Awards are like buses, you wait for ages and then two come along at almost the same time. I know lots of bloggers pooh pooh awards but I believe it’s a great way to encourage new bloggers and they help us all get to know one another better. It’s all about spreading some sunshine and who doesn’t enjoy that? Exactly!
I was nominated by a relative newbie to the blogosphere Saba Niaz Siddique, a native Urdu writer, who started her blog in early March to help improve her writing in English. That’s a laudable aim and I know a number of the bloggers I follow write in a language other than their monther-tongue and they’re all to be congratulated. It isn’t easy and I say that as someone who’s a bit of a polyglot and, while I do write in languages other than English, I’ve never attempted it on my blog. So a big shout out and grateful thanks to Saba for the nomination.
The aim of Saba’s blog is to “Get rid of ignorance. Share what we know and search what we don’t know.” I feel this is very pertinent for all of us. She’s written some very interesting and informative pieces, such as the one on Ramadam. On a less serious note, she often writes about her cat Sweetie who’s just given birth to a litter of kittens. So don’t forget to drop by, check out her blog say “hi” and give her a follow.
Here’s those all-important award rules
1. Show the logo on your blog √
2. Thank the blogger who niminated you √
3. Respond to the 11 questions you were asked √
4. Bestow this honour on other bloggers √
5. Pose said bloggers 11 questions √
The questions Saba asked me
Unsurprisingly, Saba has posed some very thought-provoking questions.
1. What do you think of my personality?
It’s hard to be specific when you only know someone through their blog. But I would hazard a guess that Saba’s a very kind, caring and thoughtful person possessing a lively and inquisitive mind.
2. Do you take stand if someone is abusing someone regardless of any so called difference?
Absolutely! Differences are delightful, they’re what distinguishes us from one another. They should be embraced and celebrated, not abused.
3. Write a short humorous post?
I have written a number of humorous posts in the past. Most of these revolve around something either I or my beloved have done, or haven’t done. Here’s one from my archives.
4. How long does your habit support your nature? (nature is who you are, and habit you adopt from nurture).
The nature vs. nurture debate is an ongoing current topic centered around the effect genes have on human disposition as opposed to the influences that early environment and development might have. I would say that I’m a product of my parent’s upbringing but that’s been heavily shaped by my experiences.
5. What would be the level of your excitement for Christmas eve in your salad days? Have you had any gift back in your childhood?
My salad days were quite some time ago but fortunately, despite my advancing years, I’m blessed with a good memory. As a child, I was always fairly hyper on Christmas Eve and up early on Christmas Day (05:00am) to open my presents though I tended to derive more pleasure from the present’s wrapping material than the present itself. Quickly repurposing boxes, paper and tape. Or, I used the present for something other that its intended use. I recall, I turned a beautiful doll’s pram into a wheel barrow. One abiding memory, from the Christmas before I was five years old, was finding my first two-wheeled bike, albeit with stabilisers, propped up against a tree in the park on a pre-Xmas lunch walk. It was red and shiny and mine. I quickly lost the stabilisers and had hours of fun riding that bike. Fun that I’ve never lost as I still enjoy riding a bike.
6. Paper books or e-books? why or why not?
I love reading and use my iPad to keep up to date with the news but I prefer to buy books, particularly cookery books. There’s usually a pile next to my bed which I enjoy dipping into and re-reading, seeking inspiration.
7. Have you remember your experience in primary school ( grade 1 to 5)?
Now, Saba’s really trying to tax my memory! My first primary school was a girl’s only, private prep school where I was in the class one year ahead of my age group. I sat at the front of the class under the teacher’s watchful eye as I tended to be one of the more lively members of the small class.
8. What do you do for energy saving?
Cycle! Eat local and seasonal.
9. Your occupation is your passion or profession?
Prior to my early retirement, I spent many years working in the financial services industry as a CFO in a largely administrative role, managing teams of people in some of the following functions IT, HR, Finance, Company Secretarial, Facilities which I much enjoyed, but I wouldn’t say it was my passion. I save that for my beloved and sport.
10. Would you like to share your bitter experience in life? (If any).
I gave this a great deal of thought because I’ve had lots of different experiences but I couldn’t remember anything that I would describe as bitter, or even bitter-sweet. Maybe, I’ve just been very fortunate.
11. What is the level of satisfaction for you?
I’m not sure I understand exactly what Saba meant by this. I’m a very positive person. On the odd occasions where there are clouds, I can always find silver linings. However, I always strive to do my best and am never satisfied unless I feel I’ve done that.
12. Don’t you think I don’t deserve this award…..
Hmmm, a double negative – I think we both deserve this award Saba. And you’ve asked 12 rather than 11 questions. Did you think I wouldn’t notice? By the way, I’m pulling your leg.
This is my second Sunshine Blogger Award in as many days, although I have spaced out my responses. If you’ve taken the time to read my entire post and have found yourself here – Congratulations, you’ve been nominated.
Here’s my 11 Questions
1. Describe your perfect day and explain what makes it so.
2. If you could invite anyone (dead or alive) to dinner, which 5 people would you invite and why?
3. What would you serve at the dinner in 2 above?
4. What’s your favourite sport and why?
5. If you could solve one of the many problems facing today’s world, what would it be and why?
6. Are you a cat or a dog person?
7. Use 5 adjectives to describe yourself
8. How do you enjoy spending your vacation time?
9. What brings joy into your life?
10. At this stage in your life what’s the most important lesson you’ve learnt?
11. Who are you going to nominate for this award?