The Liebster Blog Awards 2014 (Tom’s Top Ten ?’s)

When Tom nominated me on his blog for The Liebster Blog Awards my first reaction was:

“He picked me! He really picked me!”

Then my second reaction was:

“OMG why’d he pick me?! I have very little travel experience and more then half the time I don’t even write travely posts. How am I going to answer all of his questions?!”

Then I realized that I was anxious because I don’t consider myself to be a real traveler even though I am technically traveling at the moment. It still says “Traveler-Wannabe-Enthusiast” on my blog business card (which I never hand out to people!).



Sometimes I still see myself as the Girl Who Always Meets But Never Plans. The girl who is afraid to go after her dreams and take bold moves.

But who are we kidding? I am no longer that girl.

I’m the girl who bought a one-way plane ticket to Australia, and applied for the work and holiday visa while she is still in her 20’s and eligible for the visa requirements instead of waiting until she reaches her 30’s and thinks “Oh, I should have done that when…”

I’m the girl who has, so far, lived in three cities in Australia.






Brisbane & It's Gigantic Clouds

Brisbane & It’s Gigantic Clouds

Currently: Melbourne

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Fancy Horse-Drawn Carriages

I may not have it all figured out, but I’m sure going to have a hell of a time trying to figure it all out.

So perhaps I am no longer a Traveler-Wannabe-Enthusiast.

Perhaps now I am just a Travel-Enthusiast.

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That TIme I Took A Trip To The Blue Mountains In New South Wales, Australia.

It took me some time to get around to writing this post and answering Tom’s questions, but I finally did it. But before I begin, you might be wondering what a “The Liebster Blog Awards” is?

Honestly, I’ve never heard of it until Tom nominated me. It seems like a Bloggie Chain Letter – but a cool one. Not like the ones you’d receive in Middle School that you’d have to hand write and give it away to ten people or you’d end up alone forever (wait… am I still single? Damn, I should’ve written those chain letters!).

I also don’t know what liebster means, so I did a little Googling, and according to my research, the word liebster has German origins with many meanings such as: sweetest, kindest, beloved, etc.

The Liebster Blog Awards also comes with rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link to his or her blog.
  • Answer the 10 questions by the nominee before you.
  • Nominate 5 of your favorite blogs and notify them of their nomination.
  • Come up with 10 questions for your nominees to answer.

Thank you, Tom, for the nomination! I am truly honored. Seriously, it feels like I won an Emmy award or something (did I go too far?).

I’m absolutely obsessed with Tom. He is currently living in Taiwan as an English teacher, has a passion for food, travel, and writing (did I mention he’s a really great writer?). His blog is filled with useful tips, fun stories and a lot of inspiration. I really love this post. And this post. And this one. And all of them. He’s honest, funny, and British – what more could you ask for?

So, let’s get to Tom’s Top Ten Questions!

Have you ever had an embarrassing bodily discharge moment while travelling?

I don’t remember an exact moment, unfortunately (or fortunately…).

The only time I can think of is India. Always, India.

I’ve never traveled India as a traveler but only as a relative, and each time I’ve gotten sick and, you know, had diarrhea at some point.

I Had Diarrhea At Some Point. I Promise You.

I Had Diarrhea At Some Point. I Promise You.

Is there anywhere in the world that you’re not interested in visiting at all?

Not that I can think of. There are some countries that I’m afraid to visit because of dangerous war zones/ strict laws / high crime rates. I’m also worried about surviving as a vegetarian in heavy meat based countries. However, I haven’t ruled any places out. I want to see the world!

What’s your favourite cocktail?

DSCF0276I have so many favorites.

How about a delicious Cosmo like the girls from Sex and The City?

2014-03-07 13.40.05Or a really good mojito? Margarita anyone?

How about brunch with a mimosa?

Why Is It OK To Have A Cocktail With Breakfast On A Sunday But you're considered a Drunk If You Do It On A Tuesday?

Why Is It OK To Have A Cocktail With Breakfast On A Sunday But You’re Considered A Drunk If You Do It On A Tuesday?

Why Is It OK To Have A Cocktail With Breakfast On A Sunday But you're considered a Drunk If You Do It On A Tuesday?Right now, I’m really craving a Pina Colada. Anyone want to go to Mexican restaurant with me?

Would you rather fly first class on a long haul flight, or stay in a luxury suite at a 5-star hotel for a weekend break?

Luxury suite at a 5-star hotel, please! Especially if that means I’ll have the room to myself for the weekend. And champagne. There must be champagne. Because life’s a celebration.

Winter wonderland or tropical paradise?

Both. The Chicagoan in me says winter wonderland. I like winter getup (scarves, sweaters, and even Uggs). Traveling isn’t always about chasing the sun and my Australian journey did lead to Melbourne in the winter.

However, the Chicagoan in me also says tropical paradise when the cold becomes a bit too much.

This Is Chicago Winter.

This Is Chicago Winter.


Have you ever contemplated giving up on a trip while you’re already on it?

Yes. About 50 million times since being in Australia. Every time I feel homesick, or the job-hunting process becomes too much or a job doesn’t work out or I’m not completely, madly in love with a place.

But I haven’t given up despite the hard days. I keep going.

What’s your favourite passport stamp?

So far… Australia.

What’s your guilty pleasure while travelling?

Watching teeny TV.

IMG_0499Yes, I’m talking Switched at Birth, One Tree Hill, Gilmore Girls, 90210, Vampire Diaries, Etc.

After living in hostels for three months, I didn’t really have access to personal entertainment; especially when I had limited WiFi access all of the time. But since moving into a shared flat in Melbourne, I finally broke down, and downloaded a VPN and restarted my Netflix account and watched an ABC Family series called The Fosters. Yes, life is really hard when you want to date your foster sister but can’t.

Have you ever gotten into an argument with a local?

I can’t remember getting into an argument with a local (yet). But I have with backpackers.

In your opinion, which country has the dreamiest dudes or most gorgeous girls?

I’m not sure how to answer this question. I want to say Australia since I am in Australia. But believe it or not, I haven’t really met to many locals since being in OZ. I’ve met tons of people from all over the world, and I haven’t seen most of the world… so to answer this question, I’ll just say Germany since the German guy who had his shirt off that time I was in Noosa was really smokin’. Or the Scottish boy who had his shirt off that time I was in Brisbane. So Scotland. No, wait. The British boy with the cute dimples. So England.

Wait, wait. Let’s not forget about Justin Timberlake. I’ve been crushing on him since I was 13-years-old. So America.


My 5 nominees are…

Heather from There’s No Place Like OZ

Agness (co-blogger) from eTramping

Sally from Unbrave girl

Val from Choosing Figs

Nana from Foreign Geek

My 10 questions are:

  1. Are you a big city person or small town/ suburb/ countryside person? Explain.
  2. What were 3 sacrifices you had to make in the name of budget travel?
  3. If you had to travel for one month with an unlimited budget or one year on $10,000, which one would you choose? Why?
  4. Did you ever visit a place and felt like it wasn’t worth the time or money?
  5. How long can you travel nonstop from place to place before you need a break?
  6. Do you prefer to travel alone or with someone? Explain.
  7. Do you consider yourself to be an introvert or extrovert? Or both? Or neither?
  8. If you could wake up and do anything tomorrow (without having to worry about money or obligations), what would you do?
  9. What do you want to be when you grow up?
  10.  What is your next destination(s)?

This was fun! Even if I did have to use the word “diarrhea” in a blog post.

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