Blogger Recognition Award


Here are the rules for this award…

  1. Select 15 other blogs you want to give the award to.
  2. You cannot nominate yourself or the person who has nominated you
  3. Write a post to show your award
  4. Give a brief story of how your blog started
  5. Give a piece of advice or two to new bloggers
  6. Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog
  7. Attach the award to the post (right click and save, then upload)
  8. Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them
  9. Provide a link to the award post you created

Here we go: a short story of how I started my blog:

My story of how I started this blog is simple: I’d like to challenge myself to do something I haven’t done before. Thus, I chose blogging to share my world, and connect with others. To inspire and get inspired 🙂

A piece of advice 

I started blogging in the spring of 2015. I am still new to blogging and there are still a lot of things for me to learn. However, I find it helpful to be ourselves and be original. Just write about what you like and what you are passionate about 🙂  It’s ok when nothing comes to your mind. Nobody is perfect.  Follow the flows of your inner voice. Keep calm and just walk  forwards although slowly. The pace is not important as long as you are willing to improve better 🙂

Yesterday midnight I came across an engaging post about sincere love written by a blogger from Finland: Peaceful joki. Simply written, the author brings up new perspective about sincere love. Love is giving, sharing, and honest. Based on a poem about love of Rumi, the author Peaceful joki clearly explains and expresses his opinions about sincere love. ”The way of love is not a subtle argument. The door there is devastation. Birds make great sky circles of their freedom. How do they do it? They fall and falling then they are given wings”  From the post, I found one profound message behind the writing: If you really love to do something, do it sincerely, and with your heart because just like a boomerang, some day the thing you do will love you back 🙂

Finally, I’d love to share this video of a talented dancer, Eila. She is from Spain and she moved to New York when she was 19 years old. It is said that a professional dancer has to train for their whole life, but live for few moments in their performance. Changing from ballet to contemporary, her passion of dancing impressed me. I hope you will get inspired by her elegant, and graceful moments. I also wish those who read this post will find their hopes and work for their dreams.

“You need to fight your demons, break your comfort zones. That’s what you do if you want to grow…if you want to keep getting better.”

Let’s enjoy her moments in the video, so-called Light in me 🙂

Here is my 15 Fellow Bloggers, I would like to nominate. Please give me some time, I will contact you as soon as possible ❤

  1. Ms. Yen, a Malaysian blogger, who writes about beauty review, food review and book review Little Calico’s Journal
  2. Garfieldhug blogger, who shares moments in life with a sense of humour Garfiedhug’s blog
  3. Mr. Antonio L. Vereen with Living the dream, which focuses on human capital and emotional intelligence.
  4. Ms. Julia with My red page, from which you can find many interesting posts about photography and writing challenge.
  5. Ms. Ami and Share and connect with her travel journal accompanied by many breathtaking photos.
  6. Personal lifestyle blogger A mommasview at A momma’s view
  7. Ms. Kathy Blake with My daily musinng, which shares a lot of articles in blogging community
  8.  Blogger CanvasOfThoughts1, who shares to us DIY, natural beauty advises and her paintings at shop on Etsy.
  9. Blogger Willowdot 21, who shares to us her poetries and prose
  10. Ms. AngelineM with passion for books, travel and photography
  11. Ms. Jo Doran with Inklings of bookworm. The title says it all about her blog. She shares to us her reading list and a lot of book reviews are found from Inklings of bookworm
  12. Blogger Ramexabella at Ramexabella
  13. Mr. John with his life journey at Life and Travel
  14. Ms. Jennifer with her inspirational journal at jenniferkellandperry
  15. Blogger Peaceful joki as mentioned above.

C.Jay Bell C once said that ” You may not know where you are going, but you know that so long as you spread your wings, the wind will carry you”.

So what are you waiting for? Let’s spread your wings and enjoy the sky together 🙂

Quiet Impact. Quiet Revolution

WP_20150809_17_25_20_ProWritten by Sylvia Loehken, Quiet impact is a handbook for introverts.  As a good book with a little wisdom, Quiet Impact increases readers’ awareness about their strengths and challenges. Consisting of 3 main parts, and 9 chapters, Quiet Impact reveals hidden treasure together with obstacles’ introverts. Simply written, it guides how to have a happy private life and successful professionally. With examples in different occasions, many advice are given, ranging from how to establish and cultivate contacts to how to speak in meetings, in public and in negotiations.
Although it is a book for introverts, extroversion is also highlighted in the book. It is persuasively written with interesting points related to comfort zone, Carl Jung’s theory, as well as Yin &Yang.
Unlike Freud, C.Jung believes that introversion and extroversion can complement each other to broaden outlook and perspective despite of contrasts. One will be able to do things that the other finds difficult. Like man vs women, or like Yin & Yang, dark side and white side complete the whole thing. Although differences between extrovert and introvert might be a threat, causing challenges,  they can enrich the relation  between them.


