Back in 2008 and 2009, I’d done some Q&A posts. I realised that I hadn’t done any for this blog since then, so I chose to do this again, this time allowing anonymous questions and coming up with a new alliterative title for this post. I’d received some interesting questions from my awesome blogger buddies, a couple of them are repeats of the ones I’d answered in 2008 and 2009, but I went ahead and answered them again. Some of my answers stayed the same, and some had changed. For this post, I separated the questions into several categories based on its topic. Thank you again to those who have asked me something! I hope you’ll enjoy reading my answers!
What did you study or major at university?
For my undergrad, I majored in English, and though I didn’t have an official concentration, I really enjoyed romantic and modern poetry and literature. For my postgrad, I majored in Youth Development because it fell in line with my current job at the time.
What was the main difference, if any, between undergrad and postgrad experience?
For my undergrad, I did mostly face-to-face courses with a few online courses. My postgrad degree was entirely online. Doing everything online meant I had to keep up with my reading, and I spent all of my free time on those message boards to show my professor I was a dedicated student. The cost was also a difference — the price for each credit was much higher for my MA than my BA! I also used MLA for my English studies, but for my youth development degree, everything was APA. I wasn’t too fond of the latter. My MA was also more concentrated than my BA, meaning I didn’t have to take all these random courses — seriously, why did I need maths for an English degree?!
Do you have anything you wish you could have done whilst you were a student?
I wish I could have attended a “real” university so I could have experienced the college life. I also would have met more people studying my major! My undergrad uni was primarily for US military and its spouses and dependents — we were very much a non-traditional university. We didn’t have fraternities or sororities, so I kind of wished I could have experienced that. But at the same time, I am proud of my background and am grateful to all the wonderful English professors I’ve encountered in my studies.
What are your favourite manga genres?
Shounen-ai and yaoi! I love the boys love genre, haha! I was already into the slash genre in the fanfic world, so when I started reading boys love mangas, I was sucked in hard.
How did you get into symphonic music?
I was in band from seventh to twelfth grade, and then after high school, I volunteered and subbed for my band teacher for four years. Being in band and hanging out in the band room exposed me to so much classical and instrumental music, and thus I fell in love with symphonic music. I also realised that due to my hearing issues, I’d much rather listen to instrumental pieces because I don’t have to concentrate on the lyrics.
What is one thing (can be anything) that makes you the happiest?
Reading. From fanfics to to mangas to blogs to ebooks — reading makes me happy. This is one activity I will never give up. It’s something I’ve enjoyed as a child, and it’s something I cherish even more now that my life is pretty hectic. There’s nothing better than getting into my bed and snuggling with my Kindle. I can read for hours and spend the entire weekend doing nothing but reading, especially when I start on a series and cannot stop!
What’s your favourite colour?
Blue! I love navy blue and slate blue to be more specific.
How do you feel about cats?
I adore cats, but I developed a really horrible allergy when I hit puberty. It’s so bad that when I have friends who have cats, and I sit really close to them, I start becoming itchy and sneezy. :( Sucks because I do like them!
If you had to be a cat or a red panda, which would you be and why?
I would be a cat! Since I’m allergic to them, I might as well be one :D
Have you ever dyed your hair?
Yep. I’d first dyed my hair in middle school and it wasn’t until two years ago, I stopped dyeing my hair and opted to go all natural. It still is all natural! I’ve embraced my natural hair.
If you had superpower, what would it be?
Teleportation. HOMG. I could travel anywhere in the world, and I would cut my commute from 2-3 hours each day to like a minute. That would be so, so glorious! With that said, can someone invent a teleportation machine, or at the very least, make Harry Potter universe become real so I can Apparate?!
How do you define your ideal love interest?
I will be honest in that I’ve not dated since I was 18 — way over ten years ago. I’d been so busy with school and work, that I hadn’t focus on that much. Even now, when I’m thinking about this question, my mind is blank. In the past I had a good list of what I wanted in my perfect guy, but I’ve changed since then. I guess the best answer I can provide at the moment is that I want someone kind, loyal, respectful, and all the other good qualities one would want in a partner or a lover.
Where’s the best place to have coffee in South Korea?
My favourite places to get coffee are at Chansbros and Berkeley Coffee Social. Their coffee are so good that I can consume them without any sweetener. Even better that they are so close to my flat (no more than 5-10 minutes away on foot!), so I can easily go out there on the weekend and my days off to get some latte.
What would be your dream getaway? / What is your ideal vacation?
At the moment, I want to just stay in my bedroom and sleep for the next three days. If I weren’t so exhausted, I would say that my dream getaway and vacation would be to travel all over Japan, Europe, and New Zealand. I would love to see everything on my travel list and experience the local areas of the many different countries and cultures. I would also love to relax by the sea, providing I can find food that are not entirely all seafood, which is a challenge, haha!
What is your favourite part of your job?
Currently, my favourite thing about my job is the level of trust my management has towards me. They trust me so much that I come to work and work alone for about two hours. I mean, I assume that’s normal for a lot of workplaces, but for me it’s a big deal because I’d never worked alone like that in all my previous jobs. The two hours alone allows me to accomplish a lot (providing that the phone doesn’t constantly ring), and it makes me more motivated to do my job with the responsibilities they give me. It is a bit weird being alone, but that’s going to change soon since more staff will be coming onboard.
What are you most proud of recently?
When I started working at my new place back in August, it was an unorganised mess. I had to re-organise practically everything, and I even had to sanitise my work area with bleach wipes because it was that disgusting. The messiness aside, I also discovered that none of the files there were in . . . files. For each registration we receive, we have to create an individual file using a six-part folder, but nobody had done that. So that job fell onto me. It took me a good month, but I organised and made 320 files from scratch. That may not seem a lot, but the two other centres that also maintain the same file only have a total of 60-70 registrations. One of those centres even has three clerks! And here I am by myself handling 300+ registrations. Needless to say, when I finished making those files, I was super proud of myself, and my managers were also proud!