32 Things I’ve Learned As I Turn 32 Today

Circa 1981

One year old me

1. I still sleep with a child’s bolster at night. I’ve had mine since I was about 10. If there’s a fire (touch wood), that is the first thing I will save.
2. Theme parks are awesome, and I don’t think it’s childish to want to go to one and play.
3. I prefer music from the 50s to the 90s. Latest would be early noughties. Current music shits the big one.
4. I can still be a pushover despite being one in school and striving not to be one again when I grow up.
5. Operation Stop Being A Pushover will be a life long battle, I’m afraid.
6. I can eat and watch Bones, CSI, etc at the same time (with all the human remains in full glory), but I cannot watch gory movies. At all.

Circa 1988 with my brother

8 year old me with my 4 year old brother

7. I’ve taken after my mum in being a little OCD when it comes to cleanliness and tidiness.
8. Years ago, I swore I would never become like my mother.
9. Now I count my blessings if I even take 50% after her.
10. I don’t need 500 friends to validate my existence.
11. A handful of very good friends whom I consider family and that I can count on is more than enough for me.
12. I can finally cook! (and to think that 10 years ago, I absolutely hated cooking and the most I could do was scrambled eggs and rice).
13. I can still scream and jump like a teenager when at a pop concert.

Circa 1994

Me at 14 years

14. When I’m out late at night, I can and will jolly well take the taxi instead of trying to save money and take the train and bus instead.
15. I can make things with my hands and people love them.
16. I can make things with my hands and make money out of them.
17. I don’t have to be in an office 9 to 5 just to have a successful and fulfilling career.
18. I can finally say NO to my parents.
19. It took me a long time to actually believe what Eleanor Roosevelt said – “no one can make you feel inferior without your consent“.

2005 at Odaiba

25 year old me at Odaiba, Japan.

20. I’m utterly hooked to my phone. It’s my safety net on public transportation and when I’m eating alone.
21. Having said that, I CAN eat alone without having a book with me. But probably not without my phone.
22. I can finally apply liquid eyeliner properly now with wings and all that. Booyah.
23. I’ve always enjoyed writing but never thought I’d be blogging and enjoying it even more.
24. People who sulk about turning 18, 22, 25 and think that they’re so old now annoys me.
25. Lack of control stresses me out and I take them out on my hands. I now have “stress callouses”.
26. Having a home of my own is a wonderful feeling (before thoughts of mortgage stress creep in).

My Wedding Day

My wedding day

27. I only started using tampons a few years ago, and every time I get my period, I think back of all the horrid times in school when I was running around in thick sanitary napkins. Ugh.
28. I can be thin and unhappy, or I can have a few kg more (still within a healthy BMI) and be happy. I’ve been there, and I choose the latter.
29. Sometimes all I need is a good cry to get the bad stuff out of my system. After that, the rainbow comes out and all’s good with the world again.
30. I didn’t appreciate my family all that much until I moved away from home to Australia 4 years ago. Now I miss them every single day.

My Parents

My parents and I at one of the wineries in Mornington

31. I used to think that I’m contented where I am now, but truth be told, I’m not. I want to make a name for myself doing something I’ve always wanted to do, defy all Asian stereotypes and tell the world that I don’t have to be a doctor, engineer, lawyer, whatever-Chinese-families-think-is-the-definition-of-success to be successful.
32. I’m actually happy to be turning 32.

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  1. aaj

    Happy Birthday Tine…really enjoyed your post today, especially No. 19. Hope you have a great day…:)

    1. Sherry B.

      This just made my day! Happy Birthday, Tine!

      1. Tine

        Sherry: Thanks Sherry :)

    2. Tine

      aaj: Thank you! Go Eleanor Roosevelt! :)

  2. LeGeeque

    Many happy returns of the day, char boh. Larp you long taim. xxxx
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    1. Tine

      LeGeeque: Aww thanks and I larp you long taim too :D xx

  3. Celeste @ Becoming Beautiful

    Happy Birthday, Tine!

    2. Theme parks forever.
    24. I don’t get the whining about getting old either. It’s just an age, geez.
    27. Haven’t use tampons before – too scared to do it.
    32. I defy asian stereotypes too! The number of people who told my parents they were stupid for letting me go on to study music…..

    Lovely post, hope you have a good day!

