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An Award?? The Infinity Dreams Award?

The Infinity Dreams Award nomination came as a big surprise and I thank Afrika Bohemian for selecting me as one of her 111908146_10204925176272710_7274624782203149946_n nominees. This is my first award folks and I feel honoured to be nominated by a fellow blogger and writer.

Afrika’s blog is so down to earth and her writing flows easily, is intimate and entertaining and she has the knack of sounding as though she is talking personally just to you. I invite you to visit Afrika’s world. Bouquets to you for your engaging Tribe 53 blog Afrika. And keep that beautiful smile going!

What exactly is the Infinity Dreams Award?

The Infinity Dreams Award symbolises being that breath of life that catalyses faith in reaching new heights.’

My interpretation of the award is for all writers to ignore limits and keep dreaming and working towards their goal. Your dreams are infinite!

Rules for the Infinity Dreams Award:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and make sure you link back.
  • Post the award badge and rules.
  • Tell 11 facts about yourself.
  • Answer the questions that were set for you to answer.
  • Nominate 11 other bloggers and set questions for them.

11 Facts about me that you probably don’t know and I’ll admit, I’m nervous about sharing:SnoopyWoodstock

  1. I love reading and when I’m absorbed in a book, I never want it to end.
  2. I cry at sad movies and when reading touching stories.
  3. My day is empty without music and it’s my sanity-restorer.
  4. I absolutely love Snoopy and Woodstock and I still have them on my bedside table.
  5. I enjoy all genres of movies: comedy, romance, adventures, sci-fi, detective, mystery, sagas.
  6. I can’t swim – I drown! Definitely no Titanic for me.
  7. I used to sing in the shower as a kid– and loud! This kid had no need for a mic! 😛
  8. I power-walk and also do a mini walk with my dog after.
  9. I have to be dragged off the dance floor as I love dancing.
  10. I’m grateful I was born in Burma as I love durian, guavas, custard apple, lychees, mangosteenIMG_4500
  11. I still have the first pair of red Jane Debster high-heel shoes I bought soon after working.


My Responses to Afrika Bohemian’s questions:

  1. Do you enjoy the City or Country more

I love both the city and country life. I love the vibrancy of city life and especially the cafes, coffee spots, art galleries, shops, the quay area, the theatres, cinemas, parks. I also enjoy the vast open spaces, the cattle and sheep, the country-town feel and the fresh smell of country life.

  1. The Movie or the Book

I love reading so books are my first choice. I do however love a good movie and there appears to be a spate of good movies out at the moment.

  1. Home cooked meal or take out

Nothing beats home-cooking, especially my mum’s so will choose that over a restaurant anyday. I do however, enjoying eating out at my favourite restaurants and cafes. I’m not a bad cook myself.

  1. Which super villain would you choose to be

None that I aspire to but I’d star alongside Keanu Reeves any day.

  1. Love is …

Definitely my family.

  1. How do you like to spend a rainy day

Curled up under the quilt with a good book.

  1. Can you share one quote or saying you love, that keeps you going in life?

That’s a tough one as I DO love quotes but I think Ann Landers words are comforting no matter the scenario: Expect trouble as an inevitable part of life and repeat to yourself the most comforting words of all: ‘This, too, shall pass.’

  1. If you were mayor for the day, what three things would you change about your city?

We need a theatre for all the local talent so I would be involved in establishing a spacious one with good seating, lighting and acoustics.

The commuters need a larger parking area at the railway station and it is a necessity, not a luxury. I would therefore, utilise the space above the station by creating a multi-storeyed car park.

The many fine, historical homes in the area are being knocked down and replaced with modern houses or apartment blocks. I would do my best to restore the historical homes and gardens.

  1. What’s the most anti-establishment thing you’ve ever done?

I was new to the Westchester area in New York, got lost, was then running late for a paediatric doctor’s appointment and had my baby daughter with a raging temperature in the car. I took a wrong turn and ended up on the ramp to the park way and turned my car around and tried to go back up the ramp. Needless to say, New York’s finest caught me! My misadventure is recorded on my blog, under the title “Driving in New York – Part 2: Caught by the NYPD”.

  1. What’s one favourite thing you do by yourself?

Singing (with the windows up) to a favourite CD while driving.

  1. Share one thing you didn’t understand about the world when you were a kid.

I read Uncle Tom’s Cabin and found slavery upsetting and repugnant and wondered why there was such inequality in society. Even at that young age, I found it thought-provoking!


