Liebster Nomination #2 & #3

Good evening everyone! Feeling honored because I’ve been nominated for a 2nd Liebster Award by Rory @  A Guy called Bloke and K9 Doodlepip! and a 3rd award from Dr. Tanya @ Salted Caramel It feels wonderful to enjoy recent accomplishments with my blog. Sometimes, it takes other creative individuals to bring out the best in you.

Rory has given me a lot of food for thought with thought-provoking questions I never thought of asking myself these past few months. I’ve been befuddled with some of his fun questions, but nevertheless I enjoy them. He shares some interesting quotes and musical selections. He has an interesting take on a variety of topics and he has a wonderful habit of promoting new bloggers in the morning and end of his day! His questions explores my happiness at different stages of my life, colors, inspirational things, curiosity, vices, and a banjo player. Yes… a banjo player! 🙂

I’ve enjoyed Dr. Tanya’s  posts on food, lifestyle, and health. They make me reflect on my current choices in life and help me live mindfully. She delivers interesting reviews on books and movies. She also has a creative spark writing short stories to a variety of prompts nearly every day. She also promotes other bloggers via her Blogger’s Coffee Morning. Her questions explore the origins of this blog & its future, favorite book, coffee, movie genre, and my dream vacation! Ooo la la! 🙂

Rory’s 8 Questions


Are you happy with the person:

1] You are: 
Even though I contemplate what it would be like to be somebody else (My Unlived Life), I’m currently happy! I’m so grateful for the conglomeration of unique experiences that make up who I am. Even though there are  times when I experience cognitive dissonance, I love those moments which make me feel so alive. I like that I’m still open to learning and growing. 🙂

2] You were:
Hm! Well, when I was a young girl, people often compared me to the young girl, Soo-Yung Han,  who was kidnapped in the movie Rush Hour. I too had a thing for Mariah Carey songs  🙂 I’d say I was a pretty happy child, but it’s easy to say that in hindsight. Looking through my old diaries, I had my own anxieties. Though I laugh about it now, it was really upsetting at the time. I also laugh at how easy it was to make me happy.

3] You think you will become?
This question causes me some anxiety because the future is something I cannot see. I don’t know how future experiences will shape me or try to break me. How will I grow from new experiences?  I currently have this vision that motivates me. It also excites me because I feel like I can create it to be whatever I want to be. 


How many colours can you see in the image below, list them in detail.


Oh, how I love color! I won’t go as far as saying that I can hear color though. I saw this on Weird Wonders of the World the other night!

Anyway, I digress! My world is quite vibrant and filled with many shades.  As someone who’s messed with the hex values from color charts to change the pixels in her various visual art projects and someone who’s spent some time at the paint counter staring at paint chips for interior work, this will be interesting. Let’s see what catches my eye first… 🙂

Dodger blue in bottom right corner…. cyan, turquoise, teal, sky blue, mauve, violet red, cherry wood red, pink, salmon, coral, indian red, magenta, lavender, indigo, violet, purple, plum, yellow, mustard yellow, brown, mahogany, biscotti, tan, beige, hunter green, jade green, dive green, lime green, black, slate, white…


Is there anything within five feet of where you are currently typing that is a permanent feature and motivates you to explore your mind deeply?
This poster hangs over my bed. I bought it from the “Artist Alley” of the San Japan convention this past year. I fell in love with the magical piece when I first saw it amidst the thousands of AMAZING creative works featured by several talented artists. There was a lot of cool stuff there, yet this was the only one I bought.

The animals there are Pokemon from a childhood TV show I once watched which serves as a point of nostalgia…a sort of affection for my past. The surrounding forest is a very peaceful setting which points to my love of nature. The water in the pond represents many things: reflection, subconscious, baptism, renewal, purification, transformation. The overall tranquility of it all was what attracted me the most. I guess my life can get quite chaotic, but occasionally staring at this poster helps keeps me grounded.


How many vices do you have and of them which are your worst?

As a member of the human race, I know that I have them. Maybe more than I list here. 🙂 So, I’m looking through a list of vices and realize a few things. Sometimes I pay so much attention to the trees (details), I miss the sight of the forest (the big picture) which leaves me fussy and indecisive at times. Even while writing this post, I feel distracted by many details.

My planner helps resolves this issue. I organize what I need to do for the day and it helps me prioritize. I also probably need to speak up more often. I tend to hide what I’m feeling very well and get kinda secretive. I experience fear and doubt quite often!

I am voracious with many things in life. I see something, and maybe I want it all, but realize I can’t. My boyfriend saw this facet of me when he took me to this local ice cream store. Everything looked good and appealing! The worker told me, “Your eyes are bigger than your stomach right now.” This is probably my worst vice. I’m still learning that it’s okay to say no! 


