I  was absolutely chuffed to be awarded a Stylish Blogger award by the lovely Chanel from Cats Love Cooking. You can read her post about it here.

One of the reasons I got into food blogging was.. well I always loved food blogs, I love food and cooking and I simply love taking food pics.I also love receiving comments and tweets from fellow food bloggers. I never thought I would really get read that much, but it is such a joy to get new comments and meet new lovely food blogger friends – I have just loved it so much! So when I was nominated, I really felt the love! Thank you Chanel!!! And thank you to all my readers 🙂

Okay, so, here are the rules.

  • Thank the person who gave me the award. (Thank youuu Chanel!!) 😀
  • Pass the award along to 10 blogs I enjoy
  • Share 7 things about myself.

I am awarding the following ten blogs the Stylish Blogger award 🙂 (in no particular order!..)

  • MamaGrace71’s Blog – for Grace’s fun tales of the twinlets and being a new Mum
  • LimeCake – for her easy, one-serve simple Asian style recipes and an amazing recipe trove!
  • MyKitchenProduce – for Linda’s authentic Asian recipes, gorgeous looking meals and absolutely beautiful decorated cakes! So envious of your piping skills!
  • Pigged-Out – for Leona’s absolutely stunning photography and great restaurant reviews. I wish I could photo food this good!!
  • Obesebaby – firstly because I love the name, secondly because I love your restaurant reviews! My favourite part is how you provide the the ratings, average price and other info about each place you visit – so handy!! Such a great idea 🙂
  • The Willow Blog – for Alyssa’s absolutely gorgeous photography and pretty sweets. I could look at her photography all day, it is soo pretty!!
  • Raspberri Cupcakes – This lady takes macarons to a serious art. Bunny macarons and doughnut macarons?? Pure. Genius. And more beautiful photography and food styling – teaach me your ways Raspberri Cupcakes!
  • Tash at 52 Wednesdays – for her creativity.. I know Tash in Real Lifes (yes, it’s true!) and her blog is just as lovely as her 🙂 Love all her pretty creations!
  • Dy @ aaanglesplay.com for her movie reviews, “man-watch” section, style tips and photography. You work it, sista!
  • Mel’s Sweet Treats – For her soo pretty sweets! A camera cake! Cake pops! Aaand if not only for the sole reason of her cookie seating cards. Mel? You.. are a genius.

Another couple of my favourite blogs slash honorable mentions (I really need to figure out how to do a blogroll) at the moment have been Not Quite Nigella, Joy the Baker, the Pioneer Woman, Cupcakes and Cashmere, Closet Cooking, Fashion’s Maven and Almost Bourdain (and of course many, many more.. but if I listed them all, I’d be here forever!)

Okay.. Seven things about me.

1. I am a Naruto addict. My fiance got me hooked on it many years ago.. and yes. We’ve watched ever single episode. Those of you that know Naruto know that that is a LOT of episodes.

img credit: thanks, google imgs.
I’m not sure what it is that is so appealing about it, but we just love it. Mike and I are also fans of Bleach, (made by the same people) but Naruto has always been a winner.. I haven’t really gotten into any other anime shows.

Some of my favourite characters are Jiraiya, Kakashi, and of course, Naruto. He’s just so gosh-darn adorable! We always watch it in Japanese with English titles. I’m pretty sure that the most recent episodes (Naruto Shippuuden) don’t come with English voice overs like the regular Naruto does but even if it did, I would never watch it. The Americans they get to sub the voices mispronounce so many things so horribly, it makes it pretty much unwatchable. I’ve watched the cringeworthy English version on youtube.com and I couldn’t even finish watching it, that’s how bad it was.

2. I love Japan. If I could live anywhere else in the world, it would definitely be Japan. I love the culture, the language, the people and I am obsessed with Japanese food. I would honestly eat it every day if I could. Curry udon, sushi, agedashi tofu, edamame, onigiri, ramen, dango/mochi, kare raisu, tempura, yakimeishi.. gosh, the list just goes on. It made me so sad to think of the devastation that happened (and is stil happening). All my love and prayers go out to this absolutely gorgeous country.

3. I have mixed heritage – I was born in Hong Kong to a Filipino mother and an Australian father. We moved to Australia when I was 18 months old and I pretty much consider myself Australian.. I don’t speak Tagalog (the native language of the Philippines) – well not much anyway. Plus all my relatives laugh a my pathetic attempts at it. I always enjoy asking people what nationality they think that I am. Apparently I have a slightly American accent (I blame TV. haha) which has led some people (i.e. a saleslady at Review) to insist that I’m Canadian. Plus the fact that I don’t really look very Asian at all makes people come out with all kinds of interesting nationalities, Italian, Spanish (not too far off, since my Mum is 1/4 Spanish) and a whole heap more. Too bad I can’t ask you guys now, since I just told you.. dang. 😛 Growing up with a Filipino mother has taught me to appreciate Filipino cuisine – too bad it’s nearly impossible to find any Filipino restaurants in all of Sydney.. There’s one in Dee Why that we used to frequent, but it wasn’t the best Fillo I’ve ever had.

4. I majored in Anthropology at university. I found it extremely interesting and extremely unemployable. Go figure.

5. I studied piano for nearly 10 years (age 7-17) and got up to grade 7 AMEB. High school ended and pretty much so did my piano playing. One of the reasons I gave it up was because I didn’t really have the dedication and passion to keep going with it, not to mention the fact that the AMEB exams scared the living daylights out of me, as did performing – which gave me severe anxiety… I do not do well in front of a crowd, and that includes public speaking!

img credit: thanks, google imgs.

6. I am a godmother (“Ninang”) to three beautiful god-daughters. Two in the Philippines, one who lives in Sydney.

My “Australian” (I put that in brackets, because she’s Fijian-Kenyan, but she’s being brought up here) god-daughter’s name is Talei-Maisha (which means Precious Life in Fijian). She is about two and a half now and she is the cutest most gorgeous, prettiest little girl ever!! I love her heaps. Allow me to spam you with completely adorable pics of her!

Serious Face.

Goodness me.

Just had to put this one in there – one of my faves.. love these shoes on her!

And an oldie, but a goodie.

This is Lindsay – (Or Sey-Sey as she is more popularly known.. Fillos have a thing for nicknames), my first god-daughter 🙂 She just turned ten last weekend (that’s right, I was made godmother when I was about thirteen. lol). Happy Birthday Sey! I don’t have as many photos of Sey as I do Talei, but that’s because I see Talei every week and I’ve seen Sey about twice in her whole life. But that doesn’t mean I don’t still love you heaps!! 🙂

My last god-daughter I don’t even have a pic of.. I was made like an ‘honorary’  godmother (or “Ninang” in Tagalog) and I’ve barely even seen her – even less than Sey, because she lives in my Mum’s village in the Phils. But she still counts! I certainly do love being a godmother 🙂

7. Hmm.. running out of things to say. I guess I can describe how Mike and I met.. which was on Okcupid, a dating website (lame, right? lol). Our first date was at Marigold’s in the city (where we ordered Shantung Chicken and Satay Chicken – which we still order now out of nostalgia.. lol), then we watched the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle movie at the cinemas on George Street followed by Taro Pearl Milk Tea and a walk to the Chinese Gardens. Occasionally we reenact bits of our first date – for funsies and because those things are still fun to do! (Except that movie. That movie was soo bad.)

taro milk tea img credit: from here

So there are seven ‘interesting’ things about me 🙂 Thank you for reading!