Cymre and Kamalia nominated me for the Real Neat Blog Award.
The rules are:
Thank and link the person who nominated you
Answer the seven questions your nominator has provided
Nominate 7 other bloggers and create 7 questions for them
How would you pass the time during a blackout? I would probably read a book.
If you could be any superhero for a day, who would you be and why? I would be Wonder Woman because she’s an amazing character, strong and with many useful abilities
What is one thing you love collecting or loved collecting as a child/adult? I used to collect many things as a child, but my favorite thing was joker cards because I got inspired by one of my favorite books The Solitaire Mystery by Norwegian author Jostein Gaarder.
If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go? Australia because I could visit my relatives, half sisters, aunts, uncles and cousins that I’ve never met before. I want summer, sun and beaches, and there are so many places and things I would like to see and explore.
If you could only take one item to a deserted island, what would it be? Can I bring a boat so I can get home again?
Who is your main and why do you love playing her/him? My main is Syrco, a balance druid, but I play my alt, a resto shaman, as much as if not more than my main. They have been my favorite characters since Wrath of the Lich King. I like balance druid because I can look like a big fat owl and go crazy with laser beams. Resto shaman is fun because I can heal big groups at a time and I like how chain heal jumps around.
Favourite phone app? The app I use the most is Pokemon GO. I play when I walk to or from the bus, when I’m waiting for something or maybe I decide to go for a walk just to play.
What locations in WoW have the best background music? I don’t remember all the exact locations, but some of my favorite music is Night Elves, Invincible, Arthas My Son, The Whispering Forest and all the music in Ulduar.
Are there any ways in which WoW (or other games) has influenced or inspired things you do in your pay-the-bills career? No, I don’t think so, nothing comes to mind.
Which calculator format do you prefer — TI (enter numbers and operations as you would write them on paper) or HP (reverse Polish)? I have no idea what that means, I hate math.
What was the most memorable book that you read/movie that you watched last year? What made it so memorable? Book: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child because I love the Harry Potter books and I always wished for another book from the Harry Potter universe. The book took me back to the wizarding world and Hogwarts. It was an amazing journey.
If you could take six months off from your current job and go back to college for a semester and study anything you wanted, what class(es) would you take? I never went to college because I still have left to finish some classes from high school. My plan is to go to college or university but I’m not sure what I want to study.
Give me a recipe for something that you like to make for dinner when you don’t have much time or energy for cooking. One of my favorite things to make is actually pretty quick.
Fry minced chicken, add taco seasoning. Cut tomatoes and cucumber. Heat frozen pita breads. Roughly mash one avocado, add lime juice, some salt and pepper. Spread sour cream and avocado in the pita bread, then add chicken, tomatoes and cucumber, more avocado and sour cream on top.
My current favorite chocolate bar is Chocolove’s “Holiday” bar, which is 55% cacao chocolate with pecans, currants, dried cherries, walnuts, hazelnuts, candied orange peel, and candied ginger — every square is a different delight! What’s your favorite sweet treat of the moment? I could eat a giant Toblerone every day, it’s so good! Luckily they don’t sell the big ones here and the small ones are so expensive, so I don’t eat them very often.
I haven’t been very active on my blog or read many blogs lately. Many bloggers I followed have either stopped writing or already been nominated, so I’m only going to nominate Class and Cidien.
But if you read this and haven’t been nominated, then feel free to answer my questions and let me know so I can read it.
Do you have a blog post you are particularly proud of?
Which WoW companion do you wish was your real pet?
What makes you laugh?
You’re going to BlizzCon, what panels are you most excited to see?
I had never even heard about the Liebster Award when I was nominated. But after reading some posts about it I learned that it’s a small token of appreciation given to up and coming bloggers. It’s a great way to find new blogs and recognize blogs you think deserve a little extra attention.
It seems like almost everyone I know about have been nominated by now, so it took a while to find some people I don’t think have been nominated yet.
