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A Few More Awards Have Arrived!

It’s about time I thanked a couple of kind blogging friends for their support and generosity in bestowing me a some new awards.

In March, Mama Bear Musing gave me the Very Inspiring Blogger Award.

Award Inspiring

I thank dmauldin53, and since I have been awarded this award before, I refer you to my previous post about  what I have said about myself.

In May, The Seeker passed on the Sunshine Award, I Am Part of the WordPress Family Award and Super Sweet Blogging Award, and stipulated no rules.

Sunshine Award fromTerry1954Wordpress Family Award from ShilpirajputSuper Sweet Blogging Award from Shaun

I have a sweet tooth, and so I am pleased to accept again the Super Sweet Blogging Award from dmauldin53 a couple of days ago.

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The questions I have to answer are:

1.  Cookies or Cake?    Cake    2.  Favourite sweet treat?   Crème Caramel, made from real ingredients  3. Sweet Nickname?   Sorry, I don’t have one   4. What is the sweetest thing anyone has ever done for you?   The first one that comes to mind is that my daughter volunteered to make (her first) a Christmas cake for the family and spared me the work last year   5.  What is your sweetest memory?   I accepted a challenge and ate half a dozen Chinese egg tarts

I am now nominating 5 people/blogs for the Super Sweet Blogging Award (alphabetical order):

Bea’s Bites


Hanno Phenn

Janet’s Notebook

Sassy Earl Grey

On the same day, The Seeker sent out several awards as a token of appreciation. I thank The Seeker and accept the following tokens to be passed on.

fWordpress Family Award from Shilpirajput

Here are the bloggers I wish to thank and please feel free to accept one or more of these Awards (Very Inspiring Blogger Award, Sunshine Award, Super Sweet Blogging Award, I am Part of the WordPress Family Award, Best Moment Award and Inner Peace Award). To avoid duplication, the only rule is that you write a post to accept the award(s) with a link to this post, display the icon(s) of the award(s) and pass it on to five to ten bloggers. Feel free to talk about yourself if you like.

A New Day

Add Grain On Earth

Allyson Mellone

Bam’s Blog

Mary Gilmartin

Francine in Retirement

It’s In The Picture-365


Sequins and Cherry Blossoms

The World is A Book

It is wonderful to know you in blog sphere. Blog on, everyone!

Late, But Not Never: Liebster Award Part II

“I may be late, but not never.”

This was the promise I made when I accepted my first Liebster Award from Trophos, who wrote the insightful, academic and candid blog The Dancing Professor. By the time I had answered her questions, I had written such a long post that I decided to post my questions and the names of my nominees later. In the meantime, and much to my delight, Liz of Dot knows gave me the second Liebster Award, and a different icon! I thank them both for their kindness and this gives me good motivation to complete my task.

These are the seven (according to Trophos) blogs I would like to nominate, in alphabetical order. They are either new blogs or blogs with less than 200 followers and I think they deserve more attention. Let’s give them a round of applause:

After the Kids Leave     Sisters Karen, who lives in Ottawa and Wendy, who lives in London, England blog to each other with their hilarious sense of humour, as well as breadth of knowledge of a wide range of topics from weight control, knitting, getting rid of mice, dealing with grown up chldren, and you name it.

Cindy Bruchman  Like me, Cindy shares diverse interests and she writes interesting posts ranging from movies, books, music, outdoors and travels.

Gunlist   This is a must-read for me every time a new post comes out, because I always learn something new about the English language and how to write better. It certainly deserves a bigger readership, especially for people wanting to write better academic and professional English. 

Janet’s Notebook   Lovely posts from a suburb in southern England. Janet blogs about her pets, her hobbies and topical British events. (Let’s support Janet to get over 200 followers!)

Oriental Journey   An Italian traveller in China, learning the language, finding out about the culture, and making interesting progress.

Sequin and Cherry Blossom    A rare gem talking about Japanese culture and history from the discerning eye of a westerner with the grace and exquisiteness of the Japanese culture itself. Even though I have lived in London, England many years, I never know there is so many interesting Japanese activities going on. 

The Road Trip Hound  A beautiful blog talking a lot of Calgary, and other travel experiences. The photographs pay attention to very interesting details.

To my nominees: I hope you’ll accept this award by writing a post to answer the questions below, paste the icon(s) to your post, and also link back to my post. Please nominate seven deserving bloggers by writing something to introduce them.

I have been given some very interesting soul-searching questions by Trophos. I hope mine can live up to her standards.

