2 Years Already

Believe it or not, I have written this blog for 2 years already. WordPress just reminded me of the Anniversary of this 2nd year. From the beginning, I’ve kept writing on this blog everyday as I promised to myself. Of course, there were a few days that I used the scheduling function to keep the post up when I was away and unable to find the internet. Still, I’m quite proud of myself that I could do as I intended to.

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For the next year, I still want to post everyday but I’m not sure I will be able to do that or not. Anyway, I will give it a try, and keep posting everyday for another year. Yes, I knew I can do it!

Prompt Post

I’ve promised myself to publish a single post everyday when I started this blog, and that was the time I didn’t know what WordPress community could provide me with. As I published post by post, I began to learn what I could get from this community especially the challenges which have stimulated the idea for my posts. I believe that there was one challenge that made me nervous before publishing. That challenge was Weekly Photo Challenge: Unique as I chose to post my own photo. I realized that I’ve already shown my face on homepage however that photo was showing the right-side of me. But, the photo in the mentioned post was face in front.

Besides that post, I think there were two more posts which raised my uneasiness before posting. Yet, they helped release me from restless mind because they talked about my personal past experiences which I wasn’t proud of but I think I needed to face it before moving on.  The first post was a letter to a stranger who was one part of reasons I initiated this blog. The latter was the post I wrote about an ex. I still felt a pang in my heart while I was writing that post. Not because I missed him, but I felt a bit ashamed of myself for letting my personality to be altered that much for the sake of having someone in my life.

I believe that this blog has assisted me to grow up even though I have been an adult for quite a while. This blog community also let me learn from others. And I’m grateful for that.

This post is an entry for PPP-Challenge as well.

 

Like at first read

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Pic Credit – Mourgefile

Have you remembered the time when you decide to follow blogs? Why did you follow them? Which post/photos did you like? For me, I could recall the reason of following some blogs such as this blog ‘Being Nenne‘ who recently nominated me for the Liebster award which was my 2nd time to get it. I’ve written the post ‘Around the blogsphere‘ for my 1st time nomination which was the longest post in this blog so far. Thank you to Being Nenne for thinking of me.

So how could I find Being Nenne’s blog? As it wasn’t long ago, I could still trace back the discovery path. It started when I saw this updated feed from our friend, Daily Post, called ‘The Art of the Open Letter‘. I read the post and looked into the comments. One of comments was from Being Nenne, and it led me to her post ‘I am Nenne and I am an FB lurker/stalker‘ which talked about Facebook & Friends. I think her post could show another aspect of Facebook world where we could sneak a peek at other people’s life with free permission, and I liked what she said in the post. Then, I did what I usually did when I found new blogs – I went to read her About page and I liked the way she described herself, short message but effectively telling about her.

When I felt something like this, I would call it ‘Like at first read’. And of course, I followed her. Thank you to her again for thinking of me about the award, and I hope that some of you might stop by her blog which has just begun in July this year.

The collective / {a couple} / strangers

The perk of being blogs follower is that I often come across inspiring/sweet/admirable stories such as these three blogs that I’d like to talk about. Some of you might have followed them already, but if you haven’t done that I hope you might drop by them and enjoy your time as I do.

I'm reading The Paperbook Collective 1st issue on my computer.

I’m reading The Paperbook Collective 1st issue on my computer.

Jayde-Ashe of the paperbook blog has set the project of releasing magazine that we could read online or print out to read everywhere we want. The magazine collects the works created by people around the blogosphere which will firstly be published on the magazine, and the 1st issue has already been launched on 1st August 2013. You can find it here along with behind the scene story as well as the detail of work submission for the next issue.

I think what she’s done is inspiring.

KeyandArrow is a blog that I’ve recently followed as I started from the blog of boredpictures. Usually, he posts photos but one day he mentioned his girlfriend in a post introducing another website called ‘keyandarrow’. So I visited that site and I like what I saw. It is a life and style blog which I think the blog template is good for reading. Moreover, the background story of blog is sweet starting from a couple who met via blogging and decided to start a blog together.

Even though I believe that I will never meet someone who has meant to be with me, but I always feel happy for everyone who could meet the right one in their life.

Slapthesunshine is another blog that I followed not long ago. Some of her posts will be related to a goal to approach strangers and ask about their interesting acts or dreams. So far I’ve read 3-4 of her posts regarding that topic beginning with this post, and they were refreshing.

