11 Questions For You

Pensitivity101  won an award for her blog and invites anyone to answer her 11 questions. I’m on a Q&A spree lately so, here goes:

1. How old were you when you had your first flight?

If I remember it right, my first flight was to Hong Kong to go to Disneyland when I was eight or nine. It was a gift from my aunt.

2. What is your favourite colour?

Green. There was a time when it was the non-color black but I’m back to green. I find it soothing to the eyes, except neon.

3. Housework: do you prefer to hoover or dust?

Depends, but if I clean regularly dusting is fine. Hoover at least 2x a month.

4. Do you have a garden?

I have a balcony with a few potted plants and fake grass, but wouldn’t call it a garden.

5. What is your favourite vegetable?

Hmm..I only started liking vegetables when I was in University. I wouldn’t call them favorites but I usually pick onions, carrots, garlic, tomatoes and cucumbers (the latter two botanically fruits) for cooking and asparagus, beans when given options in a spread.

6. What is your taste in music?

I’ve an eclectic taste in music, which to some people means not having a music taste at all lol. My playlist tend to have more blues/soul rock in them though.

7. Do you play an instrument?

I tried learning to play the guitar, flute and piano when I was young but only learned a few songs to play on these. Sadly, they were the first to go or be forgotten when we moved around a lot.

8. Are you an only child?

Middle child, but for some reason always felt like the eldest.

9. Are you in touch with any of your school friends?

Not really, just one or two of them. I’m not good with keeping contact, something I can improve on.

10. How did you meet your partner?

We met in a post-Uni program but became friends only 10 years later. We hit it off so well, I always wondered why we didn’t become friends back in school. We did have mutual friends and one of them tried to set us up (but failed).

11. Do you celebrate anniversaries?

We’re on year 2 and yes, we do have a quiet celebration when it comes up.

12 Questions

This post is written for 12 Bloggerz, the monthly topical question feature by Rory over at aguycalledbloke.

1. What really lights you up?
Lately, cake brings a smile to my face. I’m pretty easy to please. Also hugs and a good conversation.

2. When do you think we become old?
When we think we know it all or there’s nothing more to learn or look forward to.

3. What’s in your fridge right now?
Uhm..we just went to the supermarket and bought food and supplies for 2-3 weeks so pretty much everything – breakfast items, fruits and veggies, meat, juice, eggs, milk, butter, beer. Ugh..forgot to buy cake and ice cream!

4. Never mind three wishes give me one good fantasy which would be … ?
Covid is eliminated, hubby and I are back in NZ for good and businesses are doing great. Oh, and we have superpowers lol.

5. How do you think your readers see you as the writer of your blog as a person away from your blog?
No idea. I’m curious to know but never asked. What do you think?

6. How do you wish to be seen and interpreted as a person away from your blog by the readers of your blog?
Hopefully at least as an approachable human, inspiring at best.

7. Do our fears start with our DNA?
I think it’s learned, part of conditioning more than DNA. But that’s just my opinion, i’m no expert.

8. What is the truest quality of life in your opinion?
One with contentment, peace, happiness, or at least serenity, whatever these means differ for every person.

9. What do you think the secret is to you letting yourself go?
When we stop caring for ourselves in things that are important to us i.e. emotionally, physically etc. Or when we let go of our biases and inhibitions in favor of something, can be beneficial or not.

10. What stops you from being the truer version of you or are you already the truer version of you?
I’m truer to myself today than before. I think it has to do with self-awareness and being authentic in how I live based on my values, which can change or deepen over time.

11. What are 7 things you have learned about blogging since you started your blog that would be beneficial to other bloggers right now?
Anybody can do it.

Blogging can be as fun, entertaining, stimulating as you want it to be.

The blogging community is so very good-different and imho, better than other social media-based community/groups out there.

Blogging takes commitment.

It’s a good learning exercise, worth trying.

Blogging can be cathartic.

Blogging, depending on how involved you are, can give you insights into yourself and other people you won’t easily get elsewhere.

12. Should we care what other people think about us?
To an extent, yes. I care enough about what people I value think. The rest can just be noise, especially in the age of social media.

Blog Questions and More

Rory over at aguycalledbloke asks:

How attractive is passion to you? I don’t mean the eroticness of passion, l mean how do you view the quality in a person be it significant or not, or just in people you know?

I find it very attractive in people. I think it shows in many ways, in the way a person is committed to something or someone (consistency), the enthusiasm in discussing or pursuing a goal. I especially like how the eyes seem to light up over a subject/topic of interest, even if the topic is not particularly something I can relate to. It is like a window into a core value of a person.

Then as a second question set – list the qualities that you also find attractive in people.

I appreciate kindness, generosity, humility, wisdom, passion and excellence in people. Oh, and sense of humor. Add practical/logical, supportive, useful, mature.

And more questions from other places:

If you did not maintain a blog of your own today would you read blogs and more importantly why and which genres would you read?

I think I’d still read blogs even without one of my own, but maybe not follow particular ones like I do now. Whereas before it was just a part of online research, now I’m more invested, having one of my own and knowing more of the ins and outs, the effort put into it.

How important or how motivated are you for increasing your traffic flow to your blog content and why?

I appreciate views/comments on my posts but I don’t really focus on them (stats), particularly for this blog. I have started other projects where I put effort into increasing traffic to the site depending on its purpose, but for this one I have no such pressure or expectations except for personal enjoyment and/or catharsis.

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