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Liebster Award

Liebster Award

The Liebster Award is given to up and coming bloggers with fewer than 200 followers. Liebster is German and means sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome. Isn’t that sweet? Blogging is about building a community and it’s a great way to connect with other bloggers and help spread the word about newer bloggers/blogs.

There are a few parts to the Liebster. First, I’ll answer 11 questions from those who nominated me (thank you Tara and Kristine ♥). Then, I’ll nominate a few bloggers and give them 11 questions to answer.

Tara’s Questions

  1. Where is your happy place?
    A beach in northern France. I was a huge Francophile as a child, so when I think about calm and happy places, I still imagine the cool and nearly vacant beaches of Dinard that I once leisurely explored.
  2. If you could be in a fictional setting/world (ie: Harry Potter, The Lord of the Rings, etcetera) what would it be and why?
    This is hard. I generally dislike fictional worlds. In trying to think of the least distasteful option, I came up with Sailormoon’s Moon Kingdom because I like moons, but one of the biggest problems with fictional worlds, for me, is that they already have designated protagonists. 😉 I’d rather not be an antagonist, but I don’t want to live in a “kingdom” at the whim of a benevolent dictator (i.e. the Queen, Queen Serenity) so the Moon Kingdom might be a bit of a problem…Thus, I’ve decided that it would be better to be a Sim in the Sims 3. I would live in a huge castle or baroque palace in Monte Vista with maxed out skills in everything and a handsome, brilliant, compassionate husband. I’d play piano, violin, build robots, and perform as an acrobat from time to time, all while being “Leader of the Free World.”
  3. What is your all-time favourite film?
    The Classic—it’s a Korean film I love. It’s also the last film I watched with my father.
  4. Where on earth is Carmen Sandiego?
    I don’t know. I asked Google via its “I’m Feeling Lucky” button, but Google was lame and took me to a boring page on Wikipedia. Then, I asked Siri who wasn’t much help either. She apologized for not knowing who Carmen Sandiego was and offered to launch a Google search.
  5. Do you know Pig Latin?
    indKay ofyay. Iyay ustjay eviewedray ityay.
  6. What book(s) did you enjoy as a child?
    Books. ♥ When I was in elementary school, book-wise, the Fear Street series was my everything. Within that series, the ones about the Fier family were my absolute favorites. This is all quite odd because I don’t like scary things, but as a kid I read a lot of Stephen King and other horror novels.
  7. What are your vices?
    Being a perfectionist and being a bit messy.
  8. Coffee or tea?
    Tea.
  9. Who is your favourite philosopher or inspirational figure and why?
    I’m a huge fan of Thoreau these days ♥ ♥ ♥. There’s also Ida B. Wells. In terms of living people, I admire Lisa Bloom and Ruth Bader Ginsburg so much. Anyway, for years, Alexander Hamilton has been, somewhat jokingly, my historical figure of choice (crush), but…his spot is in danger because of Thoreau.
  10. If you were given the opportunity to go to another galaxy, would you?
    I don’t know. It depends. As a teen, I was interested in building aircraft, but not really traveling in them…
  11. What is your favorite classical piece?
    Perhaps this shouldn’t count because it’s a baroque piece, but I love Pachelbel’s Canon in D. It’s incredibly famous, so there’s not much to say, but it is featured in my favorite movie, The Classic, which I mentioned above.

Kristine’s Questions

  1. You have 5 minutes to escape your burning house, what is the first thing you decide to grab?
    My bag. I’ll grab my bag first and put my phone, computer, their chargers, etc. in it. 5 minutes is a long time.
  2. If you had to choose one book that you would not mind reading over and over again, what would that be?
    I love reading and I love books, but I absolutely detest rereading. I’ve never—i.e. not once, ever—voluntarily reread a novel. However, if I were forced to choose I’d pick the shortest “book” I could find, probably two pieces of papers stapled together with a single word between them. FYI: my favorite book is Caleb’s Crossing ♥ and I recommend it to everyone, but I will probably never reread it in its entirety.
  3. What is your favorite thing to eat when you are feeling blue?
    I’m not a comfort eater. If I’m feeling blue, I don’t want to eat anything, but I like sweet things (e.g. frappuccinos and red velvet cake), cold things (e.g. green tea ice cream), Korean things (e.g. bibimbap) and tea.
  4. What is your spirit animal?
    A phoenix.
  5. If money was not an issue, what would you choose to do for the rest of your life for free?
    Run a charity. Practice law. Teach. Attend concerts. Play music. Travel. Read books. Learn languages. Open a cafe or stationery/bookstore. Open a school. Give out scholarships. Invest in start-ups. Keep learning.
  6. If you were to direct and produce a film of any genre, who would you like to be part of the cast?
    I’m not sure about the specifics, but I would make sure that my cast was diverse.
  7. What is your favorite show at this very moment?
    It’s childish, but Running Man (런닝맨) is my favorite. I’ve loved it since it started.
  8. If you had one thing left to say before you jumped off of a plane, not knowing if you’d be able to survive it, what would it be?
    “Bye. ^^” Hopefully, I wouldn’t leave important things to the last minute.
  9. What is your favorite scent?
    Ecoya’s Vanilla Bean candle.
  10. What is one thing you always have to have with you when you travel?
    My debit card as well as a Kindle, a camera and sometimes a gnome.
  11. If you could re-do something in your life, if given that chance, what would it be?
    You know what they say. “Je ne regrette rien” (listen to Edith Piaf). It’s not true, but since I can’t re-do things and since I’ve made so many mistakes that it would be hard to pick one thing to do over, I’ll go with nothing.

