Versatile Blogger Award… & 7 fun facts of yours truly

the-versitle-blogger-awardSo apparently I’m still versatile. I did this about 3 years ago I believe, and since I haven’t done a meme like this in a while, thought it might be fun to do again. Thanks Fernando for kindly bestowing this award to me… I’m verklempt! 😛

Of course, there are always rules for these kinds of things …

  1. Thank your nominator and provide a link to their blog.
  2. Make your own fifteen nominations and tell them they have been nominated
  3. Offer up seven interesting facts about yourself

Ok so naturally I’m going to nominate 15 bloggers whom I haven’t nominated the first time around. Besides, I’ve *met* a lot of new bloggers in the past few years anyway. I also try to nominate those that Fernando haven’t done already, so here goes:

  1. Andrew – A Fistful of Films
  2. Chris – Movies & Songs
  3. Chris W – This is Madness!
  4. Cindy – Cindy Bruchman Blog
  5. Eric – The Warning Sign
  6. Katy – Girl Meets Cinema
  7. Keith – Keith & Movies
  8. Mark – Markus Marakai
  9. Natalie – Writer Loves Movies
  10. Mark – Three Rows Back
  11. Mikey – Screenkicker
  12. Melissa – Snap Crackle Watch
  13. Sati – Cinematic Corner
  14. Shah – Blank Page Beatdown
  15. Terrence – The Focused Filmographer

Now on to the 7 facts about me… hmmm tough one as I’ve already shared quite a few in this 10 Movie Facts About Me meme.  Interesting or not, here they are:

  • So a lot of you perhaps already know that my dad was in the Indonesian film biz before I was born, he was a screenwriter and also directed a couple of films which sadly are not available for me to watch in any format. Well, my earliest memory of being in a film set was when I was about 2-3 years old. I distinctly remember it was my grandmother’s house where I ended up living in later on when my parents divorced. There were people and things everywhere, lot of lights and people carrying poles (either lights or boom mic poles). Not sure why I always remember this detail, but the make-up artist was a tall, slim man in drag who’s wearing tons of make-up. I think my aunt later told me he could’ve been a transgender. To this day I still have no idea what film it was though.
  • Ever since we saw In Bruges, my hubby and I wished to pay a visit. I even dedicated a post to it and finally, three years later, we’ll be going to Bruges later this month!
  • My penchant for British actors might’ve been due to all the ESL teachers I had in my teen years who’re mostly from the UK. I’ve become good friends with a lot of them, I’d even hang out with them outside of class with my girlfriends. It’s a lot of fun as they always wanted to learn Indonesian from us whilst of course we wanted to speak English! Wish I had kept in touch with ’em, especially Ben from Birmingham.
  • RisolesI’m a picky eater unlike my hubby who pretty much eat anything. Oh and I also don’t like seafood (though I don’t mind shrimp/fish crackers, and on occasion, fried calamari), alcohol of any kind and I generally am not fond of chocolates. Yes I know, those seem to be most people’s favorites 😀 But I do have a weakness for fried snacks like fried wonton, egg rolls, etc. My all time favorite snack is Risoles (Indonesian Croquette) which is simply to-die-for. My grandma made the best risoles growing up, I still haven’t been able to find one that tastes better than hers. Here’s a recipe if any of you are curious how to make it, it’s REALLY time-consuming!
  • When I was in Jr High I used to make illustrative stories, mostly b&w pencil drawings. In fact, sometimes I got caught doing it in class and got sent to detention (which was just outside of the classroom so I actually could continue drawing, ahah) I must’ve made at least 5-6 of them, and my classmates would take turn reading them. I guess it was my way of coping with a lot of problems at home as a form of escape, but also to feed my crazy imaginations, ahah. I remember my friends would get a kick out of my *racier* drawings of people kissing and stuff. I guess I’ve always been fond of writing, though I’m not as into drawing as much anymore as an adult.
  • The only time I saw a movie at midnight was a double feature with my late mother and brother Paul. It’s such a memorable moment for me as it’s the last time I went to the movies with my mother and she passed away a couple of months later. The movies we saw were Tango & Cash and Showdown in Little Tokyo. Yep, in that order. Those were the only double feature the cinema had at the time and my mom was totally game for it! Yeah, she was a VERY cool mom indeed.
  • The first concert I’ve ever gone to was Debbie Gibson in Singapore with my friends, around the time I attended a Summer Camp in California when I was 16. Gibson, Tiffany, NKOTB were hugely popular growing up. I was a huge fan of New Kids too, but now I can’t imagine ever listening to ANY boy band, in fact it just made me mortified I was ever a fan in the first place!

