The Liebster Award

The Liebster Award

Shanae nominated me for the Liebster Award! I think this is my third nomination (I was nominated twice years ago but when I moved my blog, the posts got deleted) and I'm so honored to be nominated. Honestly though, this is so flattering to know that there are people out there who actually like my blog. Thank you, I mean it. Now, off to answer some questions.

What are the Liebster Award Rules?
By accepting this award, I am committing to the following:
1. Thank the person who nominated you with a link back to his/her blog.
2. Answer the 11 questions given to you by the nominator.
3. Nominate (and notify) other bloggers for the award that have fewer than 500 followers.
4. Create 11 questions (or less) for your nominees.
5. Let the nominees know that they have been nominated by going to their blog and notifying them.
6. Display the Liebster Award logo on your page.
7. List these rules on your post.

kowloon, hong kong 2014

What is your favourite travel destination, and why?

Hong Kong. I am in love with Hong Kong, no doubt about that. My family and I never really traveled but back when we did, we went to mostly Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau because my father is biased and we could afford tickets to either of those places but not other foreign countries like Europe or the U.S. Ever since I was a kid, I've been in love with Hong Kong and it wasn't until four years ago when I fell in love even more with Hong Kong Island. Hong Kong is divided into three parts: Kowloon, Hong Kong Island and New Territory. My favorite is definitely Hong Kong Island especially Central / Chong Wan and Causeway Bay where it is dubbed as the Chinese version of New York City. Why I love Hong Kong is simple: food and architectural structures. It doesn't matter how long you stay in Hong Kong because the food there is endless! I even told my mother once that we probably need years to conquer all Hong Kong and its street food. Another reason why I love Hong Kong is the hospitality from its locals. Sure, there are still some rude locals (mostly the elderly) but most of them are really nice and welcoming unlike people from China ugh  and that makes me want to go back there again someday.


What is your favourite animal?(living or extinct)

Oh, this is tough. But if I have to pick, it's definitely a wolf. I love wolves, especially Alaskan white ones. I've always dreamed about going to Alaska to meet the wolves, preferably play with them and be one of the pack members. Yes, I'm obsessed like that. I equally love foxes as well but wolves, wolves are just so special to me. Also, you know what's better? A direwolf wolf-dog hybrid! Fun fact, those direwolves you see from Game of Thrones are actually a wolfdog.

Side note, I also love owls, falcons, ravens and magpies. As you can see, I'm fond of animals and cannot seem to pick only one. I also wish I can have a pet racoon, a hedgehog and of course, munchkin and russian blue cats, french bulldogs and huskies.


 If you could live anywhere on planet Earth, where would it be?

London. Well that was a quick answer but yes, London. I have a lot of countries in my mind — Paris, Greenland, Canada, Japan, Switzerland, Finland... the list goes — but I'm definitely going to choose London as my first option. Back then, I would have picked Japan but now, I just realized how much I'm into the whole sophistication and elegance London has. Besides, Londoners seem to be so welcoming and friendly (please don't burst my bubble!) and I think it's the perfect place to feel that kind of unspoken cinematic nostalgia.

Do you have a favourite/sentimental item that you keep always?

Sadly, no. I was not much of a sentimental person to begin with so I don't really have a keepsake or anything like that. Even if I do, they are mostly small moments I keep in my mind, emotionally rather than physically. But if I have to name something, it's probably the giant Labrador Retriever stuffed animal my boyfriend bought for me from IKEA, which I named after his nickname.


What is your profession, and why did you choose it?

I work as a UI / UX designer which is not necessarily graphics designer but is still considered part of the visual communication design industry. Why I chose this job was partly due to the fact that this is fairly a new field and I love something new. The existence of user interface isn't new in particular but it wasn't until how mobile apps became a trend that people start to develop a specific department for user interface design. In where I live, most design graduates pursue a career as graphics designer and that, to me, is boring. It's repetitive and I don't want to be 'just another graphics designer' who, like the others, design posters and magazine layouts or craft some logos. When I took my interactive digital media stream in college, I knew I wanted to do something different and I knew that I have always been more attracted to digital crafts and not print. Instead of doing conceptual sketches for packaging, I envision myself as more of a virtual individual who prefers intangible technology like augmented reality, touch screens and the like. I sketch wireframes and solve problems based on statistics, user's feedbacks and psychological perspectives. It's a profession where I get to blend science and art, use both logic and imagination and deliver a meaningful concept that people can use. To me, that is a balance of both world and I like it.


Name a food you could eat for the rest of your life.

Salmon. Definitely and without a doubt. I could say pizza but I knew I love fish more. In fact, I was debating between salmon and tuna since I love both of them to death but decided to just pick salmon as a winner. Serve it to me raw as sashimi, baked, poached or smoked — I will devour them all. Once, I ate 1~2 kg of salmon sashimi and I still wanted more (but decided not do because salmonella, yikes!)


