I’ve been down with a sore throat, jet lag, fatigue since yesterday and had to cancel plans to meet two lovely groups of girlfriends.
Shafeeqa has extremely vivid and amazingly-hued photos on her blog, which she uses to allow us into her life – I always find it a pleasure to read and absorb her lovely pictures and posts! If you know what good photography is, you won’t pass up the chance to read her blog!
Rules of Accepting the Award:
- Thank the person who nominated you (linking by to their blog).
- Share a little about why you blog and how your adventure in blogging began.
- Paste the blog award on your site.
- Nominate 10 other bloggers whose sites you are addicted to.
Why I blog:
“If you are a writer, you must write” – Nicole Gulotta of Eat This Poem.
My passion for writing started when I began attending English tuition classes at Morris Allen Study Center – where my Irish teacher Tom Iley showed me the secret of good writing. I was about 10 years old at that time, and when it first dawned on me that writing was an outlet where I could freely express myself, I got hooked.
Since then, I’ve written private thoughts in my personal journals, fiction novels that I would read to my siblings, and then one decade ago, my Aunt Esther introduced me to the amazing world of blogging. My first blog was on LifeJournal, then I moved on to Blogspot, and eventually settled on WordPress. In between the various blogs I had set up, I never quite had the determination or consistency to keep the blogs constantly updated – mainly because they were stuff about my personal life and there wasn’t particularly much to share.
In March 2012, I apprehensively started cooking classes, and to my tremendous surprise, I actually fell in love with cooking. And because it’s almost impossible for our interests not to cross paths, I soon merged my passions for both cooking and writing through the medium of a food blog – which I once would have considered trivial and superficial. Somehow that prejudice was torn down when I started chronicling my learning journey in the kitchen and jotting down my culinary adventures – which can really be adventures indeed, particularly because sometimes I don’t even know which unknown territory I’m foraging into with a particular recipe.
Writing is one of those things that define me, among others, and I’m certain that if you stripped writing from my life, I would be less of me. It’s an activity which frees me, which allows creativity and which makes me feel whole.
And because blogging is a way to get my writing out there in front of so many beautiful people whom I might not have met if not for my blog and theirs, I would love to continue blogging for as long as my time and energy allows me to. Which is why it is extremely fulfilling to receive comments from friends, family and fellow bloggers – it makes blogging a two-way conversation, as all conversations should be. And to be nominated for blogging awards like this? Totally makes me day, so thank you dear Shafeeqa for reading, commenting & nominating!
10 sites I am addicted to
(and which I strongly encourage you to check out):
1. Inspire and Indulge (by Leah) – arts & crafts, DIY stuff and recipes + anecdotes from her life and Paleo diet!
2. On Sugar Mountain (by Jess) – mostly centered on baking, Jess brings us Muffin Mondays and other lovely themed recipes.
3. Savor the Rainbow (by Min) – interested in nutrition? Min teaches us nutrition tips and squeezes in authentic Korean recipes once in a while!
4. A Beautiful Day (by Irene) – amazingly beautiful food pictures. need I say more?
5. One Sister’s Rant (by Bella) – she breathes life through words, every post leaves me laughing and crying for more.
6. EasyBaked (by Ruthanne) – cute fun ways to bring a pop of color to a party or any cake – and as the title says, its easy.
7. Planet Bell (by Jeff) – the definition of a traveler, Jeff shows what far corners of the world look like and feel like.
8. Bite (by Michelle) – her recipes make me drool and have me moving from computer to kitchen in a matter of seconds – very yummy tested recipes.
9. Becoming Madame – she brings us the City of Light, Paris, and its charms and truths.
10. Normal Cooking (by Lindsay) – Lindsay shows us we can be normal people cooking great food – and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that!