Just Me and Some Lessons Learned

Guess what? I think it’s the best time of the year to give my readers that chance to get to know a little bit more about Just_Me, yes, that’s me! Today’s post will be a minute of random facts about me and some lessons I’ve learned in the past twelve months. Here we go…

1. I am a big fan of Roger Federer. I love Roger! 😍🎾

2. I can play the drums and it’s the only musical instrument I can play.πŸ₯

3. I love to sing but I’m way, way, way out of tune.πŸŽ€πŸ‘©β€πŸŽ€

4. I’m not comfortable on the beach, on a river, lake or whatever bodies of water. I’m not afraid of water, just not comfortable with it.

5. I have a bad habit of overthinking things waaaaaaaayyyyyyyyyy tooooooo mooooooore than I should. πŸ€”πŸ˜”

6. I am frequently misunderstood.

7. I can be wickedly sarcastic.

8. I’m a rebel. (Even just for the hell of it!)

9. I’ve tried meditation several times for the past one and a half years but failed. I think I needΒ  more time.

10. I don’t have an appendix since I was 13.

11. I fell from a horse when I was 14.

12. I like Game of Thrones and House of Cards.

13. I’m a fan of X-Men (specially Wolverine/Logan!) and The Lord of the Rings.

14. I have a bachelor’s degree in Accounting.

15. I do not wear make-up.

16. I always wake up 10 or 15 minutes earlier before my alarm. ⏰

17. I love beer/alcohol and I don’t easily get drunk. 🍺🍻🍸🍾🍷πŸ₯‚

18. I drink coffee like it’s my job and I want it black and no sugar. β˜•οΈβ˜•οΈβ˜•οΈ

19. I can eat a jar of peanut butter.

20. I’m a big fan of solo travel. βœˆοΈπŸš•πŸš‡

21. My dream job was to be a lawyer. But I really wanted to be a singer/performer, too!

22. I’d choose vegetables over meat.

23. I feel very much at home in libraries.

24. I’ve been keeping a diary since grade school though I don’t really write every single day. Since 2009 though, I made it a point to write daily and I was consistent with it until some time last year where I stopped for a while and continued again after a couple of months. I’ve decided to stop writing though since the new year.

25. I would love to do volunteer works in Africa or anywhere I haven’t been to.

26. I enjoy reading and I have more than 50 books unread on my shelf. I like historical fiction and surreal works like the books ofΒ  Haruki Murakami. πŸ“šπŸ“š

27. I don’t like being late.

28. I’m almost always open to trying something new.

29. I love food. Food is life.

30. I don’t know how to save/control my own money so my mom does it all for me. πŸ’°πŸ’°πŸ’°

31. I like long hours of travel.

32. Today is my birthday. 😊😜🀭🀫

And some lessons that I’ve notably learned this past year are:

1. Even the seemingly perfect relationships end.

2. Letting go of whatever painful baggage we’re holding onto allows us to feel better, be better and it makes us stronger.

3. Talking to strangers is one of the best ways to meet wonderful people.

4. Change is always possible, any time, any moment.

5. Embrace rejection.

6. Forgive everyone everything.

7. I’ve loved. And that’s all that matters.

8. The only people we need in life are those who want us to be in theirs.

9. Mean words can scar a person for life.

10. Some people can stay in our hearts, sure, but not in our lives.

There you go… I also feel like I’m in the mood to answer questions today so if you have any, feel free to ask in the comment section.

Enjoy the day, homo sapiens! πŸ™‚

The Mystery Blogger Award

I momentarily stepped away from work to accept this nomination for The Mystery Blogger Award! A first! How cool is that? Huge thanks to JyotiΒ for nominating me and sorry for doing this so bloody late! Make sure to check out her blog here. She’s got tons of wonderful stuff to enjoy there.

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The Rules:

  1. Put the award logo/image on your blog.
  2. List the rules.
  3. Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  4. Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well.
  5. Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.
  6. You have to nominate 10-20 people.
  7. Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog.
  8. Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice.

