Blogging Awards And Appreciation (1)

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Creative Blogger Award

Creative Blogger Award

Lovely blog award

Lovely Blog award

It’s been almost 4 & 1/2 months of blogging and I have to say it is one of the best things in life that I have achieved, way more than what I could have ever dreamed of. It’s such a thrill and a joy to take pictures and blog everyday. On top of that, it has been a real wonder and an amazement to meet so many lovely people all over the world. Friends, you have made my life richer, more meaningful and more exciting.

I really want to use this blog post to thank lots and lots of people, including you. I want to thank and appreciate everyone very much for:

  1. Visiting my blog whether to check out or just to drool over the pictures…..hehe
  2. Trying out my recipes whether for home or for business
  3. Leaving comments to compliment me or share with me your cooking journey, your favourite food, your style of cooking, your advice and suggestions etc.
  4. Keeping in touch with me through emails, FaceBook, Twitter and FoodBuzz or even phone calls to support me, encourage me and being my friend.
  5. Giving me the opportunity to be guest blogger which is such an honour
  6. Giving me the honour to review report which is again another honour
  7. Voting for me on FoodBuzz. To date, I have been voted 9 times into the Top 9 of FoodBuzz, namely for:
    Dry Noodles With Char Siu Chicken And Vegetables
    Healthy, Humble, Sweet Potatoes
    Keep Smiling Sesame Balls
    Carrot, Apple And Beet Juice For Health
    Hand-pulled Noodles And Char Siu Chicken Soup
    Making Hand-pulled Noodles
    Tofu Mixed Vegetables Dish
    Teriyaki Salmon
    Tiger Prawns In Butter Sauce
  8. Giving me lovely blogging awards.
    These lovely awards, shown on my side bar, were given to me by some of the best food bloggers on the net, named below. I really appreciate them for their helpfulness, kindness and friendship that makes my blogging experiences such a thrill, a fun and an excitement. When I first received my first awards from Malaysian Delicacies in August, just about 2 months into my blogging, I was so thrilled and yet so stressed up because I did not know what to do with them! When I received more this month, I was over the moon with utmost joy knowing that my work is being appreciated and recognised. I was very happy too that finally I knew how to put them at my side bar with the links to their blogs.

Here I would like to present the 2 lovely awards above to the following 7 food blogger friends who  truly deserve them. This is definitely not the final list. There are still many more who deserve these lovely awards. I hope to come out with another list soon.

  1. Divina at
    Divina is really my buddy in food blogging. She has been there early in my blogging journey, giving me lots of support and encouragement through her consistent comments and sharing. We share many things in common, especially about healthy food and healthy eating. She is from the Philippines and is a professional cook, holistic nutritionist, amateur photographer, expectant traveller, aspiring food/nutrition writer, culinary/nutrition instructor and cookbook author (and many others). She’s a very lovely friend. She has many awesome, healthy soups on her blog. She’s excellent in food photography. Her pictures just make you want to eat every dish.
  2. Sanjana at
    Sanjana from UK has a very lovely vegetarian food blog, mainly Indian food. I just fall in love with all the lovely dishes there each time I visit her blog. She is a college student and I am very impressed how she balances her time between her studies and running such an awesome blog. I really hope more teenagers and college or university students will start food blogs like her. She really makes great use of her time to invest into her life and to bless others.
  3. Malaysian Delicacies at
    A Malaysian food blog that presents the flavours of Indian, Malay and Chinese cuisines. Malaysia is a multi racial country and boasts itself of an endless array of mouth-watering cuisines. I am trying to catch up as much as possible. I miss a lot of Malaysian food because they are not easily available in UK, especially in Scotland. It’s always lovely to drop by her blog to know more about Malaysian food.
  4. Janis at
    Janis is from the States and runs a lovely blog. She cooks all the time and sometimes takes up challenges to cook food out of her comfort zone, like cooking a Korean meal for her friends. My blood pressure would have shot sky high in her situation! I love that type of zeal in her. I love all the meals that she prepares for her family and friends.
  5. Penny at
    Penny is a Singaporean staying in Melbourne, Australia. She is no doubt one that loves food. I think I have never met another person who is so passionate about food. She loves, eats, talks and breathes about FOOD! She’s always trying her hands on making food and trying out new food. Ever heard of bacon jam? She made that! Her blog is full of awesome, mouth-watering food.
  6. Rochelle at
    Rochelle is from Canada. She is definitely not one that I would mess around when comes to computer stuff. She has been messing with computers since she was 3 and video gaming since she was 4(Commodore64 Frogger was the best ever). She likes food, cooking, photography, technology, gaming, music, art, culture and spending time with her wonderful husband and son. She cooks lovely food and always loves to try out new food, including Malaysian food from my blog!
  7. Kristy at
    Kristy is from Malaysia. She is just such an awesome cook and a very lovely foodie friend. She ever cooked a 10 course-meal for 5 tables! That’s phenomenal. She really should run a restaurant. I think everyone would love to be her neighbour. She said I probably won’t stay as her neighbour, I’ll most likely just move into her house!…LOL. She seems to be good in all types of food. Her blog is full of mouth-watering food with well-shown steps.

