Nepal – The Day The Earth Shattered

Along with thousands of lives…

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Last month, I participated in Project Sagarmāthā, which was oriented around providing monetary aid to the victims in the recent Nepal earthquake on 25th April 2015. Over 8,000 people died from the earthquake and many homes were devastated as well. It was a really shocking and agonising incident for all.

OVERALL FUNDS COLLECTED

Public Donation Drive: SGD $17,441.40

School Donation Drive: SGD $11,971.00

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In this project, we organised a School Donation Drive and a Public Donation Drive throughout Singapore, to collect donations for the Nepal earthquake victims. It was definitely a tedious process, having to design posters, ask shopping malls for permissions, being rejected and then asking other shopping malls, having to prepare all the administrative documents for the booth itself, etc.

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Overall, it was an eye-opener as that was the first time I participated in a planning committee of a donation project. I didn’t realise so much effort goes into the preparation of the event. Since this was a extremely spontaneous initiative ((we immediately took action after the earthquake occurred)), we did not have much time to work with. Thanks to our team leader and mentor teacher, we managed to settle everything in just a single month 🙂

But something really unfortunate happened. Despite all our planning, the police informed us THE DAY BEFORE THE ACTUAL EVENT that the first day of our donation drive clashed with another activity. How atrocious omg… And they were the ones who initially gave us the green light. In the end, we could only hold our drive on the second day. But that wasn’t all. We had to message ALL the 100 volunteers to notify them about this change. However, I personally called them up one by one because I felt this was of utmost emergency and they deserved to receive a direct apology from us. Each time I called, I braced being lambasted by the volunteer for having ruined their plans, but omg they were all so understanding and cute!!! They sounded genuinely sad, and expressed interest in participating for any future projects if we decided to organise them. I was really touched by how nice they were!

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On the second day, we swore we would do our best in order to make up for the lost time. I was the I/C of Plaza Singapura Mall, and worked for both shifts from 10-3pm and 3-7pm. I also decided to be really high so that the volunteers would feel excited as well. AND THEY WERE! I made the briefing very short and fun, like I told them, “When people ignore you, you can’t scold them like OI COME BACK HERE YOU IMPOLITE BRAT, but you can always curse them under your breath ^^ haha jk”

Most notably, I want to highlight the volunteers from Class 4L, because they were really really cute HAHA among them, there was this girl who was really passionate and she filled up two whole tins by herself!! I mean like, the traffic flow at Plaza Sing is really massive, but she definitely deserve some credit for collecting so much donations. I really want to thank them personally, as I had a great time because of them :3

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Even though this project made me so much busier over the last few months ((considering my OCIP Project Myanmar as well)), I really enjoyed this project and I am SUPER motivated to start up my own charity project with a group of friends as well in the future! I’m just so blown away at how just a bunch of students can raise close to $30 thousand for disaster victims O: indeed, it’s quite insignificant if you compare it to international aid, but like because of what we did, perhaps at least 50 out of the 23,000 people injured might be able to receive daily necessities and survive! That’s just so heartwarming ❤ And not to mention, I interacted with many members of the public, and a lot of them rejected not because they didn’t want to give, but because they already contributed! Like church, or school, or company work, etc. They may not have helped in our project, but that’s not the point, the main thing is to help the victims, be it one way or another. Idk I’ve always been a bystander in natural disasters, simply donating to causes or tweeting my well-wishes and stuff, but this time, I actually helped people with my own hands! It just feels so sweet and I’m definitely going to participate in similar projects in the future ((omg not that I hope for more natural disasters to occur so that I can join such projects HAHAHA)) okay I shall stop rambling here xD I know all my latest posts are not related to anime, so well too bad for you then

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Myanmar – Waking Up To Poverty

HELLO!!! I recently went on an Overseas Community Involvement Programme (OCIP) to Myanmar, and helped out in an orphanage of a small rural village. It was a 8D7N trip, and it was one of the most enriching experiences in my entire life. This post will simply serve as a story of what I have learnt about the children and about myself as well. Hopefully, it will encourage readers like you to embark on similar journeys and lend a helping hand to people in need 🙂

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I am an INFJ.

