Today I am 12,418 days old. That’s 408 months. I am another year older (giving my daughter even more reason to call me an old lady 😅). Just like 2 years ago, this is another year when my age is twice hers (for the next few months at least). So, today my post will be 17 random things about me. (Pagbigyan nyo na birthday ko naman e 😋)
1. Out of my 3 first names, I like Francesca the most. Once lang may nag-attempt na tawagin akong Francesca. Tapos, dahil 10 million times na niya ako tinatawag at di ako lumilingon, muntik na kami di magkasabay papunta sa PE namin. Ayun, di na naulit. Hehe.
I still write all 3 names everytime I fill up a form. It’s either that or just Din.
2. My eyes cannot see very well without help. I am near-sighted and if I remember correctly, L = 1100 R= 1075. My contact lens grade is -9.50 (R) and -9.75 (L) but my glasses are only at 750 (because I get dizzy).
My Mom found out I couldn’t see well when we were out in Makati one Sunday. When we were younger, Dad used to play golf every Sunday. We would meet around lunchtime at Singalong. Mom would take me and my brother and sister there. We would ride the bus, and on some lucky days, Dad would see us waiting for a bus and pick us up. On the bus rides, we played sort of an “I spy” game. Mom would say a word and we had to find it or she would point to a word and we had to read it. That’s how she found out I couldn’t see well. She asked me to read a billboard, and I had to squint my eyes to try and read it. I first got my glasses when I was in Grade 3, they were at 100 for both eyes.
3. My right leg (and foot) is bigger than the left. From almost mid-calf to ankle, it is noticeably bigger than the left leg. This is why I do not wear jeans a lot, masikip! I wear size 7-7.5 because my right shoe is always tighter than the left one. Also,I can’t kneel for a long time. My right knee, where one of my scars is, hurts when I do.
This is because of my metal implant. The shape of my leg is “not normal,” as there is an indent on one part of it (where I broke my bones) and a sort of mushy lump just below it. It’s nothing to worry about (I assume), but it looks weird sometimes. I admit I am still fascinated by it, and how my scar looks different on really hot days versus really cold days.
4. My favorite color is purple. I like everything purple except for ube. I hate ube. It’s one of the many things I do not eat.
I used to eat ube when I was younger. I think I must have had a bad batch of it and got sick, that’s why I started to dislike it.
5. Aside from ube, I also do not eat raisins. And siopao. Well except for the white part (the bread).
I also used to eat raisins…until one time we were in San Juan, La Union. There were goats there and Dad pointed out the goat poop and said that was where raisins came from. That’s when I stopped eating raisins.
As for siopao, well everyone knows what it is they say about siopao. That what’s inside is “cat meat.” So yeah, no.
6. I do not eat pancit. Well technically I do, pancit palabok and pancit malabon. The other kinds, I don’t eat. There is a strange smell to it that I do not like, also sometimes there are slivers of liver in it, and I don’t eat liver either.
I also do not eat seafood in soup. Sinigang na hipon, sinigang na bangus…nope, nope, nope. I love shrimp but find it weird because you boil them in what’s supposed to be their living environment. Chos!
7. I don’t eat cherries and strawberries – the processed kind (strawberry jam, cherries in a bottle) – but I will eat it fresh. It tastes like medicine to me.
8. I can remove even the smallest slice of bell pepper in my food. I do not care how long it takes, but I will remove them. Sometimes I miss a small piece, but I can always spit it back out (on my spoon). Angel does the same with ampalaya! When she was little, we tried hiding a small piece under rice and beef. When we took the spoon out of her mouth, the ampalaya was still there! Hehehe.
9. I am deathly afraid of snakes. I do not like frogs and other reptiles (lizards, crocs, alligators, etc.) either.
When I was 3 or 4, one of our field trips in MCHI was to Manila Zoo. I don’t remember much of it except that we were called to gather in front of the big aquarium thingies where the big snakes were because it was feeding time. Everyone was so excited and wanted to stay up front. Because I was one of the small ones, I was right up front. Then they opened the top and dangled a chicken…a LIVE chicken with white feathers. The chicken was dropped inside, and it ran around aimlessly, feathers flying all over the place. Next thing I remember, the chicken was in the snake’s mouth, white feathers sticking out. I think after that we went around for a while, then we went back to look at the snakes again and there was that lump in its body. Not really something I can easily forget.
I do not like frogs either. I used to play with frogs when I was little, and I don’t know what happened but one day I just found them icky. One time I scraped both knees because I tried to jump up 3 steps on the stairs because I saw a frog. In panic, I slipped and fell. I couldn’t wear pants for almost 2 weeks, couldn’t bend my knees, and I couldn’t even walk properly. My favorite “frog story” is when I threw Angel on the sofa. To be clear, we have two sofas (sort of like the L-shaped ones but a bit bigger and not so L-shaped). Angel and I were watching TV (she was around 1.5-2 years old), when this small bright green frog with long legs JUMPED ON THE SOFA. And to prove to you how scared I am of frogs, I threw my daughter on to the other sofa and ran. Yes, parang bola lang. She doesn’t remember it though but when I told her about it her reaction was “What kind of mother are you?!” My answer was, “one that is scared of frogs.” Hehehe.
10. I am not a sporty person. PE was not really one of my favorite subjects.
Volleyball – I got hit in the face once and my nose bled because my glasses scratched it.
Basketball – I cannot run while dribbling the ball. It’s either stand/walk and dribble or just run. I can’t really shoot either. Oh and I panic when someone tries to get the ball away from me. Hahaha.
Softball – same with volleyball, I’m scared the ball will hit my face.
