Be honest: did Fifty Shades of Grey arouse you in any way?
I don’t think I’ve read the book — have I? — but the movie was meh for sure. Nothing about it was arousing, except maybe for that Ellie Goulding song.
What does your sibling(s) call you?
I’m the “Ate.”
Do you have any close friends that are the opposite sex that your significant other dislikes?
I currently don’t have a significant other so, meh.
Do you honestly believe everything happens for a reason? Why or why not?
I guess so? We still don’t have a single theory that can describe everything, but it doesn’t mean that shit just happens at random. We just haven’t figured out all of the reasons yet. (The answer isn’t 42, you nerd.)
Even if we’re talking metaphysics, I’d still say there’s a reason for everything. When shit happens, sometimes I just chalk it up to the Universe’s great, grand plan.
Do you believe in reincarnation? Why or why not?
It’s not something I’ve given much thought but, sure, why not.
The Hunger Games or The Maze Runner?
I haven’t read nor watched The Maze Runner so I’ll go with The Hunger Games.
Has anyone you’ve known claimed to be psychic?
I had a teacher in high school who was into New Age shit, and he claimed to know how to “read” palms. He did what a manghuhula in Quiapo would do, except he had a BA from UP and his day job did not involve selling voodoo trinkets and bottles of pamparegla.
During recess, Sir R would teach us the basics of palmistry, like which lines correspond to how long one would live and which mounds indicate how active one’s sex life can be. He also did individual palm readings, and he specifically told me that the creases on my palms read like I will never, ever find contentment in life. Hayyy.
Did/do you believe them?
I mean, just based on my general disposition for the past twenty years — yeah, he probably got it right. 🤷♀️
Is anything annoying you right now?
I’m annoyed by how small my desk is. I only have one desk, and it is both my office table and my dinner table. It’s too small, and I’m the type that takes up a lot of space when I work. Pfrrrttt.
Have you ever been ice-skating?
I have not, actually.
Does the sound of rain at night help you sleep?
Have you ever seen an albino person, in person?
Have you ever worn a pair of scrubs?
I don’t think so, or at least I have no memory of having to wear scrubs for anything.
Have you ever walked into a massive cobweb?
Same as above — I have no memory of it, even if it’s happened.
What would you say is your strongest felt emotion right now?
Anxiety? Sadness? Maybe sadness more than anxiety. I am sad most of the time, or maybe I just tend to fetishize my sadness a lot. Ay ewan.
Are you talking to anyone at the moment?
Nope. I’m alone, man.
Do you have trust issues?
I used to think I didn’t have any, but now I’m fairly certain I do.
Have you ever found an arrow head?
Nope. I didn’t even know finding arrow heads was a thing.
Who is with you?
Right now? Just me.
What can you not stop thinking about?
Many things. I am usually alone with my thoughts so, yeah.
Do you forgive easily?
I would say so, yeah, but only because I tend to forget easily, too. I’m not the type who holds grudges. Kahit nga utang sa akin, nakakalimutan ko.
In what part of your life so far have you learned the most about yourself?
Hmmm. It’s hard to say because I like to think that I am constantly learning shit about myself. If I had to pinpoint a specific time frame, I’d say post-high school era (including today).
Have you ever been in a fist fight?
Sort of. When we were kids, my brother and I physically fought a lot. I was more of a kicker though, so fists weren’t thrown from my end.
Are your ears pierced?
My parents had them pierced when I was a kid, but they allowed me to wear jewelry only on special occasions. I didn’t wear earrings on a daily basis until I was in my late teens. A friend and I got drunk and he wanted to get a tattoo, but I wasn’t that drunk so we got piercings instead.
It didn’t take long before I got rid of the earrings though. I just never got comfortable with them.
What did you last say out loud?
“Bye Ma, ingat tabi pirmi.” I call my parents every night haha.
What are you waiting on?
For my boss to have some free time so they can train me and get me up to speed with the other tasks that need to be done. I have nothing much to do today, and it’s quite challenging being a newbie at a time when everybody works from home. If we were all in the office, I would listen in on other people’s conversations and find a way to automate some of the menial tasks just to pass the time. I don’t have that option now. I can’t even “shadow” other people because we’re all far away from each other. Haayyy.
Do you tell people when they get on your nerves?
I just ignore them until they catch the drift.
Are your feelings hurt easily?
I worry easily, if that counts. For instance, I feel bad when my boss does not assign me anything to do but they delegate tasks to other new hires. Is it because I’m not good enough? Am I not smart enough? Hayyy.
What’s the most expensive piece of clothing you have? Did you buy it yourself?
Probably the Barça kit that was given to me by an old friend.
Who is your closest platonic friend of the opposite sex?
Here in Canada, I’d say H. Back in the Philippines, probably K, V, and G.
How do you think your first relationship shaped who you are as a partner now?
I low-key feel that that first relationship shouldn’t even count, choz. Anyhow, I think it taught me how to become more direct in verbalizing what I feel. (This may also have something to do with growing older and becoming semi-sorta-kinda wiser.)
Who is your favorite protagonist of the same sex?
Same sex? You mean female? That’s super broad! Off the top of my head, I can think of Diane Nguyen from Bojack Horseman and Frances Ha from, well, Frances Ha.