“Though soft-spoken, they have very strong opinions and will fight tirelessly for an idea they believe in.

So indeed, I’m a heck of an introvert, probably because of my lazy eye haha xD But when it comes to my beliefs and values, I won’t hesitate to dedicate all that I have. ((That’s one of the reason why I started this blog, writing on human equality and rights.)) And that’s also the reason why I volunteered to be Overall In-Charge of a team of 32 poopheads through this arduous journey that we all embarked on together as one. It was definitely a golden opportunity for me to help the needy, and being a leader meant that I could contribute so much more.

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Of course, I had to muster a lot of courage. I was scared whether people would listen to me. I was afraid whether my planning would be adequately clear and detailed. But most importantly, I feared whether I, as the leader, could maximise the entire team’s contributions to the orphanage.

Looking back, I think everyone did a great job 🙂

First up, we completed our originally intended construction for them – a well-sheltered boys dormitory. It was expected to take five whole days, but due to our efficiency and teamwork, we finished it earlier than planned, opening up more time to interact with the children.

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Mainly, we taught them English, involving the alphabet, basic greetings and crucial words that would be used in daily life. Side Note: I want to highlight and acknowledge the painstaking efforts of the English Committee, for they actually drew each letter of the alphabet out, accompanied with a beautiful illustration of the corresponding object. For example, ‘A‘ and ‘Apple’, ‘B‘ and ‘Boy’. Apart from that, we also taught them nursery rhymes like “Mary Had A Little Lamb” and “London Bridge Is Falling Down“. The language barrier was the largest hurdle we faced, and to be honest, it was quite difficult trying to explain words using bodily actions, but we did it in the end, and this sense of accomplishment feels really surreal haha 🙂

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Of course, not all the lessons were so dry with academic content 😛 There were Handicraft sessions, which mostly comprised origami and colouring; Hygiene classes on washing hands and brushing teeth; Games like soccer, Frisbee, basketball and makeshift bowling using our recycled bottles of water HAHA. So what is basketball without a hoop, right? To be honest, that and the soccer goal post net were the accomplishments that I was most proud of. Without realising, I utilised the skills I previously learnt in Scouting and was creative in terms of sourcing for suitable materials.

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However, not everything was as perfect as I’ve described. Initially, we prepared a detailed timeline that we planned to follow. But then, there were numerous unexpected events. We overestimated time taken for each lesson, so there was a lot of free time. Some of the children also prefer to play with the balls, instead of colouring, etc. In essence, it wasn’t a smooth-sailing journey, and as the leader, you would have to come up with a solution as fast as possible. So, aside from the physical lethargy from construction work, I had to cope with the mental stress as well. Thankfully, the bus rides were long, and there was air-conditioning, which meant quality sleep haha x)

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Another thing was the number of casualties. At the start of the trip, everyone was in the pink of health. Then, everything changed when the Fire N- *cough* I mean, when people started to fall sick. On like the fourth day, three of my team mates were down with fever, and that triggered me to become more concerned for my friends’ well-being.

Also, my friend’s birthday happened to fall on one of the days, so me and another close friend of hers discreetly planned and bought the celebration food and beverages from a supermarket. It was a really budget birthday, but well it’s already plentiful for someone as unworthy and undeserving as her 😛

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Last but not least, I’ve learnt that it is one thing to preach about helping the needy, and another thing to lend them a helping hand first-hand. Beforehand, I thought they were merely a handful of handicaps that were in despair and desperately required support. But I realised sadness and poverty does not in fact go hand in hand. ((OKAY I SHALL STOP WITH ALL THE HANDS IM SINCERELY SORRY I GUESS I COULDNT… HAND-LE IT)) The children there were all cheerful and bubbly and they lived in satisfaction of what they possessed. One girl even told me she’d been to Singapore before and as much as she long for that modern affluent lifestyle, she is contented with this tight-knit community and relaxed environment. I’ve always had the mindset that poor people tend to be sad, but I’ve woken up to realise, maybe that’s not the case.

