hello again, Liebster

i noticed that my blogging pattern has become more and more like what it was 2 years ago when i was still blogging in Multiply: only 1 post per month, and always only to record my latest sewing project. :p this worries me, but what can i do if i just have nothing else to write?

thankfully, last night Oppie kindly re-nominated me for the Liebster Award. since i’ve actually done it that time, i won’t do the full version here (NOT going to: nominate other people, ask them 11 questions, state 11 facts about me), but i insist on answering the questions from Oppie because this time it’s in Bahasa Indonesia. 🙂 good chance for me to practice my mother language, and translate it to English, too. (long live boredom!)

let’s start!

  1. Kapan mulai ngeblog? barusan cek, dan ternyata mulai tahun 2001 di Livejournal. wow, berarti sudah lebih dari satu dekade gue nulis!
  2. Kenapa suka ngeblog? hmm, selama lebih dari satu dekade gue nulis blog ini sebenernya tujuannya beda2 & berubah terus. waktu pertama kali nulis di Livejournal (LJ), saat itu gue punya homepage/website KiSS Dolls, yg adalah semacam mainan bongkar pasang secara virtual. gue nulis di LJ buat kasih update ke para pengunjung homepage/website gue itu, apa yg baru aja gue tambahin ke dlm website, apa yg akan datang, dst. setelah bbrp tahun, website gue tutup, jadi gue nulis di LJ buat hal2 pribadi, sekaligus tetap berhubungan dgn para seniman KiSS Dolls dari seluruh dunia yg baik2 dan super berbakat. lalu pas gue pindah ke Finlandia, blog gue pun pindahan ke Multiply (MP). alasannya sederhana, yaitu karena di MP waktu itu lebih mudah untuk post foto2, musik, video. di MP tujuan gue nulis blog berubah lagi jadi buat ngasih kabar terbaru ke temen2 & keluarga di Indonesia. setelah bbrp tahun lagi, gue belajar jahit, dan akhirnya blog gue isinya jahitan mulu. sampai sekarang. (dan jadi sampe ke WordPress karena MP tutup. sekian.)
  3. Paling suka ngeblog tentang apa? apa lagi kalau bukan ttg jahitan sendiri. 😀
  4. Apa topik favorit yang selalu dibaca di blog orang? macem2. cerita pribadi soal kehidupan sang penulis blog. jahitan sang penulis blog. foto2 keren sang penulis blog. semuanya gue suka, yg penting tulisannya jujur, ga ikut2an orang lain, dan ngga menggurui/menghakimi org lain.
  5. Apa yang kegiatan favorit di waktu luang? tergantung musim. biasanya waktu luang gue sangat sedikit, jadi sebisa mungkin gue gunakan buat jahit. tapi kalau lagi musim panas, hmmmph, bisa kalah sama panggilan alam, yg artinya gue bakal keliling kota sama suami entah dgn sepeda atau jalan kaki/kendaraan umum. kalau lagi musim dingin dan males jahit karena gelap (ya, ada kok hubungannya! coba aja jahit gelap2an cuma pake lampu, emg enak? jahit tuh butuh cahaya matahari, percaya deh!), paling2 jadi nonton TV atau film, atau baca buku.
  6. Punya mimpi yang pengen diwujudkan dalam waktu dekat? mimpi sih ada, tapi gue rasa ga bisa diwujudkan dalam waktu dekat karena satu dan lain hal. (bukannya pesimis ya, cuma realistis) kalau tetap pengen tahu, mimpinya adalah untuk kembali buka butik baju hasil desain & jahitan sendiri.
  7. Apa film favorit kamu? adukh, banyak! kalau cuma boleh nyebut 1, mungkin jawabannya The Band Wagon, film musikal tahun 50-an. ini film pertama dlm hidup gue yg bikin gue cinta dunia seni tari dan tarik suara, baju2 gemerlapan & dramatis, dan gue selamanya berterimakasih pada bokap gue yg memperkenalkan Fred Astaire dan Cyd Charisse pada gue di usia semuda 5-6 tahun.
  8. Apakah makna pertemanan itu? Jelaskan dalam maksimal 5 kalimat. saat gue ngerasa super sendirian, ternyata ada yang merhatiin. saat gue ngerasa pengen berbagi kebahagiaan, dia ikut ngerasain hal yg sama. ga perlu selalu dekat dgn gue, tapi cukup kalau hatinya selalu dekat dgn hati gue. mungkin pertemanan adalah hadiah paling indah yg bisa diberikan oleh Tuhan kepada manusia. 🙂 (4 kalimat, masih masuk hitungan!)
  9. Sebutkan 3 orang wanita yang menjadi sumber inspirasi kamu. Oma, nyokap, dan kakak gue. Tiga2nya sosok wanita kuat dlm hidup gue, walaupun mungkin mereka sendiri ngga menyadarinya. Oma gue selalu jadi sumber inspirasi dlm hal jahit-menjahit, masak, sampe saat gue nulis cerita2 fiksi selalu ada sosok seorang nenek. nyokap jadi sumber inspirasi gue untuk terus berusaha dan ngga gampang menyerah. kakak gue jadi sumber inspirasi untuk membela diri sendiri (kalau memang kita yg benar), juga untuk tetap gigih & tangguh walaupun dia harus menghidupi dirinya & anaknya sendirian.
  10. Sebutkan 3 hal yang loe paling suka dalam hidup. kesempatan untuk belajar, berkembang, dan mengenal satu sama lain. menurut gue sih itu 3 hal yang mungkin hanya bisa didapat dlm hidup, jadi nikmatilah selagi bisa. 🙂
  11. Seandainya loe hidup hanya 3 bulan ke depan dan boleh melakukan 3 hal, apa pilihan loe? jual segala yg bisa gue jual untuk dapet uang tambahan, yg kemudian gue gunakan untuk mengunjungi negara2 yg selama ini pengen gue kunjungin, setelah itu balik ke Indonesia untuk menghabiskan waktu2 terakhir dgn keluarga dekat gue.

