Deaf, Deaf Arts, Performing Arts, Personal

Liebster Award


I have been nominated for Liebseter Award by Phoebe Tay of Every Words Counts.   She is passionate about writing, education and international development. She is embarking on a new chapter studying Master of International Development at Gallaudet University, which is a Deaf university in America.

THANK YOU to Phoebe for the nomination.

Prior to being nominated, I had no clue about the Liebster Award. After reading up about it in greater detail, I think it’s an excellent concept – new bloggers recommending other new bloggers. This can be effective in helping other bloggers amass an online network with other bloggers and motivate them to continue writing.

The rules of Liebster Award:

  • Thank the person who nominated you and link back up to his/her blog.
  • Answer the 10 questions which are given to you by the nominator.
  • Nominate other bloggers for the award.
  • Create 10 questions for your nominees to answer

Let the nominees know that they have been nominated by going to their blog and notifying them.

1. Share 2 insights that you have gleaned from your past travels. What did you learn? How did it impact you? 

1. Travelling on bus tour for 24 days

Recently, I went overseas for the 3rd time and I decided to travel on Topdeck Tour for 24 days around Europe as being the only deaf person with other hearing people. This experience has left me with a bitter taste as it was like a school bus, lack of knowledge about the places we were visiting and I would not recommend travelling for 24 days with every 2nd day on the bus and people whining all the time.   My advice is to use local tour with personal touch to the tour and good knowledge. Plan your trip well.

2. Travelling with hearing aids / cochlear implant

When I was travelling in America in 2012, whilst being in Chicago, I had to take my hearing off before running to a cab. Between that point and getting out of the cab at the hotel, I lost my hearing aid and it was not insured for the value it worth.  Even though my travel insurance policy did specify that I do have a medical condition – deaf, it didn’t cover technology required to help me hear. Unfortunately, I had to make use of my old hearing aid before my cochlear implant surgery as it was not worth buying a new hearing aid when I was going to have cochlear implant 3 months after the travel.

When I was planning my next overseas trip, 2013/14, I did some homework and bit of battle with few insurance companies as the fine print in the insurance policies, even if you have listed your medical condition, it does not cover the technology for the specified medical. I have to have it in writing as the insurance consultants had me on a merry-go-around. I had to enlist the insurance broker to find me a travel insurance policy to insure my speech processor for its value being $7,000.  After my experience with losing my hearing aid and finding out the hard way that even if your insurance policy specify that you have a medical condition, it does not mean it will cover the technology required to assist you. Beware and read the insurance policy carefully. Also have it in writing if you are unsure of what the travel insurance can or can’t cover.

2. If you were Aladdin who rubbed the lamp and the genie granted you 3 wishes, what would you wish for right now?

#1 Successful physical theatre company catered for Deaf and Disabled Artists in Australia.

#2 Ability to travel anytime

#3 World peace

3. What are your aspirations for the future?

My aspiration for the future is to become a professional performer/choreographer/director in physical theatre specializing in aerials.

4. What steps will you take to achieve those dreams?

Hard yard and continue persistence to achieve this dream.

5. What do you hope to see in the Deaf community 10 years from now? 

I would like to see the Deaf community becoming professional of their chosen career and no barriers inhibiting them to achieve their dreams.

6. Do you have a favourite quote? What is it and why is it your favourite?

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain


This quote stating the obvious of when people don’t pursue their dreams because they are afraid of failure. In the long run, if we don’t follow our dreams, we will regret not attempting to follow. Don’t be afraid to fail, because if you are, you will accomplish nothing.


Twain always uses boating references because he worked on a Mississippi river boat most of his life, so the “throw off the bowlines” means go to sea, leave the harbor where it is safe and go out in the world that is dangerous and unpredictable.


This is my favourite quote, as it is a good reminder for me to go and try things and if it doesn’t work, oh well, at least I tried. I have achieved many things in my life and I will continue to do so.

7. Who has inspired you and how did they inspire you?

Ramesh Meyyappan has inspired me for his work in physical theatre as a Deaf artist. His work is similar to my type of performing arts work and I would like to develop my creative project further with use of integrated dance, aerials and visual vernacular.

8. What principles do you live by?

Be realistic, stay positive and inspire people.

9. If you were offered an open-ended book project, what would you write about?

I am not really a book writer although I would write a book on the topic of deaf, technology and creativity with a cross between sci-fi and fantasy story with no ending.

10. How would you definite the concept of “Deaf identity” in your own words?

Identity: religion, stage of life, status, nationality, sexual orientation, and more, will influence both the way the deaf person is perceived and also how this person sees their own identity.


Deaf: a form of hearing loss that has it own culture including language.


Deaf Identity: embracing your deafness as part of your own identity.

Now for my nomination:

Ciaran Stewart is currently an Apprentice Theatre Practitioner at Solar Bear Theatre in Glasgow, Scotland, UK and he is writing his experience whilst being an apprentice. He is also currently doing two short courses at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland called “Deaf Theatre Skills” and “Introduction to Acting Training”.


EJ Raymond is currently an Apprentice Theatre Practitioner at Solar Bear Theatre in Glasgow, Scotland, UK and she has her own blog documenting her creative journey. She is actress and writer – Her book is out now on kindle, “Dad’s Basketball Girl”, which can be found at


10 Questions

  1. What is your favourite aspect of blogging?
  2. What principles do you live by?
  3. What are your dreams and how would you achieve them?
  4. In the performing arts, what is your favourite performing style? E.g. aerials, visual vernacular etc
  5. What is your biggest challenge in performing arts?
  6. For future creative development project, what story or idea you would like to develop into a performance?
  7. 20 years from now, what do you hope to happen with deaf community and performing arts?
  8. Where would you like to travel to in the future?
  9. When travelling, any tips to share with others?
  10. If you were given 3 wishes, what would they be?

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