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Awards: New & Old

It has been some time since I have been nominated for an award and as I thought about it not soon after I was nominated by TVOR for the Versatile Blogger Award. I got it an early Monday morning as I was running off to work and meant to post and pay it forward that weekend. That was October! Oops. Well it was somewhat forgotten until today when Free But Fun nominated me for an ABC Award. Then the gasp of air came as I went oh no I STILL haven’t posted on the one from a few weeks back. After searching my comments sections I luckily found it with ease. With 185 pages or more of comments it could have turned into a needle in haystack moment.

I love getting awards and I am always honoured that someone has picked lil’ ole me for such things. The hard part comes next when you have to nominate others. Who should I pick? I hate to offend and miss someone or leave someone out.  I haven’t been a good blogger of late and reading and visiting as much as I would like. It seems work keeps getting busier and I barely have time to post let alone visit. My posts have also been bland and only photo challenges of late. With little time to explore the city and less time to post I have lost some of my creative flair and juices. Please forgive.  *Sigh* so here it goes… my nominations.

1. Patchwork Ponderings – a little of this and that. A true patchwork of wonderful photos, musings and inspiration

2. Free But Fun – a new blog that found me and nominated me for the ABC Award. She posts on things that are free but fun to do 🙂

3. Ninna – another blog that found me… I have seen some wonderful pictures on her blog.

4. Jennifer – Another expat Canadian living in Italy. She has a variety of things to show us in Sardinia including some awesome photos and travel information.

5. First and Fabulous – I always enjoy stopping by and checking out her cool photos for the photo challenges.

6. Practicing Simplicity – recently she has moved to Nepal and has shown us some great views and examples of life there.

7. Lucid Gypsy – great photos and some poetry too.

The rules ask for 8 and 15 nominations, but I feel putting a number on how many only adds to the pressure, so nominate as many as you wish. More or less -you decide.

For the Versatile Blogger Awards versatile-blogger

  • Display the Award on your Blog.
  • Announce your win with a post and thank the Blogger who nominated you.
  • Present 15 deserving Bloggers with the Award. (as above nominate as many as you wish)
  • Link your nominees in the post and let them know of their nomination with a comment.
  • Post 7 interesting things about yourself.

Canadian Travel Bugs

1. I love photography and will spend most of my holiday taking hundreds of photos.

2. I wish I could come up with a grand idea and write children’s books for a living.

3. I have travelled more than anyone in my family combined!

4. I got 100% on a university exam!

5. We are going to Cambodia to see the temples of Angkor Watt this Christmas.

6. I have over 5000 emails in my work email (mainly because you never know when you may need to go back and use it for something… which I have many times).

7. I have been in China nearly 4 years and know little of the language, although I can read pinyin (English form of the language using the western alphabet). However, I don’t know what I am reading!

For the ABC Awardabc-award-175-jpeg

  • Add the ABC logo to your new blog post. 
  • ABC about yourself using one word or phrase.
  • Nominate however many blogs you wish.
  • Let the recipient know via a link in their comments. 
  • Thank the person who nominated you and link to this blog post.

I was nominated for the ABC award March 2012 and I like my Abc’s so I will post them again. I have changed and updated a few though…

My ABC’s:

A. Ancient Architecture & Australia
B. Brilliant Barcelona & Beijing
C. Crazy Canadians – Canadian Travel Bugs
D. Delicious Dumplings
E. Excited & Honoured to be Selected for ABC
F. Frequent Fireworks
G. Great Wall & Gelato
H. Hustle and Bustle of Hong Kong
I. Interesting Italy & I with iPad will travel
J. John, my husband
K. Kindle or not to Kindle?
L. Loves to Travel
M. Mayan Ruins in Mexico
N. Natural Niagara Falls
O. Outside Ontario
P. Phabulous Philippines – Coco Beach
Q. Quick & Quirky Wit
R. Ruins in Rome
S. Sassy & Sensational Shanghai – my new home
T. Teaching & Trailing Spouse
U. Unique travel experiences
V. Vivid & Vivacious Varadero, Cuba; Vibrant Vietnam
W. Wish to Travel More
X. Xi’an & (e)Xpat abroad
Z. Zany Zebras to see one day

Thanks again ladies for the nominations. Be sure to check out some of these blogs. I am sure you won’t be disappointed.

