Awards and A Dinner with Rumi and Gibran


Dear Friends,

First of all, I would like to apologize for not being able to post this earlier. Some of these award nominations have gone long way back in April 2012. I know, I am so bad. 😦  It is not that I don’t want to acknowledge the recognition, but when you have to constantly juggle between a full-time study, teaching,  insatiable desire to read at least 40 fiction&poetry books per year, a fiery passion to complete my first book project in English, and the need to blog and read other people’s blogs, there’s not much time left, right?  Ask my landlord; I don’t even watch TV and have missed a lot of Barcelona’s games this season. 😦

For this reason, I cannot accept anymore award nominations. I am humbly thankful and appreciate the gesture, but I hope you understand that I am unable to afford the time to write Award-related posts.

Honestly, I would love to return to my routine: to alternately post inspiring short stories and poems every week. That way I can be more consistent with my mission to serve humanity through the written word.

Truth is since January 2013 I could only post once a week: every Thursday (Australian Eastern Standard Time), and this seems going to last for the whole year. So if you guys can come here every Thursday, that’d be great. Time management  is just hard. But hopefully one day I’d get into full-time writing and be able to blog twice a week, so I can serve you all better. Please wish me luck 🙂

OK, enough with that. Now with the fun part. 🙂  In this post, I would like to thank the wonderful people and fantastic bloggers who have nominated me for various awards. Trust me, my friends, these are great inspiring bloggers that I would recommend you to visit. And there are also great bloggers that I nominate for the awards. Check them out too, they’re great people! 🙂

1. Reader Appreciation Award, I was nominated by:

http://aslankanshaw.wordpress.com

http://lostupabove.wordpress.com,

http://boomiebol.wordpress.com/

http://georgemhayward.com,

http://gladiuspoeticus.wordpress.com,

http://thebumblefiles.wordpress.com,

http://luxeternele.wordpress.com

and I would like to nominate:

http://julesgemstonepages.wordpress.com/,

http://tornadoday.wordpress.com/,

http://jmmcdowell.com/,

http://ianscyberspace.com/

2. Sunshine Award, I was nominated by:

http://asthafrozenviv.wordpress.com,

http://worldlywinds.com,

http://truethresholds.wordpress.com

http://fourbluehills.com,

http://smileinstyle.wordpress.com, and I would like to nominate:

http://learnitalianforfun.wordpress.com/

3. Versatile Blogger Award, I was nominated by:

http://madhvimad.wordpress.com,

http://yasniger.wordpress.com,

http://sofiasiberia.com,

and I would like to nominate:  http://bonusparts.wordpress.com/

4. Inspiring Blog Award, I was nominated by:

http://lostupabove.wordpress.com,

http://mumchic.com,

http://spilledcookies.com,

http://francineinretirement.wordpress.com,

http://sofiasiberia.com,

and I would like to nominate:

http://suedreamwalker.wordpress.com,

http://rohan7things.wordpress.com/

5. Genuine Blog Award, I was nominated by:

http://cpgutierrez.wordpress.com,

http://thesubterraneanworld.wordpress.com,

and I would like to nominate:

http://somerempress.com/,

http://midnighthues.wordpress.com/

6. Beautiful Blogger Award, I was nominated by:

http://ravenousforlife.wordpress.com,

http://spiritualworldtravelerblog.com,

http://grannyscolorful.wordpress.com/,

http://esengasvoice.wordpress.com,

http://reconstructingchristina.com,

http://gongjumonica.wordpress.com,

and I would like to nominate:

http://katyakitchen.com/,

http://martaperegrina.wordpress.com/

7. Tell Me About Yourself Award, I was nominated by:

http://offdadome.wordpress.com,

http://www.carolinebakker.com ,

and I would like to nominate:

http://somerempress.com/,

http://bonusparts.wordpress.com/

8. Most Inspiring Blog Award, I was nominated by:

http://owmaria.wordpress.com,

and I would like to nominate:

