50 Random Things About Me

50 Random Things About Me

Oh, so that’s the reason why I can’t live without my phone now.

I love reading random things about bloggers on the Internet. Of all the memes and tags, this is the one I enjoy the most. It can get quite personal and you learn a lot about the blogger (in a non-stalkerish way) behind the niche she blogs about.

I haven’t done one in ages and so I thought let’s dust the ol’ 50 Random Things About Me tag off the shelf and get cracking once more. If you’ve been a long-time reader from way back when, you’d find some of them familiar. There aren’t that many random things about me that has changed over the years. πŸ˜›

In no particular order,

1. I love doing word search games. You know the kind where there’s a grid of random letters and you’re to find hidden words in the letters? I’ve been doing them since I was young. And I have to say, I do kick ass at it (even the ones with tiny fonts).
2. With word search games, I also enjoy hidden object games. I think it sharpens one’s observation skills and not a waste of time (at least, that’s what I keep telling myself when I spend far too long in the loo with my iPad).
3. I can be very messy and organised at the same time.
4. I can’t function without lists. I absolutely adore the Google Keep app because it allows me to create list upon list upon list for free.
5. I even have lists for my lists.
6. I have an obsession with rice. The smell and taste of it … mmm …
7. Unless I’m absolutely drag-myself-into-bed exhausted, I’m quite a light sleeper.
8. I’m married to someone who can sleep through the neighbour’s heavy bass music parties for 14 hours without needing to wake up.
9. Once I’m up, I’m up. Very seldom do I fall back to sleep.
10. I’m a morning person. I’m a lot more productive in the morning.

50 Random Things About Me

Scraped my knees many times trying to climb that laundry pole

11. Afternoons are the worst for me. Least productive times.
12. As I’m a morning person and require things to be done in the morning, it shits me when Tim’s still asleep, especially when I need his help with something. I get really antsy waiting for him to get out of bed.
13. Having said that, when I do need my lie-ins, all is at peace once more.
14. I make a pretty mean spag bol from scratch. Years ago, the only way I’d make spag bol was from a Prego jar.
15. I used to not watch YouTube videos but now I’m hooked, especially to vlogs. It’s like reality TV + drama series that don’t have season finales.
16. I love reading but realised that as I grew older, I’m starting to read less. Not good. This year, I strive to read a lot more.
17. If a book hasn’t gripped me within the first 10 pages, I most likely won’t read it anymore.
18. I still haven’t gone past the 10th page of Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings. It’s been almost 7 years of trying. Still can’t do it.
19. When I was about 12 years old, I sneaked and read one of my mum’s books that had adult content in them. During a random game of Scrabble, I once used a word that I learned in that book – the 4-letter C word. Suffice it to say, my parents were absolutely horrified. In my defence, I had no idea what the word meant.
20. Having said that, I detest the C word. Especially when said in Hokkien. I think it’s highly offensive.

50 Random Things About Me

Wait, what? My brother wore Nike back then?!

21. On the other hand, I do drop the F bomb. A LOT.
22. I can speak English, Malay, Mandarin, Cantonese and Hokkien.
23. People think I can’t speak Mandarin but I can, even though I find the words hard to flow out of my mouth naturally.
24. I speak Cantonese at home with my family.
25. In order for me to speak Mandarin, my brain works this way: translate Cantonese to Mandarin, then say it in Mandarin. The words don’t come out naturally, which is why it’s just easier for me to say the Chinese version of “me no speaking Mandarin“.
26. I think it’s perfectly fine to have cake for breakfast.
27. In fact, I don’t understand why people look at me in surprise when I said I had a slice of cheesecake for breakfast. What, you don’t do that?
28. I can knit.
29. I can make you a beanie and a scarf. A very long scarf if you like. But nothing more.
30. I have immense admiration for people who have the flair in art, e.g. graphic design, drawing, painting, scrapbooking, etc. It’s what I love to do but don’t think I’m good enough.

50 Random Things About Me

Ah, the road to piano hell was paved with good intentions.