My nominees for the Infinity Dreams Award are: (Big drum roll)


My Questions:

  1. Do you love your career or work?
  2. Name your favourite author or book?
  3. What’s your guilty pleasure?
  4. Who inspires you and why?
  5. Favourite food?
  6. Relate your good or disastrous travel experience.
  7. Sunset or sunrise?
  8. Your favourite pastime.
  9. Who would you like to accompany you on any adventure?
  10. Something you did that your parents don’t know about.
  11. If you were the President/Prime Minister/King or Queen what particular policy would you change in your country?

Thank you for nominating me Afrika!

To laugh is to risk appearing a fool,
To weep is to risk appearing sentimental
To reach out to another is to risk involvement,
To expose feelings is to risk exposing your true self
To place your ideas and dreams before a crowd is to risk their loss
To love is to risk not being loved in return,
To hope is to risk despair,
To try is to risk failure.

But risks must be taken because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing. ~ William Arthur Ward

Disclaimer: The images are not my own but from the internet. My thanks go to the various artists or photographers for their work. Oops: Let’s rewind a bit – the above photos of Snoopy, Woodstock and my red shoes, ARE my own work. Yay!  🙂

(c) Wendy Robinson November 2015


A catching ability

How many of us have a distinctive trait that we’re unaware is a talent until we learn that only a finite group of people have it; it is taken away from us, or we learn or are told it is unique?

I’m not talking about a gift or talent such as painting, or composing music, or playing a musical instrument, or performing or any of those artistic endeavours. I’m talking about being able to accomplish something without much effort or practice, being able to do it without thought and being able to do it naturally. In other words, it is a trait that one is generally born with. Yes, we can thank our genes or our ancestors for these qualities, some dubious, some not, that we exhibit quite easily.

I only appreciated in the past couple of years that I have a knack of doing something that not everyone is able to do as capably.

I hope by now, you’re intrigued.

I learnt that I have the knack of (big drum roll here) catching anything that falls down or within the range that I can reach, and I do have long arms.

Many is the time when glass, cups, food jars, packets, objects, keys, toys, pens, money or other items too numerous to name, have fallen and I’ve managed, within the blink of an eye, to catch it in mid-fall.

Sometimes, and this has happened on a number of occasions, I’ve actually ended up almost grasping the falling object, to have it knocked and fall away once more in mid-air, or even tumble several times, and then triumphantly snatching it before it hits the ground.  Then, of course, the combination of exhilaration and adrenalin surges through and, with a big grin, I mutter to myself ‘I’ve still got it!’ Although my family have seen it occur time and time again, generally, there are no witnesses around when it happens.

The dexterity or quick ‘eye-hand’ co-ordination was just par for the course. In other words, I had and have been able to do it quite unconsciously and it became so commonplace that I rarely gave it a thought.

Until … I was one day, browsing in a book shop in a shopping mall. I was deeply engrossed in reading the blurb on the back of a book, when something started to fall within my peripheral vision. Without conscious thought, my reflexes immediately came into play and I managed to reach way out and grab the falling book.

‘That was brilliant! How did you do that?’ said a voice in total awe. Caught off guard, I turned to look blankly at the book shop owner who was standing behind his cash machine, staring straight at me with his face registering astonishment.

It took a few seconds for me to realise that he was referring to my action of catching the book. Having the trait almost all my life, I couldn’t understand why he was making a big deal of it, and now that I’m recalling the incident, I realise that I turned away in a confused manner without responding to his question. If you by any chance ever get to read this entry, manager of Dymock’s books, please forgive my rudeness. You definitely surprised me with your exclamation.

It was only when I related the incident after yet another juggling act of catching a falling bottle on its second twist and spin, did it dawn on me that I had a capability that was perhaps, out of the ordinary. This latest act was witnessed by family and friends who all cheered at the feat and someone dubbed it a ‘ninja skill.’

To close, I have to admit I can’t crochet, nor can I swim (you heard correctly, I can’t swim L) and although I can sort-of sew and knit, it takes me years to finish what I start. So there you go readers, it’s only a peculiarity but it appears I have a flair for catching and saving falling objects. J

Please share with me anything that you can do that is unusual and is nevertheless, an accomplishment.

© Wendy Robinson

I have learnt that I am me, that I can do the things that, as one might put it, me can do, but I cannot do the things that me would like to do. ~ Agatha Christie

 There is something that is much more scarce, something rather than ability. It is the ability to recognise ability. ~ Robert Half

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