Thursday, July 17, 2008

Wishing on a Falling Star Gets Honoured!

Whether it's simply a phase I am currently going through or the fact that my birthday is coming up and I'm feeling the extra year prematurely, I am more sensitive than usual nowadays. It does not take much to get me started regardless if it's a sad or happy moment! Watching TV is a drag right now as even happy endings can make go awwwww how nice, followed by a tear or two! ;)

When Matthew told me he had a surprise for me at his blog, I was immediately intrigued. He was going away for a vacation and left me a note, reminding me to check his blog during his absence as a surprise will be waiting for me within the next few days. I was wondering what my surprise was
and waited patiently for it to appear on his blog. All sorts of funny thoughts were going through my mind while waiting and I even anticipated a fluffy cat or a genie to pop up from his blog yelling SURPRISE! LOL!

I finally saw the surprise
Matt had for me at his blog on Monday, and needless to say I was all sentimental and teary after reading his post on Honoring Wishing On A Falling Star. I've received several reviews and mini mentions on Mariuca before, but this one takes the cake! Matt's review on my blogs made all the effort and time I've put into my blogs worthwhile. His sincere words made my blogs feel extremely appreciated and loved, unlike any other way before. The way he captured the essence of my blogs was near perfection and it was so beautifully worded, it moved me to tears!

So I'd like to thank Matthew for this wonderful MTMD Blog Award of Excellence, which was created to honour not only the excellence of a blog, but the excellence of the blogger
. I am truly and deeply honoured by this award and the high recognition you have placed upon my blogs. That was a wonderful surprise indeed and it totally made my week! This award will encourage me to strive further in making Mariuca and Mariuca's Perfume Gallery a better read and community hangout for all my blog friends and fellow Mariucans, so THANK YOU again. :)

In his blog today, Matt also made some excellent points on commenting. His post on Commenting Best Practices is a must read, especially for Entrecard droppers. In his post, Matt was discussing Where Entrecard went wrong with SezWho and the three major errors with this partnership. According to Matt, "The intent of EntreCard's partnership with SezWho was to incorporate a rating system into participating bloggers' comments sections to increase the quality and relevance of comments, provide an incentive to make quality and relevant comments, and thus by simply engaging bloggers with each other to drive more traffic to participating blogger's blogs. In theory, it sounds brilliant. But the discussions that have taken place, especially on Mama Flo's and The Monkey's blogs, and even EntreCard's own blog have been telling..." You can read the rest of the post here.

Among others, Matt also mentioned his thoughts on how the blogosphere is wide enough to hold both relevant and non-relevant comments for your blog posts, which is something that I totally agree with. Like I told Matt, sometimes you get a reader leaving a comment on your post simply to say hello or to leave you a tag, or ask you a question about your blog template, or even a direct advertiser showing interest in placing their ad on your blog. For me, I appreciate that - having readers, new and old alike, going out of their way to stop by my blog and leave a comment for me. It shows me they're interested in my blog, or they care and have me in mind enough for them to say HOLA! :)

I love my relevant comments just as much. To me, they signify the fact that my readers actually take time to READ my post and when they have something to say about it, my post gets some love. Either way, the most important thing is to appreciate your readers, whether they drop off relevant or non-relevant comments or hellos, simply because they are the ones that bring your blog to life! For me, they're one of the main reasons behind the success of any blog. And on that note, I'd like to invite all my friends and readers to stop by Meltwater.Torrents.Meanderings.Delta. and check out Matthew's blog. Show Matt some comment love the way we Mariucans know best - both relevant and non-relevant! :)

PS. Matt, I love the Wishing On A Falling Star picture so much, so I had to have it here, thank you! :)


LadyJava July 17, 2008 4:59 PM

Another excellent post from an EXCELLENT Blogger! Congrats dearie.. you truly deserve this wonderful award!

I love you and both your blogs.. like i say.. I'm probably your biggest fan..heheh :)

And am hopping over right now to Matt's blog.. I'm was also having second thoughts about having that sezwho thingy on my blog for the exact same concern.. after all all comments are important to me.. relevant or not..

Have a great day..and forget abt the age thing ok.. it's just digits! take it from one who going on the big 40 next year!! heheh

Muahs and Hugs!!

bonoriau July 17, 2008 5:05 PM

Marzie, congrats ..u sememangnya deserve the awards... working so hard day pasti jadi macam John Chow....

fren_ace July 17, 2008 5:31 PM

nice blog it's beautiful!
i like it!
can we links our blog?
please add me in your blog links!
this my blog
hope to see you arround!

emilayusof July 17, 2008 5:53 PM

Congrats Marzie!