Dance – I have two left feet. I cannot dance. Sure, I can follow the steps without the music (just counting). But once the music starts, ay nako! I get flustered and trip over my own feet.
Now the only two sports I can do – swimming and bowling.
I was in grade 3 I think when I first took swimming lessons at the pool in UP. I was in beginners class (of course) but was moved up to the next level after a few sessions. Apparently, I got how to do the freestyle faster than the others.
I think it was on our last day when some of us were asked to walk over to the 10 ft side of the pool. We were asked to line up by the edge of the pool, and the instructor pushed us into the pool one by one. I think this was a test to see if we would be able to keep ourselves afloat (and probably to see if we can save ourselves HAHAHA). I also remember my first thought after I was pushed into the pool was “OMG I have to get to the other side because the walls here are covered with lumot!” And that’s exactly what I did. I didn’t stop to float around, I swam over to the other side.
Summer before 5th grade I had swimming classes again. Since I already knew the basics, I was supposed to work on my speed. I could dive and resurface at almost half of the pool, but I was slow. That same summer, I got chickenpox so I had to stop swimming. I didn’t go back because I hated that my skin was getting too dark. Like I was forever sunburnt.
Bowling, well I remember breaking a mirror while practicing. The ball slipped and went right into the mirror. I also remember taking bowling as PE in college. The passing score was 75 (I think?) which was easy peasy. I don’t know now though if I can still score higher than 100. My arms get tired easily. Haha. Old people problems.
11. I had my ears pierced twice. No, I do not have multiple piercings. The one I had when I was little closed up because I didn’t wear earrings for a long time. I think it was because I wore a pair that gave me allergies and made my ear itchy. From then on, after I got my ears pierced again, I only wear hypoallergenic earrings. Feeling baby. This is also why I don’t wear fancy earrings like those dangling tassle ones. That and I’m scared I’ll tear my ear off it it gets caught on something.
12. I cannot leave the house without a bracelet. I don’t know why but everytime I go out, I have to have a bracelet on my wrist or else it feels like I’m missing something. I can do without the earrings or my necklace or my watch.
13. I learned to bake because of Mama, my grandma (mom’s mom). When I was little, we would have Sunday lunch with them and she would let me help make chocolate or banana cake. By help, it usually meant mixing and licking off the excess batter. Hehe.
In highschool, I took baking as an elective. The ovens we used then were the kind where you had to light up the gas thing inside. During the practical test, I couldn’t light it up because I was scared it will explode on my face. I got a 99, and the teacher said I would have gotten 100 if I was able to light the oven up. Hehe. 😅
14. I am not good at Math and Science. I guess that gene must have skipped a generation (or maybe just me). I do however feel that if I had been taught Science and Math in English back in high school, I would have understood it better. I realized this when I shadowed an 8th grader. While some topics were difficult (for me), I understood the concepts a lot better because it was taught in English. Alam mo yung feeling na “ay ganun lang pala yun?!” 😒
15. I am not good in Filipino either. This gene I’m sure did not skip me. Hehehe. I can speak and write and read it but it takes such an effort, walang automaticity so my brain uses up most of its energy decoding. WHAT?! Char!
Growing up, I was not allowed to watch Filipino shows on TV. So, when people talk about this show and that (like cartoons and all), most of the time I cannot relate. I watched Sesame Street while they watched Batibot (I watched it sometimes too that’s why I know some of the characters). Then there’s Care Bears, Rainbow Brite, Voltron, She-ra and He-man. Haha! We weren’t allowed to watch telenovelas either, well not until after high school (I think). If you’re wondering how I survived then, well it simple. I read books! Lots and lots of books. I had my Nancy Drew and Sweet Valley series, so I was good. 😁
16. The only college entrance exam I took was the UPCAT. It was either pass the test or don’t go to college. Well guess what, I passed. Char!
During the UP Centennial kyemerlu, the family got recognized for having 3 generations of UP graduates. Mama and Papa, Mom and Dad, aaaaaand ME! Special ako eh. 😁😂 Kaya when I say “my blood runs maroon,” serious yun (maroon talaga yun blood ko, hindi red CHOS! 😋) cause brother and sister are from UP too. So Angel, alam mo na ha 😉
The thing is, I don’t like studying – the reading textbooks, taking notes kind of thing. I take notes in class, and read them an hour before a quiz or test. That’s it. One time in college, I tried actually studying for a test, ayun 2.0. Hahaha. If I really need to remember things, I usually watch a movie while reading. Since I remember by association, I try to remember what part of the movie I was watching while I was reading whatever info I need to recall. Yung totoo, I don’t know how and why in the world I keep taking post grad courses. I have too many diplomas already – Bachelor’s + 2 post grad diplomas – and yet I still have no idea what I want to do with my life. Hahaha!
17. Last one! I don’t talk much. I prefer sitting quietly and observing others. Take note, QUIETLY. I cannot stand loud, noisy people. The other day we were at Starbucks and everyone was talking at the same time. I wanted to tell them all to shut up, but I knew I shouldn’t so I tried to tune them out instead. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. I’m not one to open up about my feelings to people. I do not like the feeling na I’m bothering them with my issues in life when they probably also have issues of their own. Which is why I appreciate the people who I can “bother” with all my drama. Although I’m also not the type who’s showy with appreciation, I try in my own little way.
See, all these things I just wrote, not a lot of people know these about me because I don’t tell them. I wouldn’t have been able to say all these if I were talking to someone face to face. I express myself better through writing. While I may not write that well (Taglish and all that), I know at least I can say what’s on my mind.
So there you go, a very long post all about me. Haha! I hope you enjoyed reading it as much as I (oddly) enjoyed writing it. 😁