Would you believe that my return to the blogosphere coincided with the first day of NaBloPoMo?!

Complete coincidence, but surely a sign from the blogging Gods.

And so, I am embarking on National Blog Posting Month once again – where I shall be writing a post a day fro the duration of the month of Novemeber.

Technically I didn’t manage to make a post yesterday as firstly, I was completely unaware that it was NaBloPoMo at all and secondly, I was cowering under the pile of work that has manifested itself over the half term break which was making for a rather unpleasant Monday morning for all who crossed my path (my car also broke down twice on the way to work, but that is a whooole other story, which I surely shall tell when I realise that I have signed up to post once a month and run out of things to say about my life).

So here goes, a post a day – surely this will re-ignite my blogging spark.  And if it doesn’t… then nothing will.NaBloPoMo_2015_0

If you have a blog, join me and have a go!

2014; in review

After a much needed break from the blog/work/Thailand over Christmas and New Year I am back and ready to hit 2015 smack bang in the face.  Once again I have a plethora of new year’s resolutions ranging from finally, actually doing some yoga to taking more photographs and blogging more, being more organised at work, doing more in my spare time… we’ll see which ones stay past the end of February.  I haven’t even picked up my yoga mat yet…

But before 2015 get rolling, it’s time to have a look at how great things went for this site over 2014.

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.  I wanted one last year but I didn’t get offered – I must have been doing something right in 2014 I guess!

Yes, I realise that’s two infographic posts in a row… what can I say?  It’s a new found obsession.

Check it out for a sneak peek into some of my site stats, my most popular posts and most popular commenters (your little face may even be featured there if you’ve commented frequently enough…!)

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 29,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 11 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Liebster Award

I’d like to thank Stephanie and Ryan over at Hedger’s Abroad for their blog love!  They have nominated me for the Liebster Award – an award for the blogging community, by the blogging community.

Similar to the Versatile Blogger Award, accepting this award requires the answering of a set of questions and further nomination of my favourite blogs with under 200 followers.  Well, actually if you google it there are a range of different rules for this as the award has been passed around, but the 10 questions + 5 nominations seems simplest to me…

So here are the 10 questions…

What was the last thing you ate?

I just got back from breakfast – today we went across the road from school and visited a local khao gaeng (literally translates to rice curry) shop where you can choose pre-prepared meals to have over rice.  I had a chicken massaman curry which is a bit extravagant for me for first thing in the morning.  Usually I would have some vegetables and meat, or maybe nothing…  Anyway, I saw the coconut, peanut and potato curry and just had to have it.  So yummy.

Do you ever get bored with blogging?  Why or why not?

I sometimes worry that other people get bored with my blogging!!  I don’t get bored, but I do sometimes run out of things to say.  I’d rather just take a break from blogging than post for the sake of it; then it becomes a chore.

If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be?

I’m a bit of a secret worrier (not warrior!) and sometimes I stress myself out about silly little things.  Sometimes I wish I could remove that aspect of myself so that I could get on with doing more things for myself and not over-worrying about other people.  Not that I would like to be a selfish person though!

Where is one place you would never go and why?

I’ve never really thought about where I wouldn’t like to go.  What with being the kind of person that quits their career and moves to the other side of the world for an unknown amount of time…!  I suppose I have never really fancied travelling around Australia but it’s not for any particular reason other than I can think of many other places I would rather go to where my money would go further and I would experience more cultural difference – I always like to get my money’s worth!  Plenty of my friends have been (and some, never come back…) but for me it’s not somewhere on my wish list.  Then again, neither is Kazakhstan but you never know do you?

What seemingly insignificant thing drives you crazy?

Rustling!  Crisp packets, carrier bags, any kind of crinkly, plastic packaging.  That sound makes me feel sick.  It’s stupid, I am very aware of that!  I have found myself shooting T the most evil looks if he is over-scrunching a snack.  Hate it!

What is one thing that you like, but your friends don’t?

I’ve really had to think about this one – I’m friends with my friends because we have similar tastes in music, fashion, life etc.  I’m not even unique fashion-wise with my love for things that are so awful they are good (think kittens on jumpers, big golden things, clashing patterns…) or my eclectic taste in music (AKA liking anything that makes my feet tap and my head nod).  Actually, I don’t know any of my friends that enjoy a toasted cheese and peanut butter sandwich.  There you go!

