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Liebster Award: Travel Edition + A Giveaway

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You guys, I was nominated on internet/blog for The Liebster Award. Wheeee!


I was nominated by a fellow travel blogger, Elizabeth of Wanderlust. Thanks Liz! But firstly, I want to disclose that I had never won any kind of internet award/free gift after the next click/at online casino before, so I am pretty psyched about it. I googled the word Liebster a bit right after Liz told me about it. There are different types of rules and arrangement to follow, it gets confusing, but I do know that the whole point of this blog award is to shed some lights to fellow bloggers and I am all for accepting and sharing lights. Let the blog loving karma begin!

1. What gave you the travel bug?

It’s more of who than what gave me the travel bug and that would be my three besties.  It was started with a girls’ getaway with Yin, Vi and Fia to Bali during our last year of school. I remember not doing much touristy activity there as I was nursing a terrible toothache, but still after gulping a number of cheap* white Russians, we made some of the best memories there.

 *it was cheap that time.

2. How has travel changed you?

Travel has defined me as a person. I never feel like I belong somewhere and by traveling I came into realization that it’s okay; being a nomad is okay. It’s the fuel for my dream and decision to live in different places for a certain period, instead of putting my roots somewhere. Not only because fits my soul, for me, it’s an AWESOME way to live.  In short, I learn to live my life my way by traveling.

3. What was your biggest travel blooper?

I missed a flight, got diarrhea, lost my passport and kindle (found the passport, not the kindle), and got cheated by tour guides before, but what I considered as the biggest (averted) blooper was when I begged my friend to take me to an Asian restaurant in Europe because I missed eating rice so very much. Never mind the strong MSG taste to add the flavor of the fried rice, never mind paying twenty times more than what I would pay back home, I was finally eating rice after almost two weeks and that was happiness.

4. Where are you going next?

I am going to Cambodia this weekend, which is the second place in this year’s travel list I’ll be crossing. *uber excited*. There will be some Lara Croft enactment, I need to watch a video tutorial on how to do own braids; Also will be needing a new body and lips. I have been considering to pass water gun through airport security..

5. Why do you blog?

I started blogging because I wanted to keep a record of my expat life and the travels in between. Sort of an open travel journal, but these days I blog regularly to learn to write better, to connect with awesome sauce people, to share positivity, and mainly to be inspired and inspire people to live our lives to the happiest and finest.

6. What is your carry on travel necessities?

A make up pouch, camera, a trashy magazine, passport, diary, sunnies, glasses, hand cream, kindle, eye mask, wallet, pen (pink dodo bird), backpack, scarf, a zip lock bag for valuables, Miaw the cat and Gopi the multitasking pillow.

Carry On Essential

7. How do your families respond to your vagabond lifestyle?

To think about it even though my besties gave me the travel bug, I always have the traveling gene. I used to hear my papa adventurous travel stories since.. forever. As a travel loving geek himself, it’s easy for him to understand my hobo like lifestyle and ache to sample different cultures every now and then. Whilst my mama always is in the state worry of me being kidnapped by Russian mafia which she assumes lives everywhere. Oh well.. One of out of two is good enough.

8. What’s your favorite city for eating?

It would be Bali. The food in Bali is so flavorful and there are so many varieties to choose from. You can get the best of local in Warungs, the best of seafood on the other side of Jimbaran until the best of French in Metis. Don’t get me started with the coffee and the quirky coffee shops there. I could never stop eating while in Bali. Maybe that’s why I constantly think of Bali. Apparently, it was not the white beach, it was the yellow rice.

FG Travel Tips: take it up a notch and attend a cooking class.  You can bring the Balinese flavor back home.

9. What’s your worst transportation horror story?

I am afraid of flying. So very afraid! That’s my “horror” every time I travel.

Hi everyone, my name is NaNa and I am a plane prayer. Every time I plant my ass on the budget airline seat, I pray, without fail. I ask God to protect us during the flight, to keep birds and clouds away from the plane and to sober up the pilot, in case he is nursing a hangover, and every time God answers my prayer, without fail, because he is God.

