100 Things About Me

[Latest Update: 2019-11-11]

Apparently, all REAL bloggers are supposed to do this 100 Things thing.

Geebus! How was I supposed to know?!

It wasn't in the Handbook of Real Blogging Online on the Internet, which someone (not me) should really write one of these days. And they didn't mention it during the Bloggers' Initiation. You think they'd at least mention it between the paddlings and panty raids. But no, not a peep. Jerks.

Anyway, I've been working on this for the past 2 days hours, and now it's ready. It may not blast me into the stratosphere as an alpha blogger, but it may just stop the stalkers my dear readers from harassing me with "Where is your 100 Things post?" emails.

So, here it is. Now, don't tell me I don't do anything for you... xo

1: I'm a Scorpio and a Yin Earth Rooster.

2: My birthstone is Topaz, but I've always wished it was Ruby.

3: I'm 5'3".  Small-boned.

4: I have thick wavy hair that I adore, and the only person ever allowed to cut my hair is my hair whisperer Jane Hignell.  I have followed her through 4 different salons.

5: I was born via emergency C-section, 2 weeks overdue.

6: I'm the 1st grandchild on my father's side, and the 4th on my mother's side.

7: I have no biological brothers or sisters... that I know of.

8: When I was 2, my grandmother gave me a chicken for a pet. It died when I gave it a bath and left it out in the hot sun to dry.  No, we didn't eat it.  Gross.

9: My parents and I moved to Canada four days before my 4th birthday.

10: After all these years in Canada speaking almost only English, I am still able to speak Tagalog.

11: My nickname growing up in the Philippines was "Candy", because my neighbourhood friends thought the reason I was so fat was because I'd eaten lots of candy.  Of course, I thought it was just lovely and insisted my family call me that too.

12: I have decided that Candy will be my stripper name -- you know, just like Clark Kent's stripper name is Superman... oh no, wait...

13: I introduce myself as Nenette nowadays.  Some family and old special friends still call me Candy, and I'm okay with that.

14: I know how to play the organ, piano, and bass guitar.

15: I also know Tae Kwon Do and Sikaran-Arnis.

16: At one point in my adolescence, my parents had enrolled me in organ lessons, piano lessons, swimming classes, figure-skating classes, tae kwon do classes, and hula dance classes all at the same freakin' time. The only night I had free was Sunday.

17The only lessons I truly regret being forced to take were the organ lessons. I could've used that hour to watch episodes of The Rockford Files. Kidding about the Rockford Files.

18I really wanted to take singing lessons and guitar lessons.  So I could be like Charo.  Kidding about Charo.  Although I do think she's cool.

19: I did make money by playing the organ for weddings and funerals.

20: I started wearing glasses in Grade 4. My eyesight is now so bad that I need my glasses or contact lenses to see beyond a foot in front of my face. I want Lasik so bad, but I'll wait until I don't have to sell my body to afford it.

21: When I was 13, my orphaned 18yo cousin on my mother's side came from the Philippines to live with us. We are close, and I consider her my sister.

22: Other than my parents and sister, I have no other relatives in town. I have extended family living in Seattle (Washington), Surrey (BC), California, UAE, and the Philippines. Thanks to Facebook, I've found a whole new bunch of relatives in Ontario, Saskatchewan, and Alberta.

23: Some people think my first celebrity crush was Scott Baio. Actually, it was Donny Osmond. Because, you know, he was a little bit rock 'n' roll.

24: I went to Catholic elementary school. My parents claim that I was the first Filipino student to attend that school.

25: I wore braces for 3 1/2 years, had surgery to fix my diastema, had surgery to remove my 4 wisdom teeth, and wear bridges to replace 2 teeth that never grew in. I'm now officially a robot.

26: I had glasses, braces, and a bad tight perm.  Needless to say, I never dated in high school.  

27: I went to an all-girls' Catholic private high school. At graduation, I tried to burn my uniform. It just melted. It was made of polyester.

28: I played organ for my parents' choir at church every Sunday for 6 years. I don't ever recall agreeing to do it, but there I was.

29: Despite being raised Catholic, I now practice a combination Catholic/Buddhist/Pagan approach to religion. Having overly-devout, near-fanatically religious parents was a HUGE factor.

30: I'm a dance fitness instructor, beauty consultant, and writer/blogger.

31: I have a degree in computer engineering.  I have the Iron Ring too.  Canadian engineers get those.

32: I've been a sales girl, a boutique runway model, a waitress, and a bassist for a new wave rock band.

33: According to Myers-Briggs, I'm an INFJ and a very extroverted introvert.

34: I moved out of my parents' house when I was 23.  My first apartment was in a bad neighbourhood. I'd find fresh drops of blood on the stairs just outside my suite at least once a week.

35: One of my boyfriends was as controlling as my father.  

36: One of my boyfriends was in a band that toured a lot and only came home for the weekdays... when I would be studying/working.  He couldn't understand why I would choose to do that over him.

37: I took back one boyfriend who arrogantly claimed that he never goes back to old girlfriends. Yes, I'm that irresistible. I eventually dumped him (See #39).

38That boyfriend stalked me for a few months.  After I dumped him (See #39).

39I dumped that boyfriend to date my husband. If dumping meant "just stopped calling him back".

: Interestingly enough, that last boyfriend and I are still friends.  Yes, the stalker.  Who is now happily married to the girl he dumped to get back together with me.  They have 3 children.

I met my husband in University. I avoided him for half of my first year because I thought he was a freak. Four years later, the freak was my boyfriend. 

The fact that I was hot, smart, and loved sci-fi was apparently how I won him over.

