October 19, 2006

Give Me Five!

The very sweet, young and innocent Princess Shin of Malaysia finally cracked and gave up her chaste status as virgin-tagger with this meme. I am honored (and understandably pressured) to be part of her first ever tagging experience.
Are you ready? Dear Princess, I hope I will not disappoint.

5 things I would do if I were a millionaire:

Rejoice and be grateful!

Help my husband put up our dream super studio. If you build it, they will come!

Get to work on our fantasy house.

Construct a ginormous library and fill it to the brim with books. Ah, heaven!

Travel the world with my family…. and drop in on all my bloggerfriends in and every nook and cranny of the universe. Woohoo!

5 bad habits:

I am addicted to chocolate.

I am addicted to Reynaldo Gianecchini.

Women, can you blame me???

I am addicted to laughter.


I am addicted to love.

I am addicted to blogging.

But so are YOU who are bothering to read this!

5 things I hate doing:

Admitting I’m wrong.

Losing my temper.



Going away without my family.

5 things I would never do:

Sing in front of an audience.

Wear a bikini in public.

Become a vegetarian.

Split. (I'm just not that flexible!)

Stop writing.

5 things I regret doing:

I'll answer this by listing five insightful quotes on the subject.

"I would much rather have regrets about not doing what people said, than regretting not doing what my heart led me to and wondering what life had been like if I'd just been myself."
- Brittany Renee

"Looking back, of course, it was irresponsible, mad, forlorn, idiotic, but if you don't take chances then you'll never have a winning hand, and I've no regrets."
- Bernard Cornwell

"The only time you really live fully is from thirty to sixty. The young are slaves to dreams; the old servants of regrets. Only the middle-aged have all their five senses in the keeping of their wits."
- Theodore Roosevelt

"Maybe all one can do is hope to end up with the right regrets."
- Arthur Miller

"Have regular hours for work and play; make each day both useful and pleasant, and prove that you understand the worth of time by employing it well. Then youth will be delightful, old age will bring few regrets, and life will become a beautiful success."
- Louisa May Alcott

5 favorite things:

My prized collection of albums and photographs.

My precious stash of letters and cards given by loved ones.

My husband’s gorgeous eyes.

My baby’s sweet hugs and kisses.

Happy smiles.

There's enough for everyone, including YOU!

5 people I choose to do this:

The Thinker
Dr. A

It’s your turn to give me five. Have fun!!!


-Princess Shin- said...

oooh. i'm the first! haha... I LOVE YOUR POST!!! =) ur pictures are amazing.. where did u get them from! It is so suitable! wonderful job! i'm proud to have tagged you! hehe..

Hope you do get a million bucks so u can go around the world and meet all us bloggers!

Bearette24 said...

that pool looks awesome! who is reynaldo? he's cute :)

Irene said...

Ex-Virgin Tagger Princess Shin: I'm very glad and relieved not to have disappointed you. I really wanted to make your first experience memorable! :p

It took ages surfing the net for the most fitting pictures and then putting everything together but it was well worth it. I had so much fun doing it! I'm really glad you tagged me. Wooohoo! c",)

Bearette: Gianni (that's his nickname) is a Brazilian actor. He was voted one of the world's most beautiful men. He's the hottest! :p

Michael C said...

Very, very nice. Sadly, I would be much more selfish if I won the lottery ;-)

Great quotes and thanks for sharing!

krystyna said...

Splendidly, finely!!!
Amazing job!!!
Peace and joy to you!!!

Irene said...

Michael: Thanks! If this meme was GIVE ME SIX, you would have been my sixth tag. Just wanted to give everyone a chance. c",)

Krystyna: Wow! Thanks a lot for the rave review! Someday soon, I'll definitely be tagging YOU! :p

jeannie said...

The pictures of you & your husband with the baby are the best. How beautiful.

Alicia said...

Ok, I did it! Although not with the pics like you did.

SilverSabre said...

