Friday, September 12, 2008

Buttressed By Brillante Blog Award

There exists an uncommon connection between The Spitting Vessel and the author of My First Glob who goes by the name of "r". He has bestowed upon this site the Brillante Weblog Award which this site would have given to him had the Spitting Vessel received it first. "R" is very passionate about keeping his true identity secret but very vocal about his opinions, and does not publish his own photos on his site - much like the Spitting Vessel. His avatar on the right is a familiar face of an actor. There have been intermittent and extensive comment exchanges with him in the past, but the Spitting Vessel is a lurker on his site. "R" writes in elegant literary style that's intoxicatingly entertaining and intellectually stimulating. For bestowing this award upon the Spitting Vessel, this site expresses its gratitude with a big Thank You!

Like all other awards, this particular one has its own set of rules meant to promote as many blogs as possible. The award is given to blogs that are smart and brilliant in both design and content. The rules consist of the following:

1. Upon receiving the award, write a post showing it, together with the name of the blogger who gave it to you. Provide a link to the site that gave you the award.

2.Choose a minimum of 7 blogs that you find brilliant in content and/or design.

3.Show their names and links and leave them a comment informing them of their receipt of the Brillante Weblog Award.

4. Show a picture of those who awarded you and those you give the prize to (optional).

Here are the Spitting Vessel's selections:

El Correr Es Mi Destino - The author is a French woman who calls herself Zhu, who traveled halfway around the globe and decided to settle in Canada. She writes on a variety of subjects that include tips on getting a job in Canada, what Canadians are like, Citizenship issues, her travels and recent trip to Beijing, and various other topics that involve tweaking your website, evaluating templates and plug-ins, and about food. Often, she provides these in a series of posts and explains it with applicable clarity like a conscientious teacher intent on helping her students understand, learn and apply the subject. Her tone is friendly and accommodating, her persona generous and kind. It's a site where insights on people, culture, and humanity can be obtained in a gentle and patient manner.

Crete delights - This is an evolving blog of an internet marketer whose evident success has brought her closer to her dream relocation paradise - Crete. Originally based in the UK, Layne writes in crisp, and at times, irreverent tones, that is spiced with all types of British jargon and topped by that unmistakable English charm and humor. A blogger known for her passionate endorsement of Entrecard and its proper use, Layne is such an unselfish Marketer who would openly and unconditionally provide assistance, seek support for other bloggers' difficulties, and even empty all her marketing resources to anyone who asks or needs it for free. Her writing is insightful, funny, and witty, yet full of warmth and enthusiasm - like an 18 year old experiencing her first summer vacation alone with a friend. Crete Delights is a delightful read.

inspiredartbeat - Here is an artist who uses one of the most difficult materials to paint with - water color. But, she is possessed with the talent and precision to skillfully manage any medium, to create works of art that are reminiscent of times we fondly recall; times when life was simpler and truth was abundant. Her creations remind us of what we are losing and what we should regain. Though her subjects involve wildlife and life in earlier periods; the colors, strokes, and images evoke a nostalgic desire that inspires and enlightens - and shows what remains exquisitely beautiful in a world that is dominated by ugly images of war and deprivation. Her roots are in Ireland but she has resided in South Africa. She now stays with her child and grandchildren in New Zealand. Aside from the excellent paintings, her posts include stories and experiences that are poignant and engaging. Her daughter Debbie, is also an accomplished artist whose two creations recently posted show immense talent and an inimitable eye for detail.

The Fitness Diva - This blog is about remaining healthy and fit in a country that has a reputation for obesity from overeating among its citizens. But it does provide a variety of well written posts and bone crunching opinions and/or recommendations on such subjects as politics, sports, movies, music, exercise videos and food - all inclined towards health of course. The Fitness Diva does not believe in starving people to be fit, nor to eat inedible concoctions to reduce fat and weight. She believes in the constancy and regularity of simple routines and to enjoy life by asking readers to treat themselves with their favorite ice cream, or dish or pizza - and even includes the calorie measurements. Her posts are always interesting, written in that typical New York go-getter style. This site is always a pleasant exercise.

A Girl For All Status - This is an extremely engaging young woman with two kids who loves life despite the many unexpected, and at times, rather unfortunate, turn of events in her existence. Yet she remains buoyant and thankful for all the lessons learned, and those she considers the blessings she has received. Starting out as one who wanted the simple things in life and a blissful love life, her journey, ironically, encountered complications she had no preparation for. She has a gift for writing and expresses herself confidently as a woman with a lot of grit, energy and talent, coupled with a well developed analytical ability , and an intelligent and perceptive mind. Her posts are always a great read.