Do you have a personal “bucket list”?

I never really thought about writing one because I knew I'll be depressed when I cannot achieve any of them. I know some people view bucket list as a blueprint plan or something and while I myself am a planner, bucket list sounds like those overused "New Year goals" people tend to glorify but never really gotten around to actually doing it. I do have a wishlist though but they are mostly for tangible things and I don't think they fit into the whole 'things to do before I die' kind of thing. As much as I am a planner, I also want to be realistic. The thing I really want to do in life is to travel, preferably to every part of Europe and Japan, but if shit happens and those 'dreams' aren't achieved before I die then so be it. After all, I'm all about being resourceful too. #TrueSlytherinRightHere

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

Ah, it's one of those fortune teller questions, isn't it? Lol, not that I have any problem with that. I honestly can't say that because I'm not going to be one of those dreamy idealists who have a long ass note about goals and dreams but the things I'm willing to set for my future self would be to grow, as a person and a designer. I want my design to be used, known and valued by people. I want people to look at my design and say, "this is really functional, I love the concept of it! How did she even come up with this kind of idea?" I want to create something is what I'm saying. I want to create something out of an idea people find stupid or impossible. If Tony Stark could have created Jarvis and Elon Musk breathes in oxygen like a real life Tony Stark, I'd like to think my 'weird' ideas are just deemed weird because those people aren't brave enough to venture their thoughts out of the box. Also, if 10 years in the future means I finally have the cash to settle down, I'm definitely gonna adopt a cat and a dog because that's the reason why I'm alive: to adopt as many puppers and cattos as I can.

Do you enjoy blog link-ups?

I don't participate in a lot of blog link-ups so I don't know if I enjoy them or not. I personally prefer to create a post based on my own mind even if originality is difficult to achieve these days. Now I'm not saying blog link-ups are bad but sometimes, they make me feel like I'm writing a filler post for my blog and I, uh... I don't really like that. If you enjoy blog link-ups, please don't be offended! You should always do what floats your boat.


Have you had anything positive in your life recently? If so, how did it affect your thoughts?

I wouldn't say 'recently' because it started one year ago but it was definitely a positive impact into my life. January 25, 2016 was the date where I let someone entered my life completely. We have known each other since 2015 where our relationship went from two nerds flailing over the same video game series to project friends and now, a couple. It's really weird saying that word and sometimes I still feel so...cringey about it (I was never fond of sentimentalism!) I wrote a whole essay about how being in a relationship changed me so I'm not going to blabber about it now. Even though it was something that bloomed last year, it is still the most positive change to have happened in my life.

What is your favourite blog to read, and why?(can be any past, or present)

I'm all about authenticity and raw, unfiltered thoughts. I love it when blogs and bloggers convey their emotions and thoughts without pretending to be angelic saints. I would rather listen to a person's deepest darkest mind and not a fake persona trying to sugarcoat things through commercial posts. So for this part, I'm going to cheat and tell you my top three favorites instead.

Arden from

This girl is magical. I cannot even start telling you how amazing she is. She's like, a real life existing unicorn — okay I'm such a creep, I'll stop. Arden is a determined, courageous free spirit who knows how to appreciate life in its every moment. She also has a way with words and writes really awesome poems and prose. I cannot tell you how much she deserved the spotlight.

Rae & team from Love from Berlin

LFB is a blogazine run by Rae and her team. I've been a fan even before Rae turned her blog into a blogazine. Now, as a blogazine, LFB talks about anything and everything from lifestyle to food to arts and culture. My favorite section is definitely Columns which is a category for opinions.

Natalie from Work Over Easy

I stumbled upon Natalie's blog a few months back and have been a follower ever since. As a fellow designer, it makes me really happy to find a good quality design related blog. Her posts are always so informative and helpful especially for aspiring designers. To top it off, her illustrations are always so adorable to look at.

That's all for my answers. Thank you again for the nomination, Shanae. I'm so honored and flattered by this. To close this post, I hereby nominate Arden of Hello Arden, Audrey of Brunch at Audrey's, Nancy from Exquisitely and Pauline from Pawlean. Below are my questions for you guys:

1. What is your favorite dessert of all time and where do you usually get it from?
2. If someone confronted you aggresively in public, what would you do?
3. What would your last meal be?
4. What would you do if you wake up the next day and realize that you are no longer in your own body but someone else's?
5. Ice cream, gelato, sorbet or frozen yogurt and why.
6. Favorite ice cream flavor, please.
7. If you could travel back in time, to which era would you go back to and why?
8. Name one movie that means a lot to you and why.
9. Do you play any video games? If yes, tell me about it!
10. Your Pottermore house, wand and patronus because I'm nosy like that. If you are not a Potterhead, I'd love to know your MBTI personality instead.
11. What is the one advice you want everybody to know?

Most of these questions were just randomly thought and out of curiosity. Go spread the love and nominate other bloggers you think are worth the mention!