#Bloganuary Prompt Day 4 – Favorite Toy


What was your favorite toy as a child?

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Independence Day 2021


It has certainly been an interesting Independence Day this year. I spent this morning squeezing past crowds, trying to find a good spot to watch the annual parade. There was so much festivity in the park, something I didn’t think I’d ever see again after more than a year of masks and social-distancing.

The city started celebrating on July 2 and I got the feeling that this was a belated celebration of the city’s 100th birthday was supposed to be 2020 but…

This was my first time seeing this parade. I was an active participant last time, walking alongside my church’s float while tossing candies into the crowd. It is definitely a different experience. One, I get to see all the parade floats and two, I know now why there is a plastic bag tied to the little kids’ wrists. This is like a second Halloween for them.

If I get to go to this parade again next year, I would be better prepared. I would pack chairs, a tent, and lots of ice and water to keep cool and to prevent my arms from getting ten shades darker.

Flash Fiction – First Crush


This is a fiction/non-fiction take on the day I found out a boy has a crush on me. I think it’s a fun and humorous story to re-post. The story’s true but I just added some humor into the dialogues and it took weeks to happen, not in a day.  Continue reading “Flash Fiction – First Crush”

Not Such An Oddball After All


me-and-grandmaFor a greater part of my life, I have struggled with accepting myself as part of the family I come from. I look nothing like my mom and compared with all the photos I have of my dad, I don’t look much like him either. Continue reading “Not Such An Oddball After All”

A Walk Down Memory Lane


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There is nothing like returning to one’s elementary school after fifteen years to find it closed and on the verge of being expanded once again into a larger school because the current size can’t accommodate for the current population. Talk about perfect timing.

I spent four years here when the school was only half this size or maybe even a third. There used to be a wall on the left side of the building you see above. This wall marked the school border and that was as far as you can get on this side.

When I attended this school, the building exterior was blue and there weren’t any murals on the wall, let alone encouragements like 我行 (wo xing) – which means “I can” – and 我能 (wo neng) – which also means “I can” but in a different sense. Apparently, those words have become a thing in China.

In my time, the exterior of the buildings were just a plain muddy yellow. The chairs around the columns also didn’t exist in my time neither did the little shelves nailed to the columns.

school-2In fact, it wasn’t until I arrived at this very spot did I finally recognized the school I used to know. It was those stairs in the back. Seeing them brought back only one memory – the day I fell on those stairs and broke my chin wide open. I ended up getting six stitches that day under my chin and still have the scar the prove it.

school-3Also, how can I forget this stage? It’s the same stage I walked across the day I received my red tie in second grade. Getting a red tie in China is quite a symbolic event for a student. It’s like getting initiated into a club. Once one gets a red tie, you’re supposed to never take it off.

The side wall also didn’t exist in my time. The entrance used to be at the other side of that wall and a stairwell existed behind the stage. Beneath the stairwell was a little office. It was the office of my gym teacher. It was the place he sold extra notebooks and supplies to students at a steep price.

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This part of the school didn’t exist in my time. This spot was the one place I would never step foot in, not unless I had no choice. It was dark, dingy, and dirty. It was the school’s cafeteria and library. The library had walls that looked charred as though the place had recently burned down. There was hardly any books in it. The only time I’ve ever been in the library was when it was mandatory. Oh, and let’s not mention the cafeteria. The food was dreadful even when we were paying for the meals. Now that I’m thinking about it. Yuck!

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This blacktop is also new. The school used to end at the blue pole at the far left of the picture. I don’t remember the apartments across the street existed either. The only thing I can remember that was outside the school was the smelly outside market. The pavement was always wet with reddish water as men and women did live butchering and slaughtering of ducks, chickens, fishes, and a wide variety of meat. At times, I would be able to smell the dankness coming from the market from the classroom. It was not pleasant.

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After spending four years here, stuffing my brain with tons and tons of knowledge while spending all my free time completing the pile of assignments the teachers had assigned. Reflecting on it now, It was a difficult yet unforgettable experience and one I do not wish to repeat.

