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Mystery Blogger Award 2018

Well, I got nominated for the Mystery Blogger Award! 🙂 Here’s the closest I will ever get to virtually flashing a million watt smile and perfecting my pageant-style wave (in the virtual world, of course) to my adoring fans (I meant this in the most sarcastic way possible since there’s no way I can see myself doing this, haha). Mostly I see these kinds of award posts as just for fun. It’s not a competition and I don’t want to take myself too seriously when accepting the award. I’m only a casual blogger in the worldwide web like most people who write on WordPress. 🙂


    • Put the award logo/image on your blog.
    • List the rules.
    • Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
    • Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well.
    • Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.
    • You have to nominate 10 – 20 people.
    • Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog.
    • Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify).
    • Share a link to your best post(s).

Thank you to both Gallantly, gal and Reina for nominating me. You guys are awesome. The creator of the Mystery Blogger Award is Okoto Enigma, and in fact, the whole reason she named the award as such is that her name Engima means “mystery”. As described on her blog, the award is 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.” Aw, shucks. I don’t think my blog is that enlightening, but hey, I will trust the judgment of those who nominated me. Thanks again, ladies! Also, note for the purpose of the award, I copied the list of rules from Okoto Enigma’s blog post rather than the list of rules from my nominators.

3 Things About Me

  • I once scrapped both of my knees very badly. The way it happened was kind of ridiculous because I somehow fell on the concrete floor of the backyard. It hurt but I didn’t realize I was bleeding until a few minutes later when I went back into the house. For weeks afterward, bending my knees to walk up the stairs was incredibly painful.
  • I find racerback shirts tedious to wear because it means I have to match it with a racerback bra as well or else I’ll get odd tan lines from wearing a typical bra underneath the shirt.
  • I am a fast eater when I am veeeery hungry. I’m not kidding. Some days ago I downed two slices of pizza in less than 10 minutes. Probably not good for digestion but a woman needs to eat! Hehe.

Gallantly, gal’s Questions

1. If you were to be reincarnated, what would your ideal next life be? I would definitely want to be taller and perhaps more inclined towards sports as a hobby. In this life, I will forever be short because of genetics. I have zero interest in sports, but I think it would be cool to live another life where I’m actually good at volleyball or ice skating. I’d also want to have an early head-start in life by having a natural predisposition for trying new things and gaining more experience without too much fear of failure.

2. If you had already been reincarnated, describe your past life to me. Who do you think you were? Maybe someone famous? I would imagine I was perhaps a different ethnicity and spoke a different language. Something tells me I was a simple country gal who lived and died in the same place I was born. I worked out in the fields growing crops and dyeing fabrics to sell in the marketplace. I probably died unmarried but had many nieces and nephews who I passed down my heirlooms to.

3. Describe your perfect forever home to me. I’d love to know! It wouldn’t have to be very big but enough to store things important to me. I’d love a kitchen with a spacious fridge for hoarding all the food I bought from Whole Foods so I don’t have to shop for the rest of the week, lol. I would love it if my bedroom had a door connecting it to the bathroom for easy access. My living room would not have a wide-screen television and instead I would put a bookshelf to showcase the things I like reading or collecting. A desktop computer and desk would definitely go there too, as well as a little corner for my cross stitching hobby needs. I am an amateur plant hobbyist but I love phalaenopsis orchids. One of the rooms could be a plant room-only for orchids, along with heating, lighting, and humidifiers to keep them healthy all year around. It’d be pricey in terms of electrical costs but worth it. 🙂 I would also want a backyard garden all to myself to plant with ornamental flowers. The front of the house would definitely have a swinging bench on the porch which is decorated with bird feeders so all the little birdies can get their share of food. 😀 

4. Are you a dog person or cat person? And do you think you are more of a dog or a cat? They don’t necessarily have to be the same (I for one recently realized I love dogs but may be more of a cat myself). Hmmm. I love dogs but responsibility wise I think I would do better with a cat as a pet.

5. Backstreet Boys or N’Sync? Are you really going to make me choose… XD I’m going with N’Sync then.

Reina’s Questions

    • Pet peeves Loud talking, chewing with an open mouth, and judging someone based on their appearance.
    • Best friend – Don’t have one. 😦
    • Favorite quote – “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” (I would love to live by this quote but I’m still a work in progress!)
    • Do you believe in second chances – It depends on the situation.
    • A message to your younger self – Don’t be so hard on yourself.

My Nominees 🙂

  1. the dark netizen – Fantastic and sometimes spine-tingling short story prompts with twist endings.
  2. Accidental Words – Combining words to make self-explanatory new definitions. Often accompanied by cute drawings.
  3. Miss Steer – Living life with a dose of positivity and realistic ways of coping with anxiety. You lift me up, Miss Steer!
  4. Anxiety Warrior – Braving the world and kicking anxiety’s butt.
  5. Nicholas Farley – I can honestly say this blog touched my heart and every entry was deeply moving to read about a person’s ability to grow, make mistakes, and learn about one’s self.
  6. Moon Dance – Musings and ramblings about life. I love reading the posts about animals and wildlife. Especially the deer!
  7. Alexis Ryder – Retellings of stories from the blogger’s memories of certain events.
  8. from dust of the earth – I love the close-up, crisp shots of nature from this photography blog.
  9. Islandergirl – Contemplative thoughts and writings from a blogger and often accompanied by photos that keep me reading. 🙂
  10. Escape Hatch – A blogger’s journey as a dog mom, military wife, and herself.

