Winter Blues has hit me really hard this year. My lovely grandma died, I broke my pinky toe and my root-treated tooth is killing me. Last two things resulted in a permanent sport abstinence which is currently driving me crazy. I have no motivation to do anything at all, and have been thinking about my current life a lot these weeks. All the more I am happy and grateful for Eleni from Greek meets Taiwan for nominating me, giving me a few questions to answer to distract me from my current misery. Thank you so much for thinking of me. 🙂

She has introducted her favourite post of the persons who nominated her, so of course I also want to do so. My favorite post of her is ‘The Pros and Cons of being an only child’. I am also an only child, but I think so differently about being one. I will do so right away!

Without wasting any time, here are my answers to her questions:

  1. How did you come up with your blog name? What does it mean to you?

Already a long time ago, I wrote a list about all the strange and funny things that happened to me while living with Mr. Panda and his parents. The first idea for a name I came up with was ‘My Crazy Chinese Family’. Unfortunately that name was already taken. Then I came up with more obvious names, such as ‘My [insert any nationality] Husband/Boyfriend” and so on. Obviously they were also already taken. And this was also the moment when I found out about the lively AMWF community on the internet.
That said, in a nocturnal uncreative moment, I got stuck with the most obvious (and maybe most possible racist) name for a blog.

  1. What is your favorite childhood memory?

When I was still a cute chubby little girl, my grandpa, who already died 14 years ago, looked out for me a lot. This happened when I was about four years old. On a warm day in fall we went to the park next to my grandparent’s place and searched for chestnuts which we then brought back home. After lunch, he took the chestnuts and a cup and started to let the chestnuts disappear as if by magic with this normal little cup. When he send me to the bedroom to look for them, I found them on the window sill. I was so mesmerized by his trick, that I was profoundly convinced that he could perform magic for years. But he also never told me how he did it, so who knows…

  1. What was your first blog post and what is it about?

My first blog post was about ‘jealousy about food’ (‘Futterneid’ in German), and I was complaining how it stressed me out that every one out of my Chinese family was eating like there was no tomorrow. It is rather interesting why I chose this one topic. The most annoying thing for me since I started dating was not about the differences in culture (I can handle these), but that I gained so much weight (and also lost a lot again). So if anybody needs some tips on how to successfully lose weight, ask me, I am a pro. And if you want to keep it? Take my advice and do not date anyone from a culture where it is normal to eat a lot and at any occasion. L

  1. How long have you been blogging for?

I have been thinking about it for a few years now but only started four months ago.

  1. What post/posts was/were the most challenging to write and why?

Probably the one guest post I wrote for Speaking Of China. But you still need to wait for a few weeks to read it. I wrote a very personal story, and I decided that I will try to write something similar on my blog from now on too.
The other one was ‘15 East Asian actors in Hollywood who deserve a main role’. I had to do a lot of research for this one, on the actors and on copyright law too. This is also the reason why I use photos on my blog sparingly and try to use photos taken by me only. I really do not want to violate any copyright properties of anyone.

  1. Do you have any bloggers who inspire you? If so, who?

This question reminds me to make a ‘Blogs I like and read’ section for my blog. There are too many out there to name all of them here. Therefore, I would like to name two, representative for all of them: Frist one is Crazy Chinese Family. His blog was the first China-West-Blog I found out there. When I read the stories with his mom in law, I do not feel so alone with my sorrows anymore. Secondly, it is the first AMWF blog I found, When West Dates East. I am still baffled how Autumn can remember all the stories and dialogues she tells on her blog. Even if they are not 100% accurate (who knows, maybe she has an eidetic memory?), I still enjoy to read them.

  1. What is one tip you would give to anyone who is an aspiring blogger?

I am still new to blogging, so I would love to hear any advice other old-established bloggers have for me.
There is only one thing I realized over the last few months, which I would like to tell others: I started this blog as a form of therapy for me, to share my stories and hopefully find someone who can understand how I feel. I just wanted to get my stories out to those who might be interested in them. I intended to write about what I want, what I am interested in, but soon I started to think about topics which might gain the most readers as possible. Along the way I lost focus about what I originally intended to do in the beginning, was so angry and frustrated and almost stopped blogging altogether. Hopefully I will get my act together.
And what is even more paradox? The one post I hated so much was nominated for that award. Anyway, I just lost the thread about what I wanted to say. Write about what you want, not about what you think others might want to read.

