A Six-Word Story

Letting all go; wondering who’ll stay.

Quote of the Week

When you read a great book, you don’t escape from life, you plunge deeper into it. There may be a superficial escape – into different countries, mores, speech patterns – but what you are essentially doing is furthering your understanding of life’s subtleties, paradoxes, joys, pains and truths. Reading and life are not separate but symbiotic.

-Julian Barnes

Sunshine Blogger Award #2

I am so thrilled to accept another Sunshine Blogger Award, this time from a very kind-hearted lady with a lovely name, Tashnee! Do check out her blog if you haven’t yet here.

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The Rules:

  • Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
  • Answer the 11 questions that the blogger asked you.
  • Nominate 11 blogs to receive the award and write for them 11 new questions.
  • List the rules and display the sunshine blogger award logo in your post and/or on your blog.

Now here are Tashnee’s questions:

Since you started blogging what have you learned from other bloggers?

What I’ve learned from other bloggers aren’t actually blogging/writing tips. What I usually learn from them are things that happen in their worlds. I also get to learn a lot of general information from them and that’s what makes it all fun and interesting.

Who is your mentor?

Actually, no one. As I have mentioned several times, I’m not really a writer. It just so happened that I’ve got things in my mind that are sometimes better written than spoken. There’s this one person though whom I ask once in a while when things are a bit confusing or when I need an opinion on something or when I need better vocabulary words. If you can call that a mentor, then he’s the closest I’ve got. 🙂

What makes you unique?

Oh, I think I don’t know… though I’ve always believed that every person is unique, I can’t still pinpoint what makes me unique among others. I’d want to believe I’m normal though because I am very often described by others as weird, strange, naughty and very recently, dangerous.

What motivates you to blog?

I actually only get to write something when I’m feeling too much. So I guess, it’s the emotions/feelings and everyday experiences/observations that actually motivate me to write.

What are your fears?

My mom and an empty refrigerator. Haha!

What’s your blog about?

Just about anything…

How do you grow your blog?

I’m afraid I’m not doing anything except for commenting and replying to comments and visiting other interesting blogs as well. I should probably work on this. 😉

Describe yourself in two words.

Naughty and rebellious. But I really think I’m nice! Haha!

Which blogger do you look up to, if you have and why?

As long as I enjoy what I read in their blogs, I think that’s something to look up to.

What type of music you like?

I can listen to most types of music but I listen to alternative rock more.

The Nominees:

Priti C

Bethany

Hussein

Sharon

Seema

Orange

Sophie

The secret blog of a 30 year old

Umaima

Akhila

Aman

My 11 Questions for the Nominees

1. Do you like history? Why or why not?

2. What part of history would you like to go back to if you could?

3. Would you change history if you could?

4. What does home mean to you?

5. What do you like most about your hometown?

6. What do you prefer, city or countryside? Why?

7. What country would you really like to visit someday?

8. What’s the first thing you notice about people?

9. How do your friends describe you?

10. What’s your favorite quote?

11. What’s your favorite book?

There you go! I hope the nominees will have time to answer my questions because I am so excited to hear your answers. 🙂

Once again, thanks Tashnee! 🙂 🙂 🙂

Happy day, homo sapiens!

About Last Night

My home and my new workplace is now far from my favorite Korean restaurant so it’s not really very easy and convenient for me anymore to go and eat Korean food. Last night though, I really can’t suppress my cravings any longer.

So of course, the very tasty and colorful side dishes or banchan (반찬) were served first: kimchi, fish cakes, pajeon, green beans, pickled onions and potato salad.

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The main dish is haemultang (해물탕) or spicy seafood soup/stew. It’s made with a variety of seafood and some veggies. It’s a very comforting soup/stew specially now that winter’s coming. 🙂

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How ’bout you? What foods do you crave for nowadays? And do you like Korean food, too? I’d be glad to know… 🙂

Happy Thursday/weekend, homo sapiens!

