The Liebster Award

Well here’s another lovely surprise! I’m still in a weird slump but am temporarily coming out of it to write this post as one cannot ignore such a kind gesture.  Thanks again for another award nomination shikoomkoom!

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Like me, you may be wondering what the Liebster Award is and after doing a quick search on the Google, it seems that it has evolved over time and since I’m still in a funk, I’ll follow the rules below (but if we’re going by my nominator’s rules, please refer to 101 Amazing Facts if you would like to find our more about me). Regardless of which rules you end up following, I think the important thing to remember is to nominate new blogs and spread the love!

The rules of the Liebster Award are:

1. Thank your Liebster Blog Award presenter on your blog.

2. Link back to the blogger who presented the award to you.

3. Copy and paste the blog award on your blog.

4. Present the Liebster Blog Award to 5 blogs of 200 followers or less who you feel deserve to be noticed (see below).

5. Let them know they have been chosen by leaving a comment at their blog.

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My nominees:

  1. Fabulous and other f* words
  2. Sockymon Master Blog
  3. Multifarious Meanderings
  4. Where Next Japan
  5. F. Scribbles

Moomin Me Up!

I know it seems a bit pathetic but I’ve been going through Moomin withdrawal. I made a promise not to buy any new Moomin merchandise for a while (I say ‘a while’ as this leaves plenty of room for interpretation), seeing as I failed to grasp the concept of ‘austerity’ last month. But news of a recent sighting of a Moomin balloon flying over Malmö, Sweden lifted my spirits. Thanks to my daily ‘Moomin Google image search’, before I knew it I was staring at one of the most beautiful hot air balloons I’d ever seen.

I believe this was taken by someone in Sweden. It’s such an amazing photo!

Here is another beautiful photo that I found taken by a different photographer:

Of course my new found knowledge of Moomin balloons has led to my desire to book a ride of our own when we visit Finland. Needless to say, if not for Moomin I would never consider going up in a balloon. Oh, the things I do for love. A quick look at the prices from what I think is the company that flies the Moomin balloon, however, left me feeling a bit unsure if it would be a good idea. I’m certain the hubs would say no to a private ride and upon further thought, it’s not like we can photograph ourselves in the Moomin balloon. Not to mention, I’m deathly afraid of heights, and I’m not yet sure if this is a special flight or if anyone can book a ride. But never mind all that! One can always dream and it would be great to see if we could make it work. So if you’ve ever organised a Moomin hot air balloon flight please let us know if you’ve got any tips!

Another London 2012 Fuck-Up

On a completely different note (to my earlier post), London 2012 has been off to a blundering start, yet it hasn’t dampened the spirits of London mayor Boris Johnson or Olympic fans in Hyde Park.

Thanks for the brilliant speech BoJo, but are you sure we’re ready? Perhaps someone could please explain how the South Korean flag was mistaken for the North Korean flag in Wednesday’s embarrassing flag incident? I know people make mistakes, but these days it’s pretty difficult to mix up country flags with Google around. I suppose if I were North Korean I wouldn’t find it the least bit funny, but at least they got the Korean bit right and didn’t put up, erm, a Japanese flag. Harsh, but true!

In any case, I’m happy to see that Sepcsavers has taken advantage of the situation and put out a great advert in the Metro. It’s always better to find humour in an awkward situation than to get your knickers in a tighter twist.

Yet, I can’t help thinking that had they started the games after the Opening Ceremony we may have been able to avoid the flag blunder. Just maybe? It simply doesn’t feel right to start the games before the official ceremony. I appreciate that the LOCOG have a lot on their plate, but they kind of did have four years to plan this.

Which brings me to today’s Olympics gaffe at Lord’s, which may not entirely be the fault of the LOCOG.  But perhaps the wording on the official archery event site could have been clearer and stated that it would be CLOSED to the public, instead of leaving room for confusion. And I’m sorry archery fans, but you ought to know better than to purchase tickets from an unofficial website.

That’s all for this week’s London 2012 blunders. I hope there won’t be many more to come! And with that, I’ll leave you on a lighter note with one last little gaffe involving Jeremy Hunt and an Olympic bell disco remix.  Enjoy!

The Utter Lunacy of Michael Gove

Rarely do I have much to say when it comes to politics, but the recent absurdities uttered by Michael Gove have nearly driven me mad!  I even Googled ‘Michael Gove head trauma’ or ‘Michael Gove recent accident’ to see if he may have bumped his head and lost his senses.  Apparently not.

It would appear that Gove has lost touch with reality (or perhaps never quite understood the real world at all).  Nevermind the fact that the country is in economic crisis, let’s spend money we haven’t got on a royal yacht to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee!

And lest we forget his harebrained idea to send a copy of the King James Bible to every school in the country.  As the Guardian recently reported, it would seem his absurd project has now ‘run into a spot of bother’.  Who would’ve guessed? It’s all quite simple, though.  If you haven’t got the money for something, don’t buy it.  Along the same lines, if you’ve got a stupid idea, don’t execute it.  Even I know this.

Although I have never been fond of the current government, I have up until now been able to tolerate their idiocy.  It seems they’ve really gotten the country into a hot mess.  More so than it was before.  And it’s even more worrisome that one of the top 10 most important people in the country often comes up with such crazy ideas yet there’s no one to stop him from implementing them.

Curious Creatures Down Under

Sydney is home to a number of wildlife sanctuaries and aquariums.  We decided to visit the Taronga Zoo and Sydney Aquarium:  Taronga Zoo is hands down one of the best zoos I’ve ever visited and would love to go again.  As for the aquarium, luckily we decided to get cheap tickets toward closing time, as we left rather unimpressed with what it had to offer.  That said, I did fall in love with a dugong, which made the experience more worthwhile.

Prior to our trip to Oz, I did a Google image search for wombats and was a bit put off by its seemingly half-bear-half-pig-like appearance.  But essentially, the furry little creatures look more like oversized hamsters in real life and are absolutely adorable!

And since Monkey liked them so much we decided to purchase a mini-wombat as a souvenir.

I was tempted to pay the extra AUD$25 to learn more about koalas and take a once-in-a-lifetime photo opportunity with one but decided against it.  Aside from being quite cuddly creatures the koalas didn’t seem to do much but sit around, which made photographing them quite easy.

The hubby’s favourite, echidnas (also known as the Spiny Anteater) were interesting to observe as they poked about random feeding holes.  I decided to do a Google search on them after we returned home and was horrified by what I found (proceed at your own risk and search echidna+YouTube).

Emu have quite funny faces and if memory serves me right, we saw this silly bird wandering around the Taronga Zoo Walkabout with the kangas and wallabies.

As you may have read in a previous post, I had quite the feast at a restaurant in Cairns and started to feel a bit guilty as I came into such close proximity of the kangaroos and wallabies.

I apologised to the kangas (who were too gamey for my taste anyway)…

And vowed to never eat another wallaby again (though they were quite tender and tasty, like a fine cut of beef).

Parents with young children quickly scurried past this exhibit and we didn’t even see the little Tasmanian devil (boo).  Although I appreciate the educational value of the exhibit, I found it a bit morbid to have at a zoo.