30-Day Challenge, Day 6: 30 Interesting Facts About Myself

I unexpectedly spent the last few days in Chino Hills and was without my laptop for a while. Despite how healthy and necessary technology cleanses are,  I was really itching to blog! I am very excited to put today’s post together because my boyfriend, Ezrael, actually agreed to participate :) He provided half of today’s 30 interesting facts. The odd numbers are mine, and the even numbers are from him. So, without further ado…

So I'm not doing 30 days straight... too bad!

  1. I am left-handed and write on paper with a horizontal orientation, rather than vertically.
  2. I graduated from high school without going to high school. (I skipped ~40 days of junior and senior year–each. I was tardy the rest of the days.)
  3. I was a snare drummer in drumline from 6th-9th grade.


    CHJHS 2004

  4. I experienced college parties before college.
  5. My name is [somewhat] my mom’s name scrambled. (DONNALY <–> YOLANDA). I also have a middle name that is only one letter: Y.
  6. I traveled the Midwest for a summer.
  7. I used to hide behind the couch when the video for Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” or the opening credits for “Are Your Afraid of the Dark?” came on TV.
  8. I was a Hooters Girl.

    Promotion work at Taste of Santa Monica 2009

  9. I did a summer program in New York City. I never imagined I would be able to do a travel-study program.

    View of the Manhattan skyline from the Brooklyn Bridge

  10. I was assistant drum major of my high school marching band during my sophomore year. I was drum major of Yamato Drum and Bugle Corps after I graduated from high school in 2008.

    Frontpage of the DCI website at the end of summer 2008

  11. During my ballet and tap dance recital when I was 4 years old, I ran from the locker room, found my mom, and sat in her lap during the whole performance. I wish I would have performed.
  12. I am involved in campus politics. At UCLA, everything is political. However, most students fail to realize that.

    So Fierce!

  13. I was the champion of the 4th grade science fair. Really, my dad and uncle earned it. They helped me build a seismograph. The next year, I won First Place by building a weather vane.
  14. I am the Art Director for the Cultural Affairs Commission at UCLA. I manage the Kerckhoff Art Gallery and organize free art classes for UCLA students, among other awesome CAC duties.

    "Journey" by Celina Taganas-Duffy featured at the Empowerment: An Exhibition of Pilipino Strength exhibit in the Kerckhoff Art Gallery, October 2011

  15. [I think] I’ve been to 27 states. California, Nevada, Hawaii, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, Texas, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, New York.
  16. I eat a lot and never gain weight. [This one is not true.]
  17. My first car was a white 1993 Mercedes 190-E. It was a beast.
  18. When I was 1 or 2, I cracked my head open on a bed frame at the Golden Nugget in Las Vegas. I was taken to the hospital in a limo.
  19. I taught 2nd grade religious education when I was a senior in high school. I was so proud of my students for learning all their prayers and going through their first reconciliation.
  20. I was one of six valedictorians of my graduating class.
  21. I can’t stand Twizzlers or jelly beans because once when I was younger, I ate so many that I threw up.
  22. I’ve been in a long distance relationship for two and a half years with a Marine. Still going!

    Our 2-year anniversary at Club A Steakhouse in NYC

  23. I didn’t eat dinner at my own debut. I was too busy preparing for and performing 6 dance numbers.
  24. I “matured very early,” meaning I don’t trip out over things most girls go crazy over, like distance. [I’m gonna take Ez’s word for that one.]
  25. I believe there is a different between candy and chocolate. Regardless, I love both and have many cavities.
  26. I love a little bear as much as Ez does. [Sometimes I still think he loves The Bear more than he loves me :P]
  27. I got braces in 4th grade and had them taken off before 7th grade.
  28. I traveled cross-country with Ez for 5 days. Sitting in a car is really tiring.
  29. My parents converted our first house into a Residential Care Facility for the Elderly. We still lived there for the first couple of years their business was open. Living with old people was quite an interesting experience.
  30. I’m willing to relocate my life to North Carolina after graduation so Ez and I can be together.

I really appreciate Ezrael helping me with this post, it means a lot. It was definitely a process trying to figure out what “interesting” actually means and I still don’t think I hit it quite on the nose. It’s nice to recap what you know and remember about your own life. In times when everything is moving so fast, we need to stop and  reflect about how much we’ve done, from the biggest achievements to the smallest of instances.

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