And The Liebster Award Goes To…

I graciously accept, of course!

Here is my long overdue response to Mommy Sha and Riah’s nominations. Thank you so much for the nominations, beautiful ladies!

To quote them, “the Liebster Award is given to blogs that have less than 200 followers as a way to show appreciation and support to fellow bloggers, as well as to spread the word about new blogs.” 

But before one gets to accept the award, there are certain conditions to be met. As Dr. Hannibal Lecter told Clarice Starling, “Quid pro quo. Yes or no?” (I couldn’t resist the creepy reference).

First:  Post 11 things about yourself. Just the thing to start off my 2013.

I used to be such an athlete. I used to swim, platform dive, scuba dive, run, do bikram yoga, dance, played badminton, row, fence, do timid taekwondo kicks – I say timid because a zombie could sink his teeth on my foot before I could bring him down so I will just shoot him – and yes I could shoot with a calibre .45 and an M16 rifle. I was kinda good at it, I guess. I used to join Fun Shoots when I used to work in the Defense Department. Even trained for a short while for the women’s team. But I never did excel in any of these activities. I think some of these were just excuses to hang out with my college friends and coworker friends.

I used to read romance novels that my friends and I bought in Book Sale which had buxom females with torn flowy blouses and windblown hair on the covers swooning shamelessly in half-naked Fabio’s arms. My best friends and I made fake book covers for them and huddled in one corner of wherever to giggle nervously and be scandalized by the naughty excerpts. They were the most forbidden, most shocking things we’ve stumbled upon.

I was asleep when I fell in love with opera arias. In my dream, I could hear the most beautiful music and the most exquisite voice and I thought I was in heaven. I thought I was listening to gold, if gold was not solid but something aural. I woke up to the voice of Kiri Te Kanawa singing an aria from Puccini’s Madame Butterfly about waiting, hoping, and loving, I know that now. But back then, I was mystified to wake up in tears because I couldn’t even understand the Italian lyrics. My aunt who was my roomie then but was out on a trip, had set her stereo as an alarm to go off at a certain time and must have forgotten to turn off the recurring alarm so it turned on at three or four in the morning.

I like dreaming about being chased by bad, ugly people or monsters or dinosaurs. They make me feel like a heroine in a B movie. I say B movie because I don’t see Steven Spielberg or Peter Jackson around.

Speaking of dreams, I dream in color, I dream about food a lot and I can even taste the food.

I used to play the piano. I could still play if I want to but I will never be the virtuoso as my parents had hoped. My parents made my sister and me take lessons from my aunt who was a music teacher. I must have liked it at first, to be able to tolerate the lessons for so many years but I lost interest somewhere along the way. To get back at my parents whenever they would make us play for house guests, I would bang on the keys like a screwball musician and play super-mega fortissimo those parts that were supposed to be played pianissimo. It was spiteful, I know, and pointless. All it did was emphasize how bad I was at it. Progress, as I got older, dwindled. I stayed in third level from grade school until college until I just stopped altogether. Sometimes, I even have nightmares about it, like missing a lesson or being scolded by my aunt.

I couldn’t care less about my birthday. There are moments when I forget my birthday on my birthday. It is not because I have an issue with that ageing thing but it is because I just don’t see anything special about it. Everyone has it. What’s unique about that?

I love skeleton and vintage keys. Most of my accessories are skeleton key pendants but I have no significant memory  in relation to these keys. I just love them.

I have Ningas Kugon mentality (starting some project or something with enthusiasm and then not being able to finish it) hence the many short-lived interests above. That is why I surprise myself with this blog. I am still able to sustain my interest in it.

I love styles with just a touch of goth, whether it’s fashion or novels or tv shows. This began when my high school friends and I were lured into Anne Rice’s world of Vampires and the Mayfair Witches back when Bella Swan was just a baby.

I have a tattered security pillow from my mom and which I’ve been using since birth. I get mildly nutty when the Little Creature touches it and I grow belligerently nutty whenever hubby makes the mistake of coming into contact with it.


Second: Answer 11 questions asked by the person who nominated you. For me, I received 2 nominations = 2 different sets of questions =22 pennies for my thoughts = whew:

From Mommy Sha:

What is your proudest moment as a mother/wife? Everyday is a proud mommy moment for me. I never cease to wonder how that chunky monkey got out of me.

List the things you can never leave at home. Sunscreen, tinted moisturizer, foundation, Benefit Brows A-go-go, Maxicare Card, Cellphone

What is the wildest thing you ever did? Get a tattoo.

