October is finally here! And with new months comes new things! I have finally decided on doing the long-requested Get to Know Me Tag: Blogger's version. Without any further delay, let's get to it! Here goes.
How Tall Are You?
Which Country Have You Never Been To Before But Would Really Like To Visit?
There’s quite a number. Madagascar, Seychelles, Mauritius, New Zealand, Niue, Fiji, Solomon Islands, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Costa Rica, Colombia, South Korea, Japan…the list goes on.
What’s Your Favourite Holiday?
Christmas and New Years’. I just don’t like how close they are to my birthday (#JanuaryBabies) because everyone is usually in holiday burnout and/or hangover mode by the time my birthday comes around. Everyone's also usually broke. Bonus fun fact: I was born on Epiphany/Three Kings’ Day.
Were You Named After Someone?
Yes. My mum named me after one of her favourite musicians, Yvonne Chaka Chaka.
What’s Your Favourite Song?
I’ve got several favourite songs, and right now Jay Z’s The Story of O.J currently sits at the top of the list. If you haven't watched the video, watch it now.
What’s Your Favourite Social Media Website?
Definitely Instagram and Pinterest.
What’s Your Favourite Way To Spend Your Free Time?
Reading, day dreaming, browsing the internet, and sleeping. Not in that order.
What’s Your Favourite Junk Food?
Anything I set my eyes on, depending on how hungry I am and how much money I have. It could be a burger, it could be a pizza, it could be a pie, it could be some fries.
Do You Have A Pet Or Pets? If So, What Kind And What Are Their Names?
I used to have pets, but they died. First, I had a pet rabbit that we ended up eating (#RIP), and then I had a kitten whose custody I shared with my siblings but it died (fell off a balcony?). I'm also allergic to fur, feathers, and animal dander, making having pets quite risky for me.
What’s Your Favourite Fiction And Non Fiction Books?
A Series Of Unfortunate Events, 1984, Animal Farm, and the Harry Potter Series for fiction. For non-fiction, How to Think like Leonardo da Vinci by Michael J. Gelb, Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly, and War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy.
If You Could Only Drink One Beverage (Besides Water) For The Rest Of Your Life, What Would It Be?
Herbal tonics. They’re good for you, but don’t go wild on them. It’s also best to consult with your doctor first. Someone I know once took a herbal tonic that ended up not being good for them, judging from the bout of diarrhoea over the following days. Just because it's 'natural' or 'organic', doesn't mean it's good for you.
What’s Your Favourite Movie?
I couldn’t possibly choose one. My favourites are all the Harry Potter films, Hidden Figures, Mrs. Doubtfire, Divergent, Eye in the Sky, Sarafina, Kirikou, Moana, Jackie, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.
What Was Your Favourite Lesson/Class In School And Why?
Maths was definitely my favourite because I did extremely well in it. I also loved Physics, Chemistry, and Biology because I did well in those subjects too. Although I didn’t do too well in Art, I definitely enjoyed it. I loathed C.R.E.
If You Could Live Anywhere In The World, Where Would You Live?
Iceland! They have universal healthcare and free tertiary education for Icelandic citizens, the country ranks high in economic, political, social stability and equality indices, it’s number one on the Global Peace Index, it runs almost completely on renewable energy, and, most importantly, when they had a financial crisis, they jailed those responsible. In most countries, that simply doesn’t happen. Iceland also has relatively low taxes compared to other OECD countries.
Do You Have A Hidden Talent? If So, What?
I had to Google what a ‘hidden talent’ is (oops!). I never really understood the concept behind it. From shooting arrows with your toes to being able to make friends rather quickly, turns out anything can be a hidden talent. I would say mine would be sleeping while awake. Yep. I can do that. I do that in classes I don’t really enjoy. Con – it takes both a mental and a physical toll on you. Pro – you get to subconsciously absorb information.
What’s Your Biggest Blog-Related Pet Peeve?
‘Selling your soul’ to create traffic for your work. Bloggers will do all types of shady shit to be ‘popular’. It happens in other fields too, not just with blogging.
What’s Your Biggest Non-Blog Related Pet Peeve?
Ignorance. Ignorant people are everywhere. They don’t know, and they don’t care. They couldn’t possibly be bothered to know things unless they have a selfish agenda to it. Obviously, no one person can know everything, but that doesn’t mean you relish in your not-knowing. Learn something new every day, no matter how insignificant and inconsequential you think it is.
Yara Shahidi, Zendaya, Rowan Blanchard, and Skai Jackson. I really love those girls. They’re smart and inspirational.
When Were You Last Embarrassed? What Happened?
I like to forget these moments, so I erase them from my memory as soon as I can; which is why I can confidently say that I honestly don’t remember.
What Blogger Do You Secretly Want To Be Best Friends With?
I immediately thought of FroGirl Ginny when I read this question. Also Megan Jayne Crabbe and Stefani Roma.
What Is Your Favourite Blog To Read?
I don’t really know if it would be classified as a blog, but I really love reading Pottermore.
What Is Your Eye Colour?
Do You Use Sarcasm A Lot?
More than I probably should. In the words of Oscar Wilde, “Sarcasm is the lowest form of wit, but the highest form of intelligence.”
Are You In Education Or Do You Work?
I’m still in school. I'm basically what you would call a 'full-time student'.
If You Were Another Person, Would You Be A Friend Of Yourself?
I would like to think that I would.
Are You An Introvert Or An Extrovert?
I am highly introverted. I am also socially awkward.
What’s One Thing People Don’t Know About You That You’d Like Them To?
I don’t like being photographed/videographed. I absolutely hate it. I just don’t like seeing myself in photos or in videos, which is why you won’t find any photos/videos of me in any of my pages. Of course, I do make exceptions for family, because they’re…well, family.
How Would You Describe Your Fashion Sense?
Practical. Three words: t-shirt, jeans, sneakers.
Who Is Your Biggest Inspiration?
Right now, I would have to say FroGirl Ginny. She’s living the kind of life I want to live. She found a way to use what started as a hobby as a means to travel all over the world. J. K. Rowling is also one of my inspirations, alongside Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
One Thing You Are Proud Of.
I finally went into the city by myself. Those who know me know that this is an achievement of momentous proportions. Will I do it again soon? I hope not. No thank you, I'd rather not.
Thanks so much to those that submitted questions. Great thanks to those that give me their feedback too; I appreciate it. If you have any question you'd like me to answer, or any concern/topics you'd like me to address, or something you'd like to tell me, email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) or DM me on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram. Keep it PG though. Let's get to know each other!