Sunday, January 27, 2013

Thank You, Thank You, Thank You

     It's always nice to get these pleasant surprises every once in a while, especially when you least expect it. Hmm, but then again, it won't be much of a surprise if you were expecting it, right? hehehe... Anyway, one of my blogger friends, Malou of Thinking Outloud, surprised me with not one but two blogger awards! Yeay!!! Isn't that so nice and sweet of her? So thank you so very much Malou, I'm not quite sure I deserve the award but I definitely appreciate the recognition. Thanks to all the people who also take the time to read my posts here and in my other blog (In Review - I might as well shamelessly plug it here, hehehe), as well as the others who just happen to pass by whether intentionally or unintentionally.

     Now, each awardee needs to do something to help spread the love and in a way pay it forward:
  • Each person must list 11 things about themselves.
  • Answer the 11 questions that the tagger has set for you PLUS you MUST create 11 questions of your own for the 11 people you will nominate with this award. 
  • Choose up to 11 bloggers linking them to your post. Go to their page and inform them of the nomination. Absolutely NO tag back.
  • Remember to ONLY tag bloggers with less than 200 followers.
     My choices for recipients of the Liebster and Sunshine awards are:

2. Roni Flores - Marikina Food Trip
3. Diosa - Relationships 
*I know it says in the rules that I need to tag 11 people, but I'm afraid I won't be able to follow this particular rule since I don't follow that many blogs. I hope this won't lead to my award being revoked. ;-D

     Here are the questions I would like them to answer:

1. What are the top 3 songs that you would include in the soundtrack of your life?
2. Name the person who has had the most impact in your life thus far.
3. What is at the very top of your bucket list?
4. If you could go back in time, what event would you want to witness in person?
5. Do you prefer living in the present or do you wish you'd lived in an era in the past?
6. Who would you like to spend one whole day with and why?
7. If your house was on fire, what one thing would you make sure to save?
8. What place would you like to visit that you haven't been to yet?
9. What's your favorite way to relax?
10. What one food can you eat a lot and not get tired of?
11. When was the last time you said "I love you" and to who?

     Now for the questions that I need to answer:
  1. What side of the bed do you sleep on? Right, sometimes left or the middle too
  2. Do you believe in ghosts? No, not really. To me they're in the same category as vampires and zombies.
  3. If you could only watch one movie for the rest of your life what would it be? Any movie with Audrey Hepburn
  4. If you could only read one author until the end of time who would it be? So hard to choose, I like several authors! I guess for now it'll have to be David Baldacci.
  5. Would you rather serve a week in prison or try and survive for a year alone in a jungle? I'll take my chances in the jungle.
  6. How old are you? 39 (there, I said it! nyaaaaaahhhhhh)
  7. If you were on death row, what would your last meal be? Some kind of comfort food, like tinolang manok; nothing lavish or exciting since I doubt I'd have much of an appetite anyway. And some top grade dark chocolate.
  8. What would you want to be written on your tombstone? She lived her life to the fullest.
  9. If anyone in the room could be your slave for a day, who would it be and what would they have to do? Someone with a lot of money like Donald Trump, and have him donate money to a lot of causes that need funding. And maybe have him buy me a house or two as well. :-)
  10. What was the last thing you said to someone? Thank you (to my mother in law who was giving me a berry shake)
  11. If you had to choose between a millions bucks and being able to fly, which would you choose? A million bucks, that I'll try to turn into more so I can do a lot of things with it. Good things, that is.

© Margj Castillo, Between You and Me, 2010 - Present.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Man vs. Angry Sea Turtle

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     We often hear about encounters between man and other creatures in the wild. Some are scary, some adorable, and some funny. This particular video posted on YouTube shows a rare glimpse of a sea turtle, an animal we usually think of as mild mannered and gentle. While the clip doesn't exactly show a turtle gone wild, it does offer a rarely seen facet of its personality.

     To the diver's credit, it interacts with the turtle in a gentle manner. However, I wouldn't recommend placing your hands near a turtle's mouth if you value your fingers. It was kind of amusing to see the turtle snapping at various parts of the diver's body, like a boxer being shown punching in slow motion. On the other hand, I never realized just how massive and intrusive an oil rig is until I saw this video. I can only imagine what the ocean's inhabitants make of it, as well as all the ruckus created when it is being constructed. No wonder Mr. Sea Turtle got miffed enough to go back and have a second try at the diver.

© Margj Castillo, Between You and Me, 2010 - Present.

Meet the Happiest Creature on Earth

     While scrolling through pins on Pinterest, I came across a picture of the quokka (pronounced kwak-a), a marsupial found in southern Australia. The size of a cat, it kind of looks like a cross between a kangaroo, a koala, and a rat with a seemingly permanent grin on its face. Click here to see a video and article on this adorable creature.

     Although it may not actually be feeling the emotion of happiness or is perpetually happy as its expression implies, who can resist that cute, chubby face. One just can't help but smile in return. Let's just hope that the species' population decline stops before it's too late.

© Margj Castillo, Between You and Me, 2010 - Present.