Wednesday, February 11, 2009

25 Random Facts About Me

1. I was born in Singapore.

2. At 16, I actually failed my driver’s road test but sweet talked the tester into passing me anyways (she actually told me not to tell anyone) and I got my license that day.

3. I started dating my husband when I was 19 and we dated for almost 5 years before getting married.

4. One of my students told me I’m scary when I am reprimanding certain children in the class. I think a little fear of authority has never hurt anyone.

5. I secretly thought I could become the next Kristi Yamaguchi in my pre-teens, having never taken a single skating lesson.

6. I truly love my job as a teacher but my secret (or not-so-secret) side-career ambition would be to get paid for scrapbooking and making crafts.

7. When I was 4, I was the proud owner of 2 lovebirds. My mom sprayed them with insecticide accidentally and my dad had to buy me 2 more. The same thing happened again a few days later and my Dad refused to buy me anymore.

8. In university I would look at my friends who blew all their money travelling with disdain, thinking they were wasting all their money. I now know how wrong I was and I have become them.

9. If I did not become a teacher, I would have enjoyed being a graphic designer, interior designer or wedding photographer.

10. I look forward to buying a townhouse in the next year purely so I can make myself the ultimate craft/sewing/scrapbook studio.

11. The Husband and I made a pact when we got married, that we would go away every school break and long weekend that we had, and have kept to that pretty well.

12. I wanted to marry someone who was a teacher (for summers off together), a PK (pastor’s kid who would understand where I was coming from), and musical (who could sing me down the aisle). That all became my reality. Weird huh?!

13. I am a compulsive cleaner who must have everything tidy and clean. The first thing I do when I get home is put everything in its right place.

14. I had never been a dog lover and was secretly scared of dogs until we bought our puppy Leila. (I’m still afraid of big dogs)

15. I’m a teacher at the school I grew up in, teaching with some of my former teachers and in the same classroom where I spent many hours as a student. I have many déjà vu moments while at work.

16. I love my life and am terrified that something horrible will happen to shake it all up

17. I get asked all the time when I will have a child. I’m so tired of answering, "I still want to travel and sleep".

18. I dislike eating fruits, vegetables and dairy products. Give me carbs and meat.

19. I got engaged in Paris

20. In high school I was a high jumper and could jump my own height minus 3 inches.

21. This past summer (thanks to my cousin) I got to pose as a travel writer and was comped extraordinary hotel rooms, spa treatments and food.

22. I have put on at least 5 pounds in the last 3 years since I was married.

23. I am a Chinese who does not speak Chinese. I speak only English to my Chinese grandparents.

24. I still sleep with a special blanket that I’ve had for a long time and miss it when we go away. Every so often, my husband threatens to throw it off the balcony.

25. I love paper and pens, and have a huge collection of both. The first time I travelled to Japan, my main goal was to buy awesome pens.


Brittany Ann said...

I am totally with you on being just a little bit scary as a teacher. "Healthy fear," as my mother calls it, is good for kids. And as a high-school teacher, "healthy fear" has been a classroom life-saver.

Southern Ange said...

Oh, how refreshing to 'meet' another Chinese (not surprisingly, another Singaporean!) who doesn't speak Chinese. I'm sure you can understand it though....makes for interesting times when one is in places like Hong Kong, and you can understand the not-so-flattering terms they are calling you because you can't speak the lingo!

Rachel said...

I know what ya mean about people asking about when you're going to start having kids...I get it all the time!

I also enjoy a good pen and pretty paper :)