Another Blog Award

Thanks to the lovely Josanne, mummy behind the funny-tell-it-as-it-is blog: My Toddler Rules for nominating me for the Blog Your Heart Award.


While these blog awards nominated by fellow bloggers aren’t really “real” awards compared to the prestigious Web Blog Awards or the Best of Blogs where the winner is selected by a team of judges, I actually think in a way, these awards given by fellow-bloggers is better.  Why?  Well, because they are given out of camaraderie, blogging friendship and most importantly, it’s done purely for FUN.  You also get to know a lot of personal stuff from bloggers you read and admire.

As Josanne mentioned in her blog the Blog Your Heart Award goes to anyone who you think deserves a mention for their blogging efforts, whether they make you laugh, sympathise or they are such great storytellers that reading their blogs become part of your daily routine. And unlike the other awards, you only nominate 5 bloggers and only answer 5 questions too.  Easy-peasy, lemon squeesy as Lola would say.

Who/What encouraged you to start blogging?

I’ve actually been blogging on and off for the past ten years or so,  been all over from livejournal, blogger and now WordPress.  And I’ve always had a journal ever since I was a little girl and still have them hidden somewhere, so it seemed natural to me that I would turn to blogging.  (Note to self:  Must make sure that T doesn’t get a hold of my old journals in the future, that would be a disaster.  We  wouldn’t want her to know how pathetic and whingy her mother was would we now?)

How did you choose what topics to blog about?

Was it Mark Twain who said “Write what you know?”  So that’s what I do.  So I blog a lot about my daughter, my version of motherhood, expat-life (what it’s like to live in a small English village by the ocean, that sort of thing).

Tell us something that people don’t know about you

I think I’ve mentioned this here already, close friends and family know that if I were given the chance, I’d gladly sleep till noon and wear pyjamas the whole day.

What three words best describe your style?

If I had a ‘style’ mine would be comfort over fashion.

What do you like to do when you are not blogging?

It’s all about the little T for me, everything revolves around her.  However, if  I have any work deadline due, I usually make sure that I beat that first.  Then of course, there are the chores that also needs to be done.  Then I’m either doing the following:

  • making train tracks
  •  building garages with Duplo.  (I learned that from T’s best friend, you can’t make train tracks without train garages.  It’s simply not done.  It’s a rule written somewhere in a 3-year-old’s play-handbook).
  • having a tea party sometimes with real cake and tea, most times it’s just with T’s plastic tea-set.
  • doing some simple crafts with T, to which you’ll hear a lot of I’ll make it on my own! from the kitchen.

Oh you mean things I like doing?

  • attempt to read a book
  • attempt to watch re-runs of MY shows (mostly property programs, Downton Abbey and Sherlock Holmes).
  • attempt to write creatively.
  • attempt to edit short stories I’ve written ages ago.

Now for the five nominees:

Samantha of Sometimes Samantha Writes who reminds me a lot of the young “me”, though I have a suspicion that she’s way better than the twenty-something-old-me.

Melissa of Motherhood is An Art.  I’m nominating her hoping she’d get her mojo blog back SOON because I miss reading her posts.

Life in the Whylde West. A new found-blog which I’m currently really enjoying reading.

Jhanis of Fascinations of  a Vanilla Housewife who makes doodles of herself and her family.  She also makes me laugh.

Molly of The Move to America because  I love happy endings.

Once again thank you to Josanne of My Toddler Rules and she really does, to find out how, visit her blog now!


  1. Life in the Wylde West

    I’m freaking out Dean!! Oh my gosh I want to do cartwheels!! Not only do I feel so honored since I equally enjoy and love your blog, I was nodding my head as I read through your answers…like yep, yep, I get that, or how cute is that! I know we only have just “met” but I look forward to your posts and I love reading about T’s adventures. I found you through Melissa who I had also just found and I too hope she gets her groove on because she tells some really great stories!! AND I get to meet some new people with the other nominations you have listed. I’m so excited. But most importantly, CONGRATULATIONS on your award, I have to agree, given by fellow bloggers does seem much more awesome, like really personal you know?

    Thank you, thank you again! I’m smiling right now. BIG

  2. The Vanilla Housewife

    Congratulations on the award! So nice to know that I’m not the only one who looks forward to wearing my pajamas long after the morning has gone. Also, I want to thank you for including me in your nominations. What an honor. With so many reasons to be sad in my life these days, something like this comes along and makes me smile. Thank you so much!

    • We should form a club! The Pyjama Bloggers… err, something like that =p … You’re most welcome! Keep and stay safe. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family and the rest of our fellow Filipinos who were affected by the recent earthquake.

  3. motherhoodisanart

    Thank you so much Dean and congratulations to you! You know what…I don’t even know what kind of work you do for a living!

  4. hurrahforgin

    It’s really interesting reading these and finding out a bit more about the blogger behind the blog 🙂 Do you know Dean, for some reason i had already thought you had done this or i would have nominated you on mine!

    I’m so with you on the wearing PJ’s all day btw – it’s the first thing i do when i get through the front door x

    • We really ought to begin a PJ bloggers club! Thanks Katie, I enjoyed reading yours too =)

  5. Kriss MacDonald

    Congratulations! These interviews are lovely as they’re actually a nice introduction to someone – here, you! So nice to meet you! I’ll have to check out these blogs you suggest too.

  6. Charly Dove

    Congratulations Dean that’s absolutely fantastic news – well done you 🙂

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