Posted in Simple Gift Ideas

The Perfect Combo: RED and GREEN

For this week’s Simple Gift Ideas entry, I’d like to share a very simple idea on how to wrap small gift items.

If you had read my post a few months ago about my hospital experience in China, you’d remember that I received much-needed help from the foreign faculty community of Sias and from Chinese students who have become my friends.

So at the beginning of the year, I gave those people, who had helped me in some ways, a small token of appreciation for all their help.

I gave them tiny candles designed as succulents. They came in different colors and designs. I can’t believe I didn’t take a photo of all of them before giving them away! Or I might have, knowing myself, but I just can’t find any among the thousands of photos in my archive. 😅



They’re very tiny so I had to make small paper boxes just to avoid the risk of breaking them while I’m wrapping them. I wrapped them using some kind of felt papers, I think. I used red papers. Then I used green ribbons to tie the ends of the paper together and to attach a name tag.

So they looked like these ones in the photos below.


Again, very simple. Nothing fancy, but I’m sure you’d agree with me that red and green always look good together. And I think the white tag added a nice touch to the red-green combo. 😊

So let me know what you think, will you? 😁

Have a nice day!

Posted in Photo Challenge

On the Hunt for Joy Challenge: Week 6 – Cheer Someone Else Up

What better way to be happy than to make others happy! 

Did someone say that or I just made that up? Well, I think it’ll be common knowledge by now if someone did say that before, haha!

This week’s theme for On the Hunt for Joy Challenge is “Cheer Someone Else Up.”

This is why I like this challenge! It creates opportunities for finding joy and happiness in the things around us, even by just going through our archives.

For this week’s entry, my photos are not about me cheering someone else up. It was ME who got cheered up by these cuties.

From left: Lulu, Peter, and Maddie

They surprised me with a card and a bar of Snickers with their “Happy Valentine’sgreetings on the morning of February 14th. So sweet! 😍😍😍


My neighbors got one, too! 😁


Aren’t they the sweetest?

Oh, seeing these kids melts my heart every time! Whenever they see me around, they run towards me to give me a hug. That alone cheers me up!

Thank God for kids! 😊

That’s all from me for this challenge, friends! I hope you’re having a cheerful week! 💐


2 Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. 4 And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

JAMES 1:2-4 (NASB)

Posted in Beauties and Colors of Life, Expat Diary

A BREAKTHROUGH: Conquering My Fears

I dreaded the idea of being a “YouTuber” for years (Imagine me putting an emphasis on “years). I told myself I could never be one because I don’t like seeing myself on videos and hearing how I sound when I talk makes me feel really embarrassed, for whatever reason.    

Surprisingly, this coronavirus outbreak had somehow “forced” me to come out of my shell. Many of my family and friends from home (and some from other parts of the world) had been asking me about my situation here in China. I’ve responded to their messages, but one day I thought to myself, “If a picture paints a thousand words, then videos can certainly paint a million, maybe more, words.” 

So in the midst of this coronavirus outbreak, I made a breakthrough. I’m officially a YouTuber now, haha! My channel’s name is Zhenzhen’s Adventures

ZZ channel

Actually, I’ve uploaded a video of my original Tagalog song composition 3 years ago but eventually forgot about it. It was only recently that I was reminded of it after a friend asked me if I had a YouTube channel and I responded, “No.” Then after a few minutes, I remembered that I actually have one. It’s just inactive.

But now, it’s no longer inactive! Yay!

For now, the main focus of my channel is to upload videos of how my life here in China looks like so that my family and friends can see that I’m okay and that there’s no need for them to worry about me. If God allows my channel to be used for other purposes, I’m open to any possibilities.

Just today I uploaded a video I titled “MY CORONAVIRUS-STRICKEN WINTER BREAK” which shows how my 2020 winter break looks like in connection to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.

Coronavirus thumbnail

If you watch my video, you’ll see that we’re okay here and we’re safe but life isn’t really back to NORMAL yet (though normal can look differently for different people).

Therefore, China still needs your prayers. Please continue to pray that this coronavirus outbreak would come to its end soon, hopefully even sooner than what most people expect.

That’s all for now, friends. Thanks for dropping by (and for checking out my channel whenever you can).

A blessed week to all of you!