🌞Sunshine Blogger Award 7.0🌞

Whoever is reading this post, thank you for taking time out of your busy day to connect with me! I’m currently out of creative ideas so one of the best ways to kick-start my writing is to work on these Sunshine Blogger Awards. There always seem to be an abundance of them in my drafts because I am slow getting around to completing them. In case you missed my last post, here is a link to my similar yet different blog post titled 🌞Sunshine Blogger Award 6.0🌞

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The Sunshine Blogger Award is per recognition award for bloggers who inspire readers by promoting positivity and bringing joy. Thank you, Geneva, for nominating me for the award on August 14, 2019. Geneva runs a parenting blog called cerratomom.com, where she writes about “all things relating to baby, mom, and parenting” from personal experiences.

If these topics interest you, I highly suggest that you check out Geneva’s blog. My first impression of Geneva is that she cares about her readers. She goes out of her way to give encouragement and support to those who seek it. That being said, from a parenting perspective, she has a lot of advice and wisdom focused around dealing with anxiety and depression. 

🌞Sunshine Blogger Award Rules🌞

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.
  • List the rules and display a Sunshine Blogger Award logo on your post and/or your blog site.

Questions I was asked:

1. What is your favorite kind of weather? Sunny with a chance of rain 🌦️

2. Would you rather read or write? Both! I need to read in order to improve my writing and communication skills.

3. When it comes to food, do you prefer salty or sweet? Honestly, I wouldn’t be surprised if I was born with a rattle in one hand and a lollipop in the other. This girl has a terrible sweet tooth and still struggles with a sugar addiction to this day. 🍭🍭

4. Have you ever been to Disneyland? Nope.

5. What made you want to start a blog? Mostly boredom and the need to vent about things that were bothering me. Even though my blog is available for anyone to read, I feel like I am not annoying people with my venting and ranting, unlike other social media platforms which feel a bit too pushy and invasive. I appreciate each and every one of you who read my content and leave comments. The fact that you actually want to read my blog means so much to me! ❤

6. Which country would you love to visit? I previously answered this question in 🌞The Sunshine Blogger Award🌞 and to cut to the chase, I would love to visit Japan. I was fortunate to visit Asia in summer 2018 where I spent two weeks in Singapore.


Luckily, Canada carries Japanese goodies. Image: Ramune soda fizzy candy, pretty origami paper, and a Miku Hatsune key chain.


Featured here is my Miku Hatsune mug ◡‿◡✿

7. If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why? I wish I could teleport into fictional worlds, such as books or movies. Admit it! At one point, you probably wished you lived in a fictional world too. Day to day life is often too boring and repetitive for me, and and many people rely on escapism for a breath of fresh air. Being able to physically teleport into fictional worlds would be like escapism on steroids, and a step up from virtual reality. 😅

Escapism – the tendency to seek distraction and relief from unpleasant realities, especially by seeking entertainment or engaging in fantasy.

8. Who is your favorite fictional character? I recently had this discussion with Ilona from https://ciccophoto.com, and I told her that my favorite fictional character is Miku Hatsune, a voice bank from the Japanese synthesizing software known as VOCALOID. Even though the software has expanded over the years to include dozens of characters and their corresponding voice banks, Miku will always be my favourite! 

If you’re curious to know what she sounds like, here is a peaceful/sad songs playlist with hundreds of songs to keep you entertained for hours. You’re welcome. ◡‿◡✿

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9. What is your favourite show to watch? I prefer watching documentaries related to health and wellness. The majority of the documentaries that I watch happen to be British, which I usually stream on YouTube. I do not watch a lot of TV so I couldn’t tell you what the latest TV shows are on Netflix. Any TV shows that I watch on a regular basis are shows that Nick introduced me to, such as Big Bang Theory and Young Sheldon.

10. What are you afraid of? I have Globophobia, which is the fear of balloons, especially the anticipation that they will pop. Surprisingly, this fear is not as unusual as you might think. A psychology professor who taught at my previous university has a fear of balloons, as well as my mom’s friend. According to Wikipedia, here is the definition of balloon phobia:

Balloon phobia or globophobia is a fear of balloons. The source of fear may be the sound of balloons popping. Generally, globophobics will refuse to touch, feel, or go near a balloon for fear it will pop.


The phobia has control over you, which is anxiety-provoking at social events. Image sourced from https://pixabay.com

11. What is something you want people to know about you? I don’t have my life together, despite what people think. People assume that I have an easy life and that I get everything I want, but life is not all sunshine and rainbows. As someone who has always struggled with anxiety, depression, and loneliness, I’m slowly coming to terms with my demons.