1.  If you were to invite five celebrities (authors, musicians, actors, world leaders, even socialites) to your home for dinner, whom would they be and why?

2.  What would you serve them for dinner? Is there any significance in the dish(es) you have chosen? (Don’t worry even if you don’t cook; design the menu and someone will cook for you.)

3.  If you had to travel to an isolated location far from civilization to live for three months without the support of the internet. Name three books that you would bring with you to read. Why?

4. You would be allowed to bring three musical compositions to listen to in #3, what would they be, and why?

5. You are writing your memoir. Show us the first paragraph of your first chapter.

6. Do you have a favourite computer game?

7. What do you use to take pictures for your blog? Tell us a story behind it.

Now that my duties are discharge, I can say, “It is better late than never,” and I can sit back and enjoy the entries of my nominees. Blog on!

Three Awards In A Day: Sisterhood-In-The World-Bloggers Award, Very Inspiring Blogger Award and Sunshine Award


These three awards were generously awarded to me by PaulaB, blogger of The Temenos Journal, and I thank PaulB for giving me this opportunity to pass them on to other bloggers as a gesture of my gratitude for their support and inspiration. PaulaB was very kind to suggest that there are no rules, and indeed, there some duplication in the rules, which also seem to vary among bloggers for the same award.  I shall attempt to deal with them by grouping them together. 

The rules of the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award are:

  1. Recipients need to thank the giver.
  2. Include the logo of the award in a post or on your blog.
  3. Post 7 things about yourself.
  4. Pass the award onto 7 other bloggers of your choice and let them know they’ve been nominated (stay tuned…)

Now the Sunshine Award, which I read somewhere are for those “bloggers who positively and creatively inspire others in the blogosphere”: The rules are:

  1. Display the award logo on your blog.
  2. Link back to the person who nominated you.
  3. State 5 things about yourself.
  4. Pass the award onto 8 other bloggers and link to one of their specific posts so that they get notified.

Finally, for The Very Inspiring Blogger Award:

1. Paste the icon of the award in your post.
2. Thank the person who nominates you and put a link back to the blog.
3. Share seven facts about yourself.
4. Nominate 15 other blogs and inform them about it.

I have answered some questions about myself earlier when I accepted the Liebster Award, the Reader Appreciation Award and the Versatile Blogger Award. Rather than repeating myself, I have decided on the theme of Music, and here are 7 more facts about me and music.

1. I like music. 2. My favourite genre is classical music. 3. My favourite composers are Bach, Beethoven and Brahms. 4. I also like operas. 5. While my favourite arias and duets are too numerous to count, I can listen over and over again the Polovtsian Dances in Borodin’s Prince Igor and the choruses in Bizet’s The Pearl Fishers. 6. While I play the piano, my favourite instruments to listen to are the strings. 7. My favourite living musical artists are Jesse Norman (mezzo-soprano), Yo-Yo Ma (Cellist), Itzak Perlman and James Ehnes (violinists), Seiji Ozawa and Zubin Mehta (conductors).

And now, Award time. The seven sisters/blogs I wish to nominate for the Sisterhood-in-the Bloggers World Award are: Karen and Wendy of afterthekidsleave,  Mary Frances of lovethesecretingredients, Liz of  Dot knows, Vnvie of yestocooking,   Jaimmers of Where does this road goes,  dmaudline53 of Mama Bear Musings, and  insideout80 of The Love and Life Project. Please also accept the Very Inspiring Blogger Award and the Sunshine Award, if you like them.

I wish there were a fraternity award that I could give out to male fellow bloggers. Nevertheless, I am pleased to have a mixed gender list here for the Sunshine Award and the Very Inspiring Blogger Award:

 Janet’s Notebook,       Mike’s Look at Life,        breathofgreenair       Bea’s Bites

Give me 5 minutes a day and I’ll give you a more successful happier life

AddGrainOnEarth         Yummy Lummy          My Life Afterglow  

Please check them blogs out, because they have all enriched my life in different ways. Blog on!

My Two Versatile Blogger Awards


My first Versatile Blogger Award came from Jaime of Where Does This Road Go and I hereby accept the award by posting the icon and putting a link to the site. My second Versatile Blogger Award arrived the following day from The Temenos Journal. I thank PaulB for her generosity.

