I was tagged in a Facebook game of “Things About Me.” All week long, I was liking these posts, unaware that it was a game since no one liked me enough to tag me–that is, until a couple nights ago. The rule of the game is: if you like the “Things About Me” post, then that person will give you a number and you have to list that many number of things about yourself. Thanks to KaoChue for tagging me and giving me the number 14. I thought about doing it as a Facebook status, but it would be too long, so I decided to blog it.

One) I choreographed a dance my senior year in high school about the corruption of man to Keali’i Reichel’s “Ballad of the Broken Word.” I incorporated hula dance into my choreography since this is a Hawaiian song and I really involved in Polynesian dancing in high school. Company MHS usually previews a couple of the dance numbers to the school. After the preview, I asked a friend of mine, Monique, what she thought about it. She said that it was good, but there was a dance with really “weird” and creepy music. After describing it to me, I laughed and told her it was my dance and it’s not supposed to be your “normal-go-happy” dance. I’ve always wondered if she would’ve been honest if I had told her beforehand it was my dance. You can listen to “Ballad of the Broken Word”Β on YouTube.

Violin

Two) I played the violin from 4th to 6th grade. My music teacher was Ms. Long. I always thought her name suited her so well because she was this tall skinny woman with a long neck—beautiful like a swan. She was a strict, but great teacher, and I recognized that years too late. She told me that I was a wonderful student and I learn music well. She saw how I was influenced by the other students to not pay attention in class and goof around. She encouraged me to not follow the crowd and continue with music. I wish I had listened to her. Instead, I listened to my peers when they told me not to sign up for violin classes in middle school because Mr. Paderes was a stricter music teacher than Ms. Long. “He makes you tune your own violin!” Well, of course! You’re going to have to learn one day! My heart still yearns to play the violin again but I don’t know if my trigger finger can deal with it.

Three) I enjoy reading fantasy epic adventure novels. One of my favorites is Howl’s Moving Castle, by Diane Wynne Jones. In high school, I was in love with The Dark Angel Trilogy by Meredith Anne Pierce (I read the books so many times). It is about a slave girl named Aeriel who embarks on a quest to save her mistress who was kidnapped by the dark angel. I have not read the books in over 10 years and I wonder if I will still like it today.

Four) I enjoy manga and anime. Monique, the same friend who thought my dance was weird,Β  introduced me to them. She loaned me “Dragon Ball” my freshman year and I was hooked. I watched the whole Dragon Ball anime in one semester and haven’t looked back since then. I don’t have a favorite anime or manga, but some that I really enjoy are xxxHOLIC, Naruto, Dragon Ball, Claymore, and anything by Hayao Miyazaki. Dubbed or subbed? Definitely subbed.

Five) I plagiarized in the 6th grade. Sharon was such a bright girl and an excellent writer. Sharon would share the stories she wrote in creative writing sessions and I wanted to be just like her. We were in the school newspaper committee, so during the holiday season, our paper adviser asked us to submit original holiday poems to share. I wanted to be so much like Sharon, and as much as I tried, I couldn’t come up with a poem that would be as good as hers. So, what did I do? I stole a poem from a Christmas card, hoping the newspaper adviser wouldn’t notice. Well, unfortunately for me, I chose a poem that was very popular (I forgot which) and she told me she couldn’t use it in the paper. I was so embarrassed. Sharon, of course, submitted a magnificent original holiday poem, and I learned to never plagiarize again.

Six) My first real kiss was with a girl when I was around 8 years old. She was a year older than me and had just immigrated from Thailand. We were playing together at her house. She kissed me first and I followed along because it was something really new and exciting to me. Then I thought, “Whoa! Is this how a kiss feels like?” Fast forward 6 years later and I kissed a boy.

Seven) I rarely cuss. People are surprised when I do. The only times that I will cuss is if I am extremely pissed off or frustrated or I am using the cuss word to illustrate a point. With that said, it doesn’t mean that I get offended when people around me cuss. It’s no big deal.

