First off, thank you Suganiya Rassiah for nominating me!! Although I’ve only had this blog for a few months, I’m glad you and others are checking it out. I honestly didn’t expect anyone to read my posts or even talk to me. Thank you again and thank you to the fellow bloggers out there!
For readers, I hope you will retain an open mind when you read my answers because I’m usually a happy-go-lucky person. I like writing because it makes me realize how much I’ve suppressed and helps me express myself when I cannot do so in real life for several reasons. One of the reasons being that no one wants to be around someone who only talks about him/herself.
1. Do you like to read books? Why?
I didn’t grow up with gaming devices or cell phones so it was a miracle that I found books to read. I often worked at my parents’ restaurant after school and books were often the only form of entertainment for me. I enjoy reading books now not because it’s the only option but because I ended up finding the right ones to read. (Goodreads helped a lot.)
2. Tell me the character which would resembles the true you?
I can’t say because I don’t often see Chinese characters in books, media, or other forms of entertainments. Aside from Chinese-American characters, I’m also not that nerdy so I feel like I don’t necessarily fit into any molds that high school labels students with. I’m diligent but I wasn’t a straight-A student, I’m trying to stop being a pushover, and I use obliviousness as a defense mechanism when the current situation makes me feel uncomfortable. As you can see, I’m not quite the model main character authors write about. I guess I could be the sidekick of a hero/heroine because I’m steadfast and optimistic most of the time.
3. The name of your first crush and have you ever told him/her that?
No name. My first serious one was in middle school and we had a great friendship…that ended up falling apart. My self-esteem at that time was in Tartarus so there was no way that I could have confessed. I knew the feeling was mutual though so I regret not telling him since it would have led to us going out. It’s a really embarrassing story to tell because it was my fault that he stopped talking to me.
4. If you could be one character out of a book, who would that be?
Eugenides from The Queen’s Thief by Megan Whalen Turner or L from Death Note. I wonder how it feels to be so clever and expert at mind games especially with their cutthroat reputations.
I admit at one point I wanted to be like Percy Jackson from Rick Riordan’s Olympian series because who doesn’t want to be ruler of the sea? I can’t swim so I was envious of his abilities but then I realized he’s constantly hogged by monsters so I retract that wish.
5. The little things that put a smile on your face everyday?
I get happy when I see people reading because LITERATURE IS NOT DEAD.
Little messages or gestures from friends to show that they thought about you or care about you. It can be a snapchat directed at me specifically (yea, social media) or a quick message asking me how I am. It’s significantly more meaningful now because it’s the summer when people are usually off doing their own things.
6. The happiest thing that has ever happened to you?
I had a lot of worries about what I was going to do this summer but I got accepted to a month-long English teaching program in Taiwan, and I’m boarding the plane in a couple weeks. It’s been a miserable month up until now because I have been working at my parents’ Chinese restaurant and trust me, you don’t want to work for your parents. I have mixed feelings about leaving the country because I’m about to meet other strangers my age and my Mandarin is only competent. I don’t have problems making friends but I have insecurities about social acceptance which is mainly a byproduct of a bad summer spent as a sleepaway camp counselor. (That’s a whole other story about counselor cliques and their imposed isolation that I’ll tell one day.)
I also joined a fandom for the first time [
BTS: check out their newest MV] and it has been so much fun and laughter. I have never been so dedicated and fixated wholeheartedly on a subject so it’s a strange experience.
7. Do you believe in true love? (Did I sound like a corny website there?)
I don’t think I do anymore. I used to romanticize about my love life but for some reason, I never allowed any guys to get past friendship. I will keep my eye out for the one but I’m not going to look.
Sidenote: This got very personal and I rifted through years of cringe-worthy and nostalgic memories to write what I could. However, I explored many of my deep-seated anxieties to a surprisingly far extent and I’m glad to answer these questions as truthfully as possible.
And here are my questions for you to answer:
- How have you changed from a year ago?
- Are you content with your life right now? Why?
- How has writing/blogging influenced your mood?
- Describe a book pet peeve you have.
- What character traits do you value most in a person?
- What is the difference that causes you to envy someone but admire someone else?
- Simple question this time: favorite candy flavor?
I look forward to reading your answers!