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8 things you didn’t know about me

A belated happy new year to all of you! I’ve been battling a bacterial infection while I’m on holidays, which hasn’t been fun.

My friends Donna, Andrew and Matt recently tagged me for the ‘8 things you don’t know about me’ meme. The rules are pretty straight forward:

  1. Link to your tagger and post these rules
  2. List EIGHT random facts about yourself
  3. Tag EIGHT people at the end of your post and list their names
  4. Let them know they’ve been tagged

So here’s eight random facts about me:

  1. I’m a covert rubberstamper. I have a fairly large range of rubberstamps, mostly arty styled stamps, and a nice range of interesting papers. I love the different textures of paper and love to mix and match stamps to papers. You may end up getting a hand made creation from me (but only if I know your birthday!).
  2. I was born in Singapore and spent 8 years growing up there. My family and I migrated to Perth, Australia in the 1980s – a period when people were scared of the “Asianisation” of Australia. It was an interesting experience growing up in Australia. For a long time, I tried to deny my Asian roots after being told many times “to go back to where I came from”. I’m now totally comfortable with all sides of my heritage and am a strong believer in living in a negative-discrimination-free society.
  3. I love quirky hand crafted pieces of art.
  4. I play the djembe. I don’t play it particularly well, but I love it.
  5. I used to be a pretty severe stutterer, as were my dad and my uncles. I used to get really frustrated at not being able to verbally express myself clearly. I knew what I wanted to say but could not voice what was in my head. It was even more frustrating seeing other people get frustrated at me. I managed to overcome this issue by sheer force of will (both my parents and I were unaware that there were various treatment plans available to help overcome stuttering). Although I don’t stutter nowadays, there are times when I get close to it but the problem manifests in being unable to pronounce certain words in certain conditions.
  6. I saw snow for the first time in 2003. Prior to that, I didn’t even realise that we had snow in Australia! Ever since 2003 we’ve been hitting the ski slopes every season.
  7. I actually get grumpy at times. Just ask my hubby.
  8. I love retro tin robots. I like robots in general and have always had a fascination with them. At one stage, I thought I was going to grow up to be a roboticist.

I tag the following folks as I’m interested in finding out more about them!

  • Sarah Isaacson – I met Sarah briefly at a Web Directions conference. She’s the creator of the Twitter WordPress Sidebar Widget plus she’s just a lovely person!
  • Lisa Herrod – I know she’s already been tagged by Donna, but she’s being tagged again :)
  • Kenji Walter – I’ve only met Kenji recently, at the Canberra Web Blast
  • Minnie – she’s a wonderful artist, writer and photographer.
  • Gary Barber – I first met Gary at one of the earlier Web Directions conference. I was so excited at meeting a fellow Perth person all the way on the other side of Australia.
  • My dear friend Caronne
  • Ben Ryan – he’s oh so witty and his dry sense of humour makes me laugh.
  • Karen Cheng who writes Snippets of Life – I’ve been following her blog towards the later part of 2007 and I love her writing style.
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  1. Hi Ruth,

    thanks for the link back and for participating in the meme :)

    Sorry you had to go through the crap mentioned in number 2 – it was worse in WA than anywhere back then (some European migrants bringing their baggage with them, or so it was said at the time – it was fertile ground for neo-Nazi activity that uniformly failed in most of the rest of Australia). Hopefully things are better now.

    Best regards, Andrew

  2. Hi Ruth

    Happy New Year! I hope you are feeling better, being sick especially on holidays is a bummer.

    A very interesting post. I can totally relate to the issues of growing up as an Asian in Australia, and especially in a small country town. I’ll elaborate more when I post my eight random facts… coming soon.

    All the best,

  3. Ruth Ellison Ruth Ellison

    @Andrew – thanks for the comment. I definitely don’t see the same racism nowadays but I think people’s attention has moved on from the Asians to the Muslims who are now undergoing similar issues. I still live in hope that one day, we can live in a negative-discrimination free world. But I think that as a whole, humanity still has a long way to go.

    @Kenji – looking forward to reading about your 8 things and growing up in a small country town. That would have been quite a challenge in many ways!

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