The Mystery Blogger Award was created by Okoto Enigma where he says:

Mystery Blogger Award” is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging; and they do it with so much love and passion.”

Three Things About Me:

1. I’m a frustrated singer.

2. I can’t whistle.

3. I’ve consistently been writing a diary since 2009 until I stopped writing for a while some time last year. I started to write again a few months later and finally decided not to write anymore since the new year.

Jyoti’s Questions and My Answers:

1. Are you happy with your life? If yes, explain your happiness in one word.

I don’t have everything I want in life and things turned out differently the way I planned my life to be but I’m certainly happy as to what and where I am now. So if I were to describe my happiness in one word, it would be: blessed.

2. Which is your favorite color and why?

I’ve had several favorites at certain moments in my life. Like when I was in elementary school, I was so obsessed with green. I think I was really into nature at that time. In high school, I liked white a lot. Most of my shirts were white then. When I was in the university, I was into gray. I was a bit uncertain of the things that were going on then. So I always settle on things in between. Decisions weren’t too easy to make. I don’t know if that makes sense to you but it does to me during those years. After graduating though and until now, I find purple lovely and I like black a lot. Most of my clothes now are black. Helps me look a bit slimmer, too! πŸ˜‰

3. Explain your way of life to your viewers.

For those who have been following me for some time now, you know I’m currently residing/working in Kuwait. I go to work Sundays thru Thursdays and have my days off on weekends (Friday & Saturday) which I usually spend reading, writing or sometimes watching. There’s not much to do around here unlike back in my country so it’s a bit boring actually. I have a very laid-back lifestyle and I don’t concern myself with fashion or the latest trends. I mostly eat out or order for deliveryΒ  because I’m not a good cook.

4. What do you fear the most?

My mom and an empty fridge. πŸ˜‚

5. Do you think the one who nominated you is a good writer/blogger?

Definitely! πŸ‘

The Nominees:

Laleh Chini

Pankhudi Singh

Bethany

Chhaya

Swalia

Jeni

Tashnee

Pradita

RoughBandit

Yaskhan

My Questions for the Nominees:

  1. Space or ocean exploration and why?
  2. What’s your dream job?
  3. The first thing you’ll save from your burning house?
  4. What’s your current favorite song?
  5. If you could be anywhere else right now, where would you be and why?

There you go! I hope you all enjoyed reading and I’m looking forward to the answers of the nominees as well, I hope you accept the nomination. πŸ™‚

Once again, thanks a lot, Jyoti!

Have a wonderful day, homo sapiens! πŸ™‚

Liebster Award #5

What a way to start the new year in this blogging community! Another Liebster! This is just so sweet and cool and at the same unexpected really! Thanks a lot, Mab! Do check out her blog here. You will enjoy all the stuffs she has there for you! πŸ™‚

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The Rules:

  1. Acknowledge the blogger who nominated your blog.
  2. Answer the 11 questions.
  3. Nominate 11 other new bloggers to encourage them.
  4. Ask them 11 questions.
  5. Let them know you have nominated them.

Now here are Mab’s questions and my answers:

1. What is your favorite pet?

Dogs, dogs, dogs! I’ve been bitten by dogs like more than five times when I was younger but I really love having a pet dog. I took care of all our dogs back home since me and my brothers were still kids. Both of them like cats and birds so the dogs are all mine. πŸ™‚

2. What is your favorite snack?

I love food so it’s not easy to choose a favorite but at the moment I am addicted to pajeon.

3. Which place in your house do you like the most?

Back in the Philippines, my mom’s kitchen and in the living room beside the fireplace.

4. What is your biggest hobby besides blogging?

Reading. And eating, too! But before I came here, I also played tennis very often.

5. If you were able to possess magic, what kind of magic would it be?

Black magic! Witchcraft! Haha!