From the wide-known lyrics of Jessie J, I quote:

“It’s not about the money, money, money. “

So, as cliché as this may sound, but do we really need money in order to be happy?

((potential essay question for A levels haha))

Whatever the case, I’m extremely grateful to everyone who made this trip a success, namely our tour guide Ms Su and Mr Ye, and our beloved teachers, Ms Seah, Ms Ng and Mrs Koh. Of course, I also want to thank the other 31 uncooperative jerkpoops for this unpleasant and antagonising trip I had to suffer through with them. If there is a chance to go for another OCIP, I will definitely go for it! 🙂 here are just some random photos, not all otherwise it would flood the post haha

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HOPEFULLY IT WILL BE A DIFFERENT COUNTRY THOUGH BECAUSE I LITERALLY CANT STAND HOW MYANMAR LOVES TO PUT ONIONS IN EVERY FREAKING DISH.

Like this is probably what goes on in the kitchen:

Chef 1: “Hey Chef 2, what dish do you think we should cook? Onions with vegetables, Onions with beef, or Onions with Onions?”

Chef 2: “I think Onions with vegetables sounds good.”

Chef 1: “Great! Hey, how about we add some variety to the dish!”

Chef 2: “That would be fantastic! Hmm, I was thinking maybe pieces of roast chicken perhaps?”

Chef 1: “EW what no! I was thinking, why don’t instead of just onions, we have shredded onions, diced onions, onion rings, onion balls, onion syrup, ONION-FLAVOURED ROAST CHICKEN OMFG IM A GENIUS”

Chef 2: “Well done. Here’s an onion-flavoured cookie to reward you.”

Chef 1: “Omg I’m so touched I’m crying.”

Chef 2: “Yeahh… I don’t think that’s the reason why.”

Okay, I’m sorry. But yeah I believe you can tell I’m not a fan of onions. And just a few updates, I recently had some difficulty supressing my inner gamer so I played TERA: Fate of Arun for a little while. But I’ve since uninstalled it haha Self-Control A+ lol I’ll try to blog more XD I have quite a few topics I wanna talk about. That’s pretty much all, thanks for reading this lengthy post haha feel free to share your experiences of Myanmar or anything else in the comments below 🙂

What Constitutes A Good Leader?

Mr. Lee Kuan Yew, the first Prime Minister and founder of modern Singapore, passed away last Sunday, 23rd March 2015.

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In this post, I will draw 3 parallels from anime to Mr LKY, in order to clearly illustrate what it means to be a good leader. This is my way of thanking him for all that he has contributed for Singapore, for us.

1) He never gave up on Singapore. 

Having scarce natural resources and a microscopic land, Singapore was theoretically doomed to fail, or at least, Singapore’s progress was expected to be sluggish. And these were not the only few problems…

– People lived in filthy slums and mudflats.

– Unemployment rate was sky-high.

– Racial riots broke out many a times, resulting in social disorder.

But look at us now: Singapore currently has the 3rd highest GDP per capita in the world, and rated the top 9th country in terms of United Nations – Human Development Index. And not to brag, but Singapore has also been crowned as the best place to live on Earth *flips hair*

All this was possible due to the faith Mr LKY had in this country. He did not give up on us, and continuously put in his best effort to improve the economy, allowing a destitute dump to evolve into an urban utopia, a metropolitan and vibrant city.

This metamorphosis is also reflected in Amagi Brilliant Park, where Kanie Seiya transformed a desolate and run-down amusement park, into a lively and brilliant local attraction. Both Mr LKY and Kanie carried out difficult decisions and sacrifices, that proved to be beneficial for the society in the end. And that act alone is worthy of respect and admiration.

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2) He was far-sighted.

In No Game No Life, Sora tend to carry out actions that were seemingly trivial at first, but turned out to be a significant factor of victory later on. For example, in the game of Materialization Shiritori, Sora removed Jibril’s ability to fly, in order to prevent her from flying away when all of them were being sucked towards the inner core of the planet.

