I am so appreciative that I have been honored with my 4th blog award and 3rd Liebster Blog Award!
I was bestowed this recognition by Marghini from the love blender, a pensive blog created by its Taiwan-based author about cross-cultural relationships and international lifestyle. Marghini, thank you for your support of hongkongfong and for sharing my blog!
To formally accept this award, I am requested to do the following:
- Answer each of the questions asked of me by the blogger who nominated me
- Nominate other bloggers to receive the Liebster Award
- Create new questions for my nominees to answer, should they choose to accept the award
Here are my responses to the questions posed to me:
1. How much time do you dedicate each week to your blog?
Not as much as I would like, but as much as I can!
2. Do you have a hard time balancing your daily job with your blog?
The key word is balance. I attempt to integrate my blog, and all it takes to maintain it, as part of my regular routine. I do have a full-time job, but in my free time, if I’m not out eating, I am almost always writing, photographing, or most importantly, exploring and experiencing, the seemingly never-ending diversions outside our door – whether in HK or beyond! In between these moments, my introspective tendencies mean I spend an inordinate amount of time just…thinking, absorbing, and developing a point of view – which I think is the pinnacle of a meaningful blog.
I always wish I had more time to post more frequently. But my priority will always be quality over quantity, and I will only post when I feel I have struck the right balance of inspiration, substance, compelling story flow, and visual interest. Rest assured, when you see a post from me, it comes truly from my heart.
3. What do you hope your blog will turn out to be?
While I initiated hongkongfong as a diary-of-sorts (with an audience), it has stretched and morphed into a different beast altogether. I am much more focused now on presenting a clear perspective and telling stories that are interesting hopefully not only to me, but also to my readers.
1.5 years in from the humble beginnings of my blog, I now plan to evolve and broaden its horizons more consistently beyond Hong Kong. Stay tuned for fresh, travel-based content beginning in the next week or two – and possibly a new blog name!
4. Do you have a role model? Someone you admire particularly?
Not one specific individual – but an amalgam of many wonderful people who have inspired and motivated me over the years. My family embodies skills and traits that I would like to snatch and squish into myself somehow – Mom’s sentimentality. Dad’s compassion. My brother Clint’s offbeat sense of humor, laid-back sensibility (and technical skills – which somehow were completely donated to him at birth, not me). My husband Mark’s exhausting passion for learning and ridiculously strong convictions. And I draw inspiration from a number of contemporary artists, photographers, fellow bloggers – who see life just a little bit differently from the rest. And why couldn’t a city be a role model of sorts? Those that throb with energy, ebb and flow while balancing the old with the new, strive constantly to improve, embrace different ways of thinking. Hong Kong and New York certainly fit the bill…
5. How do you love to spend your weekends?
Discovering a new restaurant (or revisiting an old favorite), exploring a new corner of HK, walking the halls of PMQ (floor by floor, starting from the top of each building – again), visiting a gallery, photographing, writing, planning our next trip, taking in a film, debating and brainstorming with Mark, catching up with friends over a finely crafted cocktail (or bottle of champagne or Malbec), over-caffeinating on way too many skim lattes or flat whites, and drumming up excuses to bring home (yet another) box of French macarons. Or some combination thereof.
6. The one single item you could never live without.
My Nikon camera, of course!
7. Your day starts off well when..
I’ve had enough sleep and at least 1 very strong cup of coffee (even if I’d had enough sleep) – and the sun is out (with no pollution to be seen).
8. What is your favorite part of the day?
My body clock skews more toward night, and I still think there’s something peaceful and settling about watching the city lights begin to sparkle after sunset. As a photographer, though – I particularly love that magic hour in late afternoon right before sunset. Everything, and everyone, just glows and looks more lush and saturated when bathed in that warm color. Life is just a little better in that hour.
9. You hope one day you will have a chance to live in.. (country or city)
My eyes have been opened to the power of relocating to a new country, so I am not limiting myself any longer. Tokyo would be pretty amazing, though, I must say.
10. A book that changed your outlook on things.
Less a specific book, more a specific author. Reading Hemingway altered my understanding of what great, immersive writing can look like. Despite (or sometimes because of) all the run-on sentences.
11. If you could be a fictional character from a book or a movie, which one would you be?
It would have to be a fictional mixture, as I think any great character in a book has a particular quirk or even a deep flaw that I might not want to realistically embrace in real life! Perhaps someone between a more-well-traveled version of Huckleberry Finn (for his great sense of adventure, of course!), Alice in Wonderland (for her ability to see the magic in things), Sherlock Holmes (for his ruthless skills in logic – and I do mean the book character, not the goofier film character), Atticus Finch (for his nobility and unwavering sense of ethics), Charlotte (for embodying and teaching what true strength of character means), The Little Prince (for his wide-eyed inquisitiveness about the meaning of life), Winnie the Pooh (for his ability to be the glue among his very diverse friends) – with just a tiny hint of Holden Caulfield (for his ability to see through superficiality) and Lisbeth Salander (for her self-conviction and general bad-assness – without the abusive history, please).
My nominees for the Liebster Award (should they choose to accept) are:
- Santiago the Shepherd
- Travel Stained
- Nomad Notions
- Packing My Suitcase
- The Bella Travelista
- Moving East
- 7 Years in Hong Kong
- The Global Couple
Here are my questions for the nominees:
1. When you reflect on your life, what are your top 3 memories – and why?
2. Can you recall a ‘negative’ experience in your life that turned out to be a really positive one?
3. What quality in your closest friend do you most admire?
4. What one skill or quality do you wish you possessed that you currently do not?
5. What photograph, work of art, or cultural landmark/site has touched you – and how?
6. Which interaction with a stranger (perhaps while traveling) has touched you most deeply – and why?
7. What is the main thing you have learned while blogging – about yourself?
8. What is your greatest regret in life?
9. What is your greatest indulgence?
10. What do you hope your legacy will be?