My 25

It’s amazing what trends and fads pop up on the Internet. This has become such a rage, even The New York Times has put in its two cents, and therefore no introduction is necessary.

1. I truly believe in accepting people just the way they are. I figure everyone’s grown up enough to know if there’s anything about themselves that needs altering, and if we try to change them then it defeats the purpose of us being friends or falling in love with them in the first place.

2. I get despondent at the end of a holiday, especially if it’s abroad, because when I think about going home I wonder if that’s all there really is.

3. I detest get-togethers with my dad’s family. They’re very good making me feel like I might actually have been found on a doorstep as a baby, which is why I’m not like them.

4. I can’t watch horror movies. It would be a waste of time and money, because I’ll spend most of it hiding behind my hands, my bag, a pillow, a shoulder, anything.

5. I remember the smallest, most insignificant details about personal experiences with people, no matter how long ago they happened. This only applies to people I come in very regular contact with. I’m not sure if that’s a good or bad thing.

6. All that in #1 being said, I can’t stand conceited, self-absorbed people who take things too personally and make everything all about themselves.

7. I did not have any real friends up until I started college, and even then they were few and far between.

8. I love my current job and I’m grateful for the opportunities I’ve been given, but I would like to tar and feather the people I work with and work for, and then set them on fire. They are the precise reason I never wanted to come back to this country to work in the first place.

9. If I had my life to live all over again, I would have made it in music and theater from the day my mom realized I had a shot at it (which was when I was five years old), instead of pottering around wondering what to do when I grow up. I regret not taking that risk.

10. I take a long time to open up to people. Although I think most people who know me have already caught on to this. This goes hand-in-hand with #11.

11. I don’t like people who tell me their life story in our first meeting. It gives me an insight into the kind of person they are (ref. #6)

12. I’m happier sitting down and sharing a meal and drinks with one or two friends than I am with, say, six. Actually, even two people would be pushing it.

13. I love my shoes. Yes’m I do.

14. I think I’m a bit of a geek. I read Engadget as often as I remember to, and I get very excited about getting new gadgets, which doesn’t happen often, but invokes a lot of clapping when it does.

15. One of the greatest experiences of my life (and I haven’t had many) was spending five weeks in Boston getting my TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) certification.

16. I’ve been in love (real, not rebound/undecided/just-for-fun, love) four times in my life. And after all that hoop-la, I don’t foresee a fifth time, unless it’s with one of the first four (and even then two of them are out of the running) or I decide to play for the other team (not likely, but stranger things have happened).

17. I will sing anywhere I’m not in danger of being overheard, especially in the car. I have been extremely lucky in my musical experiences. I was in SUNY Buffalo’s all-girl acappella group, the Royal Pitches, which really widened my vocal range and taught me to beatbox. And being in the University Choir gave me the chance to sing at Radio City Music Hall, the United Nations Headquarters, and Carnegie Hall.

18. I’ve had my race/ethnicity questioned and confused for most of my life. Because of the color of my eyes, skin and hair, people have thought I’m part-Caucasian, Sabahan, Sarawakian, Malay, or even Mediterranean, which makes no sense to me. Never ever did they think I was pure Chinese, which I didn’t really mind until they started trying to guess if I was Korean or Japanese, which I then just found offensive.

19. Being back in this country has made me realize my complete disregard for money, titles and power, because more likely than not, they were acquired at the expense of all ethics and integrity. I also have no respect for people who are willing to sell themselves short in an effort to be among the rich, titled and powerful.

20. I think people who take the elevator just to GO DOWN ONE FLOOR deserve to look like that.

21. I have had hamsters and dogs as pets. Occasionally I want a tiger too.

22. I am extremely self-conscious about my weight and my size, because I am quite possibly the sole exception to the general rule that Asians are built small. This is probably going to be a lifelong battle for me.

23. I find it very difficult to say no to people. I think this can be attributed to my grandmother teaching me to ‘always help others’. I hate inconveniencing and disappointing people.

24. I have a sweet tooth. I’m extremely, almost unnaturally, happy when there is chocolate present.

25. I don’t like being lazy. It gets boring after a while. You can interpret that any way you like.

1 thought on “My 25

  1. color of sunshine

    You know, maybe you should try to open yourself up more to the people that are in your life. You might regret not taking the risk later.

    Hehe, I agree with #4

    Though some people can’t really tell the difference between Chinese, Japanese, or Korean… I’m one of those people… so sad… ;D


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