This award exists only on the internet, and is given to bloggers by other bloggers
It has German origins – the word “liebster” has several definitions: Dearest, darling, beloved, sweetheart
It follows similar principles as a chain letter, in the sense that it should be passed forward to a certain number of people
It can be misconstrued, depending upon your personal views, as either something wonderful (who doesn’t like awards?) or as an annoyance (a chain letter that involves work)
The choice lies within each of us to accept it, and continue paying it forward or to refuse to accept it, thereby stopping or interrupting the chain. However, if you stop the chain, you are only hurting yourself
Personal views play an important part in our choice to participate. Some people have refused to accept it and have made attempts to “break the chain”. There have been many people who have been nominated, yet refused to accept it, and now their blogs have been abandoned
Variations have been made over time to the “rules”
Marketing plays a role in accepting this award, as other bloggers are promoted
Other awards are a part of the whole “meme“. These include “One Lovely Blog Award”, the “Sunshine Blog Award” and the “Versatile Writer Award”
Write a blog post about the Liebster Award
Thank the person who nominated you and link to their blog
Display the award on your blog
Answer the eleven questions that the blogger who nominated you gives you
Give eleven random facts about yourself
Nominate eleven blogs that you think deserve the award
Create eleven questions for them to answer
List the rules in your post
Inform the bloggers that they’ve been nominated and provide them the link to your post
Other blogs I read inspired me to start blogging. I thought it would be great to have my own space to write about my thoughts on different topics and a place to share my screenshots from the Cataclysm beta which had just started when I made my blog.
If you won a free ticket to Blizzcon, what panels would you be most excited about seeing?
I would be most excited about the art panel and the sound panel because I’m very interested in the art and how the game goes from concept art and sketches to the finished game. And the sound panel because I’ve always loved the music in Blizzard’s games and I would love to meet the composers.
How do you balance time in-game with your ‘RL’ commitments?
I try to do everything that needs to be done in real life first and then play later when I’m finished with everything.
If World of Warcraft shut down its servers tomorrow (Or you aren’t currently playing), what would you be playing instead?
Are there any bloggers out there who you aspire to be like? What is it about them that you love?
Cymre: Has one of the greatest blogs I know about, amazing screenshots and inspiring posts. Amerence: Love the way she writes. Always fun and easy to read posts. Neri: One of my favorite blogs because she writes about gaming and other interesting topics like how it is to be a geeky parent :P
Are you brave enough to show us your gaming set up?
Sure: Asus G74S, Razer Naga, Belkin n52te Nostromo and Logitech G35
At what age would you let your children (Real or hypothetical) start playing video games?
I don’t have any children, yet. But I would definitely introduce them to video games at some point. Maybe some educational children’s games at first when they’re really young like 3-5 years old and other games when they’re a bit older.
You have a weekend of interruption free gaming ahead of you. What essential supplies do you stock up on to get you through it?
Chocolate and ice coffee! Maybe some homemade pizza buns ready to heat up in the microwave.
If you could pick any job in the gaming industry, what would it be?
I’ve dreamt about becoming a game designer since I was 10 years old and I haven’t given up on it yet.
Have you ever done any gaming cosplay?
Not really. But remember that I used to find sticks in the woods and make them into swords when I was little and pretend to be Link from the Zelda games. I might dress up as a moonkin if I’m ever going to BlizzCon.
What is the most ridiculous thing you’ve ever seen done in an MMO or multi-player game?
Mandatory question I guess. What made you start blogging?
I thought it would be great to have my own space to write about my thoughts on different topics and a place to share my screenshots from the Cataclysm beta which had just started when I made my blog.
Is there any blog post you’re particularly proud of?
I’m proud of my post about the Whispering Forest because not many others knew about the even when I wrote that post and it has gotten a lot of hits since I posted it in July 2011.
Any advice you wish you could have given yourself prior to writing a controversial blog?
Don’t be afraid to express yourself
Pick a community manager you would love to see as an interactive NPC.
I’ve actually no idea as I don’t really know the community managers.
Is there a class or spec that you’ve never played that you’d really like to try one day?
