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15 Aug

I have been the very lucky recipient of several recognitions over the last few months.  Unfortunately, until now I haven’t been able to reciprocate due to my crazy schedule.

My friend Carissa at Everyday Adventures in Asia (mostly) nominated me for the Liebster Award.  This is the second time I have received that award, so I will not reply to the requirements again, but I wanted to thank Carissa for the shout out and really amusing posts regarding her adventures.


Mona at monahoward.com nominated me for the Wonderful Team Member Award.

Wonderful team member award - bringing sunshine to others!

Wonderful team member award – bringing sunshine to others!

Many moons ago, Mona was actually responsible for my very first award – the Versatile Blogger.  Getting a double nomination from her and knowing that she has been one of my loyal readers for almost these two years is a great feeling.  The Wonderful Team Member Award I hadn’t heard of previously and I find it pretty interesting.  The rules are below:

1.The Nominee of the Wonderful Team Member Readership Award shall display the logo on his/her blog.
2.The Nominee shall nominate 14 readers they appreciate over a period of 7 days, all at once or little by little.
3.The Nominee shall name his/her Wonderful Team Member Readership Award nominees on a post or on posts during 7 days.

Since I like to break the rules on awards, I will note some of the readers I most appreciate and a couple of new blogs, below.

The readers that have been with me the longest and continue to post comments and likes are those that I am happy to have “on my team.”  These include some special folks who don’t actually have blogs of their own –

– My good friend Valerie who commented at the beginning when I wasn’t sure anyone was reading along – and

– My parents (even though they don’t comment publicly, they often send me notes and call me regarding my blog content)

Then there are some other loyal blog followers whom I would like to thank – their blogs are also great!

Third Eye Mom who always has an interesting point of view

Expat Lingo – who posts on Hong Kong and the zaniness of life in Asia

Polly – who I have recently started following who teaches English in Russia – we bonded over shared stories of whether to wear slippers in the house!

Lady of the Cakes – who reminds me of my year in Spain

Sarah in Guangzhou – who is no longer in Guangzhou but continues to follow along and comment on my adventures.

No pressure to reciprocate or send the award out, but thank you for making me want to continue to blog!

I would also like to send a shout out to my readers in New Zealand.  Over the last few days I have had a huge uptake in readership.  When looking at the stats it appears that somehow, someone in New Zealand has found my blog and been reading it very closely.  I like to imagine it is the former tenants of my current apartment who were Kiwis.  However, since I never met them and have no idea who they are, I would guess it is some other New Zealander – but, thank you, whomever you are!

Finally, recently – Sherri at A View from my Summerhouse nominated me for The Inner Peace Award.  It is an award with no requirements – something pretty cool.  I like the idea that my blog can spread inner peace.  I post on lots of things – some peaceful, some not.  Take it for what you want!


And that’s this awards edition.  Please check out some of the wonderful individuals who have nominated me or who have followed me for the last two years.  Let’s hope I’m in it for another two!

I’ve been nominated for…

26 Apr

Two blog awards!

Over the last month or so I have been privledged to be nominated for two different blog awards.  The first nomination is from Mona who is at Ramblings for the Versatile Blogger award and the second nomination is from Jots from a Small Apartment at Jotsfromasmallapt for the Liebster award.  Thank you both Mona and Jots – knowing that others also enjoy my stories of life in China and Asia has been a very rewarding experience.

It has taken me awhile to figure out how I would like to respond to these two awards because lately I have been traveling quite a lot and although Zhongguo Jumble has now celebrated is 3rd quarter anniversary, I still consider myself a novice in this space.  After having read the background on each award, please find my response below.

The Versatile Blogger award asks for me to share seven things that most people don’t know about me.  I don’t include my family in this “don’t know about me” category as they know me best and the below should not be a surprise.

1) Despite the fact that I’ve lived and worked in China now for nearly 5 years, my first “other language”  was Spanish in Spain.  I lived in Spain for a year at university and my Spanish was better than my Chinese is now.

2) I most miss fresh avocadoes in China.  They sell them here but they are ungodly expensive and often not ripe at all.

3) If money were no object I would go back to university and progressively study different languages – first clean up my Spanish, then come back to Chinese, then German, then maybe Arabic…

4) I played the clarinet in Notre Dame’s orchestra for several concerts in college.

5) When I got my teaching certificate for TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language), I volunteered at the Chinese mutual aid society in Chicago.

6) I love to sing and used to sing at Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago.  When I auditioned for a choir in China though they told me I wasn’t professional enough.  Singing is serious business in China!

7) I was interviewed at the auto show (in Chinese) in Shanghai several years ago and was on the Shanghai equivalent of the 6 o’clock news.  For the record – I’m for electric cars.

The Liebster Blog rules are as follows:

1.Thank your Liebster Blog Award presenter on your blog.

2. Link back to the blogger who presented the award to you.

3. Copy and paste the blog award on your blog.

4. Present the Liebster Blog Award to 5 blogs of 200 followers or less who you feel deserve to be noticed.

5. Let them know they have been chosen by leaving a comment at their blog.

As I’ve already thanked Jots and linked to her above, I’ve completed 1-3.

Actually, both the Versatile Blogger and Liebster ask to nominate my current favorite blog reads, so I’ll combine the two of them together in the below and will nominate them for the Liebster award on their blogs, not sure actually how many followers any of the below blogs have.

I’ve put four favorites below for you to check out.  Each has a different focus – so take a look!

Expat Lingo – I especially enjoy the comments on language learning.

Five and Spice – A great cooking blog that has had me drooling – and wishing for a foreign grocery store.

Everyday Epistle – A blog that keeps me down to earth with great insight and reminders of home in the States.

Sarah in Guangzhou – Guangzhou is a city in south China that I have visited several times for work.  I linked through another of my favorite China blogs, her point of view has me laugh because it is so right!

So thank you again to Mona and Jots for giving me the opportunity to share a little more about me and some of my favorite blogs.

Any other favorites that you have that I should check out?

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