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The Blue Sky Tag!

❤️! Picture from Elsie L.M.C.

Whee, I’ve been nominated by Ipuna Black for The Blue Sky Tag! Thanks, Ipuna! ❤️

A quick explanation; The Blue Sky Tag is where the participating blogger does the following in a blog post:

  1. Thank the person who tagged you
  2. Answer their 11 questions
  3. Tag 11 people
  4. Give them 11 questions to answer

Simple, eh? It’s kind of an icebreaker version of a (good) chain letter and the 20 questions game combined, which is pretty interesting. 😀

I tried to search for the originator of The Blue Sky Tag, but after tens of blogs and a whole lot of side-tracked reading, I gave up… that’s why it took me more than a couple of days to write. 😛

So, let’s start!

11 Questions for Me!

Here are my answers to Ipuna’s questions!

1.Where in the world are you?

Across the information highway! 😀

Okay, so maybe that doesn’t count as somewhere in the world. I live a little country in Southeast Asia, though I’ll leave it to you to guess the actual name of the country! (Hint: it’s the country that appears in global news for not-really-good reasons, think airplanes and assassinations.)

2. How many languages do you speak?

I can speak 2 + 0.5 + 0.1 languages:

  • English, which I’m most familiar with and my preferred language in everything!
  • Malay, what we’re forced to learn in school as it’s a national language so I’m not too bad at it.
  • Cantonese, a Chinese dialect – while I’m.not fantastic, at least I can order chicken rice with it. 😀
  •  I only can speak very basic Mandarin (the official Chinese dialect in China and Taiwan) if I wanted to, but aside from “I don’t know how to speak Mandarin” and standard phrases like “I want to go to the washroom”, my mind automatically default back to Cantonese when I try to speak Mandarin!

Oops, did I just reveal which country I’m from? 😛

3. What is your biggest goal for your blog?

More than anything, I want to reach out to people; I want to help others like me to get that “Aha!” moment when they realise they’re a highly sensitive person / introvert / etc. 🙂

4. What is your 5 year plan, if you have one?

5 years is a bit far, but one of my plans (that I hopefully finish in 2 years) is to completely rewrite my first original fantasy novel! I wrote it more than 10 years ago, with a writing style that absolutely make me cringe now and way more melodramatic / negative than I would like now, so I’d like to that everything that worked then and elevate it even further! Wish me luck! 😀

5. How would you define success?

Success, for me, is when I spend my days feeling happy, peaceful, fulfilled and without fear of lack. 😊

6. How do you keep yourself organised?

To-do lists, notes, calendars, folders and whatnot! I have an easily-distracted yet single-tracked mind (“Squirrel!” Syndrome, anyone?), so if I don’t write something down or do it immediately, 99% chance I’ll forget about it. 😛

7. What’s your favorite dessert?

Aw, do I really need to pick only one? What the heck, I’ll just list them all!

I love cakes, especially tiramisu; I love ice cream, especially cookies n’ cream / Oreo flavour; and I love tong shui in general. Darn, now I want something sweet! 🍮🍦🍨🍡🍫🎂🍰

8. What are you afraid of?

Being alone without someone I know and depend on. I still don’t like doing things alone, even running errands, though I’m better this year than the last (I’m alone at a coffee shop typing at this moment!); I think this stems from my low self-esteem, and also because I’m not exactly very street-smart (if you were to dump me in the middle of an unknown city, well…). Or maybe it’s just more fun to bring my husband along. ❤️

9a. What are you absolutely bad at?

Remembering, comparing and calculating numbers! Take grocery item prices, for example; I can’t remember how much they should be valued at and whether or not the item I’m looking at is considered cheap or expensive. On the flip side, if you give me a, say, phone number to memorise, after a good 5 second stare, I could remember the whole number for the next ten minutes! That is, until I get distracted with something else and it’s flushed from my short term memory. 😆

9b. What are you the best at?

Now this is a problem, because I’m a jack of all trades and a master of none! I can write, draw pictures, play the piano, program codes, organise data on a spreadsheet, play video games… all somewhat well, but not super well. 😆

10. Which fictional character would you be best friends with?

Nina from the game Breath of Fire III! Kind, graceful, fearless yet reckless, isn’t proud as a princess but understands the responsibilities of being one. While she has her shortcomings (she goes through a phase of rebelliousness against her super strict and rigid mother, the queen), she’s my favourite heroine!

