Shabby Blogs Link Party: Ten Random Things About Me.



I’m a big fan of Shabby Blogs.  As you can see I use a lot of their buttons on my blog.  I love their designs and the best bit is that they are free! =)  Yes, I’m such a cheapo.  In this case, that old adage is true – The best things in life are indeed cheap.  You just have to search for it.

So when I read that Shabby Blogs is hosting a link party, I knew I wanted to join.  So here I am typing as fast as I can so I can get this done in no time.  (Need to take T to play-group later).

Here are the rules:

1. Keep it family-friendly y’all.
2. Please only link to your blog if you are actually posting about the top ten list topic we are giving you. We are sure your dog is adorable and your homemade curtains turned out awesome, but this link party is for those participating in our top ten list challenges only.
3. If you join our link party, please include the image below in your post.


1.  I’m not a morning person.  So even though my daughter is now 2, I still struggle to wake up.  She nudges me awake with an “I want my breakfast Mom”.  First said really sweetly, almost a whisper.  And when that doesn’t work, my daughter results to raising her voice and saying, “Mom, get off the bed now!”.  Yes, I’m shameless.  I have to remind myself and her sometimes, that I’m the mother and she’s the daughter.

2.  When I was working in the city, I used to dream about living in the country.  In fact, my best friend and I used to moan about it a lot, in between coffee breaks and lunch breaks.  Now that I’m living in the country, I miss the city and I whinge a lot to my husband about it.

3.  When I was a toddler, I spoke my own language and only my older brother could understand me.  He was my interpreter for the first few years of my life.  I have a feeling it was because at an early age, we were taught English, Tagalog (our language in the Phil) and a local dialect which our yaya (nanny) used to speak to us.  My older brother (who was really just 11 months older than me) seemed to have managed.  But then again, he was a genius at an early age, was accelerated twice in school.

4.  I was just talking about this with my sister-in-law, I used to be such a coffee-drinker.  But of course, gave up coffee once I was pregnant with T.  I never really went back to being the heavy coffee drinker that I was.  Now I’m more of a tea-drinker, I blame the English husband of course.

5.  I’ve lived here in England for a number of years now, but I still feel cold all the time!  Then again, my mother-in-law is the same too and she’s British.  I blame the English weather.

6.  When drinking alcohol (even if it’s just a small quantity), I turn red on the face – same with other members in my family.  If you didn’t know us, you’d think that we’ve actually consumed a number of bottles already!

7.  I’m very close to my family.  Growing-up I never felt the urge to make a lot of friends because my siblings and cousins are my friends.  That hasn’t changed even though we live thousands of miles away from each other.  My two-year-old daughter is my current best friend.  We go out on girl-friend dates to the park and have silly rows with each other (see number 1).

 8.  I don’t get the chance to watch TV much but when I do I watch property shows!  I love them.  My favourites are “Escape to the Country” and “Location, Location, Location“.   These shows allows me peek inside lovely houses.  I especially love Victorian and Georgian houses.  They are such a novelty to me.

9.  I love KFC.  I can eat chicken everyday, or maybe not.  The nearest KFC is about a 45 minute drive from where we live.  The good news is that I’ve found an excellent recipe that sometimes even tastes better than KFC.  So I’m saved.

10. I’m online most of the time (when I can).  I really ought to unplug once in awhile, especially since my eyes are acting up again or maybe, I should just get my eyes tested?

That’s it!  Click here if you want to join in the fun.


  1. Stopping over from the linky party. I am totally with you with #1. I have worked nights my adult life and was a night owl for as long as I could remember before that. So, I struggled getting up and doing my mommy thing in the mornings. It is so cool that you are that close to your family. I wish I was with mine.

    • Same here. I was used to working at night (still do actually) and my daughter has yet to sleep through the night. So most nights I sleep-walk between her room and ours – until she finally joins us on our bed. Hence, the I-refuse-to-get-up-early-mode, until her nagging gets too much =p. Haha. Thanks so much for dropping by! All the best, D.

    • You’re joking! You didn’t know that your husband is a weirdo? Hahaha. Yes, ask him or mom. He was accelerated twice in Ateneo. But I think mom refused to move him up ata. She didn’t want him to be younger than his classmates or she didn’t want him to get any weirder than he was already. Bwahahaha =p

  2. Angela

    Stopping by to say hi via the linky party! Your own language? You sound like my sister, who is 13 months younger than I. I sound like your older brother! I interpreted for Kristin, my sister, as well! So bizarre that we had similar situations as children! I’d love for you to stop by sometime and say hi!

    Angela’s Favorite Things

    • Hi Angela! Thanks for dropping by. Are you a weirdo too like my older brother? =) Just kidding. Will certainly drop by you blog too once I get my little daughter to sleep. All the best, Dean.

  3. Hi there, visiting via the linky party. OOooh, you live in the English countryside? Drool! That sounds like perfection! Cold perfection, but still, so pretty!

    • Hi Janelle, thanks for dropping by! Yes, the English countryside is beautiful. However, the English weather is … an altogether different story =p. All the best, Dean.

    • Thanks! Although I’m not sure my parents thought that – they were probably worried about me. But I guess I turned out alright after all =).

  4. I so enjoyed my trips to England and reminisce frequently – loved the countryside and the cool weather. Quite a contrast to the hot summers here in Arkansas, USA. IN fact, it is cloudy and drizzly now – cup of tea would be great to share.

    • Hi Thalia, thanks for dropping by! Yes, the English countryside is lovely, especially when the sun is out. I’m from a tropical country, like you said, quite the contrast from the kind of weather I’m used to. I still prefer hot summers though compared to drizzly-rainy-foggy-misty-summers. After all, heat is supposed to be what summer is all about. All the best, Dean.

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