Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Geek Girls Gab with Foreign Geek
When I first looked at NaNa's blog the Foreign Geek, I KNEW she had to be featured here on the blog. Straight off it is visually appealing. Once you dive into her posts you get taken along for a Wonderlust-ful ride! I am super jealous of all she gets to see and do! Find out how she does it in our interview below!
All photos provided by NaNa.
The Nerdy Girlie: Let us get to know you! Can you give us a lil brief nerd history on you NaNa!
NaNa: I am NaNa. A culture-curious being, the way people live now and then fascinates me. Living outside of my comfort zone and learning new things excite me. I got this wanderlust gene from my parents; my dad loves history and architecture, and my mom, well she just loves to go out. I also like to explore local coffee shops, reading other people’s blog, long train rides, and to give long unnecessary speeches in front of my friends.
The Nerdy Girlie: Why The Foreign Geek and how did your blog come to be?
NaNa: I am a nomad at heart and been living an expat life for sometime when I started this blog. I love to travel and explore foreign places. Thus were the reasons behind the word Foreign. Geek on the other hand was how I identified myself for the longest time.
I wrote my first blog post on the day I took leave from work because I just couldn’t bare the thought of crunching numbers for another day. Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate my job, but at that time, my creative side was at the lowest point, which made me unhappy overall. So now, I go to work to pay my bills and I write to make me happier.
The Nerdy Girlie: What is it like solo traveling? I just recently "kinda" did one solo trip and it was exhilarating!
NaNa: Exhilarating is the exact word I would describe my first ever solo traveling. But, to be honest, I didn’t enjoy it as much as I thought I would. There were times I miss having my friends around (boohoo), especially the times when I couldn’t communicate due to the language barrier when I solo traveled to Beijing.
The best part was, having done it, it has made me more satisfied with my life, like it feels well rounded. There is definitely more solo traveling in the future for me, and maybe this time I will pick an English speaking country.
The Nerdy Girlie: Tell us about your favorite adventure thus far!
NaNa: This is hard. I honestly can’t. I love exploring quaint little villages in Southern France or the scenic train ride in New Zealand as much as lying on the beach on Phi Phi Island. Whenever I get to experience something new that enriched my life in one way or another, I consider it as my favorite.
The Nerdy Girlie: What is the nerdiest place you have visited?
NaNa: And this one is easy! The nerdiest place I have ever visited would be Japan. I saw a lot of people freely letting their geek flag fly everyday with varying types of nerdniess. They were wearing Victorian dresses, school uniforms; some even dressed up as comic characters. I could feel that they were proud of it. And don’t get me started with the gadgets and unique cafes all over Japan. Japanese celebrates the “weirdness” collective. Gosh, it’s like a dream society for me. I would move there in a heartbeat.
The Nerdy Girlie: Where are you looking forward to visiting in 2015?
NaNa: There are two major travels I am dreaming of this year. I want to go on a road trip in Australia and to witness the ball drop in the Time Square during the New Year’s Eve. I would love to squeeze in short vacation to the neighboring countries. I am not one to say no to any opportunity to pack my bag and explore the world.
The Nerdy Girlie: Where can we keep track of your travels?
NaNa: Please head over to my blog, Foreign Geek, where I write semi regularly on Tuesdays and Fridays, mostly about my travels and expat life in between. You can also catch me travel pictures on Instagram and other social media platforms. Whichever way you find me, do drop by and send me a Hi! I would love to get to know you and build virtual friendship.
Thank you NaNa for sharing your exciting adventures with us! I cannot wait to read your travels for this year! Make sure you head over to NaNa's blog the Foreign Geek and follow her lovely Instagram account, I did!