My Questions

Before my nominees and other readers think I’m nuts for asking strange questions, I feel it’s necessary to say that it’s part of the blog rules (listed at the top in this post) that one question should be weird and another one should be funny. 😀

  1. What’s one thing (good or bad) you wanted to say to someone today but didn’t?
  2. What adjective do you use most frequently to describe something you dislike?
  3. Do you like gummy bears?
  4. Socks or barefoot?
  5. And finally, to settle the record once and for all, what do you think the fox actually said? (If you don’t know what song I’m referencing, you can either read the Wikipedia page for the “The Fox (What Does the Fox Say?)” or watch the music video on Youtube. The inside joke is that the noise a fox makes in the song seems to be quite nonsensical and open for interpretation of what onomatopoeia it is.)

My Best Post(s)

I chose these posts based on my own personal satisfaction with them, rather than gauging the posts based on stats and views.

5 Socially Awkward Things – I like this post because I actually poked fun of myself for my social weirdness and owning it as me. I’m most proud of how honest I was about some of the funny situations I was in.

The Dancing Bear – When I first wrote this post, I had no idea where I was going with it, except I thought it would be fun to pretend I was in the perspective of an inanimate object who was actually “alive” in a sense.

In Bloom – I love this photo blog for all the pictures I took and was quite happy that I was able to identify all the plants by name.

And that’s it! You’ve reached the conclusion of my Mystery Blogger Award post. One last word to my nominees: I chose your blogs because I love reading what you guys share in your posts. You aren’t obligated to do your own reply post about the award if you don’t want to.

Featured Image from Okoto Enigma.

26 thoughts on “Mystery Blogger Award 2018

  1. I scraped my knees in a more ridiculous way!
    I was on the treadmill in the gym and pushed the button “faster”.
    I tripped, fell down while the things was still running. Behind me there was a wall.
    I really didn’t think I’d ever walk again!

    socks or barefoot? is an interesting question.
    I like to slide through the hallways of my home.
    So socks for me 😉

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    1. Ouch! 😯 Falling from a treadmill while it was still running must have hurt. Did you ever use the treadmill again after your knees got better?

      Sliding in socks is fun! I don’t like wearing socks in warmer weather though. Even if I’m wearing sneakers, I just got sockless unless it’s cold outside.


  2. I LOVE your answers haha. They’re so in-depth and like I’m reading a story which is just what I wanted 😀
    I especially loved your answer for the past life one. Man, I should have nominated you for the other one I did recently. I didn’t because I knew Andrea already nominated you but then I was like, “WAIT I want to read Nat’s answers to these questions!!!” Feel free to anyway if you wanna 😀
    Oh shoot I didn’t know we were supposed to link to our five best posts, haha. I should have copied from the original, too. I shall add that in later, then 🙂
    I’m a sloooow eater so this is funny. You’d have to probably sit for another 40 minutes with me while I finish up (it’s partly cause I talk a lot though xD)

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    1. I thought I went too in-depth but it’s good that my long answers had the opposite effect. 😃 I went crazy with the answer for the dream house because the more I thought about it, the more I could envision what sort of cute things I would want in my own space. Aaah… Maybe someday I will get it!

      Aw, you’re sweet to have thought of me for that award. Since you brought it up, I’ll answer your questions too in addition to Andrea’s for that specific award. It will be fun.

      Oh, you can link however many posts you want. I am glad there wasn’t a number for the posts as I didn’t know if I could find that many posts to use.

      Being a slow eater is totally fine! I tend to scarf down food more often at lightning speed if I’m hungry and need food asap lol. But normally, I eat at about regular speed. I also like taking my time with eating sweets or drinking coffee and savor that good stuff. 😋 Not to be creepy with an open invitation if this isn’t what you’re comfortable with, but hey, if you ever want to hang out in real life, I’m up for that. You don’t have to say yes. XD I will not be offended, I promise!

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      1. I loved the in-depth 😀 I could envision the house too and thought it was so cute and so you! Keep envisioning it and I’m sure it’ll come true someday!!
        YAY I can’t wait to read your answers hehe. People tell me eating slowly is good but I don’t know… I don’t think my digestion is particularly stellar either LOL. I love when people are like, “Omg I’m slow too!” and then they always finish before me and I’m like, “Heh, you’re cute.” But I’m not the worst. I heard a horror story of a friend who was stuck at a restaurant with someone for three hours! Whenever I have a drink, I feel obligated to keep drinking it for some reason. And awwwww not creepy at all! I considered dropping open invitations a couple times! I would love to hang out sometime ^^ I have to let you know that the idea of going to the city always freaks me out a bit. I’ve gone many times over my the years, though, so I’m getting better! It’ll happen :))))

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      2. Eating slowly is hard if it doesn’t come naturally to a person. Like me lol. I eat with my family but it’s like we talk about nothing of real substance. I have a lot of problems with the structure of having meals together at home as it is. I feel like it’s more natural to be chatty and socialize with friends over a meal than with parents.

