our second blogging award: the liebster

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What a pleasant surprise to be nominated. Two very gracious monkeys would like to thank Emily from innocentnomad for nominating us.

What we have learnt, thanks to the post written by Emily, is that the Liebster award is a nomination for up-and-coming bloggers with less than 200 followers.

So here are the rules to the Liebster Nominations!
  1. Thank the person who nominated you and link back up to his/her blog.
  2. Answer the 10 (or 11!) questions which are given to you by the nominator.
  3. Nominate other bloggers for the award who have less than 200 followers.
  4. Create 10 questions for your nominees to answer
  5. Let the nominees know that they have been nominated by going to their blog and notifying them.

Our responses…..

1. How many languages do you speak or do you ever learn some of the language of the country you are visiting?

Mrs Monkey: English, Vietnamese, school level French & Italian.

Mr Monkey: English, school level Japanese

We took Spanish lessons before we went to South America and loved it. We tried keeping it up but the class hours were not feasible for us to continue.

2. What country are you visiting next?

Singapore is our next overseas trip and we have been there in 2005. The next country we are visiting that we haven’t been to is Brazil in June next year! Cannot wait for that!!

3. What is the first thing you pack (not counting your passport or underpants)?

Travel diary – never leave home without it.

4. Do you prefer to travel solo or with friends?

Since we began travelling, we travel as a two-some & occasionally with family. Neither of us have in fact travelled solo.

5. Do you prefer hostels or hotels?

We have opted for hotels previously but after joining the blogosphere, hostels are not completely ruled out.

6. What is your best or favourite travel tip?

When travelling, don’t expect things to be the same as it would be at home

-This is what everyone should remember when travelling. Everything from language, food, drinking water through to shower pressure and toilets: expect it to be different either for the better or not. At least if it is for the better, you can be pleasantly surprised. And if things are not to the same standard as what you are use to, you won’t be disappointed.

7. If you could live in any country and never leave, where would it be and why?

We’ve seen a lot of countries (not as many as we’d like) and we’ve loved lots of them but there isn’t one that we could settle in. Australia will always be home and with our families and friends here, we could never live far away. It’s not only about the country but its also what is important to us. We have to admit though, we have it pretty good here in Australia, such as health care, welfare, food, personal safety, diversity in cultures as well as lots of land mass with plenty to explore! Maybe we are bias … 🙂

8. How spontaneous are your trips?

Most trips are booked well in advanced. But our destination is generally “spontaneous” in the sense that we do little research before we decide where to go next. Once we decide and lock it in, we then start planning the detail.

9. If you could sit next to one person on a plane, who would it be (dead or alive)?

Sounds corny but we want to sit next to each other. It’s our travel tradition, most of our travelling life has been flying with each other. It wouldn’t feel right without the other. We flew back from Vietnam separately and that was too weird for our liking!

10. Name your top three favourite blogs!

Top three blogs:

(1) innocentnomad : this was one of the first blogs we subscribed to when we joined the public blogosphere. Love her style of writing and what she’s got to say

(2) : these guys share the same interest as us when it comes to exploring and seeing UNESCO heritage sites. We are yet to compile an official bucket list but our unofficial bucket list is ticking off the UNESCO heritage sites around the world.

(3) It Started in Asia: another blogger who loves travel and is in a similar situation to us: working full-time and fitting travel in wherever possible.


Now we would like to nominate the following blogs for the Liebster award (apologies if you do have more than 200 followers – we nominated you also because we would love to see your answers 🙂 );

Love from Cornwall

Life Unmapped

Roo Around the World

It Started in Asia

Southern Kissed

These are your 10 questions:

1. Where was your first ever overseas holiday?

2. What is the strangest thing that you have eaten whilst travelling?

3. What is your best or favourite travel tip?

4.  Do you prefer hostels or hotels?

5. Is there anywhere you have travelled that you wouldn’t recommend to others? Why?

6. Do you still send postcards when you travel?

7. Do you collect souvenirs? If so, what is it that you always pick up?

8. Do you use suitcases or backpacks?

9. If you won an overseas trip, all expenses paid for, where is your ultimate destination?

10. Name your favourite 3 blogs.

acknowledging awesome blogs: an award or a chain letter?

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This is all relatively foreign to us as we are still learning the ropes about the blogging community and twitter. So it’s very exciting to be nominated for “The Versatile Blogger Award”. A big thank you to our extremely friendly nominator: Turquoise Compass.

We confess that we did trawl through a few websites on Google to understand what this was all about and discovered that this is a “chain letter” type award. However, in the spirit of “winning” this award, we shall make sure we stick to the rules. We have also read that we need to display this image:


We can completely understand if the blogs that we nominate choose to not keep this going… but this is our way of saying that we think you have an awesome travel blog! 

The Versatile Blogger Award


  • Thank the blogger that nominated you for this great award.
  • Tell 7 things about yourself.
  • Name the 15 blogs you think are the most versatile.
  • Comment on their blogs to let them know they have been nominated.


  1. We each have two siblings that are older than us, making us the “babies” of our families.
  2. He is a Virgo and She is a Scorpio.
  3. We are very interested in astronomy.
  4. We love mangoes, chips (hot chips, crisps etc) and kurtosh (Hungarian pastry/sweet bread).
  5. We prefer to be on land than in water.
  6. On countless occasions, we have mentally re-arranged our apartment so we can fit a table tennis inside our living room.
  7. We currently have over 100 books on our bookshelves that we have not read yet.

15 AWESOME blogs: 

  1. Helen in Wonderlust
  2. Along for the Ride
  3. Travel? Yes Please!
  4. A Crafty Traveler
  5. Mapping Megan
  6. Alive on the Road
  7. Peanuts or Pretzels
  8. A Boundless Voyage
  9. Our World Heritage
  10. The Carpe Diem Couple
  11. Travel with Bender
  12. Travel Motivation
  13. Jacomijn’s Travel Blog
  14. Chronicles of Wanderlust
  15. Travel for Wildlife