SYW: On Funny Things, Eating Off The Floor, Cats Hating Wind and Bernie Sanders

I’m taking a break from a slew of meet-ups on Podfest 2021 (more on this in a later post) by joining Melanie’s weekly Share Your World. Here goes:

Have you ever ‘butt dialed” someone?  (‘butt dialed’ means have you ever made a phone call that you weren’t aware of making, because the buttons on the phone got pushed by your sitting on them (in your pocket) OR having something in your handbag press against them?)
I don’t think I have, mainly because I lock my phone automatically and when not in use and almost never put it in my pocket😉.

If you were given 1000 acres of land, what would you do with it?
Hmm..Depends on location. If it’s a good one outside the city, ideally near a mountain or beach, I’d probably take it upon myself to develop a portion of the land into one of those self-sustaining eco villages or co-housing, with lots of green spaces, play areas/parks, food gardens, the works. Biophilic design all throughout. Then donate some of that land to a cause/non-profit organization close to my heart. Ahhh, a girl can dream, right?

What’s the funniest thing you’ve seen on-line recently? 

I don’t normally watch cat videos, but this one in a travel group in facebook posted about her cat making faces at the beach, making clear how much she hates the wind. Prior to that, that Bernie Sanders crochet doll was cute, and the fact that it was turned into a fundraiser was adorable. Also that website placing Bernie Sanders anywhere in the world was hilarious.

Image from https://tobeytimecrochet.com/2021/01/22/bernies-mittens-pattern/

Have you ever eaten something off the floor?  ‘5 second’ rule applies or not (the ‘5 second rule’ is that if you pick up the dropped food within a set time frame, it’s still ‘clean’ and you can safely eat it)?

I know I have at least once lol.

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GRATITUDE SECTION (always optional)

Feel free to share your gratitude with everyone in the form of a quote, a thought or an image.

“Happiness is there for the taking—and the making.”—Oprah

“The key to being happy is knowing you have the power to choose what to accept and what to let go.”—Dodinsky (Isn’t he talking about Serenity here?)

SYW: Still Sharing in 2021

Share Your World is a fun weekly Q&A hosted by Melanie. You can find out more and join in by clicking on the link below.
https://sparksfromacombustiblemind.com/2021/01/25/share-your-world-1-25-2021/

QUESTIONS:

Is it necessary to trust someone you like?  (friends, acquaintances or co-workers with whom you have no familial ties)
Not necessarily. A person can be trustworthy whether or not I like him/her.

Do you hold grudges?   What do you do when someone really irritates you?
I used to when I was younger. Now I’ve learned (still learning) to not take most things too personally, as each person has his own struggles/issues to work on. What I do depends on my relationship with the one who irritated me; if we’re close or the situation calls for it, I’d express my thoughts, otherwise I’d keep it to myself unless asked.

What’s the most sensible thing you’ve heard someone say?
Try everything.

Is crying a sign of weakness or strength in adults?
Not at all, unless it’s a medical condition. The emotion-releasing kind, at least for me, is a sign of vulnerability and authenticity, which is a strength in my book.


GRATITUDE SECTION  (Always Optional)

What small things were you grateful for this week?

I just got back from a refreshing month-long stay in the countryside. I wrote more about it here.

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.

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Share Your World Halloween Series – I Saw Dead Bodies

It’s almost a week into October with none of the usual signs. Normally there will be halloween or even Christmas decorations in some places by this time of the year. Not that I expected any of it. It would be a surprise to find, if any. Anyway, here goes Melanie’s questions (and link) to join:

When was the last time you tried something new?  How did that go for you?

Just last weekend and last night. I published a post about it that attracted some business blogs, not sure how to feel about that. Hubby and I watched the Trump-Biden debate (regrettably) over youtube, tried a spanish bistro beside the clinic we went to last weekend and visited some parks we used to frequent. Last night, hubby pulled an all-nighter for a new job and I tried to work the same hours on my stuff but dozed off around midnight.

What’s the most sensible thing you’ve ever heard someone say?

