Happy Father’s Day!! 😉💚




Dear Heavenly Father,

I thank you for giving me and my brother a kind and gentle father, who takes care of us lovingly. Help us, LORD, to become like our father, hard-working, strong in the faith, living each day in your sight. I ask this in Jesus’ most precious name, Amen!

(For June 16th, 2019)

The Adventures of Joshua and Jeremy: The Hike Up Thunder Mountain

November 26th, 2018


Jeremy and I hiked up a mountain called Thunder Mountain (Raizan in Japanese) , the first time we ever climbed a mountain by ourselves.

Dad dropped us off at the starting point, and from there we were on our own.

“Hey, Josh, do you remember this place?” asks Jeremy, nicknamed Jay.

“Uh, I don’t remember, because it’s been like ten years since I climbed this mountain,” says I (This was the third or fourth time I climbed it).

We were walking up a steep slope with many fallen trees, where there weren’t any visible paths.

“I have a baaad feeling about this,” says Jay.

“Don’t worry, Jay,” says I, “As long as we go up, we’ll reach the top!”

A few breaks, some snacks, and essential beverages helped to give us stamina on the way.

“There! I see a path!” says I.

“Yes, that’s great!” says Jay.

“What if we get to the top and find out that, all along, we were climbing Mt. Fuji?” says I, jokingly.

“Yeah,” says Jay, “that would be weird, wouldn’t it?”

“OK, Bro, follow my lead!”

But later did we know we were on the wrong track. We were walking along a ridge when we came across a sign that had an arrow pointing back the way we came that said, in Japanese, “30 minutes to Thunder Mountain”, and on the other side of the sign, pointing straight ahead, the words, “60 minutes to Mount Rock”.

And right next to the sign, a pole that had this engraving: Fujiyama.

“Well,” says I, “I guess we reached Mt. Fuji after all!”

“Call Dad,” says Jay, “he’ll know what to do.”

And so I called, and he told us to go back the way we came, to the direction of Thunder Mountain.

Approximately 30 minutes later, thanks to God, we successfully reached the submit of Mt. Thunder – 900 meters.

After congratulating each other, we informed Dad and Mom of our reaching the goal, and ate our lunch, which consisted of rice balls, sandwiches, chips, and candy.

Although the air wasn’t very clean, with the PM 2.5 (particulate matter), we were able to see the great view from the top.

“Well, buddy,” says I, “are you ready for the climb back down?”

“Sure!But the REAL question is… are YOU ready?”

“Er, sort of.”

But this was only the beginning of our troubles…

“Ah! Now there’s a pathlike path!” says I. “We were supposed to use this one in the first place!”

“I wonder why we didn’t see it before,” says Jay.

Down, down we climbed, watching our steps so that we won’t go slipping don the slippery slope. The dirt was a little soggy because of the rain that fell the day before.

“Whoops!” says I as I slipped and tumbled to the ground. “Be careful, Jay, because it’s pretty soggy.”

“Are you alright?” asks Jay, helping me up.

“Yeah, I think s…” says I as I looked upon the tiny scratch on my hand. “Oh… owie…”

We proceeded the downward climb, chewing on muchies on the way.

“Hey! Where’s the path now?!” says Jay. “Don’t tell me we missed it!”

“Hmm… maybe we’re too much to the right. Perhaps we must go left.”

That was when we came to a stop at a cliff, with a river down below.

“Oh, no!” says I. “Is this is a dead end or what?”

“I was following you!” says Jay.

“Well, let’s not lose our wits now; let’s go left.”

But that turned out not as good as we had hoped.

Tree branches scratching our legs and hands, natural obstacles pausing our steps, energy not so often exerted being used at this moment, and slippery ground taking away our footholds, we hacked our way thorough the menacing forest. I must say I was getting a little panicky.

But then we remembered that God is watching us at all times, and that He will help us if we trust in Him.

“Dear Heavenly Father,” we prayed, “please help us find our way out again. We ask for Your help. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!”

A glimpse of light was visible from some trees in the distance.

“Hey, Jay! This way! See the light? That’s the way we should go! That light means that we are heading towards the outside of the forest!”

But when we got to the opening of the trees, we found out that the place was unfamiliar.

“I-I thought that maybe this was going to be one of the places we came across on our way up!” says I, in a gloomy tone.

“But, Josh, is that a road?” says Jay, pointing straight ahead.

I looked in the direction of Jay’s finger, and sure enough, there was a road!

