The Sunshine Blogger Award

Iba yung saya na dulot ng award, noh? So ito na nga, buti nalang hindi ito inabot ng another 2 years.

Salamat kay Jheff ng Shades of Wanderer sa pagnominate ng blog na ito in no particular order. (Check his post to relate. Haha!) Nakasama ako sa Top 15!

The Sunshine Blogger Award is given to bloggers who are creative, positive, and inspiring. Once nominated, the blogger is required to write a post in which they:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated them and link back to their blog.
  • Answer 11 15 questions asked by the blogger who nominated them.
  • Nominate [at least] 11 other blogs and give them 11 new questions to answer. Let’s skip this part, shall we?

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Malalim at marami yung tanong ni Pareng Jheff. Sinubukan kong babawan yung sagot pero dahil medyo pa-deep din yung peg ko, sineryoso ko rin yung ibang tanong. Tagalog din ang format natin today, so kung may stalker akong taga-ibang bansa, pasensya na. Sana mag-work ang Google Translate. (As if naman may stalker?? Haha!) Eto na!

1. Mas pipiliin mo ba ang trabaho na malaki ang sahod pero stressful, o maliit ang sahod pero walang stress?

Trick question ba ‘to? Siyempre gusto ko yung malaki ang sahod pero walang stress. Ay walang ganong option?! Hahaha! Mas gusto ko yung malaki ang sahod pero stressful. Yung stress kasi pwede i-manage pero yung maliit na sahod, hindi. Haha! But really, if I don’t get stressed, it means, bored na ko sa trabaho ko at wala na akong gana. Mas tragic yun para sakin. An idle mind is a devil’s playground. (Naks, may pa-quote pa para kunyari deep.)

2. Dapat ba na ang mag-jowa/mag-asawa alam ang password ng kanya-kanyang Facebook account?

Hindi naman dapat pero ‘matic na kasi dapat yun. Kung asawa kita at hindi mo alam password ko, hindi mo man lang ba tinanong or hindi ka na-curious? For me, shared stuff shows we’re intimate. Ako lang naman yun.

3. Kung may body odor or bad breath ang kaibigan mo, paano mo siya sasabihan nang hindi siya mao-offend? O hindi mo na lang sasabihin sa kanya?

Sasabihin ko, “pre, amoy bakas a… bakas ng kahapon.” Charrrrr!!!! Hahahaha! Most probably, I’ll keep silent in one instance or two pero kung araw-araw, gagamitin ko na yang linyang yan. (Di ko yan original na linya, narinig ko lang din lately sa kaibigan ko. :D)

4. Ano ang iyong kahinaan?

Siya. Charot. I’ve got this annoying habit or trait na kapag nasimulan ko, minsan hindi ko tinatapos. Parang blogging. Minsan lulubog, minsan lilitaw. Parang pagiging disiplinado, madalas, sobrang motivated ko sa unang araw pero in the long run, I can’t keep up na. But I always try to do it again. Parang ngayon. Nagsusulat ako ulit. Laban. Puso. Ganun.

5. Kung galit ka sa isang tao, ano ang dapat niyang gawin para mawala ang galit mo sa kanya?

Isang taimtim na patawad lang, okay na ko. Kung may kasamang chocnut, mas masaya.

6. Ano ang “craziest” thing na nagawa mo sa ngalan ng pag-ibig?

Pumunta ng Dubai. Charot.

7. Ano ang mas masakit na klase ng break-up, yung dahil sa third party? O dahil hindi kayo itinadhana?

Third party. Masakit yung niloko ka at pinagpalit sa iba. Mapapatanong ka ng, “pangit ba ko?” at “kapalit-palit ba ko?”, kahit hindi ka si Liza. Mas masakit kung “oo” yung sagot sa tanong mo.

8. Anong pelikula ang tumatak at nagkaroon ng malaking epekto sayo?

Heneral Luna. First movie na pinanood ko mag-isa. Pwede palang hindi maging boring ang history. Nakakatawa yung atake. Maaring fiction yung ibang part pero nadeliver ng maayos yung mensahe. Mas naapreciate ko yung kalayaan natin bilang isang bansa kasi alam kong hindi biro yung sinakriprisyo nila Heneral Luna at iba pa. Bilang ganti, dapat ay maging responsable akong mamamayan ng bansa.

