Oddball Set and Conversation with Pets

Something different in this week’s Share Your World. Check out the link to join.

Oddball Questions:

Is cereal soup? Why or why not? Definitely not a soup, although there’s no rule to not add it in a soup, is there?

What are some interesting ways to answer everyday questions like “how’s it going” or “what do you do”? Evade any which way by saying something funny or obvious. These days though, I take these questions especially the first one more seriously and ask it back if it looks like the other party wants to be asked.

What was your favorite toy growing up? A barbie house, fashion drawing set, boggles and my brother’s build-your-own robot kits.

They didn’t have any of this size back then. Photo by Somchai Kongkamsri on Pexels.com

If you have a pet, and you could ask it three questions, what would you ask? What’s on your mind, buddy? Anything in particular you want to do/eat? Spill the tea on anyone in this house or neighborhood? OR What do you think of humans?

Attitude of Gratitude Section (Always Optional)

What’s one simple thing society at large could do to improve our world?

Care enough to act on issues plaguing the community/world.


More Qs – Mind Over Heart, Dead Plants and Superstitions

I came across another Q&A post and found it to be one by crunchityfrog which pcguyiv rolled into one post (thumbs up, pcguyiv!). Here goes:

In your opinion, is it harder to exercise more or to eat healthier?

Yes, it’s harder to exercise, at least for me. Exercising takes more time/effort although eating healthier can be more costly in most places.

What funny or embarrassing story does your family often tell about you?

I don’t consider them funny or embarrassing, ok maybe kinda funny. They say I used to sleepwalk as a kid but they didn’t realize it until after several instances because they could still have a conversation with me when I was in that state (while rummaging through the pantry or fridge a few flights of stairs from my bedroom lol). They had to add/change locks every now and then because I can still work them in my sleepwalking state.

What holiday did you enjoy as a child but do not celebrate today?

Surprised to realize it’s Lent c/o my aunt who was actively involved in raising me and my siblings. She would always bring us somewhere nice during Holy Week. Now I’m no longer Catholic and even if I still were, it would be an odd, unlikely choice.

Does your heart rule your mind or vice versa?

Vice versa. I always thought my guardian raised me in the military style. I had to work on acknowledging and working on my emotions almost as an adult.

What superstitions do you have regarding the kitchen?

None. Come to think of it, I haven’t heard of any particularly regarding the kitchen.

Does a black cat loitering in the kitchen count? Photo by David Bartus on Pexels.com

Does a person have to be either a night owl or a morning person?

No. I think it boils down to what works for the person. I used to be a night owl, then I became a morning person with traces of night owl tendencies lol.

Have you ever carried a one-sided friendship along? When did you stop watering that dead plant?

Yes, for too long. I had an unhealthy messianic complex up until my late 20s. I stopped when I realized it wasn’t worth it. Life’s too short to waste on unhealthy relationships.

October Qs – Lockdown Ready and Other Ideas

Rory of A Guy Called Bloke has come up with some interesting questions for October. Ok, here goes: 

1. If another national lockdown was to occur, would you be better prepared for it today as in, have you been in a position to stockpile much-needed stocks? Or would you be no different to the last time?

Better prepared now knowing where to go for some supplies although we didn’t do so bad the first time. We can hole up for a month but choose to go out every 2 weeks.

2. What do you think makes for a really scary fiction story that would prevent you from turning off the lights before you went to sleep?

I’ve been too exposed to horror movies/stories since I was young, they don’t have that effect on me anymore. Doesn’t stop the stories from continuing/evolving in my dreams, though.

3. Which do you prefer to wear and why out of the following options?

Cotton, Denim, Cashmere, Chiffon, Lace, Leather, Linen, Wool, Organic Fabrics, Silk, Muslin, Polyester, Satin, Suede, Twill, Velvet, Moleskin, Mohair, Viscose.

Cotton most of the time, denim, linen and organic fabrics for casual going-out clothes. Leather when I feel like it 😉. Cashmere, wool, suede in cooler climates.

