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Posts from the Awards Category

The lovely Ajaytao2010 nominated this blog for three blogger awards (he nominated it for another award before) and the Canary is gradually turning red due to both embarrassment and excitement.

Many many thanks for these!! I happily accept them and would love to pass them on to a bunch of great blogs that I have recently discovered.

1. Ihatecockroaches Carrie K is Canadian. She is teaching English and she has been living in Asia for years. Her Korean adventures brought me to tears because I had to laugh so hard. Absolutely hilarious anecdotes.

2. Bibi Eng -Travel Photography Impressive photographs from around the world reflecting the unique character of the countries the photographer has visited. The perfect addition to your guidebook.

3. Etcetera Etcetera Etcetera Great photographs and more by Lignum Draco – the wood dragon.

4. Vickie Lester’s Beguiling Hollywood Want crotch shots? Go to TMZ. If you want a little historical perspective you’re home.

5. scottishmomus A charming blog from an interesting woman. Intrigued? Check it out.

Enjoy!! Or gracefully ignore if you have overdosed on awards already 😉

One of my favorite followers, Ajay, has nominated me for a couple of awards yesterday (see below). Thanks, again, Ajay, for this nice surprise.

Allegedly Peter Ustinov said: “To refuse awards is another way of accepting them with more noise than is normal”

In that sense, I am happily + silently accepting them, while being a little embarrassed about the frequency of award posts on this blog recently. So I am keeping this post short and sweet, particularly as Ajay’s two awards come as a rule-free gift 😉

However, I would like to recommend Ajay’s beautiful blog, Ajaytao 2010, in case you haven’t stumbled upon it as yet. I have followed it for a while now and his daily photo posts are a real visual treat.

Finally, dear friends of the Canary, sharing means caring in the world of blogger awards … and I would like to share these awards with a few bloggers, who I haven’t nominated before, including:

1. Frenchy Diary

2. steve.b.images

3. The Vanilla Housewife

4. Insanitree

5. Views from a Small Island


Wow. Another award. What can I say: Awards are not only nice to receive but also a great way to help promote other blogs of interest.

Many thanks to Michaela, the strong, impressive and talented woman behind “the mmmmm family“, for this lovely nomination! Michaela is a real fighter. She has started her blog to create memories for Mike – her disabled husband who suffers from memory loss after two spinal operations – of things the mmmmm family has experienced, and ‘to help him remember all the things he has yet to forget’. I have only recently discovered Michaela’s blog and find her posts moving and inspiring at the same time. You should definitely go and check it out!! Best of luck to Michaela and her family – the ‘five Ms’ seem to be an emotionally healthy and happy family, despite the challenges they are faced with. Way to go!

As always, these awards come with certain rules. Here they are:

1. Display the award logo

2. Link back to the person who nominated you

3. State 7 things about yourself

4. Nominate 10-15 other bloggers for this award.

And now it’s time for rule number 3 – here are the seven facts regarding the Canary:

1. The Canary (not a crazy cat lady) has a soft spot for cats, despite their constant desire to hunt members of its extended family and colleagues. Note: The Canary’s own cats have been successfully tamed. One is sitting on the Canary’s lap as we speak.

2. The Canary loves to swim, particularly in nice and clean Olympic-size pools.

3. The Bird’s affinity for water is also reflected in its love for warm showers (Nah, not cold…).

4. The Canary is very interested in international politics but has never had the desire to join a political party.

5. The Canary is an outdoor-bird and much prefers an active vacation over days of lying on a beach. Looking at the sea with a glass of wine after an interesting day is lovely tho.

6. The Canary has never been to China and wants to go!

7.  The Canary is a confessing chocoholic.

 … and here are my ten nominations for The Best Moment Award:

…oh wait, just a quick word before I begin with my list of nominees: as you will know, there is absolutely no pressure to accept the award, particularly as there seems to be a plethora of awards out there and nominees are usually not being consulted beforehand. Just take my nomination as a sign of the Canary’s appreciation for your blogs…and play along if you like ; )

1. Abu Zar

2. completelydisappear

3. 365sirens

4. Chris Bronsk

5. xavigeis

6. speeddemon2

7. thehappyhugger

8. Modes of Flight

9. Oenkenstein

10. Jared

Phew! Enjoy.

I am flattered and grateful to Akshita – the person behind the great blog The Writer’s Nest –  who has kindly nominated me for The Wonderful Team Member Readership Award (I had to read this impressive award name twice to actually understand it 🙂 ). Many thanks!

The rules:

1.  The nominee of The Wonderful Team Member Readership Award shall display the logo on his/her blog.

2.  The Nominee shall nominate 14 readers they appreciate over a period of 7 days, all at once or little by little; linking to their blogs; and telling them about it at their blogs.

3.  The nominee shall name his/her Wonderful Team Member Readership Award nominees on a post during 7 days.

And here are my 14 nominations (Apologies to those of you who I was unable to mention this time around: next time it’s your turn):

1.   Suzie81

2.   Gubista

3.   West Seventh Freelance/Christine Jacox Photography

4.   strassenfotojournal

5.   Herman

6.   Live2EatEat2Live Blog

7.   Fresh PhotoPic

8.   ..let it come from your heart..

9.   Nina Koydl Photography

10.  Photopane by Craig Strachan

11.  EdMooneyPhotography

12.  Images by T.Dashfield

13.  Ananthablahblah: Ramblings…

14.  onlylivingboyintitirangi

Thanks to the ‘Glorious Fourteen’ and all other followers of the Canary for your interest in my posts – your likes and follows remain much appreciated stimuli for the reward and pleasure center of my brain! My entire blogging experience  – which is admittedly still very limited – has been extraordinarily rewarding: without you, this wouldn’t have been possible.

The Versatile Blogger Award

Wow. I am flattered.

I have been nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award by Suzie81’s Blog. Suzie’s Blog is fun, VERY versatile, thoughtful and creative; and you should definitely check out what she has to say.

The rules for this are:

1. Display the Award Certificate on your website/blog.

2. Announce your win with a post. Make sure to post a link back to me as a ‘thank you’ for the nomination.

3. Present 15 awards to deserving bloggers.

4. Drop them a comment to tip them off after you have linked them in the post.

5. Post 7 interesting things about yourself.

Drrrrrrumroll –  so these are my fifteen nominees:

And here are the seven (semi-) interesting things about me aka ‘The Canary’:

1. I am a wanderer and have traveled the world quite a bit. In the past fifteen years, I haven’t stayed at one place for longer than two years in a row. Only recently, I have started to develop a desire to settle down somewhere nice for a while. Maybe even for a loooong while.

2. I am interested in just about everything relating to human culture without being overly philanthropic.

3. I adore my two furballs.

4. And, OF COURSE, my partner in crime, who is the greatest ‘thing’ on the planet.

5. I got two borderline embarrassing tattoos when I was 18 (needless to say, I felt extremely cool back then) which were recently covered up by an excellent NY tattoo artist…with a firework of colors.

6. I tend to grunt when I have to laugh really hard. Not very lady-like, I know.

7. And, finally, I am craving delicious Lebanese food right now. I know, this must be – by far – the most interesting thing you would like to know about me.