100 things about me

by Evans Yonson

(Note: I wrote this in July 2005 while I was doing my Masters in Madrid, Spain. This 2005 summer was surely hot that I made blog entries no end. Sometimes even writing two entries in one day. Today’s piece reflects things about me and let’s how I have progressed after almost six years now. 2011 comments are added to express changes in italics.)

madrid – i’ve been receiving bulletins and forwarded messages since time immemorial. these fill up my inboxes that i have to delete those twice every single day. as a revenge, i am writing a blog about the things that you barely know about me…. FYI.

  1. i studied chinese fookien everyday for three years.
  2. i say i love you always and i mean it.
  3. i studied the arabic language for one summer.
  4. i studied BASIC (beginners all-purpose symbolic instruction code – a computer language) in high school.
  5. i peed in my pants in chinese school.
  6. i still keep a diary, this time a digital one. (I’m back to notebook/journal writing then blogging.)
  7. i suffered bamboo stick whackings in chinese school.
  8. i got lost in a market in cagayan de oro for 3 hours when i was 7 years old.
  9. i hate listening to repeated stories.
  10. i love electronic gadgets. (I bought a Toshiba laptop in 2007; iPod in 2009; MacBook in 2010)
  11. i burned all my honor cards and cerftificates.
  12. i love copying lines and quotations but never use them any way.
  13. i don’t like repeated questions.
  14. i tried cross-stitch but never finished one.
  15. i lost my only 100 pesos for the pants that i was wearing for my high school graduation.
  16. i learned my ABCs alone.
  17. i never climbed a tree.
  18. i’m a peeping tom.
  19. i love cleaning my ears day and night.
  20. i don’t know how to drive a bicycle. (I tried in summer 2009 and I’m still working on it.)
  21. i hate animal furs like cats’ and dogs’.
  22. i love watches. my first watch was a Rado from my father. i once had a Mickey Mouse watch. i’m wearing a Swatch, my seventh. (I stopped wearing one in 2007 and haven’t worn anything since then.)
  23. i seldom wear necklaces.
  24. i am a green-thumb.
  25. i stare at people from head to toe.
  26. i love Bench and Springfield shirts and Rusty Lopez shoes.
  27. i barely sleep when traveling in a bus. (I barely travel by bus now. Unless going to Camiguin and Bukidnon.)
  28. i don’t regret spending money – hard-earned or otherwise.
  29. i prefer to sleep alone.
  30. i dreamt of becoming a doctor.
  31. i want to be a farmer. (I joined a month’s course on sustainable agriculture in 2009.)
  32. i love it when i receive emails personally written and not the copied ones.
  33. i can walk for several hours inside a museum, a mall or at the park.
  34. i have worn the same model of leather sandals from Our Tribe for the last 14 years. (Going on my 20th year now. Our Tribe is the best leather store there is in the Philippines.)
  35. i buy second hand clothes.
  36. i hate chocolates and potatoes (except McDonald’s french fries). (I hate all french fries now.)
  37. i seldom drink alcoholic beverages.
  38. i believe in reincarnation.
  39. i love museums and cultural places.
  40. i can literally close my ears.
  41. i prefer black, yellow, orange, and white shirts.
  42. i smoke a pack of cigarettes in two days. (I stopped in January 2010.)
  43. i did my masters thesis in less than two months. writing, i mean.
  44. i love ABBA and Mamma Mia, of course!
  45. i play chess. and i am a good arnis player.
  46. i hate organized religion.
  47. i shave my pubics once in two months.
  48. i prefer wearing short pants.
  49. i hate buying gifts in Christmas.
  50. i want to learn how to swim and drive a car. (Swimming I learned in 2008; driving not yet.)
  51. i have taken more than 5,000 photos. (Almost 75,000 now.)
  52. i love working on the 11th hour.
  53. i would rather sit down than be the life of the party.
  54. i cry when i listen to regine velasquez’s pasko na sinta ko and the wonder of you.
  55. i had my first experience when i was 12. (Facebook linked us all over again.)
  56. i go for the married ones for my serious relationships.
  57. i love the singing group, everything but the girl.
  58. i feel in love with a classmate when i was in junior high. (He married a girl. Now, he goes for men. Cute, isn’t it?)
  59. i easily forget names of people i meet.
  60. i know how to cook. my specialty is chicken and pork adobo, and pasta with chili sauce.
  61. i have so many moles in my body and in the most conspicuous places.
  62. i hate organized pleasure travels.
  63. i procrastinate.
  64. i listen a lot to classical, celtic, world and alternative music.
  65. i hate routines. (Even brushing my teeth has its peculiarities.)
  66. i travel very light wherever i go. (Even lighter now.)
  67. i am a clairvoyant. i see things happenings in the future in vivid color and details. (Even in the past now.)
  68. i wear black briefs and most of the time plaid boxers.
  69. i fear flying from manila to cagayan de oro and davao.
  70. i love floating to cebu. (Flying to Cebu from Cagayan de Oro is now better and faster.)
  71. i stopped using towels.
  72. i go more for noses than looks.
  73. i don’t believe in bad luck.
  74. i pick my nose with my right small finger.
  75. i write when i get so angry.
  76. i recite the Lord’s Prayer in Cebuano, Filipino, English, and Spanish before i sleep. (I’m trying to memorize its Catalan and French version now.)
  77. i hate forwarded emails about mantras, the Lord, self-help advisories and asking you to forward to others.
  78. i had stage fright in high school.
  79. i am an impulsive buyer.
  80. i wore my father’s 60s clothes in college.
  81. i spoil my nieces more than my nephews.
  82. i love wearing an all black ensemble.
  83. i am very possessive of my friends. loyalty is one of my worst values.
  84. i do everything with my left hand. it’s longer and bigger than my right.
  85. i would rather travel and be broke than having money and not traveled at all.
  86. i hate it when people tell me about their first impressions of me.
  87. i am always on time.
  88. i could not sleep without praying. (This I don’t do now.)
  89. i have 15 versions by different artists of Cyndi Lauper’s song, Time afer Time.
  90. i collect museum brochures, bus/plane tickets, pencils, refrigerator magnets, mugs, glasses, picture frames. (It’s filling our home in Cagayan de Oro to the brim.)
  91. i always dreamt of studying in the university of the philippines.
  92. i hate sleeping with blankets and bed sheets. (I have to now because it’s wintertime.)
  93. i find happiness in the rain and the trees outside my window.
  94. i indulge in buying shoes just like the Beauty from Leyte.
  95. i hate waiting for people who don’t come on time.
  96. i don’t buy pirated CDs. (I buy original DVDs on sale in Copenhagen and Amsterdam and from iTunes, of course.)
  97. i prefer eating fish than any red/white meat.
  98. i hate the word miss when people write me. i don’t use it either.
  99. i have always maintained my weight for the past 10 or 12 years.
  100. i love this thing that i am doing now.