Posted in Poems

My First Blog Post: A Poem

For my first blog post, I’d like to share a poem I wrote in 2004 for SOMEONE who means the world to me.

Best Friend

Just as I needed you, you’re there,

Whenever I’m weary, you care,

Tears and laughter we both share.


Every time I cry, you wipe away my tears,

You give me courage when I’m frightened and scared,

You are my shepherd, always and forever.


Sometimes life seems so hard,

Troubles and trials all so bad,

But you stay the same, and that makes me glad.


Undying, everlasting – that’s your love,

That always heals my broken heart,

Forever you will always be my endless love.


Salvation and security are what I got,

From believing in you with all my heart,

Jesus, you are my best friend and my God.

Posted in Daily Prompt Posts

Daily Prompt – JusJoJan the 17th, 2020

The prompt for JusJoJan January 17th, 2020, is “jade.”

This prompt was suggested by MB of Words Less Spoken.

Thanks, MB!

However, I don’t know what to write using this prompt. As I am typing these words, my head is still searching for topics I could write about that would include the word “jade.”

I feel like this is not a word that I commonly use in my conversations or hear other people use often. So I looked up what “jade” would mean other than the green gemstones that most people would associate it with.

The closest I found is using it as an adjective, which will be “jaded.” It means “not having interest or losing interest because you have experienced something too many times.”

Reading what jaded means reminded me of my love-hate feelings towards snow now.

We don’t get snow in the Philippines so the first time I experienced snow, I was as excited as a child who got his favorite toy on his birthday. I had snow ball fights with my friends. I walked around and enjoyed every moment of it.

Last year I still enjoyed going outside to take photos of the snow or people enjoying the snow.

Now, I don’t even bother going outside to see the snow. I prefer staying inside my warm apartment having a cup of tea or hot chocolate. I’m sure some of you are like that now too, aren’t you? 😁

I guess I’ve become jaded toward experiencing snow that way. It’s not that I don’t like it anymore. I still enjoy watching snowfalls, but I just don’t like how it gets really difficult to walk around once the snow had covered the ground with ice. It makes pathways and roads really slippery. It’s mainly because of that, I think, that I don’t get excited anymore when I hear that it’s going to snow. 😅

That’s why for the first time I don’t have any photos of snow on my phone. So I’m sorry, I don’t have photos of snow this year to share with you all.

And that just proved my point – I’ve become jaded when it comes to experiencing snow!

Good thing or bad? Thoughts? 😁

Posted in Photo Challenge

On the Hunt for Joy Challenge: Week 2 – Say Cheese

If there’s one thing that is sure to bring a smile to my face, bring joy to my heart, and make my day, it’s the sweet smile of this precious little one. He melts my heart every time I see him, even when he gets fussy. 😄

If your heart didn’t melt looking at the photos of this adorable little buddy of mine, then I don’t know what kind of person you are. 😅

Elijah just turned one year old last month. He is the son of one of my friends here in China. It’s an honor for me to see these kids in our community grow and get to be part of their lives.

I can’t imagine a world without kids!

I thank God for my coworkers’ adorable kids around me. Life would be so dull and boring without them! 😁

This post is brought to you by On the Hunt for Joy Challenge Week 2 – Say Cheese. Click on this link to join in: https://ceenphotography.com/on-the-hunt-for-joy-challenge/

Hope you have fun hunting for JOY!

Posted in Expat Diary, Photo Challenge

On the Hunt for Joy Challenge: Week 1 – Get Outside

I love this challenge, so I’m gonna join in late, if that’s okay, Cee? 😊

Thank you! (Assuming you said “yes”) 😁

I’m not a professional photographer. I’m certainly far from being a good one, but I do get some nice shots once in a while. 😅

Regardless, I find joy in capturing the beauty around me whether it be people, trees, flowers or even bees. 🐝 🐝 🐝

So I got excited when I came across this photo challenge. I’m joining in late, but I’ll try my best to catch up!

So here’s my late entry for Week 1 – Get Outside challenge. I’m traveling right now so I’d like to share some photos I took these past few days.

At Zhengzhou East Railway Station
It’s a common thing to see women (and some men) in China dancing together at a park or in any areas large enough for a group of 10 or more people. Sometimes my friends and I would join in for a few minutes just for fun!
One of my students last semester suggested that I try Suzhou’s “sheng jian” (fried dumplings), so I did. 😁
Flowers by the entrance of the Humble Administrator’s Garden in Suzhou
More flowers at the Humble Administrator’s Garden in Suzhou
One of the pagodas at the Humble Administrator’s Garden in Suzhou
One of the many bonsais we saw inside the Humble Administrator’s Garden in Suzhou
What better way to enjoy a rainy afternoon than having your favorite milk tea!



Posted in Daily Prompt Posts, Expat Diary

An Experience with a Price 💴

Experiencing Shanghai can be a little pricey especially if you want to enjoy good food. Whether it’s Chinese or Western style food, it comes with a price! 🤑🤑🤑

But for the sake of experiencing food we don’t really get to enjoy in the town where we work, my friend and I went to a “revolving sushi” restaurant on our first night in Shanghai. We didn’t even ask for the price of each plate of sushi. We just assumed it’s going to be a little bit more than the usual price we pay for a meal.


True enough, the bill did not fail to meet our expectations! 😂

Nevertheless, we were happy and satisfied. Such a wonderful way to start our time here in Shanghai! Can’t complain! 😊

Enjoyed every bite! 🍣
Posted in Photo Challenge

All Sorts of Lights 🤣

This is my second post for #januarylight of BeckyB of Winchester.

I generally like lights, haha! There’s something in them that gives me a sense of “lightness.” Ha, that’s funny! Okay, maybe a sense of calmness, too! 😂

Anyway, as I was going around Suzhou, I took square photos of anything with lights: street lights, post lights, lantern lights (if that’s a thing), Christmas lights (in mid January), shop lights, navigation lights and other kinds of lights. 😁

So here they are:

How about you? What gives you a sense calmness?