, “Aren’t you going to eat with me?”

“Yeah!”, said K. And he sat down to eat with me. We ate merrily. The grapes were delicious as were the french fries and donuts. I picked up my glass to drink and so did he. Then I couldn’t believe what he did next 😶.

He raised his glass and clinked it against mine. “Kanpai!” *, he said excitedly, before taking a sip from his glass. 😂🤣

Oh my gosh, he’s so cute :3. He probably picked that up from someone at home.

*Kanpai: the Japanese word for “cheers” in a drinking toast.