CMMC: September Color – Bright Pink or Magenta


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Hello September!


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Monday Thoughts


For some reason, I’m feeling anxious about this Monday.

It’s my final counseling session with my therapist and as I ponder on what to discuss, all I can think was yesterday, Sunday. So much about yesterday peeved me. The only parts that didn’t peeve me were the solo walk along the forest trail and all the wonderful photos I took on my walk.

It was actually mom’s idea to go to the forest yesterday. “I need to go breathe in some fresh air.”

She didn’t want to drive her car though and she didn’t want me to drive, so she dragged her sister and brother-in-law (BIL) along, assigning him the role of the driver for the trip. As usual, I was the navigator, which is the most annoying task ever since mom was doing the navigating from the backseat while telling her BIL to ignore everything I said.

The forest was wonderful – so cool (temperature-wise) and lush with greenery. I had a suspicion that it rained the night because the ground was wet and there were water droplets on the plants. I hurriedly abandoned the adults while I hunted for a location to practice long-exposure photography.

After taking all the long exposure photographs I had wanted, I began wandering down the forest trail while paying attention at my surrounding to find interesting photo compositions. After a while, I caught up with them as they were returning to the parking lot.

The next activity on mom’s agenda was food and her BIL suggested the only restaurant he knew – Burger King – and that was what mom wanted as well. In fact, it’s just about the only restaurant mom will eat at these days. Unfortunately, there was no Burger King nearby, which was odd considering all the other chain restaurants were nearby. I tried to search for the next best thing but they don’t like any other fast food restaurant. So I suggested Texas-style barbecue.

Her BIL agreed. However, when we arrived at the restaurant, she refused to order anything, and in the oddest fashion, she asked for a coffee. Um, coffee in a barbecue joint on a Sunday afternoon? The guy looked at her and then replied apologetically, “Sorry, we don’t have coffee.”

As the food arrived, after taking a bite of the beef brisket I ordered, she said, “The meat is overcooked. It’s terrible.”

Then she started reflecting on the barbecue joint we once gone to just outside of Austin, Texas. “The line was out the door and round the corner,” mom said and as she said, my anger level ticked up ever so slightly.

Why can’t she keep her opinion to herself? I thought and before I could stop myself, I said, “I ordered the brisket for me. If you don’t like it, order whatever you want for yourself.”

“I don’t want anything.” She pouted. The only reason you don’t want anything is because this isn’t Burger King, I thought.

As we got up to leave, while mom and her BIL went to dispose the trays, my aunt whispered to me, “Just do what she says,” which was the other thing that peeved me about yesterday’s outing.

Um, excuse me, I wanted to say, I’m not a yes-woman or a robot or a dog. I am entitled to my own emotions and opinions, but that’s when mom returned, ushering us to leave.

Wow, it looks like I have quite a bit to discuss with my therapist.

Hello August!


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4000th Post! – Celebrating with Coffee


4000 posts, wow!

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Monday Thoughts


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I’m glad I’m off today…


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Hello July!


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Hello June!


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#AtoZChallenge 2022 Reflection


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Special Announcement: #AtoZChallenge 2022 #ThemeReveal and Prologue


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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #180: Favorite Images of 2021


This week, on Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #180, host Tina asks everyone to post their favorite images of 2021.

2021 was a year of ups and downs from getting to travel after being cooped up for the duration of 2020 to going on my first work trip to finally getting the carpal tunnel surgery done on my right hand as well as getting the oral surgery that’s been putting off for over 10 years done. I have spent the last month of 2021 recuperating from both surgeries and was unable to take any pictures and I am now feeling antsy to get out there and shoot some pictures.

In my humble opinion, I feel my photography has improved year-after-year. I am looking forward to the new additions of the Lens-Artists team and the new themes each week which were a great inspiration for my 2021 photos. For now, I am going to end the post with my most memorable photo of 2021.

#AtoZChallenge 2021 Reflection


It’s hard to believe April is done, isn’t it? Another month wrapped in 2021. Soon, May will be over and then June, July…and before anyone can say another word, it would be time once again to put out those pumpkins and sitting by the door anticipating trick or treaters.

