Late to the Liebster Party

I was first nominated by the Secret Father for the Liebster award early this year and then was lucky enough to be nominated again by some really lovely ladies, but didn’t have the chance to reply.  Just remembered again when the host of one of my favourite linkys What’s the Story nominated me this fun award.  Since I’ve already nominated others before, I’ll be replying to their questions instead.  I love a good Q & A.  I’m starting with my July Chat with a Mom, so sorry for the late reply!

Questions from Surprise Mama

1.  What is your favourite book that was made into a movie (and was the movie any good?)

I like love stories, especially sad and tragic ones, so it’s not surprising that the novel The End of the Affair written by Graham Greene is one of faves.  The good thing is, the movie was equally good, especially since I’m a big fan of Julianne Moore, Stephen Rea and Ralph Fiennes.      And you can never go wrong if the music is done by Michael Nyman.  I love him.   Must see that movie again!

2.  Vanilla or Chocolate?

Chocolate please!

3.  What is the best job or volunteer position you have ever held?

It’s probably working and volunteering as a Media Communications Officer in a small NGO in Ghana, West Africa.  The placement was a bit of a mess, I wasn’t expected to do anything.  In fact when I asked for work, my boss said, “Oh you have to enjoy Ghana!  Go and have drumming lessons or learn French!”  In spite of this, I loved the whole experience.  I loved my fellow Ghanaian colleagues and still in fact, exchange emails with a couple of them.

4.  What is your proudest moment?

I know some may find this a bit sad or think that it isn’t an accomplishment, but my proudest moment, or you could say moments, because I’m proud every single day, that I am a mother to little T.  I’m not a young first-time mother you see, at some point in my life, I even thought that maybe I wouldn’t become one, but then it happened. So yes, becoming a mother, is definitely my proudest moment.

5.  Sneakers or stilettos?

I don’t know how to wear heels.  I used to manage them when I was younger.  When I say manage, you know occoasionally wear them to important events like weddings and then hang-on-to dear life to any family member who was willing to be my human crutch.

6.  If you were to teach a class, what would it be called?

Hmmm…. “How to keep your three-year-old occupied without going nuts?”  But then again, I’m still learning, so I might as well be the student.

7.  If you were to take a class, what would it be called?

Same as number 6!

8.  What is the best gift you have ever recieved?

This is really corny, but I’d say my husband and daughter.

9.  What is your favourite blog (besides your own)?

Oh dear, I’ve got loads!  It’s a very long list.  I really ought to dedicate a whole blog-post to that list.

10.  If you could travel around the world, what five destinations would you be sure not to miss?

Peru, Romania, Hungary, Russia, Nepal

11.  What scares you?

Anything to do with my daughter, that something terrible might happen, that she gets sick … The list is endless!

Questions from Charly of PODcast

1.  What are you passionate about?

Writing, books, travel

2.  Who inspires you?

My daughter.

3.  What did you want to be when you were growing up?

I think like most kids, I wanted to be a doctor.

4.  What accomplishment are you most proud of?

See answer #4 of Surprise Mama’s questions.

5.  What are the things that make you really happy?

My daughter, husband and my family back home.  I guess you could day it’s all about family for me.  They make me happy.

6.  What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?

My mom once told me to marry your best-friend.  She said love comes and goes, but if you’re good friends with your husband/wife, the friendship and laughter will always be there.  That you can at least cling to that (when things get rough) till the love comes back and chances are, it will 🙂

7.  What was the best news you ever recieved?

Staring at that stick I’ve just peed on one really cold December morning to tell me that I was pregnant with my little girl.

8.  What’s something that amazes you?

I’m a new mother to a 3-year-old and she constantly amazes me with the things she says, does and the way she’s growing up so fast!  Amazing and terrifying at the same time.

9.  What embarrasses you?


10.  If you could visit any country in the world, where would you go?

It would be any of the countries mentioned in Surprise Mama’s question #10.

Questions from Alia of Au Natural Essence

1.  How do you keep your skin clean and fresh?

I wash my face with a facial wash, then use moisturiser.  That’s it.  Simple really, don’t do much.

2.  If you could travel to one place in the world, where would it be?

See my answer to Surprise Mama’s question #10.

3.  What is your favorite animal?

I’m not a cat person, but we have a cat and I love her.  But I’ve always been a dog-person, grew up with dogs, everyone in my family have dogs, so it’s not surprising that I prefer dogs.

4.  What is your favorite type of food?

Chinese and Italian.

5.  How do you motivate yourself to get difficult tasks done?

I just do it.  If it’s something really difficult, I try not to think about it much because that would only make me more nervous.  So I just put my head down and do the task and make sure that I get it done right.

6.  How many times do you wash your hair in a week?

I shampoo my hair every other day, so that kinda makes it four times a week.

7.  Who do you admire the most and why?

Hmm.  Difficult question … I admire my favourite writers and that’s a very long list too!

8.  What is your favorite brand of make up?

I don’t wear make-up, never really bothered to learn how to put it on!  To quote a line from the movie The Mirror has Two Faces, when Jeff Bridges’ character asks Barbara Striesand’s character:  You don’t use make-up, do you?  She replies:  What’s the point?  I’d still look like me, only in colour.

9.  What is the one word that describes you the best?


10.  What is your favorite book?

As a little girl, it was Little Women by Louisa May Alcott.  As a young woman, it was Women’s Room by Marilyn French.  At the moment, I have loads, it’s difficult to mention just one book.

And lastly, thanks also to The Coffee Table Years, who only asked one very meaningful question:  Why do you blog?

I might have answered this question already before, but for the sake of answering, I’ll repeat it again.  I blog because I’ve always kept a journal as a very young girl and it only seemed natural to get into blogging.  And also, writing in a blog sort of keeps my creativity up and running, it’s also good exercise to keep writing.  Sylvie Plath and Virginia Woolf used to write thousands of words in a day as practice to hone their craft.  I wish I could do that, at the moment I can’t even seem to manage to write a post that’s longer than five hundred words!

Once again, thank you so much to the lovely women mentioned above.


  1. Charly Dove

    What a fabulous post Dean. I love the way you’ve given enough but not too much away! Thank you so very much for joining in, it’s a really lovely post. Some good advice there too 🙂

  2. Life in the Wylde West

    It’s so nice to learn even more about you. The movie quote about make up is pretty funny. I like it.

    • It is and I love it! Kinda my reason for not learning how to put on make-up 🙂 Though sometimes I wonder if it’s too late to try? I’m 40 now btw 😉

  3. This is a great post! I also love the book Little Women. It was one of my favorites as a kid. I don’t blame you for having a hard choosing a favorite book or author. I love books and I can never answer that question! There are just too many to choose from. Have a great day!

  4. Kate @ Did That Just Happen?

    Congratulations! And I loved getting to know you better in this post!

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