Temporary Hiatus Break for one thing: Sunshine Blogger Award!


Did you miss me? I don’t have any new reviews at the moment, but I need to get this out there. It’s long overdue, but I’m accepting this Sunshine Blogger Award! I would like to thank Megan AKA A Geeky Gal for the nomination! Sorry for the belated award, but better late than never, right?

The Rules:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and link back to their blog.
  • Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.
  • Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
    List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog.

Without further ado, here are my answers to Megan’s questions.

1. What song do you think makes people remember you?

Good question. I’d say for some of my friends back in college a while ago, it would be “Sunbittern” by Driver Eight. That chorus is simple and catchy. Driver Eight is also one of the most underrated indie rock bands of the 90s, and I will hear no word to the contrary. Their only album Watermelon is fantastic from start to finish with no bad songs on it.

2. What character would you choose to be your best friend?

There are so many tough choices out there. I might say Reki from Haibane Renmei. I found her character to be relatable. Both of us are creative individuals who do our best to care about others, but have dark pasts. I want her to get better and show that she’s not useless or worthless.

3. What book do you need to read/game you need to play/show you need to watch?

This is a very recent read, but I’ve been getting into the works of Cheikh Anta Diop over the past several months. One of his books I’d recommend is Civilization or Barbarism. He really breaks down African world history in ways you never learned in school by going way back to ancient times with the cradle of civilization. Dr. Diop has spent his life’s work with the history they never show in so many schools.

4. Have you smashed any personal goals recently?

Yes, actually! I finished a personal goal of writing 10 books. Half of them are published and the other half will be very very soon. πŸ™‚

5. If someone wanted to understand you, what should they read, watch, and play?

So many potential choices. Haha! I might say a mix between the game show version of Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?, Yugo the Negotiator, and a bit of Sun Ra’s music.

6. List your favorite fandoms and one character from each that you identify with.

Besides Haibane Renmei, I’d say some of my favorite fandoms and characters would be as follows:

Yugo the Negotiator (Yugo Beppu)
Shinesman (Shinesman Sepia)
Kimba the White Lion (Kimba)
Texhnolyze (Onishi)
Hikaru no Go (Isumi)

7. What are three things that you are enjoying right now?

In no particular order: A Compensatory Counter-Racist Code by Neely Fuller Jr., Konono No. 1’s discography, and some matches from UK based Riptide Wrestling.Yes, it’s quite random.

8. What is your favorite YouTube channel?

Dr. Mumbi Seraki. I learned a TON about Africa through her channel. She’s made great videos with subjects ranging from African history, doing city tours of various locales (the one of Nairobi was awesome with the smart apartments), advice to people, interviews, Namibia trying to get justice after Germany committed genocide against that country, and even calling out Disney for their cultural appropriation by trademarking “Hakuna Matata” (Seriously, WTF?! Screw corporate colonization!).

9. List three of your favorite songs right now.

10. What are some ways you practice self care that others might consider different or weird?

As far as self-care is concerned, it’s cooking more often than eating out or relying on a microwave. I’ve learned how to make fufu (an African dish), some custom avocado ramen stir fry, and some scrambled egg dishes recently.

11. What is the hardest part about blogging?

It’s being able to schedule everything outside of work and important tasks for me.

I now hereby nominate the following:

1. Swo8
2. Lethargic Ramblings
3. Moyatori
4. Scott from Mechanical Anime Reviews
5. Leon Kwasi
6. Ameithyst
7. K. E. Garland
8. Jill Denison
9. Jane Dougherty
10. Lumi
11. Kelly from Black Burgundy



    • Yes, this was a recent thing for me. Fufu is bland by itself, but the texture is great and you can dip it in soups, stews, or other dips available. I usually add some spices and a bit of butter when I’ve made recent batches. It’s easy to make with corn meal (even though it’s normally made with cassava flour which is harder to come by round here) with boiled water. There are two reasons why I made fufu. One, I have a resolution to do more cooking instead of microwaving everything or getting restaurant food. Secondly, I found out that Congolese was a major ethnic group in my DNA test among other samples from Africa and Europe respectively (I’m from a biracial family) which may explain some Congolese musicians on this list and other mentions of the Congo in my other blogs. Botondi yo, Moya (Thank you, Moya in Lingala).

