Getting a little bit of sunshine

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The blogging community is a little bit awesome. Well, the very lovely T over at The Focused Filmographer was very kind to pass on the Sunshine Award to me.

The Sunshine Award is presented to ‘bloggers who positively and creatively inspire others in the blogosphere.’

Which is flattering and brilliant. Along with this, I have to answer a few questions about myself. Here’s a list of all the award rules:

The Sunshine Award

  1. Include the award’s logo in a post or on your blog.
  2. Link to the person who nominated you.
  3. Answer 10 questions about yourself (use these or come up with your own).
  4. Nominate 10 bloggers.
  5. Link your nominees to the post and comment on their blogs, letting them know they have been nominated.


1. Favourite Actor? (Who’s not a household name)

Bryan Cranston

Bryan Cranston. He’s not a household name, right? (According my BF, he’s not. That’s all lies. My neighbours wouldn’t know who Bryan Cranston is!) And no, this isn’t just because of Breaking Bad. But Breaking Bad and Malcolm in the Middle. How can one actor go from playing Hank to Walter White and play them both so brilliantly? They’re total polar opposites. Or if you subscribe to some theories from reddit, they’re both very similar.

2. Favourite Food?

Tricky! I love all food. Seriously, sweet or savoury. Anything. My mum’s chicken curry is awesome. My BF’s pancakes are just freaking perfect. I make a very awesome lemon meringue pie, if I say so myself. In the winter, there’s nothing better than a massive warming stew or soup. But then in the summer, I’d give anything for the biggest bowl of salad.

Oh, you know what? BBQ food is awesome. I think there’s a general rule that anything cooked over an open flame or coals or wood or any sort of fire is going to taste good.

3. Favourite Non-Alcoholic Drink?

Water. Not joking. There is nothing better when it’s freaking hot outside. And it does a whole lot more for you when you’re trying to keep awake at work.

Okay, what else? A GOOD cup of coffee. None of that Starbucks, Cafe Nero, Costa, etc stuff. But a really good cup of coffee. That’s so good that it doesn’t need sugar or milk. It changes flavour as it cools. Mmmm. Freshly squeezed orange juice is fantastic. Sugar cane, lime and ginger juice is damn near perfect. Fresh coconut water – as in from the green coconuts.

4. Favorite Animal?


Dog. Easy. Not all that surprising. Adore the family pooch, Cody. German shepherd and so, so mental it’s hilarious. Mental in the good way. She’s got such a unique character (Which I’m sure all dog owners will say of their own dogs.) and her quirks make her all the more special.

5. Favorite Number?


Thirteen. Yes, this is my birth date, but it’s not just because of that. Or maybe it is. You decide. I like that it’s thought of as unlucky. Because honestly, who really believes that shit?

6. Favorite Color?


RED. One wall of my living room is red. My sofas are red. The lamps and rug in my living room have red on them. In my bedroom my curtains and bed spread are red. My car is red. I might have a slight red obsession. Maybe.

7. My Passion?

Something I’m still trying to figure out. Passion is a strong word in my eyes. I love film. Taking photos. Theme parks. Technology. Food. Cooking. Baking. Film soundtracks. TV. Is it sad to admit that I’ve not found my passion in life yet?

8. Favorite Day of the Week?

Sometimes it’s Fridays. Just because of that feeling when you finish work, and it’s the longest time before you have to go back to work. But then I love Saturdays as well. You can have a lie in. You can have a whole day to do whatever the crap you want. Saturdays have got OPPORTUNITY smacked all over them. Then you have Sundays – Sundays are those days where you have every right to do nothing and just chill. It’s the end of the weekend, so make the most of it!

9. Favorite Flower?


Night blooming jasmine. The flowers might not look all that spectacular, but oh my god – it smells amazing! Just beautiful. I used to have that growing outside my bedroom window and in summer, whenever I had the window opening while I slept, my whole bedroom smelled of it. A-mazing.