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Special Announcement: #AtoZChallenge 2021 #ThemeReveal


After a sucky and busy 2020, which caused me to miss the AtoZ Challenge, I am determined to make a come back in 2021 with a theme that had been circulating in my head since I finished the challenge in 2019. Before I reveal the theme for my 5th participation in this challenge, let have a look back at my previous themes:

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#AtoZChallenge 2019 Reflection and Break


Another April gone, another A to Z Challenge done. 

Overall, I am happy with my theme chosen for this year’s challenge – Wordless Photo. One photo every day for each letter of the alphabet. I chose this theme to fit my busy schedule and I thought I was wise to do so. Ever since my co-worker quit on April first, I have been taking on double-duty at work while my co-worker, who previously performed the other half of my duties, shifted to do my former co-worker’s duties.

And it’s not just work. When I’m at home, every time I attempt to relax, someone was and is calling me to help them. It’s been so incredibly overwhelming at times that I just wanted scream and yell, “Why can’t you people understand I have anxiety issues?!”

With that said, I no longer could find the time to keep up with blogging and I don’t mean the part about creating blog posts. It’s the reading part I was having trouble keeping up. The creating posts part was easy, I already had all except for a few of the letters figure out by the time the challenge started and the photos I wanted to use. Then, all I had to do was plug in the pictures.

You can check out every A to Z Challenge posts ever posted on this blog by clicking on this link.


With the hectic schedule at work and the chaotic life at home, I decided to pause blogging for a while, to take a break. The break will not be indefinite and it does not mean I am stepping away from blogging. I will still check in once in a while to read a few posts, and write a post or two but no more daily posting.

After 6 years of writing posts and participating in challenges. I think it’s time to slow down and perhaps get back to what I originally set out to do when I started this blog – write stories to satisfy my wild imagination but now, with a few photos added. 

I hope you will stick around because I have a lot more stories to tell. 

Special Announcement: #AtoZChallenge 2019 #ThemeReveal


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#AtoZChallenge 2018 Reflection


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#AtoZChallenge 2018 – X for X (10)


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#AtoZChallenge 2018 – O for Old Pictures


Left to right: Cousin and Me

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Special Announcement: #AtoZChallenge 2018 #ThemeReveal


I am probably the only one left who hasn’t revealed his/her theme for this year’s A-Z Challenge. That’s because I found out yesterday and didn’t get around to writing it until bed time.  Continue reading “Special Announcement: #AtoZChallenge 2018 #ThemeReveal”

Blog Rewind: Interesting yet confusing Chinese food ingredient names


Two weeks ago, I did my very first post for a series called “Blog Rewind.” It’s where I look back at some of my oldest posts and I am liking the idea very much. That’s why I’m doing another one today. Continue reading “Blog Rewind: Interesting yet confusing Chinese food ingredient names”

A 2017 Photo Rewind: Ascend


As the end of 2017 draws nearer, I will take a moment to do a photo rewind starting with this week’s topic of Ascend. Hope you like it.

This was one of the most memorable moment in 2017 – riding the world’s longest passenger cable car (or so it claims) up to Tianmen Mountain in Hunan, China. The ride took around 30 minutes and by the time I got off, I was so relieved because I no longer have to hold in my vomit.

One day, after having tea with my grandma, I decided to ascend these stairs to the park for some exercise. I really needed it and I was completely out of breath by the time I arrived at the top.

This was the last leg of one of my favorite trails – The Valley of Five Lakes. I hiked this trail during my road trip to Canada back in May. It was so beautiful. We, my aunt and I, used an alternative path to find our way back to the parking lot. As we were about a mile from the parking lot, we encountered this steep hill. I didn’t want to go up. It was simply too steep, so steep that it felt like I might roll backwards if I hiked this but I didn’t. Eventually, one step at a time, I ascended this difficult hill.

Finally, hiking has its rewards. This was the view of the city three hours later after ascending a rocky and slippery not clearly marked trail.

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5 Things I am Thankful for…


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