Eight) I believe I suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). I thrive in the sunshine. That is why I love summer so much. The days are longer and the weather is warm and beautiful. It makes me feel cheerful and lovely. During gloomy gray days, I just want to crawl into the fetal position with a heavy blanket over my head and hibernate the winter away. It takes a lot of energy from me to get up in the morning and start my daily routine. And I lose motivation to do things I usually enjoy.

Nine) Some people think I’m an atheist because I don’t affiliate with a religion and I question religion a lot. That is false. I am open to learn about other religions (although the more I learn, the more questions I have, and the more confused I get). “The church is a place for answers, not for questions,” Bree Van de Kamp says in an episode in “Desperate Housewives.” Does that mean I’m not church material? I do believe in the supernatural world; I just don’t subscribe to an institution of worship. My religion growing up was Hmong Shamanism, so that is the religion I am most familiar with.

Ten) I enjoy traveling although I don’t do it much. “Life” gets in the way. I made a promise to myself that I will indulge in travel at least once a year. Last year, I went to Hawaii; the year before that a road trip to Oklahoma. Next year, it’s Wisconsin and Minnesota. And then after that, maybe a trip to Asia. Thailand and Southern China have always been on my travel list.

Lanikai
Mermaid practicing snorkeling at Lanikai Beach. You can see the twin islands of Nā Mokulua in the background.

Eleven) I loved being pregnant. When women complain about the ickiness of pregnancy, I really don’t know what they’re talking about because I didn’t experience them (although I do empathize with them). Morning sickness? None. Hemorrhoids? Nope. Swollen feet? Nah. Yeast infections? Nada. Weight gain. I did gain weight, but it didn’t bother me much. Of course, I had horrible acne my first pregnancy, but again, it didn’t bother me much. I loved being pregnant. I loved going to my appointments to hear about my babies’ progress and listen to their heart beats. I loved watching them as the sonogram technician did her thing. I loved feeling my babies move. I loved having my spouse do things for me that he would never in a million years do if I wasn’t pregnant. And labor and delivery was natural and bearable.

Twelve) I don’t care for designer brands. A couple hundred dollars or more for a purse? I’ll pass. I would rather spend my money on good food and good travels. I find most of my clothes and accessories on the clearance racks or thrift stores. I spend a little more on shoes because I tend to be rougher with them.

Thirteen) Thinking about things to write about yourself is harder than it seems. I have been struggling at this for a couple of days. I didn’t want to write about your general things like how many siblings I have, my marital status, etc. That would’ve been easy, but ya know….

Fourteen) I have been married for 9 years, and in these 9 years, we moved 7 times. Because we have moved so much, I have learned to not buy things that will make it hard to move. We got rid of our couches the 3 years ago and have just decided to buy a sectional this year. I don’t put pictures on the walls. I do not and have not settled. I dislike moving, but we have not found “home” just yet. And believe it or not, in a year, I predict we will be moving again.

And that is it for this tag. It was fun as I struggled to come up of things to talk about.

3 thoughts on “14 Things About Me (that you may not know about)

  1. That was very interesting,Thank you. I read all that appear on my facebook page. I am reluctant to answer because someone would tag me with a number in the hundreds…Haha

    May we be facebook friends? Jim McLellan White Bear Lake, Minnesota

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  2. #11 — I hate being pregnant but I think I hate the labor part even more. I have three kids and the idea of having another is scaring me to death. O.O

    #12 — Sooo me. Actually, my man thinks I’m a total cheapa$$. πŸ˜€ Pffft! I like to think of it as being frugal and prudent. πŸ˜›

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  3. Dangit, I think my comment was lost after the sign-in prompt.

    Anyway, I had commented that (#11) I hated being pregnant and hated the labor part even more — the pain was unbearable. I have three kids and the idea of having a fourth is scaring me to detah BUT the mister is expecting one so I guess. I’m with you on #12. Actually, my guy thinks I’m a total cheap@ss. Pffft! I see it as being frugal and prudent. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜›

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