Sunday, 6 May 2012

The joy of randomness...

I was tagged by the lovely SeƱora from I heart Mondegreens in Spain. I like memes so I've taken Michi's questions and combined them with a few other memes / questions I received on email. And voila:

1. What is your favourite saying, or motto?
The mark of a brilliant mind is one that can entertain a thought without necessarily accepting it ~ Aristotle

2. What is your dream job?
I have a few, but it would depend on where I am situated. An ice-cream taster in Italy; a Shepherd in Austria; a Barista in Costa Rica; a tube-driver or a professional protester in London.

3. What part of the world do you have little interest in travelling to? And which part of the world is next on your “list”?
Well, I never ever wake up with the urge to go to Australia. Although I wouldn’t rule it out entirely. India is definitely last on my list. No offence to the Aussies or Indians!! Next on the list - Croatia (iA).

4. If you could live anywhere, where would it be?
Anywhere on the Mediterranean coast.

5. When you travel, do you prefer to go to the city or the countryside?

6. What is the last thing you think about before falling asleep?

7. Are you a gardener, or a garden admirer? You can be both!
Admirer, I have no interest in getting into the earth until I’m dead.

8. Do you enjoy cooking? If so, what are some meals you like to prepare when you entertain?
Yes very much so. When entertaining, I like to make what the guest likes/prefers... anything from roast chicken with rice & vegetables to roast leg of lamb or grilled fish, a chicken curry or chicken Biryani. I also love making pasta and delicious quick & easy meals. Try this out:

1) 1 or 2 medium potatoes - washed and baked in an oven at 180⁰C/350⁰F (For the Baked / Jacket Potato)
2) 1 tin Tuna - drained from any liquid
3) 1 small onion - diced and pan fried lightly in olive oil until golden, then drained of oil
4) 1 or 2 eggs - boiled and diced
5) 1 green chilli (pepper pod) – de-seeded and chopped into tiny bits
6) Cheddar cheese - (quantity as preferred) diced into small cubes
7) A handful of coriander (cilantro) - chopped
8) 2 or 3 tablespoons of mayonnaise
9) Crushed black pepper and salt to taste
10) Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl. You can add or omit ingredients according to your preferences. Makes 2 - 4 servings.
Lunch is served.

9. Do you parallel park or drive around the block?
Parallel Park.

10. If there were 7 people from any time period you could invite to dinner, who would they be?
Prophet Solomon (AS)
Niccolo Machiavelli
Cyrus The Great
Khidr the Guide
Frida Kahlo
Omar (RA) – Companion to the Prophet Muhammed (SAW)

11. Have you ever written or would you like to write a short story, memoir, or novel?
Have never written a book – but several short stories. I’d like to write an autobiography. And I have a novel or three located somewhere in my brain.

12. What kind of music helps you unwind?

Ben – Michael Jackson

Per TeJosh Groban

13. When was the last time you cried?
30th of March 1982 at 04:20am.

14. Which lyrics aptly describe your love life?
It might seem like a crush, but it doesn't mean that I'm serious. 'Cause to lose all my senses, that is just so typically me. Oh baby, baby...Oops! I did it again. I played with your heart, got lost in the game. Oh baby, baby... Oops! You think I'm in love, that I'm sent from above, I'm not that innocent.

15. What do you most enjoy about blogging, and what advice would you give new bloggers?
I love the global interaction... the blogger ethnogenesis, the blurring of geographical boundaries, the interweaving of various ethnicities and cultures... and the knowledge that despite the distances and differences, we are more alike than we are different. Our bonds are threads etched in the fabric of humankind.

My advice to all “new” bloggers is to just be yourself because everybody else is taken. Use your mind, but let the words flow from your heart and soul.

I tag everyone who wants to do this, but RCB, Prixie, Angie, Juliette, Jaya and Deidre in particular.


  1. I never figured you for a Britney fan. And I'm stunned that you don't cry! I cry enough for the both of us - just not in public...usually.

  2. Thanks Azra! I will do so at my soonest.

  3. Roving Retorter
    I wanted to tag you too, but I didn't know if memes were your kind of thing. The irony is that I don't really like the song "Oops! I did it again"... never did. The lyrics are appropriate though. I'm trying to work on those areas of my life that need improving. I am a fan of Britney's performances, think she is/was one of the best stage performers in my (or any) generation.

