It’s official- I’m part of the Top 100 finalists for The Big Blog Exchange! Throughout the past month, I’ve repeatedly asked for your help and support regarding the competition. To everyone who kindly and eagerly voted, THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU x infinity. It’s because of each and everyone of you that I’ve reached my goal of becoming a finalist. I cannot express my gratitude enough. THANK YOU.

Now, here comes the hard part: the wait. The 16 winners who will exchange blogs and get the opportunity to travel will be announced on September 16 and until then, I will be wishing, hoping and praying very hard that I may be given the chance to represent the Philippines! But the stakes of winning does not rely on merely believing that I can win but whether I deserve to win. So if you’re wondering what this bookworm can impart in the Big Blog Exchange, here’s what I can promise:

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I WILL SEEK ADVENTURE AND LIVE TO TELL ABOUT IT

Every single detail of it. Blogging has become of one my greatest loves and I absolutely love sharing my adventures with my readers. Through photographs and words, I promise to document the life-exchanging experience that BBE offers.

I WILL STAND FOR THE YOUTH AND FOR MY COUNTRYMEN

As one of the few teenagers who made it to the finals, I would love to represent my fellow young adults as well as be the one to show them the beauty of exploring new places and cultures. Aside from that, I also want to be the reflection of Filipinos and motivate the people I will meet abroad to visit the Philippines sometime!

I WILL SPREAD THE LOVE FOR BOOKS

Being a bookworm, one of my missions in life is to actively promote books and literature. I want the chance to take my campaign for reading across the globe, to wherever BBE may assign me should I win this exchange.

I WILL BE AN ADVOCATE OF TRAVELLING

I’ve had my fair share of experience when it comes to travelling and I know there’s much I can contribute to encouraging people to circumnavigate the globe. Also, as the lone representative of the bookish community, let me show everyone the insights of a reader when it comes to travelling. Trust me, readers are great travelers. We’ve journeyed a whole lot through books and are more than ready to traverse the world outside of fiction!

To my dearest readers, why do you think Stay Bookish deserves to win The Big Blog Exchange? Would love to hear from you!

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12 thoughts on “Big Blog Exchange: I’m a finalist!!!

  1. I’m so happy for you, congratulation!!

    I think you totally deserve it! Been young and represent the book blogging community is huge and we all will be so proud of it!! Share all the journey, the lessons and the happiness of the exchange, I’m possitive that you’ll win! and I’m truly hope so…

    Cogratulations, again!!

    Posted on September 3, 2014 at 6:16 pm
  2. I AM EXTREMELY HAPPY TO HAVE BEEN PART OF THIS WONDERFUL PROCESS OF PROMOTING YOU!!! I WISH I HAD DONE MORE! BUT I AM HOPING FOR THE BEST AND HOPEFULLY YOU MAKE IT TO THE TOP 16!!

    *crosses fingers till they bleed*

    If you do get into the Top 16, hopefully you’ll get me a souvenir. LOL :D

    Posted on September 3, 2014 at 7:02 pm
  3. Hey Hazel!! I’ve been voting for you every chance that I get! So so so happy that you made it to the finalists!! Fingers crossed that you’ll make it to the top 16!! What an opportunity!! Fingers and toes, and eyes, and nose… wait… all but the last one – crossed for you!!

    Posted on September 5, 2014 at 7:38 pm
  4. I’m so happy for you Hazel. this is truly well deserve. At a young age I’m glad you found the love for books and shares it to others. Good luck sweetie!

    Posted on September 5, 2014 at 10:15 pm
  5. CONGRATULATIONS!!!! AHHHH, this is amazing news.

    I hope you win! I’ve got my fingers and toes crossed for you :D

    Posted on September 9, 2014 at 7:15 am
  6. So happy to finally have read your blog, Hazel – it’s lovely! Crossing my fingers for you for the BBE!

    Posted on September 10, 2014 at 7:36 am
    1. Karien, I’m really glad you like the blog! And of course, I’m rooting for you too! Best of luck to both of us. :)

      Posted on September 11, 2014 at 3:11 am
  7. Hi Hazel! Congratulations for getting into the Top 100! I have just discovered your blog through BBE as I am a finalist too! As a fellow book lovers I really like your blog and I have just subscribed to it too! Good Luck in the final phase! :) Samantha @ The Wandering Wanderluster!

    Posted on September 10, 2014 at 8:23 am
    1. Hi Samantha! Congratulations to you too! :) It’s such a pleasant surprise to find out that you’re a bookworm! I just get so giddy when I meet new bookish friends, online or offline. Thank you for subscribing to Stay Bookish! May the odds be ever in our favor for BBE! ;)

      Posted on September 11, 2014 at 3:10 am
  8. Congratulations Hazel! I hope you get in to the last finalists!!! You really deserve it. I think your blog is wonderful (and so are you!) :)

    Posted on September 11, 2014 at 12:16 am
    1. Ah thank you, Dems! So happy to hear you like the blog. :’) Really hope I’ll be a part of the 16 winners too! <3

      Posted on September 11, 2014 at 3:04 am
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    Posted on September 23, 2014 at 9:38 pm