        Three hours is over the limit for a meal. 😵 I tend to drink a lot too if I have water or something else with food. I am not much of an alcoholic beverage person though. I would not know the first thing to order on a menu like that lol.

        The city can be great for exploration and seeing tourist attractions but I think it’s reasonable for you to be cautious. People can still be around in crowds late at night depending on the location, like midtown Manhattan, but generally I don’t like sticking around too late since I don’t live in the area plus I have to think about the long commute home, ugh. I look forward to the day we can hang out. 😄

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      3. Haha I don’t think there should be a rule of thumb on the pacing of eating and just do whatever makes anyone feel comfortable (maybe not three hours though). My family is really loud until the food comes, then we eat really quickly and silently and leave xDD I guess we have to focus on the food. Not the case with friends, definitely. I’m busy chatting so I eat more slowly.

        I used to drink a TON of water while eating! My dad was always telling me not to, because it isn’t good for you. I eventually stopped entirely drinking during a meal, and then these days, I drink a little bit during the meal, but not as much as I’d used to. I like drinking beer sometimes with the food, like chicken wings, but beer FILLS ME UP SO MUCH. It’s so filling! And not even that boozy (not that I ever drink to get drunk) xD The idea of red wine with something like steak or pasta is nice, but I actually really don’t like red wine.

        I think NYC is just so big it’s intimidating o_o I’ve been to other cities and have been fine because they’re cute and convenient. Like Boston is a pretty quaint city so I like it a lot. Chicago was fairly small too, but NYC is so big and bustling. Also not convenient for getting around. I hate the subway xD

        I look forward to it too :DD we’ll def eat something haha!

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      4. Yep, I’m so busy shoving food in my mouth when I’m with family. XD Just think about eating! With friends, it’s less rushed and the mood is different where everyone can take their time. 🙂

        Red wine is painful for me… it makes my cheeks flare red just from a few sips. 😦 I have never had beer before but I imagine it does wash down nicely with chicken wings.

        NYC is definitely not a quaint little place. Sometimes it’d be nice if it was. In busier places, dodging people on the street is almost like a sport LOL. Ugh, and I am so bad at walking and talking at the same time if I’m with someone. Unless it’s a leisurely stroll where I can slow down and have a casual conversation, I get super focused on not bumping into people or watching where I am going.

        Yes, let’s have brunch one day. 😀

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      5. Oh 😦 Bad red wine! It’s supposed to be healthy, not give an allergic reaction. Beer is like the adult soda you want for a greasy meal. It’s great, but way too filling.
        Haha I pride myself in walking like a New Yorker. I’m fast and good at slipping through the cracks xD I don’t talk while walking fast with friends, either. We’re busy concentrating in game mode with our RBFs on haha. We can find a casual place to stroll maybe, and I’m definitely up for brunch 😀 Love brunch! Also tea places! haha

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      6. I have alcohol flush syndrome, which some people might call the “Asian glow”. XD The nickname is hilarious because it makes it sound like a good thing. Nope!

        RBFs unite! 😀 There’s one cute afternoon tea place I am kinda interested in but I feel like it’s not worth it to go by myself. That’s something I will keep in mind for the hangout.

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      7. Haha yeah! Fresh Off the Boat covered the Asian glow xD It does sound nice, like, “Oh, hey, that girl has the Asian glow :)”
        Ooh I’ve been to one called Alice’s Tea Room or something like that with a Wonderland theme. Where are you thinking?
        YES #TEAMRBF

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      8. GASP! You went to Alice’s Tea Cup?? 😮 That’s the one I wanted to go to!! I hear there’s also one called Alice’s Tea Cup Chapter 2.

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      9. AHA HOW DID I KNOW THAT WAS THE ONE YOU WERE TALKING ABOUT! I had an inkling so I threw that in there 😀 I went to the Chapter 2 one actually and saw Tina Fey there having a tea party with her daughter in the back. It was cute 🙂

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      10. Woah you saw a celebrity there! Aww she had a tea party with her daughter, how sweet. I still would like to go to either tea house, especially since it looks so whimsical. 😍

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      11. Yay! 😀 Let’s talk more about this via email sometime. I think we went overboard with piling up the comment section with such an offtopic discussion. XD

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    1. Greasy food is comfort food. Nom nom nom! 😋 Racerbacks have their perks that’s true. Until I tried a sports bra, I had no idea what I was missing out on lol. Prior to that I was just wearing regular bras.

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  3. Thanks you for nominating y Accidental Words for this award. I’m going to decline so you might like to nominate another blog instead. I enjoyed reading your responses and am off to investigate some of your other nominees. 🙂

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    1. Oh, that is completely fine if you don’t want to do a reply post. ☺ No one has to do it because they were nominated. If you don’t mind, I would still like to keep your blog link on my post so other people can check out your blog as well.

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