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I wouldn’t say Mr LKY was as intelligent or creative as ‘Blank’, but he was a judicious leader and knew what to do in order to lead Singapore to success.

Land pollution is detrimental to the environment, but in terms of the situation then, there were many other problems more pertinent to Singapore. However, Mr LKY decided to prioritise the litter issue and curb it immediately. Furthermore, he instructed for there to be more trees planted throughout the city, and for the Singapore River to be thoroughly cleaned free of waste. All this enabled Singapore to attained the title of ‘Garden City‘, a pristine environment with the harmonious coexistence of human and nature. This also attracted Foreign Direct Investment, greatly boosting Singapore’s economy.

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Aside from being green, Mr LKY also worked on proper housing, bilingualism, multi-racialism, anti-corruption, etc, which are now all prominent features of modern Singapore. This is why foresight and the envisioning of the future are vital skills that all leaders should possess and emulate from Mr LKY.

3) He was widely respected and admired.

In order to be a leader, you need to have followers, and your followers must respect you.

After the death of Mr LKY, an estimated 447,299 Singaporeans & non-Singaporeans went to the Istana to pay their respects to Lee Kuan Yew. The queue stretched over kilometers and were over 8-10 hours long, but Singaporeans queued regardless, reason being that “these few hours of queuing is nothing compared to the entirety of his life Mr Lee Kuan Yew has dedicated and devoted to the development of Singapore”. On 29 March 2015, as the funeral cortege was heading towards the University Cultural Centre, thousands of Singaporeans lined the streets despite the heavy downpour, just to send Mr LKY off.

And it’s not just Singapore. President Obama called Mr LKY a “true giant of history”. On his death, Prime Minister Modi declared a national day of mourning in India. He was twice named one of Time‘s Most Influential people – of the 20th Century in 1999, and of the new decade in 2010. And the list goes on – countless of foreign leaders sent messages of condolences and shared how Mr LKY’s leadership has inspired them one way or another.

In Sengoku Musou, Lord Hideyoshi unified Japan and ended all the ongoing wars between regions. His passing was definitely a sad loss for all, as everyone revered him.

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These are not the only traits that a good leader should have. But at the same time, not all leaders are the same, and no leader is perfect.

Mr Lee Kuan Yew gave his whole life to Singapore, and it is because of his actions that many Singaporeans are able to experience this high standard of living we have now.

I, as an individual of the younger generation, may not have experienced the effects of your actions first-hand, but I am very thankful for having this safe and comfortable environment to learn, work, play and live my life.

Thank you Mr Lee Kuan Yew, and may you Rest In Peace. 

The Liebster Award

Yes, I know an award doesn’t mean anything… BUT IM SO HAPPY I FINALLY GOT IT T>T i mean it was quite depressing seeing your whole feed full of Liebster Nominees without your name HAHA maybe it’s a sign of how lousy I am as a blogger XD

Tagged by WakuWafu: Check out his Liebster Nomination! (Part 1) and (Part 2)

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What is the Liebster Award? 

From the Official Website:

“The Liebster Award was created to recognize and/or discover other bloggers.

It has German origins – the word “liebster” has several definitions: dearest, sweetest, kindest, nicest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, welcome, sweetheart and boyfriend.

The choice lies within each of us to ACCEPT it, and continue PAYING IT FORWARD or to refuse to accept it, thereby STOPPING or INTERRUPTING the chain. However, if you stop the chain, you are only hurting yourself.

I would like to add that you can nominate someone who already has been given this award, as long as they have less than 1000 followers/subscribers. The idea behind this award is to recognize new bloggers and help promote them! The benefit is that you get from doing this is that you get some promotion, too! (Think about it, if they are obligated to link to you, then whomever lands on their site could also click the link and land on yours. If you multiply the number of people who can potentially see and land on your blog, you can clearly see that you will get more readers, more business and reach more people. This is just another way to help get your blog “out there”!) ”

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1) What made you start a blog?

