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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Three things Filipinos would ask…

Every time there’s a gathering, mostly birthday parties, in which people go crazy by cooking sumptuous Filipino cuisine, it’s always a grand banquet, a big feast.

There’s three main qualities of the Filipino culture. Here’s what every adult would ask a typical young woman in her teenage years:

1. Tumangkad ka. Ilang taon ka na nga? (You grew taller, how old are you now?)

A question from the older people. We like tall people, I’m not quite sure why! This is usually followed by some speech along the lines of: “You’re growing up fast and almost a lady, soon enough you’ll have your own family.” Family-oriented, close family ties, you name it.

2. Kumain ka na? (Have you eaten?)

If you say no, they would insist that you eat; if you say yes, they would politely ask you to eat more and more and more… Gosh, we’re really generous.

3. May boyfriend ka na? (Do you have a boyfriend now?)

Talk about no privacy. Even to the point of inquiring about our love life. Everyone wants to know… well I think being innately inquisitive is a good and bad thing 😀

Gotta love Filipinos though. We care too much 😉

Overheard: Reality TV? That’s nothing.

Combine Home and Away (If you’re Aussie, you will understand this) and Keeping up with the Kardashians, not that I’ve ever watched a single episode. I’m simply basing this on annoying promos during commercial breaks. But I am almost completely certain that my real-life characters (without them knowing) are way more interesting and the storyline is much more entertaining. Read on and find out why!

People in their forties were talking loudly on the train, as though no one was there:

It started like this…

How often do you see your daughter?

None of your bloody business!

Well, my father gave me pearls and opals. They’re beautiful.

Ah, probably ‘cause he said to himself: Here’s jewellery, go away. Yes, finally! She’s gone!

Then the woman started to open up…

A Soliloquy

Look at me. I look like shit. I cried and cried. And he treated me like a thief. He broke my heart. All the lies. And shit.

I don’t know what I do. I should just be happy with my own little life. There was Perry who comes and we’re all in love then he leaves for five days. Doesn’t call, just a couple of texts saying don’t call me, I’m with my partner. Ah, it’s just shit. Then there was Matthew, oh don’t get me started on him.

I just need to get my confidence back but Robin took all my confidence.

The things I do to make myself happy.

If I was a bitch from hell, why didn’t he just tell me? Nobody reads minds.

(This one is worthy to be quoted, I think)

You listen to four or five stories of the same event. It’s amazing how people have such different perceptions and versions of what happened.

[Silence.]

How are those relatives of yours?

They have this mentality that it’s what you do – steal and lie. That life is all about you. And the whole world owes you.

 They touch on a particular Auntie…

I thought she was getting good money from the house.

Everyday is a different story. One day there’s a renter, one day she’s given up on it.

She’s in another world. She must have a carer or someone to look after her.

She needs to but she doesn’t want to.

The next topic is one of their nieces…

She said she wants to jump off the balcony then I say: Hang on, hang on.

She’s definitely bipolar. Has she got medication?

Yes, she does but she probably doesn’t take them. I said one time, “Are you popping pills?” She said, “Do you want speed?”

(laughs)

 And ended the lively conversation with a random thought…

(Pointing to the building)

There’s a hole in the middle of the building.

That’s most unusual.

That’s certainly unusual but I’m not quite sure if I like it.

Juicy gossip, insightful musings and dramatic monologues  straight from the mouth of lovely strangers who just happen to be comfortable sharing their life stories to everyone on the train. People are people. We love them anyway.

I was listening, accidentally on purpose. I know you would too if you were me.

Care to share any stories you “overheard”? (I know you want to. Come on, don’t be a pussy.)

Film Review: Happiness Never Comes Alone

Source: http://www.cinemotions.com/affiche-Un-Bonheur-n-arrive-jamais-seul-tt114468
Source: http://www.cinemotions.com/affiche-Un-Bonheur-n-arrive-jamais-seul-tt114468

Sometimes in order to be happy, you must confront your greatest fear. An eclectic mix of old and new elements transforms this French Rom-com into a Hollywood fairy-tale and that’s not always a good thing.

A struggling musician afraid of his famous father’s shadow, Sacha (Gad Elmaleh) instantly falls head over heels for a single mum Charlotte (Sophie Marceau). In a house with three bundles of joy and clashing personalities, Charlotte juggles her roles as Super-mum, contemporary art exhibitionist and the ex-wife of rich businessman Alain Posche (François Berléand). Manipulative and controlling, Alain uses his money and power to drive away Charlotte’s first husband and he’s not afraid to do it again.

Though the Parisian setting never fails to capture the heart of audiences, Sacha’s fear of commitment and kids resonate with typical Hollywood Rom-coms and so do many of the boy meets girl scenes. However, there were some innovative shots and angles as well as old and popular music that appears to be tailor-made for the comedic tone of the film.

Director James Huth’s Hollywood take on a Parisian film certainly appeals to those searching for the characteristic components like the idea of “dreams do come true” and characters experiencing a roller-coaster of emotions type of film but those who want something deeper or more authentic should look elsewhere.

Oozing with energy and life, colours are more intense as the pair has undeniable chemistry and the film on the whole is fun-filled and light. Though the cast was full of potential, the film dragged along at times without offering anything much different than any other American Rom-com.

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