The Mystery Blogger Award #3

So, it’s April! We’ve just passed the first quarter of 2020. I hope everyone’s safe and doing well despite the current situation covid-19 has caused.

Anyways, let’s get into some good news.

I was tagged for the Mystery Blogger Award! This is just so sweet and so huge thanks to Carl @ The Pine-Scented Chronicles. Do visit and follow his blog (if you haven’t yet!) specially if you’re a book-lover. He shares very interesting books and reviews. He also writes about his travels so I’m pretty sure you’ll enjoy his blog.

So, the Mystery Blogger Award was created by Okoto Enigma to recognize “amazing blogs that haven’t been discovered” yet. It is the original creator’s aim, through this award nomination, to “create a friendly community and build a link between bloggers in the blogosphere; as everyone gets nominated and they too can spread the fun by nominating more people for the award.” (I literally just copy-pasted this from your post, Carl, sorry!)img_0380

Let’s have a look at the rules and and get started, shall we?

The Rules

  • Put the award logo/image on your blog.
  • List the rules.
  • Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well.
  • Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.
  • You have to nominate 10 – 20 people.
  • Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog.
  • Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify).
  • Share a link to your best post(s).

3 Things About Me

  1. I play the drums. It’s the only musical instrument I was able to learn how to play. I started to try learning the guitar last year but failed to continue due to work and life, you know, but I still intend to learn though.
  2. If given the chance, I would love to attend a culinary school.
  3. I haven’t been back to my hometown for 11 years now.

Carl’s Questions:

1. Is there a country you want to visit because of what you’ve read in novels? What country is it and why do you want to visit it?

Japan. At first, I only wanted to visit Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the two atomic bomb sites during the second world war. I love history and the most interesting parts for me are the war years. Don’t get me wrong but I have a keen interest reading the war parts of history. Over the years, I became more interested in everything about Japan, the people, the food, Japanese literature, culture, etc. So I hope to visit Japan someday.

2. Do you always finish a book you’ve started? Why or why not?

I used to always finish any book I’ve started even though it’s not as interesting as I expect it to be. But since last year, I told myself that I should learn to dump it if it doesn’t entertain me anymore, there’s still a lot of books out there that’s worth my time reading. 🙂

3. The world of literature is very broad. What particular genre or what part of literature do you want to read more (e.g. historical fiction, Asian or Japanese literature)?

Russian literature and graphic-novels.

4. Tell us more about why you write and what are your inspirations when you are writing.

I write because it’s better to just write whatever comes to mind rather than hearing it straight from my big mouth. Not that I write well, no, far from it. But I find it safer to say things by writing them down.

5. Choose a literary genre that can sum up your life or who you are. Why does this genre exemplify you?

Not sure how to answer this at the moment but I’d say it’s a combination of rom-com, drama and suspense. The few people who know me very well will understand this. 🙂

The Nominees:

I’m nominating/tagging the following people this time:

Kerri McBookNerd

Mani

Cassie

Taruna

Kira Jeanette

Caz

Amankumar000

Accidental Blogger

Pascale

Sohanpreet Kaur

My Questions for the Nominees:

1. If you can ask the president of your country just one question, what would you ask?

2. What’s the oldest thing you own?

3. What is your least favorite thing about humanity?

4. What language would you like to learn and why?

5. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

My Best Post

I haven’t really thought about what my best post was so I’ll instead share the link of one of my favorites: What Did You Want to be When You Grow Up? It is one of my favorites because I get to interact with people more than usual and we started emailing and stuff and most of them are my really great online friends now.

The Awesome Blogger Award

Hello there, homo sapiens! I hope everyone’s safe and cool and doing great. There’s been a sudden increase of corona virus cases here in Kuwait so it’s pretty alarming but all of them who tested positive are quarantined at the moment. It’s crazy that there’s nowhere to buy masks anymore! Damn! Anyhow, I hope things will get better and hopefully no more additional cases of the virus here.

But you know what’s awesome, though? This.