translation:

  1. When did you start blogging? i just checked, and it turns out i started in 2001 on Livejournal. wow, that means i’ve been blogging for more than a decade!
  2. Why do you blog? hmm, actually the reason i blog has changed multiple times throughout this blogging period. when i first started writing in Livejournal (LJ), i had a homepage/website for KiSS Dolls, which is basically virtual paper dolls. i wrote in LJ to update the visitors of my homepage/website what i had just added to my site, what was coming, etc. after several years, i had to close down my site, so i wrote about my private life in LJ, as well as to keep contact with the Kiss Doll artists from around the world who were incredibly generous and talented. when i moved to Finland, i moved my blog to Multiply (MP). the reason was simple, it was easy to post pictures, music and videos in MP. the purpose of my writing in MP also changed to giving my latest news to my friends and family in Indonesia. after several more years, i learned how to sew, and finally all my posts are for my sewing projects. until now. (and i got to Wordpress because MP closed down. the end.)
  3. What’s your fave subject to blog about? what else but my own sewing projects. 😀
  4. What’s your fave subject to read from other people’s blogs? all kinds. private life stories about the blogger. sewing projects of the blogger. cool pictures that the blogger took. i like them all, as long as the post is honest, not a copy of someone else’s, and not patronizing/judging other people.
  5. What’s your fave pastime? it depends on the season. generally i don’t have that much of free time, so i use it mostly for sewing. but when it’s summer, hmmmph, nature call is harder to ignore, which means i would likely go around town with my hubby whether by bike or by foot/public transport. when it’s winter and i don’t feel like sewing because it’s dark (yes, there is a relevance! try sewing in the dark with just the light of a lamp, you think that’s comfy? you need the sunlight for sewing, trust me!) i would probably just watch TV or some movie, or read a book.
  6. dream you would like to actualize in the near future? i do have a dream, but for one reason or another i don’t think it can be actualized any time soon. (not being a pessimist, but a realist) if you still want to know, the dream is to once again open my own boutique, selling clothes designed & sewn by me.
  7. What’s your fave movie? i’ve got plenty! if i can only name one, the answer would probably be The Band Wagon, a musical from the ’50s. this was the first movie in my whole life that made me fall in love with the art of dancing and singing, glamorous and dramatic costumes, and i am forever grateful to my dad who introduced Fred Astaire and Cyd Charisse to me at the wee age of 5-6 y.o.
  8. What’s the meaning of friendship? Explain using max. 5 sentences. when i feel like i’m alone, it turns out that somebody cares. when i want to share my happiness, someone else is feeling it with me. we don’t have to be physically close, it’s enough that our hearts are. i think friendship is possibly the most beautiful gift God could ever give us human beings. 🙂 (4 sentences, that’s valid!)
  9. Name 3 women who inspire you. my grandmum, my mum, and my sister. all three of them are strong women figures in my life, though they probably never realized it themselves. my grandmum inspires me in sewing, cooking, and even writing… whenever i write stories, there’s almost always a grandmum character. my mum inspires me to keep trying and not give up easily. my sister inspires me to stand up for myself, also to stay persistent & strong even when she has to support herself & her daughter single-handedly.
  10. Name 3 things you enjoy the most in life. the opportunity to learn, grow, and know one another. in my opininon, those are the 3 things that you can only do while you still live, so enjoy them while you can. 🙂
  11. If  you can only live for 3 more months and do 3 things, what would they be? sell everything i can to get extra money, which i will then use to go to those places i’ve always wanted to go to,and then go back to Indonesia to spend my last moments of life with my immediate family.

