It’s Liebster Award time again!
Thanks to Gina Bear for the nomination! Yes, I have done this once before, but wow that was almost a year ago! Lots of things have changed in that time. One of which is not my blog views! *cue awkward laughter* So I’m still pretty new in terms of, maybe caring about people reading this and actually wanting more people to follow my blog. I mean I only made a Facebook for Kiwi in Korea recently. Either way, yay! An excuse to write things ^^
The Liebster Award is intended to help new bloggers, or those with a relatively low number of followers, get a bit of recognition and network with the blogging community. Another blogger nominates you to answer 11 questions, you do so and then you make up 11 questions and nominate 11 more bloggers!
1. Why did you first start your blog and what keeps you writing now?
I first started this blog when I was feeling dissatisfied with my job and life here in Korea, and I needed an outlet for it. I had always planned to start a blog when I came to Korea but somehow it never really happened. I’m rather lazy when it comes to writing as is evident from the big gaps in this blog! But I’m working on it. Stay with me.
What keeps me writing on here is that fact that I do, laziness aside, really love to write. So whether it’s something personal, something about Korea I hope will help other people, or a piece about some travelling I’ve done, I really enjoy writing about it. Also because this is my blog, I can write whatever I want! If I want to get personal about my life or life in general, then I can. Because while I hope other people will enjoy reading this blog, I’m writing it just because I want to and I like doing it. I don’t want to ever pressure myself into doing something I don’t enjoy.
2. What is your favorite blog post and why?
There’s a few I think turned out nicely, but the one I’m most proud of so far and I had to put the most work into, is my 10+ Useful Korean Phrases for Expats (and Travellers!) Part 1 & Part 2. The reason it’s a favourite is because I feel like it’s actually helpful! It’s the one I’m most confident that may have helped at least one person, and if it taught one person something useful that they’ve been able to use, then that makes it worth it. I’m also happy with my latest one for the same reasons, also in 2 parts: 10 Ways to Make Friends in Korea: Part 1 & Part 2.
3. What is your favorite city you’ve traveled to and why?
I think it’s Berlin. I’m not sure I can really say it’s a favourite, as I was only there for three days, but in that time it wowed me. I imagine when I go back I will know for sure, because I’m sure it had so much more to show me. It’s hard to explain why it affected me the way it did. It made me feel tiny; everything was huge and majestic, the main streets in the city were so wide… It was like I was being dwarfed by this giant city made for giant people. It’s definitely the place where the physicality of the city impressed me the most.
4. What is the best food you’ve ever had?
I’m finding it really hard to search back for food memories, but recently I had an experience at a duck restaurant here in Busan that was delicious! For New Year’s Eve, I went with Jun and his family to a duck restaurant up in the mountains somewhere. We hired a van, so I have no idea where we were, but it was the most delicious meat I’ve had in Korea, and in a long time.
5. If you could go one place right now, where would you go?
I would go to Japan! For some reason, lately I’ve really been feeling the need to get over there. Later this year I’m planning to quit teaching for good, hopefully to move on to a non-teaching position, but if all else fails I’m going to Japan to do some workaways (work for food and board)! Either way, a trip to Japan is going to happen. I’ve been once, and since then, all I’ve wanted to do is go back.
6. What are the best souvenirs to bring back?
Food! If you can, haha. For me travelling back to New Zealand, it’s almost impossible to bring anything that exciting back. Otherwise, I’m not really into souvenirs. When my dad was younger he travelled around India and brought back so many interesting souvenirs, however there’s never anywhere to put them! My mum refers to ornaments of any kind as dust-collectors, and I’m beginning to adopt the same mindset. If you have to bring something back, I think the smaller the better! However in my opinion the best souvenirs are photos, but you have to print them out and write down their story too, otherwise they will get lost.
7. If you could meet any celebrity, who would you meet?
Mariska Hargitay! She plays one of my favourite characters in TV, Olivia Benson from Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. She’s also not just acting it, she’s the founder and president of the Joyful Heart Foundation which provides support to survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse. I’m sure there’s other people I would like to meet that I’ll remember after writing this, but she always comes to the front of my mind when I consider this question.
8. What do you do to stay healthy when you travel?
Hmm…. I mainly do things in Korea, so because I don’t do a lot of long-term travelling it’s not much of an issue. But when travelling I tend to do a lot of walking, which I think helps offset all the bad eating that I do haha. However for the last month or so, I’ve been trying to eat better and eat less in general and it’s making a difference I think. Especially cutting down the amount of rice I eat by about two thirds!
9. Have you ever lived abroad? If so, where and are you still there?
As (hopefully) everyone reading this knows, I currently live in Korea! I was born in England and lived there until I was 8, before moving to New Zealand. In 2008, I returned to England again and lived there for a year. However Korea feels like the first time really living overseas because of the language barrier and cultural differences. I consider England my second home and I fit in there, so general life wasn’t as daunting and isolating as it can be in Korea.
10. What is your favorite thing about traveling?
Being completely free. There’s no restrictions or commitments on you or your time, you’re able to just enjoy living and experiencing new things. You never have to be anywhere, you make your own schedule and everything is so exciting. Like sure, you’ll come across issues and sometimes you’ll want to lie down and cry, but even the low moments are tinged with this sense of otherness. For me at least, life in another country doesn’t feel real until you are actually living here long-term, and that lack of realness is what makes travelling so amazing for me.
11. What’s the most overrated city?
I really haven’t been to enough places to judge this, but of where I have been, I would say Venice. Don’t get me wrong, Venice was really awesome to visit, it’s just after the hype it gets, I guess I expected it to be even more so? It’s also so expensive! To be honest being on a budget probably affected my enjoyment of it. However when I was in Italy, I still preferred my time in Florence, which has to be one of my favourite places I have visited so far, along with the day trip I took to Siena from there – gorgeous.
Questions and nominations!
This is the part where I should nominate other bloggers to do this, though I think all the bloggers I know of have already done it (and don’t want to do it again)! Nope… I’ve just been through my reader again, and I can’t find anyone.
My apologies for breaking the rules! Please don’t set the blogging police on me, haha. Even though I couldn’t find anyone to nominate, I really wanted to get this out there because these were great questions and I had a lot of fun answering them! ^^
Hope this was interesting! Questions, comments, let me know 😀