Once again, my blogging community has shown me how warm, supportive and encouraging they can be. I have been nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award by Karina and for the Sisterhood of the World Blogger Award by Joann. I am very honoured, humbled and happy to receive recognition for my blog.
The Sunshine Blogger award is given to those who are inspiring and bring positive vibe (sunshine) into the lives of the readers and fellow followers. The Sisterhood of the World Blogger Award is to recognize the contribution of women bloggers around the world. Two things that I am very passionate about: to inspire people and to empower women…and to be recognized for these two things is just awesome feeling 🙂
It’s almost midnight here in Toronto and I promised to lovely Katie to finish this post tonight… First of all, thank you Katie for this nomination. You made my day 🙂 I had to put everything aside and think what are those important things that make me happy? Often times, I rush through a day without having time to pause and contemplate..and I am sure most of us do. So, I really enjoyed preparing this post. Continue reading “#GSList”→
“I told a lie to my father that I was going to travel in Korea for a week. That’s how I started backpacking 28 countries for 8 months alone. As growing up in a conservative family, that’s the only way to convince them. At that time, I was stuck in the situation of my family’s obligation and working pressure in Japan. One day, I lost my family member after long care, and then I felt that I need some break before losing myself. At the beginning of my trip, I didn’t know how to enjoy my first freedom that I haven’t got for long time. For example, whenever I felt happy, my tough memory in Japan flashed back. I felt that “old me” was monitoring me with jealousy from the sky, and it made me feel guilty about my decision. In China, people mistook that I was a lost child, so a lady kept holding my hand. In Wales, I missed a bus in mountain; my first hitchhiking attempt was succeeded because a kind family picked me up. In Laos, when I visited a small village without electricity, the moon was bright enough to allow me to walk in the forest at night, and rice fields were shining all over place by reflection of the moon. The great nature and people were enough rehabilitation for me to heal. In Vietnam, I had a motorbike accident and lost my memory. In Morocco, I was chased by young guys with knives. Although I faced dangers in my trips, I didn’t regret my decision, because every single moment was precious for me. It was my first and biggest rebellion in my life. Looking back now, I never thought that I had a hidden power to continue 8 months backpacking. Before the trip, I was very weak, powerless, and I sacrificed my life for somebody’s sake. But what I believe now is- you are the one who find your hidden power inside you, not by someone. You have to be bold and courageous to change your situation even if it looks impossible to do so. During my trip, one traveler told me such “Don’t live somebody else’s life”. This still keeps motivating me. Women tend to sacrifice their life for somebody. But you have to be a main character of your life”.