Please visit these 7 blogs mentioned above. It would be so lovely if you can leave comments on their blogs to let them know what you think about their blogs and what you would like to see more from them. That will bring lots of encouragement to them. Do feel free to make friend with them. They are very lovely people.

And here, I’m supposed to tell 7 things about myself. In brief, here it goes:

  1. I love creative things….way too much I think. Sometimes I thought my brain will give off smoke for thinking so much. My greatest, most fulfilling achievement was making puppets for my children’s church for use in the children’s camps. I also love painting and of course cooking.
  2. I place a lot of importance on healthy eating and healthy life style. I would love to be a vegetarian but need some meat! I believe in home-cooked meals for better health. My best drink is freshly made carrot-apple juice. My masticating juicer is my best friend in the kitchen.
  3. I love playing badminton. It’s a game I look forward to all the time. My goal is to play as long as I can run and my eyes can see the shuttlecock! Just never ever ask me to go walking or jogging for exercise. I will suffer from stress of boredom! My greatest achievement was walking up the beautiful, rocky Lochnagar in Scotland, 1155m high, which took about 7 hours to go up and back to base. I thought my legs would drop off! My next dream would be Mount Kinabalu in Sabah, East Malaysia.
  4. I believe that everyone should keep learning and keep smiling because it helps to make life happier and more meaningful. There’s tremendous potential in everyone to do something great. Life will have no chance to be bored when we are always looking out for something to learn and be thankful and smile in all situations. Living life with a purpose is exciting.
  5. I love music which is very relaxing especially when the mind is overworked and tired. I learned to play guitar many, mnay years ago and often sing to entertain myself, but definitely not good enough to enter Britain’s Got Talent. I’ll most likely be buzzed immediately by all the 3 judges!
  6. I would love to keep dogs or cats in the house but only if their fur don’t drop at all! I suppose they need to be completely shaved or waxed then! Imagine how they would look…hmmm.
  7. Finally, I love MacDonalds, Starbucks and Costa. I just love to have a cup of hot coffee there with some chips or cakes and enjoy chatting or reading. It’s just so relaxing. I have made my children agreed that these are the only places that I would love to go if they want to spend time with me, and not elaborate, big meals. I think I might as well start one myself…hehe

And if you would like to know more about me, please go to my About page and you will know me in greater detail.

Please share, add and comment in the comment box below.

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My Blogging Journey (Part 2 - Content Is King)

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Divina  on October 29th, 2009

Whoa, I’m number one on your list. Well, thank you for very much. Does this mean I have to write 7 things about myself again? :) I’ll should probably wait. Wow, you took the effort to write a description of each blog. It must be hard for you to choose with so many blogs on the web. I think I should open a soup restaurant or cookbook about soups. But I have other more dishes to come on my blog than soup but I love soup a lot.

