I have been itching to come on the computer all week, to share my exciting news from last Sunday. Last Sunday night, just as I was planning to turn in for the night, I saw a surprise comment I could not leave till the morning. It was from the most wonderful and effervescent blogger at Through the looking glass and down the rabbit hole , a foreigner in Japan, blogging about  fashion, make-up, food, life and much more. I find her blog  so versatile and personable and I love her style of writing.  So I  was overwhelmingly psyched that her comment was informing me that she had nominated me for the Liebster Award. I was so stoked I wanted to write straight away, but thought it best to wait till the next day. Wouldn’t you know, Murphy’s Law decided to intervene (mainly 3 sick kids and visiting rellies) and, well, here I am a whole week later.

I have copied the idea and rules behind this award straight from Through the Looking Glass and Down the Rabbit Hole’s Liebster Award post.

The Liebster Award


The Liebster award is intended to give some exposure to small blogs with less than 200 followers. The rules are as follows:

1] Link back to the blogger who nominated you
2] Answer the 11 questions given to you by the blogger who nominated you
3] Nominate 11 other bloggers with less than 200 followers
4] Go to the blogs you nominated and notify them of your nomination
5] Give your nominees 11 questions to answer.”

My answers

My answers to the questions from Through the Looking Glass and Down the Rabbit Hole;

1) What was the last thing you bought?


You know you’ve been in Japan too long when you not only like “canned coffee”, but drink it daily! It falls into the genre of “canned coffee”, but as you can see its clearly bottled! It’s hot. Yes, I drink hot coffee out of cans or bottles from a vending machine. I never thought I would, but sure there you are!

2) What’s in your handbag?

Ah, the handbag.  Purse, keys, tissues, diary/organiser, lip gloss, mascara, loose coins, hand sanitiser, a nappy and one sock.  This is a good day, as a mother of three small kids there’s often a lot stranger things in there!

3) Tea or coffee?

See number 1!

4) What are you most looking forward to at Christmas?

Having my immediate family in the same room for the first time in 7 years. We all live in different countries and between pregnancy and all sorts of other stuff it is 7 years since all 6 of us have been able to get together. Related to this, I am also looking forward to seeing nieces and nephews I haven’t seen for 2.5 years and to meeting 2 new nieces!

5) If you could choose a wardrobe from any given decade and century what would it be?

I think I’d have to step into “Gone with the Wind”. I always loved the dresses they wore, I wanted to be Scarlett O’Hara when I was too young to realise how messed up she was!

6) What was the last book you read?

Wow, I had to really think about that, its been so long. I love reading books, I just don’t get the time anymore. It was The Help by Kathryn Stockett.

7) Name the first 5 items you see right now if you open your fridge.

Beer, tofu, yoghurts, kimchi, natto.

8) What was your favourite childhood story/book and do you still like it or have you grown out of it?

I loved a lot of books as a kid, I struggle to remember what was my real favourite. A lot of books I read as a kid I re-read as an adult and enjoyed.

9) When socks disappear, where do they go?

Ah, this one I can answer… the aliens use them to fuel their space ships. LOL!!

10) Give us a description of what you see when you look out the window this very moment.

Emmm… its night time and we’ve the shutters closed.  So right now, I can see myself reflected in the glass. A very pretty sight indeed!! 😛

11) What does blogging mean to you?

A RELEASE from the daily grind of being a SAHM to 3 small kids (4, 2 and 1 year old), in a rural area with limited opportunities to meet up with mamatomos and my friends here (Hi C.L.A.M!!), so far away from my first home, family, lifelong friends and my bestie soul mate(https://fionasjapanesecooking.blogspot.jp/) , in a country that challenges me everyday often in ways unimaginable…


Now to my nominations. First, just let me say, I don’t know how any of these blogs have less than 200 followers, because they are all awesome and deserving of more. Please check them out. To the nominees; I recommend you take your response to this in three parts as it is quite time consuming doing this in one fell swoop. You could break it into three posts; ① about your nomination and the answers to the questions you were given, ② the questions you want your nominees to answer and ③ your nominations and letting the nominees know about their nominations.

1. https://kajapan.org/ is a truly unique and innovative blog, run by a small team representing a larger group of 300+ foreign women from all over the world all living and raising children in Japan.

2. https://easycraftsforchildren.wordpress.com/ because it really is a practical website of crafts that (my) children can manage and really enjoy.

3. https://ensummerfield84.wordpress.com/page/2/ because this dedicated blogger showcases interesting places and customs in Japan with his awesome astute photos.

4. https://bentoandthegeek.wordpress.com/ because I love her colourful bentos.  {Off to the fridge now to get something to eat after looking at her latest bento!}

5. https://rbbaileyjrblog.wordpress.com/  because he’s a fellow Saitama-jin blogging about parenting and other things of interest.

6. https://recycledreadsaustin.wordpress.com/about/ because they use recycled materials  for crafts and so do I!

Hereafter all these bloggers I am nominating have something in common; they are all written by foreign women raising children here in Japan. I love the honesty. The emotion. The humour. The turmoil. The real life each of these blogs portray.

7. https://elemenopart2.wordpress.com/

8. https://hamakkomommy.wordpress.com/

9. https://chrysanthemummum.wordpress.com/

10. https://beingamominjapan.wordpress.com/

11. https://becomingsherilyn.wordpress.com/page/2/

My questions

To these wonderful bloggers, my questions are;

1. What was your favourite age?

2. Who is the last (music) band or performer you saw live?

3. What are you wearing right now?

4. What was your favourite toy as a child?

5. If you could have a super power what would it be!?

6. What is your favourite poem?

7. What type of kid were you in school?

8. Do you read a newspaper?

9. What is your worst habit?

10. If anything was possible, who (alive or dead) would you like most to go drinking with (or have a meal with for any non-drinkers)?

11. If money, time, commitments weren’t an obstacle, where in the world would you like to be right now?

I look forward to reading your answers!

Phew I deserve a drink after that, so I off I go. Kampai, Slainte, Cheers!

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    1. Author

      Thank you! And thanks to Liebster I found your wonderful blog! 🙂

  1. Thanks for the nomination. I’ll try to get round to answering your questions. I’m a bit of a slack blogger actually and one who doesn’t get to read many blogs either… Gambarimasu!

    1. Author

      🙂 It is a bit time consuming, but if felt great to get my own piece done. I look forward to reading your answers!

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