Hola! As I have written on my previous post, I'll be committing myself to doing a 31-day blogging challenge this summer. This will help me a lot in keeping you guys updated about random stuff and also, it would give me the chance to be able to come up with something to write everyday for 31 days. Day 2 would be 20 facts about me.. So here we go!
1. I have mild scoliosis
I would never know the reason why I had scoliosis, but when I was younger, I'd always visit the doctor to have myself checked if it has gotten anywhere near worse. Thankfully, at this age, the only bad effects of it is that I lay my body more to the left as I walk — which often resulted in people thinking that I sway my body too much when I walk. Although it has never affected me heavily, I would say that it gives me a sense of consciousness whenever I walk and I know that someone's right behind me. It's too awkward, I must say.
2. I have a lump on my left chest
In addition to my scoliosis, I've also developed a lump on my left chest which, if I may re-quote, is part of a bone in my back (or a rib) that's pushed slightly forward that resulted in scoliosis and me having a lump on my chest. Again, when we visited the doctor years ago, the only dangerous effect of this is if it grows to constrict my breathing. If that happens, it would simply mean that my heart is compressed, and we all know that that mustn't happen, right?
3. I've only been to the Philippines once
When I was only 2 months old, my parents decided to bring me to the Philippines as they were both working here in the UAE. So from 2 months old to 3 years old and a half, I grew up knowing that my home is the Philippines and that my grandmother was the only person I needed the most. When I was brought back to the UAE, it took a long while for me to accept the fact that I had parents of my own and that Lola (grandma) wouldn't always have to be with me. It was such a heartache for my grandma to see me leave, but she soon visited the UAE to be with me. Since then, the UAE has been my home. It's sad to know that I only keep a few memories of my stay in the Philippines since I was really young at that time, but who knows when I'll be landing my feet in Philippine soil again, right?
4. I had a weird phobia growing up
This would be the first time I'll be sharing this on my blog, but aside from having a mild fear of heights, blood and being a claustrophobic, I also grew up being so afraid of disabled people. Please don't be quick to judge me here, but when I was in the Philippines, I'd always see people walking with an amputated foot or someone who was mentally disabled. Those were some of the reasons why I was so much afraid of them. I always thought that they'd hurt me the moment I crossed their zones plus the fact that some of the people I know would use them as haunted stories to discipline me back then. I know this a heavy issue and the last time I've proven that I was really afraid of such was when a man with amputated legs nearly approached me at a mall about 3 years ago. I went crazy.Few years after, I've come across people with Down's syndrome at church and I realized that they are lovely people to be with. I've followed Special Books by Special Kids on social media and learned so much about these special people who need love and understanding just as we all do. Now, although my fear has not been totally erased, I already have a sense of why I shouldn't, at all, be afraid of them. With the help of my family, I understood so many things about these people who give color to the lives of many. To you, who have invested your life for the welfare of disabled people, know that I respect and admire you so much. I pray that God reward you hundred-fold.
5. My eye grade is 400+
It's absolutely ridiculous when I think that I'm almost blind without my eyeglasses. You see, I started wearing eyeglasses when I was 10 and ended up wearing them until now, 10 years later. Lasik surgery, ever since it came about has seriously been one of my goals in life. God willing!
6. I almost got to the varsity at school
When I was in grade 6, I tried out for Volleyball and surprisingly passed it. I was already given all of the information and which bus would pick me up for practices, but my parents had to interfere once again. I was really skinny and looked like I was sickly back then — the reason why my parents told me to focus on my studies more instead of playing Volleyball. I just wish I pursued it so I could at least play for the school but yeah... one big regret right here!
7. I'm not confident when it comes to singing
Almost everyone in my family knows how to sing. My sisters make covers, my dad used to join singing contests and my mom had a background in Choir. Although I used to be in a choir when I was younger, I was never really confident with my singing. It's just that singing doesn't only require a good voice, it also requires good listening — and I always fail when it comes to that point.
8. I had crooked teeth and braces are heaven-sent
One of my insecurities growing up was my ugly-shaped teeth. I would never smile in the camera and talk to people confidently. All because of my crooked teeth. When I got braces, I finally learned to smile with an open mouth and hence, the many selfies.
