Link love (Powered by cereal and tamarind water)

nzmuse link love roundup

Inspired by Save Spend Splurge, let’s get to know each other a little better. Answer in the comments or on your blogs! Or if you just don’t care (wave your hands in the air), scroll down to get to this week’s links, of which there are plenty to get your teeth into.

1. If you could change something about yourself, what it be and why?

I would like to be less socially awkward and more verbally articulate. I’m okay with it and accept it, but it would make life and work SO much easier if I weren’t. .

2. What’s the farthest you’ve been from home?

I think Edinburgh is the furthest from Auckland we’ve been. Either that or maybe Iceland.

3. What is your motto?

Everything works out … eventually

4. What are your hobbies?

Food, travel, books, writing.

5. What is your favourite ice cream flavour?

IMPOSSIBLE to answer.

The answer would be different every day.

Right now I could go for a bit of salted caramel…

6. What two things could you not do when you were a child, but you can do now?

Stand up to my parents / stay up late at night to read.

7. If you could travel anywhere in the world – where would you go and why?

Still on my bucket list are parts of Australia’s east coast, the Pacific Northwest, Galapagos, St Petersburg, Spain, Portugal, Japan, Hong Kong, Mexico … Right now I’d probably pick Russia, since it’s the most difficult to get to.

8. Have you ever met a famous person?

Erm … the most famous is probably Alec Ross (who worked with Clinton and Obama).

9. What is your least favourite thing about yourself?

Hmm. Probably my general lack of energy (I’m not the kind of person who can handle taking on a whole lot, and I need a TON of sleep).

10. One word that describes you?


11. If you were a crayon, what colour would you be & why?

Red – my favourite colour.

12. What is the weather like right now where you are?

Rather lovely. Early-mid 20s and sunny.

13. How tall are you?

I think I’m about 5’5. Maybe 5’6.

14. When you were little – what did you want to do “when you grew up?”

Psychologist. (Also, rock star.)

15. Toilet paper. Roll with paper coming off the top or bottom?

Over the top.

16. Favourite sport you like to watch or participate in? 

What are these sports you speak of?!

I hate watching sports. As for playing … I guess running doesn’t count? Either touch rugby or tennis.

17. What kind of food do you prefer eating when you are out?

Malaysian, Mexican, or Italian.

18. Last movie you watched?

Cloud Atlas.

19. Would you like to be famous?

I wouldn’t mind people knowing me by name, but by face? I wouldn’t want to be celebrity famous, that’s for sure.

20. What book are you reading?

I just finished How To Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe and An Abundance of Katherines. Both recommended!

21. If you had $5 million to spend in 5 days, but with the clause you could not spend any of it on yourself or your family, what would you do with it?

I’d seek out causes that are important to me – around women, new migrants, hunger/poverty, disadvantaged youth. The older I get, the more I realise this is something I care about – I didn’t have a perfect childhood and I haven’t had all the advantages in the world, but I definitely had a lot more than some.

22. If you knew that you could try any kind of work/employment and that you would not fail, what would you attempt doing?

I’d still write, but I’d want to try writing in different formats. Being able to call myself a novelist would be rad (though of course I’d need an idea first…) And I think I’d like to write songs;  I consider good songwriting an art. I haven’t done it for years and while it no longer interests me, in this hypothetical scenario why not go back to it, especially if I knew I was going to be successful? (This inspired me to go dig out my old scribblings, actually. Am posting them to Tumblr for posterity; head over if you wish to have a giggle at my adolescent angst.)

This week’s links


Sneaky travel fees you’ve probably paid at some point

The Asian Pear pays a visit to New York

Amanda details the language of food in China

Daisy explains how moving away from home changed her life and so does Jessica, taking a different tack and discussing both the positives and the downsides


Funny About Money is undergoing some creative angst

Via Life After College, how to earn the  respect of your new boss

Gen Y Girl lists five ways to fall in love with your job again

Leslie Beslie recounts her time as a factory worker

Anyone else (for no real reason) always get nervous when their boss wants to have a chat?

