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Twenty-Five Things

I quote from my Facebook note:

Once you’ve been tagged, you are supposed to write a note with 25 random things, facts, habits or goals about you. At the end choose 25 people to be tagged. You have to tag the person who tagged you! If I tagged you, it’s because I want to know more about you!

1. My body temperature is generally no higher than 36.6 degrees Celsius. 

2. I used to shake my fries if I forgot or didn’t bother to ask for no salt, but not since I’ve started NS. It would be futile, if not unnecessary.

3. I composed a traditional African music-influenced improvised percussion piece with a vocal part on a Saturday afternoon, and my platoon performed it the Wednesday after. 

4. My first experience with a trombone was when someone hit the slide when I was trying out the instrument, which caused the mouthpiece to bruise my lips against my teeth.

5. I have an open bite, which is like an overbite, but larger. 

6. My left leg is longer than my right. 

7. I used to walk around with my nose in a book when I was in primary school. 

8. When I sneeze, I thunder, often repeatedly. 

9. My thumb was caught in a lift door when I was about four years old. 

10.I am, like Roald Dahl, something of a compulsive volunteer by nature, but since reading Roald Dahl, it’s a behavior I’m able to moderate. 

11. I have harbored vague intentions of being a music teacher since I was in Sec 2, or possibly earlier. I mention Sec 2 because I had to write an essay on my ambition. It was more of the kind of essay you’d write in kindergarten than the kind you’d write for a college application, because I wrote it in Japanese, when I was learning the language at MOELC. 

12. I have started dreaming of BMT life at night. I have been told I once shouted, ‘Twelve rows and two blank files!’ in my sleep. 

13. I couldn’t do push-ups in Sec 1. I couldn’t do chin-ups in Sec 3. 

14. I used to only walk within the lines of the tiles in my home, and devised a scoring system when I skipped tiles or when I touched the line. There was also a rather elaborate system of counting how many ‘legit’ steps I could take before I’d Have to skip a tile. 

15. My mother used to read to me about dinosaurs from an encyclopedia when I was very young. She read from the other volumes too, but I always asked for the dinosaurs. 

16. Speaking of dinosaurs, I cried when watching Jurassic Park with my parents at a cinema in Bedok. I was probably about three at the time, and I lived there until I was four. I remember my father carrying me out of the theater and me asking him for the kind of chrysanthemum tea you get in TetraPaks. 

17. I may, quite probably, never get braces.

18. I’ve had two prayers-for-the-year so far. It’s not something I do every year. One was for ‘grace’, and the other for ‘humility’. For the first, I didn’t choose the word very carefully at all. In fact, I probably misused it. For some reason, it was something I stuck with anyway, and I’ve found out the meaning a little. 

19. I used to play the recorder with a friend of mine every day when we took the school bus home from primary school together. We would usually be at the back of the bus. We were neighbors, so we got off at the same stop. He was two years older than me, so we played together for about three years’ worth of bus rides. 

20. I think very little about the details of my life ahead, and sometimes I feel guilty or worried about it. Sometimes I feel like I let too many things slide. Things have worked out well for me, but sometimes I still wonder if I’m having trust and faith or if I”m being irresponsible. 

21. The most vivid and frightening dream I’ve ever had me shouting so loud my parents woke up. (My sister could probably sleep through an air raid.) I was about fifteen at the time. I dreamed that I’d been working on something, and that the project was near completion that night. In the dream, I was walking around my house inspecting what I had somehow helped to construct, because the thing was somehow embedded across the lower half of every exposed wall in my house. It was, in essence, some kind of artificial brain. It was metallic and silvery. At the end of the dream, I touched it and saw thin streaks of light or electricity coursing through the thing. It was warm to the touch, and I knew that I was successful, and that the thing was, somehow, alive, or functioning. At that moment in the dream, I panicked. I was terrified. I was walking around the house looking at the walls when I woke up. 

22. When I was five or six, I had already started music lessons. One of the pieces I was learning was titled ‘The Hippo Pianist’. I couldn’t pronounce ‘pianist’ and repeatedly said ‘penis’ when my teacher tried to correct me. 

23. The sea has had appeal for me since I was in Sec 1. I was on a ferry from an island off the coast of Italy back to the mainland, and it was New Years’ Eve. It was also winter. I remember standing on the top deck where the helipad was and looking up at the sky and not quite feeling the cold. I was blissful the entire time. 

24. Since about a year or two ago, I find that quite a lot of the things I’ve written have been worth saving, which makes me happy, and which is also why I’ll probably be posting this on my thoroughly-neglected blog later. 

25. My blog has been thoroughly-neglected because my laptop, which, incidentally, I called Steve, had a motherboard problem. It makes repairing it impractical, cost-wise. This makes me sad. (By the way, that makes it Steve Vaio. You also probably didn’t know I called it Steve.)

That’s it.

Categories: Memes
  1. Jono
    27 March 2009 at 9:05 pm

    heehee at no. 12

    also no. 23 has always been a good memory. the wind was crazy strong.

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