The Liebster Award


A couple days ago, this tiny blog of mine was nominated for a Liebster Award by the fabulous Kainoa over at Holoholo Girls. I’ve been a long-time follower (*cough* lurker *cough*) of their blog, and I love their creative, insightful, and beautifully personal posts about life. Needless to say, coming from them, this means a lot! Thank you/ありがとう~!

What is the Liebster Award?

The Liebster Award is an award for bloggers by bloggers. It’s a way to show some well-deserved Liebe to our favourite smaller blogs.

The four elements of the award are:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link to his or her blog.
  2. Answer the 10 questions by the nominee before you.
  3. Nominate 10 of your favorite blogs with fewer than 200 readers, and notify them of their nomination.
  4. Come up with 10 questions for your nominees to answer.

Q&A (from Holoholo Girls)

What inspired you to create your blog?
I started this blog after I moved to California as a way to keep my family back in Canada somewhat up-to-date on my life. I’m also fortunate to have many good friends scattered across several countries, and while it’s not always easy to stay in touch, this way I feel like I’m still able to share my life with the people I care about (although I’m pretty sure Michaelさん is the only one who actually reads this — hey brah!).  Also, I kept a journal from the age of 12 until about 22, when I enrolled in film school and stopped writing as life got in the way of attempting to document it. I view this blog as a continuation of that practice, albeit a much more public one.

What is your favorite quote and by whom?
“Ang hindi marunong lumingon sa pinangalingan ay hindi makakarating sa paroroonan.”
(“He who does not look back from where he came will never reach his destination.”)

– José Rizal

What song would you choose to be your theme song?
I honestly didn’t know how to answer this question initially, so I took this quiz, and it came up with “Unwritten,” by Natasha Bedingfield.  Now that I think about it, I wouldn’t disagree.

However, I do not-so-secretly wish that Turks’ Theme would play every time I entered a room.

If you could meet any person, dead or alive, who would it be?
José Rizal — polymath, world traveller, and revolutionary. His life and accomplishments were always an inspiration to me, and in fact, my main motivation for becoming fluent in Spanish was to one day be able to read Noli Me Tángere in the original Castilian.

If they made a movie of your life, what actor would you like cast to play you?
For completely shallow reasons, I will say Kristin Kreuk — she’s a (part-) Asian Vancouverite like me, plus I was a fan of Smallville when I was high school. She looks nothing like me, but that’s kind of the point — it’s my chance to be more physically attractive than I actually am! Huzzah!

What comprised the most delicious meal you’ve ever eaten?
I’ve eaten a lot of good meals, but the first thing that comes to mind is my mom’s sinigang na buto-buto ng baboy (rough transation: sinigang with pork bones). Sinigang is a remarkably simple Filipino dish, consisting of a sour, tamarind-based stew, chock-full of vegetables and some sort of protein — pork ribs, in this case. Like all ulam (main dish), it’s served with rice, and often with patis (fish sauce). Mmmmm.

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
This is such a  hard question! There are so many amazing places in the world — ones that I’ve visited and also places that I still dream of visiting — that it’s hard to choose just one! Can I choose a hypothetical place that comes equipped with a functioning teleporter? For practical reasons, I would stay where I am now — in Tokyo. Amazing food, rich history and culture, the conveniences and entertainment of living in major world city without any of the danger. However, if I had that teleporter handy, I would zip to Ilhabela, Brazil for the tranquility and wonderful beaches, and to Vancouver to see my family.

A sentence or two describing a happy memory?
Would it be too cliché to cite my wedding day? Sunset in Joshua Tree, just Edu and me dressed in crazy steampunk, and the wedding minister. Such a magical day.

What is your favorite way to spend your free time?
Playing video games.  Both my husband and I are homebodies. It’s a great way to spend time with each other (either by playing co-op or taking turns playing the same game), and because I am a video game developer by trade, I can legitimately argue that I’m also doing research. Really, it’s the perfect pastime.

What do you admire the most about yourself?
I’m always up for learning new things.

Here are my 10 nominations:

I’m not entirely sure whether any of these blogs have already been nominated, or even if they would be considered “small blogs.” However, I love reading them, and I think you will too!

  1. Veni Vidi Giosy
  2. This Japanese Life.
  3. Japanese Cooking Class Tokyo with Mari – Secret Recipes and Tips about Taste of Japan
  4. Just Visit Siena
  5. 碧海遊人
  6. Crônicas do Iglu
  7. Cintia disse
  8. Diário de uma vida estrangeira
  9. lisa bond ✈ photography
  10. A French American Life

…And My 10 Questions:

(Feel free to answer in any language.)

  1. What inspired you to create your blog?
  2. If you were permitted only 3 things on your “bucket list,” what would they be?
  3. Which fictional universe (e.g. from a film, book, video game, etc.) would you like to live in?
  4. Salary aside, what is your dream career?
  5. If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
  6. Where would you like to travel to (that you haven’t already been), and why?
  7. What is the one thing you can’t live without?
  8. If you could travel to any place and historical time period, which would it be?
  9. What’s your guilty pleasure?
  10. Describe yourself in 3 words.

This was fun! Thanks again to Kainoa, and I’m looking forward to learning more about some of my favourite bloggers!

2 thoughts on “The Liebster Award

  1. Yxes says:

    I had no idea you were blogging! I will start following you. But not at this moment as I am at work Can’t wait to read later. And thanks for the nomination, Olim!

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