10. Where do I absolutely have to go and what do I need to do when I get there?

Liz it would absolutely be Japan and the first thing you need to do even before going there is to call me so I can join you for a fun bloggers’ trip. There are so many interesting things to experience in Japan, from sleeping on a tatami like a local to soaking in a public bathtub, from meeting Mount Fuji to visiting the graveyard. You just need to go there Liz and Japan will take care of the rest. It is a must visit, must experience, must fall in love with. I promise you that you will LOVE it.

11. Tell us your top place that you want to travel to and what you would do there

I would love to do a road trip to USA for a few months. Staying in different cities and experience micro cultures in person instead of living vicariously through western TV dramas. I also have a secret wish to bump into Gala Darling on Manhattan Avenue.

12. What is your favorite food?

That would be a home cooked meal, best cooked by my or someone else’s mama, preferably served warm with white rice.

Indian Giveaway

I am joyous to be nominated and instead of coming up with new questions, I am nominating all travel loving Foreign Geek readers the Liebster Award with the same questions (minus question #12 because I read somewhere it should only be eleven questions, I am trying to follow the rule, at least this one time) and I have an a giveaway for one randomly chosen blogger who answer above questions with a link back. A gorgeous multi colored cotton scarf. The winner will be announced on next Tuesday. Now, let’s spread the blog karma!


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  • What I nice idea to turn the award into a giveaway! My mum would love that scarf 😉
    Anyway I would love to do a road trip in the US too and have had countless travel bloopers so far!
    Have fun in Cambodia!

    • Foreign Geek

      Thanks Van 🙂 I look forward to read your version of it.

  • Yeah! Great answers. I would love to meet you in Japan some time 🙂 If you do a US road trip and I happen to be in the US at the time I would love to meet up as well. I’ll be in Yunnan, China in July and the beginning of August if you have any desire to travel there.

    I can’t wait to read about your travels in Cambodia!

    This was also my first blogging award nomination as well and it is so exciting!

    • Foreign Geek

      YAY for us supporting each other 😉 Liz I would super love to come, I have got good recommendations on Yunnan but it’s not within my budget, both time and money. I am not saying no just yet. I might have a distance but wealthy great great uncle somewhere who decided to give me half of his fortune. Maybe.. Let me pray to the universe tonight

      • Hahah! I think I need to start praying for a distant relative to give me a fortune as well! If you end up getting to Yunnan or the US or Europe let me know and we can meet up!

  • Kady Herron

    This was fun! I accepted the nomination haha


    Hope to see you around the travel-sphere!

    • Foreign Geek

      and you WIN! YAY!!!

      • Kady Herron

        Oh awesome! How do I get my info to you?

  • Just found your blog through Travel Tuesday… in your carry on travel necessities picture, what is that thing with all the cities, is it a passport holder, if yes, where did you get it, it looks nice!


    • Foreign Geek

      and now me again. Good guess, it is, I got it from Borders like seven years back but they have many versions of it now everywhere. Show me the pic if you decide to get one for yourself.

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    • Foreign Geek

      Thanks for participating Diana, you rock!!

  • Sifa Mukaddam

    Hey !! Is that pink birdy pen from Malaysia ?

    • Foreign Geek

      Hi Sifa, I got it from a neighbourhood shop i Singapore, but I am sure these birds are related 🙂

  • Rima Sagala

    hahahaha a week without rice when traveling makes an Asian go mad. The Pillow and I, we MUST find a good local Chinese restaurant whenever we travel. Actually, we Yelp/TripAdvisor any local Indonesian restaurant first, then Chinese Food. Luckily we found a bomb Indo place in Barcelona. Yaasss… and owned by a native Betawi. Hahahaha…

    • Foreign Geek

      Hihihihi sama kita !! Mantap! Insta some food pics Rim, pengen liat gimana disana (sama pengen ikut juga!!)

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