I've been tagged, so here goes!!!
You share 8 things that your readers don't know about you. then at the end you tag 8 other bloggers to keep the fun going.
* each blogger must post these rules first.
* each blogger starts with eight random facts/habits about themselves.
* bloggers that are tagged need to write on their own blog about their eight things and post these rules.
* at the end of your blog, you need to choose eight people to get tagged and list their names.
* don't forget to leave them a comment telling them they're tagged, and to read your blog.
1. I married the love of my life because my mom told me to pray the 9 week Novena to St. Joseph (Prayer for a Good Husband). I didn't know where to get one, but my friend Gina suddenly emailed me a copy, without me asking! Funny that dear hubby (then suitor, hehehe) had been asking me out for the longest time, but my weekends were already booked for family trips. Then he had the fabulous idea of going out for dinner on a Sunday night. Our first date happened on a Sunday, the first week of my Novena! When he rang the doorbell, my thought bubble was, "This is the man I'm going marry!". I instantly knew, just like that!
2. I started picking out my own clothes when I was 2 years old. I still remember it like yesterday. If I didn't like the outfit prepared for me, I would go to my three chest drawer and ask my mom to pick out what I wanted to wear! One time, I told her I wanted to dress up like Wonder Woman so she made me wear my underwear and wrapped a silk scarf around my neck so it looked like a cape. Then we went to the terrace and I stood up on a chair and asked to have my picture taken. The thing is we forgot that I had to wear a tube top! So if you see that picture now, our version of Wonder Woman was topless! Hahaha!
3. I lived in Leavenworth, Kansas for a year. Not inside the federal penitentiary silly! My dad studied in Fort Leavenworth's Command and General Staff College and the whole family got to tag along with him! I was in 9th grade at the time and it felt like being in the middle of a Sweet Valley High story! Seriously! I saw for myself that those storybook high school cliques really do exist - you got the peppy cheerleaders and the dumb jocks, the band geeks, the rockers in their Metallica band tees and flannel shirts, the student council achievers, the special ed kids who all go to school together in the special ed bus, and the hick kids who get dropped by pick-ups trucks filled with picks and hoes (yeah, Kansas is farm country after all)! Speaking of picks, I also knew how it felt like to be picked last for the team in PE class! Boohoo! (Understandable though, who would pick the short, skinny Asian girl for their basketball team? I wouldn't too! Hahaha!)
4. If I could turn back time, I wouldn't have spent my summers in college bumming in London. And when I mean bumming, I mean literally walking the streets from morning till night. I would visit Harrods and Harvey Nichols at least every other day, Covent Garden once a week, Oxford Street, Bond Street and all the other spots in between, kill time walking up and down Kensington High Street or watching people at Kensington Park (hoping to catch a glimpse of Princess Diana and the princes since our driver in London, Kuya Pilo, claimed that he would see them often in the vicinity of Kensington Palace) while waiting for my dad to finish his day at the Philippine Embassy at 9A Palace Green. I should have taken up short courses in fashion or something useful. Note to the young: Make productive use of your time and think of your free time as a chance to hone your skills so you can build up your resume! There's plenty of talented people out there and you have to be able to set yourself apart! All I got out of my bum in London days is the right to claim that I know all the routes to the shopping districts like the back of my hand. Tsk tsk! Then again, the experience also honed and refined my taste, and I continuously developed an eye for great finds. Very useful for this shopping blog right? ;-)
5. I lived a portion of my life surrounded by guns, grenade launchers, bodyguards and bomb sniffing dogs. No kidding! It was a regular thing to wake up in the morning and see a couple of K9s sniffing my mom's orchids and the bushes on our front and back yard. (But those dogs are pretty cool. They let you pet them as long as their handler holds the leash hahaha). Its not that we're into guns, goons and gold. My dad was in the military and a security detail was part of the package. That also included target shooting lessons for us kids (Yes, I can shoot a .45 calibre handgun and hit the target 40 meters away. I've also tried using an Uzi submachine gun, not my kind of thing, I'd rather stick to zooming in on Target-the store, hahaha!). Of course, when he retired, then it was sort of back to reality! Thank goodness for that! That kind of life is not for everyone!
6. I always get what I want. When I focus my mind on something, I really do get it. God has blessed me infinitely by granting my heart's desires. Sometimes, it may not be exactly how I wanted it, but He has a way of giving it to me in His own time and way. All I can say is, He definitely has a sense of humor! I have lists I made a couple of years ago and everything that I put there has happened already! Which reminds me, time to draw up a new, improved and more challenging list!!!
7. I love to write! When I have to write an article for a publication, it doesn't feel like work at all! It pays a paltry sum, but the feeling of pride and satisfaction when I see it on print is worth it! I especially love it when people tell me they've read this or that article I wrote and that they enjoyed it! I honestly do not expect people to remember my written work, so when they do, its a whole lot of fun for me!
8. My parents have saved a lot of money on my college and graduate education. I studied Business Economics in UP Diliman which makes me an Iskolar ng Bayan. I then took up my MBA with a Double Major in Marketing and Entrepreneurship in AIM - that's the Asian Institute of Management in Makati, where I was a scholar as well! Lucky me huh?! =)