Liebster Award Nomination

 

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The Rules!

Post the logo above

Accept the nomination and link back to the blog that nominated you

Share seven things about yourself

Nominate blogs and inform them of the nomination

 

I’d like to nominate:

1. http://naomibaltuck.wordpress.com/

2. http://fictionalien.wordpress.com/

3. http://juliegreenart.com/

4. http://seductivevenice.wordpress.com/

5. http://eightdaysweek.wordpress.com/

6. http://aprettypennyblog.com/about-me/

7. http://whenlifegivesyouletters.wordpress.com/

8. http://girlcommaworld.wordpress.com/

 

1. What is your favourite book?

Ah, this is a tough one. I’m not ready to answer this!

Okay, I’m a bit of a bookworm (understatement).

My top 5 in no particular order:

  •     The Messenger – Markus Zusak
  •     For One More Day – Mitch Albom
  •     Carrie Diaries – Candace Bushanell
  •     The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
  •     Night – Elie Wiesel

2. What is your most memorable dining experience?

  •  Eating a feast composed of seafood and lovely desserts like caramel mud pie and strawberry  short cake at Bubba Gump in the Victoria Peak (Hong Kong). The view was fabulous and had a wonderful time with my family!
  • Making dinner for one of my best friend’s aunt and uncle. They let us stay in their house for the weekend because it’s a sleepy town but I enjoyed their company tremendously. I don’t know about you but I have a soft spot for older generations so hearing about their lives and travels – all the struggles, the fun and excitement, the joy and tragedy, the beauty and pain of existence. They’re such beautiful people.

3. Favourite cuisine?

  • Asian
  • Italian
  • French

4. What is your favourite meal of the day?

Probably dinner – when the whole family is present 😀

5. What is your least favourite food?

Papaya/Pawpaw

6. Do you prefer cooking for yourself, or others?

I don’t cook much – perhaps not at all! Thank goodness for Mama and my auntie.

If the world turns upside down and I learn how to cook, I’d love to cook for others.. that is if I feel confident enough. But nothing beats a really easy, simple homemade meal for your lovely self so the answer is BOTH!

7. Favourite blogs on the internet?

Garance Doré – a vivacious, witty French blogger who is effortlessly chic and humorous!

Humans of New York – Brandon Stanton’s photographs and the conversations he has with strangers never fail to amaze me, I’m sure you will blown away if you check it out 😉

I wrote about him here in my blog.

Movie2k ~ I thank the creator of this site from the bottom of my heart)

Sidereel ~ I’m also a TV series fanatic. Scandal, Revenge, Suits, Grey’s Anatomy, The Mindy Kaling Project – you name it.

8. One place you would love to travel to?

E-U-R-O-P-E. ‘Nuff said.

9. Casual dining or fine dining?

Casual dining for sure!! Fine dining is no fun if you have to pretend to be prim and proper.

10. Salt or pepper?

Random question. Salt.

11. Spicy food: yes or no?

I love spicy food so yes! I like putting a bit of spicy stuff on my food especially in soup dishes and pizza 🙂

Thank you soo much to Genevieve for nominating me for the Liebster Award!

So unexpected and had a great time answering these questions 🙂

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The Good Story

What makes a good story?

This is a question every journalist would ask.

If a story is “good”, it can be pitched to a media outlet. It has the potential to be published. It has the potential to generate impact upon society. It’s worthy to be published.

But how exactly would an aspiring journalist know what type of stories could appeal to the masses? After all, we write for our audiences.

The are “news values”, a not-so hidden secret of journalists practising their craft in English-speaking countries.

As an aspiring journalist, however, I believe news in this day and age does not accurately depict or reflect the state of society as a whole and rather displays the extremes, what media consumers want – sex, drugs, violence and animals (yes, puppies and cats).

Brandon Stanton, the man behind Humans of New York (HONY), offers his insight on “The Good Story” and with the same idiosyncratic style as the photographs in his highly successful blog – simple, raw and real.

Street photography is his expertise but extracting personal information from strangers is a truly powerful gift. Brandon’s story is just as inspirational as every picture. You can read about it here.

As a person fascinated by the everyday human experience, HONY is heaven on earth. It offers a slice of life, exhibiting nuances of raw emotion. Journalists don’t report about the ordinary and instead the bizarre. But really, what HONY captures is a breath of fresh air. Through HONY’s lens, the everyday is anything but mundane. If only we could all see the world through his lens.

After all, when a guy takes a photograph of a stranger living their life in their own little space on earth and somehow obtain quotable quotes then makes you feel good to be a part of the human race… that’s something rare and one of a kind, isn’t? That’s probably a good story.

Little Souls

I’m not a morning person at all (Is anyone?) but I decided to steer away from my habitual sleep-ins for a great cause. My friend’s mum runs Little Souls, a not-for-profit early intervention and childcare centre for kids with autism aged two to six. Admittedly, I had no idea what it would be like to observe ABA therapists in action but having an insatiable curiosity for new experiences, the only way to silence the inquisitive mind is to dive into the unknown.

