finished reading baking cakes in kigali by gaile parkin.

the story set in a less unknown country in africa, rwanda. other than the genocide in the 90s, not many thing i heard about this country. the story is more about lives there nowadays from the eyes of a tanzanian cake maker. each client who ordered cake has their own story.

now reading: the thing about jellyfish by ali benjamin

hello blog, long time no see…

i didn’t go to the big bad wolf book. i wanted to. but the long line and my own promise to be on book diet made me skipped this event. due to the limited space at home, i only get e-books lately except if i really really love the book or the book has no e-book version.

the last book i read was ripper by isabel allende. like all allende books i read, this one didn’t disappointed me at all. it kept me wake at night reading. but the book is an exception compare to all other books she wrote with fantasy theme. this one is murder mystery. but still excellent.

next reading: baking cake in kigali by gaile parkin

new recipe i tried. another easy one for jingga’s lunch box. i found the recipe here and created it right away.

it turned out great but somehow something missing from the taste. maybe it’s not salty enough.

binar 8 months old going to be 9 months old soon. be a healthy and happy baby, son.

i’m so excited everytime he reach his monthy date because of the photos i take.

ok. i haven’t been here for a while….

so, what have i done so far? i’m still into lunch boxes, smoothies and my kids. just check my instagram. i’m there for almost daily.

i quitted reading the years of the runaway. i don’t enjoy the story. i read intelegensi embun pagi, which everyone had been waiting. i think i love the previous supernovas compare to this last one. i like books describing about people more than about events.

now i’m reading the museum of extraordinary things by alice hoffman. the story is so unique. i haven’t finish it but there’s a big probability i’ll love the book.

 

february is jingga’s and my birthday month.

for jingga, we celebrated it at school with all her friends. and this year she can ask for things she likes. for example, she wanted pinata. and this is the first time she got pinata for her birthday.
from jingga’s birthday:

i know this much is true is probably one of the book i read this year. i finally finish the 1000 something pages. i regretted i hesistated reading it just because of the pages.

now i’m reading the years of the runaways by sunjev sahota. i don’t enjoy the books very much because so many indian terms i didn’t understand. i’m not sure i will ever finish reading it.

some wrapping we (me & jingga) did for her friends and cousin’s birthday.
i love getting invited to a birthday, shopping and wrapping the present. this wrapping thing became our fun activity together.

i have been abandoning my blog for a year! so here’s some update:

binar is already 6 months old and started eating solid food.

i’m reading i know this much is true by wally lamb. i got the books months ago! but the thousand something page scared me. i knew it would be a great book because she’s come undone was one of my favorite book. and i’m in the middle of reading it and love love love it (i blamed the book to keep me updating my blog).

i’m still doing lunch box for jingga every single school day. and still fun

smoothies are not daily anymore. just when i have the material and feel like doing it.

jingga’s birthday is coming! i love planning birthday and with 2 kids i’ll have 2 birthdays to plan annually. well, until they don’t want any celebration anymore.

i just finished reading orphan train. i got the books weeks ago, but because of its title, i kept postponing reading it. i was afraid it would be a heartbreaking story.

it’s a fiction but based on a true history. in the 1920s, orphan children were taken by train to midwest and given to some families who wanted them. but it’s the matter of fate. some found loving family and some ended up being a house slave.

My friends on the mainland think just because I live in Hawaii, I live in paradise. Like a permanent vacation. We’re all just out here sipping Mai Tais, shaking our hips, and catching waves. Are they insane?

The Descendants

when i lived in bali. some people think like this too.

 

i stopped reading books a while. i abandoned my blog.

but now i’m back!


after reading this blog, i knew i want to lay my hand on the girl in the spider’s web. and it’s the kind of book you can’t put down. you just want to keep reading it. and the feeling of stieg larsson writing it is still there.

the next book i read is a spool of blue thread. this is also not bad at all. shortlisted for the man booker prize. i think i read one of the book from anne tyler before. but i don’t remember which one (she’s more than 70 years old and wrote 20 novels!)

having kid in pre school or kindergarten means lotsa birthdays. i love kid’s birthdays. i enjoyed shopping the presents and wrapping them.

here are some presents i tried to wrap with more effort. i used pinterest as my reference. it looks better if the presents are in geometrical shape and smaller size. paper doilies always look beautiful and come to rescue for wrapping decoration.