HI, I’M LEAH ~ Welcome to my Blog!
Here is a modified version of the “25 Random Things About Me” which I think describes me well enough….
1. I’m provincial at heart. After traveling far and wide…I realized that I long to live in the province….”to live in the sunshine, swim the sea and drink the wild air”*….
2. I’m not into pets.** But if I must have one, I really want a pot-bellied pig. You can always throw in some Shetland ponies in the bargain.
**My brother had a pug named Ellard…and even though I rarely saw Ellard cause he was in the province and I was in New York…my heart broke when he died of illness at only 3 years old.
3. I love futbol. Amidst the rough and tumble are moments of sublime brilliance and elegance. A perfectly weighted pass is a thing of beauty….
4. I love oysters. We used to eat them by the sackful in the province. Where the very act of finding and shucking makes the oysters sliding into our mouths with its salty brine even more delicious…
5. I can’t get enough of kung-fu and shaolin movies. If it’s set in the rural areas and people fly from mountain to mountain and carry jars of waters (or walk on hands for hours) over bridges, all the better. Best would be those with funny and wise old men “masters.”
6. I grew up in a ’50’s glass house in the province. We took it for granted until it became derelict. We had furniture that we absolutely didn’t care for and frequently left out in the rain….I am shocked to see exactly the same pieces being sold in the stores now at prohibitive cost and called Danish modern or some such. Who knew?
7. I can find a friend in a desert….
8. I am lucky to have many friends. Although some have turned out false and many have betrayed me…I have learned much from each and everyone of them. More importantly, I owe much of what and where I am now to those friends whose faith in me have not faltered and who have given me unwavering support and encouragement.
9. I love the smell of grass after the rain…
10. I love storms. I love the sky in all its passion and temper. I love the thunder and the lightning and the torrential rain and the howling wind. I love it that after the storm, the drenched and windswept place is filled with a serene and humbled beauty.
11. I love rainy days in the province. When we were young, we would all go out to bathe in the rain. And we run to the plaza to revel and rejoice in the waters. And we would go around town, looking for the gutter with the largest gushing water…pretending it was a waterfall. And we would slide in the school courts and pretend the shallow puddle is a pool. And we would climb walls and tiptoe on it like cats. For what reason, I never knew.
12. I once did nothing but play mahjong, day and night, for two months….
13. I love afternoon teas. I love the elaborate teapots and the dainty tea cups. I love scones and clotted cream and jams. Only at teatime do I enjoy those tiny cucumber sandwiches. Somehow, they are quite filling then. And I like those tiny cakes and even tinier curry puffs.
14. I love Europe. I want to live there someday. I cried a bucketful of tears when I was offered a spot at my old job’s New York office instead of at the London office where I was applying. (I’m still trying to figure a way where I can live part of the year in Europe…hah!)
15. I adore Japanese packaging. I love their gift wrappers and the way they wrap anything. Even plain brown boxes with some japanese inscription somehow seem special. And sake bottle designs are brilliant. I want to live in Japan too!
16. I watch Japanese anime because of my brothers. I like a lot of them but I never really got over liking Dragonball Z.
17. It’s a wonder I’m still friends with my best friend. When she was going to get married, I pretended it wasn’t happening (because I didnt want to let her go for some selfish reason) so I did not help her with the wedding preparation nor listened to her pre-wedding tales of stress. The first sentence of my maid-of-honor-speech was “I have to admit that I am very upset at this wedding….”
18. A friend once took me and my best friend to dinner at Sutokil in Cebu. We took a table overlooking the sea. After a while, the lights blacked-out. To our surprise, somebody came and started putting white starched cloth on top of the table, wine glasses, fine china. Then someone brought in lechon de leche, together with all the seafood we ordered. And we had a waiter serving food and another serving wine amidst candlelights. More surprisingly, there were no one left at the market but us! How a common seafood wet market was transformed into a fine dining candlelit place still amazes me to this day. And we ended the night with belgian chocolates and single-malt whiskies by the seashore.
19. After getting off a tram in Geneva, I realized I had my suitcases but not my handbag (where my passport, wallet and all other valuables and form of identification were). I ran after the tram, thinking I was bionic woman. When I realized I was merely human…I tried flagging down cars. A good samaritan came to my rescue and brought me to the tram. The passengers kindly gave my bag to the driver for safekeeping so the driver gave it back to me. The good samaritan then brought me back to where I left all my suitcases in the middle of the road. Wonder of wonders, all were in intact.
20. My paternal grandmother was a soprano, a classical pianist, a music teacher and a choirmistress. Most everyone in her side of the family sings and plays a musical instrument. None of those musical genes were passed on to me. I fail even Rockband. If it were otherwise, I’d be a rockstar, not a lawyer. (Perhaps in consolation, I met Bono at a restaurant where he took my hand and kissed it, chatted and gave me an autograph, a warm hug and another kiss on the cheek. That’s the closest I’ll ever be to a rockstar).
21. I grew up in a small town by the sea. My parents used to bring me fish and whatnot when I was studying in the city. Sometimes, my lunchbox would have lobsters and crabs in it. I never understood why my classmates were oggling and begging to exchange their bacon sandwiches with me. Which I gladly, gladly took. I had my fill of fresh food and didn’t have enough processed food growing up. Tsk.
22. I’m thankful for the advent of internet for my recently acquired ability to cook. I grew up with grandparents, aunts, uncles and a mother who were/are fabulous cooks. I never cooked anything growing up as I was too busy falling off trees or reading books to linger in the kitchen and watch (wish I had known better…). With internet around, I can just google recipes and come up with passable food. The wonders of technology….
23. I’m accident-prone. A bit like humpty-dumpty put together again thanks largely to God’s grace and mercy and to my brilliant orthopedic surgeons. They have begged me NOT to be a patient again.
24. My life has not been easy. But I am blessed to have fulfilled many, many of my dreams. And I am praying for many more dreams to come true…
*Ralph Waldo Emerson