I Received A Tres Cool Award!

I don’t usually blog two days in a row, but I wanted to acknowledge the Kreativ Blogger award I received and thank the lovely person who gave it to me:  Lori over at the I Can Grow People blog.  Thank you, Lori!!!  🙂

Here are the award rules:

1. Post the award on your blog.

2. Give a thank you shout out to the lovely person who bestowed the Major Award upon you (check)

3. Pass the award on to seven people who you think deserve the title of Kreativ Blogger.  Here are my seven, in no particular order (since I’m joining late, most of those to whom I wanted to give this award have already received it from someone else…but hey, that’s okay):

Postpartum Progress

Musings-Musings-Musings

1st Timers Journey

Pretty Swell Mama

One Shoe Off

Stirrup Queens

Survival4Moms

4. Name seven things about yourself that others don’t know.  Okay, let’s think.  I’ve already shared a few things about myself for the first time for the last award I received, When Life Hands You Lemons.  Gee.  Um.  Well, here goes:

  • Like Lori, I also don’t wear makeup.  I used to wear more when I was younger, but with my allergies, which have gotten worse over the years (with age, thank you very much), I only wear blush, lip gloss and eyeliner on limited (like for the rare party) occasions.  Can probably count those occasions on 2 hands throughout a given year.
  • I only drive European cars.  Am about to say goodbye to my Saab 9-3 😦 on Saturday.  I’ve had my Saab for nearly 6 years and of all the cars I’ve ever had the pleasure of owning, this one was by far my most favorite! 
  • I’ve always been a much stronger writer than speaker.  I find as many opportunities to use my writing (inc. laying out newsletters in MS Publisher), photographic (for example, I took > 600 photos during our last big vacation in Athens and Santorini, Greece in < 5 days), and event-planning capabilities (I’ve helped friends/family members plan weddings).
  • I love handmade jewelry that you can only usually get at craft shows.   Once I discovered the beautiful work of these talented crafts people (and I go to about 3 different shows twice a year), I don’t buy jewelry from department stores anymore.
  • I love wildlife, especially dolphins, whales, seals, sea turtles, penguins and the like.  I admire what the Sea Shepherd is trying to accomplish, and their bravery.  I was thrilled at the opportunity to board and tour the Steve Irwin while it was docked at Chelsea Piers in NYC.  Here’s a photo of me in the Cap’n’s chair:

  • My favorite food is noodles….any type (spaghetti, lasagna, baked ziti, ramen, udon, yaki soba, pho, lo mein, chow fun, mai fun, pad thai, pad kee maw…you get the picture) and any cuisine (Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese, Japanese, Italian, etc.).  YUM!  🙂
  • I commute 5 days a week into NYC.  I hate rude commuters, with my top pet peeves being:  1)   people who constantly knee or kick the back of your seat while you’re on the bus/train (this applies to planes as well), 2)  people who constantly reach into their purse or coat pocket, elbowing you each time, 3)  people who are not mindful of their bags/backpacks that smack you in the head as they walk down the bus/train aisle or having them dig into you as you’re standing in the subway.

5.  Don’t forget to notify your seven bloggers about their award and post a link to their blog (check)

When Life Hands You Lemons

I was about to head off to bed shortly but when I realized that one of my favorite blogs, All Work and No Play Makes Mommy Go Something Something, nominated me with a “When Life Hands You Lemons” blog award, I decided to put this post together really quickly…seeing how many of my favorite blogs were already nominated.

Thank you, Kimberly!   =)

The rules for this award are simple:

I am to thank the giver of the award and link to their blog (see above).   I am supposed to share 5 things about myself.  And I am supposed to link to 5 new blogging recipients of my choosing and notify them.

Here goes….

1.  I am an ABC…or American-Born Chinese.  Because Mandarin Chinese was the only thing my parents spoke to me for the first seven years of my existence, I can speak Mandarin Chinese fluently.  I am very proud of my ethnicity.  But all my life I’ve found myself to be caught somewhat “on the fence,” so to speak.  Neither completely Chinese–like a lot of people I know who are born overseas and come to the states in their teens–nor completely Americanized–like the so-called “bananas” or “twinkies” or yellow on the outside and white on the inside. 

2.  I love to travel.   I really LOVE warm weather and blue water–and being able to kayak and snorkle–and I can REALLY use them both right now.  Getting tired of the cold weather!

3.  Speaking of warm weather and blue water, I dream of sailing in the BVI someday with my family.  Before I settled down, I used to do 1-week cruises through the cruising club of the Offshore Sailing School as much as I could afford and find time to do.   I sailed the Whitsunday Islands of Australia, one way from St. Lucia to Grenada, and the Abacos Islands of the Bahamas.  Nowadays, the cruising club doesn’t do these trips any longer, unfortunately.

4.  I love music and dance.  The former I appreciate through singing (I used to sing in choirs from the time I was in elementary school til a few years after I graduated from college and became a member of The Collegiate Chorale in New York City) and watching Broadway musicals.  The latter I appreciate through watching (not dancing myself, since I never learned how to dance) the spectacular moves of dancers on such shows like “So You Think You Can Dance” and “Groovaloos.”  My favorite dance styles are contemporary and hip hop.

5.  I am a rather sentimental person…and as such, I tend to hold onto a lot of things that cause my house to be rather cluttered.  Yes, I am a clutter-bug.  I find it hard to even part with old Christmas cards I’ve received through the years.  And that would be a lot of cards because each year I get a lot (since I send a lot).  I can’t throw anything out.  I’d rather have garage sales and ask my brother to sell things through e-Bay than throw any possessions out.    Oh, and did I mention that I’m a recycling fanatic?  I recycle all paper products (probably types of papers I’m not supposed to recycle), all plastic, all glass, all cans.  I get REALLY bent out of shape when I see a recyclable item in the regular garbage can at work.  I will reach into the garbage can, take out that item(s), and throw it into the proper bin. 

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Now for my choices…all of which are wonderful women!  In no particular order…

Unexpected Blessing

Belly Laughs

Life with PPD 

Sophie in the Moonlight

PPD Survivor (author Kristin Davis and fellow college alumna – I have to thank her again for motivating me to start my blog in the first place!)