Wow :)

That is a great post, strangely I would rather sing than have my photo taken, but then again muse I aint :)

if I ever get my easel out of storage and move flat (which I had better do soon or I will be flat broke) I would like to draw you.


mysti said...

Wow great list and post! I will be givin you your five tomorrow! lol

Smiling wide.. Not sure how I can top that!

Mimi Lenox said...

WOW. LOVE THIS POST. Amazing photos and great meme. You know where all great memes go...don't you?

Lizza said...

That Reynaldo is hot! :-D Lovely pics, lovely quotes.

brian said...

Great list Irene. :)

Irene said...

Jeannie: Awwww. Thanks, sweetie! c",)

Alicia: Thanks for playing! Hope you had fun!

SilverSabre: This photographer's muse has never been a painter's muse yet. I will be honored (and ridiculously flattered) to be yours! Please get your easel out NOW. c",)

Magical Mysti: Oooh, I can't wait for your answers! Thanks for joining in on the fun fives!

Queen Mimi: My majesty, my meme is yours for the taking. :p

Lovely Lizza: SIZZLING is more like it! c",)

Brian: Thanks! Can't wait to check out yours!

Christina_the_wench said...

That dude is HOT, HOT, HOT! WHEW!

scribbit said...

Oh Reynaldo is something. Yes definitely something.

Imemine said...

Excellent portrait! I agree with you.

"Angeldust" said...

oh... This IS spectacular
Must return with time...

Ahhh....... I'll think about all day.

Love and you to you and yours

Lucia said...

This is fabulous! I love the pics. Nice touch!

Irene said...

Wench Christina: Fall in line, dahling. I found him first. HAHA! :p

Scribbit: See above message to Wench Christina. The same applies to you. HAHA! :p

IMEMINE: Thanks for visiting! Come again! c",)

Angeldust: Thank you for the sweet message. I'll be waiting for your return, spectacular one!(",)

Lucia: Great to see you here! You're fabulous, too! :p

theresa said...

Great Post! I found you through LoneyBin4Sure.

Love the pictures that went along with your meme.

ann said...

a great post and great answers Irene and thank you passing by...

Stephen said...

Fantastic photos. And yes, you may use my epitaph.

Greta said...

Awesome post! I love how you add the pictures in. :) Anyway, I don't know if I've commented here already, but I've been reading. Feel free to stop by my blog anytime.

And I must agree about Reynaldo...;)

Kris said...

Your son certainly has your husband's eyes. I like your list of "fives". Very creative.

Mimi Lenox said...

I came back to visit you because I'm finishing up my feature story on your blog tonight that will post Friday. Uhh.....who am I kidding? I just came back to look at Reynaldo. Sigh.
Queen needs a King.
He'll do nicely.

Stomper Girl said...

You would obviously spend your money wisely! And your Brazilian love god is H.O.T!!
Thanks for dropping by.

Susan Abraham said...

Oh, Irene, what a thrill!
Beautiful, beautiful pictures (look at that dream house) and very heart-warming answers.

You hold a remarkable joy for life and surround yourself with love.

Your home is definitely your castle and that's where your heart is.

I can't imagine you ever losing your temper.

By the way, if you have time to answer,
what's the studio for... & also
is baby wearing halloween costume yet?

lots of love

Irene said...

Theresa: Thanks, New York Babe! Feel at home here. c",)

Ann: Thanks! Hope to catch you again soon!

Stephen: That's very generous of you, but I do hope I won't need to use that epitaph soon! :p

Greta: Oh, you will definitely see more of me! Yes, that man is something, isn't he? (",)

Kris: I have to disagree. My baby's eyes are MINE. HAHA! My husband and I are always fighting for ownership in that area. :p

Queen Mimi: I told you he was addictive! :p

Stomper Girl: Nice of you to drop by! Thanks and keep tapping!!!

Sweet Susan: No luck yet....my fiesty baby seems to be winning the war of the costumes. Sigh!