In July 2014, I realised that watching anime alone was not a meaningful activity. Since I had a personal blog back then, I decided to start another blog, which would revolve around anime. However, I didn’t want to be like the thousands of anime review blogs; I wanted to be unique and outstanding. So, I asked myself, “What do you want to give the readers?” And the first thought that came to my mind, was encouragement and motivation. Thus, I wrote posts on perseverance and optimism. The more I wrote, the more diverse my topics became, and then, it transformed into the Zyrogate Faine you see here today :3

2) What’s one show you would consider a hidden gem? 

Selector Infected/Spread WIXOSS

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Okay, it’s not the best anime ever, but I extremely loved it. Why? Simply because it exceeded all of my initial expectations. I originally perceived it to be a cute, flashy anime that focused on the theme of perseverance, especially when the MC is battling against a tough, overbearing opponent. But not only did it accomplish that, the friendship in Season 1 was utterly sweet and the “Despair VS Hope” theme was just superb in Season 2. Darkest anime I have ever seen, both metaphorically and literally ((I swear the kidnapping scene was so dark even with max brightness)) As dark as it may be, it is definitely not dull, and it really shines as bright as any well done anime in the industry. In my opinion, this anime is truly a hidden gem.

3) Who is your favourite character in anime or outside of anime?

I like a handful of characters, but no character that I have seen, has ever been able to catch my full attention and overwhelm me with its personality. Similar to real life, I have yet to find the one for me 🙂

But if I were just to consider appearance solely, it would have to be Takeru from Kamigami no Asobi :3

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4) What is one superpower you would like to have?

Nothing.

Now, before you start calling me dumb, I’d like to defend myself.

Take Inou-Battle wa Nichijou-kei no Naka de (When Supernatural Battles Became Commonplace) for example. They definitely possessed one of the best superpowers in the world: the power to manipulate time, the power to materialize any object, THE POWER TO CTRL-Z ANYTHING.

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But could any of them get Andou to fall in love with them? Could Chifuyu use her powers to solve her friendship problems with Kuki? Could Sayumi use her powers to become a perfect lady? And could Hatoko use her powers to understand WHAT THE HECK ANDO IS TALKING ABOUT SOMETIMES?

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Indeed, superpowers could solve certain struggles and make life more convenient and comfortable. But it cannot solve everything. Furthermore, these struggles in life are what makes us who we are! We have overcome those obstacles through sheer determination, sweat and toil. Through those obstacles, we have grown as a human being, as an individual. If we used our superpowers to ramp through all those walls, all that’s left is a pile of rubble. Instead, we could look for the entrance, obtain the key, and walk through the door of success.

And anyways, I believe in facts and science, so here’s the hard truth: superpowers do not exist.

5) Do you have a least favourite show?

Nope I don’t exactly have a least favourite show. There are some which I do not like, but I don’t exactly rank the bottom few.

6) What’s the funniest joke you’ve ever come across in anime?

Dang. I really can’t rmb any… I should try to save some of the screencaps in the future. Well, if you want jokes, you could watch Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun, it was one of the funniest anime I watched.

7) Who is one character you identify yourself with most?

I identify myself most with Sheele from Akame ga Kill! Even though she was the first member to die, she left the most significant impact on me, for I could empathise with her. Throughout her life, she wanted to be useful to others. She had a knack for killing people, so she wanted to utilize this skill to help others. I, too, want to be of use to others. Sorry for this analogy, but I don’t mind if they use me as a condom and throw me away, I just want to contribute to their life. When I die, I want to be at least remember for all the things I have done for others, such that I won’t die hollow and empty.  Despite dying, Sheele definitely succeeded in her life goal. She sacrificed herself for Mine, and that’s the biggest contribution anyone can ever give.

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Plus, I find myself to be quite quiet as well, similar to Sheele. However, I also have this scary, cold personality inside of me, which very rarely surfaces, only in extreme conditions. Like Sheele, I only display this attitude to people that I hate, whom tends to be individuals that hurt/bully others. I unleashed this fury twice so far, but I hope that it won’t surface again? So please don’t make me angry ^^

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8) When you are feeling sad, what cheers you up most of all?

