I’ve been blogging on WordPress for a decade now, but this is the first time I’m doing this. Besides not being too active here these past few years, I also didn’t interact a lot with other bloggers here, which basically limited my chances of getting nominations.
But a few days ago, Jolens nominated me for the Liebster Award. Although I know awards such as this one don’t really mean a lot, I still appreciate it. The whole thing seems fun, after all! And I think it’s a great way to discover other great blogs to follow.
Thank you for the nomination, Jolens!
So, here are the rules:
- Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
- Answer the 11 questions given to you.
- Name 11 fun facts about yourself.
- Nominate 11 other bloggers.
- Ask your nominees 11 questions.
My answer to Jolens’ questions:
Why do you blog?
Right now, it’s more of a practice for me. I’ve been pushing myself to write more these past few months, and blogging’s been really helpful. But I won’t deny that part of the reason why I’m still doing this is because I somehow overvalue my own opinions, something I only realized when I read “The I in the Internet” in Jia Tolentino’s Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion. It says:
The internet is also a large part inextricable from life’s pleasures: our friends, our families, our communities, our pursuits of happiness, and—sometimes, if we’re lucky—our work. In part out of a desire to preserve what’s worthwhile from the decay that surrounds it, I’ve been thinking about five intersecting problems: first, how the internet is built to distend our sense of identity; second, how it encourages you to overvalue our opinions; third, how it maximizes our sense of opposition; fourth, how it cheapens our understanding of solidarity; and, finally, how it destroys our sense of scale.
What do you like most about yourself?
I’m not a quitter, and I think that’s great. I have already encountered a lot of difficulties in life, but instead of abandoning my goals, I push myself harder to reach them.
What is one thing that you are very good at?
Learning! I’m a fast learner and I take learning very seriously. Also, I always see to it that I always have something new to learn each year.
What is your favourite song at the moment?
I have to say, it’s Mitski’s “Last Words of a Shooting Star”. I first heard of it a few weeks ago, and fell in love with it right away. I think it’s well-written, and Mitski’s voice is just mesmerizing.
What constellations can you recognize when you look up at a starry sky?
What was the last Filipino film you saw?
Cuddle Weather (2019). I really like this film! I watched it for the first time last year, when we were in Baguio for a vacation and I rewatch it every now and then.
What goes on in your head when you solve 38 + 47?
I add 7 and 8 first, then combine 3 with 4.
When did you last laugh?
Earlier, while watching Big Bang Theory.
What is your favorite alcoholic drink? (If you don’t drink, why not?)
San Miguel Pale Pilsen.
What has been your most expensive purchase to date?
Does education count?
What are you excited about?
Books! I have a lot of great titles in my reading list and I can’t wait to read all of them.
11 fun facts about me:
- I grew up in Antipolo City.
- I’ve never attended a private school.
- I was so into painting when I was a kid, so I thought I’d be a visual artist. Things changed when I got into writing, though.
- I love Donna Tartt’s The Secret History.
- A former lover blocked me on Facebook and stopped talking to me entirely after my essay about him had been published on inquirer.net.
- I started drinking coffee when I was four.
- I auditioned for and got into the UP Singing Ambassadors in 2009, but I had to quit because of financial problems. I looked for a part-time job instead.
- UP wasn’t my dream school, but I was the only one who passed the UPCAT in our batch.
- I don’t know how to swim.
- I listen to Coldplay’s “Christmas Lights” over and over when I’m sad.
- I used to host provincial bridal fairs.
Unfortunately, though, I can’t nominate 11 bloggers to do this because most of the bloggers I’ve been actively following and interacting with lately already did this.
Title inspired by David Foster Wallace’s “Consider the Lobster”, banner photo from Canva