The Real Neat Blog Award #1

Because monkey see, monkey do…

Greetings Barbarians! Long days and pleasant nights!

I never saw myself as cool, neat, awesome or anything that connotes being great. To be honest, it’s quite the opposite, I will always feel lame and boring. I will always be an outcast and I will always be outside looking in, I will never be enough. However, if there is one thing about me is that I will always try, and aim for the stars regardless of the outcome. 

With that said, I am grateful for receiving this Real Neat Blog Award nomination. It has been quite a while since I’ve done a nomination by my blogging peers. So, thank you for this wonderful opportunity, I can’t express my gratitude enough. You guys hold a special place in my heart.

I would like to give a very special thanks to Theresaly from Culture Shocks for nominating me. This will serve as my first nomination for the Real Neat Blog awards and hopefully not the last. To Theresaly, thank you for giving me this opportunity. You have always been a great friend on both the blogging world and beyond. I hope we can catch up later, I already miss our afternoon/evening talks! You could check out Theresaly’s wonderful content here

So, what is the Real Neat Blog Award? I can’t seem to find its origins (help me out in the comment section) but it’s pretty much like the Sunshine Blogger award. You get nominated, you answer their questions, nominate others and ask them questions, you get the idea. 

Here are the rules:

  1. Display the Blog Logo in your blog.
  2. Thank the Blogger who nominated you.
  3. Do not forget to link to their blog for nominating you.
  4. Answer all the questions they have given you.
  5. Nominate 7 to 10 other bloggers of your choice.
  6. Ask your Nominees 7 questions.

Now for the fun part, I get to answer some of Theresaly’s questions with great enthusiasm. I hope I won’t dissapoint.

Here are Theresaly’s Questions:

What kind of music are you listening currently to calm or motivate yourself from the “outside noise & news”?

As of writing this, I’m listening to 36 Crazyfists’ A Snow Capped Romance album. Yesterday, I was listening to Slipknot’s Iowa album and Killswitch Engage’s Alive or Just Breathing album. I love noise, I love metal from various spectrums, from Brutal Death Metal to Metalcore. Polarizing as it may sound, I also listen to Taylor Swift, The Chainsmokers and Miley Cyrus. I also listen to a lot of quirky tunes like Postmodern Jukebox and Epic Rap Battles. I tend to listen to stuff that is no longer receiving radio airplay. 

What has been your greatest achievement this past year?

Hmmm… can’t think of any. Unemployment sucks and the year has been a struggle. I take what I can and tend to it. I sure did make a lot of friends and get to experience a lot of pleasant memories. However, I’m still getting off my feet and trying to rebuild, still chasing glory and a dream as far as I know. 

What kind of skills do you want to develop in the months ahead?

With the COVID-19 happening, a lot of my plans have been put on hold in favor of other things. Aside from the usual things I’ve been working on, I do want to learn more about basic first aid and survival. I’ve always wanted to learn those before this happened and now it makes more sense. As for blogging, I wanted to improve my writing even more and make better content. I also wanted to learn photography as well as creating graphics. Blogging seems to be the only door opening for me right now, so we’ll see how it goes. 

What on-screen villain is most intriguing to you?

It’s no secret I’m a Batman fanboy, and being a Batman fanboy also means I’m a Joker fanboy. Batman and the Joker are both sides of the same coin, well, extreme sides. Batman works in the shadows while the Joker loves being in the spotlight. The other one is calculated while the other one does not need a reason to wreak havoc. Each one trying to stop one another yet each one cannot end the other one. Both are the antithesis of the other one.

Do you have an outfit that makes you feel great about yourself, seems to boost your confidence, or makes you feel invincible? 😉

Let’s start from the shoes, hand-crafted, top grain leather and leather soles of course. Then a navy or gray trousers or chino pants depending on the weather. A light-colored dress shirt, white, pink, yellow, or light blue, depending on the trouser. A gray sports jacket or if I’m feeling a bit daring, I will throw in a waistcoat, all tailored to perfection. And oh, I also look great naked so, there’s that. 

Was there ever a movie or documentary that inspired you to take action or made you want to learn more about the background story?

Cinderella Man, starring Russell Crowe and Renee Zellweger. It’s one of my favorite films, and one I could deeply relate to. It was a sports biopic of world heavyweight boxing champion James J. Braddock. As a down on his luck, single father chasing a dream while trying his best to meet both ends, I can’t help but relate to the struggles shown in the films. This was one of the rare films that bought tears to my eyes.

What kind of activities do you and your best friend do together? Do you have a favorite funny memory that you share?

I haven’t caught up with friends lately and I do miss them. I’m aware that everyone is busy with everything that’s been happening in their lives. I do wish I could catch up with them, I miss our dinners or drinking sessions. My fondest memory would be the get together we had a few days after my resignation. They bought me a cake that says “We love you, Boss!” and it was one of the best things other people gave me in life. Though later on, a few falling out happened, everything was okay and I couldn’t ask for anything else at that moment. 

There you have it, I hope I didn’t disappoint with my answers especially you, Theresaly! 

My Nominees

Now, it’s time for my nominees. Keep in mind that I’m in no way making this your obligation. I do like to say that you are appreciated and deserved every ounce of recognition. 

My Questions to the Nominees

To my nominees, here are a few questions. Feel free to answer them how you see fit.

  1. Tell us about a time where you are thrown off course only to find yourself exactly where you intended to be?
  2. Tell us about a strenuous physical activity that you enjoy and why? If you have none, is there a physical activity that you are interested in and tell us why you haven’t tried it yet?
  3. Is there an establishment that you frequent simply because you like their staff? Mind telling us about your interactions with the servers, staff, and crew?
  4. Tell us about a Men’s style trend that you think should end or never exist in the first place?
  5. Who is the male fictional character (with no superpowers) you would like to be with, in time of a disaster and why? What manly skills do you think he possesses that would increase your chances of survival?
  6. What leisurely activities do you think, make a man look sexy, eg reading, cooking, etc?
  7. What is your honest impression of me, is there anything you wish for me to improve on my blog?

I hope you enjoy my questions, have fun answering them! And please answer them any way you like.

Thank you again, Theresaly for this nomination! To my wonderful readers, don’t forget to please visit Theresaly’s and my nominees’ blog! Cheers!

To Courage and Freedom, and Friends!

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  1. I am so honored by your nomination! I will complete mine this evening. I love your questions and look forward to answering them! I hope you are well. I love learning about other writers. Hang in there better days are ahead. Remember that every day that passes is one day closer to this virus thing being over! I am so ready to travel again!


  2. Thank you for the nomination! Interesting choice of music. I am a big time Swiftie and coincidentally I was listening to ‘Paris’ by the Chainsmokers this evening. 🙂

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  3. Fully satisfied! 🙂 I really enjoy your responses as I explore them via YouTube. Superb fashion choices! I miss our conversations as well. I apologize as my work/school schedule has demanded more of my time. My master’s program and work responsibilities have taken up a notch from previous years.

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