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I was nominated by the wonderful blogger, Carl @ The Pine-Scented Chronicles. Thank you so much, Carl. It’s really very sweet of you to think of me for this though I really couldn’t fathom why. But I’d happily take it. 😀

The Awesome Blogger Award

The award was created by Maggie @Dreaming of Guatemala. This is an award for the absolutely wonderful writers all across the blogging world. They have beautiful blogs, are kind and lovely, and always find a way to add happiness and laughter to the lives of their readers. That is what truly defines an awesome blogger.

The Rules

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you.
  2. Credit the creator.
  3. Tag this post with #AwesomeBloggerAward.
  4. Answer all the questions given to you.
  5. Nominate some people.
  6. Write 10 questions for them to answer.

Let’s get started with Carl’s questions:

You were given an opportunity to have a tête-à-tête with an author, or an historical figure. Who will it be and what will you talk about? You can also choose figures who’ve already passed away.

I would definitely enjoy a tête-à-tête with Ferdinand Marcos. I would love to know the kind of books he loved to read and which one is his favorite. Also I’m curious what were his plans for the Philippines if it weren’t for the people power revolution.

I would also be very interested for a private conversation with Adolf Hitler. And I think it’s easy to guess why.

Since it is the month of love, who are your top three favorite literary couples?

  1. Hazel and Augustus – The Fault in Our Stars
  2. Ennis and Jack – Brokeback Mountain
  3. Ali and Noah – The Notebook

If you were to travel to a place you’ve never been before, where would it be?

There’s a lot of places I would really love to go to but my top three priorities for now are Japan, Egypt and Africa.

Which author do you want to write your life story?

I would love Haruki Murakami to write my life story but I’d also consider Laura Hillenbrand and Khaled Hosseini.

In times of distress, what are your top five go-to books?

  1. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
  2. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
  3. Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami
  4. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
  5. The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes

What was the first book you’ve read loved? Tell us more about why loved the book.

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Wonderland is my favorite place to be. And I can very much relate with Alice’s curiosity and sometimes her childishness.

You’re in the bookstore and all the books you want to have are on sale. However, your budget is limited. What five titles will you buy?

Hmmm… this is a tough question and a tough situation to be in! Well, at the moment I’d go for:

  1. The Dutch House by Ann Patchett
  2. The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead
  3. The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern
  4. Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo
  5. The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

Which do you prefer – the sound of the waves or the tranquility of mountains?

The tranquility of mountains all the time!

What are three things, or activities, that you are most passionate about?

Reading, tennis, travelling.

If your life is to be made into a movie, which genre will it be – drama, comedy, fantasy, horror or suspense? Which actor/actress, in your opinion, will give justice to your story?

Definitely not fantasy or horror. More of comedy and suspense with a little bit of drama. I would love Emily Blunt to play as myself and I would love Jack Nicholson, Al Pacino and Kit Harington to play a part in the movie. 🙂

Now I’m tagging…

Alison

Sadje

Yassy

Sammie

Mariam

No worries if you don’t feel like doing this, it would be fun to know your answers but no problem if this isn’t your kind of thing. You’re not obligated unless you want to.

My questions (just in case)…

  1. If you could have dinner with one celebrity/author/historical figure (dead or alive), who would it be and why?
  2. What three things would you want to achieve this year?
  3. If you could live in any place in the world, where would it be and why?
  4. Do you like spending time alone, why or why not?
  5. Your current favorite song.
  6. What sports do you play?
  7. What’s your favorite food/dish?
  8. What’s the first thing you notice in a person?
  9. How do you like to relax?
  10. If I’d be fortunate to visit your city/country and get the chance to meet up with you, what would we do?

I’m looking forward to the nominees’ answers and for anyone reading this, consider yourself tagged. You can either write a post or simply answer the questions in the comments section.

Thanks again, Carl! I enjoyed doing this!

Happy weekend, homo sapiens!

Real Neat Award

Good day, homo sapiens! I am doing another blog award post today and it’s the Real Neat Blog Award! This is a first for me and I am so very thankful to Sadje for this! For my blog to be recognized/nominated by other bloggers for awards such as this one certainly gives me great joy! I am flattered/honored to be noticed. Do visit, follow (if you haven’t yet) and enjoy Sadje’s writings on her blog Keep It Alive.

Now let’s get started!