We own a commercial photography studio with my husband doing the shooting. We're doing quite well as it is but we are dreaming of doing a major expansion soon. c",)

Looney Mom said...

Oohhh... that was an awesome meme. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I love meeting new people. What a beatiful family.

CrimsonKing said...

Reynaldo? I don't know him, but I'm jealous!!

JR's Thumbprints said...

Very well done. I love the pictures too.

Gangadhar said...

oh..so well done,Irene.. Never seen anyone doing a tag like this..it's just spectacular and illustrative..It shows your strong passion towards blogging..Glad that i met you..
Thanks for dropping by on my blog..
keep visiting

take care

Darla said...

Great post! I love the pix. And I covet that library. :)

gem said...

Beautiful post, Irene. Your use of pictures is stunning. Since I am somewhere between 30 and 60, I really liked the Theodore Roosevelt quote. I stopped in on your blog because of mimi's write up. Don't know what took me so long. I also noticed you had a link to my blog on your site and returned the courtesy. I'll certainly be stopping in more.

Manhi said...

good one,i'll write exactly the same answers for the questions "things i hate bt myself"
keep going,and dont forget inviting me your lib...

Anonymous said...

Great post. I fantasize about becoming rich everytime I buy a lottery ticket-which is 2X a week!


Irene said...

Looney Mom: I'm glad you came by. Hope to see more of you! We loony moms should stick together, don't you think? :p

CrimsonKing: Here's a kiss from me. MWaaaaaH!

Still jealous? :p

JR: Thanks! Can't wait to hear more of your real "Prison Break" tales! c",)

Gangadhar: Glad you enjoyed my post! And glad you took time to visit. I'll catch you again soon!

Darla: Promise...I'll invite you to my library once it's done! :p

Precious Gem: Wow! Thanks for linking me up and for saying such nice things about my blog. I consider it a real honor coming from a highly talented and renowned writer like yourself. Woohoo! c",)

Manhi: I'll invite you to my library....if you promise to bring Robbie! :p

BarnGoddess: Have you ever won anything from the lottery? My Mom loves buying tickets and she has won small cash prizes now and then. I don't think I'm as lucky....although I consider myself lucky in love. Bwahaha! Don't forget me if you win! :p

wolfbaby said...

I will stop following links.. I will stop following links... I will stop following links...

who am i kidding

No i won't.. *sigh*... another blog to add to my bloglines... why do you have to be so funny? ...

I enjoyed reading;)

Ched said...


jim said...

You are very good Irene, a champion of tag blogging, this is undoubtably the best I have seen this handled, artful and intelligent and so humanly spirited, you are super.

Good luck with the million, whether lottery or your own great talent writing and creating, or even that of you hubby who seems to be deserving of that Super Studio!

Irene said...

Ched: Thanks for commenting again! c",)

Jim: Wow. You flatter me but thanks! If I get the million dollars and travel around the globe, I'll be sure to drop by your place. c",)

Tim Rice said...

This is a fascinating meme. Loved reading it and particularly enjoyed the first picture. :) You put a lot of effort and time into this, I think.

Irene said...

Tim: Glad you enjoyed it, my friend! It took me ages to put everything together but I didn't notice time pass because I was having so much fun while at it. c",)

Maryanne Moll said...

are those your real albums? where do you buy the photo corners?

help! my mom has been harassing me already for photo corners.

Cergie said...

So cute baby and yes, your husband seems to be a fine guy.

Thank you for passing by on my blog, Irene.
Do you know that Irene is a French name too ?

Irene said...

Cergie: Merci! My aunt married a Frenchman who keeps me up to date on the happenings in your country. My close cousins are now studying in France. It is one of my dreams to visit there soon with my husband. c',)

Manic Mom said...

I'm with you on the Library filled with books. I'm with you on the writing too! And the chocolate... and the splits... lots of things.

That baby is BEE - U - TEE - FULLL!

Irene said...

Thanks, Manic Mom! Great to know we have other things in common aside from being...well...manic! :p