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Me, Myself and I

LOVELY Miss Azra has tagged me. It's fun once in a while to do this sort of thing and questions here seem doable too. I'll try to keep my answers short and sweet, resisting the urge to ramble since it's all about Me, Myself and I !


1. What is your favourite saying, or motto ? 
It doesn't matter. Don't worry about it. 
Basically, I just try to see the positives in most shitty situations. Realistically.  


2. What is your dream job ? 
It ranges from being a tour guide, a travel writer and a secret agent to a medical rep, a rose picker for Chanel gardens in France and an English teacher to those under 12. I'm allergic to teenagers.


3. What part of the world do you have little interest in travelling to ? And which part of the world is next on your list ? 
I have little interest in Jakarta and Bangladesh, or any place where the temperature is -45 Deg Celcius for most of the year. 
My dream destination is Africa. Next on list is either Africa or New York. 


4. If you could live anywhere, where would it be ? 
Australia. Maybe in a nice blue or white house, fronting the Great Ocean Road. 


5. When you travel, do you prefer to go to the city or the countryside ? 
Both! I need a dose of nice restaurants and rustic countryside. 


6. What is the last thing you think about before falling asleep ? 
Just where or what I'd be in three years time. 


7. Are you a gardener, or a garden admirer ? You can be both ! 
Currently not a gardener. But given a chance, I'd plant palms and green leafy plants and vegetables. So yeah. I do fancy green gardens. 


8. Do you enjoy cooking ? If so, what are some meals you like to prepare when you entertain ? 
Only when I have guests (who insist that I should cook), and I hate cleaning up. So I much rather take them out to nice restaurants. Cooking depends on the kind of guests. I'd go with an Indian or Malay combination menu with the traditional ones, and some nice grills and baked dishes for the much relaxed guests. 


9. Do you parallel park or drive around the block?
Parallel park. 

10. If there were 7 people from any time period you could invite to dinner, who would they be?
My grandma
Graham Greene
Florence Griffith Joyner (FloJo)
Cleopatra 
Charles Brandon -  Duke of Suffolk (Henry VIII's closest friend) Mahatma Gandhi
Michael Jackson. 
*PS. I'd take them out on separate dinner dates. 

11. Have you ever written or would you like to write a short story, memoir, or novel?
Short stories, yes. A memoir would be interesting. 

12. What kind of music helps you unwind?
All kinds except jazz and rap. I'm currently going through a Chubby Checker phase right now. 

13. When was the last time you cried?
Hmm. During my last PMS ? Haha. 

14. Which lyrics aptly describe your love life?
None.

15. What do you most enjoy about blogging, and what advice would you give new bloggers?
It's still writing but away from what I do at work, so it's like an escapade for me. I've also grown to love the community here as some have become friends. New bloggers - just be yourself and enjoy the ride ! 

AND this is open. Anyone can choose to tag him or herself and continue with the chain :) 



Comments

  1. Seriously interesting answers Jaya, it's always great to learn more about you. I hope you get that dream job and trip to New York some day too, I'm allergic to most teenagers as well even though I am one haha.

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  2. you're probably the sweetest teenager i know, Matthew ! hahaha.

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  3. Some fun answers at your shore today. It be interesting to have all 7 guests there at once..haha

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    1. After all that dinner, I could have a party inviting them all. My gran might fancy cleopatra, Gandhi and MJ ! Haha

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  4. Great stuff Jaya! Look, I love Michael Jackson too... we'll have to share him on respective dinner dates. And like I said, come on over... you already have your guide waiting :D

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    1. Of course, we can share MJ :) and thanks ! I will mos def be visiting your land. It'll be great to see you Azra!

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  5. Re:#2 - what exactly is your current job Jaya?
    Re:#4 - my mother lives in a blue and white house fronting the Great Ocean Road. She has a spare bedroom :-)
    Re:#9 - Are there so many people who can't parallel park that this question is even necessary? I'm astounded.

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    1. i'm a journo with an english daily here, Nursie. maybe it's your mother's house that i saw and fell in love with afterall ! i love that place.
      wait. i think i got it wrong here. people always double and parallel park here, so i was thinking double parking which causes inconvenience :) will have to change that answer now.

