Thank You for the Stylish Blogger Award!

Ok, I’m blushing.

I am flattered to be the recipient of the Stylish Blogger Award…thanks goes out to Kat from The Bump and Hustle for sending this honour my way. Cheers, Kat!

This award requires me to list 10 things about myself (which I’ve kind of already done HERE, but this list will be different!). I loved reading 10 things about Kat – she is hilarious. you MUST go read her list if you’re looking for a laugh ;) Click HERE to read about how she used to pretend she was Mary Poppins as a kid and jump off the sofa with an umbrella (TOO CUTE!).

Well then…here we go:

1. I have a new-found hatred for bras.

Hot weather + Bra = Frustration (Image courtesy of

I recently moved to a tropical country for a year. I am living in Panama (read the post about my Panamanian rental home HERE) and it is hot. Very hot. As in, every day is nearly 31-35 degrees Celsius in the dry season. I have come to resent wearing bras – they make the stickiness so much worse. I purchased a healthy collection of Panamanian tube tops from the local mall and try to wear those sans bra whenever possible, and I’m much happier now (even if I do appear naked when I skype with my mother).

2. I really love soup. Nothing can stand in my way…not even hot weather.

I have always been a fan of soup – my favourite types of soup are creamy (though not as a result of cream…perhaps “blended” is the right term?) or absolutely brothy…but anything in between will do. I ate an astronomical amount of Pho soup in Vietnam (twice a day at least…) and I didn’t even care that the hot soup would cause me to sweat like I had just finished a rigorous session at the gym. And now, in Panama, I eat Sancocho, the national soup dish that is surprisingly similar to Pho but doesn’t have noodles, and people stare at me like I’m a freak show. That’s right, folks. It’s hot, so is my soup. I’m unique :)

The beads of sweat on my face are because of the heat...I hadn't even eaten the soup yet.

3. I never get my hair wet if I swim in a pool.

I know, I know. I’m one of those annoying people who never gets their hair wet when going in the pool. I’ve heard that one misses out on the refreshing experience that a pool has to offer if one does not fully submerge…but, I’m convinced that the pool water will make my hair feel like straw (and look like hay), and I’m vain about it. I have just as good of a time in the pool fluttering around like an old lady as you do jumping in like a 6 year old. It’s all good!

Me in the pool in Vang Viang, Laos. My hair is dry. Obviously.

4. I sometimes have a problem living “in the now”.

Ok..time to get serious…Part of the reason why I’m a travel-a-holic has to do with my inability to live “in the now”. I spend a lot of my energy looking forward to future trips or fantasizing about what the next adventure could be, and sometimes this unhealthy obsession results in me totally forgetting that I am living my dream (in Panama). I am trying to take a step back, be grateful for what I have and be patient. I have to remind myself that another adventure will come my way…and if I spend too much time waiting for the NEXT best thing, I will miss out on the fabulous experiences I’m having RIGHT NOW.

Living "in the now" is sometimes hard for me to do...but I'm working on it!

5.  I want to live in every country.

I have this intense desire to live in so many different countries for an extended period of time. I  want first-hand knowledge of what it’s like to be a civilian in so many different places. It’s a bit of a curse, but I also like to think of it as an unquenchable thirst for knowledge.

A view of Casco Viejo, my favourite historical district in Panama (the country I'm currently living in).

6. I used to have a lisp.

As a very young girl, I had a bit of a hard time pronouncing words that start with “s”. I don’t remember much of this, except that I recall an instance when my mother was holding a large stuffed toy snake (the kind that you win at the fair) and kept repeating “..SSSnakeSSSnake” to me. I remember repeating her exact pronunciation, but apparently, I was saying “TTTHNAKE”. Beats me. As far as I know, it could all be a lie ;) I like to pretend I sounded equally as cute as Sally, the daughter in Madmen.

7. I hate the smell of sweet popcorn.

So many movie theatres in Asia and Latin America offer sweet caramel popcorn instead of salted popcorn (or sometimes in addition to). I despise the odour of sweet popcorn. It makes my stomach turn and I have to stand around, plugging my nose in the line up to prevent major gagging.

I have an acute sense of smell.

8. I have a love-hate relationship with botanical-themed art.

As an artist with a background in painting and drawing, I can appreciate a piece of art for the skill that the artist demonstrates, even if I don’t like the subject matter, and in most cases, I “like” drawings of flowers, seashells, plants, etc… but I would rather slap myself in the face than hang a painting of a “pretty flower”.

9. I change into comfy (read: ugly) clothes the minute I walk into the house at superhuman speed.

I dislike being in my own home while dressed up – not only do I feel as though fancy clothes should be preserved for special occasions (so they don’t get dirty!) but I also want to be free to cross my legs, sprawl out on the sofa and just be comfortable. Unfortunately for my significant other, this requires me to wear a gamut of grubby, unattractive, baggy clothing. Some girls are glamorous all the time. I’m not…and I’m ok with that!