31. I can play the piano.
32. I learned the instrument from the ages 6 to 20. Did the whole exams thing up to the Performance Certificate.
33. I failed the Performance Certificate but tell people I’m up to that level because if I have to learn the damn thing for 2 years (which I absolutely HATED), I’m going to say I got it.
34. It’s not that I don’t enjoy the piano. I just don’t enjoy playing boring classical music meant for exams and not venture to new styles of playing, e.g. jazz (which I love). The teachers I went to weren’t interested in teaching me anything else. It was all just to pass the exams.
35. I used to play the piano for the church I went to in Malaysia. I never enjoyed it because I could never be heard (maybe it’s because they thought I wasn’t good enough). I was simply there to “fill in the space” on stage as the synthesiser would always drown my not-as-good playing. What a way to be “sisterly”, huh?
36. The only time I truly enjoyed playing the piano was during my years in Dundee, when I used to play at the Christian Fellowship. I didn’t play well at first but everyone supported and encouraged me. That was enough to get me off my butt to practise and do better. It’s a big lesson to learn here, folks: encourage and support.
37. I have a degree in electronic engineering and a postgraduate degree in computing. I did the latter because engineering was never my thing to begin with and I wanted to do something I truly enjoyed before I enter the corporate world.
38. I worked in a MNC as a R&D engineer for 4 years before moving to Australia.
39. Moving to Australia was the biggest thing I’ve ever done in my life thus far. It was also the best for my career because I could finally break away from what I never enjoyed doing for years.
40. I used to wear contact lenses very often but when I came to Australia, I found wearing it for many hours made my eyes feel really dry and uncomfortable. Maybe it’s the dry air?

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Gee, what a poser.

41. I can’t see without my glasses at all. I’m blind as a bat without them. It’s like a rave at night without my glasses because of my astigmatism. Wooooo!
42. I have way too many bags than I need and still want more. Tsk.
43. I also have way too many shoes than I need and still want more. More tsk.
44. I feel weird walking barefoot in my house, which is weird because in Asian households, we take our shoes off at the door. I’m almost always in my bedroom slippers.
45. I recently developed an obsession for the drink, Michael Jackson. Y’know, soy milk and grass jelly makes it black and white? *wink wink nudge nudge*
46. I’m a super cranky cow when it’s hot. This is why I’m happy to tell people I love the cold weather and hate summer. Australians seem to find me weird that way.
47. The only people in the world that I’m truly myself (burps, farts and all) are my parents, brother and Tim. Although I did tell LeGeeque when I had explosive diarrhoea. Twice. Gotta appreciate a girlfriend who was more concerned about my wellbeing than laughed her head off.
48. I think my late 20s to now being in my 30s rock. My 20s sucked the big one.
49. I’m addicted to stationery stores. Forget makeup, I’m happier perusing Officeworks, MUJI and Daiso’s stationery department (shh, you didn’t hear that from me!).
50. My dog, Janey, drives me nuts but I love her to bits.

I hope you’ve enjoyed that random insight about me. I thought it was going to be difficult to come up with 50 things because I remembered at number 16, I was going to write “Oh this is going to be hard!“. Turns out, it wasn’t so hard after all!

This isn’t really a tag for me but if you would like to do it, please do. I’d love to know more about you. If you do do this tag, please share the link in the comments below so that I may check it out.

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27 comments… add one
  1. Yishan

    I enjoyed your tag!! Tempted to do one now… except I’m not as brave to put my “blast from the past” pics..
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    1. Tine

      Thanks Yishan! Go for it, I’d love to read yours πŸ™‚ x

  2. Michelle Beh

    Thanks for sharing these Tine! So fun reading this random fact about you!!

    1. Tine

      My pleasure, Michelle. So glad you enjoyed it πŸ˜€

  3. Kaye

    Oh my gah Tine thank you. I laughed, I smiled. It was lovely to read. So many I want to comment on (seriously contemplated replying with a list of 50 points lol), but wanted to comment on the language thing! It’s so fascinating because my husband and I have talked about this in extreme length before. From our dodgy research (lol) it seems that is how a lot of people do it. With more than two languages, one is the main, the second is the ‘buffer’ to translate into others.

    Anyhoo! I want to see your piano skills one day πŸ˜€
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    1. Tine

      Hahahaha thanks Kaye! So glad you enjoyed it! Aww man, I would have loved your 50 points list πŸ˜‰

      Sadly, I haven’t played the piano ever since I moved to Australia. When we move to a bigger place (whenever that’s going to be), I’d like to get a piano. Now, all the spare space is taken over by makeup. πŸ˜›

  4. Ms Jelena

    I loved reading random facts about you!!!! Funny, cute, adorable! Loved it, loved it, loved it!!
    And #26, I am with you, sister!!!! πŸ˜€
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    1. Tine

      Hehehe thanks! Glad to meet a fellow cake-for-breakfast fan. πŸ˜‰

  5. Natasha

    Fun to read all your random facts! I don’t think cake for breakfast is peculiar. I grew up in the Southern part of the US where it’s normal to have pie for breakfast. Cheesecake is not such a big leap. Bon appetit!
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    1. Tine

      Pie for breakfast … mmmm … nothing wrong with that at all. Mmmm …. *slurp* …

  6. Victoria

    I love this post and love all your cute pics! I am addicted to stationery stores especially bookstores and can spend hours in them. LOL. But I love pharmacies as well and can spend a long time in them just randomly browsing.