http://teeceecounsel.wordpress.com/,

http://heartflow2013.wordpress.com/,

http://exxtracts.wordpress.com/

9. Illuminating Blogger Award, I was nominated by:

http://ladylovelyblogger.wordpress.com,

http://somerempress.com,

and I would like to nominate:

http://25of8.wordpress.com/,

http://lscotthoughts.com/

10. Very Inspiring Blog Award,I was nominated by:

http://discoveranddevour.com

http://peeledonion.com,

http://ivonprefontaine.com,

http://reconstructingchristina.com,

http://spiritualworldtravelerblog.com,

http://honestspeaks.wordpress.com,

and I would like to nominate:

https://1earthunite.wordpress.com/

11. Super Sweet Blogging Award, I was nominated by:

http://riverscribbles.wordpress.com,

http://stalkingdawn.wordpress.com,

http://cristimoise.wordpress.com,

http://soulsnet.com,

http://quirkybooks.wordpress.com,

and I would like to nominate:

http://amaltaas.wordpress.com/,

http://theurgetowander.com/

12. Liebster Award, I was nominated by:

http://kokopellibeefreeblog.wordpress.com ,

and I would like to nominate: http://emhasantosa.wordpress.com/,

http://valeriedavies.com/

13. One Lovely Blog Award, I was nominated by:

http://motivationalrants.wordpress.com,

https://globalgrazers.wordpress.com,

http://mmmluck.wordpress.com ,

http://sheevi.wordpress.com,

http://seriouslyrebecca.wordpress.com ,

http://midnighthues.wordpress.com,

http://reconstructingchristina.com,

http://cpgutierrez.wordpress.com,

http://aidaweb101.wordpress.com,

http://aplaceforpoetry.wordpress.com/,

http://250f8.wordpress.com,

http://cristimoise.wordpress.com,

and I would like to nominate:  

http://honestspeaks.wordpress.com/, http://valeriedavies.com/

14. Wonderful Team Member Readership Award, I was nominated by:

http://motivationalrants.wordpress.com,

and I would like to nominate:

www.sofiasiberia.comhttp://soumyav.wordpress.com/,

http://topitaliantranslation.wordpress.com/

15. Booker Award, I was nominated by:

http://insidethemindofisadora.wordpress.com,

and I would like to nominate:  www.25of8.wordpress.com

16. Sensual Blogger Award, I was nominated by

http://reconstructingchristina.com, and I would like to nominate:

http://makeupguruistanbul.wordpress.com,

http://asirensthoughts.wordpress.com/

17. Blog of the Year 2012, I was nominated by http://worldlywinds.com,

http://meirozavian.wordpress.com,

http://reneejustturtleflight.com,

http://plantbaseddietadventures.com,

http://nackynice.wordpress.com,

http://silentlyheardonce.wordpress.com,

http://soumyav.wordpress.com,

now that 2012 has gone I cannot nominate anyone for this award

18. Reality Blogger Award, I was nominated by:

http://faestwistandtango.wordpress.com,

http://cristimoise.wordpress.com,

http://reshumalhotra.com,

and I would like to nominate:

http://martaperegrina.wordpress.com/,

http://francescannotwrite.wordpress.com/,

http://lvsrao.wordpress.com/

19. Creative Blogging Award, I was nominated by:

http://originalapplejunkie.wordpress.com ,

and I would like to nominate http://300dayjourney.wordpress.com,

http://jesscy.com/

No images, eh? If you are nominated, and would like to accept the awards and nominate others, you can find the images of the awards here. Then you can tell others that they’ve been nominated.

Rules? I am not a very big fan of rules. In love, there are no rules. If you could just accept the awards and nominate others, that should be enough. Love flows, never stops. But if you want to do the formal award acceptance with rules, then you may do so at your disposal.

