Sunshine Blogger Award Nomination No.5

Happy to be nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award, which is my 5th nomination for this award!

Mohamad from Martial Path nominated Image Earth Travel for the Sunshine Blogger Award. So, thank you, Mohamad – much appreciated!

Check out Mohamad’s passion for Martial Arts in his Martial Path blog and also everything you need to know about Bruce Lee.

Sunshine Blogger Award

What is the Sunshine Blogger Award?

The Blogosphere community holds several awards that bloggers use to nominate a blog. The Sunshine Blogger Award displays an appreciation for a blog’s creativeness, inspiration, or motivational content.

The Sunshine Blogger Award also helps other bloggers receive recognition and free exposure for their blogs, so why not participate if you’re nominated?

Award’s Rules

There are some basic rules to follow for the Sunshine Blogger Award if you decide to participate:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and link to their blog so everyone can visit.
  • Answer the 11 questions asked by the blogger who nominated you.
  • Nominate 11 other bloggers and ask 11 new questions.
  • Notify the nominees by commenting on their blog post.
  • List the rules and display the award’s logo on your blog post.

Martial Path’s questions

1. Do you think that aliens exist?

Yes. Too much information collected over the decades suggests that extraterrestrials exist.

Why should earthlings be so arrogant as to think we’re the only living beings in the universe?

2. Do you believe in ghosts and paranormal stuff?

I’m really not sure as I’ve had a few odd instances.

My grandmother died when I was young. I was close to her and almost immediately after her death, I experienced something bizarre.

I was lying in bed wide awake as couldn’t get to sleep. A form of my grandmother appeared from nowhere against the wall. The light was off but I could see her as clear as day. My grandmother smiled and waved at me before fading away. Sitting upright in my bed, I couldn’t believe what just occurred. Ghost or paranormal?

On another occasion, which I talked about in my Sunshine Blogger Award No. 3 nomination regarding haunted houses.

Not long after my mother passed away from a long illness, I stayed alone for a weekend in the family home, sorting out her belongings.

Butterfly, Mae Salong, Thailand, SE Asia

Laying in bed wide awake, I feel a gentle stroke across one side of my face. It’s so gentle that I think I’m imaging it at first.

No windows are open. The bedroom door is closed so it can’t be a draft. Eyes wide open.

After a few seconds, I feel another gentle stroke across the same side of my face. I get up and turn the light on, but there’s no one in the room. I’m the only one in the house, or am I? Am I imagining this?

Guess you need to understand the full story.

My mother and I used to fiercely debate life after death, even more so during her illness. I don’t believe in life after death but my mother did. Both head-strong women, she threw down the gauntlet one day.

Challenging my belief, she adamantly warned: “right, when I die, I’m going to prove to you that there is a life after death.”

This wasn’t the only paranormal incident connected to my mother after her death.

3. What movie can you watch over and over and not get tired of?

Actually, there are quite a few. I don’t watch TV but do love a movie.

The Matrix’s concept about humanity’s entrapment in a simulated world is both fascinating and quite believable in the movie.

Matrix Theatrical Release Poster (Wikipedia)
Matrix Theatrical Release Poster (Wikipedia)

Forrest Gump is an uplifting movie although with tragic consequences. Tom Hanks is brilliant (as always) in this movie. Hanks is also amazing in The Green Mile. Based on Stephen King’s exceptional novel with the same title, this is another of my favourites.

Forrest Gump Theatrical Release Poster (Wikipedia)
Forrest Gump Theatrical Release Poster (Wikipedia)

4. If you could get a paid three-day break from the hustle and bustle of life, where would you spend your vacation?

On an island somewhere in the Whitsundays in far-north Queensland, Australia.

Sunset, Australia, Oceania

Stunning pure-white sandy beaches, impossibly crystal-blue warm waters, solitude, long walks, and delicious food. What more do you need for a quick getaway?

5. What “old person” things do you do?

I’m told that I talk to myself sometimes and that I don’t even know I’m doing it…is this an old person’s thing?

Can’t think of anymore right now, luckily. Maybe that’s a good thing or am I becoming forgetful? 😉

6. What’s the funniest joke you know by heart?

Can’t think of one at the moment as I’m terrible at telling jokes!

