Tag Twenty

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I just found out that I was hit by (a) coffeemug, who said I should
write 20 random facts about myself, and then tag the same amount of people as the number of minutes it took me to complete the list.

  1. I used to be a heavy smoker, belching out 1 1/2 to 2 packs of Marlboro Lights Menthol on most days. Then I decided I wanted a baby, so I quit cold turkey. I’m glad to say I haven’t gone back to the habit.
  2. A genius film director once told me he would like to film my then budding love life in black and white. I thought it was a fabulous idea at that time. Now I’m just wistful.
  3. I am a comics fan, I have a 10kg FedEx box of them under my bed, and some near my bed on rotation-reading.
  4. I will not eat squash voluntarily, but I will cook it for someone else.
  5. One riotous summer while on vacation south of Negros, I made out with a blond-haired, green-eyed guy. He was Swiss as cheese, and charming as the devil.
  6. I make a mean paella, be it negra or tomato based.
  7. My secret vice is poetry, both to read and write. I don’t think I can ever give it up.
  8. I have moles all over my face, like a constellation of stars. I’ve been thinking about having some of those moles obliterated; who knows, that might jumpstart my karma.
  9. I went to the hospital alone at 2AM, on board a taxi to give birth to my second baby. That was how I learned that hospitals don’t allow self-admission of patients. I also learned the depth of my courage.
  10. I recycle paper, plastic, and jam jars.
  11. Nobody knows it, but I was part of a rondalla group in elementary (oh, geek out!). We had a brilliant music teacher, but I always suspected she was just a little bit deranged.
  12. I listened to George Michael, Elton John, Madonna, and Duran Duran in high school. I can gay it up with the best of ’em.
  13. An ex boyfriend once forbade me to wear shorts to school. This was in college, and that was the end of the relationship.
  14. I love the smell of gin, because I have a particularly lovely bit of nostalgia attached to it.
  15. I’ve had a couple of brown-robed monks praying for me.
  16. A nun once left me with bruises along the soft flesh of my arm after a really over-zealous session of acupressure.
  17. The untimely demise of Gigabyte, my pet river turtle, taught me a valuable lesson in responsibility. He died because I forgot to come back from what was supposed to be a three-day vacation.
  18. I took up snorkeling to overcome my fear of the open water. Next, I want to try bungee-jumping.
  19. I had a memorable experience with pot once: we were in Mindanao country, the people were bored, the stash was potent. I think I got so high I couldn’t stop laughing all night, and the next day I woke up tired and aching all over.
  20. If I had a baby girl I would have named her Zoë Ysabella.

With all those work interruptions, it took me fifteen-some minutes to pull this out of the hat, but I will only infect tag three people: snow, the gurl as a verb, and gurl on peacepond. Get to it, lovely ladies..

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