Black & White Photo Challenge – Day 7

Hiyee!

Seventh and final day of the 7-Day Black & White Photo Challenge presented to me by Kriti! 🙂

The rules: one black & white photo a day for seven days, no people, no explanation, challenge someone new each day.

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The nominee for today is Samita, absolutely no compulsion.

I enjoyed this black & white challenge so thanks again, Kriti and ’til the next one! 🙂

Happy Wednesday, homo sapiens!

Black & White Photo Challenge – Day 6

Hi there!

Sixth day of the 7-Day Black & White Photo Challenge presented to me by Kriti! 🙂

The rules: one black & white photo a day for seven days, no people, no explanation, challenge someone new each day.

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The nominee for today is Elly, absolutely no compulsion.

Happy Tuesday, homo sapiens!

Black & White Photo Challenge – Day 5

Hello!!!

Fifth day of the 7-Day Black & White Photo Challenge presented to me by Kriti! 🙂

The rules: one black & white photo a day for seven days, no people, no explanation, challenge someone new each day.

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Today I nominate Queenyasa, no compulsion of course. 🙂

Happy Monday, homo sapiens!

Black & White Photo Challenge – Day 4

Hi there!

Fourth day of the 7-Day Black & White Photo Challenge presented to me by Kriti! 🙂

The rules: one black & white photo a day for seven days, no people, no explanation, challenge someone new each day.IMG_7069

The nominee for today is Maya, absolutely no compulsion.

Happy Sunday, homo sapiens!

Quote of the Week

Do not judge by appearances; a rich heart may be under a poor coat.

-Scottish Proverb

Black & White Photo Challenge – Day 3

Hello again!

Third day of the 7-Day Black & White Photo Challenge presented to me by Kriti! 🙂

The rules: one black & white photo a day for seven days, no people, no explanation, challenge someone new each day.

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Today I nominate Ssameera, no compulsion of course. 🙂

Enjoy your Saturday, homo sapiens!

Black & White Photo Challenge – Day 2

Hello! Day 2 of the 7-Day Black & White Photo Challenge presented to me by Kriti! 🙂

The rules: One black & white photo a day for seven days, no people, no explanation, challenge someone new each day.

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Today I’m nominating Ken for this challenge, absolutely no compulsion.

Happy Friday, homo sapiens! 🙂

Black & White Photo Challenge – Day 1

Hi everyone! It’s my first time to do this 7-Day Black & White Photo Challenge presented to me by Kriti! 🙂 Do check out her blog if you haven’t yet.

Since the rules are simple (one black & white photo a day for seven days, no people, no explanation, challenge someone new each day), I thought it would be nice to give it a try.

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I nominate NS for this challenge, absolutely no compulsion!

Thanks a lot, Kriti! 🙂

Sunshine Blogger Award #1

A huge thank you to Savvy for the nomination. Please know that I do appreciate the recognition and that this means a lot because it shows that someone out there reads my blog and probably connects to what I write one way or the other. 🙂 Do check out and enjoy Savvy’s blog here.

download (2)The Rules:

  • Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
  • Answer the 11 questions that the blogger asked you.
  • Nominate 11 blogs to receive the award and write for them 11 new questions.
  • List the rules and display the sunshine blogger award logo in your post and/or on your blog.

Savvy’s Questions:

What is your take on equality of sexes? 

Well, men and women are not the same but both have equal value, thus, should be granted equal treatment. We can not achieve gender equality for as long as women are treated as secondary citizens.

What is your idea of happiness?

An integrated and balanced life.

What is your idea of a perfect day in your life?

In a cabin in the woods, with a book, good food and music. No internet. (With my boyfriend, if I have one, would be a bonus!)

Do you like to dance, if so what style or form attracts you?

Yes, I like dancing. I just go disco dancing, actually, but would love to learn and dance salsa.

What are you most thankful for?

There are tons of things I am always thankful for but these days I have to say, I’m really grateful for my job and good health.