      No problem. I’ll be looking forward to your post about this particular award.


      • Thanks, Moya! I’m glad you thought it was fascinating. You should try fufu sometime.

        Aww! Likambo te. Matombeli ya malamu, ndeko! (You’re welcome. Best wishes [to you], brother!).

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      • Ooh, I’m loving this language. I’m guessing that “yo” and “te” are both words that refer to the second person? (Also, spoilers: I’m a sister not a brother πŸ˜‚)

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      • Lingala has been a fun language to learn so far. I still have to get used to the sentence structure compared to English or even when I took Japanese classes a long time ago. “Yo” is a term for the second person and equivalent to “you”. “Te” is actually a negative term equivalent to “no/not/don’t”, so what I said could literally mean “No problem” or “Don’t mention it” as a way to say “You’re welcome.” Another example could be “Olobaka falanse te.” or “I don’t speak French.”

        OH MY GOD! I’m really really sorry about that. I didn’t know. However, if there’s any consolation, Lingala has gender neutral pronouns and the word ndeko can mean both brother and sister depending on what gender you’re talking to. What I said in Lingala would still be the same, but my English translated term would have to be different.

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      • No problem, Moya! It’s been a fun language to learn so far. I haven’t learned a language this actively since I took Japanese courses years ago at a community college during my high school years.

        Thank you. It’s interesting because a word like ndeko works in both genders and there are no set words specifically for “he” or “she” whenever you use a sentence. Lingala speakers in the Congo will know what you’re talking about especially if there’s a masculine or feminine name in the sentence.

        Do you know any other languages besides English? I think I remember you saying you were of Chinese or Taiwanese descent (please correct me if I’m wrong) when we talked about my Piano in a Factory review and/or when I read some of your posts on your blog.

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      • Ahh, sorry for the late reply. You recalled correctly! I am Taiwanese and I speak Mandarin and a bit of the traditional dialect, Min/Hokkien. I’ve also come to learn Japanese and some rudimentary Spanish and Latin. Am now learning Cantonese because of my boyfriend!

        You can say I’m not committed enough to any language, but I consider myself to be a lingophile. My uni major is English literature, but honestly, it could have been literature in any other language if I didn’t live in Canada.

        I wish you good luck learning Lingala! It must be lots of fun, and I hope you learn more about your heritage along the way.

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      • Sure thing, Moya. Yes, I remembered right! That’s really cool how you know or are learning those languages. I want to learn more languages, too. Out of curiosity, what are some differences between Mandarin and Cantonese?

        Gotcha. That’s still good. I’ve liked geography and I liked writing, but I never studied as much when it came to languages besides the Japanese classes I took at a community college during my later high school years.

        Thank you very much. I’ve been enjoying it so far and I will definitely learn more about my Congolese heritage and the other big samples I got.

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      • I may be biased, but Cantonese is much harder to learn! This is mainly because it has 9 different tones (6 main ones) that are difficult to distinguish, but that affect the meaning of words. It’s almost like different musical notes that only certain people can distinguish! I can only distinguish between about 4/6 of the main tones. On the other hand, Mandarin only has 4 tones.

        If you conquer that though, the languages are quite similar. Both have very few grammatical rules to learn, and are liberally punctuated even in more formal writing. My boyfriend can translate things pretty intuitively from Canto to Mando with very good accuracy!

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      • And to add to that, it’s quite uncommon to “write in Cantonese”, though there are specific characters unique to the language. Most Cantonese speakers can read “Mandarin writing”, but pronounce words differently in their heads. So one Chinese text can be read in two different languages. Pretty neat, I think!

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      • I knew some Chinese languages are tonal in nature, but I didn’t realize there were that many tones for Cantonese. Wow! That must be crazy deciphering everything like how the tone changes the whole meaning of the word.

        Gotcha. That’s good to know about the grammatical rules. I always worry about grammar and sentence structure when I try to learn new languages. Good on him for translating between those languages.

        Is that so? That’s interesting about Canto and Mando. I can see how there would be some similarities. I’ve been seeing that with Lingala, too. There are some similar words in that language compared to Tshiluba (another Congolese language), Zulu and even Swahili. Like the word Wapi (where) is the same in both Lingala and Swahili for example.

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