I think I’ve tried every class and spec there is, but not seriously. Right now I’m thinking about leveling my 85 mage and try frost in battlegrounds.
Opinion on labels ie. Casual, Elite, Hardcore, can’t we all be called players?
We’re all players, but we play at different levels. I call myself a casual player because I don’t play a lot at the moment compared to what I did back when I raided 3 times per week and played every evening.
What are you looking forward to the most in WoD and would you give up a raid tier for them to improve one thing and what would it be?
I haven’t actually read that much about Warlords of Draenor. But I’m looking forward to leveling and learning more about the story behind it all. I want them to take the time they need to make it as good as they can. Buuut, I would give up a raid tier for an updated version of the Moonkin Form.
If you could have any WoW mount to ride in real life, what would that be?
Swift Zulian Tiger
If they were a playable class, would you play a Ranger? What race?
I doubt it, if it’s like a hunter because I’m not a big fan of the hunter class.
When did you start blogging, what it’s all about and why?
I started blogging in July 2010 because I wanted a place to write down my thoughts and share my screenshots from WoW. I also wrote a lot about moonkin back then when I raided 25 man heroic as a moonkin.
Post your most favorite Screenshot of all time!
This one from the Whispering Forest faerie dragon event
Favorite city in WoW you hang out to and why?
My hearthstone is set to Shrine of the Two Moons and I spent a lot of time in Orgrimmar when I’m at the auction house. But I think my favorite city is Dalaran because it’s smaller, has an auction house and not a lot of people. I should spend more time there.
Do you play other games besides WoW? Any console you using besides your PC?
What’s your favorite Transmog gear?
The Feralheart set
How many WoW characters in game do you have? Do you equally play them a lot?
I have 5 level 90s, 7 80-85 and a ton of lower level characters. I don’t play them all. My favorites are my druid and shaman.
What’s your current achievement score? What’s the most favorite one and why?
16480. The old titles The Immortal, Hand of Adal and Champion of the Naaru because they are now Feats of Strength and I remember all the fun I had getting them.
What was the most memorable experience since you started playing WoW?
Joining the guild Ash and getting to know a bunch of awesome people <3
How many total deaths of critters do you currently have? What are your thoughts about these creatures since they can battle now with your own Pet collections too.
24937. I don’t kill those you can battle.
First word comes in mind when you think about WoW and why?
Raids, because I used to raid a lot, for years, but not anymore
Warlords of Draenor is coming up soon, it’s the new expansion everyone is talking about, what are your expectations and why?
I haven’t actually read that much about it, to be honest. I’m waiting until the beta, and if I don’t get in, then I might not read anything at all, just wait for the release. But I hope the new world PvP zone will be fun as I think it’s time PvP got some love. I’m also looking forward to the new flexible raid system because it might be easier to find a guild to raid with 1-2 times per week where you don’t have to worry about missing raids once in a while because I want to play more casual. I also hope they’ll update the Moonkin Form in Warlords of Draenor.
11 random facts about me
I’m half Filipino, half Norwegian. Born and raised in Norway.
I used to be a huge Brann supporter (Norwegian soccer team) and I went to every home game and even some away games for years.
I don’t have a driver’s license but I hope to get it some day
I used to practice Taekwondo and I miss it
I love metal music and used to go to a lot of concerts
I have asthma but I hope I’ll get better when I start to exercise more
I used to be part of a small amateur theatre group and I had a secret dream about becoming an actress, but I kinda gave up on it. I might get back into amateur theatre as a hobby some day and I’ll always keep my eyes open for auditions in my area.
I’m open to the possibility that what we call ghosts exists because people I know, trust and believe claim to have had some in their house
I have a cat of the breed Maine Coon, her name is Bonita and she’s brown tabby with white
I’ve always wanted a tinker horse because they are beautiful and I would like to learn more about horses
I haven’t played an instrument since I played the alto horn and the transverse flute in the school band and the piano at home. But I would love to start playing an instrument again.