thanks again Oppie for the chance to answer these. it was fun! 🙂

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Liebster Blog Award

i had put this off for far too long, since i got ‘nominated’ earlier this month. :p

what took me so long, other than not having the proper time to think of the answers to the questions and more questions to ask, was getting to know what this award is in the first place. and how does it work?

apparently, after trying to find it from Google, 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.”

what confused me was, if we are nominated, then how do we know if we have won it (or not)? fret not, my friends, as i have found the answer to that too. 🙂

being nominated means that you’re offered the chance to either accept the award or refuse it. if you accept it, then you’ll have to do as the rules say, which basically is like keeping the award moving forward by tagging more people and so on. if you don’t want to accept it, then you can just ignore it, i guess. but anyways, if you do accept the award, that means: you HAVE won it, LOL.

the one who nominated me was Aya from Confessions of a Cavewoman. i still have no idea how you ended up in my small blog, but thank you once again for the nomination! 🙂

Official Rules:

1. Each person tagged must post 11 things about themselves.

2. They must also answer the 11 questions the ‘tagger’ has set for them.

3. They must create 11 more questions to ask bloggers they have decided to tag.

4. They must then choose 11 bloggers with less than 200 followers and tag them in their post.

5. These lucky bloggers must then be told.

6. There are no tag backs.

 

11 things about me:

1. Sax Silverain is not my real name. i’ve used the alias on the internet for almost as long as i’ve been using the internet, and i intend to keep it that way. 🙂 at first, i thought of the word ‘Silverain’ as a name i call my fave colour, bluish white or silvery blue. since Silverblue doesn’t quite have a ring to it, i thought of another word that can make people think of the colour blue when they hear it, so ‘rain’ it is, hence the word ‘Silverain’. as it so happens, i love rain, too. my real, full name starts with the letter S too, and i’ve always liked that letter, so to add to the ‘last name’, Sax seemed like a good name (and yes, i also like hearing the saxophone). and voila! Sax Silverain was born in the internet. 😀 (no, i’m not gonna post my real, full name here for security reasons!)

2. this WordPress blog is my 4th blog so far. i started my blogging journey with Livejournal, and soon afterwards i also opened up another blog in Deadjournal. my Livejournal blog started as a place where i would post updates on my website, but then it became a bit too personal, LOL. as i moved to Finland, i moved virtually as well to Multiply, and when they announced a few months ago that they’re closing their doors on personal bloggers, i was forced to move once again. this is now my new home, and let’s hope i won’t ever have to move again!

3. i loathe my highschool years –> note the present tense in the sentence. (it feels good to write that down!)

4. i’m a self-taught seamstress. that sounds cooler than it actually is, but what i meant was that i taught myself how to sew a complete piece of clothing. truthfully, i was taught how to draw my own pattern and how to sew when i was in middle school (in the handcraft class), but i absolutely HATED IT back then, LOL! little did i know it would’ve helped me a lot now if i had paid attention back then! i had always been interested in clothes, but back then i was more interested in WEARING them, not making them!