This, too, shall pass.

How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are?

I’ve always felt older than my age. Nowadays, I feel like 50 in terms of life experiences, though I don’t look it thanks to Asian genes (and being in my 30s chronologically).

Lastly, I’ll be doing one “Halloween” themed question per week during October.  Those who don’t observe the holiday are welcome to answer or to ignore it as they wish.

Fun  CREEPY Halloween Question:

Have you ever seen a ‘fresh’ corpse (aka dead body)?

Yes.. I can remember three occasions, too memorable to forget. The first time, it was a pile of dead bodies for a news story of a tragic accident I covered back in high school. The second time was when I volunteered to feed/debrief kids/survivors in a community hit by a tsunami. Then almost a decade ago I saw two people I know die right before my eyes. One of the reasons I’ve always felt older than my age, seeing dead bodies in different contexts.

GRATITUDE SECTION

Do you enjoy any seasonal traditions around this time of year?

Around this time usually we start shopping for gifts the for family, especially for the kids (nieces/nephew). Sometimes we bring the kids to halloween parties at work.

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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.

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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.

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Sharing My World On…What Day Is It Anyway

We’re still on the Share Your World x Harry Potter Series and this week, the questions relate to or are inspired by The Order of the Phoenix.

For the mystical questions:

What happened to cause you to discover ‘bullies” were real? For some reason, my sibling and I didn’t experience bullying growing up. I was lucky (or not?) to have not encountered bullies in real life until I went to university. I was never one to join groups but managed to make good friends with the serious, studious ones who can’t be bothered with cliques or petty stuff. In university though, I was talked into running for student office/government and won as part of the minority. Only two of us from my then-political party won. The political party where most of the winning candidates came from were a bunch of bullies, and that made for a stressful year even just attending the regular meetings. I realized I was well-prepared for the actual job but not the (dirty) politics that sometimes came with it.

Eavesdropping- When given the chance, how often do you eavesdrop? I really try not to eavesdrop when I can help it.

Escalators, at one time, were the ‘next big thing’. When was the last time you rode an escalator?  Not in a while, maybe 2-3 weeks ago when I went to the supermarket within a mall.

Have you ever ‘let’ someone win in a sports competition or a board game? How did it turn out? Not really, more of the other way around. My brother was really good at playing chess and when I was learning the game eons ago, he would occasionally toss me a ‘win’.

Photo by Charlie Solorzano on Pexels.com

For the muggle, mundane questions:

Do our fears start with our DNA? (Credit to Rory) When it comes to basic fears in terms of survival, I’d concur with others that it starts with our DNA. For most other fears I think it’s more in the conditioning than anything else. I answered this question before in another post.

If you could have your hair any colour for 24 hours, what colour would you choose? Dark blue, deep purple or pink.

When do you think a person gets old? (Credit to Rory) I also answered this question in this post. My answer is the same – when we think we know it all or there’s nothing more to learn or look forward to.

Share Your World Pt. 4 – On Nightmares, Cravings and A Bug Story

For this week, Share Your World Meets Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire. From this part of the book/movie series, the tone gets darker and heavy, less children’s books and more YA.

For the magical, mystical questions:

Have you ever spent the night in a house that was supposedly haunted? Anything ‘strange” happen?

Not the whole house per se, but we used to live in a rented townhouse and the guest bedroom gave me the chills. I used to have nightmares whenever I slept in that room.

The Quidditch Cup (riding broomsticks while chasing a small ball) was a huge sporting event in the land of Hogwarts. What is the largest sporting event (or concert, etc.) that you have ever attended?

My aunt used to bring me with her to work and she did the lighting system for concerts in the Philippines back in the day. I was lucky enough to get free passes to big concerts i.e. Michael Jackson, Patty Austin, Sting/Bryan Adams, Air Supply, Mariah Carey, Janet Jackson and even Metallica. I was too young to know these artists but it was good fun just enjoying their music, for free 😃

When you go for a swim, do you prefer an ocean, the seaside lakes, or a pool?

