I was tagged by Shai to list eight random facts about myself. Sounds like fun. Let’s see:
1. I have worn glasses since Grade Six. I knew that something funny was going on with my vision as early as Grade Four, because I couldn’t read anymore what was written on the blackboard, even when I moved myself to the front rows. By the time my parents brought me to the optometrist, my eyes were so highly myopic that my starting “grade” was 400! Yup, for both eyes. When I started wearing glasses, my naughty classmates began teasing me labo (this means “blurry” in Filipino, but it can also mean something incomprehensible). Oh, kids can be so cruel.
3. I can’t drink pure milk. Well, I could if I tried, but more often than not, I would throw it up. 😛 I just can’t stand the smell and taste of milk without any add-ons.
4. As of today, I have been living in Japan for 11 years, 4 months, and 17 days. And counting. Wow, I’m still here after all these years. And I thought I wouldn’t last for more than a month?!! Incidentally, Japan was the very first country I ever visited outside the Philippines.
5. The first European country I set foot in was Denmark. It was there that I learned for the first time that Tivoli was not just a name for ice cream. I loved Copenhagen, and would really love to go back there someday.
6. The first scientific paper I submitted was published in 1995. It’s just a “short note” paper, only two pages long, and for the last twelve years of its existence, it has never been cited. Hahaha. But I’m so proud of that paper. It came out of my undegraduate thesis. Having it published really inspired me to pursue graduate studies and strive harder to publish even more papers.
7. I gave birth to my daughter using the Lamaze method. It was our choice. Aya came into this world without being induced or influenced by any medications during the birthing process. Exactly the way I wanted it.
8. The song of my choice for my wedding “walk down the aisle” was How Beautiful by Twila Paris. My sister Lai did the vocals. When my other sister was wed, I also sang the same song during the ceremony. (Ok, some of you probably have doubts that I can sing…but for now just take my word for it, ok?)
Listen to the song here:
Lastly, what good is a meme if it doesn’t get passed on? *evil grin*