Freedom is……lazing on the beach.
An Elephant Seal, oblivious of envious humans, at Piedras Blancas, southern Big Sur near San Simeon, California.

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Deep sapphire blue…the color of wealth, elegance, beauty, royalty and quirkiness


Thank you Cee for the Featured Bloggers  ‘pat on the back’.

Sunday – Odd Ball Challenge: Week 27

Featured Bloggers

Mama Cormier – Three very distinct and gorgeous photos. I like the last one best. You decided your favorite.
Travel with Intent – Great bench shot with a twist. Debbie’s caption is Put Your Feet Up. Go find out the twist.
TravTrails – How much fun is the wooden soldier and little girl.
Sued51’s Blog – I adore this shot. Simply delightful. I also adore the blue.
Dear Bliary – All wired up and nowhere to go. Enjoy these photos.



‘Who is taller’? The toddler guesstimating the red wood soldier at entrance to the 1906 red brick Western Market (Des Voeux Road Central and Morrison Street junction), Sheung Wan, Hong Kong.

The Edwardian style Western Market, a former British Post Office converted into a showpiece market place in 1991, is a combination of classical facades and kitschy shops selling toys, crafts, jewelry on ground floor. The real treasure is on first floor…bales of satins, silks, sequins, laces…..fabrics to splurge on.

Astoria New York- the Suburban Essence ……Featured writer Indra Chopra of tells us of her visit to Astoria, New York
Posted by Featured Writer on Friday, July 18, 2014 · 2 Comments


Kiyomizu-dera Temple, Kyoto, Japan…..temple offerings
China….Pots and pans…containing gastronomic delights


Sausalito, California…..taffy temptations


Hung Hum, Kowloon, Hong Kong….the daily catch


MaverickBird ( nominated me for the Liebster Award. Thank you for the honor but as she writes it comes with a caveat.
The Liebster Award is a way for bloggers to shine a light on those lesser known blogs out there that they feel deserve a bit of the limelight. It’s also a way to connect with others in your genre and let them know you exist.
Here are the rules:

1. Thank the person that nominated you (and link back to their blog).

2. Answer 10 of their questions.

3. Nominate 10 blogs

4. Ask 10 of your own questions

5. Let your nominees know they have been nominated


Here it goes:

1. Why do you blog?
A tricky question and initial response will be …it gives me a high. On a serious note I want to share my experiences and knowledge of place visiting, its color and reason

2. What’s the essence of your blog, I mean what do you want to express through blogging?
Earlier it would be routine tourist stop. Now I want to feel the place, the why’s and what’s ( my newspaper instinct) and hope this seeps through my blog

3. What’s your travel style?
No backpacking for me. Not the best but medium and higher side of leisure travel.

4. Are you an adventurous foodie?
No. Prefer to try the tried.

5. How extreme travel style can you enjoy?
If I know where I am going and what I am doing then I do not mind traveling without reservations.

6. What would be your dream destination?
My dream destination was and still is Japan.

7. What would be your top 3 travel experiences?

1 First time asked to follow customs officer inside for questioning. This happened at Sanya Airport, China. They wanted to check on our laptop and Apple phones.
2. Learning that frankincense and Queen Sheba are for real….in Oman
3. The glaciers of Columbia Icefields, Alberta Canada

8. If money had no restraint, where, how and for how long would you travel?
364 days

9. What’s your travel music?
Prefer reading

10. What does traveling give you?
A sense of belonging

10 Questions to ask of nominated bloggers
1. Blog is a link or mere words….
2. Blog Challenges help or distract from purpose of blog.
3. Should travel blogs should be more of ‘I’ or the ‘place’.
4. Pictures add to visual presence…..
5. How would you rate your blog
6. Repeating a Daily Post question …is blogging addictive?
7 Or is it a pleasure?
8 Do you present a place as you see it or embellish it?
9. Travel writing and blogging is getting competitive…
10. Should you target a specific audience or generalize

My nominated bloggers are: this is the tricky part. I can nominate twenty but have seven at present.
Where is my backpack
kiwi soar
janaline’s world journey
wandering iris
wordbeads (not a travel blog)

The test from my side is that the bloggers will see their name instead of my writing to them individually. Hope I am excused this once.