๐ŸŒžThe Sunshine Blogger Award 4.0๐ŸŒž

Whoever is reading this post, thank you for taking time out of your day to connect with me! I hope you are all doing well. In case you missed my last post, you can read about my opinion about buying and selling locally here

screen-shot-2018-03-23-at-8-2116615623 (1)The Sunshine Blogger Award is per recognition award for bloggers who inspire readers by promoting positivity and bringing joy. Thank you, Snigdha Dekafrom The Soul Searcher, for nominating me back. Although it takes me a while to complete these awards, I still like to finish the ones that are awarded to me personally. 

I highly recommend that you follow The Soul Searcher if you haven’t done so already. She is very optimistic and aspires to accomplish amazing things in her life. For instance, she is currently working on obtaining her Ph.D. in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences while balancing life with leisurely hobbies to include poetry, reading, cooking, and baking to name a few! You go, girl! ๐Ÿ’

๐ŸŒžSunshine Blogger Award Rules๐ŸŒž

The Sunshine Blogger Award has rules (surprise, surprise!). These rules ensure the success of this award, providing exposure to all the award winners. The rules are quite simple and straightforward.

Rules for Award:

  • Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link back to their blog so others can find them.
  • Answer the 11 questions asked by the blogger who nominated you.
  • Nominate 11 other bloggers and ask them 11 new questions.
  • Notify the nominees about it by commenting on one of their blog posts. โ† I don’t leave comments on their blog posts anymore because it’s spammy. Instead, I tag them in this post so that they will receive a notification about the nomination. 
  • List the rules and display a Sunshine Blogger Award logo on your post and/or your blog site.

Questions I was asked:

1. What motivated you to start blogging and still inspires you to blog? I wanted to get away from Facebook and needed a safe place to vent to the world while making sense of my life through writing. A blog seemed like the most logical outlet for my needs. Also, I had previously used WordPress for a project at university, so I already knew how to use this platform when I started blogging. [copied answer from Sunshine Blogger Award 2.0]

2. Which is your favourite book and why? I like self-help books but I don’t really have a preference. The one book that I would recommend to anyone who wants to better themselves is, โ€œYou Are a Badass: How to Start Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Lifeโ€ by Jen Sincero. However, there are many books just like this one on the market.


Look familiar? I used the same image for Sunshine Blogger Award 2.0 

3. Which is that one song currently stuck in your head? The Peppa Pig Theme Song. Peppa Pig is my daughter’s favourite show so it’s usually playing on TV at my house.

4. Three things you would love to do on a rainy day? Yesterday was a rainy day. I started working on the Sunshine Blogger Award 4.0 rough draft because I had time. Later that day, my husband came home and we decided to make strawberry shortcake! Since he wanted to use the desktop computer, I was unable to complete the rough draft, hence why I am working on finishing the questions today. We still needed exercise and usually, we go for a walk outside. However, it was still raining, so we spent time at the mall yesterday evening. 


Delicious homemade strawberry shortcake in all of its glory.

5. What is the one food in the world that you cannot live without? Fruit! I love all kinds of fruit. If Fruitarianism was an option for me, I would totally be one. #30BAD


Look familiar? I used the same image for Sunshine Blogger Award 2.0

6. If you could travel somewhere right now, where would it be? Right now, I would like to travel to Singapore again and spend a couple of weeks in the tropics. I am tired of the cold, rainy weather in Canada.


Sentosa Island, Singapore | Summer 2018

7. Which do you like more – Dreams or Reality? I am a realist so I see things for how they are in the present moment. As much as I like dreams, dreams aren’t real until we make them real by turning our dreams into reality. At the end of the day, we should appreciate reality for what it is, regardless of what your reality happens to be. Here is the definition of a realist, according to Urban Dictionary:

Realists have a firm grip on reality and can see things for what they are, not what they are told they are. Realists have their own views and do not fall victim to propaganda, misconception, or titles!

1. There is the Pessimist who believes the glass is half empty!

2. There is the Optimist who believes the glass is half full!

3. Then there is the Realist who knows it is just half a fucking glass!

8. Love in one word? Unconditional โค๏ธ

9. What do you do to make yourself feel better when you are having a bad day? Usually, I make myself a mug of chai or orange pekoe tea and watch reruns of the Big Bang Theory.

10. Which is your most embarrassing childhood memory? I feel uncomfortable sharing this story on the internet. It has to do with Aunt Flo and a lack of female sanitary products while stuck in Quebec on a school trip. Nuff said. Period. [copied answer from Sunshine Blogger Award 3.0]

11. Three ways you would want to bring more happiness and peace to this world?


๐ŸŒžSunshine Blogger Award Nominees๐ŸŒž












Questions for the nominees:

1. Why did you decide to start a blog?
2. What year did you publish your first blog post?
3. What is your favorite blog post youโ€™ve written and why?
4. Do you own a pet? If so, what kind?
5. Do you have any routines before you write a blog post?
6. What motivates you to write? Where do you find inspiration?
7. What is your favorite social media platform and why?
8. Are you a coffee or tea drinker?
9. What is the most valuable thing youโ€™ve learned from blogging?
10. Are you satisfied with your blogโ€™s progress so far?
11. What do you fear the most?