I blast anime songs on my earpieces, especially uplifting songs like Dancing Dolls from Soul Eater Not!, and Hanayamata from Hanayamata.

9) What is the one thing you would most like to do this year?

To carry out the action which is synonymous to the act of stepping out of the cupboard 🙂

10) Which was your favourite anime of this year/last year?

Last Year: Nagi no Asukara / No Game No Life

This Year: Death Parade / Assassination Classroom

I know it is too early to say for 2015, but both of them are one of the best anime I have ever seen, though I have only watched around 100 anime.

11) If you could change one thing about anime, what would it be?

Gay and lesbian couples (Yaoi & Yuri) becoming a normal occurrence in mainstream anime, even if they are merely side characters. There are a lot of Yaoi & Yuri anime now, but they are always classified under the ‘Yaoi’ or ‘Yuri’ category. I want to change it such that Yaoi & Yuri becomes assimilated into normal anime as a minor aspect, and majority of people do not mind it. This will then hopefully lead to a slight improvement in attitude towards homosexuals in real life.

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11 Facts About Myself

  1. I am a Singaporean guy, 16 years old.
  2. I am a Fudanshi and proud to be one 🙂
  3. I only started watching anime in December 2013
  4. I have Strabismus Amblyopia (lazy eye), where my right eye is slanted to the right even though I may be looking forward
  5. Once upon a time, I played LoL but I got rid of the addiction 😀
  6. I was a Scout for 4 years
  7. Now, I am in a Theatre Arts (English Drama) club
  8. School takes up almost 70% of my life, the rest belonging to anime, blogging, friends and family ((don’t really have time to do anything else T>T))
  9. I want to be a community volunteer in the future, but due to financial reasons, I might have to be a chemical engineer, which I am still also quite interested in.
  10. My favourite subject is English Literature bc although I’m not good at it, I love how there is so much meaning and significance behind those mere words 🙂
  11. The only foreign countries I have been to are Malaysia and Hong Kong. ((Meanwhile, my friends and classmates go to Australia/Europe/US every year, so…))

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My Nominations

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Questions for You

1) For what purpose, did you start blogging?

2) What is the reason behind your blog name?

3) Why is the sky blue?

4) Are your mindset and actions influenced by society/religion?

5) Intelligence Quotient (IQ) vs Emotional Quotient (EQ), which is more important?

6) How do you envision the world to be like in 50 years time? What differences will there be between today’s society and then?

7) What is the one thing that you want to do most this year? How are you going to achieve it?

8) Favourite character in anime of all time?

9)  Favourite OP/ED?

10) Favourite anime of 2014?

11) What does the fox say?

Note: Q8, 9 and 10 are questions on anime. If you feel that any questions in this list are not applicable to you, you can choose not to answer it.

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Official Rules of the Liebster Award

If you have been nominated for The Liebster Award AND YOU CHOOSE TO ACCEPT IT, write a blog post about the Liebster award in which you:

Thank the person who nominated you, and post a link to their blog on your blog.

Display the award on your blog — by including it in your post and/or displaying it using a “widget” or a “gadget”. (Note that the best way to do this is to save the image to your own computer and then upload it to your blog post.)

Answer 11 questions about yourself, which will be provided to you by the person who nominated you.

Provide 11 random facts about yourself.

Nominate 5 – 11 blogs that you feel deserve the award, who have a less than 1000 followers. (Note that you can always ask the blog owner this since not all blogs display a widget that lets the readers know this information!)

Create a new list of questions for the blogger to answer.

List these rules in your post (You can copy and paste from here.)

Once you have written and published it, you then have to: Inform the people/blogs that you nominated that they have been nominated for the Liebster award and provide a link for them to your post so that they can learn about it (they might not have ever heard of it!).

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Thankew for reading my Liebster Award post! If you can relate to anything that I have shared, feel free to tell me in the comments below! ^^