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  6. You drive around the block?. We have to talk. Jazz (100 solos!) and rap (NO. SLEEP. IN BROOKLYN!) don't help a person unwind, I agree. Anyone who sends me an email to find out how I'm doing is a friend of mine. :)

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    1. okay, RC. i got that wrong ! i thought it could mean parking parallel along a parallel parking, which is already full. double parking seems to be a culture here and it annoys me. so i wouldn't do it and will most def drive around the block if the parking lots are taken up, my blue friend :p

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    2. Ah well, that's a different story altogether. I figured you hadn't mastered the art of parallel parking 100% yet. Of course you can park! :))

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    3. i damn well can park, RC! i've been legally driving since i was 18 :)

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    4. Hahahaha! I believe you, you know I do ;) And you were illegally driving from when 'till when? :D

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    5. 16 :) my uncles taught me how to drive in the neighbourhood.

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    6. I knew it! Something fishy going on! Are you also one of those women complaining about um... women drivers? :D Dare I ask?

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    7. of course not, RC. for every dumb woman who applies lipstick while holding up traffic on the fast lane, there is always an asshole of a man who tries to cut queue or bully you into submission ;p
      oh and the ratio of men to women drivers 1:1

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    8. I hate it when women try to bully / stalk me into submission...

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  7. I really like your list of seven people. Those are great choices.

    Love,
    Janie Lola

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    1. thanks, Janie :)
      i like my list too.

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  8. Anonymous10 May, 2012

    Hey JJ, funnily enough I'd love to settle in Australia and it would definitely be in a coastal house! I'm sorry to hear about the crying, the thought alone makes me sad :( Take care and be nice!!

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    1. it's a paradise i know :)
      i'm mostly nice btw, and take care of you.

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  9. I really enjoy reading these and learning more about the bloggers I've come to know. Great Q & A! :)

    I had to laugh at the parallel parking question. I haven't had to do that in years. I've become used to pulling in to slots in parking lots. I think if I tried parallel parking now, I'd end up on one of those funny video TV shows because it would take me a gazillion tries before I finally got it right. LOL

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    1. I TAG thee Miss Super Earthling :)
      it'd be fun with your graphics and all.

      parallel parking is not a personal favourite but beggars cant be choosers when i cant find anything else. hahaha.

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  10. I think you'd make a great tour guide writer for graham green.

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    1. i love that man, copyboy ! i wish we had bumped into each other at a train station or something in his time.

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  11. I agree with lots of these .I would also rather take people out to eat than cook. Who wants to do extra dishes?!

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    1. welcome here Holly !
      exactly. such a pain in the arse. also i am a messy cook so that doubles the work!

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  12. Actually, you can start off with a bit of travel writing right here. I love your writing style, and your background in journalism is definitely an added bonus.

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    1. i do that a little here although we don't do much of travel writing in my section. but i'm finding a way in the soon future to get myself into tourism and sorts ;)

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  13. Ha, i loved your dinner guests. Cleopatra might make a mess though if she uses your bathroom. And what if she brings her snake?. I bet she will just want to eat chococlate all night and moan about Marc Anthony. Ghandi might make a mess too, he never wears shoes...Michael Jackson could do backward walking though and his moonwalk would clean up after Ghandi. Maybe you should double book those two?.
    Your dreams must be quite active if your thinking of your future when you fall to sleep, i hope they come true to you.

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    1. i'll be really open for anything with these people, Jon ! talking about being barefoot...i've had the chance to meet this person a few weeks back and we've been talking about the barefoot approach and it made a lot of sense to me. i'll blog about it when i'm more into it soon k.
      i don't know what this future would be :) i do have erratic dreams though.

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  14. I don't know how you can stand the countryside. I guess I'm too much of a city person.

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    1. i dont know anyone who dislikes/ detests countryside as much as you do :)
      its interesting.

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  15. love your dinner guests...what an interesting group!!

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  16. Great learning more about you!
    Love your range of dream jobs – especially the secret agent bit. ;)

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    1. secret agent is a tough one. i like the idea a lot - all that extra special skills that one would be trained for, going about and living different lives...maybe not the part where one's caught and tortured, or killed because you know too much secret.

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  17. I loved your answer to the dinner guests. It's great when we can admire people like Charles Brandon enough to want to have them out for a fictional dinner.

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    1. i think Charles would be really interesting with him being close to the king and being an individual himself. there are many fictions based on history. it will be really nice to narrate the stories of that time from charles point of view.

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  18. I want to be a secret agent now, or pick roses.

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  19. I definitely prefer visiting warmer places, too. But I'd have a hard time narrowing down where I would want to go next - I have yet to have go on a trip I've not enjoyed.

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  20. That is a real assorted selection (point No 10)

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