I went and read Matthew's post and was like wow, he really nailed it. He described you well.

Jean Chia aka Ms.Yummy~licious July 17, 2008 6:57 PM

Congratulations, Marzie!! You definitely deserve all the mentions in Matt's blog! I love his post. He is so good with words lar. :)

Kim July 17, 2008 7:08 PM

Matt has written an excellent post Mariuca and you are so deserving of his award ...and this special recognition...
have the happiest weekend ever :) :)

Anonymous,  July 17, 2008 7:26 PM

hi linked you up hope you link me too.Yahweh Bless You

Matthew S. Urdan July 17, 2008 7:52 PM


1st, you are quite welcome and most deserving.

2nd, thanks for the link love.

3rd, thanks for engaging in the Commenting Best Practices Discussion. To me, this is the way to go to energize bloggers and to generate quality comments and relevant posts. It's not necessary to bribe bloggers with EntreCard Credits. It's only necessary to make quality posts that invite discussion and invite other bloggers to share their thoughts.

4th, I've learned a great deal from you watching your blogging habits over the last couple months. You are truly an inspiration, and I can't thank you enough for your kind words in your current post--which is truly exceptional--and not because I'm the beneficiary of so much love. You're taking a position on a most important component of blogging, and you are articulating your thoughts very clearly and concisely and with great reasoning and rationale.

5th, it's a thrill to see the picture I chose for your award post at the header of your blog this morning.

Have an outstanding day! Something tells me it's just going to get better.


Matthew S. Urdan July 17, 2008 9:19 PM


Here I am again!

I've responded to your comment on my blog regarding the SezWho EntreCard partnership. Stop by and check out what others have to say as well when you get a moment.

Have an awesome day!

Unknown July 17, 2008 10:07 PM

Congrats Marzie!!!!
Came by and dropped a card on you..See ya later~kim

Anonymous,  July 17, 2008 10:57 PM

Congrats on this well-deserved from Matt! I saw it on his blog a few days ago and was so happy for you.

Anonymous,  July 17, 2008 10:59 PM

Now I am going to leave a handful of irrelevant comments in order to maintain my status in your Top Mariucans...

I will be back to vote for you as soon as your Battle of the Blogs gets started. As for not letting you know about my current battle, I think it is safe to assume that Roxy is ALWAYS doing battle!


Anonymous,  July 17, 2008 11:06 PM

Genie Princess!
Today I am commenting a lot because I can. I don't know what is up with my computer/Internet, but instead of having the Lamp of Luck, every time I was here yesterday your blog must be sooo big with sooo many comments that it just shut me down!

Anonymous,  July 17, 2008 11:18 PM

Have no fear.. LJ is here... vote vote vote!! Good luck dearie!!

Mariuca July 17, 2008 11:22 PM

LJ!! Thank you for being my first commenter on this very special post, love and hugs for u dearie! :):):)

Of course you are my number 1 fan and I thank you for that! You are my Top Mariucan here and at MPG and now have even made it to my Top 10 EC list so woo hoo for LJ! ;)

He he, feeling older by the day la woman, so depressing! Also, I still haven't installed SezWho, cause don't want to mess up my blog just yet. Change template dulu then think abt SezWho lol! But how is it working for u so far?

Mariuca July 17, 2008 11:24 PM

LOL!! Bono, comel la you he he!! I wish satu hari jadi kaya mcm John Chow, till then...I'll just have to continue dreaming about it! :):):)

Mariuca July 17, 2008 11:26 PM

Hola Fren_Ace! Thank you for visiting and commenting on Mariuca. I will drop by your blog as well, have a great day! :):):)

Mariuca July 17, 2008 11:28 PM

YAY! Thank you Emila he he.. hey, I was impressed with Matt's post too! Thanks for reading the post dear! :)

Anonymous,  July 17, 2008 11:28 PM

I actually don't like sezwho lah. I think it actually slows down my page and I hate the pop up thing everytime it passes a blogger name..kinda like that "SNAP" plugin.. I hate it!! Soo... I removed it!! lolzz!! Now all is calm and peaceful again.. just the way I like it!!

Wohoott!! Me famous lah here..lolzz!!

Congrats again dearie on a well deserved honour :)


Mariuca July 17, 2008 11:37 PM

Jean! Thanks so much sweetie and I'm happy you took the time to read Matt's post cause it was such a good one yeah? :)

Anonymous,  July 17, 2008 11:37 PM

GP! I decided to join BotB as well..lolzz.. dah lama tak join.. vote for me ok :).. thanks dearie!

eastcoastlife July 17, 2008 11:43 PM

Congrats, Mariuca!
You deserve the award! I enjoy coming to your blog and reading the comments you left me. Thanks for your friendship.