The three conundrums of doing what you love

On Buzzfeed – can the intern hamster wheel be stopped? (I am personally doubtful.  I’m currently working on a feature about the pervasive culture of working for free in the creative industries which isn’t giving me much hope…)


Should you take big risks in your 20s or focus on saving?

Apparently the living wage in Auckland is now calculated at $18.80. At this rate it won’t be long before that completely catches up to me :X


What it means to be a woman today (hint, it’s complicated)

Nicole lays out the truth about living healthy

The fallacy of unconditional love

And the key ingredient to deeper relationships


15 thoughts on “Link love (Powered by cereal and tamarind water)

  • Reply save. spend. splurge. February 22, 2014 at 10:17

    I’m glad you got inspired. I love reading more about friends.

    Food as a hobby. Mmmm. 🙂

    As for standing up to your parents, I’ve always been a bit of a pain in the butt (unwilling to accept things and stubborn as a child) so I’ve never had a problem with this. 😐 It’s one of my flaws, I think.

    Portugal, Spain, Japan and Hong Kong — I vote for all 4! If you go to Portugal, I suggest Lisbon (obviously) and Porto. For Spain, Barcelona would be my pick over Madrid, then Salamanca (this tiny quaint lovely town). Japan.. anywhere in Japan would be ideal for me too (it’s on my list), and Hong Kong obviously was one of my favourite cities to visit (I went twice), and you should drop by Macau for some Portuguese flair if you do go.

    You and I both love the same shade of red 😀

    • Reply eemusings February 22, 2014 at 12:04

      I’d like to visit Barcelone for sure, and do the Spanish version of the course we did in Germany (they’re all in country areas, I believe there’s even one in Salamanca – but they all leave from Madrid).

  • Reply Leslie Beslie February 22, 2014 at 10:37

    aaaaah, how much did you love “How To Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe”??? Now I want to go re-read it!

  • Reply The Asian Pear February 22, 2014 at 14:34

    I might have to do this too soon. (Also, I still want roti canai now. D’OH!)

  • Reply Funny about Money February 22, 2014 at 15:00

    An old meme but a grand one!

    🙂 Thanks for the link love!!

  • Reply Sheherazade February 22, 2014 at 15:00

    thanks for the reads!
    i have no idea how you find such interesting stuff!

  • Reply Mo' Money Mo' Houses February 22, 2014 at 16:13

    Thanks for the link love! And I’m totally writing a post answering those questions, so fun!

  • Reply Clarisse @ Make Money Your Way February 22, 2014 at 17:35

    My favorite motto is “This too shall pass”, if ever I have a problem I always think that it is only temporary and everything will be fine. And one of my favorite/dream country is Paris!!!

  • Reply Colleen Brynn February 22, 2014 at 17:59

    I love your answer to #1. I’m so with you on that.
    And yes to salted caramel ice cream. Like right now.

  • Reply Amanda @ Move Love Eat February 22, 2014 at 19:26

    I am with you on number 1, totally wish I was less socially awkward as well.

  • Reply Daisy @ Add Vodka February 23, 2014 at 04:48

    Thanks so much for the mention, E. Tamarind water? I am intrigued.

    • Reply eemusings February 23, 2014 at 10:05

      Part of a dish we had at an Indian restaurant this week! Surprisingly tasty.

  • Reply Steph (@ 20 Years Hence) February 23, 2014 at 16:31

    It’s posts like this that make me think we might be twins who were separated at birth—I would have answered about 90% of those questions the EXACT same way! 😀

  • Reply Getting to Know Me Just a Little Bit More | MoMoneyMoHouses February 24, 2014 at 23:01

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  • Reply Manda February 25, 2014 at 13:05

    Thank you for the link love! <3

    I hear you on wanting to visit Russia. I've wanted to go there since I was a little girl. I've always been fascinated by Russian history and the Russian ballet! I'd LOVE to do the Trans-Siberian railroad one day…

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