My First Christmas Part 3


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My First Christmas Part 2


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My First Christmas Part 1


Did I ever mentioned my very first Christmas was when I was 10-year-old?

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Well, Bonkers!


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As a kid, do you ever have store where you go in and feel like you want to buy everything? For me, that store was either Circuit City or Best Buy or Fry’s Electronics when I was living in California.

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Kissing Up to the Frenemy


Kissing up, kissing a$$, whatever you want to call it, I’m not a fan even though I am someone who’s eager to please. I have my limits and would never stoop so low as to kiss someone’s behind to keep them happy.

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Talk about that dream…


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There’s a lost dream somewhere – one where I had imagined myself as an adult, getting married, having children, living in one of those suburbs with identical houses – where did that dream go? Is it cheesy to think this dream would be my happily ever after?

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#AtoZChallenge 2021 – I am Zealous


I have been called a lot of things – mean, impatient, stubborn – but zealous isn’t one of them and upon reflecting, I have come to feel I can be zealous sometimes but a lot of the times, that zealousness got masked for impatience.

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#AtoZChallenge 2021 – I am Yinglan


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Whenever someone asks, “How do you pronounce your name?”, I would often tell them, “The ‘Y’ is silent and ‘lan’ is pronounced like Lana without the ‘a’ at the end.” Some will still say it wrong and it drives me absolutely off the wall. It really isn’t that hard.

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#AtoZChallenge 2021 – I am Xenodochial


According to this website, when someone says, “Oh, you’re a xenodochial,” it means you’re someone who’s friendly to strangers. I didn’t even know this word existed. I looked it up on dictionary.com, no such word.

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#AtoZChallenge 2021 – I am a Worrywart


For a naively optimistic person, I worry a lot and about lots of things.

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#AtoZChallenge 2021 – I have a Vivid Imagination


“I dreamt you were an ax murderer,” I told my mom once. I think I was around eight or nine. She had immigrated to the U.S and began calling me every weekend. She laughed and I could feel her rolling her eyes on the other end of the line. To this day, she still reminded me of what I said whenever I tell her I’ve written a good story.

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#AtoZChallenge 2021 – I am an Underdog


Some people are meant to lead. Some are meant to follow. I am and have always been a follower aka an underdog. I wrote about this in this 2016 post and nothing will ever change that, not my mom, not my aunt, not even Toastmasters.

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#AtoZChallenge 2021 – I am Tolerant


Having been raised by my mom and her family most of my life, I often call myself the black sheep of her family.

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#AtoZChallenge 2021 – I am Sentimental


Are hoarders sentimentalists?

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#AtoZChallenge 2021 – I am a Rebel


Believe me when I say this, I did not used to be a rebel. I was a goody-two-shoes who did everything I was asked to do and please my mom was my life until…

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#AtoZChallenge 2021 – I am Quiet


I may seem quiet on the outside but really, I am just an awkward conversationalist with a vivid imagination and a loud mind.

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#AtoZChallenge 2021 – I am out to Prove myself


When I got my mountain bike about a month ago, when I was assembling it, my aunt came over and said, “Just sell it already, get some cash back.”

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#AtoZChallenge 2021 – I Often Over-Analyze


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Life is but a never-ending chess match. One wrong move and you might lose.

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#AtoZChallenge 2021 – I have Nyctophobia


I have Nyctophobia. It’s another word for an irrational fear of night or darkness. My brain and heart are fighting each other on this. My brain says this is an irrational fear but brain, can you please tell that to my heart when it’s thudding like a high-rhythmic beating drum when I’m in the dark?

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#AtoZChallenge 2021 – I am Messy


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“I have never met anyone messier than you. I don’t know how you can live like this,” my mom would often say.

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#AtoZChallenge 2021 – I am Lack of…


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I know I wrote about how I was capable of so many things but really, I’m someone who’s called “Jack of all trades and master of none.”

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#AtoZChallenge 2021 – I am Klutzy


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I am pretty klutzy, period. My mom used to singsong “clumsy, clumsy girl” whenever I fell down as a little girl. I think I fell because my mind was somewhere else, at least that’s why I fell and scraped my knees the last time, which was about a year ago.

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#AtoZChallenge 2021 – I am Jovial


I consider myself to be a jovial person. It doesn’t take much to make me laugh, even if I feeling angry at the moment. I sometimes dislike this ability – to go from anger to laughter like a flip of a coin.

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