Tuesday Photo Challenge – Golden Lion Dance

“This week’s theme of Golden flows forth from the wondrous tones that I discovered on the island of Skye.” – Frank

We were invited to attend my friend Dr. Edward Wong’s 80th Birthday Party. In Chinese culture, Lion Dance is a common feature in major events such as Chinese New Year, an opening of a new store, or major anniversary of a business. In this event, it was Dr. Wong’s 80th Birthday. He is a successful business man. His guests included Congressperson, Assemblyman, City Counsels, other government officials, and business owners.

 The Décor of the party was the red, yellow, and golden colors that signify positive energy and prosperity. His Lion Dance team was dressed in those colors.  

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The Golden and Red Lions
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The five lions with the Golden Lion in the center
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We had a photo taken with the birthday boy and his loving wife!

Frank at Dutch goes the Photo: Tuesday Photo Challenge – Golden Lion Dance

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Three

“… Three…As usual, there are many ways to capture an image for this week’s theme, so open up your creative minds and go have fun with this one!!” – Frank

When I saw Frank’s theme for the week is “three,” the first thought came to me was “trio.”

I sang in many weddings. When the wedding of my daughter and son-in-law was at hand, I wanted to bless them with the song “The Lord’s Prayer.” An invitation was sent to two of my sisters to sing a “trio” with me. I copied the accompaniment sound track and the lyrics, mailed one set to a sister in Hong Kong, and one set to a sister in Los Angles. On one side of the tape was only the sound track, but the other side had voice singing. We learned by listening and practicing separately. One hour before the wedding was the only rehearsal we had together before singing for real. Being sisters, we could have sung well together without rehearsal. It turned out to be a meditative prayer to the bride and groom!

To play along with Frank’s theme, I only picked out the photos with three people in them.

Mercy, the bride, Maid of Honor (left) and Bridesmaid (right)
Will, the Groom, Best Man (right) and Groomsman (left)
Will’s Mom Kathy, Will and Mercy
Lynton, Mercy and me
Pastor officiated the exchange of vows and rings
The three sisters, Queenie, me and Yolanda singing “The Lord’s Prayer”
Mercy and Will, after taking communion, lit two candles into one. Meditated on “The Lord’s Prayer” with Divine’s presence
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Divine moment, Pastor pronounced them “husband and wife”


Tuesday Photo Challenge – Three




Tuesday Photo Challenge – Woody Park

“This week, I’m sticking with Nature for inspiration with the theme of Woods.” – Frank



Stepped out of the airplane

Footed on Portland ground

Air of green flushed into senses

Inhaled deep into the diaphragm

Nature’s gift of fresh green

Stopped by Kelly Point Park

Woody Park was spacious

Aged tall trees as green as young

Strolling around on the trail

Minds miles apart from civilization

Yet it’s only a few miles from home

There once a loading dock

Trace of left behind boating gears

Even a sizable anchor was found

Frequent rain coming down

It’s time to get back in town


Frank’s Dutch Goes the Photo: Tuesday Photo Challenge – Woods

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Huge Yellow Sun

 Frank’s theme for this week is “Yellow.”

I usually read Frank’s Challenge in the morning, then find inspiration for my post. On Tuesday late afternoon, coming home from shopping, I saw the sun going down. The sun was unusually big and projected an intensive ray. I rushed home and grabbed my camera, drove to a closest hilly area to take the sunset photos. This was the first time I captured a yellow sun with intensified orange ray in the sky. It was such an amazing moment to behold!

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Frank’s Tuesday Photo Challenge – Yellow

Weekly Photo Challenge: Unusual

Tuesday Photo Challenge: History – Freedom Trail, Boston, MA

“I thought about what might be meaningful about this week to a number of readers and as it was Canada Day this past Saturday (Happy 150th birthday!) and it is Independence Day in the United States today, I thought why not go for History as a theme?” – Frank

We went to Boston, Massachusetts in 2004. It was a very cold year on the East Coast. We stayed in a hotel overlooking a frozen river. We followed the Red Brick Road to see the Wizard! No, not really! We followed the Red Brick Freedom Trail to see some historic sites. Freedom Trail is a 2.5 mile long (4.0 km) path through downtown, Boston, Massachusetts, that passes by 16 locations significant to the history of the United States.

We drove around to visit other parts of the city also.

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USS Constitution is a wooden-hulled, three-masted heavy frigate of the United States Navy, named by President George Washington after the Constitution of the United States of America. She is the world’s oldest commissioned naval vessel afloat.
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USS Cassin Young (DD-793) was a Fletcher-class destroyer of the U.S. Navy named for Captain Cassin Young (1894–1942), who was awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroism at the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and who was killed in the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal in the fall of 1942.

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The Mayflower arrived in Plymouth Harbor in 1620, but on November 11, 1620, the Pilgrims made the first stop and came ashore on land that is now in Provincetown on Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

Many towns have signs denoted the year of establishment. Some houses, along with the house numbers, the years built are also listed.

Tuesday Photo Challenge: History – Freedom Trail in Boston, MA, USA

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Great Wall Steps

“This week, I’m going back to one of my old tricks…  The theme of Steps can be taken in several directions thanks to the English language.” – Frank

When we took our family vacation to China, the first visit was the section of Great Wall in Beijing. The tour guide picked a section with easy walking in one direction and challenging climbing in another direction. Mercy and Will took off to do their climbing. Because of the steepness of the Wall, each step is higher than usual steps. They seemed to enjoy the climb.

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I can’t help but think of their next big step – being new parents!


You may visit more posts on this theme at Frank’s Dutch Goes the Photo: Tuesday Photo Challenge – Steps

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Music

Frank’s theme for Tuesday Photo Challenge this week is “Music.” Wow! “Where Do I Begin?” I started learning music as a teenager. I took music theory, piano, and voice lessons. I have been singing most part of my life.

A picture is worth a thousand words. The photos show a few of my performances, my favorite classical composers and their music, a few of the operas seen many times, the two ballet performances I’ve seen the most, and my hero Plácido Domingo. He started performing and conducting as a teenager. At 76 years old, he continues to be the Director of LA Opera, conductor and performer in operas. He has a golden voice of tenor. In 2013, he took on the baritone role. He is a major influence in my life to continue singing!

I have written several poems about music. I re-post one of them here!

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Tunnel of music, my great hideout

Surrounded by musical sounds

Utters the unspoken language

Sounds out the unspeakable profound

Carries me to cloud nine

Wings my spirit high

Laments the deep sorrow

Echoes in my heart’s hollow

Speaks for my heartbreak

Clashes my entangled struggle

Dances for the joyous chance

Drums the rhythmic victory

Waves my fantasy dream

Serenate my romantic love

My symphony

My empathy

My company


Frank at Dutch Goes the Photo: Tuesday Photo Challenge – Music