From her project, I admire her because I don’t think I can do the same thing as her, initiating talks to the strangers. If I do that, I might turn to be a stone statue.

A sweet word

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Yeah! I’ve got nomination for Super Sweet Blogging Award from a sweet blogger.Thank you very much to Waiting on a word. I really liked the picture of this award. Very cute and look yummy!

Here comes the award’s rules:

  1. Thank the Super Sweet Blogger that nominated you.
  2. Answer the five super sweet questions (below).
  3. Include the Super Sweet Blogging Award in your blog post (above).
  4. Nominate a baker’s dozen (13) other bloggers.
  5. Notify your nominees on their blog.

Questions for item 2:

  1. Cookies or Cake? Cake 
  2. Chocolate or Vanilla? Chocolate all the ways! 
  3. Favorite Sweet Treat? Chocolate always relieves my stress 
  4. When do you crave sweet things the most? In the morning, to energize my brain.
  5. Sweet Nick Name? Robot (I think it’s sweet to be called like that … )

For my nomination, as I have explained my uncertainty to this post. I’d like to nominate 1+3 blogs for this super sweet blogging award.

  • Sweet words: The Paperbook Blog which actually the blog owner has two blogs, but this blog is where her talking about books. I really like reading her words on those books or authors she loves. Although I haven’t read most of the books she are talking about, I could feel how she admires literature and writers. Her sincerely sweet words for those books/authors make me wanna give them a try.
  • Sweet hungryThe Peckish Kiwi here where I would like to take a flight and go to New Zealand so I could taste those flavors of Ice cream he has written about. Moreover, my hunger has risen whenever he posted Thai food despite being in Thailand myself. ( ‘ ‘ ) It’s even sweeter when he shares photo of his cat.
  • Sweet chitchat: Chitchat and all of that and I think her blog name is sweet. When I read her posts, I feel like I’m in a nice small talk where I could get to know her life via her blogs. She sometimes kindly shares her cat photos which I truly love seeing them.
  • Sweet coffeeCoffee drinkers make better lovers, kudos to this creative blog name. The story behind the blog is also sweet as it has been originated from a couple who fell in love with each other along with great coffee. It’s kind of sad that this blog has been inactive for around 2 months. However, I hope that the blog owner will go back to update their sweet coffee trails soon.

As always, no obligation for those who’ve been mentioned in the above nomination (you will be notified by Pingback to your post). (^o^)

Thank you to ‘Waiting on a word’ for this sweet award and the 1+3 bloggers for your sweet blogging.

The Lovely Paperbook

I got nomination for the ‘One Lovely Blog’ award from ‘The Paperbook Blog‘. To follow some of the award’s rules which is sharing seven things about you, so I choose to share 7 lovely things I’m crazy about.

The list of 7 things that I have a soft spot for them. If I find anything related to the below stuff, I always feel impelled to buy or follow them. I think they are cute, adorable and lovely.

I love Totoro

I love Totoro. Own a DVD, Accessories, and handkerchiefs

I'm happy by just looking at Pooh.

I’m happy by just looking at Pooh. Many clothes that has Pooh on them. My 3 sets of bed sheets and pillow cases. Jewelry box. Bag.

I'm always attracted to everything about cats!

I’m always attracted to everything about cats! Earrings, 3 Bags with cats pattern, and T-Shirts.

Yes! Like pigs too

Yes! Like pigs too, Key Chain and Cute decoration stuff.

My favorite animal follows my horoscope sign. Earrings, Painting on my bedroom wall, small bag.

IU (이지은) Korean Singer - Love her

IU (이지은) Korean Singer – Love her. She has a unique voice and very talented. I like listening to her songs and watching her dramas.

Korean Girls group that I could remember everyone and like them all.

Girls Generation, Korean Girls group that I could remember everyone and like them all. Love watching their Music Video, and their catchy songs are fun to listen and dance with.

Thank you very much to The Paperbook blog for this lovely award.

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Around the blogsphere

I’m delightful that Linda Arthur Tejera has kindly nominated me in the LIEBSTER award. Thank you very much for your generous.

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To be honest, I’m not good at dealing with this kind of award nomination around the blogsphere because I sometimes tend to be confused how to follow the rules and everything. Moreover, I’m afraid of unintentionally offending someone such as nominating them but they might not be comfortable to get it (I don’t know how to explain this behavior but we could name it ‘Kreng Jai’ in Thai word which means ‘be too courteous’ or ‘be afraid of offending’. Someone might not be able to understand how it can affect our process of thinking for Thai people but this belief or behavior has been taught to every generations in Thailand).

