A large part of me feels like I’ve lost the flair and interest to blog (the horror!). So in my continued attempt to overcome this, I figured this ‘award’ is a good exercise. One of my closest blogger-friends nominated me for this lovely blog award – thank you Heisui!
I’m so thankful she stumbled upon my blog about a year and a half ago (how time flies!) and has stayed through numerous emotional dramedy episodes in my life as depicted through the blog. I also really appreciate her no-nonsense responses about my constant reluctance to drama-write (…and yet still do it anyway…) because heck, sometimes even I can’t stand myself when I act that way. In short, she’s honest with her opinions and doesn’t mince words with me especially when it comes to my personal, emotionally-driven write-ups. Hard as her words can be to swallow though, I wouldn’t wish differently because honesty goes a long, long way with me. Thank you for sticking around and for this lovely nomination, sweets – you’re the real sunshine!
Now on to the award!
- In a new post:
- Thank the person who nominated you.
- Answer the questions from the person who nominated you.
- Nominate five other bloggers.
- Write why you nominated these bloggers.
- Write 5 or more questions for the bloggers you nominated.
- Notify the bloggers on their blogs.
- Put the award on your blog where FYI image above was made by and is fully credited to Heisui. Per her words, “You may use the image I made for the award, but you must credit me. You may NOT crop out the credits on the image itself.”
How do you cheer yourself up if you’re not in a good mood?
For the past year – poetry. Lots of it. Then it’s typically one of two things: watch an Asian drama (ha!) or write.
If you could sum up your blog in one sentence, what would it be?
Quite frankly, this comes to mind immediately: nostalgia bullshit. As I wrote in my About page, “I wax nostalgia bullshit, as I like to think of it; emotional purge.” I still think so – I just happen to write about dramas on the side now.
How would you like to be remembered in the blogosphere?
As real as one gets – a whole person. I maintain this principle in my social media everywhere, that if you ever meet me in person or if you do know me personally, it would never cross your mind that there’s a disconnect between my online persona and myself in the flesh.
What is it about dramas and drama blogging that makes you happy?
When I was younger, it was a lot of things – it was like this whole new-yet-relevant world where my cultural context and background weren’t foreign to TV land. Later in my teen to early college years, it had a lot to do with escapism. These days it just… is. I see no more need to over-define or find reasons to justify what and why I like what I do. Shows that are able to move me for better or for worse, they make me happy.
Drama blogging though… that’s a tough cookie. I’m forever on this 50/50 boat about it where I love it because its brought me all these great drama-blogger friends, awesome readers and basically, lots of kindred souls. Finding out that I’m able to speak for someone, or that my thoughts resonate and all that – as a writer, this is an amazing feeling. Trust me when I say it never gets old.
Yet ironically and truthfully my Asian-typical, academically driven and science-biased mindset is still ingrained within me i.e. this doesn’t feel like the most intellectual activity and topic to write about. In other words, honestly I often feel like I’m wasting my time devoting so much time, effort and mental and emotional space to this so-called pastime activity. However, because I’ve been watching Asian dramas for more than a decade and can’t ever shut my mind (and mouth), now I rarely pick up and watch shows and not have opinions. Nowadays I don’t think too much about it though; when I feel like it, I write. When I don’t, I don’t.
What is one of your favorite words or phrases? Give the definition/meaning & explain why you like it. (The word does not have to be in English.)
Overcome. You are welcome to refer to this particular entry for greater depth. I love this word so much because I think it defines everything I am made of including the decisions and outcomes that have gotten me to where I am today, and the person that I am. It encapsulates my fighting spirit and general approach with life; I kind of love and hate that about it.
Passing The Love – Jandoe’s Nominations!
I almost always nominate the same bloggers and they almost always never do it haha, but that’s cool. There are many awesome bloggers out there and I do follow a few non-drama-related blogs, but I’m still so shy to approach them to personally let them know how much I admire their writing and poems… so I’ll keep this list drama-bloggers-only haha. Just click on their names to be directed to their blogs!
- yupkigirl (now she goes by ojpy) – my senpai on how to blog on any topic, literally, with sass, confidence and poise. Love her.
- Ellély – who pops in her blog too infrequently for my enjoyment, but never fails to affect me with her write-ups when she does. Now I’ve come to realize that it’s probably more of a personal preference, but I really genuinely love her writing style. I admire the fact that though she covers topics which are lighthearted and generally empty (I told ya I’m a paradoxical drama watcher-snob), she has this way of making her subjects sound/feel meaty without losing her flair (read: hilarity) and just, she’s doesn’t sound pretentious at all. I wish I write like her!
- Mookiehyun – my recent discovery (seriously, where have I been before this?!) who is not afraid to be herself. She’s expressive about her likes and dislikes as she unabashedly spazzes about her favorites etc and yet, her opinions and write-ups manage to be both spazz-filled and introspective. Truly something, the way her writing is grounded to tangible, realistic feelings and analogies.
- dmohican14 – I always enjoy our commentary-threads, in the far and few we’ve had. I also love the write-ups she does on Jdramas – I don’t watch any anime so I can’t comment on those, but some of her Japanese drama reviews are my favorites because she gets to the core message and elements of the show. I love the way she says it as it is without underestimating or belittling the storyline etc. She’s informative and insightful without being impersonal, which I also love.
- Caitlyn – my Australian blogger-buddy haha. I honestly feel like we became fast friends and immediately clicked on blogosphere even though… we hardly see eye to eye on shows and people. Thanks to WIN: Who Is Next where we pretty much bandied together (with Rosie) and survived through it, I feel like we’re friends for life because of that damn show haha (I wish you all the best with Mix & Match!). She’s candid with her opinions and her blog is basically like a digest of her commentaries on shows she watched or is watching – not meant to be taken too seriously, but always a good start for conversation. Because she basically watches everything (while I complain about wanting to watch more…), I stalk her Twitter from time to time haha (oops cat’s out of the bag!) to find out what she’s tuning in and her quickie thoughts on shows!
Special shout out because she’s a true sunshine, this one –
- Betsy – who’s on hiatus (kinda) because of personal reasons, but I love her and her write-ups so much.
I don’t really have anything to ask… so here’s my totally-made-up-on-the-fly questions:
- Can you please share a quote from your favorite book?
- Ice-cream, frozen yogurt or (gasp) neither?
- Would you rather be someone who’s conquered the tip of an iceberg or a jack-of-all-trades? In other words, would you rather be a Ph.D graduate in something (haha) or street-savvy chameleon, and why?
- What or who, for you, is “only recalled when a certain song is played, or the sky feels like a certain weather”? And if you don’t mind elaborating… I would love to hear all about that :)
- What would you advise to a lost, wandering 23 year-old graduating grad student who, given her way, is tempted to just wail “I don’t know what to do with my life! (insert exasperated-not-a-smiley emoticon)” to anyone she considers older and/or more established in the life department? (HAHA)
Just a note that please don’t feel obliged to answer this – not answering is totally an option, as is just answering through the comment box. I don’t hold anything against anyone and in fact, everyone is welcome to answer my (lame) questions haha.
(I just hope you at least like ice-cream or frozen yogurt though cos if you dislike both, I… I’m not sure if we can still be friends!)