7. What’s the most ironic thing you have seen happen?

Torrential rain at the very first massive and world-famous Glastonbury Festival that I attended.

Accepted as a volunteer Fire Steward, we eagerly arrive in Reg (our 1997 Fiat Ducato motorhome), thankful that we’re not camping for the 4 days/nights in the muddy sludge.

After days of continual rain, the mud is so thick in places that my ankles are sucked in, nearly losing my Wellies a few times.

Glastonbury Festival, England, Europe
My feet during the whole for 4 days and nights!

The infamous reputation of bygone years of the festival’s muddy cesspit is a reality. And, continues for the duration of the festival, which spans over 1,000 acres and holds a capacity of 210,000 festival-goers.

Glastonbury Festival, England, Europe
Loads of mud!

As if the mud-fest isn’t enough to stop me from going another 2 years. You may also like to read the next Glastonbury Festival: Here comes the sun! and Glastonbury Festival: Sweltering in 2019!

8. What goal do you think humanity is not focused enough on achieving?

Peace and poverty.

Instead of concentrating on peace and global poverty, governments around the world are pumping more of peoples’ hard-earned money into warfare.

Don Kong Island, Si Phan Don, Laos, SE Asia
Don Kong Island, Si Phan Don, Laos

It’s a vicious cycle and money-churning machine, but only for a select few. Sorry, am I getting a little political here?

9. What’s your favourite video game?

I don’t have one as I haven’t played a video game. It doesn’t interest me really. I’m sure people out there think I’m sad, but I don’t care. 😉

Think I’m one of the very few people on earth that hasn’t played a video game.

10. What would you like to say to your younger self?

Travel even more.

You just never know what’s around the corner. Look at the world right now and how 2020 is panning out with COVID-19.

11. What is one thing that you love about yourself?


When it comes to travelling, I don’t think twice about taking off somewhere. You may think this is reckless but for me, I breath travelling.

Whether it’s backpacking…

Dong Hoi Station - Vietnam
Dong Hoi Station – Vietnam (Photo credit: Neil Lintern)

…by train…

Train, Yangon, Burma, Myanmar, SE Asia
Yangon, Myanmar

…by boat…

Dominican Republic, Caribbean, sailing
SV Reality anchored in the Dominican Republic

…local powered canoe…

On Ang Nam Ngum Reservoir, Laos, SE Asia
On Ang Nam Ngum Reservoir (1989) – scared faces when the boat hit a submerged tree trunk – doubt many could swim

…or any sort of transport.

Highway scene, Thak Kek, Laos, SE Asia
Hiring a scooter in Thak Kek, Laos

I really don’t mind. Even hitchhiking.

UNICEF truck, Laos, SE Asia
UNICEF truck (1989) – our 5-hour transport on top of those boxes, hanging onto ropes

Regardless of the weather.

Sa Pa, Vietnam, SE Asia
Rugged up in layers – village mud – it’s always damp and wet in Sa Pa, Vietnam (Photo credit: Neil Lintern)

My nominees

As I enjoy reading all of the following blogs, this list is in no particular order:

  1. Daneelyunus – information on education, health, tourism, and mobiles.
  2. Italy Photo Project – follow Martina’s journey through Italy taking, beautiful photos while living in Florence.
  3. She Quotes  – gorgeous words and emotions.
  4. Fun with philosophy – SaaniaSparkle is a 16-year-old that loves to discover her world.
  5. The Education Hub – check out Kamran’s excellent educational blog for advice and motivation.
  6. Campogeno – Geno’s blog is a man willing to share his diary.
  7. Something for all – an eclectic mix of thoughts and prose to change the world.
  8. MKFriction – for your daily inspirations.
  9. sheetalbravon – quirky thoughts on the ultimate question of life, the universe, and popcorn.
  10. The Eternal Traveller – Carol’s wonderful travel posts describe the beauty of Australia.
  11. Popsicle Society – Ribana hails from Romania, lives in Singapore, shares easy recipes, positivity, inspiration, and global travel stories.

My questions for nominees

These questions are mostly blog-centric as hoping this will help new bloggers with a little blogging insight.

