Sunday, January 13, 2008

40-Something Me

I got this Meme from Wandi of Wandi Bear and will answer as best and as real as I can.

May not be the best of answers I have about myself, but then again, the answers reveal more of who I am... or aspire to at least be. This is a long list of soul-baring Meme when you're being honest...

1. Were you named after anyone?
Never asked my parents about it, but I do know that the name is mentioned in the Quran numerous times.

2. When was the last time you cried?
I can't remember. I was teary-eyed when I watched "I am Sam" about a year ago. That Dakota Fanning girl was awesome! I am her fan since.

3. Do you like your handwriting?
Come to think of it, I think I do. Wifey likes it too, so she always asks me to fill the forms and lucky draws.

4. What is your favourite lunch meat?
I'd rather eat more fresh vegetables, but chicken without the skin will be my choice.

Though I definitely will indulge with eating a crispy fried chicken now and then... which gets me further away from having that elusive six-pack abs. Sigh.

5. Do you have kids?
Yes. One genius of a boy. Another three I wished were only in my dreams. Makes our only child so very precious to Wifey and I.

6. If you were another person, would you be friends with you?
Yes, most definitely. I love life and like to joke. Though I appear flaky most times, I believe everyone has a good side. It's their choice to be the kind of person they project themselves to be outwardly.

7. Do you use sarcasm a lot?
I refrain from it because you use it to hurt another. Jokes aside, I know a few people who are and I choose to avoid them as much to not spoil my day.

8. Do you still have your tonsils?
Yes. Everything, teeth and all, still intact at age of 41. Thank God for my health.

9. Would you bungee jump?
Yes! Always wanted to when I was single, but there was no such facility in Singapore then.

Now that there are several, Wifey prohibits me from doing something "stupid" as I have responsibilities now.

So the closest thing to getting an adrenalin rush are on roller-coasters and free-fall space shots. The most recent was at Genting Resort early December 2008.

10. What is your favorite cereal?
Chocolate flavored Milo Cereal. Good on its own too.

11. Do you untie your shoes when you take them off?
No. I wear shoes without laces to work nowadays because I hate it when it gets untied while walking. My gym shoes are Velcro. I stay away from shoelaces. Yes, I am that lazy.

12. Do you think you are strong?
Physically I am because I workout often. Emotionally I am a fragile china. This sucks because I think I am compensating my insecurities with my workouts? Yikes!

13. What is your favorite ice cream?
Vanilla and Strawberry. Chocolate mint too. I can even taste it now... no, no, six-packs, remember!

14. What is the first thing you notice about people?
Their smile... I can somehow sense between a genuine or forced one, nonetheless they make the effort to smile.

I get pissed-off by people whom I know, but pretend not to notice you when they pass you by. It tells a great deal about them. I stay away from these people as they have so indicated.

15. Red or pink?
Red, please. Pink looks good on ladies though. Red is my "punch of energy" color.

16. What is the thing that you like least about yourself?
For lacking in self-confidence that has restricted me from trying new things and experiences since young thus has made me feel inadequate and not good enough somehow.

17. Who do you miss the most?
There is never one person. I miss my parents even though they are a bus-ride away. I will miss Wifey and Son when they are away. I hate to be away from them but fortunately there's the phone.

18. Do you want everyone to send this back to you?
Most definitely. Being honest online takes a lot of courage which exposes you and at worst become a target to bad intentions. Among friends, this is a great list to know more about everyone else.

19. What color pants and shoes are you wearing?
Not wearing any shoes in the house. Blue shorts now. Black shoes to work.

20. Have you ever re-gifted?
Never. I wouldn't want to receive one though I understand if someone has to. Gifts are personal, so from me sincerely with what I can afford.

21. What are you listening to right now?
Fancy that! Rod Steward's "Forever Young" from iTunes internet radio on "Big R Radio - Soft Hits" station. That is how I would like to feel... forever young.

22. If you were a crayon, what color would you be?
I love blue, but for crayons, I'd rather be RED. Looks better and clearer on white drawing paper. Catchy color.

23. Favorite smells?
Wifey's hair. Pine from a new furniture. Lavender and fresh-cut grass.

24. Who was the last person you talked to on the phone?
Wifey, while I was going home from work on Friday. No other voice gets me excited when the weekend comes. Where to go, what to do for family outings.

25. Do you like the person who sent this to you?
This Meme wasn't sent. I surfed into it instead and found that I was tagged. Yes. I think the person has a beautiful soul and wish her all the happiness in her life.

26. Favorite sports to watch?
Badminton tournaments and bodybuilding competitions.

27. Hair color?
For an Asian, there is no choice... black. Though most Asians spot hair with lighter colors with highlights now, after the worldwide phenomenon of D.I.Y hair-coloring products.

28. Eye color?
Likewise, black. I know it's boring. We're a one-colored people when it comes to hair and eyes. Contact lenses let Asians become Caucasians, but I'd rather undergo Lasik to correct my vision. Still too expensive here. Sigh.

29. Do you wear contacts?
No. Never own a set before. With my last 3-month old S$270.00 prescription glasses fell out of my pocket and took a ride in a cab to never be found again, it's a blur 10 metres and beyond. Blind as a bat at night too.

