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Blogger Recognition Award

I must thank Somnath from The Traveloholic for this nomination. It is the first award for me in 2016 and  besides that I think it is so interesting to see how the readers of this blog can be found all over the world.  Check out Somnaths blog about his travel adventures and I do hope to read more stories there again soon.






Here are the rules of the Blogger Recognition Award:

Rule 1: Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.

Rule 2: Provide a link to the award creator.

Rule 3: Attach the award to your post.

Rule 4: Nominate fifteen other bloggers, excluding yourself and the person who nominated you.

Rule 5: Write a brief story of how you started your blog.

Rule 6: A piece or two of advice to new bloggers.

Rule 7: Comment on the blogs you have named here to let them know you have nominated them.

My nominees:

Oh gosh this part is never easy!

  1. The Fourth Continent
  2. Betty Has a Panda
  3. Sue’s Fabulous Travels
  4. Our Chinese Wedding
  5. Skipping Customs
  6. Two Americans in China
  7. NepaliAustralian
  8. Marta Lives in China
  9. My Hong Kong Husband
  10. Japan Can(ada)Mix
  11. Kyrosmagica
  12. Takeshi’s Flight
  13. China IQ
  14. Englishman in Italy
  15. Ray Hecht

How I started my blog:

I started this blog to get all the crazy stories I experienced with my Chinese in-laws out of my head. Over the years many weird things have piled up and this blog is a perfect “therapy” to survive this madness.


Death is lighter than a feather, Duty is heavier than a mountain!

Okay perhaps I try another advice: Take your time as all good things in life need time to develop.


Be sure to follow me also on Facebook and on Twitter as I will post there occasionally pictures which do not find their way into my blog posts. Furthermore I also have a YouTube Channel in which some videos might pop up from time to time

The Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award

You might have noticed that lately I am not that active in blogging anymore due to my health issues. Most posts I had during the entire summer and early autumn were in fact the ones I had already prepared beforehand and only needed little editing. It is not that I am out of ideas now just that I don’t get into writing them down due to very little time at my computer. So it was very surprising and honoring when I had been nominated as a honary sister for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award by Betty from Betty has a Panda.

She included in her nomination the favorite post of the people she in turn nominated. This means of course that I will also add my favorite post from her blog which is strikingly similar to the one she selected as her favorite from my blog “A method to strengthen your immune system from early on”

I guess it is time to answer the questions.


1.Why do you blog?

I can’t really answer this  as I do not really know it myself. It all started back in 2013 just after my in-laws flew back to China as they had spent more than a month with us in Finland. My brain had to deal with so many oddities committed by my in-laws that I suddenly had the urge to share them with the rest of the world. I never expected to go on so long as I thought in the beginning that I will be done with writing those stories down within few months. Who would have thought that especially my crazy Chinese mother-in-law is never stopping to do weird things and thus there will be still many stories to share. I guess it is very similar for me as with Betty as this is some kind of therapy!

 2. What is your favorite post from your blog and why?

My favorite post is Our Story: “How we met”. I had this post planned for a long time but it never felt right when I started writing it so it got postponed by nearly an entire year. Sitting down and thinking on how everything started was a very nice experience as I kind of relived everything again. Now over a year later it is still enjoyable to read the whole blog post again.

3. What are your favorite topics to write about?

I guess you now it already, of course MIL’s insanities! Besides that I also enjoy writing about the few travels we do as I get a chance to look at those pictures again and think back how it was there. Since this year I also added few post about cooking but sadly I didn’t get around this topic anymore for the past six months or so. I do hope to get back to it starting next year but lets see.

4. What inspires you to write your blog posts?

As said already in the previous post it is all thanks to my mother-in-law and the rest of the Chinese family. There are just so many things I experienced over the years that I needed some kind of outlet which became this blog in the end. Each story regarding my Chinese family has a lot of “back story”. I realize this only when I start writing as I suddenly see that there is so much more about the whole thing to add/ write more posts so yeah, it is very inspiring.

