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Have You Voted Yet?

Hey, folks, you only have less than a week left to cast your vote for the Bloggie winners, so get your votes in today! Those of you who have voted for me without me having to harrass you, I can’t thank you enough. You are the bestest :)

Anyway, my Bloggie votes are more personal in nature than anything, and I’ve decided not to place a vote in categories with weblogs I’ve never read. If you’re interested in knowing whom I voted for, read on. If not, just ignore this post.

These are the weblogs I voted for and the reason I voted for them:

Best meme: Friday Five.
Reason: It gives Troy something to blog about and I get all excited when he updates. Enough said.

Best article or essay about weblogs: Pass.
Reason: Don’t like any of ‘em. I like funny articles/essays. None of them is funny to me.

Best weblog directory or update monitor: Blogdex.
Reason: It’s neither a weblog directory, nor an update monitor, but I like Blogdex, so Blogdex it is.

Best web application for weblogs: Movable Type.
Reason: Do you really need a reason?

Best Australian or New Zealand weblog: Loobylu.
Reason: I’ve always liked Claire’s drawing, and Claire is a lovely person.

Best Asian weblog: Antipixel.
Reason: It’s about the only weblog in this category that I read, even if only on very rare occasions.

Best African or Middle Eastern weblog: Pass.
Reason: Don’t read any of them.

Best European weblog: Ben Hammersley’s Dangerous Precedent.
Reason: I had to decide between Ben’s and Textism and Ben’s won because Ben is European.

Best British or Irish weblog:
Reason: Tom is like my favourite British gay guy. I used to have a crush on him. Once upon a time, I was even in his weblog’s sidebar.

Best Latin American weblog: Pass.
Reason: Don’t read any of them.

Best Canadian weblog: Mezzoblue.
Reason: Anyone who can come up with such a cool project as the CSS Zen Garden is worth my vote. Plus, Dave Shea is cute ;)

Best American weblog: Dooce.
Reason: I used to read her and Heather was funny. My vote went to Dooce for old time’s sake.

Best tagline of a weblog: Pass.
Reason: This category is just plain silly.

Best photography of a weblog: Ten Years of My Life.
Reason: It’s got concept. Yes it is. And I like things with concept.

Best non-weblog content of a weblog site: Pass.
Reason: Don’t read any of them, except for my own, and I’m not going to vote for myself, so there.

Best programming of a weblog site:
Reason: It’s the only nominee with a roll-your-own weblogging system. Plus, the header images are wicked cool!

Best weblog about music: Pass.
Reason: Don’t read any of them. I listen to Moby’s music but it’s not a good enough reason to vote for him.

Best weblog about politics: This Modern World.
Reason: It’s the only nominee with entries that sort of make sense to me.

Best web development weblog: The Daily Report.
Reason: It’s always interesting, never boring. Found the best links on web design there.

Best computers or technology weblog: Pass.
Reason: Don’t read any of them.

Best topical weblog: Pass.
Reason: Don’t read any of them.

Best GLBT weblog: Little Yellow Different.
Reason: Ernie is funny and he makes being Asian sound so cool; cooler than it really is.

Most humorous weblog: Margaret Cho.
Reason: Many times I found Margaret say things I wanted to say but couldn’t find the words for.

Best group weblog: Pass.
Reason: Don’t read any of them.

Best community weblog: MetaFilter.
Reason: It’s the only one where I’m a member. Good enough reason, no?

Best-designed weblog: SixFoot6.
Reason: I don’t read any of them but I know a good design when I see one.

Best-kept-secret weblog: Pass.
Reason: Don’t read any of them.

Best new weblog: Pass.
Reason: Don’t read any of them.

Lifetime achievement: Heather Champ.
Reason: I always liked the late Harrumph!, and the Mirror Project is simply one of the coolest web projects in existence. It gives a new meaning to narcissism.

Weblog of the year: Pass.
Reason: Don’t read any of them, except for my own, and I’m not going to vote for myself, so there. (Yay for copy-and-paste!)