1. What year did you start blogging?
2. What is the most valuable thing you’ve learned from blogging?
3. What time of day do you blog most often?
4. Are you a morning lark or a night owl?
5. What is the first thing you do after waking up?
6. Is breakfast the most important meal of the day? Why or why not?
7. What is your favorite social media platform and why?
8. Do you drive a car?
9. What does luxury mean to you?
10. Who is your role model?
11. What is your job/career/profession?

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 haven’t previously nominated these bloggers.

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40 thoughts on “🌞Sunshine Blogger Award 7.0🌞

    • Hilary Tan says:

      I’m happy that you saw the nomination! 😀 I pre-scheduled this blog post in advance so I haven’t notified the other nominees yet.

      Surprisingly, I can handle the large, fancy helium balloons, and used to have them at my birthday parities growing up. It’s the normal round ones I can’t handle. 🎈🎈😬


  1. ashleyleia says:

    I always love a good rant!

    Thanks so much for the nomination! I’m a sufficient morning lark that I’m up hours before the birds, and probably a few hours before the night owls go to bed. 😉

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    • Hilary Tan says:

      I’m happy that you saw the nomination, Ashley. 🙂 Tbh I was still asleep when this blog post was published this morning.

      I wish I could become more of a morning lark because I feel like I could accomplish so much more in a day. Thanks for reading and commenting! 😊💕

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  2. popsiclesociety says:

    Congratulations dear Hilary! Yes, being able to physically tele-transport us in fantasy is not bad at all 😊😉 sometimes we do need an escape…currently my escape is the sea and the books 😊
    Fear of balloons 🎈…not common but very interesting…I have fear of them popping too but don’t think is a phobia for now 🤪
    Have a great evening Hilary!

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    • Hilary Tan says:

      If you can tolerate balloons at a party (kids parties are the worst) and you don’t have an instinctive urge to cover your ears and run away, then you’re probably safe. 😅 Having this fear makes it difficult to enjoy anything involving balloons. I’m so fixated on the balloon in the room that I can’t focus on anything else.

      Thanks for your support, Ribana. I get excited whenever I see that you’ve left a comment. 😀🤗 Books are a great way to relax and calm the mind. I feel like my generation doesn’t read enough books, which is sad to think about. These days, everyone is glued to their phones and laptops. 👩‍💻

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      • popsiclesociety says:

        Then I think I’m safe for now 🎈😉
        Is always a pleasure dear Hilary to be here! Yes, unfortunately new generations are all too concentrated on their phones and laptops…I saw a movie sometimes back, where they’ve burned all the book and new generations even did not know how a real book looks like…🥺 hope we’ll not reach that stage 😟
        Wish you a great evening dear Hilary!

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      • Hilary Tan says:

        Wow! I wonder what movie that was because I’m interested in watching it. I definitely wouldn’t want to teleport into that fantasy though. 😓 What a scary world it would if books became outdated. 😱

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  3. stevescountry says:

    Congratulations Hilary!! Sorry it took so long to get over here, your answers were great too! Never known anyone with such a fear of balloons. I had an aunt that had a terrible fear of feathers, she would run screaming if she saw one. Mine is spiders, terrible things. Hope you have a great day Hilary!😁😸🌞

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    • Hilary Tan says:

      Spiders are not pleasant, which is why I couldn’t live in Australia where there have big creepy crawlies. Fear of balloons is unfortunately very real in my world. I think my fear escalated when I was really young, after a fat girl I was friends with at the time sat on a party balloon and made the biggest balloon explosion I’ve ever heard. That balloon was supposed to be “pop-proof” according to the package, so now I have trust issues with balloons and people. 👎

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      • stevescountry says:

        Fears that start when we are kids are hard to shake. Like my fear of spiders and dogs. Now I don’t mind normal spiders so much, unless it’s crawling on me, but when they get 10 cm across like they do here then that sends my fear factor through the roof, and me along with it!😂🙄I was attacked by a German Shepherd when I was 4, knocked me down and put his mouth around my head. Terrified me and that fear took a long time to overcome. Even small dogs scared me. But one very friendly monster of a dog helped me overcome that fear.
        Do other sudden loud noises bother you as well? Just curious.🤔

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    • Hilary Tan says:

      @Buddy71 That’s a good way to look at it. Sometimes I feel like people are much further ahead at accomplishing their life goals. But for the most part, that’s just surface stuff I see. 😏

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  4. Hunida says:

    Aw thanks so much for nominating me, Hilary! I cannot wait to answer all of your questions. 😊 Being able to teleport into fictional worlds would be such an awesome superpower!

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