Among the many valuable qualities what is the most important quality to develop as a human being?

I personally think that it is important to develop the quality of our mindset because it influences everything we see, think, do and believe in.

The nominees:

https://thepraditachronicles.com/

https://inamessyworld.wordpress.com/

https://jyotithelight.wordpress.co

https://barstoolbuddha.org/

https://aquibview.wordpress.com/

https://msameera.wordpress.com/

https://freetoexpress91.wordpress.com/

https://toosweetsite.wordpress.com/

https://thefeatheredsleepcom.wordpress.com/

https://wordsinthelight.com/

https://oakenreed.com/

My 11 questions for the nominees are:

What makes a person beautiful to you?

What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned from a failure?

How do you get rid of stress?

What’s the most interesting thing you’ve read recently?

What animal/insect do you wish human can eradicate?

What are you best at?

Which do you prefer more, books or movies?

Would you rather be reincarnated as a fly or just cease to exist after you die?

Would you rather be forced to kill a kitten or kill a puppy?

What do you wish your phone could do?

If time freezes for everyone except you for one whole day, what would you do?

I hope you enjoyed reading and to the nominees, I’m looking forward to your answers. 🙂

Again, thanks a lot, Savvy!

Happy day, everyone!

Happy Sunday!

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Sometimes, we don’t realize or sometimes we forget that the best things in life are free.

Happy Sunday, homo sapiens!

Quote of the Week

Sometimes we aren’t meant to get over someone, and we go on living a little bit emptier.

-Leo Christopher

A Reread: Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami

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Book #24.

This is one of Haruki Murakami’s novels which I include in the short & “normal” category among his books. I say short & normal because the other categories are long & weird and short stories. But even if I categorize this to “normal” there is still something that goes out of the ordinary.

The story is about the “colorless” bachelor, Tsukuru Tazaki, who was never able to get over the cruelty of his four best friends in high school who abruptly excluded him from the group one day when he went home from Tokyo during their first year in the university. He was told never to contact them ever again and though he tried to challenge them for a reason, he was only told that he already knows why. Tsukuru then started drifting through life. He suffered from depression and since then wasn’t able to make long-term relationships. Until he met Sara…

As most of his books do, this explores themes about loneliness, friendships, melancholy, life, loss and identity. The story flips back and forth between what happened during his young adult days and the present. I’d describe this book as quiet, poignant and thoughtful about a man’s journey on dealing and understanding the past in order for him to move on with the present and a better understanding of himself.

As always, I was again left with the ambiguity of its ending. Many unanswered questions as usual and so it’s totally up to me again to fill in the gaps. In the book, tomorrow is Wednesday, the day Tsukuru will have the answers from Sara. Is she really dating another guy or will she be Tsukuru’s life partner? What’s hidden inside Midorikawa’s bag whenever he plays the piano? What happened to Haida? Who murdered and raped Shiro? Anyhow, Murakami still left me satisfied.

Quotable Quotes :

“But there are countless things in the world for which affection is not enough. Life is long, and sometimes cruel. Sometimes victims are needed. Someone has to take on that role. And human bodies are fragile, easily damaged. Cut them, and they bleed.”

“People whose freedom is taken away always end up hating somebody.”

“You need to live it to the fullest. No matter how shallow and dull things might get, this life is worth living.”

“Words don’t come out when you’re hurt that deeply.”

“Some things in life are too complicated to explain in any language.”

Rating : 5/5 stars

A Six-Word Story

Empty hearts actually weigh the heaviest.

Quote of the Week

When a thing has served its purpose, it will go away. If you try to hold on to something that has already fulfilled its purpose in your life, you are going to hurt yourself. If holding on is disturbing your peace of mind, it makes sense to let go. Surrender all attachments to people and things that you have been struggling to hold on to.

-Iyanla Vanzant

A Six-Word Story

Sorry won’t fix my broken heart.