Only 5? But no one online knows anything about me. And that's how I like it. ;) So I'll keep this confined to the themes of my blog -- eating, cooking, crafting, gardening, and a little bit of traveling.
1. I chose the name Wandering Chopsticks because I was thinking of something along the lines of traveling and eating.
Wandering Chopsticks is also a translation of the Japanese word mayoi-bashi, which is frowned upon by many Asians because it is considered rude to let your chopsticks hover over the dinner table while you decide what to eat. My momma taught me to eat what's in front of me, and to never appear to choose the best morsels for myself.
Wandering Chopsticks is also the title of an episode of a 1990s Japanese series called Baian the Assassin, Vol. 3: Wandering Chopsticks/Early Summer Rain.
The very hunky Ken Watanabe stars as Baian, popular acupuncturist by day, professional assassin of villains at night. Hehe, and no, I didn't know about the Watanabe connection until after I had already chosen my alter-ego.
2. So about the "wandering" part. How much traveling have I done? I've hit about 30 of the states. About two dozen countries (some were repeat visits), mainly all over Europe. And also three trips to Vietnam, Australia, and a weekend in Angkor Wat, Cambodia.
4. I crocheted beanie hats and scarves for a little orphan statue in Stockholm.
This is the 5-inch tall "ironboy" statue in Stockholm. I named him OG, Oliver Gustav -- Oliver since he's supposed to represent all orphans, and Gustav because he resides in the courtyard of a Finnish church beside the king's palace, and many of the Swedish kings were named Gustav.
5. If you ever meet me in real life, I'll tell you the story of how I got to Sweden in the first place. The story involves a man I had only met twice, a fortune teller who said he was supposed to be my husband and correctly predicted his height and age, and a crazy connection to my hometown in Vietnam.I fell in love, and hard ...
... for Stockholm.I fell in love with Stockholm's 14 islands connected by more than 50 bridges, a Medieval city plan with cobblestoned streets, cloudberry and lingonberry ice cream on freshly made waffle cones, ancient runes built into houses, an H&M around every corner, and funny-shaped hot dogs.
This was my first glimpse of the city.
On the left, Stadshuset (City Hall). The Nobel prizes for physics, chemistry, economy, physiology or medicine, and literature are awarded here each year on December 10th, Alfred Nobel's death date. The Nobel Peace Prize, however, is awarded in Oslo, Norway. The reason is because at the time Nobel wrote his will, both countries were united.
September 7, 2008 Update: For a more thorough tour of Stockholm, and the rest of this story, read my "Meet-Cute Stockholm - Sweden" post.
So now that I've revealed five things about me, I'd like to tag some bloggers that I want to find out a little more about. So you're it!
1. Chubbypanda of The Epicurious Wanderer
2. Elmo of Monster Munching
3. Kirk of Mmm-yoso
4. Susan of Food Blogga
5. Christine from Christine|enitsirhC
OK guys, spill the dirt!