Liebster Award Pt. 2

Salamat Mr. A from A Barbarian in Gentlemen’s Clothing and Mikki from Mikki Bihon for the back-to-back nominations! Coming up with answers for these things is fun, but isn’t easy. 😅 If you’re looking for good, honest blogs to read, I’ve just named two. You’re welcome.

If you’re interested, here’s the earlier Liebster Award post I wrote sticking to the rules. Because I went through all the motions mere days ago, this time around I’ll just answer the new questions.

All in good fun!

Questions from Mr. A:

  1. Age, Height, and Weight? Old enough to remember what life was like without the internet, tall enough to reach the top shelf, and heavy enough to break bones.
  2. Have you ever borrowed a small amount of money and forgot to return it? No. a) I don’t really feel comfortable borrowing money so b) in the rare cases I do, I make it a point to return it as soon as I can.
  3. What is your most controversial opinion and why do you believe them? I don’t like being preggers. I love the end product though.
  4. Wearing a suit without a tie, yay or nay? Tell me why? Totally yay. Exhibit A.
  5. What blue-collar trade do you think is underappreciated? Why should people pay more attention to it? Construction workers and farmers. These are the people who’ll survive a zombie apocalypse.
  6. Why should every man be strong? Referring to the full spectrum of strength — physical, emotional, mental, spiritual — these are ideals for everyone, not just a particular gender. For fathers in particular and to paraphrase John Mayer, be strong for your kids. You’re modelling behaviour.
  7. Mind sharing cheap stay-at-home date ideas? A homemade sous vide steak (finished off with a sear on both sides in a hot skillet), a good bottle of wine, and Netflix is good enough for us.
  8. What hobbies would you suggest for men? Read. Smart is the new sexy.
  9. What outfit (or lingerie) does your significant other find insatiable? Birthday suits always work. For him, pwede na rin sa akin yung uniform nina Michael V sa Yabang o Panget, hahaha.
  10. Tell us about you, why should people follow you and read what you have to say? What do you think sets you apart from the rest? Hmm, I think everyone has a really good story to tell if we only take the time to listen. My approach to blogging has always been to write with a person in mind and treat the post as I would a conversation with a friend. Of course, the lens with which I view the world is as a Filipina OFW mom. If that interests you, my blog’s door is open and you’re welcome to stay if you like.
  11. Tell me what you think about me, what is your impression of me and my work? Like a neat glass of whiskey. 😊 If you can, do read about Mr. A’s ongoing fundraiser to save his mom’s house here.

Questions from Mikki:

  1. If you can blog about something that no one can ever read, what would it be? Probably my bout with new mom blues.
  2. What would have been your job if not for your current one? I play this game with myself all the time. 😁 Recently, I’ve daydreamed about being a sociologist or a librarian.
  3. Seeing how the pandemic has affected everyone in the world, would you consider migrating to another country? I’m staying put. But if I had to leave, maybe NZ. Jacinda Ardern has been so impressive throughout this ongoing crisis.
  4. What do you think would have kept you preoccupied if there was no coronavirus? Work. Haha. Vacation planning, hopefully.
  5. What skills would you love to learn? How to fry calamari a perfect, crispy golden brown.
  6. If you can forget someone in your life, who would it be and why? Maybe the Hub, so I get to relive the thrill of knowing him afresh à la 50 First Dates. Binabasa n’ya ‘to so charot lang haha. Hi boo ❤️
  7. If you can change one person today, who would it be and why? Certain Filipino leaders come to mind. The reasons are self-explanatory.
  8. If you die now, would you like to have another shot to live? Yes, absolutely. If so, would you like to continue living as yourself, or live as a new person? If I get to retain all my current memories, as myself would be great. Parang About Time, one of my favourite rom-coms.
  9. What is your idea of afterlife? A huge library with the world’s knowledge to immerse myself in, endless time to spend with loved ones, and zero responsibilities.
  10. If you can talk to anyone in the past, who would it be and what would you tell them? Both sets of grandparents, who passed away relatively early in my life. I never really got to know them. I want to listen to their stories in their own voice.
  11. Name a song that best fits your life so far. Vienna, by Billy Joel.

Enjoy,

Featured image by Debby Hudson on Unsplash

Liebster Award

Thanks to Sheila from my ink impressions who tagged me for this!

Here are the rules:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Answer the 11 questions given to you.
  • Name 11 fun facts about yourself.
  • Nominate 11 other bloggers.
  • Ask your nominees 11 questions.

My answers to the questions given to me:

  1. Would you rather want the ability to communicate with plants or animals? Plants. The oldest tree in the world is over 4,700 years old. Think of the stories it has.
  2. How do you start your day? With a cup of coffee.
  3. What is your favourite scent? Coffee again! Or my kid’s hair.
  4. What is a piece of furniture you would like to make? Maybe a nice chair. Because chairs can be fckn awesome.
  5. What are you most likely to be famous for? Let it be said that I tried.
  6. What movie title best describes your life? True Grit. Chos! Baka Young Adult.
  7. Explain the story behind one of your scars or tattoos. I have a longish faded scar on one leg. I got it by falling, in the most dramatic fashion, down a flight of stairs.
  8. What’s the most interesting place you have ever been to? Too many, each place has its magic.
  9. What is something you learned last week? I learned about foxing, and how humidity contributes to it. That made me sad. (In Singapore, you can’t escape the humidity.) Also, the sudden loss of someone so young always hits deep even if you don’t know him from Adam.
  10. What is the most memorable gift you’ve ever received? A scrapbook for my birthday from my then-boyfriend, now the Hub.
  11. Do you have a favourite post? Please share it. I wrote about our neighbourhood library.

11 “fun” facts about me:

  • I can wiggle my ears.
  • I’m a fan of Wes Anderson, Edgar Wright, Quentin Tarantino, and Christopher Nolan films. (Hands up who’s watching Tenet this weekend?)
  • I love listening to music a lot too. I sometimes pretend my life has a soundtrack.
  • My favourite Pinoy dish is lengua estofado, favourite Singaporean dish is bak chor mee.
  • I named my kid after one of my favourite video game characters.
  • I like horror. A lot. But I scare easily. 😅
  • My longest celebrity crush is Keanu Reeves. Ever since seeing him in Paula Abdul’s music video for “Rush, Rush.” Ayayay.
  • My top three most re-watched movies are: When Harry Met Sally, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, and Pride & Prejudice (2005 version).
  • I like a lot of authors, but Haruki Murakami, Jeanette Winterson, and Roald Dahl are old favourites.
  • I once “stole” a book from a school library.
  • I’ve been mugged only once in my life — and it was in London (not the Philippines!).

The slam book format is fun, but it was a struggle to get to 11 (not to mention folks might already have answered stuff like this before). So, no pressure, answer the following questions only if you feel like it. 😊

11 questions for you:

  1. What are the top three movies that you like to re-watch?
  2. If you could eat one dish for the rest of your life, what would it be?
  3. If you can speak to any person in the world (living or deceased), who would he/she be?
  4. If you could choose one movie director to “direct” your life, who would that director be?
  5. Are you a cat or dog person?
  6. What makes you happy?
  7. What do you wish more people understood?
  8. Name your #1 pet peeve?
  9. What’s your favourite movie to quote?
  10. If you had a superpower what would it be?
  11. Do you have a favourite post? Please share it.

Enjoy,

Featured image by Debby Hudson on Unsplash