  1. What inspires you to write your blog posts?

Before I started my blog, I made a long list about possible stories for my blog. After my first few posts I realized that I was only writing about ‘my crazy Chinese (soon to be) parents in law’, and not about ‘my loving relationship with a Hong Konger’ as I originally intended to when I started. And the last month I have been writing about anything on my mind, which might not even be interesting to anyone (expect my hated post which I so regret I wrote but for which actually got nominated).

  1. Besides blogging, what do you do for a living?

I do not get anything from blogging, and I do not intent to. I do it just for fun, to find out what I expect from myself and my life. Apart from that, I currently cover my living expenses with a research scholarship.

  1. Why do you blog?

I use my blog as a form of therapy. I want to get rid of everything that is going on in my head. It is challenging to tell a story ‘on paper’ which has been only flying around in my head so far. A nice byproduct is the fact that I gradually improve my English (at least I thinks so). And if someone enjoys my ‘brain farts’ along the way, it is even better.

Who to nominate?
All, expect two blogs I enjoy to read were already nominated, and the thre persons left for me are Timo from Crazy Chinese Family, and Hayley and Phil from Globe Trotting Adventurer. So it is an award for the Sisterhood of the World Blogging, but are we not fighting for gender equality for a long time now? Am I allowed to nominate guys?

Additional note:
As it looks like I am allowed to nominate two ‘honorary sisters’, I will do so!

My 10 questions:

  1. Why do you blog?
  2. What is your favorite post from your blog and why?
  3. What are your favorite topics to write about?
  4. What inspires you to write your blog posts?
  5. What is your favorite animal and why?
  6. What is the craziest thing ever happened to you?
  7. What is your favorite childhood memory?
  8. What do you like to spend your free time with?
  9. Where do you see yourself in five years?
  10. If you could meet other bloggers you like in person, what would you talk with them about?
Sisterhood of the World Blogging Award Nomination

10 thoughts on “Sisterhood of the World Blogging Award Nomination

  • November 18, 2015 at 23:47
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    CONGRATS!

    Also…AWWWWW! Thank you! I am touched that you mentioned me.

    And good on you for nominating Timo. I say he can be an honorary sister. (And damn, I should know, since I have so many freakin’ sisters.) Any other authorities on sisters out there? No? Motion carried.

    I don’t have an eidetic memory, but it is pretty good. Especially for stories. Some of the stories I’ve told various friends so many times they’re committed to memory. It’s like oral history! Other stories come from saved emails — one friend actually sent me back something like 30 pages I sent her from my first trip to meet the parents. That makes it easier, for sure.

    Once my dad insisted I had a detail wrong in the post “Andy Goes to Utah,” but ha! I had two witnesses and he had to back down. Now he’s afraid to challenge my memory.

    It would be the perfect time to start making things up.

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    • November 19, 2015 at 12:35
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      Messages are a good keyword. I will check mine who I send my friend. She wis the first one I normally complain too haha. 😀 Furthermore I tried to log into my old E-Mail account which I used when I started dating Mr. Panda. The account still exists, but I forgot the password. I’ll try to reach the costumer service to get a new password. 🙂

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  • November 19, 2015 at 14:17
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    Aww 😀 yay for doing it! I also wanted to nominate Timo! He’s amazing! 😀

    I cannot wait to read more posts from you 😀 Good luck with your future blogging career.

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    • November 19, 2015 at 21:09
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      Thanks, I hope I will be able to meet your expectations. 😀

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  • November 19, 2015 at 19:51
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    Oh wow, thank you for mentioning and nominating me, however I think you forgot to add the questions for me/ Hayley and Phil 🙂
    Seems that I was just right in time to get the domain crazychinesefamily.com!! When I started there was another (perhaps it is still existing?) blog called MyCrazyChineseFamily… however there was only one post within two years so I decided that it will be fine to call my blog with nearly the same name.
    Now I feel double good as it seems that I can even inspire some people with my blog, good energy to go one blogging

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    • November 19, 2015 at 21:08
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      I first had to check if I was even allowed to nominate a “honorary sister”, but looks I am. I added the questions to my post 🙂
      And yes, you did a good job with your name. I really envy you! 😉

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  • November 20, 2015 at 1:50
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    Oh wow, Betty. Thank you for nominating our blog. That’s really kind of you and of course I would never thought one can be nominated as an honorary support sister. 🙂

    Also, I look forward to reading Time’s blog and others that you have mentioned

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    • November 22, 2015 at 20:56
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      I am looking forward to your new posts about festivals and unique travel destinations in the future. 😀

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      • November 23, 2015 at 11:51
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        I’m glad you like it. Too much adventures and too little time to write about ithem 😉 Hopefully I can write a few before Christmas!

        I suppose there are a few in the pipeline, but they are still in my brain!

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