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Box Lunch

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Bento Monsters

When I was in grade school in the late sixties and seventies, the lunches most mothers packed were somewhat uninspiring. But while the other kids got peanut butter and jelly or spam on Wonder Bread, my mother sent me to school with more eclectic offerings like cream cheese on homemade date nut bread, peanut butter and bananas, and deviled ham. I loved those lunches, but while they tasted great (and made my classmates jealous), I don’t remember being especially jazzed about how they looked.

Singapore-based mom Li Ming, however, goes the extra distance with her kids’ lunches. She sends her sons to school with Instagram-worthy one-of-a-kind bento boxes. Showoff.

“I started making charabens (Japanese boxed lunches) when [my older son] went to primary school in 2011. He missed me terribly then and had problems adjusting to the longer hours at primary school. I started packing him charabens, hoping to cheer him up and let him feel my presence and love through them. My younger boy loves the charabens I make for his brother and requested for them too.”

-Li Ming

Not satisfied with just creating gorgeous-looking, nutritionally-balanced lunches for her kids, the busy mom also shares step-by-step tutorials on her blog so we can try our hand at making them, too. How does she manage it?

You can follow Li Ming’s adorable Bento Monsters on her blog and on Instagram.

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Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

14 thoughts on “Box Lunch

  1. Those are such fun!

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  2. Great imagination …and a lot of time.

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  3. How cute are these?! I imagine opening my lunchbox and having my classmates ooh and ah over my lunch. And then the nuns come over and tell us ‘there is no talking at the lunch table!’ Gotta love the fact that you survived Catholic school….

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  4. These are all so joyful and I am impressed by the creativity but mostly I am impressed that she has the mental stamina to create these lunches because, quite frankly, I find it exceedingly difficult to be arsed with just making my mob basic packed lunches. Making packed lunches during the school year is the bane of my morning and I just cannot imagine a universe in which I could muster up the energy and motivation to make something this fun. Teaching in a preschool, I have looked in a lot of lunch boxes but I have only, so far, encountered one parent who made super-cute and fun lunches for her son.

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