Well, hope you enjoyed reading some tidbits about yours truly 😀 

48 thoughts on “Versatile Blogger Award… & 7 fun facts of yours truly

  1. Tango & Cash & Little Showdown in Tokyo as a double-feature…. AWESOME!!!!

    There’s nothing wrong with Debbie Gibson. Yes, I as a rocker is not afraid to admit that I like Debbie Gibson. She had some good songs. “Only In My Dreams” is my favorite of the bunch.

    Hope you enjoy Bruges, surely Colin Farrell’s character didn’t enjoy it.

    1. Ahah yeah, I enjoyed both of them, one of the most fun 90s action flicks!

      I don’t mind Debbie Gibson’s songs even today, but NKOTB makes me cringe, same w/ other boy bands, they’re so cheesy!

      Yeah, looking forward to visit Bruges, well I think it’s a very peaceful town, ahah.

  2. Awesome, thanks for the nomination, Ruth! 😀 And really cool hearing that your father was in film. Sounds like a pretty neat little memory there. Don’t suppose you have any other similar stories from that period of time? 🙂

    1. Hi Chris! Well the thing is I was too young when he was working in film to have other experiences, but i remember seeing pics of me as a baby being craddled by famous Indo movie stars, ahah

  3. Hmmm NKOTB fan 😉 hahahaha I was already in love with rock music when NKOTB was on their most famous moment.

    I love risolles too!!! Well, I like most gorengan to be honest 😉

    1. I loved rock bands too after i got over the NKOTB phase. I loved Guns n Roses, Warrant, etc.

      Indo gorengan are the best!! Cant beat those.

  4. That’s some pretty cool stuff herself, Ruth. The stuff you share just makes you that much more interesting. No kidding. Congrats on being recognized for being so versatile, and cool, Ruth. 🙂

  5. The one thing that really stood out to me was the pencil illustrations. Me and a buddy did the same thing in school. It was a mini-comic book made from pencils and notebook. We developed this wacky cast of characters and it would get passed around all over school. Kids loved those crazy things!

    1. That’s cool that we used to draw too, Keith! Mine wasn’t a comic per se, most of the stories are drama or romance 🙂 I remember my friends kept asking for more so it was a fun hobby.

  6. Thank you so much Ruth! I’m honored! 😀 Very cool that you’re going to Bruge. Any chance that you’re going to try to climb the same bell tower Farrell and Gleeson try to climb (if I remember the movie correctly!)?

  7. Fun facts, Ruth! Loved reading a bit more about yourself. So cool that you’re visiting Bruges! 🙂 And about boy bands, I have to say that’s always been my guilty pleasure subgenre of music. I’m even seeing BSB live at the end of the month! lol

    1. Hey thanks for bestowing me the award, very kind of you! Ahah well I can’t even consider boy bands a guilty pleasure anymore. I think NKOTB was the ONLY boy band I liked but I was only 14 or 15. Now I’m more into movies than music anyway, my music taste is very old school now, classical 😉

  8. Much obliged for bestowing me with this, Ruth. It’s always nice when you’re thought of by other great bloggers. I probably won’t pass it, though, as I don’t have a lot of time at the present.

    Loved those little pieces of FlixChatter Trivia 😉 I be very interested in seeing those drawings you mention. I was a big drawer myself in the past but I most do paintings now.

