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Sunshine Blogger Award #2 from Baldy Blog

Those who bring sunshine into the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves.

J.M. Barrie
Alright, Toto! Let’s head towards the horizon!

After hanging out in the time traveling fog, the sun has come out again! Whip out your shades because I’m going to be answering roughly 60 questions from the WP community for Sunshine Blogger Awards for the next few days. Thank you! It’s always an honor and an encouragement to receive such an award. I’m learning a lot from this blogging journey and looking forward to the new year.

First up, I’ve been nominated by Sean at Baldy.Blog. Thank you Sean! I’ve enjoyed the poetry that he has shared from some classic poets such as Robert Frost, Stevenson, and Tennyson. He also shares fun facts, trivia, scattered quotes, and some wonderful photos.

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

Once nominated, if you choose to accept, write a post where you:

  • Thank the person who nominated you for the Sunshine Award and link back to their blog
  • Answer the questions set by the person who nominated you
  • Nominate other blogs and give them questions to answer
  • Notify your nominees through social media or commenting on their blog
  • List the “rules” and display a Sunshine Award logo in your post

If you had to choose to be on a reality show, which one would it be?

Though I’m aware that reality shows aren’t reality, I enjoy watching a variety of reality shows from time to time! I enjoy watching The Voice, Master Chef, Survivor, The Mole, and Disruptive Pitch. However, there’s a handful that I’d think I personally would enjoy being on and realistically see myself on. If level of skills didn’t matter, there’s four shows that come to mind:

The Amazing Race

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CBS: “The Amazing Race is a multi-Emmy Award-winning reality series hosted by Emmy Award-nominated host Phil Keoghan. This season, 11 teams will embark on a trek around the world. At every destination, each team must compete in a series of challenges, some mental and some physical, and only when the tasks are completed will they learn of their next location. Teams who are the farthest behind will gradually be eliminated as the contest progresses, with the first team to arrive at the final destination winning The Amazing Race and the $1 million prize. “

Ellen’s Design Challenge: “From Trash to Treasure”

HGTV: “The designers are given one hour to race through a salvage yard to find items to make their furniture. Back at the shop, some of the designers discover that the material they have collected is not up to par, while one of the designers carpenter teams is not on the same page. At judging, everything is on the line as the final three discover which two will go on to the finale. ”

Slow TV: National Knitting Evening

Photo Credit-Netflix: “Knitting enthusiasts in Norway discuss the pastime and try to break the speed record for shearing, spinning and knitting wool into a men’s sweater.”

Project Runway

Photo Credit: Pinterest “Heidi Klum hosts a reality series where aspiring fashion designers compete for a chance to break into the industry. Each week, a designer is eliminated from the competition after exhibiting their work in front of a judges’ panel”

If you could change your name, what would it be?

I really like my name: Sa! It’s short, simple, and sweet! Hm…I’ve always wondered what it’ll be like if I was named Magnolia like the flower. My nickname would be Maggie like Baby Maggie from the Simpsons. 🙂 My aunts were all named after flowers. My sister is named after a flower. Maybe I just want to join the flower garden!

Also, I have contemplated what it’ll be like if I was named Star after I read this fun young adult novel called “Stargirl“. It’s about a free-spirited girl celebrating non-conformity.

How long have you been blogging?

Roughly 6 months and a few days! I’m still in the early stages of organizing my content and format, but I enjoy it immensely.

How frequently do you blog?

Depends on the season, but generally once or twice a week. I spend the rest of the time checking out your posts and reading your thoughts. I write in my journals everyday though!

Share the link to a favourite post of yours, why is this your favourite?

#Poetic Short Story- Grand Performance

I loved the lovely image that Helene @ Willow Poetry picked out for her weekly prompt “What do you see?”. It combined a variety of my interests: the beauty of nature, drama, love, poetry. This poem makes me feel alive and grateful for simple pleasures like a sunrise and a breeze.

Do you check your stats for the countries that have ‘visited’ your blog?

Yes, it’s just fascinating to me that what I write is seen from others from different locations around the globe! I’m amazed by these bloggers who inspire me and am curious to see what regions they live and experience life.

Which countries are you missing from your WordPress globe and would really like to see filled in on your map?

So what’s generally missing from my WP globe map are countries from South America, Africa, Russia, Asia. I think it’ll be helpful if I can add a plugin to translate my page into their language of choice. If I keep blogging, I can update to the premium version to do that!

Are you a ‘crafty’ person? (Knit, sew, paint, macrame … ?)