However, I think this award has the great objective for promoting some blogs around the WordPress world as you can see from the award’s rules:

The Award is a “pay-it-forward” thing as you must complete these requirements:

1.         Post the Award on my blog.

2.         Thank the blogger who gave me the Award and link back to their site.

3.         Post 11 random facts about myself.

4.         Answer 11 questions that the presenter of the Award has asked.

5.         Nominate 11 new bloggers with fewer than 200 followers who I want to receive the Award.

6.         Ask my nominees 11 questions of my own.

I’ve already followed the 1 and 2 items, but I’d like to do the number 5 and 6 first.

The number 5 is my favorite one as it’s the good opportunity for me to nominate other blogs with less than 200 followers. But, it came to the tricky time as I thought I couldn’t know how many followers of those blogs around here if they don’t show the number on their blogs (like mine). However, I just accidentally found the number when I reviewed the page of the blog I follow (not the reader feed). Yes, I was much surprised that WordPress shows the number of blog followers for other bloggers who happen to follow your blog. What is the purpose of this function? Perhaps for this award?

Anyway, I finally chose the 11 blogs that I’d like to share them to others. Most of my following blogs have their followers more than 200 while some of them don’t. So I decided to share blogs that the owners are still active on the blog business. Some are new, some are not.

Let’s meet the other WordPress blogs, shall we?

Cancer: My Journey back to health-licking & screaming the whole damn way.

  • The owner of this blog is Laura Lynn. I found her unfeigned blog from thedimwitdiary’s shout out (Thanks to him). And I have been captured by her sincere, yet humorous, words towards the world she are living in. She definitely has a wonderful gift to tell vivid and animated stories. I love reading her blogs and hopefully she keeps writing them.

The casual diary of you, me & the dog.

  • ‘We live in a flat’ is the name of this 3-months old blog. The blog is about their life and the dog named ‘Donna’. I like the way the blog owner described about living with dogs on their About page.

A dog is not a plastic toy. Like living with another human, living with a dog requires constant adjusting to one another’s moods and proclivities. And just as a person grows and changes, a dog does to. -http://weliveinaflat.wordpress.com/

 NICOCOBELL Keep Smiling

  • I have followed her blog because of her moment of silliness on the About page. Ha Ha, not only that reason but also her photos of dogs and cats showing how she convey their perfect moments.

 This is my journey of photography with my Holga and me

  • In the fast paced world where every one goes digital, it’s kind of intriguing for me that someone is still ‘Living La Vida Holga’. Actually, I was also interested in Holga and Lomo but eventually I didn’t pursue those cameras. Therefore when I found debbstar (blog owner) who has passion for film cameras, I didn’t hesitate to keep up with her journey with Holga.

Taking a Deep Breath

  • I could meet her among our WordPress’s challenges which is great as we can see what other blogs’ interpretation for each challenges. Moreover, it’s remarkable when you could get to know the other cultures just on the mouse clicking, right?

twotwerps and their adventures in comic land

  • Twotwerps visited my blog when I posted something tagged with comic (I thought). Of course, I went to their blog too and read their creative About page. They also said that they will post their comic on the weekly basis. And there’s no way for me to turn down the chance to freely read comics?

through the viewfinder … with feline assistance

  • Just by saying the word feline on the tag line can capture my attention. Certainly, the tag line is followed with the photos of cats taken by David (the blog owner).

AUTOMATIC JOURNEY

  • peggystevenson.com is the name of the blog. There are many street photography on this blog which it is one of the photo types that I couldn’t bring myself to do that. I think people who can take the street photo must be good at human relation which I don’t have that skill. I liked street photos on this blog as I think the owner could snap the moments that intrigue me.

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  • I like her profile photo and her cat’s photos. The cat is so adorable. And this blog is just a month old so it would be nice to drop by her blog. (Remember the time when we had our first month of blogs?)

judy lesko Blogging from the Bubble

  • Judy Lesko is also another blog that I will meet around the WordPress’s challenges. And I like the description of herself as the third person on the About page. It’s kind of refreshing to read it.

Tracking my journey in Thailand, life, and so on

  • This one might not be much active as other blogs, nevertheless ‘The Journey of Andrew Cassidy’ is still updated once in a while. He comes to Thailand to teach English and this blog is his journey in Thailand (certainly). Despite being Thai, I’m not crazy about the sugar-coating stories about my own country. So after reading some of his posts, I think he told what he genuinely wanted to say and that’s great.