    1. That’s ok Mark, though I’d love to get to know you better 😀

      I can’t remember where I kept those drawings, but it’s really nothing that’d be considered *art* though, I mean it was flat drawings with talk bubbles, ahah.

        1. Well, how about how you’ve come to love movies and the genres you’re into now? I’m always curious about that from fellow bloggers 😉

          1. I always remember going to the cinema as a youngster. To be honest, it was something my Dad always done with me and my brother. He once took us to the complete (original) Star Wars trilogy one after another on a special screening on the same day and from then it became a bonding experience for us all. From Back To The Future to Indians Jones and once I was a little older to a rare Blade Runner show in a local independent (and now renowned) cinema known as the Glasgow Film Theatre. It often has seats that are sponsored by the likes of Robert DeNiro and Martin Scorsese, among many others. You don’t have to pay extra, it’s just your luck what seat you choose to sit in. This was always a real delight to me when I was young. Still is.

            We’d also regularly rent films of a Sci-Fi nature like The Terminator and Aliens. These films could be seen as a little to adult for the age that I was but my dad was quite a liberal and educated man. He had degrees in philosophy and psychology so I was always included and spoken to about things very openly.

            This was the starting point for me and my imagination was ignited. I never really looked back after that. All that time my dad always encouraged me to write about what I thought which I never really started doing until he died. I wish he could read some of my thoughts but, hey, that’s how it goes.

            My tastes changed as I got older of course and even some of the more obscure or challenging films I came to love would leave me and my dad in constant discussion.

            It’s hard for me to choose a particular genre that I love more than others but if I had to pick one, I often side with dramas. Obscure and surreal ones like David Lynch or crime ones with the works of Scorsese or Tarantino. That being said, my favourite film is a comedy (as you know). Contradictory, but I can’t really pigeonhole my tastes. They go all over the place.

            1. Hello Mark!

              Thanks so much for sharing your personal journey as a cinephile. So your dad was a big influence to you & your brother, that’s very cool. WOW, there are seats sponsored by Hollywood legends, how awesome is that!

              I can see where you get your intellect from then, as your dad was a smart man too. What a legacy he left w/ you that he encouraged you to be a writer. I wish I had the same chance to discuss films w/ my late dad. I never knew him after my parents divorced, in fact I only met him 3 times after that.

              Well I know you don’t like rom-coms or even period dramas, right? Your fave film is a comedy? More like dark comedies though right? Yeah I like a variety of genres too, w/ a few exceptions like blood/gore that I can’t stand.

  9. You were always interesting to me, but your special insights are charming and you are cool to “know”. Bruge is on my list of places to visit, so I will be vicariously visiting there through your pictures. Take lots. Thanks so much for nominating me, Ruth. Your comments and support are an award enough for me!

    1. Awww, how sweet of you to say. I think of myself as pretty boring, my tumultuous days seem to have been over but in a way I don’t regret ’em as they made me who I am. My hubby is an aspiring photographer so for sure he’ll take a bunch of pics! I usually share them on the blog when I return 😛

  10. Ted S.

    Have fun in Bruges, I’d like to go there someday.

    Oh I used to watch Tango & Cash and Showdown in Little Tokyo every weekend, my dad’s friend would recorded the movies from the rental cassettes and I’d watch those tapes over and over again, ha ha! I bought Tango & Cash Bluray a couple of years back and I don’t know if I watch it yet and I’m not sure I’ll enjoy it as much as I did when I was younger.

    As for NKOB, I hated them so much because girls in my school always talked about them, I think I was in 6th or 7th grade when they were the popular boy band.

    1. Hi Ted! I figure you’d be a fan of those two double feature flicks. Y’know I can’t remember much about either of them now but I think I did enjoy ’em at the time.

      Ahah well I don’t blame you for despising New Kids. Looking back I really have no clue what I saw in them.