4. When getting dressed and you are putting on a dress, trousers, shorts, or skirts, and so on, which foot do you lead with, left or right … and why that way?

My right foot. Maybe because I’m right-handed and left brain dominant? Haha who knows.

5. What is your blog’s primary genre and what are the secondary genres?

I just got back to blogging a few months ago so it’s still a work in progress. I write mostly about what tickles my fancy, respond to prompts/challenges and share some of my photos.

6. Has blogging and belonging to a community of fellow bloggers and writers alike, changed you as a person or inspired you in any way? Explain.

Yes, definitely. It’s helped me focus my thoughts and connect in a more meaningful way than in other social media platforms like facebook or Instagram. I rarely check my other social media profiles and if I do, it’s mostly for just updates or business.

7. Name 3 television programs that you watched and enjoyed as a child and then explain what made them good for you back then?

Wow, I can’t remember any favorites. I didn’t watch a lot of TV when I was young, mostly movies, game or educational shows, some cartoons/anime. I was only allowed 1-2 hours screen time per day or week, I think (?)

8. How do you celebrate you when you have time to pamper yourself?

Pre-covid, I’d go for a mani/pedi, a massage or a nice meal to unwind. Travel if possible. These days, I have cake or ice cream lol.

9. Do you listen to any Podcasts or Vlog Diaries on a regular basis, and if so, what are they and why are they so good?

Not regularly. I’m still trying out different podcasts. I do like TedTalks, some travel or business/finance-related vlogs.

10. Have you ever walked in on a couple having sex? If so, did you 1] Scream in horror make apologies and run out, 2] Make your way out but acting cool about it all, or 3] Laugh out loud and say “Alrighty then, game on!!” and join in?

Thankfully, no.

11. What do you think lives in the 80% of the ocean that is unexplored and unmapped?

Would be really nice to have Atlantis a la Aqua Man’s kingdom deep down there.

aquaman atlantis is visually stunning
Image from mamasgeeky.com

12. Do you read book reviews before purchasing a book new to you or do you simply buy a book based upon what you have read on the sale description or back page. If you do, how influenced are you by those reviews? 

For a set of books like a collection or for something pricey, I check out the reviews first. I may buy if there are mixed to glowing reviews. But there are instances especially during trips when I buy a book that I find interesting from checking the blurb or first chapter.

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.


Truthful Tuesday – On Books and The Love of Reading

This week Pcguyiv asks:

Do you have a favorite author? If so, who and why? If not, why not?

I can’t say I have a favorite. Growing up, I read just about anything I can lay my hands on, mostly my brother’s collection of comic books (Archie, Marvel), mystery/horror/crime novels (Anne Rice, Sidney Sheldon), military/legal/psychological/techno thrillers and sci-fi (Scott Turow, John Grisham, Michael Crichton, James Patterson, Tom Clancy). I even read some of my aunt’s Danielle Steel romance novels before I had books of my own other than school textbooks.

Later on when I had my own money to buy my own books, I started enjoying books on psychology (M. Scott Peck’s The Road Less Traveled and The Road Less Traveled and Beyond), biographies and reference books. I still enjoyed fiction particularly those with incredible world-building (C.S. Lewis’ Screwtape Letters, some Tolkien and later on The Harry Potter series) but noticed that I’m more willing to purchase non-fiction.

What was the first book you remember enjoying reading?

I remember thoroughly enjoying Lucy Maud Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables. It was probably the first series of books I ever read. I was about the same age as the main character Anne Shirley and she brought me places with her on her adventures.

What three books best sum up your taste in literature?

I’ve developed a very eclectic taste in literature, too broad spectrum and all over the board to pick just three.


Share Your World – On Luck and Happiness

This week’s Share Your World X Harry Potter 2-part series by Melanie and Roger Shipp includes a set of questions that are related to/inspired by the Half-Blood Prince.

For the HP questions:

You have just been gifted a magic wand that specializes in completing household chores. You can request the completion of only two household chores. Which chores would you assign your wand to complete?

