Thank you DCEM for my Liebster Award 🙂 All the way from Mongolia!
It was a most unexpected blog hug and the first I’ve received since starting this blog in 2009.
My answers to your questions below.
What started this project?
My often excessive durian consumption and the thought that so many more people could come to appreciate this wonderful fruit… if only they knew more about it and where to buy it. There is no other fruit which can create such an emotional connection (addiction) to its consumer.
What’s your favorite part of blogging?
It takes me and my family on adventures that we might never otherwise embark on.
What have you learned along the way, and would you give this advice to others?
Use your blog to make friends. Both online and offline. People love to see themselves featured, so use this to extract the best from them. Yes.
Do you have a particular audience in mind?
Durian fanatics, babies, those interested in this exotic fruit and people trying to find the elusive good stuff. All must have a good sense of humor.
How do you use structure in your blogging – a set of guidelines for posting, or as things arise?
No prescribed structure, free flow conversation and sometimes breaking
wind oops, durian news.
What particular image or memory best captures the spirit of your blog?
The fragrant aroma of a ripe Malaysian Mao Shan Wang and the sensation of its silky, pliant and warm flesh on my fingers. Then licking them clean but never quite getting rid of the scent which is transferred in every fingerprint.
If you could go anywhere in the world and share the experience through the blog, where would it be?
Hmm. This is a tough one. Durian hunting around the world- Hawaii, Sri Lanka, All of South America. To see if any of these places have durian species which might usurp Malaysia’s mighty position (or require an introduction to this delicacy).
Whom from your past would you go back to and thank?
Past, present and future – Mum and Dad. They still buy durian and put it in the freezer for me now. Yuuummmmm…
What about you might we not know from reading your blog?
I eat other fruits too. My favorite apples are sold under the label envy and jazz. I don’t like grapes with seeds because I have to eat them without the skin, so this becomes a very involved and untidy process.
What makes you feel better after a hard day?
Hugs, smiles and hot double boiled soup with vegetables. If it happens to end with a cream bath, massage, and blow-dry; that will do too. (DCEM, you are invited to join me for the latter)
Do you have an end in mind for your blog?
I can’t fathom the day when there are no longer any durians in the world. Or if I develop some sort of unfortunate durian allergy. NOOooooooo……
My nominees for the Liebster award go to:
Pepper has lived in more places than me and her blog is a nice snapshot of cross-cultural east-west living. She is busy with a permanent new project but I hope she will find the time to continue blogging.
CAHK is an honest, fun blog about restaurants and general eating by a Malaysian living in HK and traveling to and fro. It also covers fairly exotic foods that CAHK dares to try which I find interesting. I can relate to both these aspects.
MTP is an Indonesian food blogger student who is enjoying life in several countries. She’s a food and agricultural food scientist and it’s interesting to follow her life experiences. Nice pictures and well presented.
If you ever wondered what Fruitarians do in their spare time, check out this blog. It’s hard to believe that there is a convention on the subject, but if you want to be in the know, that’s where you’ll have to go. I think tickets are still available, July 17th -20th if you happen to be in Scandinavia for the summer.
My 11 questions to them should they care to share are as follow:
What is your favorite fruit?
What is your favorite food?
What is your favorite drink?
What would you cook if a friend (eg. me ha ha!) was coming over for dinner?
What website(s) do you visit most often?
How did you choose the name for your blog?
What/Who inspired you to start and keep writing?
How many countries have you been to/ lived in in your lifetime?
How many more (which ones) do you intend to visit in the next 2 years and why?
What was the biggest life changing thing/event that happened to/ for you thus far?
What was the craziest thing you did with a friend/ family member recently?