Thursday, January 20, 2011

playing tag...


"Pay it forward~Tag...you're it!"

I don't usually do this sort of thing but since it came from an Ottawa blogger whose blog (girlaboutotown.com) I follow quite regularly and absolutely love, I figured 'why not'? Plus it gives me a chance to give shout-outs to some of my favourite local bloggers in return...

SO this is how the whole things works:
  • Thank and link back to the person who originally gave you this award.
  • Share 7 things about yourself.
  • Pay the award forward to 10 great bloggers.
  • Contact those bloggers and let them know they have received the award.
...and now for the hard part, 7 things about me...how does one go bout explaining their complex identity with only sharing 7 things? Hmmmm...I actually had to think about this one and it really isn't as easy as it seems...so here are the 7 things I decided to share...

  1. I am a 2nd year PhD student in Communication...this may seem like a simple enough statement, but it's not...as most people probably do, I struggle with my identity as an academic along with my love for more...well 'frivolous' things...while doing my MA, I never really felt this divide (academia VS 'the real world')...for some reason I had a much easier time straddling both sides of that fence...this time (and maybe this comes with age...sigh) I find it a lot harder to negotiate my identity and interests, with those that are expected of a 'serious academic'...perhaps it is because my first year into my PhD I had the misfortune of meeting some, not-so-pleasant judgemental individuals in the field that bring out these kind of insecurities...who know? Nonetheless I am trucking along this existential journey of self-realization and for now I managed to marry my two great loves: scholarship and fashion...through my own research by studying how fashion acts as a vehicle for communication in post-communist Eastern Europe and how we engage with material objects in our every-day lives and how these contribute to our own sense of identity production...
  2. I am a scrapbooking fiend! I'm not kidding...I have been making scrapbooks probably since I could hold a pair of scissors and a glue stick (without trying to eat both)...My childhood best friend, Diana, and I would have scrapbooking sessions for days in the summer at each other's houses...a tradition I later continued with my friend, Michelle, in Korea every friday night before heading out for karaoke and soju...ahhh the good ol' days! But seriously, although the content of my scrapbooks has changed over the years, from kittens and puppies to fashion lookbooks...I still find sitting down with a pair of scissors, a glue stick and a stack of magazines one of the most cathartic and relaxing moments to indulge in...the unfortunate part is that I have no one here in Ottawa to share my love of cutting and gluing with, so it does get little lonely sometimes (anyone? ) but I still indulge in my not-so-secret passion as much as I can...(my love for scrapbooking is also mirrored by my intense obsession with collecting magazines and journals...what can I say~I got a thing for pretty paper!)
  3. In keeping with the theme of obsessions, another one of mine, which I am sure has come out on Love K many many times, is my love for tea and cafes...I know the origin of the first but the origin of the second alludes me...when I was a little girl I pretty much grew up with my grandfather, this was quite standard in Czechoslovakia...I don't remember much from those times, except that they were extremely happy and I am still very close to my grandfather as a result...one thing I do remember, however, is that from an early age my grandfather would always make me very weak Earl Grey tea (which he would, incidentally, smuggle from abroad while working as a chef on freighter boat) with oodles of warm milk...we would sit in his kitchen, eat toast (another love of mine) and drink our warm Earl Grey tea while he regaled me stories of his journeys to magical lands...although I no longer take my tea with milk, Earl Grey has remained my absolute favourite tea to this day...as for the cafes...not sure if there is even a story there, but one thing's for sure, I love spending hours and hours in cafes, drinking tea, people watching, reading, writing, whatever...when I find a good one (and trust me for me this can be a long drawn out courtship ritual) I am forever faithful! Right ow I am partial to the Roast 'n' Brew in the Glebe and Planet Coffee in the market...but I am always on the look out for new cozy places...so please drop me a line if you know of any great cafes in the city...
  4. I have lived in 4 different countries throughout my life including, Slovakia, Austria, Ireland and Canada, but one that stands out the most for me is the time I spent in South Korea...two of the reasons for this is as follows. First: our time in Korea was an extended honeymoon, so I was able to spend the first 3 years of my marriage exploring Asia while living on the sub-tropical island, Jeju, with the love of my life... and the second reason why South Korea holds a special place in my heart is because this is also where I fell in love with a tiny little furry creature named "Bubak" (translation: "little monster")...I rescued Bubi, as she is now affectionately called, from the university where I was teaching and I never looked back...although my husband was a little upset that I brought a small puppy home without discussing it with him first, this little monster quickly wriggled her way into his heart...I have South Korea to thank for many things, but Bubi is definitely on the top of that list...(Bubak is happily settling in snowy Ottawa and much to my dismay, seems to love the winter...a little too much!)
  5. I was bitten by the travel bug a few years back, and I can't seem to shake the travel fever...I love exploring new places, meeting interesting new people, sitting in unique cafes and eating wonderfully different food in exotic restaurants...I love everything about travelling...well except for flying, but even my fear of planes doesn't seem to put a damper on my love for travel...My one constant goal in life is to see as much of the world as possible, to experience as much of this wonderful globe as I can...and so far I have been lucky enough to be able to have a small glimpse into what is out there...My husband and I always debate about what country or city is our favourite from the places we have already seen, and we never seem to come to an agreement, nor is our decision ever constant...today for example, I am pinning after the unique and bustling alleyways of Seoul, South Korea, whereas a couple of days ago I was missing Paris and it's gorgeous architecture, fashion and cafes (of course!) while last week I wanted nothing more than to return to the beaches in Ko Tao, Thailand...who knows what place it will be tomorrow, but what I do know for sure is that my travel adventures are far from over...so stay tuned...
  6. I have a collection of small (and meduim-sized) owls all around our apartment...my husband thinks this particular little fetish of mine is a bit creepy, but what can I say, I love these large-eyed feathery creatures...plus they represent knowledge and wisdom and given what I do, I need all the 'knowledge and wisdom' I can get...I blame Japan for this one...when we were backpacking through Kyoto, all I saw were owls~adorable little Japanese owls in every shape, size and form imaginable...oh but they were so cute! Somehow, this experience triggered some kind of impulsive response in me and ever since then I can't seem to shake my intense love for owls...strange but true...(I also have a weird obsession with skulls and anchors...perhaps I was a pirate in my past life...hmmmm...)
  7. I wear my heart on my sleeve...it's true...if I like you, you will know it and if I do, I will make every effort to have and keep you in my life...I cherish my relationships above all else, because I know how fragile life is and how in the blink of an eye you can loose someone you love...so I dedicate number 7 to my wonderful friends, both old and new...you know who you are and you know you are cherished...
Speaking of friends and some of my favourite things...here are 10 of my favourite "stylish" blogs in the city and beyond (this was extremely hard to narrow down by the way)...check them out...they are worth it...

