Liebster Award: Beware! This is where I make a speech.

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I had a blogging milestone last Sunday, smack in the middle of my finals week. It was definitely a mood boost! Three cheers for this Liebster Award nominee, please! :))

Susie from Hullabaloo and Susie Too has very kindly nominated me for it and it’s actually the first I heard of it. Apparently, it’s this really helpful award to help us all expand our bloggesville. Basically, this is what happens: someone nominates you and along with your nomination come these cute questions. You then pass the nomination to other bloggers with less than 1000 followers and create ten questions for them to answer. :))

I think whoever came up with the award is a very kind genius! Thank you, Mr/Ms. Liebster and thank you, again, Susie for this! I don’t know how you stumbled upon my little blog. I’m so sorry it took me so long to reply- student duty calls and academics demands. I hope you find my answers as entertaining as I found yours!

1. What is your “Elevator Pitch”? As in, if you had to describe yourself to someone else in the time it would take the two of you to ride an elevator, how would you summarize yourself?
Now, let me just start by saying that I speak really fast. My orgmates call me Ms.Twenty-words-per-second (not numerically accurate, but figuratively fits). Theoretically, that would mean I can fit so many things in two minutes but in reality, this is what the conversation would be like:

Me: Hi! I’m Elaine! Smooth elevator ride we’re having, huh? How do you do?
Elevator guy: Excuse me, what?
Me: I said “I’m Elaine. Smooth elevator ride we’re having, huh? How do you do?”
EG: What? Slowly, please?
Me: Oh, sorry if i’m speaking too fast. I always speak too fast. I said I’m Elaine and I was just commenting on this elevator ride we’re having.

And the next thing I know, the dude is getting off the elevator. Seriously, first conversations with strangers always has that part where I apologize for speaking too fast.

Ok, that didn’t exactly answer your question. I think I’ll have to go with this: Hi. I’m Elaine. I love God. I love my family. I love my country, and my university. I love a lot of things and I love books. 🙂  

2. Surprise! Reincarnation is a thing. If you had to come back as an animal other than a human, what would you choose and why?

I think I’m going for a sea turtle, just because I watched Finding Nemo recently. That scene with the sea turtles was really cool! Riding the current, making friends with clownfishes and storks, travelling with your hundreds of kids and grandkids for all 100+ years of your lifetime- what’s there not to like?

It might be just a tad cooler than being a mockingjay, though. Flying and singing are two skills I wish I had. 🙂

3. Describe the best day of your life (either as a memory of an actual day, or hypothetically).

May I please, please have the permission to answer this in a separate post? I would need a lot of words to write about this one. I promise my next post will answer this question. 🙂

4. What is your biggest pet peeve, and why does it bug you so much?
I was going to say groups of people who walk slowly and block the sidewalk but I’m going to need exceptions for little kids and old people with that so I’m going for people who think they have a monopoly on the “right” opinions. Ever meet someone who’s so quick to voice out his stand but never listens to other people’s? The sheer close-mindedness devalues their opinion. Nothing annoys me faster than a pompous know-it-all.

5. If you could live in a different time / era, what would it be and why?
I’d time-travel to the turn of the 20th century. Exciting things were happening in the Philippines then, like the revolution against the Spaniards and the beginning of the American occupation. It would be around that time that Noli Me Tangere, a novel written by one of our national heroes got distributed in the Philippines. It was a required reading on my junior year in high school and I had a major crush on the protagonist. 😉

6. Your house is on fire. All living things made it out safely. You have time to grab one inanimate object – what is it?
I must be the least imaginative person in the world because I choose photo albums. If we lose the house we’ve lived in since I was a toddler, we should at least be able to keep pictures of it and pictures taken in it.

7. What got you started writing?
I’m not sure, actually. I was a reader since I was young. I think it must have been the little Nestle Nido fairy tale freebies that made me wish I could spin stories from mere scribbles. I remember the first short story I wrote was entitled, “The Surprise Party”. It had absolutely no plot at all, but boy, was I proud of it. 