6. What is your biggest wish?

Hmmm… right now I wish I’m rich because there are a lot of things I want to do that requires a lot of money like building homes for the homeless, creating workplaces where jobless people can work and earn money, and other stuff where I can be of help to other people.

7. Would you like your blog to be your job and why?

I always mention I’m not a writer, I’m far from it though I sometimes seriously wish I am. So I never really considered blogging to be my job. But then, who knows?

8. What did you like the most in 2017?

The times I did things for the first time like breaking my “personal” rules.

9. What would your perfect holiday be like?

Somewhere far from all the hustle and bustle of cities. A cabin in the woods is ideal. Winter and snowing. With friends and family. Lots of food and booze. But no internet so everyone will talk with each other. Focus on each other present at that moment. No instagramming, twittering or facebooking!

10. What is the meaning of education?

I think, any enlightening experience is education.

11. How did you create the name of your blog?

I think I’ve answered this before on my first Liebster…Β I often feel that I’m such a mess, a walking chaos and so on but a happy kind of mess and all, and so the blog name… πŸ™‚

Choosing who to nominate is always the hardest part here because I want to nominate almost everyone whether they’re new bloggers or not. So I just randomly choose every time I do this.

The nominees are:

Kumar Shresth

Rohini

Megha

Anugrah

Sophie

Brown girl on a budget

Geetadhaar

Vikash Goyal

Len

Nisha

PrimeOptimum

Preparing the questions to ask the nominees are easier as I usually ask whatever questions come to mind…

The questions for the nominees are:

  1. Do you like to read? If so, what’s your favorite book?
  2. Do you like movies? What’s your favorite?
  3. What’s your all-time favorite song?
  4. What are you more good at, singing or dancing?
  5. What did you want to be when you were younger?
  6. Where do you see yourself in five years?
  7. How would your friends describe you?
  8. What makes you angry?
  9. If you can pick any talent, what would it be?
  10. If you can pick one person in history to have dinner with, who and why?
  11. What one question do you want to ask me? πŸ™‚

So there you go… I hope you enjoyed reading and I’d be waiting for your answers, too! Thanks once again, Mab!

Seize the day, homo sapiens! πŸ™‚

Liebster Award #4

Well, well, well… This. Is. Really. Amazing! Thank you so much Abdul for nominating me! Sorry for doing this very late, I’m very busy at work most of the time but here it is! To my readers who haven’t discovered his blog yet, do visit it here. Lots of interesting things to read from there. πŸ™‚

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The Rules:

  1. Create a post thanking the person who nominated you, provide a link to their blog.
  2. Include award graphic.
  3. Answer the questions provided.
  4. Make a new set of ten questions for your nominees to answer.
  5. Nominate 5-11 upcoming or recently followed bloggers and share your post with them so they see it.

Abdul’s questions and my answers:

1. Did you ever felt you were just going to die? What was your last wish?

Getting drunk is fun but there was one occasion where I felt like I had alcohol poisoning. I was vomiting for an hour or so in the bathroom, I don’t know, it was painful and crazy, I must’ve called and prayed to all the saints I knew back then to please relieve me from the trouble I’m into. I did feel like I was gonna die then and I’m not so sure what happened after. When I woke up, I was still in the bathroom. πŸ™‚ I don’t remember having any last wish or something at that time except that I’ve been praying to just let the vomiting/pain stop.

2. Have you ever tried eating food sitting on the floor instead of dining table? Does it feel more comfortable to sit on the floor and eat?

Yes, I’ve tried eating sitting on the floor several times before but no, it’s not that comfortable for me. I can do it again but I still prefer eating on a dining table.

3. You receive a call, and the speaker says,” XYZ (The person you hate the most) Just died”, Will you forgive that person or keep holding the anger till the end of your life?

Well, I think, if I ever get to receive a call like that, I’m pretty sure I have long-forgiven that person already. Sure I do hold a grudge for a while but I let it go just the same. Chances are it might make me feel sad hearing the news.

