Since my entrance into the world of blogging, I have come across the Liebster Award many a time. The Liebster Award is an internet award given by bloggers to other bloggers.
I asked myself, ‘how does one get this a shiny award that seems to be gracing the home pages of some of my favorite bloggers?’ And then I got my break!!! They say that luck happens when preparation meets opportunity. After hustling to publish more posts and gain more exposure online, I came across a fellow blogger looking for candidates to nominate for the award. I sheepishly posted, trying to follow my mantra to ‘be strong and brave’ this year. Then her post went live and I saw my name on the list! Its the best feeling to see that my hard work has paid off!
Thanks a mill to Sarah of My Gipsy Soul! xox
Thanks for opening up the opportunity to the travel blog community and for seeing potential in ‘The Next Somewhere.’ Although I don’t know you personally, I caught up on some of your posts and read about how you’ve been traveling despite illnesses and I commend your spirit! Its inspiring that you are for not letting these obstacles get in the way of your dreams!
Liebster Q & A Time!
If you could live anywhere, where would it be?
If it were an all-expenses paid kind of thing, I’d be in San Francisco in a heartbeat. San Francisco is just the most beautiful place I’ve ever been to and its West Coast but not too West Coast, so I wouldn’t feel like I was being disloyal to the East Coast. And one of the Scandanavian countries. But only in their summertime when the sun is out for 22 hours a day.
What was your favorite subject in school?
I loved beginner’s foreign language classes (I took French, Latin, Spanish, Italian and Vietnamese when I was in school) and English literature. Its awesome to see that my favorite subjects in school are relevant to where I am in life right now: traveling and writing.
What would you change about yourself if you could?
I wish I was less doubtful. My fears always get the best of me. That and being too sensitive. I hate taking things so personally when I know that I can’t control how others think or act.
What is your favorite book and why?
I HATEEEEE ADMITTING THIS BUT… I don’t have a favorite!!! There are too many books to read to just keep returning to one!
Describe your perfect weekend.
Going on a spontaneous trip. Packing the two days I have with a million and one things, preferably including an atmospheric and delicious dining experience, a first-time experience of sorts, and running into a design shop and picking up a trinket that catches my eye. Also must be sunny and everyone around me is happy.
If you could only eat one meal the rest of your life, what would it be?
I don’t think I could ever tire of pho (vietnamese noodle soup). When I got to Vietnam, I tested out that theory and had pho for three days straight, every meal. Never once got sick of it.
What’s the most daring thing you’ve ever done?
Falling in love abroad and giving that relationship a real chance. Building a relationship with someone who has no background knowledge of where you come from (ie. your family, friends, life history) except for the person you are in a completely unfamiliar surrounding is all kinds of difficult. Deciding then what to do with your relationship after your time in the place you’ve met is over is even more of a challenge, especially if in “real-life,” you live nowhere near each other. There’s a lot of change and uncertainty surrounding the relationship. You have to be brave every single day to work on a love like that.
Tell something about your favorite family tradition?
Birthdays are really special in my household. On someone’s birthday, they get treated like a queen (or a prince!) The birthday celebrant gets to dictate how he/she wants the day to be spent, no questions asked. Especially on my birthdays, my siblings, mom, and lola shower me with so much attention and always set aside the entire day to spend time with me. There’s no better feeling than that.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
At a university office desk developing meaningful travel experiences for students and scouting new locations around the globe. Also a mom of three and happily married.
Which languages do you speak?
I speak English and Tagalog fluently and can converse in enough Thai, Spanish, and Italian to feed myself/not be lost. Deep down inside (I’m talking super deep), I know I can speak Ilocano but I just don’t have enough practice.
What is one thing you will never do again?
Play the boardgame Catan. That game is waaaaay too cut-throat for me. Other than that, I’m pretty game to do anything a second time.
Now for the nominations! *drumroll please!*
Solen of Eat Travels
Laura of Willful and Wildhearted
Liz of Maps of Pangea
Gabrielle and Sam of Where to Explore by 24
Kyle of Go Drift Away
Megan of Bobo and ChiChi
Lotte of Phenomenal Globe
Becca of B Travels Better
Lauren of The Enjoyable Rut
Rahul of The Rookie Traveler
Sarah and Charlie of Hopping RTW
Your questions are…
- Describe yourself in three words.
- What’s your travel mantra?
- What’s the best foreign word you know and why?
- What’s a song that puts you in the traveling mood?
- Aside from the basics (passport, ATM card, backpack), what three items are must-bring things for you on your trip?
- Describe your best experience on the road.
- Name the top three things on your bucket list.
- You’ve been sentenced to death. What is the last meal you would ask for before you die?
- Who is the one person you would take on a trip around the world with you?
- Would you rather be stuck with a seven-hour delay or arrive at the airport and realize your flight is tomorrow?
- What is something you’ve learned about yourself while traveling?