Some of the bloggers who nominated me asked me some personal questions, so here’s a little bit about me: 30-just turned 30 2 days ago; single; love food, music, soccer,  movies, reading, and writing. Not a big fan of chocolate, but love Sayur Kangkung and Gulai Entog, both are Indonesian food, of course 🙂

Some of my favorite books: Mathnawi by Jalaluddin Rumi, The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran, The Age of Reason by Jean-Paul Sartre, This Earth of Mankind by Pramoedya Ananta Toer, Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Eleven Minutes by Paulo Coelho, 1984 by George Orwell, Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder, The Old Capital by Yasunari Kawabata; and my favorite actors: Morgan Freeman, Denzel Washington, Julia Roberts, Daniel Craig, Cate Blanchett. Anything else? Just ask 🙂

Now, time to party. Yay!! 🙂

To celebrate this happy occasion, I’m hosting a dinner. The idea came from Soumya Vilekar, the Great Indian Poet who requested me to hold an imaginary virtual dinner in which I can choose 5 great people.

I knew she wasn’t serious when she said, “Subhan Zein: the modern voice of Rumi and Gibran” in her post about the dinner. But I do however take it as a compliment and sincerely wish that I will one day have enough Light of Love to serve humanity like those two great Masters. So now to appreciate her kindness and genuine heart, I write this post and host the dinner here.

For the dinner I will be providing Indonesian, Vietnamese, and Japanese food. Yum! 🙂   So here they are:

nasi goreng

vietnamese food

Sushi

Drink? Es Kelapa Muda! Yum! 🙂 Es Kelapa Muda

And now the guests. The first guest is Jalaluddin Rumi. RumiNo objection, right? Keep scrolling down. 🙂

The second guest is Kahlil Gibran.

GibranEverybody agrees? Awesome! 🙂

Both Grandpa Rumi and Uncle Gibran will be reading some of their finest poetry. Here’s a sneak peek:

In generosity and helping others, be like a river…

In compassion and grace, be like the sun…

In concealing others’ faults, be like the night…

In anger and fury, be like death…

In modesty and humility, be like the earth…

In tolerance, be like the sea…

Either exist as you are,

or be as you look…

By Grandpa Rumi

 and

You often say, “I would give, but only to the deserving”

The trees in your orchard say not so, nor the flocks in your pasture.

They give that they may live, for to withhold is to perish.

Surely he who is worthy to receive his days and his nights is worthy all else from you.

And he who has deserved to drink from the ocean of life deserves to fill his cup from your little stream.

By Uncle Gibran

And many more! 🙂

The third guest is Ishtar Alabina,Ishtar

while the fourth is Bryan Adams.Bryan Adams

I love Ishtar’s music, it gives me a lot of practice for my Arabic, and Bryan Adams’ songs are just sublime. Both will  entertain us too! They’ll be singing their greatest hits such as Habibe ya Noural Ain and Straight from the Heart, check out those songs, you’ll enjoy them! 🙂

Now I’m tired. With the blog links and stuff,  I’ve been working on this post in the past 10 hours. I need some break, and I’ll be traveling to Sydney tomorrow.  But I still want to party for another couple of hours, so Ishtar, some more Arabic music please! 😉

87 thoughts on “Awards and A Dinner with Rumi and Gibran

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    • thanks, Sue, Actually, I am not very well, I have been having air hunger, chest constriction, and suffocated throat for nearly a year now. It’s been coming and going up to now. High level of stress due to the presence of various issues are causative to these. I’ve been undergoing medical treatment, prayer, yoga, and meditation, and am still hoping for the best to happen. While these health issues have affected a lot of my productivity, my desire to continue writing never dims. My passion to serve the world through the written word is still ablaze. In a moment like this I just hope that I am having the perfect health and less burden on my shoulders, but it seems that I will have to wait a little longer. I would appreciate if you’d be kind enough to spend your time to pray for me. Thank you, and may the Light of Love perpetually shine in your heart, many blessings and much love to you, Namaste