How curious are you to new discoveries, and first time experiences even if they are possibly dangerous or risky for you to try? As in will you try them, or make an excuse not to?

Well! As I’m typing this, WordPress asks me if I would like to try the new Gutenberg editor or stick with the classic WordPress editor. I think I’m pretty curious to this new discovery despite the risk that my blog could crash from pressing the wrong button. (After all, I did back up my work elsewhere!) I’m currently trying it out right now! 🙂 

As for everything else, it does depend on the discovery, I do weigh pros and cons before diving in. That being said I’ve tried out a variety of things (trying out oysters, BLECH!), and I’ve also said no to a lot of things (skydiving).


If you answered No Way to question 5, what prevents you from doing so?
For the things I say “no” to, it’s due to fear. I’ve mentioned fear in my Stream of Consciousness posts, my comments, some of my poems. Fear of expression is a common theme. I started this blog partially to get over the fear. Maybe, I care what people think. Maybe, I’m afraid of getting hurt. Maybe, I want to use my money to help someone else rather than spend it on a one-time crazy life experience. Maybe, I don’t want to plummet to my death if the parachute doesn’t work… you get the idea. 🙂


If you answered YES Please to question 6, what motivates you to take those risks?
For the things I say yes to, it’s because I feel like life is short. I know that I would regret it if I asked myself, “What if?” It’s the satisfaction knowing that I’ve tried my best. Maybe I should try indoor skydiving to gradually warm up to the idea. 😉


What type of song do you think our banjo player here is playing? Provide a link to what you think it might be as your answer to this question.

I’m laughing aloud as I’m reading this question. I found some interesting stuff. The strangest I’ve seen was a banjo cover of Slipknot which I think our banjo player is least likely to play. 😉 I threw the video in there anyway. As I’m exploring banjo players, I didn’t realize I was into this sort of music. So, out of sheer excitement, I’ve included 4 videos. I was thinking he could perform a duet with Mean Mary. 😀

Dr. Tanya’s 8 Questions

1. When did you start blogging?
I started to blog May 9, 2018. Time sure flies! This blog has grown so much in the past few months!

2. Do you think you will still be blogging in five years time?
Yes, I’m enjoying all of the writing prompts and learning more about myself in the process which helps me make decisions  in life. I really love the supportive community here. I feel encouraged to explore various topics I wouldn’t have otherwise looked at.

3. Where do you like to write your posts? In your bedroom, office, home office, garden, coffee shop?
My bedroom is like my creative incubator safe place. I write nearly all my posts in my bedroom. There’s always something in here to inspire me to write.

4. what is your favourite place where you read? (reading for pleasure).
I enjoy reading in a variety of places, but my favorite is my bedroom where I can snuggle up with an afghan drinking tea next to my bedside. That’s only for pleasure though. For studies, I need to sit down in a chair and table! 🙂

5. Which book that you read as a child that you would like to read again?
Water Buffalo Days by Huynh Quang Nhuong. I bought this book from a scholastic book fair at my school. At the time I never visited Vietnam, but I wanted to know more about the country of my ancestors. It was an exciting tale of a boy and a water buffalo who was his best friend.

6. What is your favourite coffee?
Don’t drink coffee at all! I love the smell of it though. I’m more of a tea drinker. Best tea I had was from the Sapa Mountains in Vietnam!

7. What is your favourite movie genre?
Difficult to choose! I’ve enjoyed fantasy/action/romance combination in the past!

8. What would your dream vacation be ?
Also, difficult to choose! I kinda want to experience a food tour Chateaux et Bateaux: Paris, Corsica, and Sardinia or enjoy the beautiful waters in Island Idyll in the Seychelles Islands.


Questions to Nominees

  1. What made you want to blog? / Why do you blog?
  2. What is your favorite book? Author?
  3. What is an event in your life that has brought you much joy or meaning?
  4. What are two websites that you visit regularly?
  5. What kind of superpower would you want to have?
  6. What’s your favorite local food?
  7. What does your dream vacation look like?
  8. What kind of amazing adventure would you like to go on next?
  9. What piece of entertainment do you wish you could erase from your mind so that you could experience for the first time again?
  10. Where is the most interesting place you’ve been?
  11. How do you relax after a hard day of work?

Thank you again for reading! 

54 thoughts on “Liebster Nomination #2 & #3

  1. Loooved your answers Sa. And yes questions were so so interesting. Same same. I always imagine myself living a different kind of life in a different time. Hopefully I’ll learn to practice gratitude like you do in future. 🎈

    Your poster gave me idea of what I’d like to keep in my bedroom. So thank you hahah!

    OMG. I feel I can only recognize primary colours in the picture. Literally. 😶

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