And so, I began to take pictures of my almost-straight teeth every now and then.
9. I love taking derp selfies
Speaking of selfies, when I had braces, I took every moment of my life to take stupid pictures of myself. Pretend sing, pretend super happy and all sorts of random things I could do with my face.
And I don't want to hold myself back from posting these photos of myself. At least I spent my teenage years taking selfies-- which, by the way, isn't that worse like committing a crime or getting involved in drugs, right? Trying to be confident whenever, whatever.
10. I love having a proof for everything
There were stages in my life when I felt like no one believed me and no one thought I was credible. When I found out about taking screenshots, I soon became addicted to it. I'd screenshot a message when I think that the person I was chatting with would soon use something against me or when someone followed me on my social media accounts. And it's not good. Maybe because I lost my trust in myself and on others, I thought that screenshots or audio recordings would solve my problem. So if I were to live you with a piece of advice, I'd say that if you have a problem with someone, take all the courage to confront them and live in peace with yourself first!
11. I'm adventurous and up for anything like sky-diving
Among my family members and I, I'd honestly say that I'm the risk-taker when it comes to something adventurous. So if I get a good job someday, I would surely spend a li'l something on scary rides as I'm one adrenaline junkie!
12. I love Bagoong!
Bagoong is, according to Wikipedia, a traditional Filipino condiment either partly or fully made with fermented fish, shrimp or crab fat. It is super tasty and perfect for everything... in my opinion that is.
13. I'm a non-denominational Christian
Many of you my readers know what I believe in as it naturally comes out in most of the posts that I write. I respect everyone no matter what their beliefs and backgrounds are, but these are what I believe in as a Christian. 1. I believe in the entirety of the Bible — no ifs no buts. 2. I believe in heaven and hell 3. I also believe that Jesus Christ ALONE is the only way to heaven.
14. I used to play the Piano / keyboard
A pastor taught me how to play the Piano in notes, I soon gave up on it so I moved to Youtube and learned chords instead. I say I 'used to' because I don't play it anymore — probably because of lack of practice and courage to show it to people.
15. I'm a Chainsmokers and Coldplay fan
I've learned to love Electropop music which got me into Chainsmokers. I like Coldplay for the nostalgic / poetry feels and the easy-to-learn lyrics. When they teamed up on Something Just Like This my heart literally melted!!!
16. I open the fridge every now and then
I don't know if this is a serious case, but I always find myself opening the refrigerator's door even if I''m not supposed to. It doesn't only happen in a fridge's door though, as I open every door I feel like opening.
17. I cut my own hair
I cut my own hair including my sisters' hair to save money. All credits to YouTube videos!
18. I used to wear high heels
When I was still a teenager, I pretty much got addicted to wearing high heels. My cousin even gave me a pair of 6-inch high heels that I soon fell in love with. As I grew older, I've eventually outgrown that fact and realized that comfort is still better than looking tall. Teehee!
19. I don't get cramps when it's that time of the month
Okay ladies I know we don't talk about this often, but I guess, at some point we should also be open about it. It's normal, hey! So guys, please bear with it. When it's that time of the month, I don't / rarely get cramps (dysmenorrhea) and I consider that a god-given gift. Seeing how other ladies out there complain about too much pain, I can only be grateful that the least I feel would be discomfort only.
20. I'm socially awkward (at times)
Tell you what, I was born a naturally-shy person, and if you're someone who got to talk to me, you'd know this is true. I'm often not confident when talking to people, but I'm not a snob. If I get the hang of it, I can talk to you about random stuff too. It's just that I feel like I'm making myself vulnerable to the world when I talk about myself. Topics that usually pull me out of my comfort zone are those about my education and what I do in life. You may think I'm being judgmental when I say I don't trust that people would understand my circumstance right now, but I've been in actual situations where I've proven that fact as well. Even then, know that it was never my intention to make you feel awkward as I'm the one who's awkward here, remember? Just kidding!
There we go! 20 facts about myself. Hope you liked it!