According to the rules of the award, here are seven things about myself:

1. I was born in Hong Kong. 2. I am the eldest in my family. 3. Cantonese is my first language, and I can speak also English and Mandarin. 4. I went to school in Hong Kong and England. 5. I come from a big family and I have relatives living in Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong and England, where I visit and sometimes blog about. 6. I am married. 7. I have three grown-up children.

I have discovered that there is Versatile Blogger Award blog site created by lamskinny, who suggests that when considering a fellow blogger for the Award, one should take into account “the quality of the writing, the uniqueness of the subjects covered, the level of love displayed in the words on the virtual page. Or, of course, the quality of the photographs and the level of love displayed in the taking of them. Honor those bloggers who bring something special to your life whether every day or only now and then.”

I have to nominate 15 Blogs/Bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award and I think my nominees have fulfilled more than one of the above qualities. Do check them out. They are:

Add Grain to Earth

After The Kids Leave

Andy:Photographer,Traveller & Chef

Dots Know


Hopping Across Cultures

Love The Secret Ingrdient

Margaret’s Miscellany


Meg Travels

Peripetatic Eric

Psychic Circularity

Sequins and Cherry Blossom

The Dancing Professor

Where’s My Backpack?

Good luck and blog on!


My Turn to Say Thank You: Reader Appreciation Award


Liz (aka elleturner4) informed me that she had nominated me for the Reader Appreciation Award. Well aware that these awards work like chain letters without its threatening dire effects for not responding, I am still curious about what these awards are all about, having savoured only recently the sweetness of the Liebster Award.

It was Laawentura of My Sardinian Life who posted about this award for the first time on June 13, 2012 and it’s really amazing how this chain effect spiraled in blog sphere  I quote from Laawentura, “I’m giving an award to those that have made this past year of blogging worthwhile. You have kept me on my toes, left comments, advice and tons of encouragement. For this I am grateful. Thank you.” I am glad I have traced the source.

The rules as laid down include:

  1. Award your top 6 bloggers who have commented the most.
  2. Be thankful.
  3. You cannot award someone who has already been awarded. And you cannot give the award back to me.
  4. Don’t forget to tell the bloggers you’ve awarded.
  5. If you don’t want to pass on this award, that’s okay to. Just admire it.

I thank Liz for considering me worthy of this award, and I am sure as the award has evolved, the responsibilities have changed somewhat along the way. Following Liz’s instructions, I have posted the icon, and put a link to her Blog, where she posts beautiful photography and she has a brilliant sense of humour when she writes. I appreciate her sensitivity to apparently mundane features in the world around her with which she can create a lovely post. By receiving this award, I also have to answer Liz’s questions (somebody must have included them on the way):

1. What is your favourite colour?  Hard to say, right now, blue and some shades of it.

2. What is your favourite animal?   Gazelles.

3. What is your favourite non-alcoholic drink?   Tea–and that includes most Chinese tea, such as the Iron Buddha, Ooloong and Jasmine, just to name a few. As for English tea, I enjoy Earl Grey, Darjeeling, and when I am in the mood, Lapsang Souchong (Yes!)

4. What is your favourite number?  Three.

5. What is your favourite day of the week?  Saturday

6. What is your favourite flower?   Carnation

7. What is your passion?    Aging gracefully.

8. Do you watch television?  Not really; only when I exercise on my elliptical machine and I switch to the Food Channel.

9. Who is your favourite author?   Too numerous to list.

10. Do you like 80’s movie?   I don’t know. Firstly, I seldom watch movies, and secondly, what makes movies of the 80’s different from other movies?

11. How do you like your eggs?  Soft-boiled.

12. When did you discover blogging?   May 2012.

Okay, that’s done and what I need to do now is to nominate six blogs/bloggers to pass the baton on. The following have commented, responded to my comments and liked my blog, and they have given me a real sense of belonging that I truly appreciate on blog sphere. The nominees are  (according to alphabetical order):

A New Day by Pat is inspirational as well as refined. Pat is active and takes beautiful photography when she travels and she has come a long way dealing with health issues that she writes under another Blog entitled I Miss Me.

Add Grain on Earth frequently posts interesting photos of plants, artifacts and architectural structure, and blogger Sydney makes his message clear that we must treasure the earth we live on.

After the Kids Leave , in which sisters Karen and Wendy blog to each other respectively from Canada and England, and they write about life’s issues with humour and gusto.

The first thing that I notice in retireediary is the amazing photographs Michael has taken during his extensive travels. I use him as my reference for my travel bucket list.

