Mystery Blogger Award 

Thanks Okoto Enigma for the nomination for a Mystery Blogger Award!


“Mystery Blogger Award” is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging; and they do it with so much love and passion. 

– Okoto Enigma 

So, now I will answer the questions I was given:

1) What is your biggest fear about blogging? I like blogging, sharing my thoughts, photos, poems and stories with others. I often worry about working hard to create blog posts, only to have nobody read them… so it’s reassuring to see so many likes and positive comments on my blog. 😊 

2) What are your aspirations in life? To travel to many different places, have wonderful experiences, be a great teacher, finish writing my novel (and publish it), start a family of my own some day and so on…

3) Do you have any secret talent? If yes, what is it? I think we constantly discover new talents as we go through life -we find ourselves able to do things that we never imagined we could! None of these talents are “secret”, they just remain hidden until the right time.

4) Who is/was idol? And why? There are so many inspirational people out there that I look up to and admire -my family, friends, Sherlock, Doctor Who, Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela, Jesus… the list goes on! Actually, as a child, I was most inspired by Roald Dahl’s Matilda, I really wanted to move things “with my powers” like she did! 

5) Just curious; do you like chicken wing or chicken breast?😊 (Weird question) I like all chicken parts, as long as it’s not something weird like chicken feet!! (They love chicken feet in China!) 

I nominate the following blogs to play along:

1) Bramhall Bill 

2) richfinck

3) Confessions of a wanderer

4) Fede

5) Heaven’s sunshine
6) Conversations around the tree

7) seagirl

8) Insanity at it’s best

9) Cee’s photography

10) Syllabub sea


Put the award logo/image on your blog

List the rules.

Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.

Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well

Tell your readers 3 things about yourself

You have to nominate 10 – 20 people

Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog

Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify)

Share a link to your best post(s)

The award was created by Okoto Enigma @

1) If you could meet anyone (alive or dead) who would it be?

2) What is your greatest achievement in life?

3) What is your greatest fear?

4) Where is your favourite place? (Where you’ve lived or travelled.)

5) What would your superpower be?

Hope you enjoy playing along! 😀

Medical advice

Have you ever found that when you’re ill with a cold or flu, you’ll try doing anything to get rid of it… Including following the advice of friends, family or colleagues, who often suddenly believe themselves to be medical experts, when faced with a willing “patient”!

While living in China, the advice I received for any illness was to “drink hot water and wear more clothes”, regardless of the season, weather or actual illness! When something more stringent is needed to fight off an infection, you might be advised to drink herbal tea (one such tea that my students loved tasted like mud to me!), vinegar (yuck!) or make up a lovely remedy involving ginger. My favourite of these is boiling Coca Cola or Pepsi with ginger. It tastes good and makes your sore throats/colds feel much better. On Sunday, I had totally lost my voice, and it’s been slowly returning thanks to drinking hot ginger Pepsi every day! (I also went to the doctor to get antibiotics, just in case, as I have a lovely infection.)

Of course, as well as giving advice on how to cure your cold/ flu, you will also find many helpful friends, colleagues and family members who will enjoy speculating as to how you got ill in the first place. In Romania, I find the reasons that people give for how you got sick most amusing. In fact, air conditioning, a cold draft of air from an open window, or walking outside when the temperature is less than 18 degrees Celsius is the cause of most illnesses in Romania (according to many people I’ve met here, who think having small children coughing, sneezing on me and using me as a tissue all day long has nothing to do with it…)

Incidentally, Romanian remedies are just as fun as Chinese ones. They include eating raw garlic (yuck), eating soup, staying inside (with the windows closed of course) and drinking “onion tea” (I am yet to try this, as I find the thought of a cup full of onions and hot water somewhat repulsive!)

A lovely thing about being ill in China, was that many of my students would bring fruit or herbal teas to my apartment to help me get better. (Indeed, I would often be “fruit bombed” by enthusiastic students even when I was not ill. I call it “fruit bombing” because they would see me, greet me, throw an apple or banana at me and run off, before I had a chance to politely refuse the gift.) So far, no one in Romania has done this… it’s such a shame, having to buy my own fruit again! 😜

The Village Musuem 

On Saturday I went to one of my favourite places in Bucharest- the Village Museum. It has a large collection of traditional houses from all over Romania, it’s so interesting to see how people lived in the past -and I’m sure that you can still find people living in houses like these in many rural villages in Romania.

The museum is so peaceful and tranquil, I love wandering around and imagining what it would be like to live in one of these houses. It fills me with a sense of Nostalgia somehow…