Dance of Dragons ( Loyalty Award)

dragons-loyalty-award1As a beginning in this post, I would like to thank Cathy for nominating me Dragon Loyalty Award :). I’m grateful for the opportunity to explore more about myself 🙂 Indeed, it has been a while since the last time I wrote a post. The rules requiring facts about yourself, which makes me decide to pause a little bit and spend some time thinking about how to express it in words. In order to do this award, I would like to share some things I’ve recently done in these autumn days.

  1. Oulu.

I came to the North of Finland one day in autumn during the second last weekend in October.  I had a memorable trip there. The very first impression I had when arriving at Oulu was quietness and peacefulness. Far from Helsinki, Oulu is a peaceful destination.

With Someone’s help, we had a chance to discover the city more easier.  Thanks for Someone being the tour guide and organizing things.  Thanks Someone’s friends for inviting us to home.

2. Halloween part 1

Halloween to me this year is the day I actually started a new hobby: knitting.

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At Vihreä Vyyhti Shop ( it is near Hakaniemi metro station, Helsinki) , we can find many high-quality and colorful wool
I also got some wool for this Christmas :D
I also got some wool for this Christmas 😀
Thanks to Sirja, I was learning how to make gloves and that is what I've done so far
Thanks to Sirja, I was learning how to make gloves and that is what I’ve done so far

3. Halloween part 2: movie

Halloween is also a day for watching some scary movie. I watched Dracula Untold few days ago. This movie was first released during Halloween time in 2014. One year has passed. Watching this movie again in 2015 Halloween is not a bad idea at all. In my opinion, Luke Evans does not fail to perform such a tough and strong-mind ruler to protect his kingdom together with his beloved ones. Their strong love for each other ( expressed via their desperate eyes when they slip away from each other 1:54-1:55, plus the scene Minerall dies in his arms) really impresses me. In addition, it’s the heart-touching moment when he holds his son, gives a sharp look to his enemies (0:46), then tells him :” Run to your mother”, and fight for his family. I heard from somewhere, saying that, you are only brave when you have something to fight for. And it’s so true 🙂

4. Halloween part 3: Cooking vs baking

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I did not celebrate something big for Halloween this year. I made Pumpkin soup, stewed meatball ( mushroom, onion, garlic, and spices) and Dorayaki. Dorayaki is Japanese red bean pancake.

4. Photography course

This autumn I also began to learn street photography at Helsingin Aikuisopisto. I have not done this before, so this course gives me a chance to look the world via different angles.

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Was preparing for a photo exhibition. Our class has a small exhibition to share the photos we have taken

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As a beginner, the first thing I learn when shooting photo is that there should be a strong subject before taking. Once that subject is found, we should focus on one angle we would like to share to others. Focus is the key, and maybe it is true in other aspects of life as well.

5. Let the music heal your soul

Music is the expression of the movement of the waters, the play of curves described by changing breezes ( Claude Debussy)

One of my favorite music is meditation music as it is really relaxing. That kind of music gives me peacefulness, for example, this one is really good 😀

The Rules:

  1. Put the award’s logo on your post.
  2. Thank the person who nominated you and put a link to their blog.
  3. Post 7 facts about yourself.
  4. Nominate 15 other bloggers. Let your nominees know you have nominated them.

According to the rules, the writer has to nominate 15 other bloggers, but I will break the rules. I don’t nominate anyone. Just feel free to join and share things you want 🙂

 

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Blogger Recognition Award

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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 🙂

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 🙂

Rules

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?