9. Kung magsusulat ka ng libro na babasahin ng lahat, ano ang mensahe mo sa mundo?

Hindi ko mensahe pero mensahe ni Kristo. His unconditional love for you and for me. The sacrifice of His life to save us from the penalty of sins: eternal death. That He is the only way, the truth and the life, no one comes to the Father except through Him. And His gift of salvation is free to all but is never cheap–it cost His life. There is no greater message that I want to tell the world than His.

10. Sino ang taong nag-iwan ng marka sa buhay mo at bakit?

Tao? Yung isa kong naging kaibigan. Tinuruan niya akong magsinungaling hindi sabihin ng kabuuan ang katotohanan. Tinuruan niya akong maniwala sa sarili ko–na kaya ko at may ibubuga rin ako. Tinuruan niya akong maging kuripot magtabi ng pera para sa sarili ko. Tinuruan niya akong magsalita ng masakit maging totoo. Tinuruan niya akong mangarap ulit. Tapos tinuruan niya akong bumalik sa Diyos. Tinuruan niya akong maghintay at ipagdasal ang isang tao hanggang maintindihan ulit nito yung love na si Lord lang ang pwedeng magbigay. Hindi siya tumigil hangga’t hindi kami ulit okay ni Lord. Napansin kong hindi niya ako tinigilan kamustahin at alalayan hanggang kaya ko na ulit mapag-isa. Alam kong palagi niya akong pinagdarasal. Tapos nung okay na, umalis na siya. It was a struggle at first but it let me fully embrace my dependence on God alone and never to men. People come and go. But God will never leave you nor forsake you. People change but God is the same yesterday, today and forever.

11. Meron ka bang pinagsisisihan sa buhay?

Marami. Pero wala. Gulo noh?

Yung pag-iwan ko sa ex ko. Kung hindi kami nagbreak, edi sana kasal na ko? Pero kung hindi ko naman ginawa yun, hindi siguro ako naging mas matibay at hindi ko natutunan na sa pag-ibig, dapat totoo ka sa sarili mo at sa kanya. Alam mo dapat kung kailan mo dapat ipaglaban at kung kailan ka dapat sumuko. Masaklap lang talaga na sa karera namin, kinailangan ko nang isuko yung “kami.”

Yung pag-alis ko ng bansa, pinagsisihan ko nung una pero kung hindi ko naman ginawa, hindi ko siguro nakilala nang lubos kung sino si Lord sa buhay ko.

Yung pag-alis ko ng company sa Pinas, pinagsisihan ko nung una kasi nakikita ko yung ibang ka-opisina ko na pinapadala sa iba’t-ibang bansa at napopromote na. So kung hindi ako umalis edi sana ako rin ganun? Pero kung hindi naman ako umalis, edi hindi ko natutunan yung mga natutunan ko ngayon? Na malawak pala ang mundo. Na marami palang tao na ibang-iba ang paniniwala at pag-uugali sa akin. At hindi ko rin makikita  at maiintindihan that only God can satisfy lahat ng kulang sa buhay ko. At siya rin yung nagbigay ng meaningful perspective sa lahat ng “sana” ko.

12. Anong legacy ang gusto mong iwan sa mundong ito?

Napakalaki ng mundo. Sa bandang huli, ang pinakamahalaga eh yung pamilya mo. Kahit hindi na sa mundo pero para lang sa pamilya ko, sa magiging asawa ko at sa mga magiging anak ko. Na maipadama ko sa kanila yung tunay na pagmamahal. Na kamahal-mahal sila at hindi kapalit-palit. Na mainlab ako ng todo at totoo kay Kristo and obey Him at all cost and somehow show my husband and children how fun and fulfilling a life with Christ is.

13. Ano ang pinakamahalagang aral ang natutunan mo sa buhay?

Na ang pinakamasakit na pwedeng pagdaanan ng tao sa buong buhay niya ay ang makantuhan sa siko. Sakit nun di’ba? May after-effect pa. Nanunuot sa buto yung sakit. Lol!

Pero sa totoo lang, I learned that our choices and decisions today will affect eternity. “YOLO” and “live now” are just half truth. There’s more to life than this life kaya we should be wise in our decisions. You never know how the future generation will either benefit or suffer because or our decision made today. I pray for the former.