The very first part of the book concentrates on describing typical introverts and extroverts. According to the book, extroverts are known as joyful, excited, exuberant, or even euphoric and tend to take risks. They are comfortable with external perspective. They need more stimulus from outside world because contacting with others is how they generate. Therefore, outward calm is a challenge for extroverts and it is hard to “stimulate themselves internally to the same level of intensity”. If stimulation with outside world is lack, they are quickly to become restless.

On the other hand, introverts recharge their batteries via peace and quiet. They need time to reflect and check observations against what is happening in their minds and outside world. They are cautious. They tell what makes them tick, what is important or enthusiastic to them, and what they are concerned about to only a few people. When communicating, they prefer deep, profound and meaningful to broad conversation. Thinking before act, they tend to check whether the information they give is important, relevant, and fitting or not. Trying to deal with others gently and to avoid conflicts, they also put themselves in listeners’ position before responding. Thus, it is no surprise to know 10 valuable strengths of introverts: caution, substance, concentration, listening, calm, analytical thinking, independence, tenacity, writing( rather than speaking), and empathy. In the corresponding those strengths, introverts obstacles are also listed and analyzed.

Quote - Strength vs Weakness

 Fear, too much attention to detail, over-stimulation, passivity, escape, being unduly cerebral, self-deception, fixation, avoiding contact and avoiding conflict are issues that introverts need to overcome. What I found it appreciate is that the author does not push introverts to change, but she lets readers be aware of the challenges and gives proper strategies to confront those difficulties.

Part 2 and part 3 focus on  shaping private space and workplace together with making your presence felt and listened to. Then, the book ends with one special part: the prospects for a fulfilling life as an introvert. Sometimes, it’s worth living out the coolness of being quiet and behaving like an extrovert. As an introvert, I found her call-to-action message so powerful 🙂

Find strength in calm and be a quiet ambassador.

Just because you are different, there is nothing wrong with you. As it is true to say the world needs you,

Go out there and make an impact


and Intensively

Liebster Award!

liebster-awardThis is my first award and I feel so honored and grateful to Yen for nominating me :D. If you are interested in food review, book review and beauty review, a little Calio journal from Malaysia is highly recommended 🙂


Once you are nominated, make a post thanking and linking the person who nominated you.

– Include the Liebster Award sticker in the post too.
– Nominate 5 -10 other bloggers who you feel are worthy of this award. Let them know they have been nominated by commenting on one of their posts. You can also nominate the person who nominated you.
– Ensure all of these bloggers have less than 200 followers.
– Answer the eleven questions asked to you by the person who nominated you, and make eleven questions of your own for your nominees or you may use the same questions.
– Lastly, COPY these rules in the post.

1. If you could travel anywhere tomorrow, where would it be?

East or West, home is best.

2. What is the simplest thing that makes you smile?

A good book. A beautiful song. A walk in the nature.

3. What do you like about your hometown?

Good memories with family and friends stay there

4. What is the best meal you can prepare?

It’s the meal that I prepare with my roomate. She made Chinese dumplings and I made Vietnamese spring rolls.

5. What’s your favorite chore to do at home?

Organizing my bookshelf ❤

6. What’s your favorite book?

Such a hard question for a bookworm 🙂 I have many favorite books. Few days ago, I finished Quiet Impact ( written by Sylvia Loehken). My blog has one post about that book. If you would like to know more about it, please have a look at my post 🙂

7. What’s the very first thing you would do if you won the lottery?

I’d love to go home first, then decide what to do with the lottery later.

8. What’s your favorite fruit or vegetable?
Berries sound nice

9. How many times have you fallen in love?

Again and again with beautiful things in life

10. What was your favorite game or toy as a child?

Books would be better ❤

11. What’s your favorite beverage?
I’d love tea, especially Japan Sencha at Robert Coffee in Helsinki.

Coffee and book. Kirjasto 10.
Coffee and books at Kirjasto 10.

I don’t nominate anyone. I believe that everyone who reads this post is deserved the award. Thus, if you feel like to answer the questions below, then please feel free to join:

Here are my questions:

1. If you could travel anywhere tomorrow, where would it be?

2. What is the simplest thing that makes you smile?

3. What do you like about your hometown?

4. What is the best meal you can prepare?

5. What’s your favorite chore to do at home?

6. Who’s your idol?

7. What’s the very first thing you would do if you won the lottery?

8. What’s your favorite fruit or vegetable?

9. How many times have you fallen in love?

10. What was your favorite game or toy as a child?

11. What’s your favorite beverage?