The last item on the rules which to ask the 11 blogs with my own questions. However, as I explained earlier about my ‘Kreng Jai’ nature so I just want to tell those mentioned blog owners to not feel obligation for the rules. (And if you’re uncomfortable for this nomination, sorry for that.)

Speaking of my own 11 questions, it’s quite difficult for me to think of those questions as I’m not good at making small talk or asking different questions to people whom I might not know them personally. Sometimes, this shortcoming made me falls in the awkward situations. So let’s use the questions that I asked myself on my About page + one question from me.

1. What was your favorite food when you were a child?
2. What’s the #1 most played song on your music player?
3. What is one of your favorite quotes?
4. What’s your favorite indoor/outdoor activity?
5. What chore do you absolutely hate doing?
6. What is your favorite form of exercise?
7. What is your favorite time of day/day of the week/month of the year?
8. What’s your least favorite mode of transportation?
9. What is your favorite body part?
10. What sound do you love?
11. Why 11?

To those who has photo blogs and might want to join this but not comfortable to change the nature of the blog to give the answers. It would be great if you post 11 photos describing something about being you, your life and dream.

Ok, we have 2 remaining items which are my random facts and answers to the presenter’s questions.

The 11 random facts of mine.

  1. I stopped watching every television shows broadcasting on my country’s free TV channels since 2007, and I can survive except that I might not be able to talk to my friends or co-workers about the current talks of the town in my country if they’re not on the Internet.
  2. I like to keep my desktop computer as clean as I can. I can’t stand seeing my desktop full of icons too long. (>_<)
  3. My colleagues gave me nickname (besides my real Thai nickname) as a Robot because I tend to do things like I’ve been programmed.
  4. According to item no.3, I like that nickname very much so I created the photo of me to represent it.

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  5. My face sometimes looks unfriendly when my expression is emotionless. So there were times when people didn’t like me just because of my straight face.
  6. I have my magic words for lifting up my low self-esteem when something bad happens to me or I do something stupidly. The sentence is “I am cute”. I would repeatedly talk to myself until my mood has been lightened up. The statement might seem too much self-conceited but it did help me a lot in the past.
  7. Twice in my life so far, I have been on stages to sing songs in front of 50-100 people in two different parties: – First time was that I sang my favorite one. ‘Yark Rong Dunk Dunk‘ (Wanna sing out loud), and another time was when I sang a Thai country song from the most famous Thai female artist in this genre. ‘Poo Chai Nai Fun‘ (A man in my dream).
  8. I sometimes read some words and quickly map them to my brain’s glossary for example; every time I see the name of this award my brain will map it with Lobster and my memory will come up with oh…it was yummy. And then, I  will think ‘No, it’s not that word.’ and I tell my brain to behave and read the word correctly.

    No, not this lobster!

    No, not this lobster!

  9. I once in while will jump and dance around my bedroom when nobody sees me while I am listening to the lively songs.
  10. I love reading so much that I’m always grateful towards my aunt who helped developing the love of reading in me since I was a little child. As well as my dad who encouraged my reading habit by buying a lot of books for me even tough we didn’t have much money at that time but he was willing to pay for them.
  11. At this moment, this post will be the longest post on this completely disappear. Moreover, I spent almost 1 and a half day gathering information, preparing and writing it. And I’m happy to do so.

For the presenter’s questions. Okie Dokie, let’s go:

1. If you could be an animal, what type of animal would you be? => Dory, just keep swimming.

2. What is your favorite food? => Beef and squid.

3. What is your favorite TV show? => From current shows, they are Bones, Glee, Pretty Little Liars, Girls, The Mentalist, Suits, and Lee Soon Shin is the best (Korean).

4. What is your guilty pleasure? => One of them is what I’ve written about in this post.

5. Link to your favorite recipe? => My mom’s beef stew which I haven’t posted it anywhere yet.

6. Best place you have ever visited? => Very difficult to make decision, let’s say Japan.

7. What was your favorite childhood tv or book character? => Ikkyū-san.

Picure Credit: corp.toei-anim.co.jp

Picure Credit: corp.toei-anim.co.jp

8. What is your most recent good deed? => I might not be a generous person as I think I am because my memory has gone blank for this question. Can I say ‘helping my new colleague to settle himself according to my company’s policy even though no one assigned me to do that’?