I proposed to my husband. Naked. With a watch ring.

We got married in 2000, so it would be easy for my husband to figure out how many years we were married. Now if only he could remember what year it is... right now.

: As corny as it sounds, my husband really is my best friend and the love of my life. 

It both amuses and aggravates me that the male celebrities I crush on all look somewhat like my husband.  See my pretend boyfriends Keanu Reeves and Gerard Butler. 

My husband taught me to drive stick-shift after we bought our beloved burgundy Toyota Tercel. He gave me some line about "being one with the machine". I thought he was full of shit until I realized he might not be all together wrong.

: I knew my firstborn was a boy.  My husband then convinced me it was a girl.  We were wrong.

49: I knew my second born was a girl.  My husband knew better than to try to convince me otherwise.  I was right.

50: I always wished I had a big brother to protect me.  I'm so happy that my daughter has one to protect her.

: I'm a total Mama Bear.  Do not mess with my kids.  If they cry, you cry.

52: I hate going into my basement.

53: After being a hula & tahitian dancer for 30 years, I finally took the plunge in 2005 and opened my own hula school called Makana Aloha Hula Dance School & Performance Group.

54: After only 2 months of opening my hula school, I was interviewed for a "dance for fitness" article in the national fashion magazine Flare.

55: In December 2006, I closed the doors of my Hula School after only 1.5 years of operation, because I felt like I was missing too much of my children's young lives.

56: Since the school's closing, the calls for classes still consistently continued to come.  Eventually, by June 2009, it got so frustrating that I decided to change my cellphone number.

57: No matter how idyllic living in Hawai'i was, I'd be hard pressed to live in the US again.

58: I love being Canadian.

59: I love being a Filipina too.

60: My favourite colour is maroon (dark red).

61: My favourite scents to wear are coconut, peppermint, and anything spicy.

62: I prefer to drive standard, although my current vehicle is automatic.

63: I love reading. My favourite genre is erotic-romance, followed closely by sci-fi and historical-romance.

64: My favourite books are Dune, The Bride, and Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy. None of those are erotica.

65: I would be happy eating just garlic fried rice, sashimi, and creme brulee every day for the rest of my life.

66: My favourite fruit are blueberries.

67: My favourite junk foods are Sweet Chili Heat Doritos and ginger ale.

68: About 5 years ago, we cancelled our cable and bumped up our internet. All of our TV is streaming.

69: My favourite tv show of all time is Friends.

70: Despite my favourite show being a comedy, I'm addicted to science fiction and faithfully watched all episodes of Farscape, Stargate:Atlantis, and all Star Trek shows (except Enterprise and DS9) until they were canceled.

71: My favourite bands of all time are Duran Duran, Depeche Mode, and The Police.

72: My favourite actor is not my pretend boyfriend Gerard Butler.  It's Tom Hiddleston.

73: I love watching movies, but prefer to wait until a movie goes to Netflix before watching it... unless it has theatre-worthy special effects.

74: When watching movies at a theatre, I prefer to watch alone.

75: My favourite movies of all time are Monty Python & the Holy Grail, A Room with a View, and When Harry Met Sally, none of which I've ever watched in a theatre.

76: I very rarely drink alcohol, but when I do, my drink of choice is mojito.

77: I prefer to drink water or coffee.

78: My favourite Starbucks drink is Salted Caramel Mocha in Almond Milk with whip.

79: I hate when people drop by unannounced. If you do, you will be forced to see me in my sexy ketchup stained t-shirt and the yoga pants with the weird hole in the shin where I cut it by accident during a scissor mishap. You're rushing over now, aren't you...

80: I will never eat balut again in my entire life. Same with peanut butter.

81: I hate talking on the phone. If you call me, you will be speaking to my machine. I will then text you back.

82: I would rather be too hot than too cold. Actually, I have a very narrow temperature range of comfort -- I will still complain (a lot) if I'm too hot.

83: I'm a firm believer in the Universal Laws, that what we feel is what we attract, and feng shui.

84: I am the only filipino I know who doesn't LOVE Karaoke. There. I said it.

85: I don't hate the word "moist" anymore.

86: I hate rollercoasters and have repeatedly refused to ride them after a trip to Chicago's Six Flags when I was 19. I looked up and saw the rollercoaster cars airborne during a turn.

87: My biggest, most-selfish dream right now is to travel... a lot.

88: A less-selfish dream of mine is to design and build an earth-friendly, energy-efficient, minimalist home for my family on the very spot where my current house is.

89: I'm transitioning to Vegetarian Keto.

90: If I hadn't married and had kids, I'd probably be living in Toronto or Vancouver. With a cat. I'd be Cat-Lady, and probably not in a hot, sexy, crime-fighting way.

91: For my first 25 years, people guessed I was East Indian, Canadian First Nations, Thai, Laotian, Malaysian, or Singaporean -- NEVER Filipina.

92: I don't find reincarnation completely unbelieveable.

93: I don't actually believe in a hell... or a heaven, either.

94: My thumbs are different. From each other.

95: I used to be a practicing minimalist.  Then my husband moved in with me. I'm recapturing my old minimalist ways by ruthlessly decluttering and streamlining my life.

96: I know all the words to the Spiderman Theme from the 60s, and I sing it to my kids upon request, much to the amusement of the people at the local hardware store one March afternoon.

97: I take my hot dogs and burgers with only ketchup.

98: I'm a morning person, and love getting up earlier than anyone else. The morning alone-time is the best.

99: If I could attach my laptop to my arm, I probably would.

100: No matter how much I complain about my ginormous boobs, I really love 'em and am quite proud of them.

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