“She used to chew the mouse,” said Maria, an energetic ABA therapist.

I watched closely as Maddie clicked away and stared at the screen with much anticipation, each puzzle piece emerging to reveal an animal. This is a task designed to develop fine motor skills, something a typically developing children would learn by themselves. Just because it’s not cancer or leukemia doesn’t mean it’s any less detrimental to the young person and even more so to their families.

When we were heading out to the corridor, I listened as she tried her best to say “Open”. Suddenly, she reminded me of Maggie, a gorgeous little girl whom I met at the centre two years ago. Maggie had difficulty in speaking but she repeated every word her therapist said with so much enthusiasm that I was left in awe. Beware; her chubby cheeks and adorable curls might fool you into thinking that she is as delicate and soft as a feather… but she possesses the kind of fighting spirit and determination that is rare for one so young.

You can imagine my surprise, well you can’t imagine the look on my face, when I was told that Maggie could now speak and understand three languages at 6 years old.

Maggie’s story is truly inspiring and eye opening and it also offers hope to kids like Maddie. The amount of progress in two years is simply astonishing.

Being there, seeing and hearing everything first-hand is at once incredibly humbling and compelling. The awe-inspiring kids and staff bursting with energy and warmth define a fun, positive learning environment. I can’t help but ask myself: What are you afraid of? If Maggie can overcome such hurdles at a very young age and people tirelessly working together actually make a difference in their lives, why can’t you do the same? Why can’t we do the same?

For all we know, Maggie could be the next best simultaneous interpreter at the UN. The sky is the limit for our little souls!

“What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?”

The Perks of Being 18 (That’s a lie)

I think I’m having an early-life crisis. Okay, maybe it’s just one of the countless teenage crises that I’ll have to experience. I thought it would be nice to turn 18 and legally drink (lots) but no. Not at all. Before you stop reading, consider the possibility that this article may bring back memories of your childhood or teenage years – the formative years. The triumphs (very few) and struggles (way too many to mention) of an adult-in training.

Becoming an adult (in training) has only made me more confused, angry and desperate for some kind of direction. Just tell me what to do and I’ll do it! Oh my manners – please? Unfortunately, life doesn’t work that way. The only method is trial and error and that’s pathetic but true. I’m actually getting old. In two years, I’ll be 20. I would have lived two decades. How crazy is that? If you’re a much older person than I am, I bet you’re going to say something like: Well, how about me? How do you think I feel about myself?

To be honest, my mind is so consumed by doubts and worries that I am just stuck being indecisive. When do I ask for work experience? I’m in my first semester of my first year, is this too early or maybe my initiative and enthusiasm might actually result into something good? Do I tutor kids so I could get some money? But maybe I’ll be a terrible tutor and I won’t make a difference, perhaps make them worse than what they already are. Do I apply for hospitality jobs? I am too clumsy and such a slow-poke. Do I apply for retail jobs? They look for experience. God damn it, I just want to write and maybe proofread. I write decent pieces but I can’t even write a great cover letter that will actually get me an interview. Or maybe I’m just not trying hard enough. Maybe all this indecision should be decisions made, goals pursued and action taken.

I have my own news story, media conference story and group assessment throughout the remaining time for this semester. My three essays are due in one day – the last week of the semester. How will I ever get things done? I’m only doing three subjects and currently unemployed and I’m here writing in a blog that nobody reads. Now, that’s something isn’t? I’m crazy. I’m a lost soul and I know it. In saying that though, I’m not here to get some pity or expecting someone to hold my hand and tell me everything is going to be okay.

I write to express myself. It’s cathartic. I feel in control. I feel like I have some sort of a powerful weapon that nobody can take away from me. It’s not elastic or made of metal or a wand or a web. It’s an idea, a thought, an incredible sensation that I can only feel when I’m here – writing.

Alive. That’s how it makes me feel. And somehow quite vulnerable and invincible. Now those two words don’t go together. But in choosing and replacing words, writing and re-writing words… it almost seem like an infinite puzzle. There’s the rush of emotions and adrenaline running through your blood, forcing you to somehow make a decision. And when you’ve finally given up in the idea of ever finding the right word, there’s the light bulb moment or Oprah’s “Aha Moment”. There’s a moment of clarity. Everything makes sense. No one can see it coming together or expects the image to emerge like the way it did. Nobody thinks it makes sense but for you – the writer, it does.

When your fingers touch the paper and see a bunch of letters that make sense to you, you feel like you won something. World Championships. You beat Usain Bolt. Or Lance Armstrong (without taking drugs).

And you can take a deep breath, ready for the paparazzi and interviewers. Plus, it keeps you sane. Writing does.

What are you passionate about? What makes you not want to be indecisive?

Published on http://socialjournalism.com.au/the-perks-of-being-18-thats-a-lie/