A Week of Celebrations, A Mystery Trophy and I’m a Fodor’s Favorite

This week I find it difficult to Celebrate the Small Things with Viklit, as the week was huge.

1. Starting with our local writer’s club prize giving ceremony where I won this big trophy. It’s not really a mystery trophy, it’s for earning the most money from my writing.  The mystery is how anyone knows how much I have earned.

My Mystery Trophy

NZ Institiute trophy

Someone thought it was important enough to have it engraved, and I was added to the list which started in 1997.

Mystery trophy

2. Then the next day, thanks to Google Alerts, I discovered I was chosen as a Fodor’s Favorite! .

Fodors pintrest fave: Rhonda Albom

expat blog awards entry
3. Thanks to all of YOU, I feel like a winner, regardless of the outcome of the Expat Blog Writing contest.

To vote for me, read my post (Top 10 Funny New Zealand Language Blunders – Expats Beware!) and leave a comment on the article. Comments=Votes.

I am doing amazing, although not quite enough to win for most comments. Importantly, I feel the love and am overwhelmed. You all rock.

Voting ends 9pm GMT on Dec 20.

4. Apparently the Christmas forecast for most of Australia is quite hot, while New Zealand will be enjoying perfect summer weather. It could be karma, as those pesky Aussies just tried to claim our National bird, the kiwi, for their own. No, my celebration is not about gloating, but rather about the unexpected party I am apparently having next week as my Aussie friends arrive. Here is what I read in a private group on Facebook (since it’s private, I have copied the text rather than blacking out names (which I changed). If you don’t understand the Kiwi English, check out my contest entry: (Top 10 Funny New Zealand Language Blunders – Expats Beware!)

SUZIE: We’ve decided. We’re coming over to your place for the holiday week Rhonda
PAULIE: all of us!
ME: Will you be bringing back our kiwi bird?
PAULIE: maybe pavlova too
SUZIE: we’ll bring a plate
LYNIE: and vegemite
SUZIE: she’s not getting my vegemite – you can bring the marmite, she likes that
LYNIE: for tea
SUZIE: we’ll have a piss-up
LYNIE: but don’t chuck a wobbly over the vegemite
SUZIE: she’ll be right mate

What are you celebrating this week? If my Aussie friends really come to New Zealand, is this an admission of the better country?

Wishing Everyone a Wonderful Silly Season

Celebrate the small things

Expat Blog Contest - Funny Photos to Laugh at New Zealand
Top 10 Funny New Zealand Language Blunders - Expats Beware!
About Rhonda Albom

When I met my hubby he was looking for a traveling companion. Together we have moved to New Zealand and visited over 42 countries, most with our now teenage girls. Things rarely go as planned, and generally we have an amusing tale to tell. That's what Laugh Quotes is about - the fun side of our adventures and our expat life.


  1. I’m celebrating my vacation, which begins tomorrow. ONE MORE DAY. The kids are wild, and I’m tired. Congrats on your many awards. I’m figuring the trophy must be a local blogging award.


  2. Hi ….. i am new to travel blogging and been looking for people like me….really liked your little blog…keep travelling…good luck.

  3. Congrats on your mystery trophy, and for being selected as a Fodor’s Favorite! Does the trophy have anything to do with yacht racing? Have fun with your friends. I think that I understood most of the conversation, but don’t quiz me.

  4. Hi Rhonda .. the mystery trophy has to be for the helpiest helper at the yacht club – they’d need a drink after a race … I did vote – and am sure others did too .. enjoy your balmy weather … we seem to be getting the North American storms winging over .. I rather hope they kindly stay away from the south east! I love that photo of London and those fields .. wonderful creative colours ..

    Happy warm Christmas time and happy travels in 2014 – cheers Hilary

  5. Congratulations on the trophy and Fodor favorite! I think the trophy was for your boating expertise.
    Already voted at the Expat blog – hope you get more votes!

  6. Your women’s sailing club would be my guess.

    I saw that you were the fave at Fodor’s. Congratulations once again.

    Yes I voted for you.

    Christmas is next Wednesday so that’s my celebration.

    Have a fabulous day. :)

  7. Congratulations on the Fodor favorite and for the engraved trophy! I’ll go vote now…. ;)

  8. I would say the trophy is for sailing.

    Have a wonderful Christmas. Off to check out the Expat Blog contest.

  9. Woohoo! Congratulations on the trophy, Rhonda. The colors in those photos, along with the scenes, are remarkable.
    Blessings and a great Xmas to you.

  10. Mystery trophy AND being picked as a Fodor Fav?!? Someone’s having an awesome week!!!!



  11. My guesses are the trophy is for largest amount of beer drunk or ability to walk a straight line while “pissed.” Those Fodor pics are FABULOUS! Congrats on the funniest ex-pat award, too. Looks like December is your month! Have a great visit with your friends (and teach them to speak proper English!).

  12. Congratulations Rhonda may I suggest you celebrate by filling it with ice cold beer and drinking it down or if your the partying type then fill it with Vodka…(hic) heheh!

  13. Hide the jewels, the Aussies are coming! The trophy looks perfect size for a beer but I know that’s not what it’s for.

  14. Congratulations about Fodors- best celebrate by drinking out of that new cup!

  15. Congrats on the trophy! Thank you for celebrating with me in 2013.

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