If you could say one sentence to everyone around the world at once, what would you say?

I’m guessing this question is in here to provide me with the space to write some over-referenced quotation from a great leader or worse, Marilyn Monroe.   I’ve seen her misquoted talking about things that didn’t even exist when she was alive!  I would just tell everyone to smile and try to be happy (or as happy as they can be) – but that’s easy for me to say; there are far more people around the world in a much worse situation that little old me.

Who do you look up to?

To be honest, I guess I look to different people for different influences.  Of course, my Mum has been a big influence on me and we are very alike (in fact, identical when we’ve had a few vinos…) and growing up I looked up to various teachers and youth workers (and, surprise, surprise – I ended up being a youth worker myself and went on to be a teacher now).  If I see something good in someone that I appreciate, I try to make sure that I pass on the goodness through my own behaviour.

What is your secret obsession?

I am unashamedly becoming obsessed with checking out the reduced items in Tesco.  I love getting a bargain, even living in the land of cheap living!  I’m so lame!  My mum will tell you that I also loved a bargain hunting trip to Asda when I lived at home.

If the world were to end tomorrow, and you knew it, how would you spend your last day?

I’m going to assume I can beam myself around the world back home otherwise I would probably be spending my last day flying back to the UK so I could see my family and friends!  So, if I could be at home already, I would just spend the day at home with my family, eating all the food I like and having a Christmas day type affair of not doing much but being together.  Oh, and if Asda was open I would totally go there because they would have a massive reduced items section if the world was ending.

Time to pass on the blog love!

I follow a lot of blogs and quite a few of them have already had this award.  Wanting to share the blog love further, I am choosing people who have not already accepted this award.  Also, rather than trawling through all of the blogs on my feed I am looking at the posts I have recently ‘liked’ so these are my current top 5 blogs I’m gonna share the love with:-

Notes from Nica – tales from Peace Corps volunteering in Nicaragua

My So-called K-life – teaching English in South Korea

Spendrianna Goes to China – teaching English in China

TEFL and Louise – English teaching in various places!

t & c: simple explorations – again, teaching in South Korea but this one is about to get extra interesting with the addition of a baby on the way!


Lets share the blog love people!

NaBloPoMo – another month, another challenge


No sooner had I prooudly displayed my badge for achieving the Ultimate Blogger Challenge and another challenge sucks me in…

NaBloPoMo – National Blog Posting Month, brought to us by BlogHer The challenge?  Post every day for the month of November.  No particular theme but if you get stuck there is a ist of prompts and questions for each day.

I’m going to continue blogging about Thailand, teaching and me but I’m gonna try and keep up this posting every day for another month.  Apologies in advance if you’re getting fed up with me!  At least this month I’m back in Thailand so there will always be something weird and wonderful to post about.

If you are interested in taking part in the challenge you need to sign up before 5th November.  This looks like it might be the biggest group challenge out there, so get involved if you can!

Ultimate Blog Challenge

As I won’t working during October and I will also be spending quite a lot of time twiddling my thumbs sitting in my parents house in the UK (visit home + no money = not a lot to do!) I thought it would be a good idea to participate in the Ultimate Blog Challenge that begins on 1st October.

So what’s the challenge?  It’s simple.  Blog every day of October.  That’s it.

Now, rather than blog about nothing or just writing for the sake of it I have decided to further callenge myself and have set myself the challenge (how many times can I write challenge in one blog post?!) of writing an A-Z of posts about me each weekday, and then my usual updates on the weekends.  So, starting tomorrow with the letter A, each weekday I will make my way through the alphabet, taking a break on the weekends to update you with my usual antics (although this month they will be on home soil…).

I was going to do an A-Z of Thailand, but as I’m not going to actually be in the country I thought why not spend some time writing about little old me instead?  Of course, as I live and work in Thailand expect a lot of Thai themed posts anyway; but you also might get to have a bit of a glimpse into my mind, which of course is going to be exciting you beyond anything, I know.

If you want to join in this callenge head over to the official website and sign up.

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