10. Favorite Soundtrack from 2013?

Django Unchained. Hey, the film was released in 2013 in this country. So I count this in my 2013 list. Tarantino’s film soundtracks are always pretty much perfect. I’ve been fairly disappointed soundtrack wise this year. Had high hopes for M83’s Oblivion soundtrack, but it lacked anything spectacular. Enjoyed Ramin Djawadi’s work on Pacific Rim, but again, it lacked anything amazing. Oh and was a little bit disappointed with Hans Zimmer’s work on Man of Steel. Again, it just wasn’t all that memorable.

That’s those questions answered. Guess it’s now my turn to pass the questions on to ten more people. Trouble is, I am VERY sure that almost every blogger I know has already been tagged in this. So apologies if you have already!

  1. Movies and songs 365
  2. Awesomely Shitty
  3. My Filmviews
  4. Girls Speak Geek
  5. The Warning Sign
  6. Humaira
  7. One Part Chaos
  8. Untold Blisses
  9. 3 Guys 1 Movie
  10. Mild Concern

Thanks again The Focused Filmographer for sending this on to me.


  1. Thanks for including me! Yeah, water is underrated! That lemon meringue pie sounds tasty 🙂 There’s still time to find you passion.
    Better get to work on a post of my own. I’m not too comfortable revealing personal stuff online, but I’ll see what I can do.

    Soundtracks. Was impressed by the score for Upstream Color. The movie isn’t out yet in UK, but soundtrack was released on
    Others scores I like from 2013: Trance, The Place Beyond The Pines & Stoker.
    By the way, your website looks a lot different, congrats on the new design!

    • Is it weird that I feel like I need to see the film before listening to the soundtrack? It feels like I’m spoiling myself for the film if I listen beforehand! Got those films to watch, so will definitely check out the soundtracks after I’ve seen them.

  2. If it were possible to eat nothing but Lemon Meringue Pie all day and not die of sugar-related heart disease 5 years later, I totally would. There are worse ways to go!

    Bryan Cranston is a brilliant choice. I finally started watching Breaking Bad (on season 2 atm) and was surprised not to recognise him in Rock of Ages when I first watched it. Complete contrast of characters. Amazingly diverse actor.

    Cody would make anyone choose dogs 🙂

      • Yeah, it was a shocker! I didn’t recognise him at first, but I started to get that ‘I know that voice…’ and eventually it clicked. Brilliant 😀

    • I think so too. Hope he gets some more equally meaty work now that Breaking Bad is over. Or soon to be *sniff*

  3. Haven’t visited this blog for a while, so just looking out the new theme. I actually love jasmine too, I love the aroma on everything, like tea for example. And Django Unchained soundtrack is awesome!

  4. I love your new blog layout Jaina. Great answers, LOVE that you picked Bryan Cranston! I LOVE jasmine flower too, there’s something so mystical about them. When I was in Bali I love seeing the flower behind their ears 😀

  5. Thanks for the award Jaina! I’ll do it when I come out of hiding. I still haven’t watched Breaking Bad, but I can’t believe it’s the same actor who played the dad in Malcolm in the Middle, talk about versatility!

  6. Bryan Cranston’s face is probably a household thing, but I don’t think that many people know him by name and immediately relate him to the Breaking Bad series. Lets not forget he’s been getting more roles in the big screen since the acclaimed tv show began. How can one not love him in Malcolm in the Middle? I miss that show.

    My favorite color is also RED, but I may not have the kind of “obsession” you have for it. I also like a bright orange, or a bright green.

    Anyway, this was interesting to read. I really like the new layout of your blog.

    • Malcolm in the Middle was fantastic. Definitely one of those shows I’ll always remember.

      Thanks, Niels 🙂

  7. how fun! Thanks for including me 🙂

    Water is seriously underrated. But if I had to pick a second favorite I’d pick an Irish Breakfast latte. I love Irish Breakfast tea (and Scottish Breakfast) and I drink them with half and half so making it a latte just makes it smooth and scrumptious.

    I loved the Pacific Rim soundtrack but I really want the song from the end credits and haven’t been able to find it anywhere yet. That’s the song that would have been that something amazing to make it my pick.

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