Happy Thanksgiving! Celebrating with Special Guests

Happy Thanksgiving, my lovely friends in the US! Hope you are spending your time with the people the matter in your life and being thankful for everything. Drew from Drew’s Movie Reviews (and also my awesome co-host from the 80s blogathon we hosted earlier this year!) graciously invited me to join into his joint point about why we are thankful for our blog and for being a blogger. It was a ton of fun to get this done! There’s never enough chances to say more thanks for just making this blogging experience last for so many years. As much as this blog is for myself to share thoughts, its amazing that anyone drops by to read!. With that said, a huge thanks to Drew for asking me to join in!

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Today is a day here in the States that we give thanks for what we have and the people in our lives.  A time we gather around our table eating gravy-smothered turkey, stuffing, beats, and pumpkin pie.  A time we gather around the television, screaming and cheering at the football game.  A time we talk with those not seen often, catching up on lost time.  A time we remember those who are special in ours lives, especially those no longer with us.  No matter how Thanksgiving is spent, it is always with family and loved ones.

We all have something to be thankful for in our lives.  For me, this blog has become something extra special to me, way more than I ever imagined when I first started in the summer of 2013.  Now, I don’t know about you, but I am a horrible (great?) procrastinator.  At any…

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More Awards?! *blush*

I go through phases of awards here. I think after a few that has gathered together, I really  need to get my act together and start thanking everyone! We’re lingering between the past Canadian Thanksgiving and the upcoming American Thanksgiving so maybe its okay during this time to be repetitive and keep thanking you all for the support. As much as I blog because I love it, a lot of you make me keep doing this day in day out.  I already talk to myself a whole lot at home, its either that or I talk to my cat, and she just looks at me like I’m crazy or that I’m bothering her sleep, so its nice when I know someone out there reads my ramblings and doesn’t want to throw tomatoes at me.

I’m trying to remember for the past month..I really don’t think there was any other awards before that, but if there were and I never made a post for it, just email me, tweet me, leave a comment.  I’m getting back on schedule with the blog.  I do this to give you the mention! Its the least I could do for thinking of Tranquil Dreams.

First up, we have Greg at “Destroy All Fanboys” nominating me for the award of The Versatile Blogger Award on October 21st.

5th time!

5th time!

I pride myself in being versatile.  Its something I realized my blog is all about.  food, photography, travel, festivals, movies, music, pinterest, crafts, workouts and books.  You name it and I can probably whip up a post about it some time or another.  Its also the reason I realized that I don’t have time to keep everything under control.  However, whenever I receive one of these, its my boost to remind myself that I’m doing something right and someone out there is enjoying it 🙂

Thank you Greg! Now you have the right to request something you’d like me to post about if you ever want to 🙂 I put his link on the top with his blog.  You definitely should go and check it out because he is awesome! We have gaming and movies and I’m a huge fan of those things, maybe you are too.

Here are the rules:

1. Display the Award on your Blog
2. Announce your win/nom/nod with a post and thank the Blogger who nominated you
3. Present 15 deserving Bloggers with the Award.
4. Link your nominees in the post and let them know of their nomination with a comment.
5. Post 7 interesting things about yourself.

I will take care of those rules in just a little bit.  I’d just like to mention everyone first. Give the thanks and then you can decide if you want to read even more (at this point probably not so) interesting facts about me but you should scroll down to read the nominees because they have awesome blogs and it took me eternities to narrow it down.

Next up, I received my second of this Versatile Blogger Award from Diane at Tvor Travels! I’ve been following Diane’s blog for a while and she goes on all these trips around the world that make me want to just pack up and leave, but then where would I get all that money and whatever would I do with the boyfriend? Point is, Diane is fantastic and she comments a lot on my blogs.  She’s super nice and her travelogues make me feel like I’m right there plus she has some breathtaking pictures of wherever she goes all the time.  You have to go and check out her blog! Thank you Diane so much! When are you doing the next Travelling Through the Movies segment? I’m in love with that one especially a lot, and you need to check it out 🙂


The rules are similar to the previous one:

– Display the Award on your Blog.

