I've been nominated for an award!


Rekari, my very first anime blogger friend, has nominated me for an award - the Sunshine Award 2015. This award recognizes noteworthy anime blogs, and at the same time, empowering anime bloggers to connect.

Upon checking my Google+ notifs, I saw Rekari's privately shared message stating that I've been nominated for an award. Curious as a cat, I wondered what would that be.

And poof! My G+ Anime Bloggers community was nominated for being awesome - at least in the eyes of Rekari. Lol.

Anyways, I'm thankful that my G+ community has been recognized. (Please join.)

For all Rekari's nominees, he has given the following questions:

1. Where do you draw your inspiration?

As you would notice these days, weeks, or months, I haven't been inspired writing for my blog as evidenced by infrequent blog posts. Well, perhaps most of my time is eaten up by my work.

After work, my mind is so deadly tired. For the remaining time, I mostly spend it on cleaning the house, watching a few anime episodes, doing my part-time work, etc...instead of blogging.

But what mostly fuel me to blog is my dream of being known in the anime blogosphere. As of now, that's still a far-fetched dream.

2. What is most important to you when it comes to anime or manga?

Honestly, I pick my anime and manga fix based on the characters' appearance. And I'm not fond of moe characters. Nevertheless, I still look at the story line and the genre.

My favorite genres are action, adventure, comedy, gender bender, martial arts, seinen, shounen, sports, supernatural and tragedy.

Though most of today's anime and manga have great character designs, they are still not immune to be included in my "dropped list" if the story isn't that good.

3. How did you pick your blog name or writing name?

Monmonkun was lifted from the sound "nom nom nom." As for my writing name (which is Lem), it stands for the reversed initials of my full name.

4. Where do you wish to see your blog in the future?

I wish for it to be one of the most visited anime blogs. Well actually, this blog is a mixture of anime, manga, blogging, freelancing and cat topics. However, I think that I will mostly concentrate writing about anime and manga more on this blog.

5. Which anime character do you relate the most?


Hmm... I can't think of any girl characters, but I am able to relate with the one from Baby Steps, Eiichiro Maruo.

No. I didn't make notes for my classmates like Maruo did. I don't have a heart of gold. I could only relate to Maruo's dedication to his studies, and then I also discovered something I like doing.

And no, I didn't play tennis. Even if I like the anime sports genre, I'm not the athletic type.

6. If you could only pick one, would you rather have anime, manga, music, or video games?

I'd pick anime, cos I love moving colors. Next would be manga and then music. No to video games. Though anime fans have the tendency to become a gamer, too, I'm not one of them.

futaba-ao-haru-ride7. If you were an anime character, how would you want to look? Why?

Yoshioka Futaba from Ao Haru Ride. She looks simple yet absolutely stunning. I wanna dye my hair reddish brown! But I guess that would make me look weird.

Anyways, what made me want to be like her is because of her strong-willed and earnest character.

8. Have you ever considered pursuing a career related to anime or Japan?

Yes. I finished a nursing degree. My mum told me to study Japanese cos during that time, nurses were in demand in Japan. 

So she enrolled me to a Nihongo school to be able to pass the Japanese-Language Proficiency Test (JLPT). 

However, I wasn't able to finish the course due to some unforeseen circumstances.

9. What made you start a blog?

I started this blog while I was hunting for a new job. I don't want to be doing nothing. Plus, I have heard that blogging is a great way to earn extra income online. And that sounds cool. I'll be able to earn something extra while writing about the things I like.

10. What does anime mean to you?

For me, anime is the best leisure I ever had. It helped me to discover and do worthwhile activities that I have never done before. For example, anime helped me to explore the world of digital arts, music and websites. Not that I'm an expert to any of these, but these are something that I could polish.

I would like to nominate the following anime blogs for the Sunshine Award 2015:

Daily Anime Art - I'm following this blog ever since I was a college student. It's my main source of Bleach spoilers. You could also find cool anime arts featured here. And Sunite, the blog owner, is very nice. Yeah, he is a very approachable guy.

Otaku Journalist - I'm a frequent lurker of this wonderful anime blog. It's owned by Lauren Orsini. During the past, she mostly blogged about anime, but today, she's been frequently blogging about some freelancing tips, too. So if you want to learn the ropes of having an anime blogging career, Otaku Journalist is the best blog to visit.

Draggle's Anime Blog - I'm not really a fan of episodic blog reviews, but Draggle's got me hooked. I was fascinated by Draggle's unique, wacky and insightful episodic commentaries.

Mainichi Anime Yume - I enjoy reading MAY's anime impressions and anime lists. Sometimes, I discover new anime series to watch through reading her blog.

My questions for nominees: 

1. What made you start an anime blog? How long have you been blogging?

2. How did you come up with your blog name?

3. What's the most rude comment you have received in your anime blog? How did you handle it?

4. What is your favorite blog post that you have written and why?

5. Do you have big plans for your anime blog?

6. What are your favorite anime series and why?

7. Who is your favorite anime character?

8. What are the other things you like doing aside from watching anime?

9. Do you cosplay? (Please share pictures.) If not, who is your favorite cosplayer?

10. What is your advice to anime fans who are planning to start a blog?

Please feel free to answer any of these 10 questions. Afterwards, please nominate other anime blogs you think are deserving for the Sunshine Award 2015. Thank you very much.


  1. Thank you so much for taking the time out of your busy schedule to blog on this award! It was really interesting to read and learn more about you!

    Even if doesn't seem like it, I think you're building quite a presence with your community. There wasn't really such a thing in existence, aside from a few blog databases. However, they still don't offer that easy communication that your group does!

    I say if you wanna dye your hair reddish-brown go for it! It may look pretty nice on you after all.

    All in all, this was a great read. I can't wait to see more blog posts from you in the future!

    1. Hahaha. Will tell you if I dyed my hair.


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