Tagged by Chen

3 October 2008 0 Comments Category: Memes

Thanks Chen for the tag 🙂

Here’s my questions:

1. What was I doing 10 years ago?

Ten years ago, I was on my first working stint as a Training Assistant for a pizza chain owned by RFM. I was busy training service crews and opening restaurants all over Metro Manila and some provincial areas. It was around this time that I got myself trained inside the kitchen and be part of a production line.

I also remember that at this time, I have my Thursday night outs with my college girl friends. We’d usually meet at Megamall or Shangri-la to have dinner and catch up.

2. What are the 5 things on my to-do list today?

– work, work, work
– submit requirements to an agent
– do grocery shopping
– clean house
– write and send an article to PDI

3. Snacks I enjoy:

– pizza
– shawarma
– chips

4. Place(s) where I lived:

– Caloocan, Novaliches, Taytay, Sydney

5. Things I’d do if I were a billionaire:

– buy a house in Sydney and in Manila
– put some in a trust fund
– open up a business related to coffee and photography
– write and publish a book!
– start a foundation that will focus on children’s education

I tag those who love Fridays :).

I was tagged by Gneth to answer 10 random facts about me and since I’ve done several of this kind of tags already (all you have to do is click on one of my tags called ibyang memes and you’ll find it all there) but I always try to find a way to be creative in giving random facts about me, this time, I will focus on my love for reading books.

Let me also take this opportunity to answer Dave’s question on how I choose a book I plan to read next.

Fact #1

These are the books I have right now within my reach. It so happened that I did my forthnightly sorting-of-stuff-inside-our-room today and made an inventory of all the books lying around our room. The books include:

a. Modern Asian Living – the book that validated the design I want for our future home, this was also my first book on interior design.

b. Photography by Peter Cattrell – given by my husband, my quick reference before I do a shoot or when I’m needing to brush up on photography skills.

c. The Little Prince – one of my favorite books, it was hardbound so I bought it.

d. The Starbucks Experience – supplies me with Marketing and Customer Service ideas.

e. Pugad Baboy 18 and 19 – helps to uplift me when I’m in need of entertainment and humour.

f. We Are All Welcome Here – about a Mom-Daughter relationship.

g. Recipes for a Perfect Marriage – just one of those books on marriage, very funny and had a lot of insights.

h. Love In A Time of Cholera – they say this is one of the best love stories ever written.

i. Brida – I always seem to have one Paulo Coelho book within my reach all the time.

j. Wicked – the latest book I bought and is now the book I read before going to bed.

k. Book of Affirmations and It’s Never Too Late – two books I that inspire me and help with the upkeep of my positive outlook in life.

Fact #2:

Those are just the books within my reach, I still have lots! Most of them are now in storage boxes waiting for a new home. Husband and I are currently looking for a new place to stay and most of our things are now in boxes, ready for transport. I’m also limiting my book acquisition at the moment because I don’t want to do more packing than I should.

Fact #3:

My dream is to have a library inside the house or at least a study room that will house all my books—lots of it–arranged by author’s surname! hehe.

Fact #4:

I read two to three books simultaneously sometimes. May pang-morning train, afternoon train and another one before I retire at night.

Fact #5:

I also read magazines but only because I want entertaining or I just need to be updated with medical breakthroughs, health issues or what’s new in fashion, etc. But I seldom buy them…I just borrow from workmates or sometimes friends give them.

Fact #6:

I haven’t read or finished reading all the books I bought…like two of the books in the photo above: Love in the Time of Cholera and We Are All Welcome Here. I’m finding them boring and both stories are slow for me, but I’d still finish them later.

Fact #7:

My favorite bookstores in the Phils would be: Powerbooks and National Bookstore.

My favorite bookstores in Australia would be: Borders and Kinokuniya.

Fact #8:

On how I choose my next book to read:

a. I don’t judge the book by its cover BUT I sometimes judge the book by its first page: if I find what I’m looking for in the first page, I’d buy it! What do I look for in the first page??? The way an author makes an impact on the first parts of his/her story—I look for IMPACT, if it will make me think or feel something when I read the first page, then it must be good.

b. I crave for books the way I crave for food. With food, you sometimes crave for sweet or sour…with books, it’s the same for me. There are days when I crave for humour, inspiration, marketing strategies, a love story, on marriage, etc. When I enter a bookshop, I sometimes have a feel of what I want and I follow my craving.

c. There are times that I enter a bookshop and have no idea on what book I want. I just let my feet lead the way when that happens.

d. I get recommendations from friends and the net.