– Announce your win with a post and thank the Blogger who nominated you.

– Present 15 deserving Bloggers with the Award.

– Link your nominees in the post and let them know of their nomination with a comment (I do pingbacks!)

– Post 7 interesting things about yourself.

Last one this month was a fantastic Halloween nomination from Dawn from dawnyhosking with a never before received Most Influential Award.

Excuse me, Dawn? Have I been a good influence? Tell me I have at the very least 🙂 I’ve never considered myself influential AT ALL, but if she thinks it, I’m mega flattered! A gigantic thanks to her! Dawn is a great writer and she shares a lot of her personal experiences along with creative stories.  She’s fantastic and awesomely supportive.  You need to head on over to check out her blog! I know you will love it as much as I do 🙂

The rules are:

1. Display the Award on your Blog.
2. Announce your win with a post and thank the Blogger who awarded you.
3. Present 10 deserving Bloggers with the Award.
4. Link your awardees in the post and let them know of their being awarded with a comment (or a pingback).
5. Answer each of the 11 questions that your awarder asked, and then write 11 for your awardees.

We will start with these questions which I will also use for the my awardees as well! 🙂

1) What makes you happiest?

Having amazing people in my love that I care and trust! 🙂

2) Do you love the Oceans or Mountains more?


3) What has been a special moment in 2013?

Being part of my good friend’s wedding as bridesmaids and pretty much every other little moment and surviving the bad ones 😉

4) What’s your favourite quote?

– Life is a process: Pity is that is that it cannot be relived but fortunately it doesnt need to be re-experienced either- Wait Till You’re Older

5) Do you like yourself?


6) Do you stay up till midnight on New Year?


7) Something you wish could be done ASAP?

My TESL Course and my Grade 10 piano practical exam 🙂

8) What was your favourite class when still at school?


9) What musical instrument have you tried to play?

CLARINET (in high school), GUITAR (trying to learn by myself)

10) Anything you had wished to have learned earlier?

Guitar..now my fingers are more used to piano fingering than this.  The chords are extremely hard to remember!

11) Do you like to do Crafts, Drawing or Painting?

Crafts! 🙂 I used to have a section for that, but I realized its way time-consuming. It only surfaces during Christmas season now!

In order to keep this post concise, those will also qualify for the facts above. However, if you feel like there’s anything you want to know, just ask in the comments, I’ll answer you 🙂

Now for the MOST IMPORTANT part, who to nominate! If they don’t want to do a post for it, I completely understand but I’d like to show a few of you just how awesome you all are!

After some thought, I’m not going to be repetitive and I’ll nominate 15 for Versatile Blogger Award, right here!


Lily in Canada

Rebecca Dawn

My Hong Kong husband


Pretty Little Treasures


The Year of Living Non-Judgmentally

Smashing Through Life


It’s me, Charlotte

Day’s Lee



The Queen Creative

They are in no particular order but I’d love to give them some mention as these are some fantastic blogs (as are millions others out there).  If they don’t want to answer with a post, thats alright.  No pressure at all!

Next, lets go to the 10 who I’ve nominated for Most Influential Blogger.

The Return of Modern Philosopher

The Verbal Spew Review

The Obsessive Viewer

With A Friend Like Gary


The Feeling of Success

The Wine Wankers

The Cinema Monster

Moe at the Movies

50 Year Project

As mentioned above, I’m keeping the same questions as above.  If you’d like to give me an answer, I’d love to hear all about it 🙂

If those answers aren’t good and there’s something you really want to know about me (although I already talk about my life a lot), go for it!

A mega huge gigantic enormous THANK YOU to Greg, Diane and Dawn! They are awesome and you all need to check out their blogs!

Congrats to the awardees! I hope you all know how much I enjoy everything you write and how much I appreciate your comments, likes and constant support!

Versatile Blogger Award!

I’m kicking some butt in this Versatile Blogging world…its technically the fourth one that I’ve gotten! Although this one looks different from the last one.  So its the first of its kind 😉 Cool stuff!