      • You are in my prayers Subhan and you are placed upon my healing grid of thoughts.
        I was a healer, Spiritual ‘hand on healer’ but even though I knew how to channel energy to heal and help blockages of others I found my own health problems taking over, which accumulated over several years of different symptoms until I had a full blown Fybromyalgia attack.. FMS for short .. At one point I couldnt walk upstairs without pausing for breath and strength, as fatigue and pain were so great..
        I understood my thought processes over the years had contributed to my failing health..
        I came across a healing technique which I hope you will investigate, It works and restored my health and I do these exercises myself.. They help with breathing and pain and can heal on many levels..
        This is called ~Spring Forest Qi-Gong~ and there are lots of YouTube videos and also the official website out there which gives lots of information…
        http://www.learningstrategies.com/Qigong/Home.asp

        Sending you Healing Energies and Peace my friend, and I know you are already healing! 🙂

  3. Fantastic party idea! Your choices are lovely for their meanings, both personal and sociable. 🙂

    Congratulations on your awards (and thank you for the nomination for my site)! I completely understand and empathize with your reasons for saying no to any more, though. Yes, they are charming gestures, and they do build a sense of community…but many of us – like you – need to control how much we post. And, I know I would rather see thoughtful posts than just award-answering. I owe you a few acknowledgements, myself!

    Life is worth living, as they say. Live yours to the fullest. Those of us who are touched by your words can wait for them, as your happiness should always come first for you.

    Many blessings, and bon appetit! 😀

  4. Congratulations, Subhan, on ALL of your awards! Whew! No wonder you were exhausted, but what a great post this is! And thank you, my friend, for nominating me, too. I truly appreciate you thinking of me! I do hope you understand, though, if I don’t follow through. The decision you have made regarding awards is one I made awhile ago, too…there just isn’t enough time, but they are greatly appreciated…so thank you again and hugs and blessings to you!
    Lauren 🙂

  5. Whew. Congratulations on your awards, and for completing the post. Those award posts are so time consuming to write, so I’m sure your WP blogger friends will understand.
    Best wishes with juggling all of your duties. I appreciate your poetry. I love reading your poetry on your blog or on Facebook, Subhan.
    Lori

  6. OMG! This is just incredibly amazing Subhan. So many awards. And you deserve much more. Honored to be remembered by you for the award nomination. Thanks so much dear.

    Much luck to you with your writing endeavors. 🙂

    -Asha

    P.S.: I have started to read your work you emailed me earlier. Will reply with my views on the same soon. So sorry to be so late.

    • Hi Asha, thank you so much for that. The version I sent you, I have made many changes to it. They are now in Chapter 8, 9, and 10. I have completed a draft of chapter 1-10. This is basically the idea: the setting is in Hellenistic era, at a time when female wisdom went unrecognized as it is now. This becomes a mission that I am embarking now in the book project: I would like to uplift female wisdom and place it in its proper place. Let me know if you’re still interested in helping out and we could talk more. 🙂

  7. A Man with a Plan… I like this one page post. I may adopt it for my ‘Awards’ page – if I ever get around to it. Congratulations to all, and with many thanks to you too.
    Cheers,
    Jules

    (That’s kind of what I was doing with my Honoring (my friends this) Month…skipping the awards and just letting the folks know that I was thinking of them.)

  8. Oh, so many awards—No wonder you don’t have time for them! But I understand why so many bloggers want to share them with you. Thank you so much for the reader appreciation award, and best wishes for your studies and everything else you want to do this year. 🙂

  9. Love! You! “In love there are no rules” You’ve got that right! What a lovely dinner, post, and tribute to fantastically aligned bloggers out there. Kudos to you on all the awards received. You totally deserve them. Happy prioritizing! (You’ve got to…simply can’t get to it all; however, your heart is in the right place.) Your mission on this Earth is an important and heartfelt one.

    Be Well, my kindred soul.
    SomerEmpress

  10. CONGRATULATIONS! Enjoyed your post. I am also behind on my acknowledgement of awards. Thanks for the shout out on my blog.

    BE ENCOURAGED! BE BLESSED!