    1. Tine

      Celeste: I used to be really freaked out about tampons too. For years I’ve stayed away. I can’t remember what it was that made me bite the bullet and try one out. I reckon it was because Coles or Woolies was having a sale on feminine hygiene products and I thought, what the hell :P The first time I tried it, it was uncomfortable. I consulted my good friend, and she said that it could be because it isn’t inserted deep enough. Right. Freak me out more, why don’t you?
      Second time, it was a breeze. From that time onwards, what a huge, HUGE difference it has made. You really should try it Celeste. It makes walking around, travelling, etc much more bearable. I’ve recommended it to friends who would never dare to use them, but once they did, they couldn’t stop talking about how much easier tampons have made their lives. I don’t recommend the ones with the applicators as I feel I have more control with my fingers. TRY IT! :D

  4. MsCritique.com

    Happy Birthday Gorgeous. What a great list. You’ve inspired me, I might write one next year.
    Hope you have a fabulous day. xx
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    1. Tine

      MsCritique: Thanks love. Write one for your next birthday. My dad texted me when he saw my blog post (yikes!) and said he’ll write one when he turns 65. “65 things I’ve learned as I turn 65″. Hahaha! :P

  5. Lanovia

    Really love your post today :) happy birthday Tine, keep on writing the good things. Hv a great one!!

    1. Tine

      Thanks Lanovia :)

  6. Michelle Beh

    Happy birthday Tine!!!! Have a great day ahead!!!!

    1. Tine

      Thanks Michelle :)

  7. xin

    happy birthday tine! love your post and your takes on life. Sadly I have yet to find my own enlightenment, still one who sits in office 9-5 everyday and hating work and everything >< and is never satisfied with what i have. /slaps self
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    1. Tine

      Thanks Xin. It sucks sitting in the office 9-5pm, but it also sucks not having a steady income. If only we can win them all :P

  8. Paris B

    Happy birthday, Tine! I looked at Photo #2 and thought “Oh wait! I have the same hair Tine did when she was 8!” Oh dear…
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    1. Tine

      Hahahaha I wonder how many little girls had haircuts like that back then :P

      1. Paris B
        1. Tine

          HAHAHAHAHAH! Aww cute mah :D :D

  9. Beauty Box

    Happy birthday!! All good things to have achieved thus far….;-)

    1. Tine

      Thanks lovely! :)

  10. Nikki

    Happy Birthday Tine!!!! I love this post!!!
    Hey, about the pushover thing! I USED TO BE ONE! Let me teach you how to conquer it! hahahhaha chat with me! That’s going to be a birthday gift from me to you! :) :P

    1. Tine

      Thanks Nikki. Yes please teach me! Set a date for a chat? Hee hee ;)

  11. Charlotte

    Happy Birthday, Tine! It’s my birthday today too! :)

    1. Tine

      Thanks Charlotte. And happy birthday to you too! :D xx

  12. Nadia

    Happy Birthday Tine! Very inspirational post! Love it.
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    1. Tine

      Thanks Nadia. Catch up soon? It’s been a while :) xx

  13. Shamim de Varax

    happy birthday! we have so many alike points, except I still can’t draw on a liner properly xD

    1. Tine

      Thanks Shamim! Took a bucketload of practice with the liner, that’s for sure. And a lot of makeup remover to fix errors soon after ;)

  14. Jyoan

    Good job on being happy to turn 32! I belong to #24. =P You just reminded me of #24, because tomorrow is my birthday. haha.

    I really think it takes a LOT to be comfortable turning the age you are. =) I hope you’ll continue writing too because I love reading your blog! And last but not least, good luck to your #31! I do agree with you about how it feels stifling to have to succeed the Asian way, and I also feel that desire to do things differently.
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    1. Tine

      Happy birthday to you Jyoan. June is such an awesome month, is it not? :P

  15. Ling

    Awww, happy birthday! <3
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    1. Tine

      Thanks lovely! :D xx

  16. Tegan @ Teganias Thoughts

    Happy happy birthday!! This is such an awesome post, I love learning about your life :)
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    1. Tine

      Thanks Tegan. I had a lot more personal ones, but I think it’s best to keep them to myself, for now at least :)

  17. plue

    happy birthday Tine! you haven’t aged a bit! you looked the same when i looked at your wedding picture to your recent one with your parents.

    ditto on #1! i still have my stinky pillow and brings it around with me almost everywhere I go, and yes, that include travelling sessions :P #24, i don’t sulk at growing older, but i just feel so damn old :P

    anyways, have a really happy happy birthday!
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    1. Tine

      Aww thanks Plue! Very glad to know that :P

      I definitely need my stinky pillow with me when I travel. If it’s under 2 weeks, it’s still okay. But anything more than that, unless I’m going back to Malaysia to my parents’ home, I have to have it with me. It’s funny too, to look at the customs officer’s face when he has to open my suitcase and see the long pillow lying flat across the bag :P

  18. giddy tigress

    Happy birthday my dear! Such a lot of reminiscing we are doing, eh? You have a lot to be thankful for, and may you have many many more wonderful birthdays to come!!
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    1. Tine

      Thanks lovely. I love reminiscing the good ol’ days. The bad ones, not so much :P

  19. Yan

    Your brother damn cute la! And Aunty so pretty. And Uncle very leng chai… no wonder you so leng lui.. hehehe..
    Happy Birthday !