Fact #9:

Some of my favorite authors include: Paulo Coelho, Elizabeth Gilbert, Victoria Morgan, Anne Rice, Marg Stark, Audrey Niffenegger and John Grisham.

Fact #10:

If you were to ask what my top 5 books are, these would be it:

1. Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

2. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

3. Interview with a Vampire by Anne Rice

4. The Zahir by Paulo Coelho

5. What No One Tells The Bride by Marg Stark (I’ve written something about it here)

This tag from Donna and Gracey is looooonnggg overdue…but I never forget, so when I say I’m in, I will do it even if it takes a lifetime hehehe.

Post the rules:

  • Each blogger starts with ten random facts/habits about themselves.
  • Bloggers that are tagged need to write on their own blog about their ten things and post these rules.
  • At the end of your blog, you need to choose ten 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.

Okay, here my 10 Random Facts/Habits on Being Me:

On Being a Wifey: I never really thought I would love being a wife–I really don’t, not in my wildest dreams. But with all the adjustments, chores and responsibilities that come with it, I can safely say that I do love being a wife. I now love staying at home cooking, doing chores or just hanging out with the husband. I even love budgetting for goodness’ sake!!!! hehehe . I love that I’m able to juggle my wifey responsibilities and personal interests, too. I now realized that it’s all about being ready and I’m glad marrying early in life was not a priority for me when I was young. Married life is happy and challenging at the same time—it is not a bed of roses so it requires a certain maturity and strength, so I’m glad I waited till I’m really really ready.

On Being a Trainer: Training is one of my passions in life, although right now I’m not playing an active part in it. But I do love the thought that when I train, I play a vital role in an employee’s development in the workplace. Teaching/training is a selfless act and for me, that in itself is a way of taking care of people. One day, I plan to come back to training actively and the only place I’d want to do it is in the Phils.

On Being a Blogger: This comes as my second passion right now—no, it’s not Photography like everyone thinks! Writing has become an extension for me since I’m not actively training. Training requires for me to share information, advices and things I believe in(like being positive in everything you do!) and that is how I feel about blogging/writing. Whatever I write about, whatever I share, I make sure it is thoughtfully done and consistent to the things I believe in and that it is something that my readers can learn from.

On Being a Photography Enthusiast: The photographs I share with everyone almost always has a meaning (except of course the photographs of my family/relatives). Whenever I share a photograph here, you can be sure that it is something that has a meaning, it tells a story or it is informative. On how I look at a photograph: I always always look at what message it conveys…doesn’t matter if it was taken by a P&S or an DSLR…kung walang meaning, mensahe o istorya ang isang litrato, di bale na lang.

On Being a Friend: Once you become a really good friend of mine, I’m committed to that friendship. If a friend loves me and is always there for me, I will reciprocate that. If a friend did something very bad to me, I will probably rant just to say my piece, then I’ll forgive him/her but I will never be close to that person again.

On Being an Ex: Once I say goodbye and walk away, I never turn back. One mistake is enough, I don’t like working things out just to make a second mistake. Although I think one time I made an exception to that rule—but it never really worked so hindi na talaga. After everything is okay and both has moved on, I can become friends with an Ex again and I am friends with former boyfriends—yes, the husband knows and he is also friends with them.

On How I Spend Money: I can be as prudent (kuripot) as a Chinese businessman. I seldom spend too much on little things like clothes, make-up, shoes, bags (until now, I still can’t make myself buy my dream bags even if I know I can afford it). But I do spend more on things for the home and electronic gadgets and I avoid buying second hand for the mere reason that I’m afraid it won’t be of quality (I do make exceptions if I know the person who’s selling). I love setting up funds: Gift funds, travel funds, etc and joining Paluwagans.

On Being Healthy: I don’t want to be fat! hehehe. But I don’t want to be skinny too. I eat what I love; the healthy ones (fish, fruits, veggies) I try to eat as often as possible, the unhealthy ones (junk food, meat) i take in moderation. I take long walks after work and on weekend, I try to squeeze in briskwalks/jogging at a nearby park.

On Loving: Hindi ako selosa (I’m not the jealous-type). Period. hehehe.

On Being a Soon-to-be Mum: I’m looking forward to it but I’m in no rush. I have learned early on that anybody can plan an engagement, a wedding and a honeymoon…but having a baby is something you can’t put in the calendar. So for now, what I always say to The One Above is “Surprise me!!!”…maybe one he will.

So there, another 10 facts about me.

Whoever is happy today because its a Friday—YOU are tagged!!!

Happy Weekend!!!