With Deep Gratitude: Accepting My 2nd Blog Award (Versatile Blogger Award)


Being relatively new to the blogosphere, I was thrilled to accept my 1st blog award, the Liebster, a couple months ago. I write and photograph mostly for myself, beyond my ‘day job’ and as a creative outlet. But of course, I also blog to share my perspectives. And one hope is that at least a few of my posts and images strike a chord with at least a few readers. Receiving recognition for this passion of mine is absolutely delightful frosting on the proverbial cake. So imagine my utter happiness for receiving my 2nd blog award, the Versatile Blogger Award!


I was graciously awarded this honor by fellow blogger, belsbror, a talented and extensively-followed creative writer based in the Philippines who draws inspiration from life and people. Belsbror, thank you so much!

Below are the rules of the award (and a few personal musings):

1. Display the logo in a post

2. Link to the person who nominated you

3. Write seven (7) things about yourself:

I’ve opted to write roughly on the theme of versatility…

  • I’ve always been taught, and I’ve always felt, it is important to try to be well-rounded. In addition to, and despite, my mom’s best efforts to make me an athlete (those efforts fell flat, as did I on more than a couple occasions!), she also made me realize I enjoy creativity and the arts. This first manifested in the form of music, as I played oboe (competitively – yes, it exists!) and piano for many years. Over time, my passion moved to cooking (with a brief, ~1-year fling trailing in a NYC restaurant), and then to photography. Thankfully, the last one really stuck…and 13 years later, I love it even more than when I started. Blogging has inspired me to photograph a more diverse range of subjects than I ever have before.
  • In the last few months since starting hongkongfong, I have rediscovered a love of writing, but in a very different style than years past. Now that I have a little more life experience behind me, I feel more confident in expressing myself honestly but also, to my surprise, a bit more optimistically. I actively seek opportunities to experience, think, and write about a diverse range of topics. I see each as a new and welcome challenge.
  • I’ve never written in hongkongfong about what I do for a living, so here goes: with a background in science and clinical pharmacy, I now (and have for some time) worked in healthcare communications and advertising. My move to HK has opened doors and brought new professional opportunities which I never would have expected, and I now have a regional role that hopefully allows me to leverage my current skills but also, without a doubt, challenges me and takes me well out of my comfort zone (a common theme, as of late!)
  • I believe that contrast is often the key to keeping things interesting: work hard, play hard; upscale dining, hole-in-the-wall shack; carefully composed photograph, casual snapshot; intense exploration, chilling out; seriousness, silliness. Each has its place. And importantly, make and keep friends who span all walks of life, from finance to advertising to architecture to photography, and a range of personalities and perspectives on the world – this is also the key to a great party!
  • In my dating years, I (half) joked that I made initial assessments based on how my date chose to eat. I used to say that if he was at least willing to try really good sushi and Indian cuisine (or even better, already loved both), this reflected an open mind and willingness to explore, in general – 2 very important traits, in my mind. Fortunately, I married someone who already loved both sushi and Indian cuisine, and beyond! And my theory seems to have panned out – we did move across the world, after all!
  • I believe that great style does not lie in how much $ someone spends, but (in say, fashion or design) how creative he or she is, no matter where an item came from, or (more importantly, in personal character) how he or she treats others and handles him or herself in difficult times.
  • I feel very fortunate to have had the chance to visit a number of countries around the world at least once (Argentina, Chile, Mexico, Costa Rica, Canada, Spain, Italy, France, UK, Germany, Iceland, Czech Republic, Morocco, South Africa, China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, India, Indonesia). I firmly believe that travel makes someone more interesting, and interested – dare I say, even a better person, as it really opens one’s eyes. And now, my must-see countries are Japan, Myanmar, Laos, Australia, and Peru – good thing I’m now here in Asia and specifically in HK, since most of these will be a breeze to visit!

4. Nominate 15 other bloggers and inform them of their nomination:

I have to apologize here, as I only listed 7 below (but in my opinion, it’s a well-curated list!). However, I know this list will expand extensively over time in my mind, as I continue my blog discovery process!

  • The Guest Room (a great, often-whimsical, team-authored blog by a diverse group comprising photographer, architect/designer, author, music writer, educator, and parent – or various combinations thereof)
  • This Is a Blog Is This a Blog (a terrific blog by a talented, well-traveled, artfully-tattooed photographer and self-proclaimed music snob – check out his super-cool fims, as well)
  • Searching for Substance (a heartfelt, charming blog penned by a nurse who reflects on life, death, and humanity and shares very touching stories)
  • dragon’s mous tache (a beautiful, well-written and edited blog by a graphic design student who writes about ‘fashion + music + art + graphic design + random history facts + loads of other things’)
  • Globe Drifting (a terrific, well-photographed, and insightfully written blog on various travel experiences, penned by a blogger with a very diverse multicultural background, in search of enlightenment)
  • The Global Citizen (an energetic travel blog written by a ‘global citizen’ who has counted several countries her home already – check out her 30 by 30 bucket list, too)
  • Wynna Wong (a diverse blog written by an aspiring journalist with a multicultural background, covering a broad spectrum of inter-cultural and lifestyle-related topics – she also does intriguing interviews)

I am so grateful for this award. Thank you again to belsbror and to all of my readers and supporters.

I wish my nominees hearty congratulations, should they choose to accept! Please visit their blogs and support their efforts. They deserve it!


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34 thoughts on “With Deep Gratitude: Accepting My 2nd Blog Award (Versatile Blogger Award)”

  1. What? Am I reading correctly? You played oboe too?!?!?! O.o?!?!?

    As much as I loved this post, and am super excited to be nominated, I’m even more ecstatic to do this…*throws fist on the air like a captain planeteer* oboes unite!


    • Hilarious! Yes, I played for about 8 years. Even competitive orchestra :). I still have my old Loree in storage. Too emotionally attached to let go..do you still play?


      • That’s awesome! Back then I had to rent my instrument because I couldn’t afford to buy.. I played 4 years. I regret not having bought one though, I really yearn to play again! I love the having breath transform into such a beautiful sound, something that you create from nothing, which the sound resonates from your hands and then rumbled in a stage when an orchestra plays. Agh I miss it!! I play and teach piano tho so I am still playing/ accompanying… But oh the wonder and sound of playing oboe, something only oboists understand!


      • Yep, I had a cheaper one for a few years before I became more serious. It was an investment, for sure, but I loved my Loree! I agree – such a satisfying feeling to play a wind instrument. And the sound of the oboe – you’re right, very few understand it. I always thought of its timbre as sonorous and a bit sad, but in a really beautiful way. Nothing else like it! I also dabbled with English horn toward the end of my oboe ‘career’ – which I adored, on occasion even more than oboe. I loved its lower range.

        Nice that you still are involved in music with the piano!


      • You got it – melancholic and haunting. I wish I was able to play it for a longer period of time, but it was still a great experience.

        Just couldn’t keep it all up once I went to university – I was invited to play for their orchestra, but I was carrying way too many credits to pull off bi-weekly rehearsals on a different campus, on top of my studies. A shame – but I have such fond memories of my musical experiences 🙂


  2. I am so honoured to have made it to the list of your nominations. It would be a great pleasure to accept the award. I am flying today to Malaysia but i will make sure to write my reply post within the next few days.


  3. Wynna says:

    Congratulations on your second award, and thank you for nominating me! It’s truly an honour to have made your list


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