Now go cast your vote, and make sure you vote for me in the two categories I’m nominated for because a vote for me is a vote for my happiness and you all want me to be happy, right? Right? Right. How’s that for shameless self-promotion? ;)

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Interblogulary Bloggie™ Nominees

Good news! Unlike the last three years, Weblog Wannabe is not among the nominees for the Best Asian Weblog in this year’s Bloggies! Let’s all rejoice! Instead, this wee blog is a candidate for the Best Non-Weblog Content of a Weblog Site AND the Weblog of the Year title (that’s for best weblog overall)! Yes, I know what you’re thinking. It’s unbelievable. Wow. What a lovely surprise.

I don’t think I stand a chance to win either category, but muchas thanks and gratitudes go to all my lovely readers, for the nominations and votes and support and all the warms and fuzzies. You make me feel much loved :) Still, if I could win the Weblog of the Year category, that would be way cool because then I would have a reason to save up and go to Texas next year with two free registrations to SXSW Interactive in hand, so vote me, vote me, vote me!!! Hehe.

On a somewhat unrelated note, I made my very first interblogulary (adj.: international and between webloggers) phone call today. I don’t think the other party was as thrilled as me about the call, but still, it kept me grinning all day *grins* I say the stupidest things on the phone. I’m sorry :)

To sum it all up, today’s turned out to be a better day than I’d expected. Let’s say yay for good days! YAY!!! And once more with feelings! YAY!!!!!

Thank you and have a good great Monday.


This Saturday

I went to bed at 3 AM after working non-stop since 6 PM on Friday, and at 6 AM my brother already woke me up because we were leaving soon to the cemetery to visit our mummy’s grave. We haven’t been there for nearly two months and I was really missing her. For some odd reasons, visiting her grave makes me miss her a tiny bit less.

At the cemetery, there was a signpost with the rules and regulations of the cemetery written on it. The last point really amused me. It says that the cemetery is only intended for skeletons and dead bodies, not for living human beings. I thought it was funny. I’m sure mum would’ve found it funny, too. It was probably her who made me look towards that direction because I’d never noticed that signpost before. She and I had similar sense of humour.

On my mother’s grave, there was a plant and it was blooming with a lot of purple flowers. None of us knew what the plant was called. My mother was a self-taught botanist. I’m sure she would know what the plant was called. So I simply told the others, “Don’t worry. She knows.”

Then we went to an aunt’s place and our aunt fed us, the hungry, motherless kids, well and we got to get some stuff off our chest about the whole depressing home situation. Good stuff. It doesn’t and won’t solve the problem, but just sharing it helps a great deal. We are all stressed out about it. Losing a mother is not easy at all.

When I got home, there was a package from for me. In the package was a book, “A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius” by Dave Eggers, courtesy Greg (thank you!). It was the first book anyone ever bought me off of my Amazon wishlist. It really made my day.

Today is indeed the best Saturday I’ve had in a very, very long time.


Happy New Year

It is the new year already for us futurists a.k.a. the southern hemisphereans. I was crying when I entered the year 2003 because I just knew bad things were going to happen to me, and I was right. I actually feel happyish this time of year, though. I really hope that it means good things are going to happen to me this year. I’m not too optimistic about it, but you’ll never know.

Anyway, here’s the first thing I ate this year:

Dadar Gulung

It’s called Kue Dadar. The only Kue Dadar recipe I could find is rather poorly written. When they say desiccated coconut, it should be just plain, grated coconut, really. It’s basically just a pancake with a filling made of grated coconut mixed with palm sugar. It’s really yummy, and you just have to take my words for it.

Wanna know my goals for 2004?

I won’t call them resolutions. I don’t make new year’s resolutions. I call them goals. Goals are made to be achieved but sometimes you fail to achieve it and it’s okay because such is life. Anyway, here’s my goals:

  1. to get Book of Styles up and running;
  2. to get my tiny, little template shop/business site up and running;
  3. to celebrate my birthday anywhere but here and far, far away from my dad because I don’t think I could take any more “you’ve been bad” birthday lecture from him (he ruined my birthday that way every year);
  4. to make enough money to buy a nice digital camera so I could stop torturing you with crappy pictures taken with my cheap webcam.

Um, I think that’s all. And please, stop whining to me about Book of Styles because it really, really, really annoys me. I’ll get it up when it’s ready, ‘kay? ‘Kay.

Now let’s start the ride into the new year and let’s hope the road will be less bumpy than it was last year!