Tuesday, 10 July 2007

Tagged: 7 Random Things About Me

Wendy from a Wee Bit of Cooking recently tagged me for this meme. Like she said, memes are ideal for hectic times or lazy days. My schedule is a bit crazy at the moment because of the start of a new internship. I don't even have time to run as much as I'd like to, let alone bake or cook. I hope to get back to my usual self soon. For now:

7 Absolutely Random Things About Me ...
(1) I learnt to ride a bicycle when I was 25 years old.

(2) My full name has 31 letters.

(3) I have a very high tolerance and big love for spicy food, so don't challenge me to a chilli eating competition.

(4) I ate so much papaya and carrots as a kid that I now have a permanent yellowish glow on my skin (luckily, I have tanned skin, otherwise you might think that I am related to the Simpsons!).

(5) I can speak 2 (English, Malay) + 0.5 (Indonesian) + 0.5 (Mandarin) languages & also read Arabic (I don't understand it though). I tried to learn Italian and French without success - well, I probably didn't try hard enough (I was just happy to be able to understand the menus in both countries!)

(6) I am allergic to pain medications like asprins and paracetamol, so when I have a headache or have a cold, I use aromatherapy (e.g. lavender oil, eucalyptus). It seems to work, even if some of it may be a placebo effect.

(7) More than a decade ago, I wanted to set up my own bakery and cafe, but after working in a bakery for 2 months, I realised that it's too hard (very, VERY long days, very tiring) and it took the joy out of baking for me.

I'm not tagging bloggers who have been around a while just because they've probably been tagged before, so I will tag 7 new & "new-ish" faces in the food blog world since I enjoy reading their blogs and would like to know some random facts about them:

Janet from Janet is Hungry
Amanda from
Little Foodies
Kelly-Jane from
Cooking the Books
The Ninja from
The Cooking Ninja
Truffle from
What's on My plate
Susan from
The Well-Seasoned Cook

And of course, my good friend Eva from Sweet Sins (although she's not that new to the food blog world, I wonder if she can tell me random things about herself that I don't already know....)
And here is a random food photo I haven't posted:


Eva said...

Well, I'm trying my best to dig up some facts that maybe shouldn't see the light of day...
BTW what the stuff beneath the custard? I just love everything that can be drowned in custard!

Anonymous said...

Have been lurking for a time. Loved your seven random facts and just wanted to say I always love popping in to see what you have been cooking and the lovely food photos!

Patricia Scarpin said...

That photo is pure temptation, Nora - will you post the recipe? I'm dying of curiosity. ;)

Stella said...

Wow, we've got one thin in common! I was fed too many carrots & pawpaw when I was a kid that my cheeks turned yellow too! My parents thought I was sick & even brought me to the doctor -_-

31 letters in your name, that's interesting!:)

Wendy said...

Great response, Nora!

# 1 – Really? Getting your balance must have been tough.
# 4 – Again, really? My eyes widened reading this and I wonder if I’m being really gullible. Again.
#5 – I take my imaginary hat off to you.

Kelly-Jane said...

Thanks for the meme, I'll do it soon!

Nora B. said...

Eva, I wonder what kinds of random facts you will come up with :-) The photo is of a crumble. I can't remember what fruit I used, I think it was apples, pear and dried cherries. I love custard too!

Marie, thanks for dropping by and leaving a comment. I love your stories & photos, and how your have a tempting recipe at the end of your post. It's wonderful that you enjoy your job as a chef.

Patricia, it's quite a simple crumble that we make almost every week. Maybe I will post it when I don't have something more interesting to write about ;-)

Valentina, so I'm not the only cousin of the Simpsons!

Wendy, it's all true.
#1 - It took my friend a few weeks to convince me to learn, but once we bought a bicycle, I learnt in half an hour! I was shocked at how easy it was. But the hard part is getting good at it, like riding up hills - that's a killer.

Kelly-Jane - I'm looking forward to it. :-)

Susan said...

Professional food service is hard, sometimes hateful work, but working for yourself does appeal to me.

Thanks for tagging me, Nora, but I'm going to pass this time. Not b/c I don't want to, but that I did the 7 Random Things about 6 weeks ago. The post was "The IT Girl," if you'd like to look back.

Big Boys Oven said...

Be patient and I am sure you will find some time.

Cynthia said...

Thanks for sharing a little of yourself with you. Me too #3 but I don't think I'm brave enough to challenge anyone :)

Lucy said...

I promise I won't challenge you to a chilli eating comp. Nora!

Much better to attack headaches the aromatherapy way.

Insightful meme! Love getting a glimpse into other people's lives!

Nora B. said...

Susan, I still dream about having my own cafe.... as for the Meme, I totally forgot that you already did write about that. My memory is usually pretty good ;-)

BBO - Yes, I will try to be patient. And guess what, I got to leave work early today.

Cynthia, I'm hoping nobody takes up the challenge ;-)

WokandSpoon said...

Your full name has 31 letters?????!! Wow!

Nora B. said...

Wok&Spoon - Yes, and this makes me hate filling out forms and when I have to spell my name over the phone...

Janet said...

Hi Nora, thanks for the Tag! I will have to get to work, I was just also tagged by Katie at "Other People's Food" for Eight Random Facts... I wonder if that means I have to come up with 15 facts (I'm just not that exciting) maybe I can combine them somehow....

Amanda at Little Foodies said...

I thought I'd left you a comment but maybe I didn't. Going mad! Thanks Nora, I'll get on to it asap. My mum has an aromatherapy company so as a family we're quite big on using it for small ills. Same as you for no.3 too - Totally addicted while I was pregnant to the stage where I gave myself incredibly painful heartburn. Back to normal now though. (well normal eating anyway!)

Aimée said...

What fun! That's a great list of things about yourself.

Nora B. said...

Janet - But you are that exciting! ;-)

Amanda - wow, I'd be your mom's best customer if I was living in the UK.

Aimée - Yes, it was more fun that I thought.