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The Mirror Crack’d

Hi WordPress bloggers,

I am the writer of today’s prompt “The Mirror Crack’d” and many thanks to The Daily Post for publishing my idea. It was a nice surprise as I don’t blog ‘here’ very often. This blog was created to share some moments of my life journey with a dear friend who is thousands miles away. I use pictures more than words because English is not my native language. Anticipate awkward expressions here and there in my writing!

First off, my original idea was not just about a world without mirrors. I think I underscored somewhere in my prompt that not only don’t you have mirrors, but you also can’t see your reflection anywhere. Yes, imagine you live in a world where you have no idea how you look.

I wish they had made the prompt a bit more specific, so it would not have misled people to naïve responses such as not a problem for me, I could just use my iphone haha, or just a spoon would work.

Some others, however, seem to have trouble accepting the prompt as a hypothetical scenario. You wake up one morning to a world without mirrors? WTF? How could this happen? Who would take all the mirrors away? Why would I have to worry about this? All mirrors disappear? What a stupid idea! Etc. I understand your reaction: you just hate creative writing.

And for the rest of you, who published thorough, deep, and interesting responses- I can’t thank you enough. I learned a great deal from reading your essays, as a writer, and as a person-somebody born into this era of narcissism. Yes it’s hard to not quickly jump to that (over?) generalization: we are all more or less narcissistic.



Just a couple weeks ago I went to the pool where I saw a pretty young girl wearing a pound of make-up on her face half of which went to the mascara on her eyelashes.  We were all asked to shower before we jumped into the pool which we all did. But some are very well trained in showering without wetting their face. So that day we swam in a mixture of chlorine, make-up powder, and mascara.

And that was “just” a college student. No need to show all the celebrities’ cosmetic bills, or count their appointments with plastic surgeons, hair dressers, make-up specialists, stylists, and dermatologists. Photoshoppers are also indispensable, simply because people in the previous list can never make our celebrities happy enough about how they look.

Oh let’s forget about those celebrities so we don’t envy their wallet too much. Now I am actually thinking about a recent movement that goes viral on the internet: the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. ALSA didn’t say in their rules that you have to strip off to bikinis when you dump ice water onto your head. But some donators volunteer to do so. Others think wet T-shirts are sexy enough so they keep them on as they film themselves and share it on social network(s). Evidence can be found here

In case my point didn’t get across: we do whatever, a little or a lot, to make ourselves presentable to the world. It’s human nature to be curious about how we look, and we are lucky to have been able to see  the reflection of ourselves even in prehistoric time. Cavemen didn’t have mirrors, but they had lakes and rivers, the kind of mirrors that we no longer trust or use. We love our real mirrors a lot more and our vanity is now also indulged by camera apps that enhance your beauty within a few clicks. The society has been tired of criticizing self-admirers, and it just seems hypocritical to do so. Now the question is how much do you believe in what you see in the mirror, and how much do you believe in what others tell you? Or are you willing to see yourself through the eyes of others?

Finally, here’s a special mirror for you. I am vain because I put my nickname under the photo :). Have a great day friends!

(Click here for the original prompt)


“We are vain because we are attracted to people who make us feel important”.

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Sauk Mountain Hike


Mt. Bạker behind


It’s always further than you thought. It’s always higher than you thought. And it’s always harder than you thought


Skagit River. It’s so hazy there and sunny here


Mt. Baker again. View from where we stopped to take a breath.


You don’t have to be a rose to be beautiful. See, you have my attention!


2.1 mile zigzag trail, rated as a “More Difficult” hike. But actually moderate most of the way and only difficult the last .5 mile to the top.


Can’t remember how many times we said “Almost there” and then kept walking like forever.


This is how I do a selfie. Love it!


Trail getting nastier


Almost there (again). Quote to keep in mind “Never measure the height of a mountain until you have reached the top. Then you will see how low it was”.


“Chasing angels or fleeing demons, go to the mountains.”


Summer here and winter behind me. Can’t tell how much I love this feeling on being on top of everything. I am here to see the world, not for the world to see me (even if I posted this picture here :))


Songs shared by you: Comin’ back to me

When we are both moody…


 Comin’ Back To Me

The summer had inhaled

And held its breath too long
The winter looked the same
As if it never had gone
And through an open window
Where no curtain hung
I saw you, I saw you
Comin’ back to me
One begins to read between
The pages of a look
The shape of sleepy music
And suddenly you’re hooked
Through the rain upon the trees
The kisses on the run
I saw you, I saw you
Comin’ back to me
You came to stay and live my way
Scatter my love like leaves in the wind
You always say you won’t go away
But I know what it always has been
It always has been
A transparent dream
Beneath an occasional sigh
Most of the time
I just let it go by
Now I wish it hadn’t begun
I saw you, yes, I saw you
Comin’ back to me
Strolling the hills
Overlooking the shore
I realize I’ve been here before
The shadow in the mist
Could have been anyone
I saw you, I saw you
Comin’ back to me
Small things like reasons
Are put in a jar
Whatever happened to wishes
Wished on a star?
Was it just something
That I made up for fun?
I saw you, I saw you
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Songs shared by you: Today

And here’s the lyrics from http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/jeffersonairplane/today.html



Today, I feel like pleasing you

More than before
Today, I know what I want to do
But I don’t know what for
To be living for you
Is all I want to do
To be loving you
It’ll all be there
When my dreams come true

Today, you’ll make me say
That I somehow have changed
Today, you’ll look into my eyes
I’m just not the same
To be any more than all I am
Would be a lie
I’m so full of love
I could burst apart
And start to cry

Today, everything you want
I swear it will all come true
Today, I realize how much
I’m in love with you
With you standing here
I could tell the world
What it means to love
To go on from here
I can’t use words
They don’t say enough

Please, please listen to me
It’s taken so long to come true
It’s all for you, all for you

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August Adventures (1)



Varsity Theater on the Ave, an afternoon show of Hercules, and I had the whole auditorium to myself. Was scared!


Beautiful view of Mt Rainier from Lake Washington, Magnuson Park. It’s worth the 2.8 mile walk in the sun from U Village. My first serious walk on the Burke-Gilman Trail.


And here is where I thought I would come play in the water. My Moroccan friend, however, took me to a different beach nearby where there are more people swimming.


The big gravels was initially my concern, but then I saw a woman walking into the water with her sandals on. I wonder how it feels to swim with sandals…


And these lovely shells came in the mail last week. The sender was as silly as always to use a big package for these little things. Imagine you put a hamburger in a refrigerator and mail the whole thing…

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Sunrise hunter

Two early mornings in a row means I have had a chance to see the sunrise. Yesterday the colors were quite unusual, blue, purple, gray, very different from the usual reddish or pinkish sunrises I have often seen. But too bad I was not able to capture those colors. The whole thing is blocked by all the tall trees in the neighbor’s garden. Later that lovely set of colors disappeared and this is all I have





This morning I was much later, and the sun had already been pretty high. Jet trails make interesting shapes in the sky




A quiet day. Not much contact with the world. But at least able to catch up with my readings. About time to forget about relationships and focus on my work?

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Little things

From you to me and me to you: shell from Alki beach and shell from a Myanmar beach. Life should be simple…Image


5 roses for our coming 5th anniversary?Image

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