“Yes, yes, that’s the road! It’s not the way we came, but it’s better to go this way than to go back into the woods to search for the right path. We got lost too long already.”

So we set off towards the road, brushing through tall grasses, trodding on the rocky path, and going over a small stream.  In front of us were two wooden poles.

“Well, Jay,” says I, “let’s go.”

We walked between the two wooden poles, and we were on the road again, and we escaped the forest’s cruel claws.

We let out sighs of relief, and prayed to God, saying thank you to Him for helping us from our plight.

I took out Dad’s phone and called Dad and Mom, saying that we got lost, and told them our current location.

Then about ten minutes later, we could see a familiar blue car coming towards our direction.

Pretty soon, Jay and I were sitting on our comfortable seats of our family car, telling Dad and Mom of our adventure on Thunder Mountain.

The End






The Scrabble Game 2

‘Twas a certain day that Dad, bro, and I

Played a Scrabble game for fun.

‘Tis a game of chance; loser, spare your cry,

For when the game is all done.


So Dad, bro, and I played this Scrabble game,

Dad first, bro next, and me last.

Racking our brains hard and taking our time.

“Yes! It is my turn at last!”


“Can’t my seven-letter word be put down?”

Well, now, don’t be in a gloom.

There! Dad puts one, two… seven pieces down!

For despair there’s not a room.


Wow! Nice! Dad! Fifty bonus points for you!

Bro, your good moves worth the cost!

But me? Well, yeah, I think I did well, too…

But I’ve to admit…




End results:

Dad: 321 points 🙂

Bro: 193 points 🙂

Me: 181 points 😦




The Hike



This mountain (about 360 meters) is about one-tenth the size of Mt. Fuji (3,776 meters). This mountain is approximately one twenty-fourth the size of Mount Everest (8,848 meters).

On October 31st, 2018, which was Reformation Day, Dad, bro, and I went hiking. We met a few people on the way, including an elderly man who said that there was a good view from the top of the mountain. On one of our breaks, at an “arbor”, we met another elderly man who came talking to us in a friendly way. (It was hard for us to speak, since we were almost out of breath). He went up first.

And so for about an hour we huffed and puffed, exerted our strength, and made our way up the mountain little by little. (I think this is my second or third time I climbed this mountain, the first time being when I was five or six years old).

And after many huffs and puffs and eeks and yeows (Well, OK, no “eeks” or “yeows”, ’cause we ain’t climbing Mount Doom…), we reached the top…


View from top.

Dad, bro, and I looked at the nice view from the top of the mountain and sat on a bench to rest our aching legs. We ate mini Haribos, and yup, those were the best tasting Haribos I’ve ever eaten in my whole life!

According to Dad, the best tasting coffee he ever tasted was on top of a mountain. I like to drink coffee, especially in the morning. My favorite coffee blend is the Kilimanjaro Blend, but really, this has nothing to do with the topic…

Going back to the story, we said goodbye to the kind man whom we met at the “arbor” and climbed down the mountain.

Altogether it took us about an hour and a half to climb up and down the mountain. We walked about 1,850 meters both ways (approximately 4 kilometers altogether).

When we finally came back to the starting point, we thanked God for keeping us safe on our way and for letting us enjoy the nature that He created for us. We had a wonderful time climbing the mountain and we hope to do it again some other time… maybe a different mountain. 😎

“Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God.” — Psalm 90:2

Thanks a lot for viewing!! Hope you have a great day!!! ✨😊👍✨






The Scrabble Game


Monday, after the Dental College Hospital nightmare… (I personally don’t like hospitals… gives me the bout of the jitters…)

After coming home from the hospital, Dad, bro, and I played a long game of Scrabble (probably about 2 and a half hours).

Scrabble… probably one of the best board games ever invented (My opinion it is), and maybe one of the most challenging…

And guess who won?…..



(Don’t worry, this didn’t happen to me…)

(picture: Timmy crying, from Shaun the Sheep)


You’ve won the Scrabble game… for the first time without any help!!!

And with a whopper of two hundred and forty-seven points, too!

Well done, bro, well done!

(Before that game, on a different day, he and I played a game of Checkers and… well, yeah, he won… [if only I didn’t give him any hints!!]😒.)

thTLF9NGIW     “Checkmate!!” – Professor Calculus

(Picture from Flight 714 to Sydney) (Quote from Tintin in Tibet)


BTW, Scrabble is my favorite game. What’s yours?