Truthful Tuesday 05-24-2022


Melanie at Sparks from a Combustible Mind is the hostess for this week’s Truthful Tuesday and she asks:

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Photo of the Day!


It seems I’m determined to start your day with food this week. 😄 I can’t help it, I guess. Anyway, they call this street cart fries. Before you ask, I don’t know why it’s called that.

This was my lunch on Wednesday when we went out to this Mediterranean restaurant for lunch to celebrate a colleague’s birthday. I thought it was pretty good even though my favorite item were the fries. I have been craving fries for a while. I do wish there were more items on the menus other than fries and wraps and the prices be a little lower. It felt a little expensive for a tray of fries to cost 8-dollars.

It was worth a try, though.

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Technical Details

Samsung SM-T713 (f/1.9, 2.91 mm, ISO-40, 1/134 sec)

Share Your World – Week of April 23, 2018


If you could have an endless supply of any food, what would you get? Continue reading “Share Your World – Week of April 23, 2018”

#AtoZChallenge 2018 – C for Chinese Country Feast


C is for Chinese Country Feast. There was some massive old-fashioned cooking going on, I tell ya. Continue reading “#AtoZChallenge 2018 – C for Chinese Country Feast”

Share Your World – Week of March 26, 2018


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What is your favorite color of hair? You can name your hair color or a color that you just like. Continue reading “Share Your World – Week of March 26, 2018”

Share Your World – Week of March 12, 2018


If a distant uncle dies and you were always his favorite and leaves you $50,000 (any currency) in his will, what would you do? Continue reading “Share Your World – Week of March 12, 2018”

3 Wrongful Assumptions About Life in the U.S.


After reuniting with my relatives in China, I discovered there has been some assumptions floating around regarding the U.S. Some cracked me up while others were just very wrong indeed. Continue reading “3 Wrongful Assumptions About Life in the U.S.”

#WeekendCoffeeShare: Going Home


If we were having coffee, I would tell you good morning and thanks for joining me for another weekly chat. Continue reading “#WeekendCoffeeShare: Going Home”

#WeekendCoffeeShare: Chinese Memorial Week


If we were having coffee, I would tell you good morning and thanks for joining me for another weekly chat. Continue reading “#WeekendCoffeeShare: Chinese Memorial Week”

Cee’s Black and White Challenge: Chinese Delicacy


Since Chinese New Year is coming up next Monday, for this week’s black and white challenge, I have decided to turn my pictures of this traditional Chinese Delicacy into black and white. Continue reading “Cee’s Black and White Challenge: Chinese Delicacy”

Stubborn Culture


The whole reason for travel is to experience new cultures, food, and places, right? Not searching for the same type of food you’re already eating everyday. Maybe that’s why I am frustrated by my family and maybe a little of the culture I come from.  Continue reading “Stubborn Culture”

中秋节快乐!-Happy Mid-Autumn Festival!


Today is the Mid-Autumn Festival in China. Each year, this holiday is on different days, mostly because it is based on the Lunar calendar which runs differently than the Gregorian Calendar. On this night, we feast in open air while admiring the oversize full moon. Continue reading “中秋节快乐!-Happy Mid-Autumn Festival!”

T-shirt and Sweatpants


Today’s prompt asks: How important are clothes to you? Describe your style, if you have one, and tell us how appearance impacts how you feel about yourself. Continue reading “T-shirt and Sweatpants”

Awards for Academia


You know what award I’d really like to receive? Continue reading “Awards for Academia”

Welcome to My Ever-changing Hometown


Today’s prompt is kind of a tricky one to write. Continue reading “Welcome to My Ever-changing Hometown”

Off to a Painful Start


Happy Chinese New Year!!!

Well, technically, it’s still eve here in the U.S.. In China, it’s Chinese New Year. This year is the year of the goat and I was born in the year of goat. As I mentioned in previous posts, my mom said I’m bound to be unlucky this year and guess what, I’m off to a painful start already. This morning, I was woke by a sharp pain in my back. Not again! Continue reading “Off to a Painful Start”

They should NOT be spoiled…


Daily Prompt: Pick a contentious issue about which you care deeply — it could be the same-sex marriage debate, or just a disagreement you’re having with a friend. Write a post defending the opposite position, and then reflect on what it was like to do that. Continue reading “They should NOT be spoiled…”

Out of Place and Stuffed


So we’re waiting for the rest of the house to wake up before we can get a move on. I feel so out of place here like my mom’s friend’s American husband. I wonder Continue reading “Out of Place and Stuffed”

I Wish the New Year Would Arrive Already!