And….GO!! There is no pressure to respond to this nomination, as I know you have very busy lives outside of the blogging world. I look forward to reading your answers if you do decide to participate in the Sunshine Blogger Award. I am curious to know what your answers are! BTW, I am reusing the same questions I asked last time because I havenโ€™t previously nominated these bloggers.

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39 thoughts on “๐ŸŒžThe Sunshine Blogger Award 4.0๐ŸŒž

    • Hilary Tan says:

      Thank you so much, Steve! I appreciate your kind words and that you take time out of your day to read my blog posts. If more awards come my way (I only do the ones Iโ€™m tagged in), I will complete them and release them back into the blogging world ๐Ÿ˜Œ Enjoy your weekend! ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ’•

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      • stevescountry says:

        You’re welcome Hilary, always like to stop by, even though I might miss some, finding it hard to keep up lately, summers are a bit busier than my winters! Thanks, great weekend although getting thunderstorms all afternoon, that has cooled things off a bit. Enjoy your evening!๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜ธ

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      • Hilary Tan says:

        I can understand and I also miss updates. I think itโ€™s great that youโ€™re busy and have places to be… thatโ€™s a good thing! Nobody wants to be behind a computer or cell phone screen all day. ๐Ÿ˜” We were waiting for a thunderstorm this afternoon but didnโ€™t get one. Lots of ominous looking rain clouds though. Itโ€™s too cold for me to be on my balcony today so Iโ€™m hoping for some warmer weather soon. Take care, Steve ๐Ÿ˜Š๐ŸŒผ

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      • stevescountry says:

        Yes, I notice it has been cold out your way, here we have been up in the 30s, yesterday was 33, very nice for me! ๐ŸŒžThese thunderstorms though have cooled things off quite a bit. Nice to be busy for sure, but gets me behind on blogging though!๐Ÿ˜‚ Enjoy!๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜บ

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      • Hilary Tan says:

        13 degrees, cloudy and raining in Calgary today ๐ŸŒง Iโ€™d trade with you for warmer weather. 30 is bit too hot for me but somewhere in between our two โ€œextremesโ€ would be nice. Oh, Canada. ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿคฆโ€โ™€๏ธ

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      • stevescountry says:

        That is cool, even at night it has been warmer than that! I can handle the warmer temps outside, but inside is a different story. My apartment gets up to 30 to 35 and even hotter sometimes and that is too much. I don’t know why it is different. Guess i should get an air conditioner, but we get so few really hot days, it doesn’t seem worthwhile. Have a great Sunday!๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜บ

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    • Hilary Tan says:

      What made you decide to move to Singapore? My husband asks what country you lived in prior to moving there. His parents immigrated to Canada from Singapore ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฌ

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      • popsiclesociety says:

        We were living in Italy before coming to Singapore…Singapore because is always summer, it is safe, green, and official language is English…it is a good place to stay if you work in Asia…but I must say Hong Kong, Shanghai are coming quite strong for foreigners nowadays ๐Ÿ˜Š

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      • Hilary Tan says:

        Italy sounds very nice too. I havenโ€™t been to Italy but heard good things. ๐Ÿ™‚Singapore is a lovely, clean, friendly country. I donโ€™t think I could live there 24/7 due to the warm climate. When we were there last August, it was super hot which I wasnโ€™t used to. At the same time, Iโ€™m kinda tired of Canada and the cold temperature here. Today it was 13 degrees Celsius, cold and rainy…. and itโ€™s June.

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  1. ilona madam says:

    Good afternoon, well it is good idea, i have no social media just blog, well still have instagram but its empty, peppa pig, i remember when use to baby sit my aunt kids and they were keep asking to put it on๐Ÿ˜i haven’t heard about the book, but sounds interesting, cake looks tasty, but i saw you got pineapple i preferโค๏ธ, but on the rainy home made cake sounds like idea, have a great evening, good to know more about you๐Ÿค—

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      • Hilary Tan says:

        We cheated and used a boxed cake mix because it would cost us more to make the cake from scratch. The box cake is pretty easy to make. We used a kitchen aid mixer to make the batter even and fluffy. We also used the kitchen aid mixer to make the whipped cream using fresh whipping cream. I think this is the second time now that Iโ€™ve actually used the kitchen aid for baking. ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคฃ

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  2. ashok says:

    Congratulations Hilary. I do hope you are able to go to Singapore soon ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿป
    Good to meet another fruitarian ๐Ÿค—
    You may like to read my post : Am a Happy Fruitarian ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿฅญ

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