I would to be Kristy’s neighbor. LOL. My sister trimmed her dog’s hair quite short and she doesn’t look really cute. Penny’s dog would be perfect for you.

Thank you very much again.

kristy  on October 29th, 2009

Oh dear, what a surprise! More awards! Thank you very much for all the kind words, that very sweet of you. You can really write LOL. I am a bad writer. I don’t even write much in my blog. I guess picture tells all. Just tried to make everything short and clear. You’re an awesome blogger. Thanks again & Cheers.
P/S. How could you shave a dog while you’re living in UK!? Really torturing..ha ha ha! I haven’t seen Penny’s dog yet. Have to check out her dog later on. he he….

Mary  on October 29th, 2009

@Divina - You can write another 7 things about you if you like. I would just link back. I think I have talked a lot about myself. It is definitely hard for me to choose the blogs so I’ll be making another list soon. There are so many bloggers that I am truly thankful for, appreciate and love their blogs. You have a lovely blog….keep cooking and keep blogging! Oh, I should check out Penny’s dog…LOL. I can adopt it…hehe. By the way, thanks lots again.

@Kristy - Oh…you sure deserve more awards. Thanks lots for all your lovely compliments, am blushing now…LOL. Ya, I don’t think I’ll have the heart to shave a dog…that’s why I don’t have one….hmmm. I have seen sheep here that are shaved during the summer months and they look so ugly. Now I’m trying to imagine Penny’s dog!

Drick  on October 29th, 2009

I know you can send this award to folks who already have it in there bag and when I received mine, you were the first I thought of … but, I have decided to give mine to some that I think have not gotten it yet …. interesting thing about this award…will post about it on Sunday….keep cooking, keep blogging and keep being you!

The Chickenless Chick  on October 29th, 2009

Since finding your blog, I have been very impressed with the motto, “Keep learning, keep smiling.” You are an inspiration to all of us and you deserve those awards a dozen times over :) :) :) Congrats!

Mary  on October 29th, 2009

@Drick - Thanks so much for your sweet thought and kindness towards me. That’s very encouraging. I sure agree with you that it would be so lovely to give to some who has not received any to encourage them. It has been tough to select the bloggers for this award. You and others were definitely on my mind. Finally I thought I send forth one list first and another list will follow soon. Lovely to meet you and love your blog.

@The Chickenless Chick - Thanks very much for your compliment. That’s really encouraging to know. Really appreciate all your support. Lovely to meet you.

Sanjana  on October 29th, 2009

Thank you so much for saying such lovely things, Mary. You are truly a fantastic person, cook and food blogger! Keep up the amazing work! Lots of love x

penny aka jeroxie  on October 29th, 2009

Thanks for the award! It means a lot coming from you. And you took the effort to write about each blog. It says a lot about you as a person. Let’s all continue blogging and talking about the thing we share in common - food.

Mary  on October 29th, 2009

@Sanjana - You are most welcome and thanks lots for your compliment. I’ll keep cooking and keep blogging! Lovely to meet you. Lots of love to you too.

@Penny - You are most welcome. Totally agree with you that we need to talk lots about cooking & food. But….should we not talk about weight loss too? LOL. Oh…I need to see your dog….heard it’s my type of dog…haha

3hungrytummies  on October 29th, 2009

congratulations!! keeps the posting coming!!! :)

Blackswan  on October 29th, 2009

This is such a lovely post! Keep up the good work :)

Mary  on October 30th, 2009

@3hungrytummies - Thanks very much. Oh….for sure….I’ll keep cooking, keep posting and keep smiling.

@Blackswan - Thanks very much for compliment. I will. Still enjoying it all.

Rochelle (Acquired Taste)  on October 30th, 2009

I love that you shared some more about yourself with the rest of us! And thank you for the award, I’ll get going on that just as soon as I’m not to busy with other things!

Mary  on October 30th, 2009

@Rochelle - You are most welcome. Thanks for your comment. I’ve passed on some work for you…hehe

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