My Questions

  1. Favorites first. ♥ What’s your favorite color (be as specific as possible; give a hex code if you can), your favorite number, your favorite drink, your favorite flavor, and your favorite time?
  2. When it comes to pens and pencils, what’s your thickness of choice: .18, .3, .38, .5, .7, or .9 mm?
  3. What’s one of the most important things you’ve learned?
  4. What’s something you do differently than most people? (question from Marc Chernoff’s “50 Questions that Will Free Your Mind”)
  5. When did you begin blogging? Why did you start and why do you continue?
  6. What’s something you could never give up?
  7. What’s something you’ve given up?
  8. If you could be any age, how old would you be?
  9. Orange is the new black, fifty’s the new thirty, comedy is the new rock ‘n’ roll, ____ is the new ____. What’s in, what’s out, and why is it being replaced? (question from U of Chicago’s undergraduate application)
  10. List 7 or 17 words words that you love.
  11. Let’s finish with a recommendation. Recommend something, anything.

Most of those who I wish to tag have already done this. ^^; I’m only going to specifically tag Liv, but if you’d like to win the Liebster again or would simply like to answer the questions above, please do. ♥

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14 Comments

  • Reply Tara July 25, 2015 at 12:34 am

    Woot! I enjoyed reading your answer 😀 Your response to Carmen Sandiego cracked me up so bad! XD And hrm. Fear Street. I don’t think I ever got into that. I read Goosebumps instead XD; The Classic is a movie I’d never heard of, and Pachelbel’s Canon is a beautiful piece. And woops. I meant ANY classical music, not just from the classical era XD;; And now here are my answers to your questions below :3

    Favorites first. ♥ What’s your favorite color (be as specific as possible; give a hex code if you can), your favorite number, your favorite drink, your favorite flavor, and your favorite time?
    My favourite colour: Navy blue
    My favourite number: 012 XD for it meaning “forever” when you say it out loud in Korean and English LOL.
    My favourite drink: Iced latte
    My favourite flavour: Strawberry
    My favourite time: When I am not doing work LOL

    When it comes to pens and pencils, what’s your thickness of choice: .18, .3, .38, .5, .7, or .9 mm?
    I’m a 0.7 person. 0.5 is too think, 1.0 is too thick, so 0.7 it is.

    What’s one of the most important things you’ve learned?
    Life isn’t fair, but it’s how you make it and live it is important.

    What’s something you do differently than most people? (question from Marc Chernoff’s “50 Questions that Will Free Your Mind”)
    Probably everything I do will be different from many people, because I am, therefore I am unique XD;;

    When did you begin blogging? Why did you start and why do you continue?
    I started blogging in 2001 because I liked the idea of writing an online diary that others could read and comment on. I still do it because it’s a good creative outlet that allows me to meet awesome people online 😀

    What’s something you could never give up?
    Reading. I’m good at it and I enjoy it, so that’s something I will never stop doing,

    What’s something you’ve given up?
    Honestly, I’m drawing a blank at this question.

    If you could be any age, how old would you be?
    21 :) I felt that was the prime of my life, haha XD

    Orange is the new black, fifty’s the new thirty, comedy is the new rock ‘n’ roll, ____ is the new ____. What’s in, what’s out, and why is it being replaced? (question from U of Chicago’s undergraduate application)
    No idea LOL. I don’t always follow trend and stuff.

    List 7 or 17 words words that you love.
    Pretentious, alliteration, persistent, rhapsody, capriccio, insidious, prismatic

    Let’s finish with a recommendation. Recommend something, anything.
    Newman’s Own Special Blend is the best K-cup coffee so far XD

    • Reply Chantelle August 12, 2015 at 6:38 am

      Thanks for such a thoughtful reply. ^^ I thought I responded to you here, but I must not have. Anyway, I’m surprised that you love the term “pretentious.” It’s definitely a word I dislike. Ick.

      I’ll have to find some Newman’s Own Special Blend.

  • Reply Liv July 28, 2015 at 12:04 am

    Awww thank for the tag! I’m always so lazy about these haha but because I got an honorable mention I will just for you! You didn’t notify me so it’s also by chance I read this in my feed!

