Liebster Award


Yup I have to imitate others in saying what a pleasure it is to be noticed and nominated by someone xoxo to puzzlekimi. Do visit her and see what she’s up to!

“The Liebster Award is awarded to bloggers with under 200 followers to try to promote their blog a little and also bring together a community of bloggers. The rules of the competition are as follows:

The nominated user must provide a link bank to the person who nominated them.
Provide 11 facts about yourself.
Answer 11 questions set by the person who nominated you.
Choose 11 more people and ask them 11 questions.”

11 Facts about me

  1. I’m super methodical and orderly, but my room/office/bed/desk/kitchen/everything is always a mess and disorderly. Sometimes I wonder if there is something wrong with me.
  2. I wonder a lot if there are things wrong with me. I think I’m a hypochondriac. Never got it checked out, but I refer to webmd a lot.
  3. I always imagine the worse of the very worse that could ever happen. So, I’m putting this HUGE event with 400 kids plus all the adults involved, some highly politicized presenters and donors and my worst case scenario is that someone dies. Yup, so the event was a success 😀 Other worst case scenarios from other events in my life include: an air strike, a black bear attack (though that one was kind of a real threat in the middle of the National forest), someone shooting up the elevator when I’m in it, my house exploding and so on…
  4. I’m really spoiled and I don’t know how or why it happens.
  5. Some people call me charismatic.
  6. My top strength from Strength Finder is restorative. Which means, my talent is being attracted to trouble and resolving it. Basically.
  7. I make Mai’s specials a lot. Never have I been able to follow a recipe. And even when I follow recipes, they never turn out. So I improvise.
  8. I’m very clumsy and forgetful. So much that my best friend’s impression of me was that forgetful girl who has to count everything so that she doesn’t forget anything. -.-;; I’m that person that forgets her keys in the car ignition or forgets to unbuckle before getting out of the car.
  9. I would die for icy deserts: custard, ice cream, gelato. My other dream in life is to open a custard shop.
  10. Other people also know me as that girl that ate all the pepper
  11. I love children! Well I used to. Now that I’m older, I understand what responsibility means, so I’m more cautious. Kids keep me really young at heart, so I like to keep them around 😉

 Her questions to me:

1. Do you have a pet?

No. I am deathfully afraid of dogs, but I love them to pieces. So I would one day like to own a dog.

2. Can you Rubik’s cube, or have you tried to? Did you succeed?

My mind expands and deflates at the thought of Rubik’s cube. I succeeded once when I took all of the stickers off and moved them to the right locations. 😀

3.How did you start blogging?

My writer friend had written a poem and shared it with me and others. I learned from her about blogger and weebly and later on wordpress. WordPress really scared me because I couldn’t make anything work. But then I had more time suddenly this past couple of months and I wanted to write again. So here I am!

4.What is your favourite animal? Would you want to be that animal and why?

I always wanted to be a bird so that I could float in the sky and see the beautiful view below. 

5.What were/are your most and least favourite school subjects?

Favorite: English, I really liked to read and write. Since college I haven’t done much of either. But now I hope to get back into it again.

Least favorite: Gym; I got knocked over by some boy during baseball, like I literally flew several feet away and another boy hit my chest with a hockey puck. Boys, you don’t like getting nut jabs, breasts are the same… >.>

6.What is your favourite book?

I really like romance novels. I don’t have a favorite book, but here are a couple of authors who I go back to re-read.

Judith McNaught, Julie Garwood, and Elizabeth Lowell

7.Can you play a musical instrument?

I could play the violin, but trust me when I say not very well.

8.How long have you been blogging for?

Just started! Last month? 4/2014.

9. Do you like writing?

Yes! I am slowly but surly trying to write. I write a lot of crap now, but I at least want to make a habit of writing. Eventually I hope I will have something of value to share.

10. What is your favourite song of all time?

I have recently rediscovered Corinne Bailey Rae’s Que Sera Sera.

And Finally…

11. When you were younger, what was the weirdest or funniest thing you did/said?

Even now I have a habit of busting out sentences for the sake of communicating (e.g. I need those green paying things….) and renaming objects (e.g. I lost my eyes *in reference to a dark seedy club where I lost my fake eye lashes)

My questions to you are…

  1. If you could do anything you wanted right now, what would it be?
  2. What does your perfect day look like?
  3. Are you an oldest child, middle child, or youngest and how do you think it affected you in your life?
  4. Do you believe in ghost/superstition?
  5. What is your favorite end of school year memory?
  6. How would your friends describe you?
  7. I’m going to make you work! It’s not spammy or virusy Take this test to find your best strengths and tell me your results. (Or if you have already taken the strengths finder test, what was your result?)
  8. What is your biggest pet peeve?
  9. If someone donated 1 million dollars to you, what would you do with it?
  10. What did you want to be when you were a young child? What did you actually end up being and how do you like it?
  11. You are on a flight from Honolulu to Chicago non-stop. There is a fire in the back of the plane. You have enough time to make ONE phone call. Who do you call? What do you tell them?

I’m that person… that puts spicy condiments in spicy entrees

My story today is about how I ate papaya salad with 15 Thai chili peppers and survived.

I can’t get enough spice. I L-O-V-E spice and peppers. Some of people of people I know can’t even take mustard o.O””” And here I am, adding Sriracha sauce in my chili. (BTW, I don’t think chili is very spicy either). When I was in pre-school I asked my mom to pack me some pepper condiments. Yup, I started young. I think my parents tried to make me eat more by threatening me with pepper. But, it backfired. muahahaaa!

The Annual Hmong Soccer Tournament brings over 40 some thousand people together. It’s a huge social event in Saint Paul, specifically for the Hmong community. And papaya salads are its star attraction (well, unless you’re into soccer :P) It is a side dish or snack made of pre-ripened papaya. Papaya itself is pretty tasteless. When it’s shredded into long thin slices and in bunches, it can pretty much trap flavors and liquids between all the air pockets and stays crunchy. Papaya salad is an acquired taste because of its super unami (or fishy) taste that most American’s aren’t used to. In the salad goes fish sauce, lime, tomatoes, sugar, shrimp paste, garlic, and Thai chili peppers. (my mouth is watering as I write this, I hate you Daily Post! I don’t have these ingredients on hand right this minute *sadface*) Some salads have noodles, or fruits instead of sugar, some go without sugar, others add even more fishy sauces or even other veggies.

Anyway back to the story, way back then, one bowl of this yummy goodness was only 2 dollars. My cousin and I would wander around the park and purposefully seek out the best looking food tent. So my cousin is kind of a braggart, he said he could take so much spice. I don’t know why but we cousins always tried to out-eat the other in terms of number of peppers. I said I had eaten one with 10 peppers before, so he ordered one with 15.

The experience is probably like nothing you have ever experienced. It’s painful, but addicting. {wait, that sounds like a lot of things} + with booger running, your lungs can’t get enough air, water doesn’t help, milk probably won’t either, and sweat beads all over your face. I mean you can’t stop eating this stuff. It’s such a well-balanced tasting dish that the fork just keeps coming back to your mouth even though your tongue is almost numb.

I was so young then, I think my body just took it in stride. Plus I eat pepper often anyway, so my tummy didn’t even get upset. Or I don’t remember it. I survived anyhow. Ghost peppers though, are a different story. Now that’s for another blog.Pepper

Hey Reader,

I want to know about you. And if you’re a real person. Or just a square on my screen that sometimes has text next to it.

I’m talking to you. You there, sitting there, reading this line.

What do you do? Why are you here? What is your mission?

I am so curious about you. And wondering if you actually read this.

If you don’t mind, would you comment and tell me who you are?