Share Your World – Week of November 1, 2021


What was the very first popular song you ever remember taking a liking to?  I’m not talking about children’s songs or old traditional songs… but the kind of songs you’d hear on the radio.

I am always slow to like popular songs especially one of those that plays again and again during the same hour. By the time I start to like the song, it would had overstayed its air time. Then another song would come on and it would be another song that would become my new earworm and annoy me to hell.

I don’t remember the very first popular song I’ve ever taken a liking to though. It was probably a teen-pop song from the late 90’s and early 2000’s as I didn’t start to listen to music until I came to the U.S. Don’t get me wrong, it isn’t that I didn’t like music before or I wasn’t allowed to listen to music in China. It’s just I spent so much time in school and completing school work that I didn’t have time for anything else.

Are you one of those people who get queasy at sight of blood, or could you watch an open heart surgery?

I don’t get queasy at the sight of blood. I’m used to blood, actually, since I frequently have to get my blood drawn, and I did suffer a few large bloody wounds as a child. On the other hand, I wouldn’t say I can watch an open heart surgery either. The sight might be too grotesque for me.

Who or what do you feel is lurking right behind you, just waiting to ambush you and make your life a living hell (or “heck” for those with delicate sensibilities)? 

My mother.

She’s done it a few times while I was in my work meetings and meetings with my supervisor. So I now have to close my door and cross my fingers she doesn’t come in and disrupt my meetings. Oh, and yes, she does make my life a living hell.

What is the gaudiest thing you have ever worn?

Oh, have I?! I remember wearing this blouse to dinner during my first trip to China in 2005. I didn’t want to wear. This blouse was all wrong for me. It was sparkly, uncomfortable, and it exposed the unflattering part of me. Still my mom made me wear it. I was an uncomfortable mess all night, taking deep breaths each time I stand up so my belly would appear flat and didn’t dare to walk too far as my jeans would fall if I did.

Fess up!  What was something you did as a child that got you into BIG trouble?

Probably not eating fast enough because of my lack of teeth.

I was always the last to finish my meals and if I chewed too slowly, my aunt would take away the food and drag me until I was outside of the apartment and lock the door on me. This was cruel punishment for a 7-year-old who was terrified of the dark. I would scream and cry, half freaking out because I was out in the dark, half afraid of intruders coming to kidnap me, but it didn’t help because she didn’t let me back in until I stopped banging on the door.

This ruined me because no matter how hard I try, I find it difficult to spend my time to taste the food instead of speed through the meal.

(Gratitude Question – Always Optional):  What are you looking forward to as the festive season approaches?

Probably the time off but then what does that do for me? I have to be stuck in the house with mom but I guess a break from work is better than no break from work.

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2 thoughts on “Share Your World – Week of November 1, 2021

  1. Thank you Yinglan for Sharing Your World and being so open about yourself. It sounds like your childhood was fairly traumatic. I can’t imagine being cruel to a child (I don’t especially like children, but I never had any either) but I wouldn’t lock one out in the dark and possibly expose them to danger. You have faced some awful situations and I congratulate you for surviving and becoming the person you are today. Many would have given up or let the bad situations shape their lives. I had a ‘difficult’ mother too, but now she’s gone I admit I miss her some times. Some people never learn healthy boundaries (like respect for a closed door). Maybe you can plan a small road trip or something for your holiday time and avoid being shut in your house with your mom? I hope you have as happy a holiday as possible whatever you decide to do! Have a peaceful week!

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    • There were certainly a few traumatic moments here and there, which I wish to forget. Unfortunately, those moments stay with a person forever and are not forgotten easily. My aunt would never do such thing to her son. I don’t know what gave her the idea she can do such thing to me. I do hope to travel once I no longer have so much work to do at work, at least when I’m no longer needing to work 12 or 13 hours days. Hopefully during the holidays.

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