Something Beautiful

Sian over at Pumpkin and Piglet gave me this beautiful blog award and I am stoked! Thank you, Sian!

Although my blog still have some kinks to straighten out after moving from one hosting company to another with the help of brilliant Sharon, I am so surprised that Sian gave me such an award!

The rules are I suppose to share 7 facts about myself then pass the award to 15 others blogger so here goes my 7 list:

  • I love roller coaster – and now I know where my son got his thrill seeking taste from. In High School after final graduation exams, my whole class went to an amusement park here in Jakarta and I won a bet of who can ride the roller coaster the most – I was the only girl who joined in the bet!
  • We once lost everything and I mean everything in a fire. It was in 1992 – at the crack of dawn I was woken up by my brother screaming “Hurry…hurry” bleary eyed I opened my bedroom door just thinking “Oh darn it I’m late for school!” since it was Saturday (yes we Indonesians goes to school 6 days a week!) and my mom had that day off from work she must be overslept! My dad yelled at me to go grab my mom’s jewelry box from their room – both front & back door was open and it was still dark outside. It was blurry for the most part as it happened so fast. Our house got burnt down to the ground in mere minutes. That was the first time I ever seen my dad cried when he hold me as I watched in horror how the fire swallowed everything from a neighbor’s house, all our precious memories gone in an instant. Luckily it was a company’s house so they were quick to arranged a new house for us, donations were pouring in, we were dressed in used clothes that people donated but it was the fact that we lost all our pictures and little keepsakes from the past that made me so sad. We were blessed tho’ that none of us get hurts! Miraculous thing also happened – my old small bible was on top of a bedside table and later a fireman found it sitting on the floor right where the table used to be. It was completely untouched by the fire while my whole room got burnt to the ground! My grandpa sent out that bible to a museum somewhere.
  • I have a cousin who died in a tragic horrible motorbike accident years ago that’s why I can’t stand watching kids who race on their motorbikes thinking they have 9 lives!
  • I once dated a tenant when I was still working at my old job – at an apartment, of course there are no written rules about it but you know what I mean! The sneaking around were the best parts really – the guy wasn’t that great LOL!
  • From Junior High to High School I used to have a pen-pal from Kamloops B.C – Canada. We lost contacts but I still sometimes wonder how she’s doing so Nicole Mercier, if you read this…I would love to get back in touch with you!
  • I have too many nicknames! My parents calls me Moyen apparently I ‘baptized’ myself with this name when I was little because pronouncing Maureen was too hard! To close friends and DH I’m simply Oyen. While to some of my gaming (read: Yoville) friends I’m either Tatter or Mo! Feel free to call me with one of these names LOL
  • Loves the stinky fruit of Durian!

Okay, next I’ll pass this award to these amazing bloggers bellow:

Sharon at Good, True and Beautiful

Gigi at Kludgy Mom

Crystal at Wanna Be Balanced Mom

Kate at Mommy Monologues

Dhi at Hopscotch Baby

Heather at Gerber Days

Melissa at Miel et Lait

Alyse at Sushiecookie




Lifestyle and travel blogger, founder of Single Moms Indonesia on a quest of finding joy in everyday life and living life to the fullest with kindness, compassion, grace and a bit of sass.

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  1. June 11, 2010 / 5:19 am

    OMG! I am blushing! It might be juvenile, but I *love* getting blog awards! You are a darling for acknowledging me. Oh, and you award is well deserved — you are a beautiful blogger & a beautiful person!
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    • Maureen
      June 13, 2010 / 11:29 am

      Aww thanks, Melissa! I love your blog too and I think your new design is BEAUTIFUL! 😀

  2. June 11, 2010 / 5:25 am

    Wow, that is so crazy that your house burnt down. What an awful thing to have happen, and to lose all your childhood pictures, so sad.
    Anyway, thank you so much for the award!!!

    • Maureen
      June 13, 2010 / 11:30 am

      You’re so welcome Crystal, yes it’s the saddest part to lose all those old memorable pictures, what we have now is from what my Grandmas kept.

  3. June 11, 2010 / 5:35 am

    I’m glad you liked your award 🙂 That’s awful about the fire, I’m really sorry. Like you say, it’s losing things like photo’s and keepsakes that’s the worse but at least no-one was hurt! Oh, and sneaking around when you’re dating is always fun!!
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    • Maureen
      June 13, 2010 / 11:32 am

      Thanks again Sian for your award. Yes, I think it’s important now to have a backup or at least to store all our family precious picture in one place so in case of fire we can just grab it and leave the house. Hahahaha yeah the sneaking part back then was definitely the highest point.

  4. June 11, 2010 / 6:41 pm

    Wow! What a nice compliment you got! I think your blog is looking GREAT — the move was seamless and you’ve created a beautiful corner of the internet. Well done Mo! (I can call you that, ’cause I’m thinking we’re friends now too!)

    I appreciate the award. Thanks for sending some “link love” my way!
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    • Maureen
      June 13, 2010 / 11:33 am

      Thanks to you, Sharon, the move was great! Thank you for all your help and for putting up with my tons of questions. Oh you can call me Mo for sure! 😀

  5. June 11, 2010 / 8:03 pm

    Congrats on your award! That is just awful that you lost everything in that fire! That must have been SO scary!

    • Maureen
      June 13, 2010 / 11:34 am

      Thank you, yes that was one of the scariest moment, watching everything you had burnt to the ground and there’s nothing you can do to save it.

  6. June 11, 2010 / 8:51 pm

    Congrats on the award, Maureen 🙂 and thanks for passing on to me. I’m honored 🙂

    • Maureen
      June 13, 2010 / 11:34 am

      Thanks Gigi and you’re so welcome. I love your new header!

  7. June 12, 2010 / 12:10 am

    Congratulations on the award! And thank you for mentioning me! 🙂
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    • Maureen
      June 13, 2010 / 11:35 am

      Thanks and you’re so welcome, I think your blog is fabulous! 😀

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