YES! I’ve done all of the above ever since I was a young girl. (This is why I would be on the knitting reality show!) A childhood friend taught me how to knit one afternoon while watching Sailor Moon. My mom was a seamstress and taught me how to sew. Learned how to paint and macrame at school! Crafty activities make me feel really happy. I lose track of time because it’s so fun for me.

There’s a lot of health benefits to these sort of activities as well. Repetitive needlework can induce a relaxed state like the association with meditation or yoga. For some, it redirects their focus and reduces the awareness of pain or rumination on problems. It replaces anxiety and stress with the satisfaction of creating something tangible.

Assuming that you celebrate, do you shop in advance for Christmas or do you leave everything to the last minute?

I shop in advance and online when possible. I also try hard to hit the clearance sales throughout the year. There are many times that I hand-make items. I like to make origami crafts 🙂

Photo Credit: Etsy

Do you participate in sports?

I enjoy many sports recreationally not competitively: martial arts, basketball, soccer, tennis, baseball. I enjoy playing with friends in the courts at the schools and parks. I join in some athletic camps from time to time. I have a lot of fun stories from all the sports I’ve played.

Are you a sweet or savoury person?

Split between the two! I love both!

Photo Credit: Pixabay – Macaroons!
Photo Credit: My Kitchen Snippets


Questions to Nominees

  • What are some of your goals for 2019? (blog/personal/career/spiritual…)
  • If you invited me to a party, what can I expect? (food/decorations/theme/music/games…)
  • What kind of gift would you bring to a friend’s house-warming party?
  • What has been an inspiring book that you have read lately?
  • What is your go-to comfort food?
  • What is an accessory or outfit you wear that makes you happy?
  • What is a place you visit that brings you joy?
  • What fantasy or fictional world would you like to be a part of?
Posted in Crafts, Culture, Events, flashback, Food/Recipes, Music

Q&A: Christmas Fireside Chat

Final testing season is over for me! Whew! This semester was quite a doozy, and those test makers sure know how to give many curve balls. Those mental gymnastics sure has made my mind more agile. Winter break is opening up for me, and I might be able to do more blog posts now! Yay!

Jenna, The Sunshine Artist, has invited me over for a Christmas chat by the crackling fireside! So now, I’m going to relax here with a cup of hot cocoa with marshmallows as I dive into and share with you all my cherished memories  in regards to Christmas. If you seen my post on  3.2.1-Celebrations, you’d know that I love to celebrate, and  there is more than one favorite memory! What are yours?

What’s your favorite Christmas movie?

Back when I wasn’t studying for the GMAT, I would go through all of Netflix’s Hallmark Christmas romance movies and eat some chocolate: A Christmas Prince, A Christmas Kiss, Christmas Lodge, Christmas in the Smokies, Christmas Inheritance… Maybe, I can sneak one in now, they feel so good! ❤ My favorite though would probably be Home Alone. 🙂 

What’s your favorite Christmas tradition?

Every Christmas has always been different for me! So I’m not sure I have a specific tradition. I roll a bunch of traditions into one event. Does that count? 😉 I enjoy attending Christmas mass with my family and learn the true meaning of Christmas after watching a creative theatrical nativity play hosted by the teachers and children. I also really enjoy creating hand made Christmas cards and help bake sugar cookies with some friends to deliver to the kids at a local orphanage. I really enjoy baking every Christmas! I also buy one toy for the Christmas Angel programs.

What was your most memorable Christmas and why?

So you might think I’m a bit insane, but this is the first memory that comes to mind at the word memorable! So, all of the second grade teachers at my school had worked with the parents to create a fun activity. Each student was going to bring a yard of Christmas themed fabric of his/her choice. The teachers and the parents who knew how to sew were going to create several “noodles” with each piece of fabric, stuff it with polyester, and bring it back.

The day before all of us headed out for winter break, all the students in our grade were going to work on this craft activity. Each student received 3 noodles made from fabric that were brought by other students. I just thought it was neat that I could have a piece from another student’s fabric. I just felt a sense of unity as we worked on this project together.

I was feeling under the weather, but I was so excited to work on this crafty activity. I didn’t want to miss out on the fun. The room was in a pure creative state for 3 hours as all the students in the throughout the hall braided and decorated these wreaths creating all sorts of unique creations.

I was feeling tired near the end of the day. I started to relieve the itch that traveled up and down my arms. As I scratched it, I noticed that there were red bumps. I touched my forehead and realized how hot it was. I was coming down with a fever. By the time I was finished with my wreath, I realized that I had the chicken pox!