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The rules for the real neat blog award

  1. Display the award logo.
  2. Thank the blogger who nominated you and post a link to their blog.
  3. Answer the questions from the blog who nominated you.
  4. Nominate seven to ten bloggers.
  5. Ask them seven questions.

Sadje’s Questions:

1. Where does blogging fit in your life?

I don’t set a schedule when to write for my blog, I just write whenever I can — a haiku, an elfchen, book reviews or whatever comes to mind then put it on schedule on my blog. I sometimes write when I have free time in the office or when I’m in a coffee shop alone to think and unwind.

2. Have you ever tried to do:

         a) Paragliding?

Yes. I have tried paragliding twice in Georgia and both times were really, really fun and amazing. I will do it again when I get the chance.

         b) Horse riding?

Yes. I started riding horses when I was 8. Fell from a horse when I was 14, didn’t ride it again until I was 20. But since I worked abroad, I didn’t really get the chance to ride again. However, while in Jordan for vacation last 2016, I was able to ride again though only for a very short time.

         c) Deep sea diving?

No. Never. I am not comfortable with water so the idea of trying such and the likes of it is a big no for me.

       3. Do you celebrate your birthday?

Not really but my friends prepare some dinner or get-together on my birthday so they celebrate. Haha! But I personally prefer to just let the day go as any usual day. I do appreciate my friends’ efforts though!

       4. If you have free time at hand, would you go for a walk or a long drive?

A long drive sounds more fun but as I grow older, I prefer going for a walk. It’s more relaxing and I get to think about life and things in general in a better perspective.

       5. Your best friend calls in the middle of the night and asks you to meet them at a deserted place, will you go? BTW, this friend has known to pull pranks!

Yes, I will go. It’s alright to get pranked than to regret in the end that I didn’t go. Who knows, my best friend might have really needed me by her side at that moment, right? So yes, anytime! 🙂

My nominees:

  1. Accidental Blogger
  2. Shweta Suresh
  3. Earthwalking
  4. Elganspo
  5. Mariam Shittu
  6. Ayesha
  7. Chocoviv

My Questions:

  1. As a child, what did you want to be when you grow up?
  2. If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?
  3. What is your favorite holiday?
  4. Which famous person would you like to be best friends with?
  5. What’s the one place you’d really love to travel to?
  6. What is the last book you’ve read?
  7. What’s the most exciting thing in your life right now?

There you have it! Once again, big thanks to Sadje for this nomination. Congratulations to all the nominees, I hope you find time to get to it, I’m so excited to read your answers! And for everyone reading this, consider yourselves nominated, too, or you can answer the questions in the comment section if you want to so feel free, I’d be delighted to read them.

Have a wonderful day, homo sapiens!

WWW Wednesday (23-Oct-2019)

Hello there! Welcome to WWW Wednesday, hosted by Sam from Taking On A World of Words. Just answer the three W questions:

  1. What did you recently finish reading?
  2. What are you currently reading?
  3. What do you think you’ll read next?

You can leave a link of your post in the comments section so I and other readers can check it out.

Recently Finished:

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I’ve finished Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant and I liked it. I think it was the right choice as an introduction to Anne Tyler’s works for me. I’m looking forward to more.

Currently Reading:

I’ve finally started with A Dance with Dragons and what a delight to start with Tyrion’s chapter! I’ve also started with A Monster Calls during my coffee break yesterday. Both books started quite good.

Up Next:

I’m still not sure what to read next since A Dance with Dragons is a lengthy read and I don’t have much time to read these days. I am considering The Russian Concubine, though.

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By the way, I have also recently reviewed Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe. You can check it out here. I’m always late with my reviews but I’ll add them here from now on whenever I get to write something.

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How about you? What’s on your WWW this week? Drop a link on the comment box, I’d be very delighted to read them all!

Happy reading, homo sapiens! 🙂

Sunshine Blogger Award #9

Big thanks to Nen & Jen for my 9th Sunshine Blogger Award! Nen & Jen’s site goes by the same blog name. It’s one of the few blogs I’ve chanced upon and followed right away because of interesting contents and friendly blogger’s attitude. I am so glad to be interacting with them, they are really very friendly so do make sure to check on their blog as well. You won’t be disappointed, I assure you!

Let’s get started!