The Dancing Professor (aka Trophos) is a young English professor who talks about her life teaching and outside of teaching. She is scholarly, witty and really says what she means. I tip my hat to her recent analysis of the Iliad.

Yummy Lummy is written by Gary, who finds a delight in food in his busy life as a doctor in charge of public health. I love his posts which always include the food he is cooking or enjoying at the restaurant, or even in flight.

To my nominees: With this award, I would like to express my gratitude to you. I hope you will accept it, but if you find that there are too many questions to answer–I do too and wonder why they have become longer and longer–I don’t see why you can’t exercise poetic license and just pick a few that are meaningful to you to answer and elaborate a little on them. Happy blogging !

Awards Week…But First Thing First: The Liebster Award


This has been an unbelievable week!  I found out on Tuesday morning that my lovely blog friend Liz of Dot’s Know  had nominated me for the Reader Appreciation Award. It was my work day and I wrote back quickly to thank her and to accept the award, promising that I would blog back as soon as possible.

On Wednesday, Jaimmers of Where Does This Road Goes? very generously bestowed on me with the Versatile Bloggers Award, which I also accepted within a heartbeat. Oh my goodness, what am I going to do? I have a dark secret here. Trophos, who writes The Dancing Professor, graciously nominated me for the Liebster Award, which came with it some very interesting but soul-searching questions on the auspicious day of December 12, 2012. I have pledged to write a post about it as well after accepting it.

As if three Awards sitting on my lap were not sufficient to propel me into a blogging frenzy, PaulaB, whose blog title, The Temenos Journal (and its posts as well) I find intriguing and interesting,  honoured me by passing on her three awards: the Sisterhood-of-the-World-Bloggers Award, the Versatile Blogger Award and the Sunshine Blogger Award.


I want to thank all my award nominators for their kindness, support and encouragement. I had initially wanted to write a post about all the awards, but decided against this overwhelming undertaking. (Yes, I am kicking my own butt and cursing Me the procrastinator.) My plan now is to pay due respect to my blogging friends and the awards by individual posts. (Looking at this prospect on the positive side, I won’t be short of material to write about for a while.) My coping strategy when I have to multi-task is to tackle “one thing at a time”. If you think that this is a contradiction, please listen to my explanation. Imagine: I am juggling with three balls, four balls, maybe five balls. I keep my eyes on all of them, but I can catch only one ball at a time. If I pause to think about which ball to catch, or attempt to catch more than one, probably I’ll drop all the balls.

So, first thing first: The Liebster Award, which has opened for me the door to the colourful world of blogger awards in this community. I have tried to look up more about the Liebster Award, but the consensus on the internet is that its origin is a mystery other than the fact that “liebster” is German and means “dear, or favourite”.  It is awarded to Blogs which has less than 200 followers. There are also many versions of the Liebster Award, but I shall follow in the footstep of Trophos and does what she has done.

In accordance with the first rule attached to accepting this award, I have posted the icon and I hereby accept with great pleasure the award from Trophos with this link to The Dancing Professor. I have been following The Dancing Professor and I admire her wit, her genuineness and above all, her scholarship. This makes it very heart-warming to receive an award from her. 

My next task—and probably that is why I have been procrastinating—is to answer some questions.

1. What book should every writer read, and what should they notice about it?

There must a reason for James Joyce’s Ulysses to be listed as the top pick of the best 100 English novels published in the 20th century by the panel representing the Board of the Modern Library, a branch of Random House. This may not be my favourite book, but definitely a must read. In fact, ‘reading’ maybe an under-statement of the process, because to appreciate Ulysses, it comes close to ‘studying’ it. Personally, I have made four attempts with Ulysses. The first time and I could not even remember the edition or version was an aborted trial. That happened even after I had read The Dubliners and The Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, and finding that I liked Joyce’s style of writing. I had also read Odyssey and considered myself reasonably acquainted with Greek mythology in general. The second attempt was a success and I paged through the entire book, but that was a long time ago.  My third attempt was more serious, and I read the Oxford World Classics paperback edition in which Jeri Johnson (1993)  wrote the Introduction, the Explanatory Notes and Appendices. Unfortunately, I was distracted and did not continue for reasons I could not recall. The fourth and most recent read was epiphany. Not only did I notice more about the plot and the writing, I was appreciating more Joyce’s allusions, parodies and the references to the great classics of western civilization. Joyce’s greatness as an author is undebatable. I also give credit to Johnson’s clarity in her Notes. I cannot think of any books, perhaps other than Karl Popper’s The Open Society and Its Enemies (two volumes) in which the appendices are as worthwhile reading as the text.