I guessed I missed my vaccination. (Nowadays, I try to stay updated on my vaccines.) I was so worried that I passed on my chicken pox to the other students, so I warned all of them to stay many yards away from me. When we were all done and ready to go home, my classmates waved and wished me a Merry Christmas as they safely kept their distance.

My mother disinfected and washed my wreath. Even though I was sick, I was glad  to have made this wreath with good holiday cheer!

Posted in Books, Crafts, Culture, Dance, Dreams, exercise

A Creator’s Excursion

Just plain excited today! I don’t know what’s gotten into me. When it comes to one of my favorite hobbies, I become giddy like a sweet-tooth child in a candy store. I felt incredibly delighted to see these ribbons on sale for 10 CENTS EACH at the store. I got 5 1/2 yards of sheer fabric that is very similar to the color of the cover my planner this year. I love this light sheer fabric. What a coincidence that this fabric caught my attention! I found a oval loom and a device that I can use to make rugs and pom-poms. I just think I get excited by the possibilities. I’m envisioning dresses, blouses, and one-piece jumpsuits. I had this wild idea to create my own lingerie with some of this lacy ribbon I picked up. I found some patterns of Lolita dresses for costumes and a dress for work. I will be using an old prom dress and changing it into a light-weight two piece outfit. 

 Jose invited some friends to hang out at his loft. I was preparing lunches for them in the kitchen while they lounged around on the couch talking to one another. There was a Japanese wall panel dividing the room. I felt distant from everyone as I watched everyone chatting animatedly to each other.
wall divider

Occasionally, I would feel distant from my friends and acquaintances. Sometimes, I would take the initiative to catch up with old friends to avoid this distant feeling. Today, I decided to call a friend I lost touch with last year. I got to chat with one of my friends who moved out to Indiana this past summer. His wife is doing a masters program in civil engineering and he is still fixing his house up to feel more like a home. He feels like a stranger in a new city, but I think his family will make new friends soon.

I did some flutter kicks for 10 minutes. My abs are feeling the burn, and I’m still incredibly sore from the jump rope exercises from two days ago. Need to take it easy, but still working hard.

I checked out a TV series from the library called “HaNaYaMaTa”. I watched the first 3 episodes and was captivated by the incredible bright breathtaking visuals that make me feel inspired. Makes me feel so good about life and happy. I can’t wait to see them perform Yosakoi, a Japanese traditional dance. The Yosakoi dance is really amazing as demonstrated by this YouTube videoHONIYA YOSAKOI | 2016


Dream: I was pumping gas at the gas station in my pajamas, and I was trying to make a decision about what I was going to wear later on in the day.

car refill transportation gas
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One of my managers is studying me as I arrive to work. I was wearing my rainbow-colored ears headband that I got from one of the stores in the mall called “Earthbound”. I made a conscience choice to wear this today. Before, I debated wearing it to work wondering whether or not it was professional. For some reason, I was afraid of being judged. In a way I was, but in a good way. One of my other managers reassured me it was a judge-free zone. My headband can be interpreted in many ways, but a customer clearly expressed it one way when he asked me, “Are you part of the community?” For a moment, I was puzzled by his question until it suddenly registered that he meant the LGBT community. I told him I had some friends and family that I wanted to support.

I finally am getting around to the book by pen name, Robert Jordan’s novel “A Wheel of Time”. Such a rich fantasy world filled with so much detail, I have to keep rereading some chapters because there’s so many introductions to foreign concepts and people.


After work, I jumped rope for 30 minutes and followed fitness trainer Rebecca-Louise video on How To Lose Arm Fat with 8 pound weights. Here’s what her arm workout consisted of:

15 Standing V-Raise
15 Shoulder Press
15 Kickbacks
15 Tricep Extensions
20 In and Out Curls
10 (on each arm) Inside Curls
20 Reverse Flies
20 Havyk Raises
15 Dips

I jogged for another 30 minutes straight (16 laps) outside in the courtyard. After a short break, I did 3 sets of 20 sit-ups, and could only manage 20 push-ups (upper body is very weak).

I asked a question to myself, as I’m reading more nutritional labels, is “How much sugar should I take in a day?” According to the American Heart Association, the maximum amount of added sugars you should eat in a day are:

  • Men: 150 calories per day (37.5 grams or 9 teaspoons)
  • Women: 100 calories per day (25 grams or 6 teaspoons)

My jaw dropped. I need to radically change my diet. This is how I currently feel though. Well I’ll be taking steps in the next few days. We’ll see how this goes!

In response to the Daily Word Prompt: captivate