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The Sunshine Blogger Award is given to those who are creative, positive and inspiring while spreading sunshine to the blogging community.

The Rules:

  • Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
  • Answer 11 questions 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.

Nen & Jen’s Questions:

1. What was the first book you really obsessed over?

The Kite Runner

 

I got really obsessed with The Kite Runner. I wasn’t even done reading the book at that time but I talked about it to literally anyone. It is one of my all-time favorites and one of the books that really touched my heart so deeply. I think most people I know knew about this book because of me.

2. Which book was your last 1-star rating?

I haven’t rated any book with 1-star. The lowest rating I’ve ever given a book was 2-stars.

3. Name your ultimate (specific) book + food/drink pairing.

The Kite Runner + black coffee (and tissues)

A Gentleman in Moscow + black coffee & pumpkin pie

The Book Thief + black coffee

4. Do you ever read a book without reading its synopsis?

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No, never, except very recently for Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse. One of my best friends loved it so much, we actually agree almost 100% on books so I thought of just diving straight to it. I ended up disappointed, though, so I won’t do it again.

5. What is your favorite type of blogging post?

I like reading book reviews, book tags, travels or any random experiences the blogger is sharing.

6. What is your least favorite book troupe?

Love triangles. (Does that count?)

7. Who was your favorite childhood author?

As a child, I didn’t really care much about the authors of the books I’ve read so I didn’t have a favorite author then.

8. Do you like to write or only like to read?

I like to write but I don’t have the talent to do so but I try to, sometimes a haiku, an elfchen, and some “reviews” about the books I’ve read.

9. If you can turn any book into a film, which would it be?

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At the moment, I would really love Pachinko turned into a movie or a TV series. It’s a very interesting and informative book that I would love non-readers to know about.

10. What genre do you wish you could read?

I would love to try to read a graphic novel.

11. What made you decide to get into book blogging?

Same reason why I started this blog: boredom. A few years ago, there weren’t too much work to do in the office and I was on a reading hiatus. So to kill time I thought of writing about the books I’ve read. This eventually got me back into reading again.

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The hardest part in this awards is choosing the nominees. Consider yourselves tagged all of you and here are my nominees this time:

  1. Mani
  2. Jessica
  3. Rebecca
  4. Mohamadha
  5. Kristina
  6. Diana
  7. Sammie
  8. Emma
  9. Yvo
  10. Lisa
  11. Jen

My Questions:

  1. What attracts you to a book?
  2. What genres do you love to read about?
  3. Paperback or Kindle?
  4. Your perfect reading spot.
  5. Your perfect company while reading.
  6. Your all-time favorite book character.
  7. What movie adaptation do you think was better than the book itself?
  8. What do you think of classics?
  9. A popular book you dislike.
  10. What is your favorite book quote?
  11. Recommend one book you want me to read.

Thanks again Nen & Jen for the nomination, I enjoyed answering your questions. 🙂 Until next time!

I’m looking forward to all of your answers, the comment box is yours again, homo sapiens! Have a wonderful day and week ahead!

Friday Fun Day Challenge – Game On – You Name It!

Hi there, homo sapiens! I got tagged for the Friday Fun Day Challenge – Game On – You Name It! Thank you very much, Richa! Do visit her blog guys if you haven’t yet! Lots of interesting stuffs to read there! Just click here. You can thank me later! 🙂

RULES:

1 Thank the nominator
2 Answer Q1 – Q19
3 Nominate three bloggers of your choice and notify them.
4 Each selected blogger MUST answer 16 of the asked 19 questions, but also insert 3 new questions to make up the 19 compliment. Every time a new blogger is selected they MUST only answer 16 of the asked 19 questions as well as answer their own 3, and choose 3 new bloggers. Each time a new blogger sees the questionnaire it will be completely different to the next blogger along.
(Hint: delete three of the questions you don’t like or have no answer for and insert your own in its place)
5 Q19 & Q13 Must always remain intact.

Let’s get started:

1. Are you currently reading a book, if so what is it?
A Feast for Crows by George R. R. Martin & A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking.

2. Toast or cereal.

Toast without the crust! With peanut butter and jelly!