For some reason, I am feeling very eager to have the new year come already but at the same time, I am Continue reading “I Wish the New Year Would Arrive Already!”

My Tight Little Corner


Something has happened in my neck of the woods. I can’t figure out what but it’s making me feel singled-out, like I’m being forced into a tight little corner of my own. It’s like my spoken words are not being understood and there’s no one ’round here to clarify my words for me.

I’ve been searching and wondering far and wide and I have arrived with these three explanations:

  • Language barrier
    • I know, we all speak the same language here. But they seem to forget that I just know to speak everyday language, slang. My education level for this language is only up to the 4th grade. Still, they talk to me like I graduated college there, saying politically related college-level term that I probably will never understand.
    • And if I say the wrong thing, they’d just burst out laughing and it’s not just in the moment, they laugh for days and it’s really frustrating sometimes. Like yesterday, I accidentally mispronounced the word for Mount Everest and they laughed and laughed, making fun of me, making me feel like an idiot. Yes, I know I said the wrong thing but don’t forget I never went past the 4th grade.
  • Ethnic culture differences
    • Yes, there is a tiny or huge ethnic culture difference here, depends on one’s perspective. For example, my aunt doesn’t like to use the dryer. She hang wet clothes in the laundry. I hate that. When the clothes dry, it becomes cold, stiff, and wrinkly. It’s like wearing cardboard.
  • Too many personalities
    • Yes, I understand everyone has their own personality, no people are the same but my aunt’s personality is driving me nuts. She is so childish sometimes with her silly clothes. Yesterday, when it was snowing, she didn’t want her hair to get wet, so she wore a husky hat. I don’t mean a hat that looked like husky fur, I mean a hat that was an actual husky (dog) head. It’s the stupidest hat I’ve ever seen.
    • Often times, she’s been sitting at the kitchen counter watch funny babies video on her ipad. If you like watching babies so much, why don’t you have one of your own?

Meanwhile, my mother is not helping with my situation, she laughs along and her teasing had been increasingly irritating. I wish I can just tell them that but everybody in this house feels super intimidating and it’s making me feel frightened.

Just two more months, I will tell myself from now on. Just two more months and they’ll be gone.

Basic Hygiene and Etiquette


This is the second maybe third post I’ve done on manners and etiquette. The reason I am writing this post because first of all, my observation around my home in the last couple of weeks has prompted me and it’s been something I’ve been trying to enforce. Continue reading “Basic Hygiene and Etiquette”

If I meet my extended family…


extended circlesIn the past week, I’ve managed to learn something new about my extended family. It turns out I have a bunch more of family in China, more than I’ve ever known (grandparents, aunts, uncles).

Anyway, for as long as I could remember, I’ve always been the second oldest among my cousins that is until mom told me a couple days ago about an older cousin whom I’ve never known about in China. Now, I maybe third eldest or the forth or the fifth… Whoever knows.

I had to asked, “How much more family do I have?”

She chuckled, “More than you know.”

“Well, then the next time I go back, remind me to have them sit in one room and everyone will introduce themselves.”

If I am to meet all of them, my entire clan, for the first time today and I assume today means the present, some time in the 21st century and not some time in the 1900’s, that is exactly what I am going to do. I am going to sit them all in a giant circle, the eldest shall sit directly across from me while from there on, the circle shall go in a counter-clockwise direction with age like the second eldest would sit to the left of the eldest and it goes on. Then we’ll go around the circle introducing each other.

I am sure that is the strangest way they have ever encountered to introduce themselves, after all, why would they need to? They know each other. Unfortunately I don’t know them, so we’ll do it my way. Wait, would I be known as the family’s weirdo after that? I bet I will but I am sure some of my many cousins will have my back. So I’ll probably have a posse. 🙂

How is taking supplements good?


Popping pills is one of those things I am absolutely against. If there’s no need, why take it? Taking pills or overdosing on pills is what killed so many, isn’t it? Why do people take such dumb risks? Continue reading “How is taking supplements good?”