    Oi thanks for the Google Maps link. I did a street view and the houses in Dinard are absolutely lovely!
    Haha choosing the Sims is like creating your own world! Guess that is the best fictional world there can be.
    CANON is one of my favorite classical pieces as well!
    I also agree my bag contains almost everything that is super important to me.
    Basically if money wasn’t an issue, we’d all do basically everything we love to do. But instead we must spend our lives selling hours. 😀 The other day I discussed this with a friend who’s still in college; she hasn’t gotten to the point in life where you realize that even a job you love turns into a job rather than a hobby when you do it 40 hours a week. Thus it’s best working at a place you can be happy at.

    • Reply Chantelle August 12, 2015 at 6:43 am

      I think it’s kind of funny that I actually do love my job. ^^ Even if I weren’t getting paid, I would still do it, just probably in smaller quantities. I never want to completely stop doing my job. It gives me joy and energy. I’m not running a charity or a school (yet ^^), but I’m basically doing everything I’d do if money weren’t an object, just a bit slower because I have to deal with the problem of money first.

  • Reply Michelle July 29, 2015 at 6:22 am

    Wow, that’s a lot but I’m proud of you for tackling this! It was great reading your answers, and I too agree that my bag is important to me, as it carries a lot of things that I need. 😀

    • Reply Chantelle August 12, 2015 at 6:44 am

      Thanks! haha It’s not so much that my bag is important, but just that I would put all of my important things in a bag as an easier way to transport them.

  • Reply Chynna July 29, 2015 at 11:42 pm

    Loved reading your answers. I would totally love to be a Sim, as well. Every time I play Sims 3, I get seriously jealous of my Sims because they live such fabulous lives T_T If only we could ‘motherlode’ in real life. And YES TO NOT REREADING! I find it so hard to reread a book, like I physically cannot – I have to go and find another book to devour.

    • Reply Chantelle August 12, 2015 at 6:45 am

      Finally someone who agrees with me about rereading!! 😀 It’s strange, though, because I’ve had the Sims 3 since it came out and never once used the motherlode cheat.

      Thanks for the comment.

  • Reply Cat August 8, 2015 at 9:57 pm

    I used to read the Fear Street series! I actually totally forgot about them until you brought them up just now. I love Pachelbel’s Canon in D too. I used it for my wedding when I walked down the aisle, and it was also one of my very first violin solos.

    I liked reading about what you’d do the rest of your life if money wasn’t an issue :) I think that’s great that you’d do so much to help others. I always like seeing entries like this. It’s fun to learn more about others!

    • Reply Chantelle August 12, 2015 at 6:46 am

      Thanks. The Canon in D is such a good wedding song. Your wedding must have been lovely.

  • Reply Raisa August 9, 2015 at 4:32 am

    Ahaha, when I’m feeling blue I eat all the ice cream. XD And for some reason, I always write better with a .7mm pencil.

    • Reply Chantelle August 12, 2015 at 6:48 am

      Heh, I don’t really care much about food and I have such small handwriting that I can’t use thick pencils like .7mm. My mother loves them, though. I like .38 or .18. .5 can be okay too though.

      Ice cream is delicious though.

  • Reply Liv October 9, 2015 at 11:56 pm

    Because I didn’t get to do this this summer though I wanted to, here I am answering your lovely questions. ♥

    Favorites first. ♥ What’s your favorite color (be as specific as possible; give a hex code if you can), your favorite number, your favorite drink, your favorite flavor, and your favorite time?
    color: rosy reddish pink, the redder the better but it still has to be pink
    number: 5 because it’s odd and very even
    drink: iced tea
    flavor: vanilla
    time: 12AM cus sleep

    When it comes to pens and pencils, what’s your thickness of choice: .18, .3, .38, .5, .7, or .9 mm?
    I remember back when I used pencils! I loved the .5 because other leads were too thick and smudged easily.

    What’s one of the most important things you’ve learned?
    One of the most important things i learned is friendships are not built through manipulation.

    What’s something you do differently than most people? (question from Marc Chernoff’s “50 Questions that Will Free Your Mind”)
    I am on Facebook more than all of you bloggers put together. HAHAHA.

    When did you begin blogging? Why did you start and why do you continue?
    I started blogging in 2011 to learn how to build WordPress themes. I continue because I like my friendies.

    What’s something you could never give up?
    My faith

    What’s something you’ve given up?
    drawing :(

    If you could be any age, how old would you be?
    21

    Orange is the new black, fifty’s the new thirty, comedy is the new rock ‘n’ roll, ____ is the new ____. What’s in, what’s out, and why is it being replaced? (question from U of Chicago’s undergraduate application)
    Sparkles is the new black. Because Suite Life of Zack and Cody.

    List 7 or 17 words words that you love.
    MOIST. JK JK JK

    Let’s finish with a recommendation. Recommend something, anything.
    I recommend playing Monument Valley … it’s the best game for beginners.

    • Reply Chantelle October 16, 2015 at 3:30 pm

      Thanks for the comment. :) I enjoyed reading your answers. Vanilla’s a good flavor. I’m a fan too. The idea of serious fashionistas wearing sparkles instead of black cracks me up.

      I don’t know what Monument Valley is, but I’m going to search for it via Google in a moment.

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