20(ish) Questions

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I’m taking a break from doing blog awards since they can be time-consuming.  Instead, when I’m nominated for awards I’ll answer the questions posed to me in this 20(ish) questions format.  I’ll also answer questions from assorted other question tags and the like.  Feel free to join in the fun with your own answers to any or all of the questions 🙂


A few questions from A Guy Called Bloke and K9 Doodlepip‘s Game On series – the philosophy of living life:

  • What is your take on ‘free will?’  We may have free will, but there’s a lot of free won’t floating around to get in the way.
  • We all ask ourselves at one time or another what is the point?  So what is the point to our existence?  There is no point.  Ah, the simplicity of being an atheist.
  • What is your belief on fate and Karma?  Lady karma got run over by a train a while back.
  • As a species, how do you think humans will become extinct or do you believe that we will not?  We’re killing off so many other species, I’m sure we’ll manage to kill ourselves off too.
  • What is your belief with regards the meaning of life?  It’s hidden inside a container of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream.
  • Ok, fess up, do you believe in aliens from outer space – is there really other life out there in the far reaching galaxies beyond our own?  It seems rather implausible that in this vast universe ours is the only planet with life.  But do those alien life forms know about us, and even if they do, do they give a shit about us?  Unlikely.
  • What doesn’t kill us – makes us stronger – yes or no? Explain.  Food poisoning doesn’t kill m (at least not yet).  It also doesn’t make me stronger.
  • If you could find out the exact time and cause of your death – would you want to know?  Nope.  Imagine all the time I’d end up spending on to do lists of shit to get done before dying.
  • Is it more important to help yourself, help your family, help your society, or help the world?  Well, no one else is going to help me if I don’t, so I’ll go with that.
  • What is the biggest waste of human potential?  Donald Trump.
  • Why do you think that as a species, humans need to believe in something? Be this religion, fate, karma, magical, mystique and so on.  Because it’s rather uninspiring to think that there’s no point to any of this.  Plus it can be a convenient cop-out to avoid facing up to one’s own bad behaviour.
  • If we could not retain any of our memories – who would we be?  We would be a bunch of people who didn’t pee in toilets because we wouldn’t remember what toilets are.
  • Time is such an important part of our world, but do you think you would notice if time was altered in any way?  Time is subjective anyway, and you throw in Einstein’s curvature of space time and then you’re all kinds of confused.
  • How important is play in living a healthy and fulfilling life?  I think the guinea pigs are a good model of healthy living, and they make plenty of time for play.
  • With no laws or rules to influence your behavior, how do you think you would behave?  I would wear pyjamas all the time.
  • Should euthanasia be legal? Why or why not?  Yes, I think people should have the right to die with dignity.  But this brings to mind the first time I heard the word euthanasia.  I was in high school at the time, and wondered what the big deal was about youth in Asia.


Questions from A Guy Called Bloke and K9 Doodlepip‘s Game On series – Adventures and Travels:

