Fibbing Friday – Blue Overload

Time again to fib creatively, and today feels like Friday. Here’s the link to join.

1. Why is Royal Blood considered blue? The first homicide case involving a royal was assigned to a detective who’s color blind. He saw everything in blue.
2. What is a Blue Moon? The moon when the werewolves come out.
3. What was the song ‘Blue is the Colour’ about? Royal games
4. What is meant by blue collar? sad-looking collar
5. What is a blue bonnet? a scottish hat made with something blue.
6. What did Little Boy Blue play? The magic pipe borrowed by the Pied Piper.
7. What changed from brown to blue according to the song? eyes, after undergoing laser surgery
8. Where will you find a Blue Nun? They go where the white walkers go. They became blue instead of white upon turning.

White Walker, Game of Thrones, spear, TV, nature, waist up HD wallpaper
He converts nuns in his spare time. (Photo from wallpaperflare)

9. Why mustn’t you step on his Blue Suede Shoes?

Game of Thrones, White Walker HD wallpaper
Do you really want to know what will happen if you step on his shoes..? (Photo from wallpaperflare)

10. What kind of bird has blue feet? All the types that stay too long in blue island.

Share Your World – On Lounging, Accessories and Running Away

Share Your World X Harry Potter series hosted by Melanie and Roger comes to an end with a set of questions inspired by The Deathly Hallows. It’s been fun completing this for several weeks.

Have you ever driven the wrong way on a one-way street? How did this come about?

Not (yet?). I prefer to take the train, bus or cab when in unfamiliar territories or abroad where this is likely to happen for me.

As a kid, did you ever decide to run away? Did you have a plan? Take a pet? Sandwiches?

There was a year when I did. I was about 8 or 9 then. I don’t know what made me do it but I planned how I’d survive after running away and came up with a design of my ‘new’ place, a 5-year and 10-year plan on how much I have to make/spend on a daily basis to buy ‘the place’, including a budget for furniture, food and toys. Then I tried to apply for a job and realized the crack in my plan lol.

You suddenly found you have a hidden talent for playing a musical instrument. What musical instrument do you hope that accompanies your talent? Any particular song?

Piano, sax or violin.

Do you accessorize with jewelry? Have you had any heirloom jewelry passed down through the generations? Is it more ‘keepsake’ or do you wear it on occasion?

Rarely. I used to when I was young but a kidnapping incident in elementary school made me stop for awhile until I got used to not putting them on. I do have some heirloom jewelry that I’ve never worn.

For the muggle questions:

What ingredients go into YOUR favorite salad?

I like almost anything in a salad as long as the ingredients don’t clash, except pasta salad. There was a time when I couldn’t get enough of roasted sesame salad dressing, I’d toss it in with mangoes, lettuce, chicken strips and a few other bits. Before that there was feta cheese and croutons.

If you care to, share something that really irritates you.

Politicians (too many to mention), scammers, people who don’t wear masks in shops and are proud or don’t care at others’ discomfort.

What are your favorite ‘lounging around the house’ items of clothing? Now that a lot of people ‘lounge around the house’ waiting for the all clear in respect to Covid being shown the door, have those lounging items changed?

I used to wear sweatpants and t-shirts or workout clothes at home, now I’m mostly in a dress or lounge pants and a tee. The lounge pants are as comfortable as pajamas but can be worn out.

GRATITUDE (as always this is optional)

Please feel free to share something about Autumn (or Spring if you’re gearing up for that) that you especially enjoy! 

These are old photos that just make me smile. More spring photos featured in this post.


Attempt at Symmetry

I don’t always strive for symmetry when taking photos especially on trips. Here are some I dug up that fit the bill or almost.

I wasn’t looking directly when I took this.
The chapel where my husband and I exchanged vows.
At a museum in Tokyo.
Meiji Shrine in Tokyo, Japan.
Sky Tower, Auckland, New Zealand
Sky Tower, Auckland at night

This post is part of Lens-Artists Photo Challenge 116: Symmetry

SoCS – Retail Therapy For Men?

I knew my hubby shops more than I do, but it’s become more obvious now that we spend so much time at home. The guy’s a borderline shopaholic. Lately he’s into buying smart containers – there’s one that folds/expands and doubles as a chopping board with a drain, another one’s a hand sanitizer spray that can also be a room mist/spray. Weeks ago he bought a backpack, a sort-of man purse, a self-watering planter (for me), and lately is looking into getting those survival/prepper cargo pants and tactical face masks/gear. It’s a good thing we downsized early on and gave up boxes of stuff while planning for a (delayed) move to a new place. So this is retail therapy for men, huh?

This post is part of SoCS

FPQ #88 – Who’s In Control?

Fandango asks a very thought-provoking question: To what degree have you been able to control the course that your life has taken? Or is being in control of your life just an illusion?

I tend to go with the latter, for the most part. There are a lot of areas in our sphere of influence (thankfully) that can greatly affect the course of our life such as our choice of a career, a partner (or whether or not we marry/have kids), our associations, how we take care of ourselves, but there’s a lot more beyond our control to begin with such as the family/country we’re born into, our predespositions, that direct our lives or set us on certain paths with or without our knowledge or acknowledgement. So yeah, we have about as much control as an ant has in the universe.

I want to believe though that how we live matters, and that gives me a sense of control/agency and peace. The ant may not have much to prevent a great flood or apocalypse, but it can work and save for the rainy day, migrate to find food or avoid the great flood, work with ant colonies for a bigger purpose. We are part of a larger system operating on some grand design whether we like it or not and have to work around/with it in order to live, survive or maybe even thrive.

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Like Me or Not

Rory over at aguycalledbloke asks: Are you likeable? What qualities make a person likeable or what makes you like someone else?

For q1, I think I was a lot likeable when I was more friendly and accommodating. I met a few groups/people who I realized much later were abusive of my kindness/generosity/trust. For a time, the abuse caused me to close off and be less myself or be a lot guarded around people. Took me awhile to decide to let go of some relationships but I’m happy to report that I have now a handful of people I can call friends who aren’t just there for some personal agenda or convenience. Right now, I’m more picky/discriminating about who I let in or keep in my life and care very little if I’m liked or not by people in general.

For q2, I tend to look (still) at the good in people by default. However for some people there are many layers and you can only really get to know them over time, after going through some situations together or a tough time. I do tend to warm up easily to people who are kind, honest, genuine, respectful at least. I’ve developed an allergic reaction to toxic people and situations.

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On the Hunt for Joy Challenge

This week’s topic is Move for the joy of it. I’m in 😎.

Taken about 3 or 4 years ago in Taipei. The hunt for good street food gets people to go on nights of food market crawl.

One of my first few photos taken years ago on a trip. I wish I knew then how to play with lighting and composition.

Happy (school of) fish.

Something I never thought I’d ever miss. Traffic.

The world’s busiest pedestrian crossing is in Shubuya, Tokyo, called the Scramble.
Morning stroll with the mighty ducks.
Staring contest with some cattle in an ecofarm near Auckland, New Zealand.

This one is not mine but look at that happy face and feet.

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