Jodie and I understand each other. We can be kindred spirits, as much as Deborah and I. Lots of love to you girls. So, when they nominated me for the Versatile Blogger Award (Food|Travel|Tour from Jodie and ‘I think, I say, I do’ from Deborah), I was chuffed. Oh yeah, Recognized Sunshine and Versatile I am. Thank you!


Versatile means “able to adapt or be adapted to many different functions or activities”.  love that! I think I am. πŸ™‚ Thank you so very much, Jodie and Deborah, for the compliment. Thanks a million for the award. Right back at you both, actually.

Here are the rules:

  • Thank and link to the blogger who nominated you.
  • State why you started blogging.
  • State 7 random facts about yourself.
  • Display the award badge in the post.
  • Nominate between 10-15 people.

I originally started blogging (eons ago) because I wrote poetry and I wanted to share them with others. Well, I wanted to know if they’re any good. πŸ™‚ Then, I stopped. I started again… because I need an outlet. I had musings and ramblings. I needed to tell someone when I gave up on talking with the person who was making me miserable. That didn’t last either. Last year, I decided to blog for more fun reasons – travels. I registered in April 2015 but did nothing until November 2015. It was slow but got going and both this [Food, Travel and Tour] and the ‘I think, I say, I do’ blogs are healthier than ever and I have met and continue to meet amazing people. This one is for keeps. πŸ™‚

7 Random Facts about me — hmm…
  1. I’m an only child but from age 21 1/2, lived like a big sister to my own daughter whom my parents raised as their own. (Does this sound random? Too hectic?)
  2. My father died when before I turned 2 and my mother remarried when I was a teenager and although I wasn’t crazy about this whole set up initially (I felt like my mother chose my step-father over me), I have grown up and I consider my step-father my father and address him accordingly.
  3. I studied in Zambia for 2 1/2 years – Grades 10, 11 and 1 term of 12.
  4. I lived in Botswana from late 1993 to early 1995 after graduating from university in Manila, Philippines.
  5. My children are ages 23, 20 and 4 but although the number says I’m old, I’m pretty young at heart, although responsibilities make me sound old at times.
  6. I have a Spanish maiden name and a Dutch married name and currently have dual citizenship – South African and Filipino.
  7. During my European adventure, traveling alone mostly;
    1. I experienced first hand Amsterdam’s coffee shop and thought that Tony who served us was gorgeous but I couldn’t flirt because I had a boyfriend (in between marriages) back in South Africa.
    2. A French man tried to pick me up while I was in Paris but such scares me and more importantly I was so much in love with a boyfriend then.
    3. After suffering from flu while in Rome, I failed to see that the train ticket to the airport needed to be validated so I paid the penalty of Euro 50.
    4. I was denied entry to the Catholic Cathedral in Milan because I was wearing shorts so I made sure I was properly covered going to the Vatican City in Rome.
    5. I froze my arse in London/Epsom/Milton Keynes on my first summer weekend there but had a lovely warm summer weekend next… oh, and in my rush, ended up in the First Class car of Virgin Train to Milton Keynes and had to pay more or pay embarrassment and move to “economy” so I paid.
    6. I upset a friend from university for failing to make it to Germany because I booked a flight from Stansted 2 hours after landing in Gatwick (not possible to get to Stansted from Gatwick in an hour) and I had work to do so I stayed in England.
    7. I couldn’t find the Cathedral in Barcelona and got lost a couple of times in the city but I felt so at home there. Strange.

It will be great if you’d participate. However, if your blog is award-free, no hassle and I’m really sorry if I missed that.

  1. Summer
  2. Liza
  3. Vonita
  4. Manuel
  5. Falak
  6. Lily
  7. Rohvannyn
  8. Alexis
  9. Aishwariya
  10. Tyler
  11. Meenakshi
  12. Shaz


7 thoughts on “Versatility

  1. Ate Anne! First congraaats on your award, second is Woooow. I am so amazed with your adventures (and misadventures), I’m envious 😦 Hahaha. I wish I could travel too like you do. This post is very inspiring ate, I felt like I got to know you better after reading this πŸ™‚

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    1. Aw, thank you Jeanette! What happened to you? Was actually wondering the other night. I’m just ADD and get distracted when I plan to do stuff in general. Haha.
      I think you should come here to South Africa πŸ˜„

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