Hanging on the front porch with a glass of Panamanian beer, a hookah pipe and my comfy clothes (also note the tube top spoken as mentioned in #1).

10. I’ve experienced what it feels like to have a dream come true on a few occasions now, and I’m very grateful for that.

During my first year of university, I took a class called “The Art of Asia” and was introduced to the Angkor temples in Cambodia. I was mesmerized by their grandeur and made a mental note to one day venture to Cambodia and visit them in person. Five years later, I decided to embark on a Southeast Asian backpacking tour and made sure to visit the Angkor temples. While I was standing in front of Angkor Wat watching a stunning sunrise, I was overcome with a surreal amount of gratitude and disbelief. (Here comes a ridiculous confession…) Before this experience, it had never really occurred to me that I could achieve goals that were not related to school or career. I’ve been very lucky to see many of my personal dreams come into fruition, and have been reckless with the amount of goals I have set for the future as a result.

Standing in front of Angkor Wat at sunrise. A special moment and a dream come true.

Once again, I hope this post was somewhat enjoyable for you. I struggled to write it, but it was indeed a fun exercise :) And now, I’d like to pass the torch onto these 7 fabulously stylish bloggers:

1. Frangipani Decor

2. Small Space Style

3. Maureen at MODECOR Muses

4. Life Begins At Thirty, Right?

5. Michaela Noelle

6. The Adventures of Skinny Mini Kiki

7. First Time Fancy

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  1. Congrats friend! A well deserved award for you hard work, and “good eye”!

    I totally agree with number 7! Get me in those lulu’s and baggy clothes. Tight, “sausage casing” leggings are only for public! haha.

    #3….get that hair wet silly. Trust me…it’s all about a good Omega 3 oil in the body! :)

    #5….can I come visit every time?

    And I LOVE the pic of you on the magic carpet! Just divine!

  2. Thanks, Friend :) Glad you were entertained!

  3. Congrats on the award, you deserve it! This was fun to read! It was nice to get to know you a bit more! I was told by someone I am interviewing that I didnt have anything about ME out there. I will have to change that. Maybe I will use this format. I like how you have set many dreams and big dreams! It is inspiring to know that you are seeing them happen. And that you are sharing them with us. #4 im sorry that just looks like sand everywhere it shouldnt be!And get your hair wet! Straw hair goes with baggy grungy clothes really well! haha! :)

  4. Denise Ponte |

    great job… This makes me miss you more though.

  5. Glad you enjoyed this, Ron :) It was fun to write, though pretty difficult to come up with 10 things. Give it a try, I’d love to read 10 things about you!

  6. aww, thanks Denise :) Miss you guys too..we’ll see you in a few months!!

  7. As usual, I love reading these posts. And I was laughing through a lot of it! I have to say I share something in common with you about the comfy clothes thing. I detest wearing jeans in my house!

  8. Shannon, we are not the only ones! LOL So many ladies have expressed the same feelings towards wearing “fancy” clothes inside :) Thanks so much for reading and commenting!

  9. I LOVED reading about you Tania! I’m in the same boat with the wet hair in the pool… and my parents have a pool. It drives people crazy when I go over and wade around in the shallow end. But such is life!!

    As well.. I so want to live in every country. I’m still trying to sell Brett on going to the UK for a year before the baby is old enough to go to school!

    Thanks for passing on the award! xx

  10. Thanks for reading, Kerry :) Us dry-hair-in-the-pool girls have to stick together (we are few and far between). It was my pleasure to pass the award onto you. Looking forward to reading about you!

  11. Congratulations Tania! Stylish & blogger you are. : ) I envy all your traveling. It is really a dream for me. There is one thing you share with my daughter: she also tries desperately to swim without dunking her head in the water. hehe. I loved reading more about you.. and I thank you for nominating me for the stylish blogger award as well!

  12. Anytime, Chantale! Thanks for commenting. I’m sure you have some fun facts to share about yourself. Can’t wait ;) In case I’m on the road when you post it, send me a tweet so I can be sure to check it out from an internet cafe!

  13. Such a great post Tania, love hearing fun quirky things about my blogger friends! So happy you are working at living in the moment, as you learn how to do that please give me some tips – I am always focused on the big picture and don’t “enjoy the journey” as they say. Congrats on the award, well deserved my friend!
    Love “Thtaci” ;)

  14. Thanks, Staci :) It’s hard to focus on the journey sometimes…let me know if you ever need a reminder to take a breath and “live in the moment”. I will give you a good shake, but only if you promise to do the same for me. ha!

  15. Oohh nice insight!! I love the acute sense of smell bit – I have something similar :-)

    Thanks for the award! Much appreciated lady!

  16. Well-deserved, Janice :) Thanks for reading and commenting!

  17. you are definitely stylish…smart, funny and uber-talented. Love your profile…I can relate to the comfy clothes syndrome.

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