Ahhh, what a crazy month! I felt like I was always busy with something, and then there was that week where I was sick something fierce to where I had to call out for two consecutive days. That wasn’t fun, but I didn’t forget this month’s Blogger Dossiers post! I asked Shayne if she’d like to be featured. Shayne hails from Alaska, and she blogs about all sorts of meaningful posts. I love her wit and she has a fantastic sense of humour. Get to know Shayne better with this post, and do follow her on Twitter and Instagram!
I’m Shayne, I actually find introductions quite awkward and I don’t like giving people a set criteria that defines who I am. I like to think we are all eternally growing and changing as we go through life! But right now, I’m a blogger, an office girl, wannabe global citizen, and a person with a never-ending list of impractical hopes and dreams. I like to believe that I think outside of the box. Ironically, that’s kept me in the same place most times, but it’s also helped lead me to experiences that I couldn’t have imagined.
It’s difficult to pinpoint just one memory, but what always stands out to me was the night my family left our hometown in the Philippines. We emigrated when I was fairly young. Both sides of my family have relatives all over the world, so I always knew I wouldn’t call the Philippines home for all of my life. My grandmother was the most heartbroken to see another branch of her family tree part ways. I remember her holding me tight, my face pressed against her neck, feeling her sob, telling me to never forget her. It’s a bit of a sad memory, but that’s my earliest memory of feeling really loved and cared for. To this day, when we visit the Philippines, it’s the hardest for me to say goodbye to her.
I love Coldplay and “Paradise” is my favorite song of theirs. The lyrics are quite general and can be applied to a lot of people, I think. However, I’ve always felt connected to the song, like it was written just for me.
Coffee Break Conversation
If you met a genie who grants you three wishes, what are they? Why?
My first wish would be for everyone in my family to lead a life where they are educated, secure, and content with where they end up. Their well-being is really important to me. I tend to be the nurturing type (read: sort of in everyone’s business), but I do want the best for them always. My second wish would be that in my next life, or soon enough within this life, I’d be able to live abroad at least once for an extended period. As a piggy-back to my second wish, I’d want everyone important to me to live abroad as well.
What is one quirky habit of yours?
I count by twos when I’m chewing my food or when I’m exercising. When I’m running or walking, I count my steps and make sure that I land on an even number in the end. I’ve always been certain that this “quirk” has to do with my OCD.
If you could attend any college, free of charge, what college would that be and what major would you pursue? Why?
I’d probably attend Tokyo International University. My mom always had this notion that I’d be the one to study or eventually live in Japan. In her youth, she’d been active in Japanese-Filipino community rebuilding activities in the Philippines and always thought I’d follow suit. I’d probably work towards a Master’s Degree in International Relations, because I find globalization so fascinating and increasingly important to understand.
What are three things you think will become obsolete in ten years?
With the invention of back-up and even side-view cameras, I think car mirrors will become a think of the past. I also think plastic credit/debit cards and cable TV are heading towards their final days.
What fantasy would you like to live out? Why?
I come from a family of artists and performers, I’d like to experience performing in front of thousands of people at least once. Whether I’m the center of attention or in charge of the tambourine, I’d like to feel the energy of a crowd. I don’t think that’s anywhere in my cards, but it’s a fantasy nonetheless!