4. You are deeply in love with a person, And he/she call you suddenly out of no-where and says,”I Love You”. What will be your response?

I don’t know, I’d probably be lost for words.

5. While traveling, you forgot your bag in the Bus, Train etc. Everything is in your bag even your mobile phone, what’s the very first thing you are going to do?

Cry. Just kidding! πŸ™‚ Hmmm… I need to stay calm first of all and think of what I have to do next.

6. Kill One and save 1000, and the one to kill is your best friend. What will you do?

Sorry, best friend… yeah, kill one! If one needs to die for a thousand to thrive, then so be it. (I hope my best friend doesn’t get to read this. πŸ˜‰ )

7. On a vacation, you lost your memory – At what place can i find you?

*(Places you visit regularly)

If not in a library, very likely in a restaurant.

8. The leader OR The follower (The lion Or The lamb)?

Very likely the leader. πŸ™‚

9. A Coffee with a stranger Or Conversation with a known person?

Oh! I’m on the fence here. Hmmm… there are definitely people I’ve known for quite some time now that I would really love to talk to all the time but having coffee with a stranger is very interesting, too, which actually just happened last Friday. πŸ™‚ So at the moment, I’d choose coffee with a stranger.

10. To create your own story (HOW)? OR be someone else story (WHY)?

Definitely create my own story. How? I still have to figure that out! πŸ™‚

Choosing the nominees is always the most difficult part here but today The nominees are:

Paragtak

Soheli

John Snow

Khushi

Maya

Geetadhar

The questions for the nominees are:

1.Β How did you celebrate Christmas?

  1. What’s your favorite thing about Christmas?

  2. What’s the best thing that happened to you this year?

  3. Your top three goals for the coming year.

5.Β Would you like to be famous? For what reason?

6.Β What’s the first thing you notice in people?

7.Β Name a special place you’ve been to where you’d like to go again.

  1. Which do you prefer, sunrise or sunset?

  2. What’s the worst thing someone has ever done to you?

  3. What’s the best thing that happened to you today?

As always, I can’t wait to read your answers to my questions and get to know you more!

Once again, thank you, Abdul! This is one among my special gifts this Christmas! πŸ™‚

Happy day, homo sapiens!

Spending Christmas Abroad

It’s Christmas time again and it surely is very colorful everywhere back home these days. Christmas trees, lights and decors here and there. Christmas is my favorite holiday. It’s the most joyful time with my family and my closest friends, the warmest feeling of happiness, great food, tons of drinks, gift-giving and so on. But this year, it doesn’t feel like Christmas is just around the corner. I’m not saying Christmas doesn’t mean anything for me anymore. It’s just that, for the first time in years, I just don’t feel the Christmas spirit at all. Oh, my heart is aching to go home.

As an expatriate, spending Christmas away from home can be a difficult time. Celebrating Christmas abroad is very likely not to be like celebrating Christmas at home, specially if you’re in a country that doesn’t celebrate Christmas. Well maybe, many expats, specially those who live with their families here, still feel the holiday mood because some malls put up a Christmas tree or hang some Christmas decors but it’s still just different, of course. And for some, it’s just another ordinary day.

This year will be my ninth Christmas far from home and here’s what it’s like for me:

I go to work on Christmas day.

Christmas is not a Muslim holiday which means it is not celebrated in Islamic countries like Kuwait. I mean, it’s not declared a public holiday even though there are a lot of non-Muslims residing in the country. A day off on Christmas day for Christian workers would be ideal but I’m not sure it’s being practiced here though in the company I work with, I’m usually given a half-day off. There’s not much difference for me anyway since I still have to go to the office just the same and I’d even choose to go overtime and go home later at night once the crowd is gone because even though it’s not a public holiday, people swarm the streets after work, buses are full, taxis are hard to find. Chaotic.

I think of them and miss them.

