Happy Canada Day! Today, July 1st, marks four months since I launched my blog, Trekking with Becky (TWB) at www.trekkingwithbecky.com, and published my first post. It’s been an amazing, eye-opening four months.
I’m truly honoured to have been nominated for the Sisterhood of the World Blogger Award by Vicky of the awesome Eat Sleep Love Travel (ESLT) blog. I never expected a nomination, and I still can’t believe it! 😀 Thank you very, very much, Vicky! I hope that my answers don’t disappoint you! 😀
1) Why did you start your blog?
I started my blog for a few reasons, but ultimately because I LOVE travelling and talking about travelling.
Before I started blogging, I was trying to find a way that I could work in travel while still on a teaching contract in Japan. My mother suggested that I start a travel blog so that I could share my experiences. I’ve always enjoyed writing; I used to write several pages in my diary every day until school completely took over my life, and I always bring my travel diary with me when I travel.
I realized that I would be so happy working on a travel blog. I just LOVED the idea of writing about my travels while encouraging and helping others plan their travel adventures at the same time. As much as I love my students at work, I’m always thinking about the blog and what I could post to help others.
Every spare second I have goes to the blog in some way, and I just LOVE it! I would be writing and posting much more if I didn’t have to work full time, but I hope that some day, I’ll be able to travel and blog full time.
2) Who would you spend a day with if you could choose anyone in the world (dead or alive)?
This one is a cinch. It would be with my life-time favourite (Japanese) singer, Kobayashi Sachiko (小林幸子 Official Page). I have no memory of not loving her as my favourite. She’s always been my lifeline, my vitamin, and my drug. I always said that I wouldn’t get my plane ticket to Japan until I had her concert ticket, but since I decided to move to Japan back in 2010, I decided that I would be able to see her while living here, and I have – 8 TIMES!
I would give anything to be able to spend an entire day with her, but if that were ever to happen, it would be completely legit; I respect her too much to do anything that could potentially invade her privacy or show her any disrespect whatsoever.
3) Congratulations! You’ve won an all-inclusive trip anywhere in the world. Where do you choose and why?
My answer depends on how long I have to explore during this all-inclusive trip.
If I only have a few days, I would choose northern Japan between Tokyo and Hokkaido because there are specific places and things that I really want to see.
I can hear people asking me why I haven’t gone since I live in Japan, and the answer is simply that Japan is soooo expensive. I live between Kobe and Hiroshima, and travelling to northern Japan is more expensive than going to South Korea, China, and several other countries I’ve hopped to since moving to Japan.
However, if I have two weeks or so to go exploring, then I would definitely choose Italy, the home of my favourite food – PASTA! I would go to Rome first so that I could get the Colosseum checked off my bucket list. After staying in Rome for a few days, I would make my way to Florence, Venice, and Milan.
4) What is your favourite quote?
Oh man, what a tough question! There are so many quotations that I absolutely love, but I’m sticking to travel.
I have to go with this one because it resonates most with me: “The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page.” – Saint Augustine
5) Are you an early bird or a night owl?
I’m definitely a night owl. Even if I’m exhausted all day or if I get a lot of sleep the night before, I do my best thinking at night. I detest getting up early in the morning since I’m always so brain dead, but the only time I happily get up early is when I’m travelling and even then, my brain doesn’t really function until after lunch. In spite of this, I would have kicked myself so many times for not getting out of bed to get started exploring and to see/do things that are most likely only going to come around once in a lifetime, like seeing Mount Fuji and the sun coming up on New Year’s Day.
6) You are stranded on a deserted island and you can have 5 things (besides toilet paper, food, and the essentials). What do you take?
1) My fully charged iPod
2) My biography on Anne Boleyn by the late Dr. Eric Ives
3) My diary with more than plenty of pages for writing.
4) My small pencil case filled with pens.
5) A mirror to catch the attention of a plane/helicopter pilot should one fly by.
7) If you were a ghost, who would you haunt?
There are so many people I’d watch over, but I can’t think of anyone I would like to haunt. I don’t want to spend my time making people scared and miserable.
However, if my only option is to haunt, then I’d haunt the powerful people of the earth whenever they even think of doing something stupid or destructive. That’ll stop ’em…lol!
8) What has been your highlight of the year so far?
I’ve had so many highlights this year, but I’m sticking to travel (again) and go with my trip to Vietnam because of the new experiences. Here are two for you:
1) I enjoyed every second of the Vietnamese Water Puppet Show in Ho Chi Minh. It never fails – I always stumble on something that I hadn’t heard of, and I can’t believe I never came across it on the Internet while doing my research and planning. If you ever make it to Ho Chi Minh, don’t miss this Vietnamese cultural treasure!
2) I’m proud of myself for facing my fear of snakes with my shoulders and both hands. Just thinking of snakes still gives me the heebie-jeebies and I still can’t believe I did it!
9) What is the most valuable piece of advice you have ever received?
The most valuable piece of advice I’ve ever received is more like a piece of wisdom – it’s impossible to please everyone and to make everyone like you. Trying is pointless and is a guarantee for failure. Just do your best and make sure that you’re always able to look at your reflection in the mirror with a clean conscience.
10) At the bar…what are you having?
I’m not a big drinker, but I do l enjoy drinks once in a while.
Hmmmm, if I’m at a bar in Singapore, I’d be having a Singapore Sling. If I’m in Hong Kong at the bar where my friend took me, I’d be having a strawberry daiquiri because it’s the best daiquiri I’ve ever tried. If I’m at a bar in Japan, I’d be enjoying umeshu soda. Otherwise, I’d probably have a fuzzy navel.
That was fun! 😀
I nominate the following 10 bloggers:
1) Mar of Once in a Liifetime Journey
2) Natasha of Live Learn Venture
3) Kerjan of Backpack Babe
4) Annemarie of Travel on the Brain
5) Hani of Hani Gurung Khaursar
6) Becky of The Girl and Globe
7) Nicole of Bitten by the Travel Bug
8) Amy of Roaming Historian
9) Stephanie of TravelBreak
10) Jackie of The Globetrotting Teacher
These are the guidelines:
- Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you and link them in your post,
- Answer the ten questions you have been sent.
- Come up with 10 questions of your own.
- Spread the love and nominate up to 10 bloggers.
Here are your 10 questions:
1) What was the trip that changed your life/made you want to travel as much as possible?
2) What is your favourite thing about travelling?
3) What do you dislike about travelling?
4) If you had to move to a new country tomorrow, which country would you choose? Why?
5) How many countries/cities have stolen your heart?
6) Why/how does a country/city steal your heart?
7) What food can you not live without?
8) What is the best new thing that you’ve tasted on during your travels?
9) If you won a luxurious all-inclusive two-week trip, where would you go? Why?
10) What are the top three travel places/things on your bucket list?
Have fun! I’m looking forward to reading your answers! 😀