Thank you Foreign Filipina (Rica) for the Liebster Award nomination.
“Liebster is a word with German origins meaning dearest, sweetest, kindest, and beloved. The Liebster Award exists only on the internet, and is an award given to bloggers by bloggers. The award is given to bloggers with less than 200 followers. The purpose of the Liebster Award is to recognize and discover upcoming talent in the blogosphere through a Pay it Forward initiative.”
So Rica totally caught me off guard and put me in a total “Awww” moment. It’s amazing how I’ve never heard of the Liebster Award until now and, it’s also nice to know that there are things like this that help people discover new blogs, work and material. So once again, thanks Foreign Filipina for nominating me, it feels good to know that you think this blog has potential.
There are some rules involved with this award:
- You must link back to the person who nominated you (but cannot nominate them)
- You must answer the 10 questions given to the nominee before you.
- You must select 10 blogs with under 200 followers to answer your 10 questions.
Here are my answers:
Why did you start your blog?
I’ve been blogging all throughout high school – my famed teenage years and I blogged a little in college as well. It all stopped when I moved to New York for absolutely no reason. Then, a few months back, I logged into my old blog (which is now private, lol) and looked into my old entries. You guys have no idea how much I was laughing, feeling a heavy heart and even getting mad. Point is, I had something to remind me of all the things I’ve been through and what type of person I really am. So that’s how I started this blog, to keep track of my ups and downs in life and, to look back to one day.
What has blogging taught you?
No one’s perfect and you don’t have to be too. I know that life is mostly a competition but blogging shouldn’t be. Am I jealous of another blogger who has a shit ton of Louboutins? Hell yeah I am. But that’s not who I am nor can my lifestyle keep up with that. I’ve learned that if I keep it real and show what my interests are – no matter how different I am from my friends on the blogosphere are, they will still read about me and comment and be fun to talk to.
Photo-blog or well-written post?
Ah, I’m such a visual person so I should really say photo blog BUT, I babble so much and appreciate a fellow babbler so maybe a well-written post? I would say both because if a photo could tell a thousand words then a photo and a well written post would give you a million words.
What motivates you to keep on writing?
I hate to sound narcissistic but my future self motivates me. If I go somewhere and do something and I realize, “omg, I want Sara in the future to remember this and how she felt during that time” then best believe that I will write about it.
If you could live in one country/ city for a long period of time where would it be and why?
I would go home to Japan and enjoy time with my family out there because I rarely make time for them – which is bad but something I’m most definitely working on.
What’s the best travel/ blogging advice you have received?
blogging advice: Keep your blog up and just be you.
travel advice: pack light and don’t forget your toothbrush.
What’s your must have travel companion?
My travel pillow, iphone (which I use as an iPod and form of entertainment), book and hard candy (to help my ears from popping in high altitude)
Do you prefer traveling alone or in a big group?
I prefer traveling alone or with one more person. A big group would be overkill.
Favorite dish that’s not from your country?
Al Tang Chigae. Korean spicy fish roe stew.
Any tips or advice for people who are looking to start a blog?
Write about you and your interests. It’s tiring to try to be someone who you’re not so you might as well be you and be proud about it🙂
My nominees (and I’m not sure of their follower count nor am I sure if they’ve ever been nominated but I love their blogs so I will nominate them anyway):
Oh Penda, I am Aileen, Be the Plebeian, Left over Jinx, The Creative Lass, Hello Aia, I’m Socially Awkward, The Yellow Pad Chronicles
…And I lack 2 because the other blogs I like to read have a BAJILLION followers.😐
Here are my questions for you:
1. Why did you start your blog?
2. What do you love about blogging?
3. Where was your last, best vacation?
4. Favorite dish that’s not from your own country?
5. What’s the best travel advice you’ve received?
6. If you could move to any part of the world right now, where would you go and why?
7. How did you pick your blog’s name?
8. What is your guiltiest pleasure?
9. If you could meet anyone, dead or alive, who would it be?
10. What advice would you give someone about to start a blog?