Were you popular in high school? What was your reputation like?
I wasn’t popular at all, but I went to a small school so everybody knew of each other. I don’t think I had a reputation necessarily. If I did, the other kids probably saw me as the token maldita who liked butting heads with the teachers and the other adults.
Have you always known your sexual orientation or did something happen to make you realize it?
I guess I just knew? I identify as heterosexual though, so I didn’t have any serious struggles about my sexual orientation.
What was the hardest part of your last break up?
Getting over the denial stage and accepting the fact that it is over. Like, super super finally over. It’s over, final answer! Hahaha.
What brought you out of the hardest period in your life?
I’m pretty sure I’m still in it.
What’s your favorite kind of smiley face?
I used to use 🙃 a lot, but nowadays I like 😍, 🥰, and 😘. We all need some cutesy, positive-y emojis in our chat feeds.
Does anybody know your deepest darkest secret?
Even I don’t know my own deepest, darkest secret.
Did you ever watch Rugrats? (the babies)
I caught some snippets here and there but I never followed the series. I can’t even name a single character.
What about Hey Arnold?
Same as Rugrats. I know there’s an Arnold and (possibly) a Helga, but I have no clue what the series is about.
Do you like pep rallies?
Can’t tell; I’ve never been in one.
Have you ever had pneumonia?
I have not, and I hope I never get it while the pandemic is still ongoing.
What do you feel about surgeries? Do they worry you?
I’ve never had surgery, but I’m sure I would be worried if I ever needed to go through one.
Do you play Minecraft? If so, feelings about servers?
I do not play Minecraft.
Do you read creepypastas?
I’m more of a True Philippine Ghost Stories type of girl, hehe.
Do you think vlogging in public is scary?
Not scary, but it definitely takes some getting used to. I recently tried taking videos while I was buying groceries but, nope — I couldn’t do it. I’m too shy, haha.
Have you been to an escape room? Was it a success?
Never pa! I really want to try it out though. 😦
What social class would you say you’re in?
Lower middle class.
Have you ever recorded a cover of a song?
What’s the most traumatizing event that ever happened to you?
I can’t think of anything at the moment. Either I have never been truly traumatized, or I just completely buried the memory deep into the darkest pit of my brain.
Are you faint to the sight of blood?
No, but I’ve only seen blood in small amounts — nosebleeds, wounds, the syringe container whenever I get a blood test. I might react differently if I see a bloodbath though.
How do you feel about guns?
I’m all for gun control.
Do you like spicy food?
Sometimes I do, sometimes I don’t, but I can for sure take a good amount of spice. Az a Bikolana, haha.
Do you have good dreams or nightmares more?
I have meh dreams. They’re neither good nor bad — they’re just, meh.
When was the last time someone insulted you? What was the insult?
I don’t remember. I mean it when I say I easily forget, haha.
What’s your second favorite color?
I don’t rank colors, man.
Do you ever wish you lived in a different country?
I wish I were still in the Philippines. I do not miss the shitty governance and all the crap that comes with it, but I definitely miss the people. Who else can appreciate the fact that I can name all Ex-B members, including the ones in the “fringes” like MC Einstein and Yuri Dope? Charot hahahaha.
Who’s the last person you “pounded” fists with?
I don’t remember.
Have you ever been involved in an affair?
How many times a week do you speak to your boss?
At least once a week. Also, I recently found out that they’re moving me to a different sub-team so I will be reporting directly to the VP. Diyahe, pare, but whatever. As long as there’s work for me to do, I’m good.
What do you want for your birthday?
I don’t celebrate birthdays, but for the sake of answering this question, here’s a list of things that I really, really want but I’m reluctant to buy:
Have you ever been to a masquerade?
I have not.
Is there anybody you think is hot over the age of 40?
The first person that popped up in my head was Jürgen Klopp, haha. Also, ilang taon ‘yung vocalist ng bandang Franco? Ampogi n’un. Ang galing pa kumanta. Exhibit A:
Who in your phone has a heart after their name?
No one. I don’t use emojis in my Contacts list.
Anything you’re avoiding?
Hmm. I’m not sure if this counts but I’ve been putting off setting an appointment to get a new set of braces/aligners. Gastos na naman!
After breaking up, what’s the worst?
Depends on the break-up. The one thing that stays with me, personally, is the constant questioning of one’s self-worth. May problema ba sa akin? Sobrang pangit ko ba? Sobrang sama ko bang tao? Mga ganyan.
Does your sibling have a significant other?
Do you use Skype?
Are you a fan of acrylic nails?
I’m not really into nail care.
Name one happy song that describes you better than any other.
The one semi-upbeat song that hits the nail right on the head is “Somersaults in Spring” by Friends of Gemini.
Name one sad/mellow song that describes you better than any other.
Pick any song from Lorde’s Pure Heroine or Babygirl’s Lovers Fevers. Or, hmm, let’s go with Billy Joel’s “Vienna.” The first stanza hits straight to the gut.
What is your most used pick up line?
I don’t use pick up lines.
Do you like the taste of alcohol?
Yes. Yes, I do. I truly, truly do.
What kinds of food make you sick?
Those that have gone wayyy past their shelf life.