A lot of people ask me where I'm from. I was born and raised in Indonesia to Filipino parents before moving to the San Francisco Bay Area when I was 15. But since I have no traceable hint of an Indonesian or Filipino accent, people assume I grew up in the United States. Sometimes I speak to them in a foreign accent just to mess with them.
I could speak when I was 1. When I was 2, I turned vegetarian because I didn't like the taste of meat. When I was 5, my parents tried to force me to eat meat by starving me for a week...until I lost most of my body weight and they felt so bad they told me I could eat whatever I wanted. These days, any time I tell someone I'm vegetarian, they don't believe me - "you don't look vegetarian".
What is a vegetarian supposed to look like?
In my past life, I was a lifeguard and swimming instructor, and I spent many years teaching adults and kids to swim. After all those years and the interesting experiences I've had, I surprisingly still love kids.
Also at throwing people - that's why I have a black belt
And swimming butterfly
Movies and TV - I have an eclectic taste in movies and TV shows that spans the entire spectrum of movie types. One on hand, I enjoy mindless action a la 'Gladiator'. On the other, I enjoy witty banter from shows like 'Downton Abbey'. I also love shows with intellectually stimulating dialogue amid intense action like 'the Godfather Trilogy' or 'Game of Thrones'. But I do have a soft spot for sitcoms like 'How I met your mother'.
Music - I like most music, but I'm having a hard time embracing electronic dance music. And like many other people, the Beatles are definitely my number one musical influence.
Food - I may be a vegetarian, but I still consider myself a foodie. I just found out that I'm a super taster (yes, it's real). I can appreciate good food from any culture, and I'm open to trying many things at least once.
- My close friends
- My gym bag and equipment
- A warm bed
- Bread and cheese
- What I should do if somebody attacks me on the BART
- What cats and dogs do when their owners go to work
- Why my parents named me after the titular character of a Shakespeare play
- You would like to learn to dance with me
- You've got a pretty awesome singing voice
- You would be willing to join me on a new adventure trying new foods, or exploring new countries
- You noticed my liberal use of the Oxford comma