I think every writer should read Ulysses, and notice in it Joyce’s craft as well as his scholarship. The details are far beyond this blog to enunciate, but I hope Trophos will accept my answer.

2. Where do you write? What would stand out about that area to a new observer?

I write my blog on my laptop at my small working area in my family room. As I am writing now, I can look onto my kitchen, thanks to the open concept layout, because often times I have something cooking on the stove when I am writing. It also means that sometimes when I become too engrossed in my writing, I burn my food, only to be alerted to the disaster by my olfactory sense. Since this is also my working area at home, the new observer will notice my organized mess–paper and books usually, and my piles of paper consisting of articles I have printed from the Internet, unfiled recipes, waiting-to-be-paid bills, and my to-do lists pinned up in front of me.

3. What do you think about clichés in writing?

I am learning to write again with the help of this Blog. This means eschewing the dry and cautious style of clinical report writing, which I do for my work on a regular basis. I want to write freely, without worrying about referencing or documentation, implicit or explicit, in the event that I have to justify what I have written in court. Clichés are used in clinical writing, as long as I feel safe that there is a mutual understanding between me and the reader. I remember writing a blog post by beginning, ” It is universally acknowledged that…”. I did pause there and then and asked myself, “Need I pay tribute to Jane Austen?” and my immediate answer was, “Forget it; who cares?” I sometimes use a cliché and acknowledge that it is a cliché if it delivers how I feel. For now, please let me get away with it. I just want to write.

4. What is the story behind something that you’re wearing?

I am wearing a very old sweat shirt and a pair of sweat pants which are my lounge suit, so to speak. They were bought in an outlet store in Hong Kong at the time I was shopping to prepare for my move to Canada. My sister-in-law who also immigrated to Canada about the same time came on this trip with me. It was a unique experience of bulk buying, if not panic shopping, because people were telling us that everything would be very expensive in Canada. We were shopping for ourselves, our husband and our children, whose clothing came in different sizes to allow for the time they grew bigger. It was a refugee mentality which made sense only to those who had to leave their home to begin a new life in a land unknown. This is probably the reason why I still have not thrown away some old garments I have brought with me to Canada, as if I am clinging to some part of my past.

5. Twitter, tumblr, facebook, other? And why?

I am on Facebook, under another name, known only to people in a few select groups. I have a Twitter account but neither Twit nor follow. The reason, simple. I do not see the need to be active in the social media, or the need for other people to know what happens in my life all the time. I know I am limiting my Blog exposure by not linking it to Facebook or Twitter, but until I know exactly what I want to do with my Blog, I feel fine with it for now. If you are reading this, thank you very much for finding me and do let me know so that I can reciprocate your visit.

6. What is your alternate-universe self doing with her life?

This is a clever question to go beyond my About page on Opalla the fitness walker, hiker, adventurous food lover, book club member and occasional concert goer. I hope Trophos is not steering me to think a là Stephen Hawking, for that would be a tough call. I live with my husband in a bedroom town in Ontario, Canada. We are empty-nesters performing distant parenting duties— and I owe this concept to my blogging friend Karen— to our three grown up children. I am semi-retired, which is a glorified term for working part-time at my age. Oh yes, something I do that I have not blogged about yet, I sing the alto part in the church choir and I play the piano.

7. What was the first book you loved, or the first moment you realized you loved reading?

I have loved reading as far as I can remember, in spite of a few phases in my life when I cannot pick up a novel even when the thought of reading crosses my mind. I read modern Chinese literature written after the May Fourth Movement in elementary school and was exposed to English literature at that age thanks to the Longman’s Simplified Readers and Abridged Series. I read “real” English novels in Junior High and that was when I was captivated by Rebecca written by Daphne du Maurier. It was the first English book that I just loved. I was enchanted by the mystery and the romance. After that, I read all du Maurier’s books that I could lay my hands on.

I suddenly realize that I have written a very long post and I am enjoying myself responding to all these questions. I have not gone out walking tonight, because it’s snowing but my time has been well spent. Honestly, even if it were not snowing, I would keep on writing than have it interrupted. I shall leave my other tasks associated with the Liebster Award until another post. Sorry to keep my nominees, whoever you are, in suspense, but this is my promise– I may be late, but not never.  Indeed, this is what The Dancing Professor has done. She has split the award blogging in two parts, and this is also my tribute to you, Prof!