8. If you could turn back time and change one decision or action you regret, would you? What would it be?
A few years back, a Ms. Philippines candidate in the Ms. Universe pageant was asked about her greatest regret in life. Her answer turned out to be her undoing, though it did give her her trademark line. I bet I wasn’t the only one who ended up pondering on that question after the pageant. I think the one thing I regret would be that I don’t take enough risks. 

9. What social or political issue would you consider yourself most passionate about?
I have a lot! My friends and family know I used to be Ms.Gotta-have-an-opinion. I’ve decided to stay away from many issues since I realized that ranting did more harm than good, sometimes, but I still have quite a few issues I’m passionate about. If I have to choose only one, it would either be the environment or religious freedom or maybe, nationalism. All these illegal mining and illegal logging issues are killing generations of creatures, including humans, and few people seem to know anything about it. Meanwhile, colonial mentality is really prevalent in the Philippines that it’s practically stamped in our lifestyle. What’s sadder is that our education system actually seems to encourage that kind of thinking. As for religious freedom, well, as a Christian, I think no one has any right to kill other people based on differences on beliefs. I just can’t understand why some nations actually legalize such horredous acts.

10. If you died tomorrow, what legacy would you hope to leave behind? How would you like people to remember you?
This is really difficult! As a Christian, I think I would like to remembered as someone who pointed people to Christ and made them laugh at the same time.:)

Yay! That was fun! And challenging! Now, I’m going to fulfill my next task by nominating three bloggers. I have to admit that it really was difficult to search for blogs with less than 1000 bloogers. This post has been ready for posting for more than 24 hours now but looking for nominees took more time than I expected.  Something good came out of my quest, though- I ended up following more people. Anyway, I think this is where I apologize for my tehcnological ineptness. I don’t know how to know exactly how many followers a blog has and to my nominees, I’m sorry if I insult you guys by my assumption that you have less than a thousand followers. In my defense, I think you deserve more, more followers than your present number, whatever it may be. 🙂

1. Joana from AirRockSea because she’s one of the most talented writers I know. I really enjoy her poetry and her prose, more so.  I miss her writing and I hope this encourages a new post. In the interest of transparency, I admit that she’s actually my friend (I hope I’m not violating any rule here), but honestly, take a sample of her writing and I asure you you’ll be going back for second, third, nth helpings.  🙂
2. Bryn from Allmyroads– He’s a guy I’ve been following for a few months now and I think his blog deserves a wider audience. He talks about, well, all his roads. He has this profound way of connecting everyday stories to life reflections. Also, I always look forward to his “My life according to Calvin” post. Comics fans will definitely enjoy them.  🙂

3. Jane from theycallmejane because i loved her post on undercover. She intrigued me when she said that she’s a people watcher. It took a lot of google search terms for her to turn up but finding her blog was worth it. I’m so excited to read more of her posts.

To the three in my list, I hope you join the passing-the-Liebster-bouquet game! Here are your ten questions:

  1. What’s your favorite ice cream flavor and what do you think does that tell about you?
  2. Name a cartoon character you would have switched lives with when you were a kid.
  3. What book/movie would you totally rewrite the ending?
  4. What Taylor Swift song best describes your life right now?
  5. What non-criminal activity wouldn’t you get caught doing?
  6. A jogger goes around a circular dirt road at a speed of 5 kph. A rabbit hops along the same path going in the opposite direction at a speed of 10 kph. What does the rabbit say to the jogger when they meet?
  7.  What’s your favorite smell/scent?
  8.  What unpopular opinion do you own?
  9.  If your computer could speak, what would it tell you?
  10. What piece of advice from your parents do you live by?

Have fun! Here are the rules, by the way:

1. Post the award on your blog
2. Thank the blogger who presented the award to you and link back to their blog
3. Answer the questions given to you by the nominator
4. Nominate bloggers with less than 1,000 followers
5. Create 10 questions for your nominees to answer
6. Notify your nominees by posting on their blog

I hope I get to read your responses soon! 🙂