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Mystery Blogger Award – 2nd & 3rd

This is my second and third “The Mystery Blogger Award” simultaneously nominated by two wonderful blogger friends.

First of all I want to thank all my followers and the blogger friends who support me all the time for my blog to grow. Your “likes” and comments keep coming and I have no time to doubt whether I post anything interesting or significant. So I want to say “THANK YOU VERY MUCH! All my friends.”


The award was created by Okoto Enigma@

“Mystery Blogger Award” is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging; and they do it with so much love and passion. Okoto Enigma 

Now I want to express my sincere appreciation to Arlene at; and Jenny at They both simultaneously nominated me for “The Mystery Blogger Award”.  Please visit Arlene’s blog that is about fashion, beauty and travel; and Jenny’s blog which is full of her enthusiasm about family and life and her love in photography.

Rules for the nominees:

  • Display the award logo/image on your blog
  • List the rules.
  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to the nominator’s blog.
  • Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well
  • Tell your readers 3 things about yourself
  • Answer 5 questions from the nominator
  • Nominate 10 bloggers
  • Notify your nominees by leaving the nomination post link in the “comment” of their blog
  • Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice, with one weird or funny question (specify)
  • Share your link to your best post(s)

Three things about me:

  1. I have one bachelor degree; three masters’ degrees – religious education, educational administration, and counseling; and one doctorate degree in educational leadership.
  2. I am a cancer survivor.
  3. I am a lifelong learning student. I am still taking classes for the retired and semiretired.

I will answer 3 questions from each nominator.

Questions from Arlene:

  1. What is your greatest fear? Brief explanation.

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge”. Proverb 1:7. Therefore I could say that my greatest fear is the fear of the Lord. The application is that I don’t claim any credit of what I have or what I do. God can take anything away anytime as He wishes.

      2. Share a picture of your most unforgettable trip/vacation.

Our Spain trip in August this year to celebrate our 20th anniversary!

    3. What is your funniest dating experience?

We went to Disneyland one day and stayed until night time. There was a water light show that night. Crowds were standing ahead of schedule to secure their best spots. When we got there, my boyfriend then, was able to see because he is 6’4” and I’m 5’2.” So eventually he carried me on his shoulder to watch the entire show.

Questions from Jenny:

  1. What makes you smile? Why?

Anything beautiful, positive, act of kindness, gentle care, loving, and other people’s smile make me smile.

    2. If you received enough money to never need to work again, what would you spend your time doing?

We both are retired. We have been frugal most of our years. So we spend time on exercising together. I sing in the choirs, do gardening, and take classes at OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute) held at California State University at Fullerton, CA. In fact, I was the Cover Photo girl for next semester’s catalogue.


  3. Do you push the elevator button more than once? Do you really believe it makes the elevator faster? Why?

I don’t push the elevator button more than once. It doesn’t make it go faster.

My 5 Questions to the nominees:

  1. Have you done any baking from scratch? What did you make?
  2. Do you have any hobbies? Please name some.
  3. What are your favorite animals? Are they your pets?
  4. What is the furthest country you have traveled? Which country?
  5. Have you slipped and fell in front of people? How did you feel?

Here are my nomination of these wonderful Blogs:







Lady Lee Manila

Cook and Enjoy


Sunder Shana

Please feel free to accept or decline the nomination. If you do accept, I would like to receive your post. Have fun!

The links to my favorite posts:

Weekly Photo Challenge: New Horizon

Birthday Blessings

Mt. St. Helens


Arlene’s Nomination Link

Jenny’s Nomination Link


Inspirational Mammal

I was so thrilled that Simple Joys nominated me for the Animal Series, the image came to my mind right away was the caring humpback mom. So I answered the nomination with warm feeling in my heart. Simple Joys at has a joyous blog; her tag line is the 4 Ls, Let Go, Love, Laugh, Live. She is always so positive. Please do visit her blog.

The Rules Are:
1. Thank the person who nominated you
2. Pick an animal and explain why they are a source of inspiration to you, and how their character can be used to motivate.
3. Nominate at least 3 other bloggers, to share the positivity!

Here is the mammal that inspires me:

The humpback whales inspire and motivate me by their intelligence, interaction, cooperation, endurance and caring for the young.

Humpback whales typically migrate up to 25,000 km (16,000 mi) each year. They feed only in summer, in polar waters.


They are feeding on tiny shrimp-like krill, plankton, and small fish. Its most inventive technique is known as bubble net feeding; a group of whales swim in a shrinking circle blowing bubbles below a school of prey. The shrinking ring of bubbles encircles the school and confines it in an ever-smaller cylinder. The whales then suddenly swim upward through the “net”, mouths agape, swallowing thousands of fish in one gulp.

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Humpbacks migrate to tropical or subtropical waters closer to the Equator to breed and give birth in the winter when they fast and live off their fat reserves.

The migration is a long journey. Humpbacks are powerful swimmers, and they use their massive tail fin, called a fluke, to propel themselves through the water and sometimes completely out of it.

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These whales, like others, regularly ‘breach’. This is when the whales leap from the water before landing with a tremendous splash. Scientists aren’t sure if this breaching behavior serves some purpose, such as cleaning pests from the whale’s skin, or whether whales simply do it for fun!

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Humpback whales are known for their magical songs, which travel for great distances through the world’s oceans. These sequences of moans, howls, cries, and other noises are quite complex and often continue for hours. Scientists are studying these sounds to decipher their meaning. It is most likely that humpbacks sing to communicate with others and to attract potential mates.

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When female humpbacks give birth to the calves, the mothers and their young swim close together, often touching one another with their flippers with what appear to be gestures of affection. The mothers also lift up the calves to the surface so they can breathe. Females nurse their calves for almost a year, though it takes far longer than that for a humpback whale to reach full adulthood. Calves do not stop growing until they are ten years old.

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Here are the nominees:

The “Now” Lover, Monika Braun at

Animal Lovers and Rescuers, Whippet Wisdom at

Animal and Nature Lover, Pete Hillman at


Nomination Link


Featured Blogger for CWW Photo Challenge

I’m so excited to be selected as Featured Blogger of Cee’s Which Way Photo Challenge for my November 23, 2016 entry. Thank you CWW challenge, and thank you, my blogger friends for almost 100 “likes.” I love all the encouragement and support you have given me! Much love!! Miriam



Featured Blogger entry, November 23, 2016: Narrow Streets in Toledo Spain