    I'm looking forward to it :D

  4. oh Azra. Australia is beautiful. i love that place. lovely country sites and beaches. it's one of the places on earth i would love to migrate to.

    and that lunch looks amazing :)
    should give it a try.

  5. In 1988 I believe it was, I heard MJ sing Ben live a couple of yeards away from me. It was beautiful.

  6. I think reading the answers to a meme is the easiest way to get to know a blogger.

    professional protester in London... I think that's pretty a pretty interesting dream job :)

  7. Jaya
    I guess my aversion to Australia is because we always hear how similar it is to South Africa - and I think to myself: why would I want to go to a place I already live in? But I never say never... and I love travelling too much to say "no" to a long haul flight :)

    I love the song. I love this particular version of it - think it's executed perfectly, every pitch every note *sigh* I loved MJ y'know :)

    Terra Shield
    I agree, it's the best way to get to know what someone really is about. Give it a shot if you feel up to it! :)

  8. I know that. By the way, I've done my homework, Teach.

  9. well, Azra,
    my dream destination is Africa :)
    always have been.

  10. RCB
    I'm proud of you LOL! Your answers are so... YOU! :D

    Well what are you waiting for? Come on over, and I'll be more than happy to be your guide :D

  11. your funny! i enjoyed reading. i just posted as well, thanks to being tagged by Michi!

  12. lelobandito
    I wish I could read your answers - can't seem to find your site! (Your profile appears blank). But thanks for commenting and the compliment :)

  13. Your dream job is a shepherd in Austria?. Is that because of the simplicity of life and the beautiful hills, what about the Arnie accents? .The baked potato recipe i will try, and no doubt mess up, i can burn water.Frida Khalo would be an interesting guest, i wonder what she would make of the world now?. Modern medicine might heal her, but would she be the same artist or person?.

  14. Wow Azra - we are very similar! Love the comment "Be yourself, everyone is taken" I shall be answering my questions later today! :)

  15. sundersartwork
    Yes a Shepherd. I quite enjoy doing a whole lot of nothing. And Frida Kahlo fascinates me :)

    Would be interesting to read your list! :)

  16. Well, as it happens I'm a Serb who was born and grew up in Croatia, but immigrated to Australia just before the war ended -- how's THAT for question #3!

    Tee hee...!

    If you need any tips and/or advice on Croatia, hit me up at my blog. You'll love it.

    ...Croatia, that is, not my blog. Wait, who am I kidding, you'll probably love my blog too. Bwah! :P

    But yes, Croatia is gorgeous and I feel very privileged to have grown up there. 'Cept for the whole WAR PART, ugh. Yeah, that sucked donkey's balls. All the same, I'm lucky to know many parts and regions of it like the back of my hand, and look forward to returning in September this year (my husband and I are going to Europe -- Paris, London, etc -- plus returning to Serbia and Croatia for some goooood visits).

    Also, Tahiti? Siiiiiiiiigh.

    Oh, and now I've got Britney in my head. Which is kinda fine since I love me some Old School Britney!

  17. Pretzel Thief
    Hello :) Well THANK THE LORD the war is over. No one ever wins in these pointless wars. I'm sure you're looking forward to your trip... I would be counting down the days! :D

  18. Yes, spot-on. That war was the biggest bullshit ever -- then again, which one isn't -- especially since all three sides (i.e. all three governments and their respective armies) sunk so abhorrently low as to commit atrocities to The Other. Ugh!

    Funnily enough, I'm not looking forward to the trip that the moment. I KNOW, RIGHT?! What the hell is wrong with me, aaaaiiiiiieeeeee. This is very unlike me because I adore travelling and when there's a trip planned I look forward to it months in advance. I hope this isn't a sense of foreboding and that we won't die in a fiery plane crash, bahahahah. Now that I've put it out into the universe it CAN'T happen, right? ;-) God forbid, heh.

    I'm sure I'll start looking forward to it big-time a few weeks pre departure date...and there's nothing like the actual day of your flight, suuuuuuch excitement...and then after you've checked in at the airport, and when you're waiting to board. EEEEP! (Okay, maybe I am a wee bit excited after all. I'm not dead inside!! :P)

  19. I love your motto. And you're so right about fantasy jobs changing depending on location...

  20. Pretzel Thief
    I'm sure the excitement will peak as you get closer to your departure date :)

    Speaking of which, I need a new job. And a new location :)