I do think of my family and friends of course not only during the holidays but when it’s Christmas, the very thought that I’m away from them saddens me a lot. Christmas is that one holiday when everyone has to be home. My mom forgives us not being home on other holidays or special occasions but not Christmas. It was only when I started working here that our family ain’t complete during this time of the year. Sure we can arrange a video chat or something but with the time difference and all, sometimes, it’s also not that easy.

I somehow feel disconnected.

Sure, I get the freedom I’ve always wanted being away from home but it’s still a bit heartbreaking sometimes not being able to go home for Christmas. Putting up the Christmas tree with my brothers with my mom’s voice on the background is something I really miss. Not being able to eat with them for the noche buena, not being able to exchange gifts with them, not being with them is sad. Not being able to hug and kiss them is sadder. Not being able to join them for our family Christmas “rituals” makes me somehow disconnected from them.

I make my own celebration.

Well, I try to. I celebrated with friends like last year. Though I was just invited to a friend’s home, it ended up like I was the one who organized the celebration. It’s a long story but it turned out pretty well. It made us all feel a little less homesick.

I don’t get drunk.

I don’t mean I want to be totally inebriated of course but a few bottles here and there would help bout homesickness during this time of the year. Unfortunately, alcohol import or consumption is strictly against the law in Kuwait. Hotels and restaurants don’t serve alcohol as well. That means, I’m completely sober during Christmas. πŸ™‚

I don’t get to have a lot of Christmas presents.

As I didn’t send as many. Haha! Not that I’m expecting gifts for Christmas but seeing the gifts piling up under the Christmas tree brings me joy. I’m not really good at gifts actually but seeing lots of colorful presents waiting to be opened on Christmas morning is a true delight!

It’s this time of the year that I always realize it’s not the end of the world.

Living abroad alone is a rough time, more so during the holidays but it’s this time of the year that I always realize it’s not the end of the world. I know it’s always up to me, of course, whether to make the most out of the situation or be a Grinch! Though alone, I still want to enjoy this Christmas and never look back at it with regret. Being alone ain’t that bad after all and I’d appreciate solitude and silence in a world that never stops talking.

Now how about you? Have you ever spent Christmas away from home? How’s it like? And how do you plan to celebrate Christmas this year? Feel free to share!

Have a wonderful Christmas, homo sapiens! πŸ™‚

Delighted

Delighted to be with books, coffee and you!πŸ˜Šβ˜•οΈπŸ“š

Thai Day Out

So it was my day off and two of my friends just finished from work and we’re all hungry. One of them really wanted to have rice and soup so we went to the Thai restaurant I frequently go to with my other friends and colleagues.

We had seafood tom yum, chicken satay, tempura and a variety of fried rice. The rice serving seemed too much for me that I wasn’t even able to order my favorite sticky rice with mango anymore. The tempura was quite disappointing though. I don’t think I’d ever order tempura from them again.

Anyhow, it still was a good late lunch (or early dinner) with my friends last Friday.

Do you enjoy Thai food as well? What’s your favorite dish? I’ll be delighted to know! πŸ™‚

Someone Else

He left against her will but told her to wait for him.

She waited and endlessly hoped for him to return.

A couple of years later he asked her to follow him instead.

She hesitated for it’s not easy to give up the life she created for herself.

But she followed him just the same willing to start a new life again.

Soon they were together.

But her happiness and excitement was short-lived.

For in front of her eyes was someone else.

Someone else is the source of his happiness.

Liebster Award #3

Many thanks to Sameera for nominating me for my third Liebster Award! Do check out and enjoy this very young lady’s blog here.

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The Rules:

  1. Thank the blogger that nominated you.
  2. Answer the questions from the blogger who nominated you.
  3. Nominate 5-11 blogs/bloggers.
  4. Ask the bloggers 10-11 questions.

Here are Sameera’s questions and my answers:

One thing that you would like to change in your life.

