Share Your World – Week of June 6, 2022

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When you were a kid, did you eat the crusts on your sandwich or not?

I’ve never heard of people cutting the crusts off a sandwich until I saw it on television after immigrating to the U.S. Frankly, I don’t know why. I did try it once though and it felt like a waste of food, time, and effort.

Are you a fan of musicals—why or why not?

It depends on the type of music. I’m not a fan of movies that cannot go 5 minutes without a character burst into either a dance or a song.

Is it difficult to do what you do? (for a living, hobby etc.).  If you’re retired, what you ‘did’ previously for a job can be substituted.

I am, by day, a what-the-company-call Accounting Specialist. I basically do billing and reconciliation of all the money received but I have a feeling my job description is about to get a little more complex before the end of this year as my supervisor is planning on assign me a few other tasks.

I was told my job is difficult when I first joined the company but even now, 4 years later, it doesn’t feel like a difficult job to me, though that might just be me. I actually train someone to do my tasks and she quit after less than a month. So I guess my job isn’t as easy as I thought.

I think the most difficult parts of my job is knowing who does what, which customers must I never bill, and how to operate the accounting software.

What’s the best concert you’ve ever been to?  (Doesn’t have to be a rock concert either).

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Is it sad that the only concerts I’ve ever been to are either the ones I’ve taken part in or the beginning of Sunday Church service?

I used to love to sing. That was before I first got braces 12 years ago and the shifting of teeth sort of caused me to lose my singing voice. When I was in middle school, every semester when the course schedule is ready to be picked up, I’ve always hoped I’d be put in chorus but I never was.

Then Freshman year in high school, right after I moved from California to Texas, I finally got to pick my own classes and guess what I picked? Choir.

Unfortunately, I didn’t know in order to sing, one must know how to read musical notes. When I was handed a book on my first day, I felt like I was going to faint. Those dots and lines all looked like gibberish to me. My step-father played the guitar and I thought he would know how to read these things but it turned out he didn’t. He read guitar tabs, not sheet music.

I don’t know how I survived that semester. I ended up winging through the whole thing, imitating my peers, and mouthing the words to Latin or whatever foreign language song. I didn’t truly learn to read sheet music until the following semester when I started piano lessons. The concerts were certainly fun to participate in especially the one where we covered various Disney classics.

Is it bias to say I enjoyed the bits of the concert that featured me?


Looking back over your life, what is one thing you’re grateful for?  One thing you really regret?

When I told my therapist I regret not moving out in 2016 when my mom threatened to kick me out, he said, “there’s really no such thing as regret in life.” Still I do wish I had moved out in 2016. I would had taken the apartment across from the college campus. I had a job back then and had a little saved. I would’ve made it and would’ve been free and not in my current situation.

June 6th marked the 26th anniversary of my father’s death. My mom asked me to wonder what would my life be like if my dad didn’t die. “A life for a life.” I told her. If he didn’t die at a young age, it would probably be me because I was born with a genetic defect in which my body does not have the ability to absorb calcium. It turned out a person can only last so many years with the amount of calcium given while still in the mother’s womb.

So I guess what I’m trying to say is I’m grateful of how things worked out because after getting diagnosed in the U.S., the doctors found a way to get my body to take in calcium.

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7 thoughts on “Share Your World – Week of June 6, 2022

  1. Thank you Yinglan for Sharing Your World and your amazing story! I cannot read music, but I love singing. I would never try professional choirs or anything. That was very brave IMO. The whole bread crust thing is probably American born. I’m not fond of the top crust on bread, but I love the ‘ends’ of the loaf (covered with crust so…). It’s just a bit too tasteless for me to enjoy, but I won’t bother cutting it off a sandwich either. To everyone their own choice. I suspect that as your mouth heals from the teeth procedures, you might find your voice again. Also (just my opinion here) being in a hostile situation like you have at home, tends to make one hypersensitive to criticism, because one might hear it often. That dampens any enthusiasm for doing things like singing. I hope you are able to freely express yourself that way some time in the future if you want to. I think that your therapist wasn’t giving the best advice, because moving out might have been just the thing you needed, but I’m not a therapist either. I hope he had good reason to tell you that. Have a great rest of the week! 🙂

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    1. I don’t like the tops and bottoms of the bread loaf either and often toss those. They are too uneven to make a proper sandwich and I find it annoying when I finish the whole loaf of bread and there’s one slice left along with the top and bottom. What does one even supposed to do with that?
      I suspected the braces created too many spaces in my mouth, thus crippling my singing voice. I hope my voice will return after getting my teeth implants.
      My supervisor says I need to work on accepting compliments and I told him I’ve been criticized my whole life and compliments just catches me off guard and I have no clue what to say to those.
      Have a great week. 🙂


  2. Thanks for sharing so glad medical professionals have been able to help – Re eating crusts yes I did and still do, my parents said eating them made your hair curly which it is – but from photos, when I was really small I guess they could see that anyway – parents hey!

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    1. LOL! My grandparents also used to tell me weird things to get me to eat things like green onion. They would say eating green onion would make me smart. I think, in this case, I’d rather believe eating bread crust make my hair curly than eating green onion because I hate green onion.

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