thirty things about me

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Considering I'm not an overly sentimental person, it's not surprising that my blog's fifth birthday passed by unbeknownst to me recently. I really can't believe it's come so far, especially since this was just a way for me to procrastinate from schoolwork at the start! Since it's creation the blog has become way less personal (probably for the better), but I still feel like it could use more posts about my daily life here and there. Anyway, I thought it was about time I share some random facts about me. After all, I'm super nosy and happen to love reading posts like these, plus it's always nice to know a bit more about the person behind the blog!


1. If you don’t know me personally, you might not know that my full name is Manisay. Mani’s just a nickname that everyone happens to call me, including people I barely know!
2. I’m 100% Laotian. A lot of people have no idea where/what that is, so it’s fun to let them guess from time to time.
3. I have two brothers and a sister, all of which are younger than me.
4. I’m a Gemini which supposedly points to the idea that I’m outgoing, but that couldn't be further from the truth. I couldn't even pretend to be sociable to save my life.
5. I’m a bit obsessed with Japan and love everything about the country, whether it be the language, the food, or the people… In fact I’m meant to go on exchange there in two years, so hopefully it works out!
6. I have a bad habit of becoming obsessed with musical soundtracks, even if I’ve never watched the musical in question.
7. I’m one of those people who are really precious about their stationery, and savour stickers and notebooks for as long as they can.
8. I’ve never dyed my hair, partly because my mum literally thinks the chemicals cause cancer.
9. I have my learners license but always put off driving because I despise it! It just gives me a really anxious, unpleasant feeling.
10. I’ve never broken a bone in my life.


11. I’m a massive sweet tooth, and much prefer baking or making desserts over food that will actually help me in the real world.
12. I'm terribly shortsighted and have worn glasses or contacts since I was nine.
13. I’ve always loved the idea of waking up to snow, and am forever lamenting the fact that I will never experience it in Australia.
14. I’d probably eat instant ramen everyday if it didn’t make me feel awful.
15. I used to have bangs for a good part of high school until I realised they looked terrible on me.
16. I’m a bit of a sucker for horoscopes, as silly as it sounds. For the record, the ones on Twittascope are pretty spot-on!
17. I seriously despise bananas and pears. It’s nothing to do with the taste, I just have texture issues with both of them! I also can’t stomach anything that contains blood or liver.
18. I try to avoid conflict as much as possible.
19. That’s my age, which makes me the year of the piggy.
20. I'm really interested in photography and graphic design as hobbies. I actually designed my high school yearbook, and it’s kind of sad but true to say that it's one of my few achievements!

21. I like my own company. Being home alone is a dream for me because it means that I'm free to do or eat whatever I want.
22. I love any movie with a good makeover sequence, so by default I'm obsessed with the Princess Diaries, Miss Congeniality, Pretty Woman, the Devil Wears Prada... you get the idea.
23. I spend too much time thinking about my next meal.
24. I find that I’m at my most productive during the early morning, like from 5-6am. So much so that during my HSC, I’d usually wake up then to study.
25. A lot of the time I overanalyse things and come up with scenarios that will never happen.
26. My ears are freakishly white in comparison to my face, but you just can’t see them because my hair always covers them.
27. I really dislike talking on the phone.
28. I much prefer trains over buses. Buses confuse me so much because I never know the routes or where to get off, especially in unfamiliar places!
29. I can't sleep with the lights on. Even if it's just my laptop charger, I need to cover it up or it'll bug me.
30. I have quite a short attention span, so I can’t believe I finished this!
Does anyone out there have something in common with me, or some quirks that are even weirder than mine? I'd be really interested in knowing!

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  1. I share a few things with you: never broken a bone, sweet tooth, a fan of horoscopes, I like my own company too and I don't like talking on the phone ;)

  2. I think I can live off with instant ramen too, I love them so much!

  3. Are you me? I feel you on so many things! Instant ramen is my favourite breakfast, there was a period of my life where I'd eat it every morning... I've cut back to once a week though. #22 - I was JUST thinking about this the other day, about how much I love a good makeover sequence. The Princess Diaries is really good, there's a good one in St Trinians too! And seriously, I hate buses, so unreliable.

    #9 - driving used to give me (and still does sometimes) sooo much anxiety but for me it's worth it, because there's so much freedom! Especially if you need to go somewhere not well-connected with public transport.

    1. I definitely have to watch St Trinians just for that scene then! Even if I got my license I wouldn't have a car to drive, but still... I keep telling myself it'll happen in time haha.

  4. Haha so many things here that we have in common like
    I have never dyed my hair before either, loving musicals
    soundtracks, train over bus and being a Japan lover!

  5. I love all these little tidbits about you. It's so nice to learn more about the person behind the blog. And I definitely think way too much about my next meal as well, haha!

  6. Oh gosh, we have quite a few things in common. I've never dyed my hair, am a morning person and I've never broken a bone either! x

  7. I LOVED reading this post! I can relate to you with so many things such as I love musical soundtracks (Hairspray, Mamma Mia, Les Mis), I cannot eat anything with blood, liver, feet, ears, any weird body part for that matter...., I've never died my hair, I've never broken a bone, I loveee to bake, I've had glasses since I was about 9, I'm a part of my high school's newspaper (which I guess is similar??), I love makeover movies (The Devils Wear Prada is one of my all time favorite movies, and I never mind watching it again), I have quite an imaginative mind and daydream about my life 20 years from now, and I have a short attention span as well! Wow, we sure have a lot of things in common! This is why I love to get to know bloggers :)

    Emily //

    1. Oh my goodness, I never knew eating ears was a thing?! I definitely need to check out the Mamma Mia soundtrack now though, haha!

  8. I learnt a lot about you in that post Mani...:} happy birthday!

  9. Great post! Congrats on your 5 year anniversary-that takes great dedication:) Anyway, thank you for sharing as it is always so cool to read posts like these!
    xo Olivia

  10. Yes to #24! When I tell other people I wake up at 5 or so to study they think I'm crazy. I get more done in the morning too. The downside is by lunch time I'm lazy. We have a lot in common, thanks for sharing!

    1. Haha, that's so true! I always feel so accomplished that I end up doing nothing for the rest of the day, which is kinda counter-productive...

  11. Aww I love this. I think designing your year book is a massive achievement - definitely something to be proud of. I am the same, as much as I love hanging out with friends, sometimes it's nice to just be your own company. I love all things Japanese too and desperately need to make a trip there!