  1. What makes your blog unique?
  2. Do you schedule posts in advance?
  3. What is your strategy to get more followers to your blog?
  4. What are the go-to blogs you must read each week and why?
  5. How long ago did you start your blog?
  6. Do you find the pop-up email sign-ups annoying?
  7. Do you write while you travel or wait until you return home?
  8. How many posts do you publish each week?
  9. Do you like posts with loads of photos or only a few?
  10. Is your blog self-hosted or on the platform and why?
  11. Care to share any advice for new or established bloggers?

Looking forward to reading your responses. Hope that you’re not too busy to join in this conversation. 🙂



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28 responses to “Sunshine Blogger Award Nomination No.5”

  1. Patty Avatar

    Oh dear, it’s a sign of getting/being old? I always use the excuse I’m talking to our dogs, haha

    1. Image Earth Travel Avatar

      Ha, ha, apparently it is Patty. I don’t have that excuse though… 😉
      Hope all is well with you.

      1. Patty Avatar

        Feeling hot hot hot, but in general okidoki. And you, still ‘stuck’ down under?

      2. Image Earth Travel Avatar

        Summer over there…
        Yes, still marooned here but not a bad place to be… 😉

  2. gillmorris Avatar

    Congrats Nilla! You deserve every award you receive. Your tales of ghostly occurences made me shiver! xx

    1. Image Earth Travel Avatar

      Thank you Gill.
      Yes, the ghostly tales made me shiver at the time also and so inexplicable! x

  3. Dolly Vas Avatar

    Congratulations nilla palmer. Your blog is really amazing. Photographs are unique and alive.i really feel awesome to visit your blog . Best blog of photographs. Thanks

    1. Image Earth Travel Avatar

      Thank you for your wonderful feedback Dolly!
      Your comment spurs me to publish even more on here… 🙂

  4. popsiclesociety Avatar

    Alone in the universe? definitely no…😉
    I love to travel too, each travel is such a wonderful life experience 😉
    Thank you very much for the nomination, very appreciated but I don’t take the awards anymore due to lack of time 🤪
    However, thank you again and I hope one day this world would have different goals including peace and poverty!

    1. Image Earth Travel Avatar

      Hi, no problem at all and thanks for taking the time to comment.
      These awards do take time but I like the fact that you get a little more insight on a nominee. 🙂

  5. the eternal traveller Avatar

    I’m not sure how you would have been able to fit in even more travel when you were younger. 🙂 Thanks for the nomination. I feel honoured to be in such company.

    1. Image Earth Travel Avatar

      Hi Carol, always room for a little more travel… 😉
      Love your blog and you’re relentless when it comes to publishing consistently!

      1. the eternal traveller Avatar

        Thank you. I’ll be back to one post a week now that Becky’s challenge is finished. Until she does the next one in October. 🙂

      2. Image Earth Travel Avatar

        You certainly kept up with the daily posts. I’m struggling with one per week.

  6. Poorwa Vishwakarma Avatar

    Congrats Nilla! You and your blog really deserves this award nomination. Good luck.

    1. Image Earth Travel Avatar

      Thank you Poorwa – very kind feedback. 🙂

    1. Image Earth Travel Avatar

      Thank you!

  7. Mohamad Toutounji Avatar

    Congrats Nilla
    Awesome answers
    And yes, i agree with you that Forrest Gump is a spectacular movie.
    I absolutely LOVE Tom Hanks

    1. Image Earth Travel Avatar

      Thanks for nominating me Mohamad – much appreciated!
      He’s an amazing actor and just seems to get better…

      1. Mohamad Toutounji Avatar

        You are most welcome Nilla
        Oh yes of course he is

      2. Image Earth Travel Avatar

        Thanks again

      3. Mohamad Toutounji Avatar

        Anytime 🌹🤗

  8. daneelyunus Avatar


    1. Image Earth Travel Avatar

      Thank you!

      1. daneelyunus Avatar

        Most welcome

  9. melaniemcross Avatar

    Love your advice to your younger self!

    1. Image Earth Travel Avatar

      Ha, ha, thought it was apt. 😉
      Thanks for taking the time to read and comment.

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