    1. Tine

      Hahahaha thanks Yan. My mum and dad and especially Ah Boy would be stoked to hear that :P

  20. MisSmall

    Happy birthday, sweetie! I am so happy that you are happy, and such a positive attitude in turning 32 gracefully! I’m proud and envy of you at the same time. :)
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    1. Tine

      Thanks love. Better to face 32 head on than sulk about it. 30s = best years! :D

  21. Jue

    Hi! Happy Birthday!

    That’s a lot of happy things to read and good things to know about yourself.

    1. Tine

      Thanks Jue :)

  22. Jade

    Happy belated birthday Tine, here’s to a year full of awesome <3

    1. Tine

      Thanks Jade :) xx

  23. bbBeauty

    Happy Birthday!
    Totally agree with you about the just needing to have a good cry.
    :)
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    1. Tine

      Thanks! It’s true. It doesn’t mean something’s wrong with us, or that we’re very sad. We just need to get it out of our system and all is right with the world again :)

  24. Harshleen

    Happy birthday Tine darling!! Really enjoyed reading 32 more things about you and you look adorable in your childhood pics. Wish you all the luck with your dreams!
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    1. Tine

      Thanks Harshleen! I *ahem* loved taking pictures when I was young. What am I saying, I still loving taking selfies. Vain much? Hahahahha :D

  25. Fiona

    Hope I’m not too late to wish you a Happy Birthday! Love your wedding photo!
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    1. Tine

      Thanks Fiona :) xx

  26. ksuan

    Am a little late but hope you had a gorgeous birthday, Tine :) And what a lovely post to commemorate the occasion!
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    1. Tine

      Thanks love! :) xx

  27. Swati

    happy birthday Tine :) all the best for whatever you wanna do and this post was such fun!!! loved the Roosevelt quote and yes, I am still struggling to believe it :)
    me too having a good cry and then eating a lot of tasty food, preferably indian junk always makes my day :)
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    1. Tine

      Thanks Swati. It’s difficult to believe that we are the ones who allow other people to make us feel inferior. Something I’ve been battling with for a while now, but I’m slowly learning not to :)

      1. Swati

        I really hope to learn that by the time I turn 27…I am 26 now :D
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  28. beetrice

    I know I’ve said it on Twitter, but Happy (now belated!) Birthday again charbor…and you have to show me how to do #18 because it’s still as difficult as hell for me! :S
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    1. Tine

      Thanks sweets. About #18, believe it or not and as silly as it sounds, being married helped. And staying far far away does too :P

  29. gio

    Happy birthday Tine! I hope you had a wonderful day!
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    1. Tine

      Thanks Gio :) xx

  30. Bun Bun Makeup Tips

    Love 31, 22, 24! Happy birthday to you Tine! You looked like a princess in your wedding shot! =D
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    1. Tine

      Hahaha thanks lovely! :D xx

  31. Raylene Barton

    Big Happy Birthday to You Tine – I love your list xoxo

    1. Tine

      Thanks Raylene :) xx

  32. Issa

    Better late than never. Happy Birthday Tine! Wish you all the best! Love this post!

    1. Tine

      Thanks Issa! :) xx

  33. Syen

    Hey Tine, sorry I’m a little late, but HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY!!!! *hugs* =D

    Love the post. I do #29 every now and then too. LOL.

    1. Tine

      Thanks Syen! :D xx

  34. Megan

    Love, love, love this post and Happy Birthday! I totally agree with you about these 22 year olds whingeing about their birthday, I’m always hearing it at work and it makes me want to slap them!
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    1. Tine

      Thanks Megs. God, me too. And I wanna say as I slap them “b***h, I’m 32 so shut up”. :P

  35. Idaira

    I’m late :( so sorry! I hope you had a great day! :) thanks for sharing all this with us :)
    Happy birthday!
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    1. Tine

      Thanks Idaira! I had a great day indeed :D xx

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