"The sharp knife of a short life

I've had just enough time..."

- "If I Die Young" The Band Perry

I see Beauty in many things. And like the ghosts that only speak to you if you notice them, they tell me wondrous tales. With my camera and my thoughts, I captured these as faithfully as I can to share with you. And by doing so, they gave me the reasons. And though the thousand reasons may not all be sweet and some indeed bitter; they are still reasons to live. Come to think about it, that is Life, isn't it?

Saturday, 3 August 2013

The Liebster Blog Award: 11 Answers for 11 Questions – Part I

I've had just enough time to...   receive an award for blogging!

It is not the Oscar but it will do, taken in Kuala Lumpur of a recycled statue

“A Thousand Reasons” was nominated for the Liebster Blog Award by Alena, a teacher of Belarusian language and literature who maintained an excellent blog “My Native Belarus” (please check it out). 

What is the Liebster Blog Award? “The Liebster Blog Award is given to up and coming bloggers who have less than 200 followers. “Liebster” is German for “favorite”. This award is the “favorite blog award” then. The rules for this one state that you answer the 11 questions asked of you by the Blogger who gave you this award.” 

Well, the Liebster Award is unfortunately not the Nobel Price or even Oscar of Blogging. (*smile*) If you are interested you can check out the Liebster Award’s origin in this very informative post of “Sopphey Says”. Still, it is nice to be recognized by a fellow blogger that your blog is one of her favourite. Thanks, Alena.

So in the spirit of things, I will answer these 11 questions in “A Thousand Reasons” traditional and unique way. An image and a former post (click the links) with explanations to answer each of the 11 questions. So here goes –

Living well in an imperfect world is my motto.

1. Your life motto?
I like what Mr. Spock does, lifts up one hand, divide his fingers and said “Live long and prosper” so I have a somewhat similar motto – “Live an interesting life”. If you can’t, then try to make it as interesting as you can wherever you are.

Why “The Beauty of Imperfection”?
Because it encompassed my principle of living an interesting life in an imperfect world. To take beauty where I find it, to look for it when it when it is not apparent to the casual eyes, and to know I will find it if I just look hard enough. To live instead of waiting only to find -

Alas, I realized too late –
I was only meant to live

Freedom is the ability to cross the road when you want to.

2. What do you mean the word "freedom"?
The first thing I learned in Economics is the differentiation between “Needs” and “Wants”. Needs are what is needed for survival. Wants are what we desire. To have true freedom, we must first be free of the essentials of need to survive. After that, freedom to me is the ability to do what I want without hurting others. And the freedom to not allow others to hurt me. Idealism such as freedom can only survive after the needs have been reasonably fulfilled.

Because the monkeys have the freedom to do as they pleased including crossing or not crossing the road. But even they have to conform to the rules of the tribe and abide by them – freedom within boundary is the only true form of freedom or we are wilder than the monkeys.

The Minions know more about wardrobe than I do.

3. Name 5 things in your wardrobe, without which you cannot live.
I swear this is a more difficult question than “freedom”! For a man that is. For there is nothing in the wardrobe I cannot NOT live with except maybe one. Like the Minions Sang “Underwear! Like the moon and the star above, without them, naked I swear – underwear!”

Why “Minions Rule the World”?
Because they answered the difficult question more eloquently with a song than I can with words -

It is a miracle I found this Buddha by the wood in Munich

4. Do you believe in miracles?
I am not really a religious man. More spiritual than religious if you must. I don’t know if I believe in miracles. But I do pray for miracles to occur – mostly, to help someone beyond help. I am not even sure which God I prayed to but I prayed to him to deliver. It does not make me a believer should the miracle comes true, I do not blame Him when it doesn’t. If that makes me human or hypocritical, you are right.

Why “Buddha By The Wood”?
Because, the last thing I would expect to find why wandering in an apartment block in Munich; is –

When I found Buddha on a walk
In a distant land
By a pile of cut wood
Sitting there, serenely 
Where he belongs

The century old rain tree that soothes my heart.

5. What kind of tree you associate yourself?
The rain tree for I’m most at peace under its spreading branches and million tiny leaves. Whether when the sun blinks at me through the tiny leaves or when rain drops dripped down to soak me, I always feel a closeness with the rain trees more than any other trees.

Why “Saving the Rain Trees of Taiping?”
Because in it I wrote –

The trees soothe my heart with a gift of memory
That may not last as long as the trees
Only as long as I live…

These are the answers to the first 5 questions. Come back for the next 6 answers :)


  1. davidseibold and ΞSSΞ®®Ξ added this photo to their favorites.

    1000 Reasons
    This image was taken in a shopping complex in Kuala Lumpur. The artist innovatively made use of discarded things to make this interesting sculpture. See if you can identify the ordinary stuff that is used to compose this statue :D

    Sunciti _ Sundaram's Images + Messages
    Interesting find and Recyling Is A Cure for the world's ills.


    henrhyde (gill)
    Grand image -- beautiful


  2. Onasill ~ New format for awhile
    Your create drama.... :-)

    ja, ja, muy curioso y creativo

    Patricia Speck
    I like it when I see extreme creativity like this.....The artist did a great job making this and
    you did a great job taking the photograph. It looks very dramatic.
    Sometimes it takes an experience like you had to Stop....Think......and Re-evaluate our lives and
    our reason for being here,.
    I know whom I believe in... The Divine Creator......and His Son., Jesus Christ.
    My faith in Him brings everything together. I am free to enjoy His glorious Creation
    in Nature, flowers, wildlife, .....people......just everything. Photography opens our eyes
    to how wonderfully each living thing is created....Macro shows us that even
    the tiniest insect is perfectly made. Each day a new discovery. .....Every day a new reason to
    live and rejoice.

    I like the artistic expression of this artist, great imagination and work!
    Happy Sunday my friend!

    excellent shot..........


  3. Geo_grafics
    Congratulations !!

    Congratulation for the meaningful award, I like your answers and still waiting for the other 6 answers , mean while I will try to figure out my answer for the freedom.

    oola *
    can't wait for the next six answers!!! am sooooo glad there is such an award... and more than glad that it is being given to YOU...you deserve it and more... !!!!!!!

    Congratulation for the award and for your clever answers!
    Great image.. powerful, simple and strong.

    Congratulations, beautifully composed, so lovely work!!


  4. 娜 娜☂Nana
    your imagination can be a powerful and creative tool for a life!!
    Happy Day! : )

    TarotWoman 2012
    I dont understand all the computer speak but Well Done ........this is a fabulous creation.

    Congratulations on the Liebster Award, thou, and your thoughtful creative answers to the first 5 questions, particularly the always perplexing question of freedom ... one we can only ever ask of ourselves for surely conditions of a life will determine the answer but I would start with 'lack of attachment' or as Kristofferson sings it 'freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose'

  5. Delicious answers! I went to read the second half.


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