Singapore Tam Tam has honoured me by awarding this blog the Liebster Blog Award!
Of course, like all proper awards, it comes with strings attached. These are the strings:
1. When you receive the award, you post 11 random facts about yourself and answer 11 questions from the person who nominated you.
2. Pass the award onto 11 other blogs (make sure you tell them you nominated them!) and ask them 11 questions.
3. You are not allowed to nominate the blog who nominated you!
4. Make sure the blogs you chose have 200 or LESS followers
So here goes!
#1: I cannot, for the life of me, stand seeing coins lying around. Coins MUST be placed in a purse, piggy bank or coin holder. It should not EVER be lying around.
#2: When I was 11 I had a crush on a girl in the next level at school. Being from an all girls convent school, I wondered if I was a lesbian, and told my mother. She said its natural to admire someone else of the same gender. She said that we sometimes can confuse admiration for romantic feelings, and said she also experienced something similar when she was a young girl. I love the fact that I could talk to my mum about things like that from a young age!
#3: I used to listen to Malay Sandiwara (drama) on the radio with my late grandfather when I was a very young girl. He also taught me many Malay poems (which i don't remember now) and would get me to recite them to visiting guests. He was the first person to start coaching me on public speaking! I'm not half bad at it today!
#4: I was skinny only once in my life. It was because a guy I really loved broke my heart, and I lost like 10 kilos because I lost the will to eat.
#5: I am such a procrastinator! I almost always wait till the last minute to get something done.
#6: I LOVE Rugby! I used to train with what became the first Singapore Women's Rugby Team but ended up not following through because I had to focus on my 'A' Levels!
#7: I met someone who asked me to help him with a Foundation to Teach English in Iraq in 2005. I really wanted to do it, but my parents said to earn money and 'pay them back' for their investment in my education. So I stayed in Singapore and got a job in the "gahmen".
#8: I once acted as a Horny Malay Makcik in a Musical that was produced by Teater Ekamatra. It was written and directed by Gene Sharudyn.
#9: I once acted as THE Minah in a play titled 'The Miseducation of the Minah Bukit" written by Alfian Saat and directed by Sani Hussin. I wish I could get my hands on the tapes or the script and recreate that event. I LOVED IT!
#10: I know I wasn't born on 15th August 1947. But because I was born on 15th August, I believe I AM A Midnight's Child (Midnight's Children, Salman Rushdie). I was just born too long after 00:00 that my powers are very weak- they are powers of persuasion by the way. =P
#11: In Secondary School I was really close friends with 3 other girls, we called ourselves 'US 4'. Yeah, how original? We always kinda, played pretend depending on what was our latest preoccupation. When we were crazy about U2, we pretended we were a band. When we were crazy about X-Men, we pretended we were superheroes. We would create alter-egos and everything. Us4 Rocked!
Now, answers to 11 questions Singapore Tam Tam posed:
1. What song or performer will make it onto every mix tape or spotify list you'll ever assemble?
Keane- Somewhere Only We Know. Love that song and it has a lot of romantic history for me, with multiple men! lol...
2. What book or article are you still thinking about?
Twilight. I can't believe I read the entire series even though I thought the writing was quite rubbish! Shame on Me!
3. Where on the internet do you waste most time? And where on the internet do you find most interesting/inspiring/influential news and stories?
Erk...online shopping sites! Way too much time on them, and I hardly buy anything! I find most interesting influential stuff on blogs of course!
4. What newspaper/website/twitterfeed do you follow to keep abreast of current events in your geographic area?
Singapore's Straits Times, BBC, CNN and New York Times. Singaporeans think the world is their geographic area!
5. And where will you take me when I come to visit?
My parents home for dinner. My mom is great cook and my dad is just a chatty person everybody just HAS to meet!
6. How do you meet locals in your neighbourhood?
I kinda like to keep to myself. So it's random meetings in the lift. I also always give something during festive season to the neighbours. That's when we make small talk and try and get to know each other.
7. How would you describe your style?
8. What's your favourite hobbyhorse to get on? What do you love to hate?
I'm not sure I have a hobby. Is watching lots of tv shows a hobby? =( I love to hate rude people on public transport!
9. What parenting taboos or practices have you come across in your culture?
Oh my folks tell me that if you have an unruly or mischievious little girl, bathe the young child under the groin of the father. And if it's unruly little boy, bathe the little boy under the groin of the mother. That would set the kid right!
10. What parenting practices do you think should be adopted from elsewhere?
Hmmmm....I'm not sure. I'm kinda a go with the flow kinda mom, so I don't know how to answer the question but to say, just got with your gut?
11. When and what made you change your mind?
Once sometime in 2006?...I was dating a guy I had had a crush on like forever. I seriously thought he would be it, until he told me to be cautious of a group of friends I was growing increasingly close to. He said they had ulterior motives in befriending me. I was like...WTF? Those people have proven their friendship to me when he hadn't even begun to. Dumped him!
My 11 questions:
1- What's the wildest, most unexpected thing that has ever happened to you?
2- What's the last thing you do at night before you go to bed?
3- If you could be reborn as someone else, who would it be and why?
4- What's the first thing you ever learnt to cook?
5- If you could travel anywhere in the world tomorrow, where would it be and why?
6- What's the one thing you look or looked for in a partner/spouse?
7- If you could donate 1 million dollars to a good cause, what cause would it be?
8- iPad/iPhone or Galaxy Note? Why?
9- If i challenged you to a swimming race, what swimming stroke would assure you a win?
10- What's the scariest thing you think you will never be able to bring yourself to do?
11- What's your favourite number and why?
The blogs I nominate:
A Dallop of Me
Like A Wind
Fern of theForest
Our Little Smarties
Looking forward to reading your responses! =)