Adventures Through the Years


December 21, 2016 marks the fifteenth year I have lived in the United States. Continue reading “Adventures Through the Years”

Annual Banquet


My school’s accounting club held its annual banquet last Friday night. Continue reading “Annual Banquet”

Full of Memories


Whenever I am playing this song, I feel like I am drifting back to the days when I would Continue reading “Full of Memories”

Friday Fictioneers: Sewing Opportunity


PHOTO PROMPT © Sandra Crook
PHOTO PROMPT © Sandra Crook

Please note – this is non-fiction!

This sewing machine reminds me of the one in my grandma’s room in China. Continue reading “Friday Fictioneers: Sewing Opportunity”

Is the Universe Working Against Me?


Why do I feel like a part of the universe is working against me here? Continue reading “Is the Universe Working Against Me?”

A-Z Challenge 2016: Y for Youth


Youth Quote

Sometimes, I feel like I’m growing up too fast while other times, I feel like I’m not and that time is just flying by. Continue reading “A-Z Challenge 2016: Y for Youth”

A-Z Challenge 2016: X for Extraordinary


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I can’t believe after scouring the entire internet, I couldn’t find a good quote to represent the letter X. There are simply no word that begins with the letter X I can use. Oh well, I’ll just have to settle for “Ex” which has the same pronunciation as the letter X. So… Continue reading “A-Z Challenge 2016: X for Extraordinary”

A-Z Challenge 2016: W for Writing


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Of course, the letter “w” is for writing. Throughout the challenge, I’ve tried to steer clear of the obvious ones like “i” for inspiration or “s” for stories or even “q” for quotes. Continue reading “A-Z Challenge 2016: W for Writing”

A-Z Challenge 2016: V for Vision


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Okay, reading this quote makes me feel dumb. On this blog, I’ve written almost repeatedly about finding myself but this quote is saying the complete opposite. Continue reading “A-Z Challenge 2016: V for Vision”

A-Z Challenge 2016: U for Underdogs


Underdog

This quote makes me feel proud to be a Libra. Continue reading “A-Z Challenge 2016: U for Underdogs”

A-Z Challenge 2016: S for Strong


Strength Quote

Of all the letter that I’ve done so far, I actually had the toughest time with the letter “S”. Continue reading “A-Z Challenge 2016: S for Strong”

A-Z Challenge 2016: R for Reminiscence


Reminiscence

Very true. I used to write quite a bit about my middle school and high school years while not a lot about my college years. Continue reading “A-Z Challenge 2016: R for Reminiscence”

A-Z Challenge 2016: J for Journey


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A few weeks ago, I participated in my Beta Alpha Psi (BAP) – Accounting Club – annual food drive. Continue reading “A-Z Challenge 2016: J for Journey”

Trip to Redwood Forest


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The last time we visited Northern California was way back in 2011. Continue reading “Trip to Redwood Forest”

Cee’s Black and White Challenge: Sepia Tone Only


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So I finally brought my camera with me to school but so far, I haven’t been able to capture a lot of images. This is one of them. My original goal was to take this in the dark because the minute and second hands light up but I missed my chance. Now, I’ll just have to wait until winter to capture it again.

This is a magnificent object in the school. It’s about the only thing that stands out for miles and with the mountains in the back, the scenery is breathtaking.

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This was taken in the moment, just seconds before I had to sprint to catch the shuttle last week. For some reason, the mountains look incredibly close. It looks like the mountains are just beyond those buildings and stairs.

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Cee’s Black & White Challenge

It’s March!


It’s March and look, ding dong, the witch is dead. Continue reading “It’s March!”

The Final Straw


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Last night, I wanted so bad to hurt someone, something. Punch a hole in the wall. Rip my pillow in half. Throw everything at the wall. But I couldn’t. Damn that sentimentality. Continue reading “The Final Straw”

Cee’s Black and White Challenge: Weather


The past few weeks, it’s not been pretty here. Fog, haze, and gray skies, everyday not to mention the horrible air quality. Typical Utah winter. Continue reading “Cee’s Black and White Challenge: Weather”