Friday, 26 April 2013

Sharing the Love- Liebster style

"The Liebster Award is for blogs with under 300 followers and the rules of the award is that the nominee must link back to whoever nominated them, write 11 random facts about themselves, answer 11 questions from the award giver, and then nominate another 11 bloggers and make up 11 questions for them to answer. It's a great way for new and undiscovered bloggers to meet new people, get more followers and find some blogs that they want to follow."
Warning!!!! This is a long read!!!!! :) You might want to sit back and relax over a cup of coffee!
...And a biscuit of course!
Just before my break to Vietnam, Note to self: Must write a post about this...I was in the nice position of being granted this 'Leibster Award' by Jennifer at Thistlebear. (Actually she asked me twice so rather than choose which set of questions to do, I'm going to both in 2 posts.)
This is a lovely way to meet new bloggers, read lots of really great blogs and generally share the love in the blogging world :) So thanks to Jennifer for nominating me.
But first things first ...My 11 Random facts...
1) I'm an Identical twin, born 10 minutes ahead of my sister- and she never let me forget it!
2)My Favourite colour is turquoise and all its variations. However I really do like a raspberry reddy pink colour too! - I told you I can never make decisions, even about what my favourite colour is!
3)I'm more of a visual learner than anything- I draw pictures and diagrams, mind maps and lists and any other way I can of organising my thoughts.
4) When I was about 2 or 3, I pulled the kettle over me, full of scalding hot water. Luckily I only have a couple of small scars to prove it.
5)I'm onto my second profession- In my previous life, before teaching, I was a paediatric nurse.
6) I have to admit that I have a rather sad love of the High School Musical Films, knowing all the lyrics to the songs and a rather large amount of the dialogue too! I used to make excuses that it was through my nieces and classes etc why I liked them so much- Now I admit it's just me!
7) A few years ago I had to go and have surgery on my throat because I had a small twig of oregano stuck in it! Pizza has never been looked at in the same way ever again!
This is me post surgery- I still think I was a bit giddy from the anaesthetic!
8) I am allergic to fresh peaches- I can eat tinned ones though!
9) I have a real tendency to lose and forget things- more often than not, it's things like car keys and door keys. However I did leave my passport on the roof of my car once and then drove off...:)
10) Talking of cars- I've only been involved in 2 minor(ish) car accidents (touch wood)- Both of which involved police cars driving into me!
11) I love sea glass and will spend hours hunting for it on beaches.
Jennifer's Questions
1. Do you like theme parks? Which is your favourite?
 I enjoy going to theme parks, but would never go out of my way just to spend a day in one- Saying that I thoroughly going to Florida and visiting all the Disney Parks and Universal studios. I was even there on opening day of the 'Wizarding World of Harry Potter ' and now wear my Hogwarts T shirt with pride! 

Opening day at Wizarding World, Florida, 2010

2. Do you like to craft? Which crafts do you do?
I do like to craft and always have done- I'm the queen of unfinished projects though. I'm definitely an ideas person- who likes to start things and then gets way laid in the process. I used to make lots of different things, cards, jewellery, papercraft etc and sell them at craft fairs. More recently, I took up quilting and have made every member of my family a patchwork quilt.

3. What was the last movie you saw in the theatre?
It was probably 'Les Miserables'. There were a lot more that I wanted to see but English speaking films do not tend to stay very long in the cinemas here, so before you know it, they have gone already. I absolutely loved 'Les Mis'. I've seen the stage version quite a few times (Maybe 6, maybe 7?) over the years and loved that, but wasn't so sure how the film would work out. I knew I would like the film, when I got so wrapped up in the trailer, I had tears in my eyes for its 2 minute duration. It was so exciting actually seeing the full version!
4. What was your best Halloween costume?
Living in England, Halloween was never as big a deal as it is in the states. So even as children, everyone was pretty conventionally dressed as witches and ghosts at any Halloween party that anyone went to. Over the years, as Halloween and trick or treating have got more popular, it's becoming a little more commercialised but costumes do tend to be of the witch and wizard variety. My most recent costume was a 'Gothic Angel' complete with dog collar, black wings and a halo!
5. What toppings do you like on your pizza?
Mmm- Not oregano! (See Random Fact Number 7 above!) I like most toppings, except fish ones- I know many people like seafood on their Pizza but to me that's just odd! I do really like caramalized red onions and goats cheese though!
6. What is your favorite thing to find in your mailbox?
Obviously not bills- But anything is good by me- I very rarely get anything at all. I'll maybe get something once every few weeks from England . My grandma will send me articles and newspaper cuttings from our local newspaper, just so I can catch up on what's going on- but aside from that I don't get anything else. I'm all in Favour of snail mail though and would love to get more stuff in the post- but often things have a habit of straying when you're posting things 8000 miles!