5. What is your favorite animals and why?

I don’t know. I guess I like pretty much all animals but I don’t have any favorite. I like dogs, cats, bunnies, even shrimps and fishes but I can’t say what my most favorite is from all of them. Right now we have two bunnies and several fishes. However I can  say that I really dislike snails…

6. What is the craziest thing ever happened to you?

My Chinese mother-in-law…really I am not kidding. There are of course many other things which happened to me over the past years such as having a car crash together with my wife on an icy road without getting hurt at all or even damaging the car but nothing compares to the craziness MIL has brought to my life. There are so many occasions with her that I wonder how it is even possible. For example who on earth would challenge the security guards at the airport or destroy half of our apartment and say it wasn’t her fault?

7. What is your favorite childhood memory?

When my parents took me for the first time to our cottage in Finland when I was around 5-6 years old.

8. What do you like to spend your free time with?

Playing computer games, editing videos and pictures and of course reading nice books.

9. Where do you see yourself in five years?

Hopefully healthy! Besides that I see myself with my great family and perhaps with a little brother or sister for Nathan (me hopes for a brother while my wife wants the opposite…). I doubt that MIL wil stop doing stupid things so the blog should be also still going strong in five years.

10. If you could meet other bloggers you like in person, what would you talk with them about?

This is a hard one as it pretty much depends on the blogger. With some it might be about their experiences with Chinese families, with others about their favorite travel destinations, then some food topics or about being an author.

Who to nominate?

This is not so easy as I just saw that nearly every blogger I follow has been nominated already! I will just nominate a handful and hope that not all of them have been nominated before.

Kiwi in Korea with Jinhae Cherry Blossom Festival

Sue’s Fabulous Travels  by Sue with The Amazing Terracotta Warriors

The Fourth Continent by Tanny with Travel Greenland on a shoestring budget

Marta lives in China by Marta with Chinese Fashion: 10 Epic Fails


My 10 Questions:

  1. How did you get into blogging?
  2. What is your own favorite blog post?
  3. Did you learn on other blogs something which helped you later?
  4. What inspires you to write blog posts?
  5. Have you ever been asked about your blog by family or friends?
  6. Are you able to blog on a regular basis?
  7. Which country you want to visit?
  8. How did you come up with the name of your blog?
  9. What are your favorite books?
  10. What tips you have for other bloggers?


I received The Encouraging Thunder Award

Thank you Marjma2014 from Kyrosmagica for nominating me for this award.


Her blog is all about books, magic writing and fun in general. If you are a writer yourself or want some info about the whole process you will definitely find something there you might need. There are tons of articles about tips for writing and a lot more so check it out.


I am honored for receiving this award as I basically only picked up blogging in order to write down the crazy stories of my mother-in-law and the rest of the family. I am doing this already now for over two years and still don’t feel bored with it so I hope to give you more funny stories in the upcoming years!

At his spot I planned to link to the creator of this award however the page seems not to be exisiting anymore 😮


Update: Raymond (the creator of the award) gave me the proper link. The old one didn’t work anymore as he had moved to a self-hosted blog:


And now it is my time to nominate fellow bloggers:

Takeshi’s Flight by Josue Mapagdalita (pen name: Sueju Takeshi)

Foreign Sanctuary by Constance

Xiananigans by Marissa Kluger

MabelKwong by, guess who! Mabel Kwong

RayHecht by, guess again who! Ray Hecht!

MartalivesinChina by Marta

MyHongKongHusband by Lina


What you can do with Encouraging Thunder award?

– Post it on your blog

– Grant other bloggers with the award

What you can’t do with Encouraging Thunder award?

– Abuse or misuse the logo
– Claim that it’s your own handmade logo

What you should do after receiving Encouraging Thunder award:

– Enjoy the award

– At least gives thanks via comments and likes or mentioning the blog who give the award 🙂
Happy blogging!