14. Kung may isang bagay na pwede kang baguhin sa iyong nakaraan, ano ito?

Hindi ko kakainin nang isang upuan lahat ng chocolate na kinain ko kahapon. Tapos mamimigay din ako sa iba para lahat kami mataba.

Siguro wala. Masakit magkamali at nakakainis kasi parang hindi ako natututo pero kung ano ako ngayon ay dahil sa aking nakaraan.

15. Saan ka mas naniniwala, sa destiny or sa free will?

I think, napakadangerous kung mamimili ka lang sa dalawa kasi they’re both on the extreme end. Mas naniniwala ako sa balance of both. I know that God is sovereign at may napakaganda siyang plano sa buhay ko. But He gave me the gift of free will that allows me to have preferences. So I get to choose what kind of life to live. And if my life is submitted to His Lordship, my destiny will be fulfilled.

Yun lang mga kaibigan. Salamat at umabot ka dito sa dulo. Kung gusto mo rin sagutin yang interview questions ni Pareng Jheff, you are free to do so. 😀

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Mystery Blogger Award

Hello from a very long hiatus. Jheff’s nomination of my blog to The Sunshine Blogger Award helped me remember another award that has been sitting in my notes since ages. So to shake off the dust from my itchy brain and welcome myself back into writing, I would try to resurrect this award from the grave. Lol.

Last December 2016, I was nominated by Arlene of That Girl Arlene and Meg of
Nocturnal Mom Talks this Mystery Blogger Award. I know this is a very late response but I do appreciate your tags, gals.

“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. – Okoto Enigma

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Grabbed image at expatolife.com

As with other awards, there are rules. I will only answer the questions and skip most of the rules. Okoto, the creator of this award, might be disappointed if I do this. When I first drafted my post and searching for an image, I saw her comment on other blogs asking why are they not following the rules and it made me shookt (naks, millenial. Lol!). But this post has been pending since two years ago, I think she’s done policing other bloggers about it. Please don’t report my blog. LOL! 🙂

So here we go:

Three things about myself:
1. I’m not a fan of noodles and bread but I eat it anyway. Specially if the noodles are homemade and the bread are sweet (but not too sweet).
2. I love chocolates. My previous job is in a chocolate manufacturing company. It felt like Disneyland! I can eat all the chocolates I want whenever I want! It was so much fun until it all piled up in my belly.
3. I love full moon. I wrote poems about it and can stare at its beauty all night!

Questions from Arlene:

  • What is your greatest fear? Brief explanation. >>To be forgotten by my love ones. I have this lingering fear to be forgotten by my family and closest friends when I die (at a young age). As if I would know, right? I get it, they have to move on and live–without me. They have to learn to laugh, cry and share life together–without me. The thought of it breaks my heart.
  • Name 3 of  your favorite clothing items. >>Halter dress, oversized top, and loose dresses.
  • If you can spend Christmas with only one person, who is it going to be and why? >>My mother. I always enjoy her company and she always laugh at my jokes. 🙂
  • Share a picture of your most unforgettable trip/vacation. >>Hongkong Disneyland, 2012. It was my first out-of-the-country experience and first visit to Disneyland. It was so surreal and feels like you’re entitled to be a kid again.
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Ernie, Elsa, Jai, Mickey, Imee, Denice, Anne, Yel
  • What is your funniest dating experience? >>Not really a date but he was my crush back then. Together with my classmates, we checked the application process for college at a certain university. Upon going home, I badly felt the need to poop. I’m constipated so I poop whenever. But of all time, why do I have to poop when I’m with my crush???? It was sooo embarrassing I could die at that very moment. I consoled myself that I would be more embarrassed if I poop on my pants, right? So we went to a fast food restaurant so I can deposit my garbage. When I went out from washroom, he was grinning and laughing at me. But on the table was an ice cream crush for all of us. It was a dessert, one of my favorites. I don’t know if he bought it for me or just paid my usage of the toilet. Nevertheless, I savored all the kilig despite the embarrassment.

