Sunday, May 4, 2014

My First Liebster Award Nomination

The Liebster Award:

1. The Liebster Award is given by bloggers to bloggers who have less than 200 followers.
2. Each blogger should post 11 random facts about themselves.
3. Each blogger should answer the 11 questions given to you.
4. Choose 11 new bloggers to pass the award on to and link them in your post.
5. Create 11 new questions for the chosen bloggers.
6. Go back to their page and tell them about the award.
7. No tag backs.

Thank you Skye (Rambling Imp) for including me in your list of Liebster Award nominations. It's a great feeling knowing that even just one person out there reads my blog! And I don't even care if the Liebster Award doesn't have merit. LOL

11 Random Facts About Me:

1. I have 3 cats & 3 dogs
2. I love bananas with Nutella (or any hazelnut spread)
3. I like to sleep on a right side-lying position
4. My alarm clock is set 45 minutes earlier than I should be waking up, allowing me to hit the snooze button without fear of being late for work.
5. I've never been out of the country.
6. My dream is to travel basically to see various forms of architecture and culture. 
7. I dream of having my own bookshop some day.
8. I can watch slasher flicks (psychos torturing humans) without flinching, but just one scene where animals are hurt - I will cry like a wimpy man who got kicked in the groin. Yes, even in cartoons. 
9. I'm Asian :)
10. I'm scared of the deep blue sea and the creatures in it. ONE WORD: THALASSOPHOBIA
11. I wanna be a vampire (eternal youth & immortality) so I could read all the books in the world and all that crap.

The Questions:

1.) What does your happy place look like?

Imagine yourself blindfolded as you walk inside a room - as you step inside, the smell of the room fills you with an intoxicating happiness that you can't explain. A blend of vanilla, earthy, old wood smell that makes you feel right at home. You recall something about lignin. You hear the quiet hum of the airconditioner... you feel the soft carpet caressing your feet... and though you can't see right now, you sense that sunlight fills this mysterious room. Blindfold is removed. Your eyes sparkle with delight as you see a vast room - huge!- filled with floor-to-ceiling bookshelves! Walls plastered with photos of authors, some black & white, some more modern... A plush sofa that beckons and a coffee table that is obviously meant for your feet. An antique writing table that has been passed down, one writer after the other until it came into your life, as if waiting for you to make that one book that will take the spot next to the classic novels that have changed your life. Imagine the library that Beast gave Beauty. That's my happy place :)

2.) Which book that you own has your favorite packaging/cover design?

3.) If you were to write a short story right now, what would it be about?

Just a little story entitled Cold with Dread. (click link for the whole bit)
It's 5:30 in the morning, and it's chilly. Really chilly. She wakes up but her mind is still trying to drift off to sleep. She feels like she's been drugged. She rubs her hands & arms vigorously, trying to make herself feel warm - it's no use. Through droopy, sleepy eyes, she scanned her room out of habit and sees nothing but darkness, except for the hypnotic light from her computer monitor which is the only thing alive during this time. Everybody is still sleeping. Yet, here she is, awake and asleep at the same time.
She knows she has to do it.
She has to do it.
But could she? 
Dread filled her as she thinks of what she has to do soon. Goosebumps crawl all over her skin as her icy hands try - unsuccessfully - to keep the evil cold from engulfing her senses. She lets out a deep, depressed sigh as she stands up.
She has to do it now.

4.) What was the last song you listened to?

Dark Shines (Muse)

5.) What's the first memory that comes to mind when you try to think of a memory? Describe it.

Most often, when a memory is triggered it's when its raining. Not so much as a memory, but a feeling of melancholy. It brings me back to my childhood when I'm stuck at home, and can't play outside because it's raining. Dark and gloomy, that's how I can describe it best.

6.) What's your favorite quote from a book?

“Often the best parts of life were when you weren’t doing anything at all, just mulling it over, chewing on it. I mean, say that you figure that everything is senseless, then it can’t be quite senseless because you are aware that it’s senseless and your awareness of senselessness almost gives it sense.” 

(PULP, Charles Bukowski)

7.) What films inspire you most?

I'm not sure. I'll just mention 2 movies that have evoked some real emotions from me. Dancer in the Dark (Von Trier), Grave of the Fireflies (Takahata).

8.) What was the last dream you can remember about?

Something about me saving a small dog..

9.) Describe a change in perspective you've had in the last year.

I didn't like cats before. It all changed when my dad decided to adopt a stray kitten. I fell in love with it. Next thing I know, I was begging my dad to adopt his sister.. then a few months later I got another stray one.

(L-R: Meow Tse Tung, Kitty Perry, Grey Catsby)

10.) Who is someone you would love to have a conversation with?

Jesus Christ - I have lots of questions, and I want answers! lol. 

11.) What's your personal philosophy?

Diplomacy is the key to everything. But if it doesn't work, a little bit of bitchiness will do.

Here are the 11 blogs I'm nominating. Participating is optional of course :) I have a bunch of questions for you below, c'mon, it'll be fun! =D Link below so I could read yours :)

The Questions:
1. What's your favorite ice cream flavor?
2. Give us one movie/book title that has changed your outlook in life. Why?
3. If you only have one day to live and you can only eat one type of food, what will it be?
4. Who is your favorite author/director and why?
5. If you were to be born again, would you rather be a boy or a girl? Why?
6. What are the perks of being a blogger, in your opinion/experience?
7. Would you rather be a movie star or a director? Why?
8. What's your favorite era when it comes to Hollywood movies? Why?
9. Who's your favorite actor/actress, why?
10. Who would you want to mentor you? Could be living or dead. Could be an author (if you wanna be a writer) or a director. Or any other person.
11. Do you believe in ghosts? Why?

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  1. #11 about being a vampire same. I think the best part about living forever would be getting to read and watch so much and work on your talents. Speaking of: have you seen Only Lovers Left Alive? It's on my TBW list

    1. oh my gosh yes! I've seen it a few months ago. You should really watch it soon if you're into eccentric vampire movies and arthouse films. And Tilda & Tom are so great in there :)

      Here's my review if you're interested



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