I prefer the ocean then lakes, not so much the pool. My friend and I visited a popular place for surfing in the Philippines and didn’t realize until later that our instructor was the 8-time national surfing champion. He was so passionate and humble and charged us next to nothing! I learned more about passion (aside from surfing) that day more than anything else.

Tell about the most ‘ghastly’ fashion statement that you have ever made.

I haven’t been that adventurous when it comes to fashion in my youth. I’m a late bloomer like that. It was only after university that I did experiment with a few pieces here and there, and I tried to limit them to costume parties. By the time I was braver in that department, I started working corporate jobs that had some sort of hair color restrictions or dress code, or at least frowned upon certain looks. So I never got to try going extreme, let alone ghastly.

For the muggle questions:

What is the last song you sang along to?

Either a cover of Dream On by Aerosmith or Stars by Grace Potter and the Nocturnals. See videos below. These women know how to rock!

What was your scariest nightmare about?

A scene from the Exorcist where someone (me, in a nightmare) was suspended in mid-air, utterly helpless and at the mercy of the devil. Or a chase scene where I can’t seem to run as fast as I could. Usually something related to a horror movie I recently saw.

What food do you crave most often?

Lately, ice cream. Choco peanut butter or those korean types. And cake.

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What’s your grossest bug story?

A long time ago, a friend was discouraging some of us from chewing gum at night then falling asleep without spitting it out and told us this story – one of his family had this bad habit of falling asleep with a gum in her mouth. One night in a sleepover, a cockroach went inside her mouth and she chewed it in her sleep. She was sent to a hospital afterwards. It worked back then and tops a bed bug story in a hotel stay abroad while on a trip just before covid happened.

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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.

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Share Your World Meets Harry Potter Pt. 2

For the next several weeks, Share Your World will be co-hosted by Roger Shipp, and he gives us Harry Potter-related questions for the series. This week’s movie is “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.”

Roger’s questions:

  1. Harry Potter can speak to snakes. If you were able to have conversations with any one animal, what animal would you like to speak to? What would be the topic of your first conversation?
    Migratory birds. I bet they have more insights from their travels AND the weather. A different spin on the small talk.
  2. The portraits in Hogwart’s dormitories can talk. If your graduation portrait could speak to people passing it by, what would it tell them?
    It’d probably say something like, “Are you ready for the real world?”
  3. Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, and Hermione Granger use the Pollyjuice Potion for finding new clues for the happenings at Hogwarts. (The Pollyjuice Potion is a magic potion that allows your body to form into that of another and live their life for a few hours.) If you could transform into another being, who would you chose to be? What would you hope to learn?
    If non-human, a bird or a whale, just to see life from their perspectives. If another human, Elon Musk or Jacinda Ardern or Tsai Ing Wen, the current president of Taiwan, to literally pick their brains.
  4. There was a flooding in the girl’s bathroom where Moaning Myrtle resides. What has been the most dangerous (or comical) ‘flooding’ where you reside?
    I used to live in a condo near my workplace then when one of the worst storms hit the capital and in a few hours, the main highway and roads flooded like never before, up to between 3 and 4 ft. Luckily, I got home from work earlier before the waters rose and stayed in a hotel in a nearby city until the waters subsided.

Mundane or “Muggle” Questions:

(Serious one which is rather creepy):
How do you think you’ll die?  IF you do think about it?
I’ve never thought of it, but I do hope it’ll be quick and/or non-violent, like in my sleep.

What’s the best on-line screen name you’ve seen? “Best might mean the oddest.
I wouldn’t call them the best, but I liked Dr. Strange (Marvel), Death Stroke or Ronin (Marvel).

What’s invisible that you wish people could see?
Soul or spirit.

If over time you replace parts on a car, at what point does it stop being the same car you bought? How many parts do you need to replace to make it a new car?
Hmm..Maybe when I’ve replaced more than 50% of it or the engine and the overall look. Although if the cost of replacement parts would be almost equal to buying a new one, I’d rather get a new one.

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