Questions from Meg:

  • (Weird/Funny Question) If you were a meat, would you rather be fried or grilled? Why? >>Fried. Para hindi cancerous. Because, carcinogens.
  • Who is your hero? >>My mother. If not because of her skills in selling (that I wasn’t able to acquire), I may not be able to graduate college.
  • What trait/traits of yours do you wish to change and why? >>My forgetfulness. I tend to forget anything–from keys to the secrets told by my closest friends. 😀 Sometimes it is helpful, most of the time I get in trouble because of it. Haha!
  • What’s your greatest plan/wish this coming year? >>To hug my mother. 😦 Haven’t been home for three years.
  • Do you believe in destiny? Why? Why not? >>I do and I don’t. Haha! I do believe that there is someone destined for us but I don’t believe that it will work out if you are not somehow attracted to him. I believe that love is a decision in the long run but your decision to entertain him is first influenced by your preferences.

There you go, guys. Thanks for reading!

RULES (stricken out if undone):
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. Since I’m hiding for not following all the rules, let’s skip this part, shall we?
5. Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.
6. You have to nominate 10 – 20 people. I don’t really have that much bloggers that I can nominate since I just went back from hiatus. So, no thanks.
7. Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog.
8. Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify). Can’t really think of a fun and meaningful questions. Might revisit this article in the future for this portion. And “might” might mean another two years or never. Lol!
9. Share a link to your best post(s). Not sure if I have best ones so I’ll spare you this one.

The Versatile Blogger Award

 

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The Versatile Blogger Award goes to…. JRLZN!!!

*confetti*

JRLZN: Thank you, thank you! I’d like to thank Jason and Lee for nominating The Versatile Blogger Award to me. 

It felt like I won an MMFF or Oscars award because of this! Close enough. LOL!

So what is this award all about?

I have no idea! -.-

Excuse my lack of vocabulary as I search the meaning of “versatile” online:

Versatile – adjective – (1) able to adapt or be adapted to many different functions or activities; (2) changeable; inconstant.

So.. Jason and Lee.. find my blog (and 14 others) versatile? Hmm.. I’m flattered. 🙂

Then I came across this blog that explains the award further:

When you consider nominating a fellow blogger for the Versatile Blogger Award, consider the quality of the writing, the uniqueness of the subjects covered, the level of love displayed in the words on the virtual page. Or, of course, the quality of the photographs and the level of love displayed in the taking of them.  

Honor those bloggers who bring something special to your life whether every day or only now and then.

You ready?

Here are the rules:

  1. Thank the person that has nominated you & include a link to their blog.
  2. Nominate at least 15 blogs of your choice.
  3. Link your nominees and let them know of your nomination.
  4. Share seven (7) different facts about  yourself.

Aside from Jason and Lee, these bloggers probably got this award already or might not be interested in participating. Nevertheless, I am listing them below, in no particular order, as they are the sites I visit often and personally admire the way they blog and put their thoughts into writing:

  1. Aysabaw
  2. Ako Si Tunay Na Pag-ibig
  3. UnbraveGirl
  4. HandsFreeMama
  5. My Sacred Words
  6. Bon voyage, doc!
  7. Aide-mémoire
  8. Tala Bells
  9. Cassiopeia
  10. AkoSiBabae
  11. That Fat Lady
  12. Idiosyncratic
  13. The Pen’s Heart
  14. Exhibit A
  15. Doctor Eamer’s Blog

Finally, here’s the seven (7) facts about me:

  1. I love chocolates–any kind! I can finish them up in one day. 😀
  2. I am morena and proud–but am still being bullied because of my skin. I stopped using whitening soap and lotion after the dermatologist told my mother that her skin is so thin due to the constant use of whitening products as they apparently peels off the protective layer of your skin to lighten it.
  3. I love to eat ripe mangoes but never buy one as I always fail in picking the perfectly sweet ones.
  4. I’m a listener and you can trust me with a secret. You can share me a secret as I would probably forget about it a day after. No offense, I sometimes choose to forget it so I can’t share it with anyone else.
  5. I forget about lots of stuffphones, jewelries, dreams,–name it, I probably have forgotten about it.
  6. I love to receive letters but hated the feeling of reading it a year later only to realize that we are not the way we used to be.
  7. I prefer one on one relationship rather than group. I can get along with a group of people but I can only develop a deep friendship to a single one.

 

So there you go. Thanks for reading (or browsing)!


Update:

I actually didn’t know that I was nominated until I searched my pen name (jirahlization) online.

I didn’t received the notification as it was stuck in the comments’ spam folder, unapproved.

So hey, I will now be checking this folder every now and then as there might be fairies dropping an award in no time. 🙂