9. If you could only take two things with you from your home, what would they be? => My purse and iPhone.

10. What is the most exciting thing that has ever happened to you? => The moment I was facing the T-rex while riding the Jurassic Park ride at Universal Studio, LA.

11. If you could turn back time, what would that time be? => To those times when I traveled in Japan.

Alright, I think I’ve done all of the things I need to do for this award.Thank you to Linda Arthur Tejera again for the award nomination. Thank you to the blogs that I gladly to know them via the blogsphere. Thank you to everyone who still reads and writes blogs.

Blogging is back in my world.

The mountains and the fishbowl

Today I’m a bit surprised by one comment and one pingpack about nominations. Firstly, one comment from the mountains whom I always recall him as a rocky ranger but actually he is frontrangescribbles. He kindly nominated me in the WordPress Family Award. I think he is one of the first WordPress bloggers whom I have had chances to communicate via blog posts since the beginning of my blog. He has just started his own radio show on the internet. I haven’t had an opportunity to listen to his radio show but I listen to his recommended artists who are quite interesting.

Another nomination is from the fishbowl whom I tend to remember as a goldfish, however the real name is Fish of Gold. She nominates the last 15 person who have provided her with comments on her posts. I was glad to be one of them with my comment on this hilarious anatomy of a night’s sleep. Speaking of the nomination, I’m not sure what I suppose to do exactly but it seems that I can choose to give the answers for her 11 questions, which I think it’s kind of fun to give it a try. So here I am the answer for the goldfish, oops no Fish of Gold’s questions:

1. If you haven’t already sent your email address to Not Quite Alice to participate in her story (at the link above), why not?

Ahh, I’m not sure … might try to find out why not …

2. What’s your favorite swear word? If you don’t swear, why are you reading FOG?

I don’t think I swear much but if I do, I mostly swear in Thai (my language).

3. Would you rather have a unicorn or a fire-breathing dragon?

A fire-breathing dragon.

4. What did we do before you had the internet? Really, I don’t remember.

I kind of remember that I might read a lot of books and watch many TV programs.

5. Link one of your favorite blog posts and tell us why it’s your favorite.

I’m not sure whether I can choose my own post or not but I’d like to take advantage on this, may I? So I’d like to choose A stranger’s words which I recalled my memory about the power of stranger’s words.

6. Do you publish blog posts right after you write them or do you let them stew for a while?

Publish once I’m ready. I don’t like to let them being drafts for too long.

7. Do you have a nickname? What’s it mean?

In my country (Thailand), most of us has nickname because our first names are usually long so it’s not easy to be called in our first name basis. My nickname in Thai word means cotton in English language.

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8. If you could have a theme song play whenever you walked into a room, what would it be?

It would be great if I could have the x-file theme.

9. Where do you live and what time is it there?

I live in Thailand which is located in South East Asia. Time at this moment is 09.09 PM.

10. Whats your favorite animal?

I like both cats and dogs but I have a dog. I also like sheep and pig.

11. If you were Tawny Kitaen back in the day, would you date this dude?

To be honest, I don’t know both of them but my answer is no because I don’t fancy guys with long hair. Just my preference.

Thank you to both of them for mentioning my blog in their post. Truly appreciate :)

Daily Prompt: Press It

Give some love to three blog posts you’ve read and loved in the past week, and tell us why they’re worth reading.
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It’s quite hard to choose 3 blogs from many blogs that I’m currently following. However, I will pick the following topics for my answers:

  • I liked a lot of blogs from Fabulous 50’s. I think her blogs are fun to read with the great photos. If I have to choose one blog from her recent posts, I will select this HIKING DAYTON, KENTUCKY because of the last photo which I think the photo shows creativity and fun.
  • Catalonia, Te Adoro by Elena Levon I really enjoyed reading this one as I think she is so gorgeous as well as her life.
  • Being Thai doesn’t mean you would know everything in your country like I didn’t know there is this kind of activity, so when I got a chance to read Thailand: Farm to Fork (via a Cooking Class) on the Outskirts of Bangkok via WordPress feed. It’s quite interesting , and I also like to read various point of views from other people who visit my country.

Although I have to select 3 blogs to mention in this blog, but I still want to say thank you to all of bloggers that I have had chances to view. It’s good to see the different perception from a variety of people. It help me open my eyes and mind.