Manilenya - This blog mirrors the aspirations of many Filipinos who seek a better life and a better future for their families abroad, removed physically from their loved ones. Manilenya's struggle with the guilt of being away from her young child finds solace in connecting with many other Filipinos in like situations as well as finding new friends based in Manila who offer encouragement and moral support. Her posts are at times witty, sometimes funny with lots of self-deprecating humor, yet always poignant and hopeful. Her intelligence and capabilities come to the fore despite the perceived limitations she has of herself, which she doesn't realize she has already transcended. She epitomizes this robust and pliable race whose humor is its best coping mechanism. It makes Filipinos proud to belong to this race.

My First Glob - This is the last, but certainly not the least among these selections. "R" is an enigma who is just a shade shy of creating a totally anonymous blog. But he writes with the kind of humor you might find in Hugh Grant or Pierce Brosnan. His comments are insightful, yet, as mentioned in the first paragraph, read like a literary piece or a series of notes written by an English professor on Classical Literature. His series of posts on a trip to Australia is worth reading as it provides a window to his spicy personality and charming character. The Spitting Vessel returns the honor to "r" for a well deserved award.


ZenDenizen said...

Congrats Durano, well deserved! You are by far the most knowledgeable blogger I know.

As for R, it was really interesting for me, a person who knows R very well, to see how he is perceived on the web only thru his words :)

The Fitness Diva said...

Thanks so much for the award and honorable mention, Durano!

I'm always happy to know that someone out here enjoys and appreciates what it is I'm trying to do out here, and all the effort that it takes! ;)

You definitely deserve this award, yourself!

Congrats and thanks!

Anonymous said...

On behalf of the 'Glob' and Dr.Evil, thank you! and nice to know you're a fellow 'lurker' :)

manilenya said...

Hey Mr. DL!

your list are all awesome blogger, I am surprised that you add me to the list....

Thank you so much! you really deserved the award...cheers!

Kim said...

congratulations Durano...
a brilliant award for a brilliant blogger !!!
I enjoyed reading the terrific testimonials for your awardees too :)
have a wonderful weekend :)

Debbie said...

Congrats, much deserved. Some very interesting blogs you also honor. I'm not familiar with some so I will gladly go check them out.

Have a great weekend.

Debbie Hamilton
Right Truth

The BoBo said...

Congrats! If ever any blogger out here deserves this particular award - it is you! Good going and keep up the great work!

Zhu said...

Thank you very much for this award, but even more for such a nice introduction to the blogs you awarded.

Plus, you just gave me some reading materials, as I'm curious to read some other recipients too!

Artbeat said...

Congrats Durano

I cannot think of anyone more deserving than you. I don't have a lot of time to read articles on all the various sites I visit daily, but yours is like a magnet for me and I always look forward to reading each new article you post.

Thank you too for the glowing review. I will do my best to pass the award asap.

Just a little correction to your review. My roots have always been in Africa, born and raised in Rhodesia where I would have been happy to live out my life were it not for the tyrant Robert Mugabe.

South Africa was the closest safe haven and so i relocated there. My children left SA due to the crime and went to Ireland. I followed them there but could not get used to the cold and returned to Africa.

I have chosen NZ as my new home to be with my daughter and grandchildren. I still have a son and grandchildren in England whom I have not seen for a few years.

In spite of all the problems I think Africa will always be home regardless of where I live.

{girl}forallstatus said...

Thanks for this award, Durano! Coming from a great blogger who I look up to, this is truly an honor. I always value your opinions and everything you say always hits the spot. And you're not even a girl...

And you really deserve this award and more...

Again, super thanks! =)

Jena Isle said...

Hi Durano, congrats for the award, you deserve it. I have also awarded you the "I Love Your Blog" at my Working Abroad blog.

You deserve all these blogging awards.

All the best.

The Fitness Diva said...

Hey, Durano.

I know this is against the rules, but I listed you as one of my Brillante winners, because you really are one of my favorites out here.

Consider this one honorary!

And thanks again!

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durano lawayan a.k.a. brad spit said...

Hi Zen,

Thanks for the kind words.

Since you say you know "r" very well, is my description accurate?

If not, well, that's how I see him, and it's a perception based on very limited information; but that's how he comes across to me.

Thanks for the visit. :-) --Durano, done!

durano lawayan a.k.a. brad spit said...

HI Fitness Diva,

You're so welcome!

I am aware of the effort you put into your site, and the careful attention you give to the subjects in your post.

It's uncanny, I see Obama's images there and its a political post with health and wellness commentaries; or images of food and how tasty and appetizing they are, and it comes with calorie measures to watch the health and cholesterol levels.

The segue is done seamlessly. You deserve the award since it is the only fitness site I see that has these innovations. :-) --Durano, done!

durano lawayan a.k.a. brad spit said...

HI "r",

You're most welcome. I haven't done much lurking in the past two months because of distant and tight work schedules.

But I'll get around to it soon enough. :-) --Durano, done!

durano lawayan a.k.a. brad spit said...

Hi Manilenya,

It should come as no surprise. Your site traffic has one of the most awesome volumes I've seen.

Also, your site provides strength and inspiration to a lot of our countrymen. Stay well and keep up the good posts.