Michael at Parlor of Horror nominated me for this awesome award! A Gigantic THANKS to him! He is awesome and his blog is absolutely fun and super cool! If you haven’t dropped by Parlor of Horror, do so right now!  I really appreciate this wonderful award from him.  All this makes me know that something has to be on the right track here.  Versatile seems to work here 😉

As with any award, we always have some rules when we accept.


Here they are (copied from his page):

Versatile Blogger Award – Rules for those who wish to participate

1. In a post on your blog, nominate 10 fellow bloggers for The Versatile Blogger Award; and link to them.
2. In the same post, add the Versatile Blogger Award.
3. In the same post, thank the blogger who nominated you in a post with a link back to their blog.
4. In the same post, share 10 completely random pieces of information about yourself.
5. In the same post, include this set of rules.
6. Inform each nominated blogger of their nomination by posting a comment (or linkback 😉 ) on each of their blogs.

TEN completely random facts about me…I’m really running out:

1) I’m trying to find my career and not just a job.

2) I love sitting in the sun!

3) My cat’s purr sounds like a machine and it puts me to sleep instantaneously

4) I’m slowly turning into a skirts and dresses girl…something thats new to me

5) Finding a pretty summer dress is so hard…stop with pencil skirts designers, I can’t walk in those

6) Shoe shopping is one of the most time consuming and annoying tasks in life

7) The same goes for doing my taxes…

8) I remind myself everyday that what I have to stay grateful for everything I have now: the people in my life, the things I have, the experiences and especially all of you 🙂

9) I can’t get enough of thanking everyone for supporting my blog and I find EVERY SINGLE opportunity to do it 🙂

10) I want to pass this award to everyone! Because you all are absolutely awesome 🙂

It said to be random…and thats what I’m doing! As always, if these facts don’t quinch your thirst for interesting random facts about me, head on over to the awards page or about page and you’ll find info or more links.  Or you can just ask me the questions, I’ll answer them, I promise 🙂

So on with the nominees: ALL OF YOU!

I’m serious..its not being lazy (maybe I am..just a bit).  If you want to take this award, just grab it and link back to this post and its yours.  Remember to follow the rules strictly or loosely..its up to you 😉

Its been a tough week with tragic events that started it off, I think everyone deserves a picker upper and a little something to spice up their day!

Illuminating Blogger Award!

WHAT?!?!?!? Am I reading that right? Illuminating? Moi?

That was pretty much my reaction when I received this award nomination a bit over a week ago.  I talk about movies, books, food, places I’ve been and very little of my blog is about actual illumination but apparently Ankit over at Myself, online gave me this.  I’m stoked and seriously I am! I can think of so many people who are way more illuminating than I am.  In fact, everyone that I read illuminates me in some way or another.  If you don’t know Ankit, he hasn’t blogged for a long time but he has been writing short stories and they are pretty awesome.  You definitely need to check it out.  Plus, he recommended me a very good Indian flick called 3 Idiots which I watched and recommended because it was so good. Huge thanks to Ankit for this award!

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The rules for this one is actually quite simple: In order to acknowledge this award, you need to post the badge on your blog, share a few words about yourself and pass on the award to 5 other bloggers.

A few words about me aside from whats up there? I love everything (but you know that already). I love to see and learn new things and gain new perspectives in life.  See things in a better light and always stay positive. This blog does that for me.  It brings me immense happiness because it makes me do the things I love and share them with all of you awesome people! 🙂

It also seems the right time that awards have now been relocated to an individual page as a drop down category under the About Tranquil Dreams. So click through HERE to find it 🙂 There’s still a bit of restructuring over there but what was on the side bar widgets have been transferred there.

Enough about me…here are who I’d like to pass the award to:

Joe’s Musings

The Life of Jonathan

Peripatetic Eric

Defeat Despair

The Return of the Modern Philosopher

They are all very illuminating and amazing blogs! You should check them out and show them some love!

Thanks again to Ankit and check out some of his short stories and give him some feedback if you have time 🙂