7. Chocolate with or without nuts?
Either way- as long as it's good chocolate!
8. Do you colour your hair?
I could lie and say my hair is bleached from the sun, but actually my sun kissed locks come from a bottle! I have too many grey hairs amongst the mousey brown not to colour it :)
9. Have you ever had a speeding ticket?
Honestly- No. Not that there hasn't been times when maybe I was going a little too fast!
10. What is your favorite place to buy clothes or accessories for yourself?
Over here in Borneo it's really hard to buy clothes that fit an average Westerner. Most clothes here are aimed at very short petite Asian figures, so it's quite a feat to find clothes that fit.  Back in the UK I have an obsession with 'White Stuff' and 'Fat Face' and will have a major splurge every summer when I go home. Luckily I hit sale time as I wouldn't be able to afford full price. My suitcase is always loaded with new purchases that have to keep me going for the rest of the year and luckily we don't have seasons- so summer attire is all we need!

Last year's Shopping trip!

11. Nightgown or pyjamas?
 On the whole PJ's, although with the hot nights they do tend to be the shortie ones.

Ok, so that's my interrogation done. Here's my set of questions for bloggers:

1) What is your favourite city and why?

2) What would you have for a leisurely weekend breakfast?
3) Who would be your favourite fictional hero or heroine?
4) If you wrote your autobiography- what would you call it?
5) Which is your favourite season?
6) What did you want to be when you grew up? Did it happen?
7) Starter or Dessert?
8) Is there a TV Series you have watched avidly?
9) If you could learn a new skill, what would you like it to be?
10) Do you have any bad habits?
11) What would you like to be remembered for?

I'd like to pass this Liebster award to the following blogs, which are all very interesting and worth a look-Please feel free to decline if it's all a bit too much though, as I know bloggers are all busy people- but it would be great to share and spread the liebster love -and it's all fun:) In no particular order, the awards go to......

 For those that have persevered and read this to the end- Thanks. Normality resumes tomorrow with 'Saturday Snaps', which I promise won't be as wordy!!
 Amanda x


  1. It was lovely to find out a little more about you, I enjoyed reading this :)

    Thank you for thinking of me. I'm not overly fussed about blog awards but it is nice to thought of! I do think this is a nice way to get to know others though so I will accept it and write a post at some point, hopefully soon :)
    I need to think of some questions now!

    1. Thanks, I know it can be a bit of a pain- but it is a nice way of getting to know everyone:)

  2. Ηi Amanda! This was such a pleasant read! I learned more about you and mostly that you have a sense of humour!
    Thank you so much for nominating me for the award. It was quite a surprise! I didn't know such a thing existed! Now I have looots of homework to do! I'll try and post after my Easter holidays though, as we have a two week Easter break at school, since Easter in Greece is next Sunday.

    1. Well. make the most of your holiday and rest and I'll look forward to reading all about you:)

  3. I loved reading this! Thank you for playing along. :) Oregano - who knew it could be so evil?! That's crazy. I can see why you'd avoid it. I love learning more about my blogging friends. :)

    1. Oh there is a whole tale behind the oregano story- Not least of the fact -It happened when I was on a boat in the Galapagos Islands!

  4. Thats for nominating me, I will get around to a posting when my feet hit the ground. Greenthumb.

    1. No worries, it will be worth waiting for I'm sure :)

  5. Thank you for this nomination. When I've finally finished my studying in three weeks I hope to respond. Bear with me x

    1. Take all the time you need, Good luck with the studies:)

  6. Thanks for nominating me. I too will respond when things have settled down here. x

    1. No worries, Take all the time you need.:)

  7. awww thankyou dearie, I just got back from my week away (hurray for scheduled posts) and will try and get on it when I get sorted!!

    1. Hope you had a good time. Looking forward to hearing all about you:)


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