Washing the dishes and doing the laundry or wiping down grocery items/any delivery.

At the local Wizards-R-Us store there was a sale on handshake shockers, instant darkness pellets, and levitation pills. Which of these ‘party thrillers’ are you more likely to purchase?

Levitations pills for sure. Handshakes are pretty much obsolete, and I don’t care much for the shadows, instant or not.

In the alley behind Wizards-R-Us, there was a tradesman selling a Love Potion. The sales pitch was too much for you and you yielded and purchased one vial. What do you do with it?

Save it as Christmas present for someone who needs it by then (wink) or as a white elephant gift exchange.

You are the Great Clearinghouse Winner of a new ‘good luck’ potion – Felix Felicis. It has to be used within the next thirty days or its potency becomes diminished. Do you use it? Do you give it to a friend in need?

I’ll use it on several occasions within 30 days and on those days, do all sorts of things requiring luck i.e. buy lottery/raffle tickets, sell high-ticket items, apply for visas, emigrate/immigrate etc. That’d be an interesting experiment, see how effective it is.

For the muggle/mundane questions:

If everyone spoke their mind, would this world be a better or worse place?  Why?

For some reason, this made me think of a Twitter-dominated world and that’s not a pretty picture for me. But in an ideal world where people are not given into anti-intellectualism/anti-education or at least word vomit/verbal diarrhea, and actually use their voice to discuss important/relevant issues/causes or contribute to the conversation towards reaching a better understanding of things, what a bright world that would be.. 🎼

Can achieving nothing make a person happy?

This makes me think Dolce Far Niente. There’s joy in that, in moderation. But if that’s a life goal (to not achieve anything) then I suppose it’s possible.

How do you know if you love someone enough to marry them?

When the idea of being with that person for life or at least a long time feels right or good and not repulsive at all (lol). And what’s out there no longer (or not at all) changes your mind about it.


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.

Share Your World Pt. 3 – On Happiness, Play and Secret Tunnels

This 3rd installation of Share Your World meets Harry Potter series brought to us by Melanie and Roger gives us questions inspired by Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

The Harry Potter questions:

One of my favorite gifts that Harry Potter received came from the Weasley Twins; and was “Mrs. Mooney’s Marauder’s Map.” This magical document showed every classroom, hallway and secret corner in all of Hogwarts. It also showed you the location-by name of every person in Hogwarts. If you had such a magical map of your town, what would you use it for? If you would not use it, is there another person to whom you would gift it?

We have a version of this in our time like Google Maps and a few other apps. But the Marauder’s Map is fun and If I had it, I’d use it during trips to new places. And to check which places are already or still open for exploration. I’d gift it to my future kid if I ever have any.

When was the last time you made a snowball? Were in a snowball fight?

It doesn’t snow where I’m from so my first experience of it was in my early 20s during a business trip abroad. I was with colleagues and strangers so no snowball fight then, or yet. I made a snowball discreetly while out on lunch that snowy day.

Many cultures set great value in each child of the family having godparents. Did you have godparents? Are you a godparent yourself?

I had godparents, on paper. Or so I heard. But I haven’t met them save for the time when I was a baby. I am a godparent to a friend’s daughter and I take it seriously.

You have found a secret tunnel under your house. Where does it go?

It leads to a Room as Needed, which can have or be anything I need i.e. panic room, hideout, bat cave, snack room etc.

The muggle questions:

Is intelligence or wisdom more useful?

Both are useful and has its purpose. Intelligence has to do with aptitude, with learning and its applications, while wisdom is the ability to discern what’s good/right/sound based on knowledge, experience, understanding, insight. Both are needed to live a good life.

How important is play in living a healthy and fulfilling life?

Very important. I think it helps bring balance in our lives and keeps us ‘young’.

Is happiness just chemicals flowing through your brain or something more?

Not just chemicals, but the chemicals are a necessary part of the happiness equation. For me, it’s a mix of internal and external experiences that bring us to a state involving positive feelings, emotions.


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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