Fuzzable Blogs: January 17 – Uyen’s introduction

Start your 2017 with a bang… by reading about me.

There is a multitude of people whose biographies you could find interest in, research and pick apart. World leaders, celebrities, authors… But for whatever reason, you’ve chosen to allocate a small portion of your day to learning about me.

As part of its blog series, many of Fuzzable‘s writers have contributed one blog entry, detailing our own lives and bridging the gap between us and you, the readers.

To start building that bridge, let’s start with the basics.

I’m Uyen. My legal name is a whole other story, and a lot of trouble to explain at job interviews, but I digress.

I’m a student from Australia. I have a very specific set of criteria for the perfect weather: cloudy, approximately 16.5°C, low humidity, gentle winds, and the promise of a stormy night.

I’ve only recently learned the importance of the Oxford comma.

I am not a STEM-inclined student. At all.

I once went through that music snobbery phase, wherein I would step on people’s music preferences while upholding the firmly held belief that my music taste was superior. Thank god I got over that eventually.

I love pop music. Top 40 countdowns are a respite from my everyday seriousness.

I am super bad at organisation and productivity. I’m working to change that in 2017. Fingers crossed I haven’t changed my work ethic too late to get me through my senior studies. Better late than never, right?

I am terrible at first impressions. Someone once told me his name and I said “thank you.”

I love, love, love reading. It was one of the best things to happen to me in 2016. Prior to 2016, I hadn’t read a large amount of books. Sporadically, I would pick up a book and lose interest, or I would force myself through manadatory school reading lists. (Even then, I got by on skim reading the novels.)

It wasn’t until an English assignment at school that I realised I really couldn’t keep scraping by on half-hearted attempts at reading school books. Thankfully, that particular assignment allowed me to choose from a wide range of novels that interested me, and got me back into the groove of reading.

Now, reading is second nature to me. I completed my 2016 Goodreads reading challenge with a goal of 75 books.

This about sums me up:

I have an affinity for fantasy novels. I love long series that really can expand their worlds and characters, and grow beyond my wildest imaginings. The Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas is a great example of this.

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas, Bloomsbury

I also adore new adult chick lit. Call them clichéd or not mentally stimulating, but I always have a good selection of chick lit on my phone. Recently, I read The Hating Game by Sally Thorne, and it got me out of a small reading slump. I will be forever indebted.

I love having conversations about books. I will literally chat for ages with complete strangers about books. I met two employees and a customer at a Dymocks store who exchanged book suggestions with me. I struck up conversation with another student at my school, who isn’t even in my grade, about a book I was holding, and we’ve been casual book buddies/discussers ever since. That happened a number of times, come to think of it.

I’m not a huge movie or television junkie, but put anything on a cinema screen and I’ll gladly watch it.

I’ve been too only a handful of live shows — theatre, musicals and concerts — and I hope to expand my experiences with live shows in my adulthood. The Sydney production of Aladdin the Musical is absolutely fantastic and I’ve been obsessed with the soundtrack ever since I watched it.

Speaking of experiences, I like to do things alone, or with my family. I went to see Aladdin the Musical by myself, and I went to a One Direction concert in 2015 with my family.

I have a lot of ideas for what I want to be when I grow up, career-wise and otherwise.

I want to study commerce, and more specifically, marketing and communications.

I want to build a career in the entertainment and book publishing industries, climb the corporate ladder, learn to communicate effectively, make connections.

In my spare time, I’d like to write a novel. In fact, I’m writing one right now. (I wrote a few stories when I was ten years old, but the files were deleted.)

I want to travel, perhaps alone or with my family. I hope my career takes me to different parts of the world, too.

I want to learn to cook… And I mean actually cook.

I want to buy my own things with my own money. Stationery is a high priority.

I’m looking forward to buying my own apartment — or even my own house — and furniture to put in it. I like interior designing (read: looking up nice bedsheets and desks), so I’ll try my hand at different themes. I’m excited to buy my own kitchen appliances. A coffee machine sounds nice. I don’t drink heaps of coffee, but frothy milk in my hot chocolate sounds good. I’ve always wanted matching baking utensils.

On that wistful note, I’ll end by saying that you have just endured 800 words of facts about Uyen Cao. (I really love talking about myself, huh?)

If, god forbid, you want to contact me or learn more about me, I’m on several social media sites including Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, my bookstagram, and Goodreads. I also run my own blog, which I plan to make a bookish/opinion blog. (This is a shameless plug, by the way.)

Now that you know a little bit more about me, check out the rest of our writers’ blog posts about themselves! I can guarantee they will be loads more interesting and inspirational.

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