What is the greatest lesson that you learned in your entire life? Admit mistakes, don’t dwell on mistakes but learn from them and move forward (or blame someone else. Kidding!). Not learning from mistakes is the biggest mistake.

What is your favorite TV show? And why?  Lots – Dexter, Six Feet Under, The Office, 30 Rock, Parks and Recreation, and the latest addition to my list, The Community. 

What is the most embarrassing moment of your life? Singing The Prayer in front of an audience of about 500 and most likely singing it badly. I can’t believe how deluded and overly ambitious I was.

Why blogging? To practice writing, to challenge me to think (although I know a lot of my posts are nonsensical and pointless), to help me remember memories, to vent, to open up, to meet people.See post: Three Years of Blogging

Who are your inspirations in blogging? All the bloggers that I follow, especially mommy bloggers who are such multi-taskers.

What is the secret of successful career? I guess just being plain happy about what you are doing and not measuring your life against others’.

What are the things you miss when you have become a mom/wife? Spontaneous decisions and having no plans like suddenly going on a weekend getaway without having to think of what my baby is going to eat over the weekend.

Who is your favorite blogger? See #8 🙂

From Riah:

What one thing you miss about being a kid? I miss 2: first, having a lot of grandparents around and second, having great skin which I didn’t realize I had back then.

If you could go into any fictional world, which one would you choose? The Walking Dead. I’m going to raid all the military bases, hoard their arsenal and zap all those zombies to pieces then go home in some safe installation in time to feed the baby. In this fictional world, I am as hot as Alice of Resident Evil and I need no sleep, bath or rest.

What is the most number of blankets you’ve ever had on your bed? 4

What is your favorite hobby? These days, it is watching TV series.

If you were given $1,000,000 to give to a cause, which cause would it be? Orphanage to help abandoned kids and babies.

What’s your favorite scripture? I wish I could say the Bible but I’m not really a devout Catholic although I do believe in God.

What makes you smile? People who smile at me

Who is a person that you admire and why? Jennifer Lopez. Aside from the obvious fact that she’s gorgeous and multi-talented, she seems like the most hardworking famous person I know of.

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be? Still in my own country but in a nicer, more posh home.

If you could change one thing about anything what would it be? My funds! I want it larger!

What are you most thankful for at this moment? My life 


Third: Nominate 11 bloggers, notify them about the nomination and ask them to answer 11 new questions.

To bloggers and friends

Happy Blue Thoughts

Jakie and the Beadstalk

The Bading Mother Diaries

New Toronto Mom

Learn From Mom

Our Little Rock


Mile High Mommy Diaries

Touring Kitty

The World According to Sylvia Garza

A Reckless Pursuit

I would genuinely love to hear your thoughts on the following questions:

What makes you YOU?

If you could give an advice to a baby, what would it be?

What do you sometimes pretend you understand that you really don’t?

What have you done that you are not proud of?

What do most people envy about you?

When you look into the past, what do you miss the most?

What are the changes you want to make in your life in the next twelve months?

What big lesson could people learn from your life?

What is something you changed your mind about when you grew older?

What have you given up on?

If your life had absolutely no limits and you could have it all and do whatever you wanted, what would you choose to have and what would you choose to do?


Fourth: Upload the image of the Award on your blog (This may go first but I choose to do it last to signify the completion of the conditions)

Yehey! I have two images of the award! The first one is from MommySha:

liebster award

The second one is from Riah:

liebster award

Again, Danke Schon to MommySha and Riah. Ich liebe the award!

And happy new year to all! Aren’t we glad that the world didn’t end thirteen days ago?


15 thoughts on “And The Liebster Award Goes To…

  1. riah_e says:

    Thank you Ailsa for accepting the award and taking time to answer my personal questions. I get to appreciate your thoughts especially your wildest imagination..hehehe i know mommies as we are,..will never stop dreaming and sometimes the child in us comes out when we are happy and nutty. take care and Happy New Year!


  2. kikaymommysha says:

    Yay! Finally you receive the Lobster award! I must agree with your answer that Moms are multi-tasker! Sometimes I wonder, pano ko pa nasisingit ang blogging world sa super busy sched ko. But I guess, that’s our superpowers as a MOM! Agree? 🙂


    • Alias M. says:

      Yeah! Agree to the max! Somehow we find ways to manage things. Kaya naman pala kahit akala ko dati na hindi. Thanks again for the award! I enjoyed writing this post 🙂


  3. jay arcy says:

    kewl kewl! thanks for nominating me. at grabe, may blog ka pala! love love love how you write talaga. after all these years, you keep getting better at writing


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