After featuring Hajra Khatoon in last week’s post on her passion to start off the new year, I thought it was only pertinent that I continue with this gratitude-filled blog post for being nominated for the Inspiring Blog Award. I noticed that this is the third blogging award I’ve received from Hajra who blogs at Life, Laugh and Me where I’m a regular reader. And then another good blogging buddy, Muriel Jacques from 40blogSpot, bestowed me with the same award. You know I love you and that I’m eternally thankful to you, Hajra and Muriel, especially because you’ve spoiled me so much. =)
Someone thinks I’m inspiring? What an amazing feeling!
All award winners have 3 obligations to fulfill:
- I need to nominate 7 other inspiring bloggers who have inspired me in my journey.
- I also need to include 7 favorite words or phrases, which I’ll try to do in languages I’ve learned, understand, or speak.
- Finally, I need to share 7 little-known facts about myself.
Seven More Inspiring Bloggers and Blogs You Should Read
- Dare to Dream Big! by Sandy — It was an utter surprise to hear that Sandy passed away just last month. She blogged every week on inspirational people, young and old, and the last post is her children’s tribute to her.
- Don’t Hang Up! by Pennie — Although Pennie’s blog is on hiatus, there’s much inspiration to peruse and I’m sure that she’ll be back blogging again soon. I’m subscribed and can’t wait for her to be back!
- My Rivendell by Bonnie — There is so much humility and peace in Bonnie’s posts. She finds that perfect balance between identifying with her readers and encouraging them to be the best they can be.
- What If Today… by Betsy — It’s such a joy to imagine alongside Betsy as she presents different scenarios that have us reflecting on why we are the way we are and how we can be better.
- JanetteFuller.com by Janette — Through her expertise of writing book reviews, Janette is a well of information and the books she shares range from resources that can help us with our businesses to heartwarming children’s books.
- Get Out of Stuck Excel by Roberta — We all find ourselves stuck again and again in one way or another. Roberta opens our eyes to how we can find ourselves stuck, and provides practical ideas and solutions.
- Leaders West by Jim — Consistently packed with information on business, the Internet, and social media, this is a blog that has truly exploded within a year and it’s all because of Jim’s savviness and personality.
Seven Favorite Words or Phrases (in Languages I’ve Learned, Understand, or Speak)
- Perspicacious – Deceivingly sounds like “perspiration” when stuttered through but has nothing to do with sweat.
- Guacamayo – Spanish for “macaw,” Roy’s favorite type of bird.
- Katakataka – Filipino short form for “makes you wonder,” a tongue twister that’s easily misread.
- Waa Ka Kuyapi – Cebuano slang for “You must be kidding” (literally, “Haven’t you fainted?”). Note: Cebuano is a Filipino dialect my dad speaks.
- Cusi Cusi Japarispa – Quechua for “happily whooping for joy” (loose translation) from a children’s song a neighbor in Peru taught me. Japarispa refers to joyful shouts that go with the music during traditional Andean dances while Cusi means happy.
- 金魚の糞 – Japanese for “goldfish poop” (pronounced kingyo no kuso), used to refer to clingy people, followers, or groupies as goldfish poop can “cling” to the fish.
- 雷 – Chinese for “thunder” (pronounced Lui in my dialect, Minnanese), my Chinese surname.
Seven Little-Known Blips About This Expat in Peru
My parents got a kick out of when I sang and danced to “I’m Too Sexy.”
- A memory I have of childhood is singing “I’m Too Sexy” by Right Said Fred to my parents. I vaguely remember some sort of dance involved, accompanying “I do my little turn on the catwalk.” Phantom of the Opera’s theme song was another favorite.
- I’m slightly allergic to kiwis, peaches and apple skin.
- I used to run 10 km races and my fastest time was around 48 minutes, which is not a very competitive time but a huge improvement from when I first started.
- Sometimes, I still accidentally say “it’s so traffic” and “open the light” because this is how they’re literally translated from the Filipino-Chinese language blend we speak at home.
- I got my first smartphone, a BlackBerry, in December.
- I’m a non-serious collector of unique American and Canadian coins I come upon, and movie tickets of movies I’ve been to. I haven’t collected many movie tickets from Peru because they’re ugly and just look like receipts.
- I can count the number of times I’ve used makeup in my life on one hand.
What made your day this week?
Blogging is one of those activities that requires regular time and effort, so I’m especially grateful to all the readers and bloggers who continued to keep in touch even when I was so distant through the whole sponsorship application process. And a very special thanks to Catherine Alexandra, a network marketer I truly look up to, for granting me the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award even during my blogging silence. Warm gratitude your way, Catherine!
Excited to be a Sisterhood of the World Blogger!
There are two rules that accompany this award:
- I need to share the love and the award with 7 other women bloggers I respect and let them know about the nominations.
- I also need to share 7 things about myself. Let me try to come up with facts that I haven’t already shared in my Kreativ Blogger, Versatile Blogger, and Sunshine Award posts.
Seven More Lovely Women Bloggers You Should Follow
- Carolyn at Wonder of Tech — My source for all things tech in an easy-to-understand, straightforward way.
- Cathy at Just My Thoughts — I absolutely love Cathy’s creativity and insights into life through anecdotes of her family.
- Lalia at Skank Rattle and Roll — Under her pseudonym, I really respect how Lalia is able to be so frank and honest in her posts.