      1. Ted S.

        It’s funny because I remember watching Showdown in Little Tokyo with my parents, then about 20 minutes into the movie, there were scenes of naked women and my mom made me turned it off. A few days later, I rented the movie again when my parents were away and watched the whole movie, there were lots of nudity in that movie. Ha ha! It’s been years since I’ve seen it and I don’t think I’ll enjoy it now. I might still enjoy Tango & Cash, I’ll have to look for it when I find a new place and get my new home theater up and then watch it.

  11. Thank you for the award Ruth; I am always bowled over when I learn that people like my blog enough to give me something! Great facts by the way; that’s a great double bill – Tango and Cash rocks!

  12. Very cool, thanks for the award Ruth! When you go to Bruges, expect to pay an arm and a leg for everything. 😀 That was one of the most expensive stops on my Europe trip a few years ago. It was a cool little town though, and I had one of my favorite experiences on the trip there. My girlfriend and I stopped in at a pub that was ranked as one of the top beer bars in the world. It was way off the beaten path, down an unmarked alley. It was packed when we got in with no tables available, but this really sweet elderly couple let us sit with them. We had such a fun time with them, and vowed to exchange Christmas cards that year. 😀

    I know you’re not a fan of beer, but if your husband is I highly recommend doing a brewery tour at De Halve Maan (Brugse Zot). They take you up to the roof of the brewery, and it gives an amazing view of the city.

    Where else are you going on your trip?

    1. Hi Eric! Yeah it seems that Bruges & Paris are probably gonna cost an arm and a leg. We’re only staying one night in Bruges though, but yeah I can’t wait. I’m sure it’s as beautiful as I’d imagined. That’s such a cool story you had, that’s really the best part of traveling isn’t it?

      I’ll let my hubby know about that De Halve Maan, thanks for the tip! We’re going to Amsterdam – Bruges – Paris, in that order 😀

      1. Nice! We stopped at Paris and Amsterdam, too. Both were really cool in their own ways. I wish we had more time to spend in Paris, as there’s just so much to see there. I think my favorite part was visiting Montmartre — there’s a cool little Dali museum nearby as well. We ate at a restaurant near there where I had escargot for the first time. It was pretty good! 😀

        Enjoy your trip, and I hope you blog about your travels.

    1. Thanks Josh! That movie is like a tourism video for Bruges isn’t it? They should give a key to the city to the filmmaker, ahah.

    1. Thanks Chris! Whenever you come across an Indonesian restaurant, make sure you ask for Risoles, you won’t be disappointed! 😀

  13. Thanks so much for the nomination Ruth! It feels really good to know that my fellow bloggers enjoy my blog 😀

    Love your facts! I wish I had someone in my family who had been in the film business, but it’s a shame you can’t see some of his work. I love that your mom was such a cool mom, and I’m glad you have that memory (and what a great one!).

    Enjoy Bruges! My wife and I really wish we could travel more. Having three kids limits that. We went to Europe nearly two years ago…I want to go back so badly!!!

    1. My pleasure Drew! Sorry I’ve been so busy that I can’t comment as often.

      Well, being in the film biz wasn’t as glamorous as one might think, and obviously it took a toll on the families. But yeah, I guess film is in my blood 😀

      Wow, I didn’t know you have 3 kids! You seem so young at heart, ha..ha.. well hopefully one day you can return to Europe again w/ your entire family!

  14. Congratulations on your award Ruth and thanks for the nomination – really appreciate it. Hope to get my post up later this week. Really nice to get to know a little bit more about you. Still reeling from the fact you don’t like chocolate though! I love the stuff, in fact I’ve eaten a row of Cadbury Dairy Milk while reading this post 🙂

    1. Thanks Natalie! Looking forward to reading your answers. Ha..ha.. well I don’t mind chocolates w/ nuts in them I suppose, but can’t say I have a craving for ’em.

  15. Enjoy your trip to Bruges 🙂 That’s cool your mum liked action movies! Never heard of singer Debbie Gibson, worth a listen?

    Thanks for including me Unfortunately the link to my site doesn’t work above, could you correct that please?

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