  • What is the last holiday you took?  I recently went to Italy.
  • What is your most favourite place in all of the world that you have seen?  I’ve been to so many amazing places I’m not sure how I would pick.
  • Do you think travelling enriches your life, your learning, your wisdom or it’s just time off?  I think travelling is amazing for promoting an open mind.  Seeing all of the different ways other people live is a great way to see how we’re so diverse, yet fundamentally we’re all the same.
  • Recently l read, and it’s not new about windowless aircraft which will be the future of air travel, what are your views on this?  I’m indifferent to windows.  What matters to me, being on the taller side, is leg room.  I’m that person who will beat on you through the back of your seat if you try to recline it and take away a few precious inches of my legroom.  Manspreading is also an issue.  On a recent flight I sat next to a dude whose knees and elbows were both venturing into my seat territory, and I was very unimpressed.
  • In your opinion what is a great quote that symbolises adventuring and travelling?  I had to do a Google search for this, and found a good one from the late Anthony Bourdain: “Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that’s okay. The journey changes you; it should change you. It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and on your body. You take something with you. Hopefully, you leave something good behind.”
  • What is a great song to get you in the mood for adventuring? [provide link please]  Down Under by Men at Work. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XfR9iY5y94s
  • When on holiday, travelling or adventuring – do you take books/kindle to read or simply rest on the knowledge that your time away is enough to provide all your stimulation anyway?  I used to take paper books and now I take my ereader.  It’s good for down-time like waiting at train stations.
  • Five best holidays you have had and list why?  They’ve all been good.  Definitely one of my faves was going on safari in Kenya and Tanzania and seeing all the wildlife.
  • Do you have a favourite blog that deals with adventuring or travelling that you read before you go?  Lonely Planet has always been my go-to for travel advice.
  • Are you a soloist traveller or prefer company?  Solo
  • What is the most significant lesson you have learned when adventuring?  That a little bit of impromptu sign language and a handful of super-basic English words pronounced in a local-style accent can go a long way in overcoming language barriers.
  • When in a new location, what are the first five things you check or do to ensure your adventure/holiday is successful?  First thing is figuring out the toilet situation.  You also have to figure out how to buy tickets for trains and various things – is this a rigid queue kind of place, or an elbows flying free for all?  You also have to watch how the locals cross the street.  Are traffic signals actually followed, or are they seen as more of a mild suggestion?
  • Are you a rigid planner for adventures, or just throw a few things into a bag and let the day take you wherever?  I plan.  That lets me be more efficient, which allows me to see/do more.
  • In your opinion what do you think is needed to make an adventure/holiday really successful?  A sense of curiosity.
  • Are you totally relaxed as in let your hair completely down, or hang on to a sense of reticence?  Being a solo traveller I’m cautious in some ways in order to stay safe, but otherwise I’m pretty relaxed.
  • How important is adventuring/holdaying away to you?  Very.
  • Are you completely and utterly true to your personality when ‘away’ or do you become someone else?  I’m more outgoing in general when I’m travelling.
  • You have been gifted a 42 day holiday of your dreams all expenses paid – where would you choose to go?  I’d really like to go to Tibet.


Come on, you know you want to answer a few – that’s what the comments section is for!


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9 thoughts on “20(ish) Questions

  1. sinnerz13 says:

    1 what’s the most dangerous situation you have ever been in?
    2 what’s your favourite culture?
    3 what do you dislike about your own culture?
    4 your favourite type of travel?
    5 do you feel understoid?
    6 how do you feel about your body?
    7 what is your favourite film?
    8 are you adventurous with food?
    9 have you ever hated a place and wanted to come home?
    10 are you bothered about others seeing you naked?
    11 Are you a good loser?
    12 what was the favourite time of your life?
    13 Do you have a close family connection
    14 can you speak another language?
    15 will Trump be in for another term?
    16 what are your thoughts on English people?
    17 was life better without mobile phones?
    18 what has been the biggest change in your life?
    19 is climate change real?
    20 why do you like answering questions?

  2. Meg says:

    Oh wow, I TOTALLY agree about people in front of you on the plane who recline their seats. What the freakin’ heck? I refused to recline mine out of courtesy for the person behind me. It was hard to believe that the people in front me didn’t share that value.

    And manspreading…? Should i look that one up? 😀 Sounds funny.

    I love your traveling quote! It’s a really, really good one!!

    • ashleyleia says:

      Yeah manspreading is definitely a thing. I guess technically it’s limited to men giving their reproductive bits some extra space, all too often there seems to be a broader attitude among men that they have a greater right to take up space than a woman does. (cue eye roll here)

  3. aguycalledbloke says:

    If we could not retain any of our memories – who would we be? We would be a bunch of people who didn’t pee in toilets because we wouldn’t remember what toilets are.

    Ha ha, loved all answers Ashley, this one made me laugh harder though 🙂

  4. Carol Anne says:

    If I was gifted a 42 day holiday, I would go to Canada! Or some part of the US I haven’t already been to, maybe California, or florida again ok I know I said somewhere I hadn’t been lol! 😛

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