Hmmm, this is difficult. There are some things I’d like to change but I think altering them would also change the rest of my life so I’d rather not. However, I’d like to say that I’d consider being less-friendly if I could.

What would you do if you are about to lose everything in your life?

Now this is even more difficult. Hmmm… well, what should I do? What can I do? I’d probably let it all go at that moment, think about the loss and feel it, then work my ass to retrieve back the things/people I’ve lost that matter and live a better life in order not to lose them again.

Advice you would like to give to me about my poems.

As I always mention, I don’t think I’m in the position to give advice to writers/bloggers but just keep on writing (according to my writer friend), I think you’d learn as you write more.

The person who influenced you the most.

My parents. They’re two very different individuals and I wonder how they’ve managed to stay together for thirty-nine years (and counting) but they instilled in me moral values that helped me learn and grow in every way.

Any adventurous thing you would like to share.

I find it really very adventurous trying every kind of food I see wherever I am and the best food adventure I had was in Hanoi, Vietnam. You’ll never run out of something new for your taste buds. πŸ™‚

Books you would like to read.

There are tons of books I’d like to read and I still have more than 50 unread books on my shelves! Yay!

If you had one last chance to change anything what would it be?

Same answer to the first question.

How you came across writing blog?

I’m not sure I understand this question right but if you meant how I decided to write a blog, well, it was purely out of boredom two years ago…

What inspires you to write?

I usually only get to write when I feel too much. I’m no writer/blogger. It just so happens that some thoughts come into mind and I just write them.

Apart from writing what else you love to do in life.

I love eating, reading, playing tennis and making other people’s lives miserable. Haha! Just kidding about the last one! πŸ˜€

The nominees are:

  1. https://eullycornmeetsworld.wordpress.com/
  2. https://nishasharma1896.wordpress.com/
  3. https://tashneevmavee.wordpress.com/
  4. https://wordsinthelight.com/
  5. https://bloggymcblogface446.wordpress.com/
  6. https://myadviceforyourlife.wordpress.com/
  7. https://inamessyworld.wordpress.com/

And my questions are:

  1. What do you do in your free time?
  2. What’s your dream job?
  3. Which do you prefer more, watching TV or reading?
  4. What does your perfect day look like?
  5. How would your friends describe you?
  6. What accomplishment are you most proud of?
  7. Recommend a movie. Why do you recommend it?
  8. When you’re having a bad day, what do you do to make yourself feel better?
  9. What’s your favorite time of day?
  10. If you could be anywhere else right now, where would it be?

I can’t think of better questions to ask at the moment but I’m very interested to know your answers.

Once again, thank you, Sameera!

Happy day, homo sapiens! πŸ™‚

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. πŸ™‚

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. πŸ˜‰

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

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

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

9.Β 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. πŸ™‚

Once again, thanks Tashnee! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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. πŸ™‚

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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… πŸ™‚

Happy Thursday/weekend, homo sapiens!

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. πŸ™‚ Do check out and enjoy Savvy’s blogΒ 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?Β 

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. πŸ™‚

Again, thanks a lot, Savvy!

Happy day, everyone!

I Stayed

I was faced with two choices:

the choice to leave

and never see you again,

or to stay and feel the pain

of you not loving me.

Maybe it’s wrong,

maybe it’s stupid,

I don’t know…

but I stayed.

Loving Someone

It’s so easy to love someone when everything’s perfect and wonderful. When everything is going right, when everything go the way you want them to. But some days, things get difficult, mistakes are made, things are messed up, things aren’t perfect. It’s during these days that we see how much love there really is.

Sure, anyone can love someone who do all the right things and say the words we want to hear. Anyone can love someone who are being everything you want or need. But how about loving someone when they’re at their lowest? When they’re broken, when they’re lost? When they’re at their worst? It would really be a very good thing to have someone who is willing and happy to stand with you no matter how challenging things may get or how difficult you might be.

And I think that’s the more beautiful and meaningful kind of love there is…