    1. Tine

      Aww thanks Victoria! I took the good ones. Trust me, there were a LOT of bad ones that won’t see the light of day. πŸ˜›

      Aren’t stationery stores the best? I remembered perusing Popular bookstores (especially the stationery section) for ages when I was living in Malaysia. MPH was (still is) too expensive. πŸ˜›

  7. Paris B

    Bravo for doing this post! I could never find 50 things about me. Nope, can’t do it πŸ˜› And wait a minute here, did I miss the big reveal?! πŸ˜€ Bravo too on the new theme! Looking sleek!
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    1. Tine

      Nah, the official reveal’s tomorrow. I thought I’d put on the new frock first in case I fall asleep trying to do it tonight. πŸ˜›

  8. Niva

    I love these types of posts and especially if the person doing it is completely honest – like you were! Love the photo of you trying to climb the laundry pole – maybe it’s a sign that you should start pole hehe. I LOVE word searches too.. Whenever we had to do them in school I’d use different coloured pencils or texta as well! I also love lists and have just downloaded Google Keep! I keep downloading so many list apps but can never find the perfect one. Hopefully this is it! Hehe. I agree with you on LOTR, I haven’t finished it either. And LOL at you stealing one of your parent’s adult books and using the C-word in Scrabble! You’re the cutest! There were so many other things that you wrote that made me think ‘OMG we’re twins!’ I felt the same about playing the flute. I only liked it when I could play for myself and not practice because my parents made me. And I LOVE Stationery. I received a Kikki.K voucher for my b’day and couldn’t use it and I’m devo. OK I’ve written a lot. Keep up the great posts!
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    1. Tine

      Thanks Niva. So glad you enjoyed it!
      Err, me and a pole? You’ll need to literally lift me up there because I have such weak upper body strength :P. Oh yeah, I definitely used the C-word during Scrabble which freaked the hell out of my parents who were hounding me left right and centre “WHO TAUGHT YOU THAT???” I wanted to say, er, your books? But I kept quiet in case I lose access to them. Kekeke!

  9. Christina @ Hair Romance

    I finally wrote up my post – http://www.hairromance.com/2014/02/25-things-you-didnt-know-about-me.html – will have to dig out some old photos to include it in too x
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    1. Tine

      Wooohoo! Checking it out now x

  10. Andrea @ Sublime Finds

    Love this Tine! Great idea! x

    1. Tine

      Do it do it do it! πŸ˜€

  11. Buttercup

    I must be the last one to read this… but quite entertaining & hilarious πŸ™‚

    Ditto on 41, contact lens made my eyes feel like sand, I love being back to my nerdy glasses.

    And ROFL at 19, your poor folks must have been a bit embarassed though πŸ˜‰

    1. Tine

      Hahahaha about no 19, my parents were absolutely horrified! They were like “WHO TAUGHT YOU THAT WORD???” Of course, I didn’t know what that word meant but if it’s in a book, it must be valid for Scrabble, right? I said very innocently (oh yes I still remember this!) – “Oh, I read it in Mum’s book”.

      Let’s just say, the game ended very quickly after that. πŸ˜›

  12. Joanna Funk

    I really enjoyed reading 50 things about you! Found this blog searching for what good sunscreens are available in Malaysia. I go to Sabah a lot. Was very happy to see all the Japanese sunscreens there. I used some before but just wanted to know the full range. I have oily skin and your review was perfect! I’ve subscribed! TQ Tine.

    1. Tine

      Hello Joanna and welcome to BA! Glad you enjoyed the blog. Do stick around and hopefully I’ll see more of you on the blog soon!

      PS: I went to your blog and checked out the video of you and Sophie Van Aerde playing Fascination and Czardas. What lovely music! Oh how I’ve missed playing the piano. πŸ™‚

  13. Sandy

    Hey Tine, Sandy here, found you on pinterest after you posted a free download for planner sticker. Thank you much for sharing that i love them. It’s nice to connect with you, I love reading your tag and your bio. Girl you are hilarious, I love your humor lol. I couldn’t stop giggling reading your tag. Like how brother wearing Nike, your cute pose, your story moving to australia. Good for you! I’m glad you finally found what you love. You know it’s crazy, I’m 34 and I still catch myself saying, “when I grow up I want to do”.. I guess I havent found my purpose yet but I know God has a plan. Anyways.. it’s great o meet you and connect with you. Have a bless day hun.

    1. Tine

      Hi Sandy, thanks very much for dropping by. I’m really glad you enjoyed the printables; I love them too (ppst: stay tuned for more; they’re coming soon!). Haha I totally know what you mean! I think it’s a good thing for us to keep thinking “what do we want to do/want to be when we grow up” because this means we don’t stop searching and striving for something better. I don’t know, maybe it’s just me. πŸ™‚

      Have a lovely day! x

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