  11. happy birthday Subhan..what utterly delicious food, my mouth watered as I looked at it, have a great party with your special guestsaa nd your wonderful music. Thank you so much for nominating me for an award..what a surprise!

  12. WOW – What a post!
    You so deserve all of those awards – Congratulations!
    That partay was happening!!! Had a great time!
    ANd – I wish you a Happiest of Happy Birthdays. Cheers & many blessings on your 30th & all the more coming your way 🙂

  13. A Very Happy Belated Birthday Subhan. A beautiful party and celebration you have planned. I wish I could be there too! Thank you for the nomination; I am honored that you have named me here…and congratulations to all!

      • Thank you, Sister. I miss you, and would love you to help me in a health issue that I am currently having, please pray for me yah, that would mean a lot to me, thank you

      • White warm, peaceful, healing light for health and strength are sent your way, Subhan!! Speedy recovery. xoxo Rufina

      • Thanks, Sister. This is what happens, just to give you an idea: I have been having air hunger, chest constriction, and suffocated throat for nearly a year now. It’s been coming and going up to now. High level of stress due to the presence of various issues are causative to these. I’ve been undergoing medical treatment, prayer, yoga, and meditation, and am still hoping for the best to happen. While these health issues have affected a lot of my productivity, my desire to continue writing never dims. My passion to serve the world through the written word is still ablaze. In a moment like this I just hope that I am having the perfect health and less burden on my shoulders, but it seems that I will have to wait a little longer. I would appreciate if you’d be kind enough to spend your time to pray for me. Thank you, and may the Light of Love perpetually shine in your heart.

      • Sounds like severe anxiety attacks Subhan. Which is causing asthma like conditions. Please slow down, take rest, be calm, get better. xo Rufina

  14. Wishing you a very happy 31st year, Subhan. Love your choice of dinner guests. Congrats on all your well deserved awards. Enjoy your trip to Sydney. 🙂

  15. Congratulations, I love your response very creative, I understand you it is hard to keep with all these awards the same thing happen to me. Oh my you do not eat chocolate, all that list of books are amazing.

  16. Congratulations on all your awards Subhan! I totally get the time management issue. I have a young son, a part-time job, a volunteer part-time job, two blogs and a novel in progress as well as lots of other projects I would love to dedicate more time to. It’s a wonder to me how you find the time to read and comment on so many blog every week, as well as get everything done and post such inspiring work yourself! You deserve each and every award! Thank you for nominating me for the One Lovely blog award, I am honoured! I humbly accept, and will try to post my acceptance blog in the next few weeks (please bear with me, I’m sure you understand!). Thanks again. Love and light x

  17. Congratulations on all those awards – well deserved.
    I think many of us can relate to the the time-management issue. Thank you for spending some of your precious minutes contributing to the blogging world.
    I hope things get easier for you as time goes on.

  18. wonderful reading about your party that comes with a celebartion as well as so much of wisdom along. what a combination to the guests .Its good to read about the nominations you got for your noble thoughts. congratulations and I do wish you luck to have more time in future for the bloggers and also for your own interst and passio of writing so that you accomplish your goal and simultaneously keep on spreading light and lov ehere. And yes I wasn’t joking about my words for you!:-)

  19. Subhein, I don’t think anyone needs to apologize for having an off-line line. It’s the healthy thing, you know.

    What a lot of work you put into this post. Well done. Congratulations on your award and your generosity in sharing.

    Wonderful idea: dinner with Gibran and Rumi … and a very fine list of reading favorites.

    Be well …

  20. Subhan, don’t know how you manage what you do now. Many blessings to you on all the awards you have been nominated for. . .whew!!! What a marvelous accomplishment! Congratulations to you on your word work!!! When I grow up I want to be as prolific as you!!!

    Good job my friend!
    SandyO

  21. Congratulations my friend to your awards… You are not on your own at being late to acknowledge them especially when we lead busy lives….
    Loved your post and wishing you well upon your travels…. Enjoy… And stay safe. Blessings to you
    Sue

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