Voted for you at BOTB. :)

Mariuca July 17, 2008 11:45 PM

Thanks so much Kim! Matt did a terrific job on my award post, I read it twice and got a silly smile on my face each time he he! :):):)

Mariuca July 17, 2008 11:46 PM

Hola Suplado, thanks for linking to my blog. I'll come by your blog as well, have a good one! :):):)

Anonymous,  July 17, 2008 11:48 PM

Vote vote vote -- good luck GP!

Thanks for your vote in my Battle of the Blogs. You must be my lucky star, cuz I won! Now I'm back in a new battle against Stik and his flatulent cows. Help help!!

These battles are moving quickly today...on my way to vote for LJ now.


Mariuca July 17, 2008 11:52 PM

Matthew! Thank you AGAIN for this great honour. I wanna say I'm speechless but I had so much to say and the post was the best way to express how I felt when I got your award!

I'm glad to be taking part in this Commenting issue as commenting is a big part of Mariuca and what she's all about. It is always so much better when you get a response to ur comment, and that is what I try to give back to my readers. Not much fun leaving comments on a blog with no response.

I'll come by to check out ur response, thanks again Matt, you rock! :):):)

Mariuca July 17, 2008 11:53 PM

Hi Kimmy! Thanks for visiting me today and for the drop, catch ya later! :)

Mariuca July 17, 2008 11:59 PM

Yay, Roxy is here! Thanks dear, I was happy to see u left a comment on Matt's award post, made me feel like you were right there with me he he!

Oh yay, you won!! I've voted for ur second battle and LJ's too. Let's hope lady luck is on our side tonight ladies! Rub the magic lamp together now he he!! :):):)

Mariuca July 18, 2008 12:01 AM

LJ, thanks dearie!! Let's hope you, Roxy and I win big tonight lolz!! ;)

Eh I also hate that SNAP plugin la, so irritating sometimes. So u removed SW oredi?? If it slows down my page, it doesn't sound like something I need for my blog la. Let's wait and see what others have to say abt this. ;)

Mariuca July 18, 2008 12:02 AM

YAY, thank you ECL! It's been a lot of fun getting to know u and your blog too, all thanks to BE who brought our blogs closer he he..and now EC!! :):):)

Anonymous,  July 18, 2008 12:04 AM

Yeah.. I think I'll wait and see as the meantime.. it's off..hehe..

Yeah lets rub the magic lamp.. altogether now...heheh

Mariuca July 18, 2008 12:07 AM

That's right LJ, we shall be spectators first and see what unravels from SW! ;)

He he so cute la you, I can imagine you with ur paper bag, Roxy with her tequila and me with my perfume all rubbing away LOL! :)

LadyJava July 18, 2008 12:09 AM

Yeah.. and ECL with her frogs... lolzz!!!

Mariuca July 18, 2008 12:11 AM

Muahahhahahahahaha!!! I forgot about ECL and her Kermits he he!! Better hold on tight to Kermit though cause I'm afraid of frogs lolz! :)

LadyJava July 18, 2008 12:18 AM

Yelah ECL!! Me too... I think the only animal I'm not afraid of feline lah...lolzz!!

Mariuca July 18, 2008 12:22 AM

Of course la...I like fluffy rabbits also, like Bobo's rabbit! Astaga cute to da max, like a stuffed toy! Eh hamsters also I geli you know? And of course lizards, although I don mind cockroaches. ;)

LxndreaSB July 18, 2008 1:49 AM

Hi there maurica.congrats on the award yah!!
all the best in everything else.
ps can you help me post a shout out on my charity visit to taman megah home. need some more hands!

thanks in advance..

Anonymous,  July 18, 2008 2:51 AM

Cockroach kalau come to me I pijak but i see them.. if not.. i scream gak thinking it might be mr lizard..lolzz!

I never had a rabbit though I think i wont mind touching them.. hamster I geli.. kan tikus tu..lolzz!

mantiz July 18, 2008 4:00 AM

hey congrats, you really deserve it! i enjoy reading your entries n i gotta say, i've learned alot from your blogging habits.. so you better keep the good posts comin haha!
i love this blog, for real:)

Anonymous,  July 18, 2008 5:09 AM

Oh GP!! Matthew is right in every way. You are the most friendliest blogger I ever met. Especially when I was just starting out. You embraced me without question and put me in your mind with love and support. You deserve such great recognition because you are a one great blogger of all time!!

