My birthday is closing in, and I’m turning
18 25 FINE, 27. I’m pretty happy with where I am now. I can say with confidence that my late 20s are miles better than my early 20s. I hope life only keeps soaring from here!
Although I still can’t shake the feeling that I don’t really know what to do with my life. Sure, I’m married and love my job, but then what? Buy a house? Start a family? Do I even want kids? I can barely take care of myself, let alone another human being. Am I ever gonna be ready? I need an adult to help make sense of all this.
Anyway, Tara and Kya recently did a Facts about Me type of post, and I wanted to do the same for my birthday! It was surprisingly hard to think of twenty-seven things about myself. I’ve been working on this post for weeks! But here it is.
1. My mom wanted to name me Vernice.
Let’s just say I really like my name now. No offense to any Vernices out there! I just don’t think it would fit me.
2. I’ve had to change my name twice.
Once when my stepdad adopted me, and once more when I got married.
3. I sang in choir and played the flute.
I can’t speak much for my musical aptitude, but I did sing in choir in elementary and high school. I was also in a band, and I chose the flute though sometimes I was also percussion. I sang competitively in high school, and we won first place in my senior year!
4. I graduated valedictorian in high school.
I did okay in college.
5. I’m the firstborn grandchild on both sides.
I’m very used to being the Ate (big sister) and being in charge. I actually have issues with authority sometimes. I’ve been annoyed by Michael’s siblings before when I’m sure they were just trying to give us advice like an older sibling would. He ate it all up, and I was just thinking “Don’t tell me what to do!! >:(” They probably laughed at me. I’d do the same if my younger sister or cousins would throw an annoyed fit.
6. I wanted to be a car wash owner when I was 5.
My backup career option was to be a garbage truck driver. #FollowYourDreams
7. My youngest cousin is six.
I’m sure some people have assumed he’s my kid.
8. Michael and I are the perfect match.
According to many sources anyway! I’m a Leo, he’s Sagittarius. I’m the eldest daughter, he’s the youngest son. I’m INFJ, he’s INTP. No, we didn’t base our engagement on any of these. We have a lot in common and communicate well with each other, and of course, we’re in love! But I think these are fun to talk about.
9. I have dimples.
I’ve been asked if I had surgery or piercings to get them, and nope, they’re dimples. I honestly forget about them until someone points them out.
10. I’m my family’s personal hairstylist.
Whenever anyone in my family needs a haircut, color, or style for an event, they come to me. I’ve done my mom’s, sister’s, and sister-in-law’s hair many times!
11. The first anime I remember watching is Voltes V.
My first sentai series was Maskman! The Tagalog opening scene brings back so many memories. I always had to be Yellow Mask because my cousin wanted to be Pink Mask.
12. I was terrified of Shadow Blasters as a child.
Hyperion and Ashura’s floating heads were very unsettling! Here’s a playthrough if you’d like to see it. My youngest uncle (only ten years older than me) was obsessed with this game when I was very little. I’d always cry whenever he’d want to play it, and my grandmother would have to take me to another room. I got over my fear when I got a bit older and started playing it with him. I wasn’t that good though. He could beat it in twenty minutes!
13. My first gaming console was the Sega Mega Drive.
My dad got me my own console for Christmas when I was in fourth grade. I had Aladdin for Sega which was so freaking difficult. I also had The Jungle Book.
14. I wrote my first book in fourth grade.
It was a fictional travel guide of a “desserted” island, with whipped cream-capped ice cream mountains and orange soda rivers. It was supposedly not far from my hometown. How a mountain range made of ice cream can last in the tropics, I don’t know.
15. The first fanfic I read was Street Fighter.
… except I had no idea. I thought it really happened in canon. It was Ryu/Chun Li. I was 11.
16. I wrote my first fanfic when I was 13.
It was Yu Yu Hakusho, and it was terrible. /cringe
17. I look like this without makeup.
I love makeup not only because its fun, but also because it makes me look my age. I’m always told that getting mistaken for underage is a compliment, and it can be at times, but I’d also like to be taken seriously. Plus, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with looking your age. Women do not depreciate with age because we’re not objects. Don’t buy the hype!
18. I was two years old when Mt. Pinatubo erupted.
My family lived in Zambales and were evacuated. I have very few but vivid memories of the eruption. I remember my mom wrapping me in her jacket while we were leaving the house. We were cramped in a building with many other people. It was very dark, and there were constant tremors.
19. I use to play World of Warcraft obsessively.
I was part of my guild’s core raid group, and we had a schedule. But honestly, it was a lot of fun for me because when we weren’t raiding, my guildies and I would just hang out on Vent and do instances together. I also had a bag business in the auction house. I don’t miss WoW though! It consumed too much of my free time.
21. This is the youngest picture of me online.
Thanks, Mom’s Facebook! I was 4 months old here.
22. My high school nickname was Bubbles.
Because apparently I sound and acted a lot like her lol.
23. I spent my teen years in Makati.
We moved to Makati when my dad took his business to Manila. I loved growing up there, though I’m not sure I’d like living there now. The commute was always a nightmare! My school was in Parañaque and it’d take me hours to get home. You couldn’t go anywhere on Friday nights because of the traffic. We lived close to Greenbelt and Glorietta so we’d just walk most times.
24. I own a Japanese cellphone.
I have a Fujitsu F-06D Nicola. I was obsessed with keitai at one point, and I wanted one real badly! Mine actually came in to good use when we vacationed in Taiwan last year. My smartphone wasn’t unlocked, so I couldn’t use it internationally. I used my keitai instead. I’m thinking of buying another one and starting a collection, haha!
25. My favorite childhood cartoon was Dexter’s Laboratory.
My sister’s nickname is Dd after Dexter’s sister, Deedee. I like to randomly yell to her, “Dd! How many times do I have to tell you not to step inside my laboratory!?”
26. I did a lot of volunteering.
Not so much these days, but I make up for it now with monetary donations. In college, I was secretary to an environmental student organization. We often aided animal shelters and held meetups to discuss conservational issues. I was also an adult illiteracy tutor. At the time, I was juggling a junior research assistant gig too. I didn’t sleep much.
27. Other previous jobs of mine were office work, retail, and preschool teacher’s aid.
Hah, I don’t miss retail at all. But I still keep in touch with some of my old students’ parents. They’re so grown up now!
That’s it for me! Tell me a fact about yourself.