Cebu City, Cebu, Philippines

5 questions with guest interview

Coucou tout le monde! My name is Elda and I'm a London blogger and the face behind 'Life in the City of Chocolate and Beyond': a lifestyle blog that touches on travel, tips and "trending topics". I started my blog back in 2018 as a way to document all my experiences studying in the "City of Chocolate" a.k.a. the Belgian capital of Brussels, and now that I've expanded my blog to more lifestyle topics I hope to advise, inform and entertain people with my blog posts as well as network with fellow bloggers, like the amazing Monique! I'm excited for what the future holds for my blog and those of fellow bloggers I have connected with… 


1. What's a backstory of a hero you idolize that struck you?

Even though I cannot play it at all I love watching football and although he isn't a hero per say someone I do see as one of my idols is Romelu Lukaku (Belgian striker who currently plays for Inter Milan). I learned about his childhood from an interview he did before the 2018 World Cup in Russia, where he talked about some of the hardships he and his family endured. He had it really tough and some of the things he mentioned were things I also experienced in my childhood, but what makes me feel inspired by him was the fact that he worked hard to achieve his dream of becoming a professional footballer (which he did at 16) in order to help get his family out of those hardships and I hope to do the same for my family too. Plus, I feel like he's one of the very few footballers I see who is very humble, driven and keeps his head down regardless of all the criticisms he’s hit with, all things I wish to be. Although I don't support Inter Milan or any of the teams he has previously played for, to me he is one of the best players in the football scene. 

2. How do you wish to be remembered after you die?

As a woman who was never afraid to speak her mind or to go for what she wanted, regardless of who tried to stand in her way. Also, someone who was kind, compassionate, creative and hilarious and who was always there for those she loved. And finally, a fun party-goer who loved an adventure - anything to get out her comfort zone for sure! I definitely want to leave a lasting legacy and I think I'm on the right path on achieving that!

3. Was there a nightmare you've never forgotten until now? What was it?

You know what? I actually don't remember any of my dreams or nightmares! Like, five minutes after I've woken up and I've tried to remember what I dreamt about my mind goes absolutely blank! I feel like I'm the only one who has this problem…I mean is it bad that I don't remember any of my dreams/nightmares?

4. What are some unique ways that you do to relax?

One thing I do to relax or to help me think straight is lying down on the floor with my legs up against the wall or on a chair, and I just lay there for like five-ten minutes staring at the ceiling or in a dark room. I don't know why but it makes me feel so much better: it's five-ten minutes of silence and nothingness away from my screens (laptop/phone/TV), away from social media… just some me time! Also, I spend about 20 minutes stretching my whole body. I love stretching: it's my favourite part of exercising! And lastly, I listen to Soukous which is Congolese Rumba. My family's from Congo and I just love the sound of it: slow, calming and it helps me with my Lingala.

5. Do you prefer hanging out with someone who has chosen a stand to yours or someone who's lukewarm and playing safe? Why and why not?

Definitely, someone who has chosen a stand to mine - in life, not everyone is going to agree with that you believe in, and that's completely fine. I'd use that opportunity to try and learn and understand why they have that certain stand/belief and hopefully, they will do the same with me. It would definitely make the conversation interesting and insightful, for sure! Another thing that we need to remember is that playing safe doesn't always work in our favour - plus it can be a little boring and as I've grown older I've definitely become a more daring individual, and I love that! In the words of the Spice Girls - ‘Spice up your life!’

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