3. Choice weapon for survival during the zombie invasion?
A remote control with buttons for different weapons/options to kill zombies like:

  1. Bludgeoning
  2. Bomb / gas explosion / other explosives
  3. Crossbow
  4. Decapitation by chainsaw or a katana
  5. Flame thrower
  6. Kill by firearms
  7. Traps

4. Horror or comedy films
I’d go for horror! I like comedy but I’d choose horror over it!

5. What food are you currently craving for?

All Vietnamese food! Pho, banh xeo, banh cuon, chao, etc. Plus ca phe, too!

6. What was your favorite sweet/candy as a kid?
Curly tops, chocolate cakes and chocolate ice cream.

7. Going to the party or the library what’s your preference?
This depends largely on my mood at that given moment. Libraries always give me the peace and solitude I need/want but I enjoy parties, too! I’m one party animal as well! 😉

8. What is your favorite tipple [drink]?
Definitely beer! And whisky and vodka.

9. If you were coming back as an animal which is the least you would like to return as, BUT knowing your luck you just might? [Provide image]
Hmmm… I don’t ever wanna be a hyena!

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10. If you were arrested with no explanation, what would your friends and family assume you had done?

Murder. Mass murder.

11. Which is that final destination or goal you’re aiming at and want to achieve no matter what?
To have a business of my own.

12. If you could have one super power what would you pick and why?
The power of time travel. I want to experience life mostly in the past in different places at different eras/ages and see how the world became as it is now and I wouldn’t need a time machine if I possessed that power!

13. Which 3 questions will you be deleting to add your own in?

Skinny dipping or mud wrestling.

Ok, you are going to be shipwrecked on an island that has food and water, what three items would you need to have with you?

If we didn’t know what the color ‘mauve’ actually looked like, how would you describe it?

14. If someone wrote a biography about you, what do you think the title should be?
Whoever who’d have the interest to do that should entitle the book as “Just Me, The Just in Case.”

15. What was the longest plane trip you have taken?

The longest plane trip I’ve ever taken was from Amman, Jordan to Hanoi, Vietnam. It took 15 hours including a 6-hour layover in Dubai.

16. Where would you like to be in 3 years time from now on?
Three years from now, I hope to have started my small business and hopefully doing volunteer works while traveling.

17. What one item do you always have to get when grocery shopping?

TOMATOES!

18. What music is currently your favorite? [Provide link]

It’s a really sad song but it’s very relatable since my last relationship ended. So even if it’s sad, it’s always on my favorites list and yeah, current favorite.

 

19. The three bloggers you are nominating are?

MissteriosoDas, Pradita and Swalia. I’m pretty sure it’s gonna be fun reading their posts when they accept to do this!

There you go! Thanks a lot, Richa! It was sure fun doing this challenge! ‘Til the next one!

Happy Friday, homo sapiens! 🙂

Sunshine Blogger Award #6

Big thanks to Indishe for my 6th Sunshine Blogger Award! It took me quite a while to accept and do this but here it is now! Thanks a lot! Do visit her beautiful blog if you haven’t yet, just click here. Here are my answers to Indishe’s questions. 1. What is your secret desire? I […]

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Big thanks to Indishe for my 6th Sunshine Blogger Award! It took me quite a while to accept and do this but here it is now! Thanks a lot! Do visit her beautiful blog if you haven’t yet, just click here.

Here are my answers to Indishe’s questions.

1. What is your secret desire?

I do have several secret desires and I intend to keep them as secrets. 😉

2. What would you like to be in the next birth?

I would love to be a dolphin in my next life.

3. What one thing would you like to change?

If I could change one thing in the world, I will make the rich, poor and the poor, rich.

Below are my nominees:

Jyoti

Roth Poetry

Realistic Beginner

Darol D’Cruz

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My questions for the nominees are:

1. What do you do to get rid of stress?

2. What’s your favorite number and why?

3. Who brings the most joy in your life?

4. If you had to change your name, what would it be?

5. What are you best at?

I’ll limit it to 5 questions this time. I hope the nominees would accept and do this! And to everyone who wants to answer the questions, feel free to do so in the comments! 🙂

Thanks once again, Indishe!

Have a wonderful day, homo sapiens! 🙂