Stay Tuned…

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2012 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 6,200 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 10 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

2012 was a great year at CTB. Thanks to Jennifer over at my  Sardinian Life finding me and connecting me to many other wonderful bloggers out there in cyberspace.  I started joining in the photo challenges sharing my love of photography in a way I never thought possible. Blogging became a hobby, an outlet and hopefully improved  my writing over time.  My blog started out as a way to share our daily experiences with friends and family and in 2012 I was able to connect with  many new online friends and share with more than 80 countries around the world. A big thank you to all of you out there because without your support I may not have reached these heights.

What will 2013 bring? Well I hope to continue my weekly musings and joining in the weekly photo challenges, but with new restrictions on the Internet in China my fate is unknown. Just this past week the BBC posted an article on China’s mistrust of the Internet with the new government. The firewalls are tightening up and access to blog sites and allowing residents of China to access certain websites is becoming more and more difficult.  My view on China has always been a positive one and sharing customs and insight to my readers that they may not other wise experience. Let us keep our collective fingers crossed that CTB doesn’t go into darkness. I will keep posting weekly as long as I can.

Happy New Year. All the best for 2013…and happy blogging 🙂

Stay tuned… There are lots more stories to be told 🙂

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Beautiful Blogger Award

This is long over due… but work kinda got in the way. Summer is almost here (or weather wise it IS here in Shanghai -hot, humid and poor air quality) and things should be winding down. For a teacher it is the last-minute assessments, paper work and report cards that fill our days, nights and pretty well every waking moment as we dream of summer vacation and see the end on the other side of the mountain of paperwork. I didn’t want to give up blogging, so I continued to participate, but didn’t have the time to sit and think about who to nominate for the Beautiful Blogger Award. Before I procrastinate any longer or another job gets in the way I want to thank Gerry over at Gerry’s Space for the nomination. My award case is filling up nicely. I am always so thrilled that someone takes the time to stop by and read my ramblings and then for someone to nominate me and say well done… well that just is the icing on the cake! It feels great and we are never too old for praise and recognition.

So a big THANKS to Gerry’s Space for following along, reading, liking and now nominating me. Again sorry it took so long to post. Check out Gerry’s blog at this link and see what he is up to. He just reached his 100th post milestone!

With each award comes some rules and this one is easy…

1. Thank the person who nominated you (Thanks again Gerry)

2. Post the award on your blog (see above)

3. Nominate 7 (or less) blogs…

I have a handful I follow and others I stop by and read on occasion. It is hard to pick some and not the same ones I have previously, so this is the hardest part because of course everyone is worthy. I would like to say thanks to all my followers, people who stop and visit and those take the time to like and comment. It is all appreciated and gives me a new place to explore, visit and learn. However I cannot nominate you all so this time I think I will nominate a few new ones I have recently found and share them. As Wanderlust says we should always “widen our circle of [ blog ] friends”.

Most of the blogs I have been reading lately all come through one of the two photo challenges that I follow and participate in. One from Word Press, the weekly photo challenge, and the other from Ailsa over at Where’s My Backpack who started the weekly travel themed photo challenge when the WP was a few days late. I love the photos, words, ideas and inspirations that all these blogs give me. They are all lovely and their kind words and encouragement have been much appreciated.

Without further ado….Drum roll please…. the nominations are:

1. Where’s My Backpack


3. Convergent Journey

4. Chronicals of Illusions (Jo Bryant)

5. Project Magellan

6. Global Anni

7. The Great Escape

Take the time to check these out! They all have incredible photos and I hope you enjoy them as much as I. Sit back and become an arm-chair traveller as you explore the world through their lens.

Stay tuned for more later this weekend…

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