11 comments:

Pop Champagne said...

thanks for the tag!! and I'm going to find soo much owl stuff in asia when I go in May than I'm going to bring you a huge box of it!

LOL at your comment, at first I was like "... is she playing a trick on me? she knows i hate comments like

love your blog!
www.blablablaispamsovisitme.blogspot.com" HAHAHA

Mizdragonfly said...

PhD in Comm - wow... did comm/sociology major/minor, can't imagine how hard a PhD must be...

Owls - I love them, they're soooo cute - they're not creepy at all ;)

And thank you so much for the mention - I'll tackle the '7 things about me' list this weekend!

-miz

Erica Wark said...

Thanks for the shout out love!!

Much appreciated!

xx

www.ericawark.com

Diana said...

Awww, I remember the good ol' days of scrapbook making day and night! But...I'm wondering why making dance routines isn't on your top 7? Were you forever scarred by the aftermath of our encore performance of Bohemian Rhapsody?

Julia Vorob'eva said...

Wow.....! I am speechless! While I was reading this you inspired me sooo much!!!! WOW...Phd and scrapbooking and owls!!! and OMG!!!!! Why havent we talked about Jeju island when we met!!!! I was there as well! I really loved the teddy bear museum their! It's a wonderful place! so beautiful!
I looove traveling as well. I think it helps broaden your mind sooo much and helps you grow as a person.
You are such a lovely person! I really really enjoyed reading this post.
Thank you so much for the tag by the way!
You are truly wonderful!

Michelle said...

hehe you omitted the fact that you scrapbooked and I ate and watched sex and the city with my pictures and scissors layed out in front of me... I still haven`t finished that scrapbook. Hugh was right! I have already surpassed his estimated date of completion in 2010... looks like it`s being pushed forward to 2020!

Ashelle said...

Thanks for the tag :) Loved reading your seven things. I'm always in awe of people who can scrapbook. It's an exercise in patience. Honestly I have tons of fashion clips cut out awaiting to be glued... one day I'll get to it. Probably when they are considered vintage :P

The part about your grandfather was too sweet. There is one cafe by my work that I love to go to: Raw Sugar on Somerset. The atmosphere is too cute with all the vintage/thrift furniture & OWL collection ;)

The Wardrobe Stylist said...

Looks great!

The Wardrobe Stylist said...

Thank you so much for your mention :)...It will be so much fun at the upcoming Fashion Weeks..next will have to be NYFW!!!

Ellen ♥ said...

Awww.. Thank you K! :) I like your post of 7 things about you.

Up for the Owl collection! :) I am currently looking for loose shirts with owl printed on it. :)

Have a nice day!

ellenreviews.blogspot.com

Couture Carrie said...

Congrats on your award!
Fun tag ~ how cool that you are getting your PhD!

xoxox,
CC

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