Treasuring my First Blog Award – the Liebster!


To my absolute delight, I have been awarded a Liebster Blog Award! In case you’re not familiar with the Liebster Award, it is given by one blogger to another blogger, and it is intended to promote newer/smaller blogs.


This honor was passed to me by Raising Dragon Boy (a charming blog penned by a Chinese mom, as she shares her thoughts and experiences on parenting her son while living in Asia). Kelly, thank you so much for your incredible support and interest in hongkongfong, even though you have moved to Singapore! I am honored that you are ‘following’ my adventures in HK, a city that you also love dearly, and I am very appreciative that you have been so generous in sharing my blog with all of your followers.

I originally started hongkongfong just 3 months ago as a personal diary of sorts – but blogging has truly become a new creative outlet for me, a way to express my opinions and tell my stories about living in HK and exploring the region both in writing and with photographs. Blogging has also been a truly enlightening experience, opening my eyes and mind to the perspectives of my fellow bloggers and loyal ‘followers’ who have been through similar (or different) experiences. It’s such a cool and supportive community, and I’m grateful to be part of it.

In order to formally accept this award, I need to do the following:

  • Answer each of the 10 questions asked of me by the blogger who nominated me
  • Nominate other bloggers to receive the Liebster Award
  • Create 10 new questions for my nominees to answer, should they choose to accept the award

So first, here are my responses to the questions posed to me:

1.  What book are you reading now?  David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants – by Malcolm Gladwell (because I always root for the underdog)

2.  What is your favorite  restaurant?  This is a tough one for me – but for now, L’Apicio in NYC and 22 Ships in HK

3.  Cupcake or Brownie?  Cupcakes – but I prefer French macarons over both, especially the Asian-inflected flavors I’ve discovered here in HK (rose, lychee, black sesame, yuzu, green tea, red bean)

4.  Coffee or Tea?  Coffee (but proper tea – and the lovely afternoon tea ritual – is becoming a close 2nd after moving to HK)

5.  If you could be anywhere in time, which year or era?  Right here, right now

6.  If you were on a deserted island, who would you take?  Without a doubt, my husband Mark, who I happened to just blog about in honor of our anniversary (both because he’s the best practical partner one could ask for, and because I wouldn’t want to share and explore such uncharted land with anyone else)

7.  What color is your bedroom?  Grey, black, and white – with serene blues, greens, and an accent of warm light in the artwork on our walls (one of my photographs from Narlai, India; and an incredible painting by Vietnamese artist, Ha Manh Thang, which I shipped home during my amazing trip to Hanoi)

8.  Who is your inspiration?  So many – to name a few:

  • Jay Maisel (one of the best street photographers alive, who I’m honored to have called a mentor)
  • Steve McCurry (another renowned photographer who needs no introduction – he photographs the people of Asia and other regions like no other)
  • Alexander McQueen (the tragically lost, ridiculously talented designer and yes, in my opinion, artist – may he rest in peace)
  • The children of the world who are fighting for their lives/the right to an education/a better existence for themselves and their families (and the courageous heroes helping them)
  • Mark (my husband, who is the entire reason I’m here in HK, both literally and figuratively – and to whom, I will always be grateful)
  • My mom (for being supportive and understanding that I will always just be myself, even if it means I’ll break tradition)
  • My dad (who even while no longer on this earth, inspires me to be a better person every single day)

9. Which newspaper do you read?  Not really a newspaper, but The Economist is my regular source

10. What’s the best thing  you discovered from blogging?  That the very act of blogging makes me more self-aware, curious, and appreciative of what (and who) we have in our lives – and that I may enjoy writing almost as much as I love photographing!

My nominees for the Liebster Award are the following blogs that I enjoy and read regularly (even if not all new, I still think they deserve the recognition!):


  • Out for a Long Lunch (a lovely, entertaining blog that also documents travel and culinary adventures in wonderful detail – and has also previously received this award)
  • living and loving it in the 852 (a very cool blog on a well-curated selection of experiences here in HK – right up my alley)
  • travelling amanda (a thoughtful blog focused on southeast Asia, by a true adventurer/diver who redefines get-up-and-go – word has it, she will be on the move again soon!)
  • avec chantilly (a mouthwatering blog by a passionate, entrepreneurial pastry chef currently based in HK at Robuchon, with a multi-national background)

Here are my questions to the nominees, should they choose to accept:

1.  What makes you tick?

2.  Most memorable travel experience?

3.  Most memorable culinary experience?

4.  Sweet or savory?

5.  Modern or rustic?

6.  Favorite childhood memory, or most powerful epiphany in life so far?

7.  How do you define community?

8.  #1 thing to do on your (remaining) bucket list?

9.  #1 place to visit on your (remaining) bucket list?

10.  Who is your hero?

Thank you again, Raising Dragon Boy, and everyone who has been so supportive of hongkongfong!

And to my fellow bloggers and ‘followers’ of all blogs, please be generous with your support and like/share the posts/bloggers you enjoy reading. As I have now learned, blogging is a pretty serious endeavor for many (including myself), and to do it justice often requires significant effort and a real commitment, often on top of ‘day jobs’. We love blogging – but seeing/hearing others’ appreciation is very encouraging and helps inspire us to keep blogging and sharing!


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14 thoughts on “Treasuring my First Blog Award – the Liebster!”

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  2. Thank you SO much for nominating me, Deb! You are absolutely right in that blogging is a ‘serious endeavour’. I have been blogging for around 10 months now and I also find blogging to be a good ‘stress releaser’, to recount my travel and culinary experiences online with my readers! Your 10 Qs will be answered shortly!


  3. Machelle D says:

    I’ve really enjoyed your blogging….and congrats on your award! Very cool!


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