Nina from Breath of Fire III! Picture from BoF Wikia

11. Can you name your top ten favorite blogs (or what types of blogs do you like)?

Wow, I read a lot (including many non-WP blogs), so it’s impossible for me to list my top 10 favourites! I’ll compensate with my kind of blogs; I like to read other people’s stories and experiences, advice columns, articles on personalities, creative writing tips (especially for fantasy), crystals and energy, energy healing (i.e. Reiki), spirituality (i.e. reincarnation, soul plan), etc… and the list doesn’t even include non-blog stuff like the hundreds of manga (Japanese comic) I’ve read. Yep, I read a lot. 😆

11 Questions for You!

Took me a while to list the questions, because while it’s tempting to just copy and paste the same questions, it’s more fun to give my own! Here are my questions:

  1. Where in the world are you?
  2. Describe yourself in 3 words!
  3. What do you do for a living?
  4. What do you do in your free time?
  5. What is your favourite song? (Or what kind of music do you like?)
  6. Are you an early bird or night owl?
  7. Are you an introvert or extrovert?
  8. Tea or coffee?
  9. Cat lover or dog lover?
  10. Physical book or ebook?
  11. Last one! What got you started on your blog?

And 11 of You!

Okay, here’s the hard part – nominating people! Usually I hesitate to nominate other because of some (not so good) experience being nominated to organise events at the office (I really dislike organising events…), but this is just for fun!

If you see your blog on the list, do note that it’s not compulsory; if you have any reason for not participating or just don’t feel like it, no worries. 😀

My The Sky Blue Tag nominations in alphabetical order:

  1. Azuki’s Blog
  2. Braver Than Before
  3. Coffee in Style
  4. Essencentral
  5. Finding a Voice Between the Silence
  6. Happy Homemaker88’s Virtual Home
  7. Make It Ultra™
  8. Mobile Jackson
  9. Natalie Breuer
  10. samanthamurdochblog
  11. Transcending BS

Random Tidbits of Info

For those of you who like random info, here’s one! Once in a while I take notice of repeating number combinations in my usual daily life and I look them up online. Since we have 11 questions for me, 11 questions for you and 11 nominations, so here’s the meaning of angel number 11!

And to close this, here’s a random game soundtrack recommendation – “I Look Up at the Sky Because You are There”, the main theme of Wild Arms: 4th Detonator; an aptly name song for this post today! It’s in Japanese, but here’s the English translation of the lyrics if you’re interested. 😀

Have fun! Remember, it’s not compulsory. 😀

~Nicolle ❤️

A Short Self-Compassionate Letter

Dear Self,

It’s great you’re participating in this! It’s good to connect with people, even as introverts. 🙂


16 thoughts on “The Blue Sky Tag!

  1. Oh thank you for the thought, it’s very kind of you-it’s lovely to learn more about you and I thoroughly enjoy your blog 🙂 xx

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  2. Wow! I am sooooo happy that you”played.” Ha ha. I don’t feel the most comfortable asking people to participate, but I truly wanted to know the answer to these questions. I learned so much about you. The one thing out of everything is that I’m cheering you on to revise your fantasy novel. DO IT!!! 💪​👍​📚​ Keep me updated! I created a private FB group to help motive myself and others to reach their goals. If you want to join, be my guest! (And I love the tid bit on the Angel #11. Awesome!) Here is my newsletter with the challenge to take one step forward. I’m excited for you! Edit that book. The world is waiting.

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    1. Thanks very much for the support, Ipuna! It means a lot, especially when I’m still in the process of improving my self-esteem. ❤️ I’m sorry to say I don’t have facebook, though I’ll have a look at the newsletter when I get home tonight. Thanks again! 😀

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      1. I’ll update the newsletter on a week to every two week basis. I get not having FB. So much to look at already. Ha ha.
        And your self-esteem is lifting up every day. I feel it! ❤️​

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  3. Haha! Thanks!!! Funny, I just nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award ❤ I know it can be time consuming to pass these awards along, but I just wanted to send some love your way and let you know how much I appreciate your support and what you are offering the blogging community!!

    I will try to pass this one along and answer your questions at some point, but it may take me a little while! But I am so honored ❤

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    1. Oh, wow, thanks for the nomination, Talasi! ❤️ Haha, we just tagged each other around the same day, the timing is really interesting. 😀

      Thanks very much for the kind words, I’m happy, flattered and honoured! I just enjoy reading and commenting on your posts; there’s something about them that makes me talkative. 😛

      Do take your time with The Blue Sky Tag and don’t worry about the time; I’m just glad you’re doing it at all. 😀

      And here’s some love back! ❤️

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  4. Congrats Nicolle! I love that you mention success as being fulfilled and without fear of lack! I think that’s brilliant. I also really enjoyed learning more about you. Thank you for sharing!

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