5. i’m a baby and dog stalker. which means if you bring your baby/dog anywhere near me, i’d probably try to steal 100 glances at them and follow them/you around until it becomes too obvious to you, LOL.

6. i don’t talk as much as i write in real life, unless i’m only with my closest friends/family members. but my head is always full of things i’m thinking about, and i always listen to what other people around me say. i just don’t necessarily think it important for me to speak out loud.

7. not talking that much doesn’t mean i’m shy. i LOVE performing, and have performed many times in my life, starting from dancing classic ballet, traditional Indonesian dance, playing tabla (Indian drums), and singing/acting.

8. my fave weekend activity: staying home with my husband with a good blu-ray movie and lots of snack.

9. i’m addicted to fabrics. SERIOUSLY.

10. i’m 100% Indonesian. well, okay, there’s a tiiiiiny bit of Chinese blood in me from my mom’s side, but when you see me with my somewhat wide-eyes and permanently-tanned skin, i doubt you can see any traces of Chinese in me. 😀 that’s why it’s always a wonder for me to hear people here (Finns or tourists, at work) asking me, “are you Chinese?” huh???

11. i love food. all kinds of food, anything at all (except maybe some Greek food that have a bit too much olive oil or dried tomatoes… and other extremely weird food, LOL). which is why it’s a good thing that i work in a fabric store, since i get to move around all the time and lift those fabric rolls and burn my calories at the same time!

 

Questions from Confessions from a Cavewoman:

1. Describe yourself in one word. dramatic.

2. Where lies your passion? fashion.

3. Sweet or savoury? savoury, it lasts longer.

4.What’s your pet peeve? i have so many!! incorrect use of language/words/spelling in my own mother language, people who are late & keep me waiting with no news at all, inconsiderate habits like spitting in public & coughing/sneezing without covering the nose/mouth… right, i’d better stop now. :p

5. Who inspires you? no one specifically, but people. all kinds of people, anyone can inspire me. even you. 🙂

6. Music which gets you movin’? hmm… 80’s electronic music (The Cure, Joy Division, New Order, Depeche Mode), and also Indian & Middle Eastern music (Azam Ali is my current fave!).

7. What scares you the most about the world? uh..nothing about the world, i think, but the thing that scares me the most about life is the uncertainties.

8. One thing you can’t leave the house without? my house key, hehe.

9. Are you an optimist or pessimist? most of the time, pessimist. but after something’s happened, for example, i always try to find the good thing about it. behind every cloud, there is a silverain-lining. 😉

10. Leader or follower? not a follower, but i don’t lead anyone either. i’m a lone ranger, LOL.

11. Any secret talent? forming a bird’s beak with my upper lip. 😀

 

My questions for you:

1. Describe yourself using one title of a song that you actually like (and state the singer/band as well).

2. When’s the last time you were out to have fun, and what did you do?

3. What book do you currently read, or the last one you’ve read?

4. Tell me one clothing item you have that you absolutely can’t live without! (and don’t answer with ‘underwear’!)

5. What’s your fave part of your own house, and why?

6. What would you most likely do if  you ever get stranded alone in a remote island?

7. Your current crave?

8. What’s your fave snack of all times?

9. I’m insomniac, so I’d love to know: what’s your best tip to fall asleep, pronto?

10. Is the grass always greener in somebody else’s lane?

11. Name one physical thing you’ve been keeping for a long time that has a special place in your heart (and always will).

 

phew! now on to the people i want to tag… i mean, the nominees! 😉 i don’t have that many friends/acquaintances who write in blogs, so i think it’ll be less than 11… but anyway, should you decide not to accept the award (=not passing along the award or filling up these questions, etc.), it’s perfectly fine! if i name you, other than for the obvious reason that i think your blog deserves it, it would also mean that i’d like to get to know you better. so here goes!

 

My nominees:

thekleinebeer

Aranolein

RatihSetiowati’s Blog

aheikkinen

Erica Preo

Underachievers, Please Try Harder

p r e t t y . g i n g h a m

Daphne Propst