The Infinity Dreams Award

A week ago I was nominated for the Infinity Dreams Award by fellow blogger Mutsumi at Sakura Junction.

Infinity Dreams AwardThank you so much to Mutsumi for the nomination and who has been following all my adventures in Japan!

I blog, but I am not very social media savvy, so, I will do my best to understand. You nominate someones blog that you follow and in turn they post a link back to yours. You share 11 random facts about yourself. The person who nominated you posts 11 questions for you to answer. In turn you nominate 11 more blogs and post 11 questions for them to answer. It is a way of showing support for fellow bloggers and allowing your readers to get to know a little more about you.

So first, I will offer the 11 facts about me.

  1. I like grocery shopping.
  2. Cutting vegetables helps me de-stress after work.
  3. I am an ESL teacher and I am horrible with languages.
  4. I’ve had at least 3 mid-life crisis’ and I’m only 26.
  5. My bathroom currently smells like my friends cat who doesn’t even live here.
  6. I do PT for a knee injury every morning instead of run although, I really just want to run.
  7. One morning before work I saw a monkey before I even ate breakfast.
  8. I think I have a cavity.
  9. There is a visible meteor shower every year on my birthday.
  10. Green is my favorite color.
  11. I am madly, disgustingly, ridiculously, head-over-heels in love. It’s so cute it even makes me want to barf.

And the 11 questions Mutsumi posted for me to answer;

  1. What is the best thing about the city/town where you live now?

Well let’s see, I live in Taichung Taiwan. It’s not a particularly beautiful city, or a popular destination, but it has it’s good attributes. The weather here is arguably the best in Taiwan. It doesn’t rain as much as the north, it’s not as scalding as the south, winters are fairly mild and you can pretty much get to any part of Taiwan within a few hours from here.

  1. What is the best way of spending time for you?

If I had a choice, I would spend all of my time taking naps on mountain tops.

  1. What was the best food you have eaten?

This is really difficult, so I will answer with the most recent one. The fresh sashimi on Yakushima Island in Japan. It was like sinking my teeth into a delicious tempur-pedic mattress.

  1. What was the best book you have read?

Currently I am reading David Foster Wallaces’ Infinite Jest, so I can’t quite say I have read it yet. But, Brave New World is probably my favorite followed closely by Kafka on the Shore.

  1. What was the best film you have seen?

I don’t know much about movies. I still love the 1996 Romeo and Juliet with Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes.

  1. Where was the best place you have visited?

Upstate New York.

  1. What was the best/most useful thing you have ever bought?

Things are just things. The best thing I ever spent money on was a plane ticket home to see my boyfriend just for the weekend.

  1. What was your best memory in your childhood?

I can’t pick out one specific memory. I have what looks like a montage of a happy childhood running through my head. Lot’s of parks and zoos and capture the flag. I was a very fortunate child.

  1. What was the best decision you made for yourself?

I think the best decision I ever made for myself was try teaching ESL in Taiwan, and after the fact staying for the amount of time that I have.

  1. What was the best dream you had? (If you remember any)

This is difficult because I usually have very vivid dreams that I will remember all day and then forget about as soon as I have another one. I used to have this reoccurring dream when I was a kid about building a tree-house with Tom Sawyer.

  1. What was the best piece of advice you have been given?

In university I studied abroad for a semester. It was my first time leaving the county for an extended period of time. My parents brought me to the airport and as I was leaving my mom told me “Don’t look back, that’s not where you’re going.” I have remembered that and applied it in a lot of different contexts in my adult life. I don’t know if she even remembers saying it, and what an impact it has had on me.

The 11 other bloggers I have nominated, in no particular order. All I think are worth the time and effort to read through.

1. Backpacks & Blackboards

2.BACKPACKERLEE

3.The Rheuma-tortise

4.My Hong Kong Husband

5.Dining With Lesbians

6.Tandem Trekking

7.Thinking About Languages

8.Taipei Running

9.WayfarerKate

10.Thoughts From the Road

11.Elder Pipe

And the questions I have for them to answer, most of these questions are purely from my own curiosity.

  1. How often do you write?
  2. Do you think social media is a constructive way for people to communicate?
  3. What is the best recipe you ever accidentally made?
  4. What is your favorite pizza topping?
  5. Mountains, ocean, or forest, choose one, and why?
  6. How do you feel about flavored coffee?
  7. When is the last time you sent a letter in the mail?
  8. What is your favorite season, what is it like where you live?
  9. What is one place you want to travel to but haven’t yet?
  10. What is one thing you have always wanted to do but haven’t yet?
  11. What Chinese Zodiac year are you?

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