Huge thanks to Brian of hawaiianbrian.com for nominating me for the Versatile Blogger Award! Head over to Brian’s blog to read awesome travel stories and tips as he strives to maximize his time and money without sacrificing experiences.
Fret not if this does not sound familiar to you at all. The Versatile Blogger Award is not really an award as we commonly know it. Similar to other blogger awards, this award is a fun way to recognize the efforts of fellow budding bloggers and to get to know them better. Another unique point of these awards is that you have to be nominated for it by another blogger who has received the award, and who thinks the nominee meets the qualities set out by the Versatile Blogger Award.
- Thank the person who gave you this award.
- Include a link to their blog.
- Next, select 15 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly.
- Nominate those 15 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award — you might include a link to this site.
- Finally, tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself.
7 Facts about me (Aaron)!
1. I’ve lived for half a year each in Milan (Italy) and Kaohsiung (Taiwan)
This was during my undergraduate years, where I first started traveling alone and where I got hooked on exploring places and spaces.
2. I don’t plan out the details of my trips far in advance
While I take a long time to decide on my trips, I usually get down to the details a weeks or 2 before setting off. My Singapore to Moscow trip was slightly more extreme though. I had more time then and so left Singapore without a return date or ticket, with only a rough plan for the next 2-3 days.
3. I like camping, but not so much into camping
Which was why I thought the Kungsleden was perfect, a multi day hike into the wilderness, with a warm room and bed every night.
4. I work in the field of data analytics
It was really a chance opportunity, as this was not something I studied in university. 3 things I enjoy – problem solving, tech, and business – met nicely in this sweet spot, and I couldn’t give up the chance to get involved in this budding field. Read more about it in my other blog here (tech.aaronteoh.com)!
5. I prefer to work at night – late at night
Back from the time before college, I found my most productive hours to be the time after everyone else has gone to sleep. Maybe even more so today in the office, where later hours (not necessarily late at night) would mean less distractions from work. And now with the blog, where it would not be practical for me to work on it in the day.
6. I drink coffee every day
Maybe because of the previous point. Although my time in Italy gave me an appreciation of coffee, raw and untainted, the past few years of neglecting what coffee I’m drinking has resulted in me not being able to tell the difference anymore.
7. I love playing the guitar
Casually since 2005. I did some performances in junior college/ undergrad with friends, which was fun but looking back it was kinda bad. Nowadays I just mess around with whichever guitar is within reach when some tunes float through my head. I’ve now an acoustic guitar from Maestro, a Singaporean brand, and a 60th anniversary made in Mexico Fender Stratocaster. I really love the Strat (my first love, way before I knew what was backpacking or blogging), though I use it far lesser these days. It’s seen more action than the other guitar and had more memories, but unfortunately, more beat up too.
One last thing …
If you’ve noticed, there’s one more thing missing here from the requirements. Nominations! I’m a little slow with this but still searching for potential nominations. If you’ve been blogging for a short while now and will like a consideration, hit me up at aaron[at]aaronteoh[dot]com and I’ll drop by your site! Hope to fill this section up soon 🙂
Cheers and thanks for reading. Any point you found interesting? Or too mundane? Let me know in the comments below!