One other thing, I believe in you and your capabilities - you can put your mind to anything you can imagine and be successful in it. Good luck. :-) --Durano, done!

durano lawayan a.k.a. brad spit said...

Hello Kim,

Thank you very much. There is one I believe who's familiar to you, a fellow artist.

The testimonials are part of my desire to do justice to their blogs. Thanks for reading through. There's beauty in any genuine human effort that's performed for the benefit of others, and perhaps the self-satisfaction of having created something others can appreciate. I try to focus attention to these beautiful aspects in my description. Glad you liked them. :-) --Durano, done!

durano lawayan a.k.a. brad spit said...

Hi Debbie,

Nice of you to drop by. I lurked in your blog the other day and read through the series of articles you posted, but the power got cut off where I was and never got back to it.

Thanks for visiting, and I'm sure you will find these sites different as these are not the political blogs that you and I are familiar with. Have a nice weekend. :-) --Durano, done!

durano lawayan a.k.a. brad spit said...

Hi Bobo,

Thanks for the kind words, the advert again, and the visit.

I went over your Post 9/11 Post and wanted to write a response, but the signal where I was dropped to a slow pace causing the computer being used to hang. So many problems with connections in this undeveloped country.

Anyway, this will be posted via a CD from my secretary, a bit late, but better than never. Thanks again Bobo. Have a nice weekend. :-) --Durano, done!

durano lawayan a.k.a. brad spit said...

Hi Zhu,

I'm sure you know who Crete Delights refers to, someone we are both familiar with. :-)

I was afraid I would not do justice to your blog, I hope I did. However, I truly believe you deserve this award.

If you go over the sites awarded, I'm sure you'll find several you'd like. Thanks for the visit. :-) --Durano, done!

durano lawayan a.k.a. brad spit said...

Hi Caroline,

Thanks for the kind words and the vote of confidence.

Sorry about the error. I just deduced that since you mentioned your mother was in Ireland, you were living in South Africa, and you're now in New Zealand. At least I got some things right. Very poor research if you ask me. LOL! I should get an "F" for this. :-)

Africa indeed has so many problems, I hope you get to settle in your home again in peace and prosperity someday. TRue, I agree, home is where the heart is. Take care. :-) --Durano, done!


Could Debbie open her own site. It might get too crowded with both your work in one site - actually, there's too little for us to see if you shared a site. :-) Just a suggestion. D d!

durano lawayan a.k.a. brad spit said...

Hi Girl FAS,

You're most welcome. Thanks for the nice compliment and I'm glad I could be of some help. Even if my gender's different :-)

Maybe I used to be a woman who had a gender change, LOL! Just kidding. I guess you could say I'm in touch with my feminine side, or, it's part of the kind of work I do - to listen, understand, empathize, whatever. It's basic humanity I believe, something all people have but apply in limited quantities. Perhaps I just apply a little more than most.

You have gone through a lot and I admire your courage and tenacious spirit. You deserve this award and more. Besides, you write very well. It's both engaging and riveting. Take care. :-) --Durano, done!

durano lawayan a.k.a. brad spit said...

HI JenaIsle,

I've been seeing that award, the one written on something like a note pad. Thanks.

I know you deserve that award too. I'll go over top your site if the power supply here holds. Thanks for the visit. :-) --Durano, done!

durano lawayan a.k.a. brad spit said...

HI Again Fitness Diva,

It's not against the rules. "r" did it, I did it too.

On behalf of the Spitting Vessel, thank you very much. You're one of my favorites too.

Have a nice weekend, whatever is left of it. :-) --Durano, done!

durano lawayan a.k.a. brad spit said...

Hi El,

Thanks for the invite. I have seen this on many Filipino sites about nuffnang now in the Philippines.

I'll go over to your site and make my decision later. Thanks for the visit. :-) --Durano, done!

Jade said...

Of all the bloggers that I know- I think you are one of the best and you do deserve this award!


durano lawayan a.k.a. brad spit said...

Hi Pinay Jade,

I saw this comment of yours rather late as I was going through my pre-programmed posts.

Thanks for the kind words and the vote of confidence. I hope all goes well with your planned motherhood. It comes naturally when the baby is born, so don't worry too much about it. :-) --Durano, done!

Layne | Crete Delights said...

Hello lovely D-man! Wow, where to begin... first off, congrats to you on a well-deserved acknowledgement of insightful, intelligent commentary.

Second, thanks for awarding it to Crete Delights when it's still such an infant blog. You flatter me with your generous review, but I'm loving it! I'm considering my own awardees and will post asap. Take care, mate. :-)

durano lawayan a.k.a. brad spit said...

HI Layne,

You're most welcome. It's my pleasure to cite a great blog in the making - at least I'd be among the first to recognize its prominence even at the earliest stages of development.

I can trust my instincts that this will happen soon. :-) --Durano, done!

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