- Joy at Catharsis — Inspiring, thoughtful, and beautiful writing on motherhood, love, and life.
- Marie at Rock the Kasbah — After living with her family in Africa for a couple years, Marie’s now transitioning back to life in the US.
- Kaarina at KaarinaDillabough.com — Kaarina was an Olympic coach and is now a phenomenal and ever-motivating business coach.
- Lucy at Life Through Lucylastica’s Lense — Lucy has tons of personality and I especially admire her unceasingly positive outlook on life.
Seven Tidbits About This Sisterhood Blogger
My dad encouraged me to problem solve and learn things on my own, so I learned to ride a bicycle in my living room and later in my backyard.
- I attribute my problem solving skills to how my dad would give me free reign with his DOS computer when I was a child and how he encouraged me to self-learn future computer systems, do my own research into immunology and World War II in Asia, teach myself how to ride a bicycle, you name it.
- What I value most about my experiences as an expat in Peru is being forced to learn to live a simple life.
- Since central heating is virtually non-existent in Huancayo and our landlord won’t let us use any machine that eats up too much electricity, I keep warm with a hot water bottle that I refill every few hours or so.
- The fastest time I’ve been able to solve a Rubik’s cube is 1 minute and 41 seconds.
- I’m desperately in need of an ergonomic workplace set-up or a daily massage. My shoulders tend to creep up on their own in the current position I’m in and they hurt more and more each day.
- I suffer from severe writer’s blog.
- I took a stint of sewing classes for a few months this year and made a full tracksuit set. It didn’t fit properly and there were tons of sewing mistakes that I tried to hide, but I made it all by myself with three different sewing machines. =)
What made your day this week?
After celebrating my birthday last Tuesday, I have had a sunshiny week despite being a little under the weather. Much to my surprise, my good friend Joy Page Manuel showered me with more sunshine by passing on the Sunshine Award, the icing on my two birthday cakes and a welcome excuse for me to recognize some amazing bloggers who have been influential in my online life. Thank you from the bottom of my heart, Joy!
Winning this award was the icing on my sunshiny cakes this week!
This prize is awarded to “bloggers whose positivity and creativity inspire others in the blogosphere.” If I had a mission statement, it would be something along those lines!
As an award winner, I have two responsibilities:
- I need to pass the award on to 10 other inspirational bloggers and let them know.
- I also need to answer the questions below.
Ten More Thoroughly Inspirational Bloggers You Should Check Out
- Bryce Christiansen at Balanced WorkLife — Bryce inspires me with both his writing and his warmth throughout the Internet.
- Fred Tracy at Personal Development with Fred Tracy — I love Fred’s insights on life and happiness.
- Harleena Singh at Aha-Now! — Harleena’s positivity is contagious and her blog is filled with practical info that we can apply to our lives.
- Dayle Fraschilla at I Shall Be a Toad — I admire Dayle’s honesty and humility in all that she writes.
- Diana Simon at Browsing Rome — Diana has been an inspiration to me as a blogger, travel guide, and friend.
- Adrienne Smith at AdrienneSmith.net — Adrienne’s blog and writing style is always a breath of fresh air because of her enduring positivity and energy.
- Janet Callaway at JanetCallaway.com — Janet is an expert at providing new ways to view life and business.
- Tambre Leighn at Coaching by Tambre — I look up to Tambre both as a coach and as someone you can rely on for inspiration.
- Bonnie Copeland at My Rivendell — Bonnie knows all about uplifting others and encouraging us to reflect on our lives.
- Akos Fintor at AkosFinter.net — We need more Akos’ in the world with his straightforward, tell-it-like-it-is approach to life.
Random Facts About This Sunshiny Blogger
My trusty stuffed penguin has traveled with me since my first solo trip to Japan in 2006.
- Favorite color? Pink and yellow, although you wouldn’t know it from my typical clothes that are all about the blacks, grays, and whites!
- Favorite animal? I absolutely love penguins and arctic animals such as polar bears and harp seals. I also have a collection of stuffed cows, but I don’t find cows so attractive in real life. =) When it comes to pets, I’m a new cat lover and I have always dreamed of one day having a black Labrador Retriever.
- Favorite number? I really like the concept of Pi, an unending number that never repeats. Its complexity brings to mind the complexity of being human.
- Favorite drink? Strawberry bubble tea. To me, one of the major downsides of Huancayo is that there is absolutely no bubble tea here, not even the yucky powder kind.
- Facebook or Twitter? I prefer Facebook because I can engage in deeper conversations than what 140 characters allow. Truthfully, I’m only on Twitter around once a week these months.
- Your passion? I’m passionate about life and love.
- Giving or getting presents? Both! The more collectivistic life here in Peru seems to be all about giving and receiving gifts, advice, favors, you name it. I’m a horrible gift giver and am working on giving more meaningful gifts.
- Favorite day? My life is so lacking routine these days that any day can become my favorite day. Last week, I scheduled myself a full day off for my birthday for the first time in a long while (when you work at home, it’s so easy to just work every single day). I’ve decided to give myself more days off randomly!
- Favorite flowers? I don’t know much about flowers at all, but I really liked the flowers I discovered in Huancavelica in the rural Andes that I could clip to my hair. Does anyone know what they’re called?
Do we have anything in common? =)