30. Favorite food?
I have to give two favorites - Mom's Malay Sambal Goreng and Thai's Tom Yam Seafood Noodles. Can't live without it.

31. Scary movies or happy endings?
Happy endings, though I'd love for scary movies to end happily too.

32. Last movie you watched.
On the big screen - "Spiderman 3" on DVDs - "Me and You and Everyone We Know."

33. What color shirt are you wearing?
In tropical Singapore, most men don't wear shirts at home. So, no shirt on... I am like at the beach.

34. Summer or Winter?
Definitely summer. I love being outdoors. The sun gives out energy and lifts the spirits. Winter looks good looking from the inside out, but it gets gloomy after a while.

35. Hugs or kisses?
Kisses from Wifey, hugs to parents and best friends.

36. Favorite desert?
Chocolate cake and cheese cake - at equal rank.

37. Most likely to respond?
To this Meme? Carol from A Revision and Ellen from Coffee Granules.

38. Least likely to respond?
To any Meme... Andrew from Past Tense. His beautiful poetry is an enough draw.

39. What book are you reading now?
What's a book? I can't sit still to finish one. I only read PC and health magazines, thus my vocabulary is very limited, my grammar is everywhere.

40. What is on you mouse pad?
Apple mouse model A1152... why? Is there another use for it?

41. What did you watch on TV last night?
Godsend. It's about a couple who lost their son and resurrected him against natural rules by cloning him. Starring Robert De Niro as the doctor who did the cloning with bad consequences especially to the child, than the parents I think.

42. Favorite sound?
Chirping birds in the morning. Wifey's hello over the phone. Gentle waves crashing on the beach... the gift of audibles from heaven.

43. Rolling Stones or Beatles?
Too young for Rolling Stones to ever remember their songs. Beatles, definitely... imagine all the people...

44. What is the furthest you have been from home?
North America... Europe, then the army camp in Tekong Island when I was in bootcamp. Distance is a relative term, the heart makes you farther than you can ever be. Cocky, I know. But it's my truth.

45. Do you have a special talent?
I always thought I was great with art and drawing while I was in school, after looking at works from young talents now, I have none.

46. Where were you born?
Lorong Ternak, Singapore. A village where I missed so much, where Mom had all her 8 out of 11 children born at home, except for my last brother who was born in KK hospital.

47. Whose answers are you looking forward to getting back?
All the bloggers listed on the right side of my blog under "Brilliant Blogs." These are nice and interesting people and worth to know more about.


  1. Good one Imran my friend. Thanks for responding. I have learned even more about you and your wonderful family. I love the ones where you refer to your wife and son the most. Thanks be to family. What a blessing they can be.

  2. Hello Wandi,

    I think this is one of the most I have about myself in written form thus far.

    Yes, family is a blessing for me most definitely.

    Thanks again for stopping by. Have a great week with your loved ones.

  3. What is Milo ceral?

    I keep running into blogs that mention it but I've never heard of it or seen it before.

  4. Hey Imran,
    I want to see you post your #45 talent!

  5. I keep finding more about you -- keeps getting better. What a wonderful person. :)

  6. That is one L-O-N-G meme.

    I had a rough evening last night and could sure use a hug...

  7. see I always thought you were artsy bro - your posts are sure very creative and inspiring.

  8. It is pretty amazing how similar my answers would be to yours- right down to seasonal preferences and music preferences.

    As for #27 & 28, black hair and eyes are absolutely NOT boring! Take it from me who lives in the land of the transplanted Scandinavians! So many people here are blond haired and blue eyed, which is supposedly the ideal, but that can get pretty boring.
    It's all a matter of perspective!
    When we were in the Philippines, we saw a lot of the young girls lightening their hair and skin and I thought, "how ironic" because so many light skinned women from Wisconsin sit in tanning booths all winter long frying their skin just to look darker! I think it's human nature to want something different from what you are.

    OK OK, I'll get off my little soap box about that. But I really passionately believe that we are all lovely just the way God made us. Six pack or not (I feel your pain on that one!!)

  9. Hello All,

    Thank you for stopping by and leaving your messages.

    DirkStar | Milo is a famous brand locally mostly for sports drink made from cocoa. The cereal with chocolate flavor is my favorite.

    I think I should add the Milo picture into my blog for you to see.

    Carol | I have lost all my art works from school when we moved house. I treasured it for a while because those were the only stuff that I liked about myself in high school, but I have since threw them away when we moved to a new home.

    So there is nothing much to prove, much less rekindle that artistic side of me... or so I think it was.

    Andrew | Talented and kind man, you are. My admiration for you never ceases. All I need is to visit your site and get inspired. Pretty awesome person yourself.

    Crashy | Organized, maybe... artsy... well, I though I was but never went that path to sharpen any skills or "talents" so, mediocre is more like it.

    LP | Would be interesting to read yours. You are right. Its a matter of perspective and should be grateful with what God has given and made the way we are.

    That six-pack is very illusive to me. It comes and goes... never stays.

    Thanks everyone. Have a great weekend.

  10. Gosh...this is ''food for thought''. It's a very revealing ''meme''.
    Hmmm...I spotted my name in amongst the post...eeek.
    But, because you are such a good friend...I will do my best to respond to it. That will be when I have a few hours to spare...ha ha.
    Good to be back in blogworld. Have been so busy lately but it's nice to catch up.


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