“The better you know yourself, the better your relationship with the rest of the world.” – Toni Collette
After much contemplation, I decided to launch this blog with a post about me. Yes you probably would have known by now why I started this blog, how I lost weight and what my goals are but the 24 things below that you will read is a good representation of everything that makes me, me.
It’s a great way to kickstart our relationship here at Pretty Awesome Fitness and for what it’s worth, I really really have this burning desire to let you know who I am. It’s not easy to dig down random 24 facts about me but ta-da! Here it is. Oh and, I chose 24 because that’s how old I am!
After reading this post, I would love to hear one or two random things about you. Pop me a comment below!
Lo and behold, here we go gang!
1. I was born MASSIVE. I was pretty much 1kg heavier than the average baby in my year of birth. Jokes aside, my birth weight was 4.08kg. Really Mum, you’re amazing.
2. I’m a Malay, born a Malay and have always been a Malay. For those of you who isn’t familiar, the Malay culture originally came from Java in Indonesia before migrating further to Malaysia to adopt their way of living. My ancestors came from Singapore.
3. I have lived in four different countries in three different continents. In fact, I was born in Brunei, moved to Oman when I was 2, and then to Singapore at the age of 7 and finally in Sydney 8 years ago.
4. With that, I attended three school systems in this world. Pre-school in Oman, primary school in Singapore and high school-slash-uni in Sydney. (And in that order – pretty fun, pretty stressful, pretty amazing!)
5. I have travelled solo! It was a 3 night thing in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam and I can confidently say that it is the best thing I’ve ever ever done in my whole life. Will I do it again? Yes definitely. Possibly longer than just four days and maybe to a country where English is not their first language.
6. I have a motorbike licence. And I’ve used it on my solo trip in Vietnam and during my trip to Bali. Crazy? A little. But hey, I survived!
7. During my three and a half years in uni, I spent 80% of the time volunteering more than studying, walking through the halls helping freshmen out more than sitting in the library and attending Board meetings more than attending lectures. Yes I flung a couple of subjects and it took me a semester and a half longer to graduate but I had the time of my life in uni and that is all that matters.
8. I don’t talk a lot around people, but when I do, I don’t stop. Some people think it’s a little weird (Hi Sis!) but I guess I take a little longer to come out of my comfy little turtle shell and speak, speak, speak. That also takes me to Number 9.
9. I am a proud introvert. I grew up, particularly in the last two years thinking that I am a loud and proud extrovert, loving being around people and appreciate the company of others. Until I read an article recently about the good ‘ol intros on Huffington Post. (Or maybe I’m just both…)
10. I lived alone for a year and a half just to know and experience how it feels like being alone. I work well around others but being alone every now and then is the purest form of liberation I ever known thanks to solo living.
11. I have trained important people of some big corporate companies. This include directors, CEOs, MDs, VPs and such. And one greatest thing I learned from them? Do what excites you.
12. I’ve become exceptionally good at saying goodbyes but I would prefer not to handle them. Emotions are a great deal in my life and as much as possible I tend to put it aside more often than other things.
13. I drink on average 3.5 litres of water a day, never less than 3 and usually about 4. It has become a habit and as much as there are arguments that it is not good to drink too much water, I think this works out for my body.
14. I cannot play music, but I rock out pretty well to Guitar Hero. Although it’ll be exceptionally super awesome if someone can teach me guitar. Don’t worry though, at least five people tried and failed so you won’t be alone.
15. I do have a full-time job right now. I work as a travel consultant in one of the biggest travel brands in Australia. It’s exciting planning for people’s holidays and making their dreams come true.
16. Apart from fitness, I love travel. Thus the job. Thus the travelled to 9 cities in 5 countries in the last two years, leaving me broke as monetarily but wisely rich as hell. My next destination will be Canada and the US of A in December. White Christmas!
17. The best city I’ve ever visited would probably be Tokyo, Japan. Weirdly eccentric people, seriously awesome vending machines and super orderly systems. Plus the Sakuras. Plus Mount Fuji. Plus the shinkansen. It just ticks all the right boxes.
18. I’m in a I-seriously-hate-running mode right now, thanks to my 125km in total running events that I took part in the last two years and the near knee-busting incident a few months ago. I miss it sometimes, but I’m happy to say I have found bliss in other activities such as weight-lifting and rowing. I know it will come back but for now, err no thanks running.
19. I love waffles and red velvet cupcakes. It is my guilty pleasure. And an almond or soy milk mocha.
20. My sister is my best friend. If everything else in this world falls apart, I know she would be there to keep me grounded. She doubles up as my big sister at times and I would do anything for her.
21. I used to have a cat I imported from Singapore to Sydney who passed away four years later at my neighbour’s front lawn. The most devastating thing is I received a call from a courier man who happened to be delivering a parcel to that neighbour of mine, telling me that my cat has passed (its got a name tag on). Not exactly the best thing to hear in a call but I’m happy he’s in a better place now.
22. I am double jointed and I have an extra bone near my left big toe. If you ask nicely, I’d probably take a pic and show it to you.
23. I wanted to be a doctor all through my growing up years, and gave up trying about three years ago. I figured I don’t think it’s the right career path for me so I stopped and pursued other things that made me happier instead.
24. I have a crazy, jam-packed, exciting few months ahead. With this new job, new ventures, new blog, new people to meet and new discoveries, I will be kept busy over the next couple of months. It’s brilliant with a big fat B, because my days will be something I look forward to. It excites me, keeps me going and I love it with every single beat of my heart.
That’s it! Once again, welcome to PrettyAwesomeFitness.com and you are the very reason why I’m always excited everyday.
Now tell me, one seriously random fact about yourself in the comment section below! Make it unique, but most importantly, make it YOU. Cause from here on out, it’ll be all about you and I want to know you, you and you. Go comment!