Love yeah always! More love coming your way GP!!

Anonymous,  July 18, 2008 6:39 AM

Hi Mariuca!
This is my first visit here. I read the post about your blog at MTMD, and I had to see it myself. :)

Great blog, I read about the fire in your house - I'm glad it went well.

Carol July 18, 2008 7:21 AM

I read Matt's post.

Either he's a really great guy or you're a really great gal.

My guess is both.

I have a birthday coming, too. But, I'm way ahead of you, M.

Nick Phillips (15/03/1967 - 04/11/2022) July 18, 2008 10:54 AM

Well congrats Marzie. I can think of no one else who deserves the award more than you. Bask in the glory, girl :D

Happy weekend to you.

Tina July 19, 2008 7:41 PM

thats brilliant mate. you derserve it x

Mariuca July 21, 2008 10:10 AM

Good morning Lxndrea, thank you so much! I just got back from a vacation, so I'll drop by your blog later yeah? Have a great Monday! :)

Mariuca July 21, 2008 10:13 AM

LJ!! I'm back dearie he he!! Oh Mr. L is my number 1 enemy you know? ;) Even Kermit is better than Mr. L I think LOL! And I agree, hamster mcm tikus, that's why I geli even though they kinda look cuter! :)

Mariuca July 21, 2008 10:19 AM

Hola Mantiz! Thank you very much and welcome to Mariuca's blog! :)

I'll try my best to keep the good posts coming, so stay tuned! ;)

Mariuca July 21, 2008 10:22 AM

YAY, Ruby is here too, thanks so much sweetie!

I love meeting and making new blog buddies and you're one of my faves Ruby, so thank YOU for being one of my supporters as well. HUGS! :):):)

Mariuca July 21, 2008 10:38 AM

Hi Peter, thank you very much and welcome to Mariuca's blog. I hope u had a pleasant stay! ;)

Oh yeah, I am glad nobody got hurt in the fire incident, esp my 3 cats lol! Have a great day! :):):)

Mariuca July 21, 2008 10:41 AM

Hola Carol!! Matt is awesome ain't he? Always the gentleman, he is very polite, never pushy and writes really well too! :):):)

Oh yay, your birthday is coming up? Does this make u a Virgo too Carol? ;)

Mariuca July 21, 2008 10:42 AM

Thanks a lot Nick, for reading and for being a wonderful supporter! You have a terrific day now, don't let the Monday blues get u down LOL! ;)

Mariuca July 21, 2008 1:50 PM

Tina, THANKS so much for dropping off ur well wishes here. Love ya Virgo buddy! :):):)

LadyJava July 21, 2008 9:34 PM

heheh.. I think i can only handle kitties lah GP!!heheh

Mariuca July 21, 2008 10:42 PM

Hi LJ!

LOL! And no fierce doggies for me either! Cute fluffy ones like Sushi are welcome he he!

Eh, I watched Boldie ep 17 oredi, abt to watch 18th! Okay la if Ridge wants to take over, it's about time too, how long does Eric want to be King? He he! Will discuss more after I watch ep 18! ;)

Shemah July 23, 2008 9:41 PM

ooohhh! congrats dear on the award! I love the Wishing on A Falling Star pic! Beautiful!

Anyways, I think you deserve the award simply because you are truly amazing in keeping both your blogs superbly entertaining and you deserve it for the awesome blogging pal that you are!

I too agree with the fact that we have more than enough room for relevant and irrelevant comments! No matter what, a comment is a comment is a comment and we bloggers just appreciate that, don't we?? ;)

Anyways, congrats again on the award ya! :)

Mariuca July 24, 2008 5:04 AM

Hi Shemah, thanks so much sweetie! I love the picture too, that's why I need it here at my blog lol! :)

Awww, thank you again Shemah, what a nice thing to say. I hope u've been having a good time here and at MPG and I'll try my best to keep it happening he he...

Of course! I love the way my blogs and comments are right now. It would be boring if all I get are relevant comments. Need some fun and laughs in the comment world too, that's what our blog buddies like - having fun hanging out with each other! :):):)

Elara July 24, 2008 3:56 PM

Marzie, congrats!! You truly deserve the award! :) I read Matthew's post and it almost got me teary-eyed!! Lol!!

Mariuca July 24, 2008 7:17 PM

Hola Debbie! Thanks so much cutie, for stopping by here and for reading Matt's post. :)

That's why la, I also terharu reading his post lolz! ;)

emilayusof October 18, 2008 11:15 AM

i love the picture! so nice kan?

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