Naomi's Letter Tag
Dear Naomi asked me to do her letter tag and gave me a choice between the letters B and R. I chose B.
Here's how it goes: You have to come up with 10 words starting with a letter that either you choose yourself or that someone chooses for you. And these words are not just any words. No. That would be too easy. The words have to be meaningful to you, and you must give an explanation of why each of these words are important to you.
So without further adieu, I give you My Top 10 B Words:
1. BOOKS - I love to read. Sue me. The spoken and written word has always held such a fascination for me since childhood. Probably one of the reasons why I was a consistent spelling bee contestant all through school. I could be transported into so many wonderful worlds by my imagination. I was already quite the collector when I was small - from Nancy Drew and Bobsey Twins to Sweet Dreams and so many others. Coming across a new word, regardless of language, that connotes something beautiful is exciting for me so expect me to make it my word for the day. This post should give you an idea of just how books have been so much a part of my life.
2. BIBLE - As long as we're on the subject of books, how can we not mention the Bible? Having been raised in the only predominantly Roman Catholic country in Asia, I grew accustomed to reading it at home, in school and in church. Its' stories and the lessons therein have had an impact on how we Filipinos live our lives. Although I am not the rabid Bible-toting proselytizing Christian you sometimes come across and try to avoid, I do encourage reading the Bible. It has helped me in times when I feel down and need spiritual guidance. Besides, it has become useful when I am able to answer all the questions in game shows like Jeopardy that have biblical references. Lol!
3. BANK - For those of you who do not know, I work for a bank. It is one of the largest (if not the largest) financial institution worldwide. I am in the Corporate Banking Department and we service the top 1000 companies in the country, handling their daily transactions. Who would have thought I'd end up in a bank? Almost 12 years and counting. Why did I chuck my Communication Arts degree out the window along with all those years of studying photography, writing composition and film to spend 12-14 hour days cooped up in an office? To tell you frankly, I still have no idea. It's not like the pay is spectacular. What I can say is I enjoy the professional yet friendly working environment and the work I do is challenging. The company seems to think I do a pretty good job for them too. Who knows if I'll still feel the same in a couple of years...
4. BLING - The Oxford Dictionary defines it as "wearing expensive shiny jewellery and bright fashionable clothes in order to attract attention to yourself". Though I don't necessarily buy expensive stuff like this, I do like my accessories sparkly and shiny and shimmery and unusual. And I don't do it for the purpose of attracting attention. My clothes are more classic than trendy and the only difference is I like to give them that extra oomph. My jewelry, hair accent, bag or shoes have to complement them in such a way that they stand out. I have loads of things that are swarovski crystal-encrusted. Of course, I can't wear them when I go to work. Only afterwards or during the weekends. Nancy Kwan sang about how I feel perfectly.
5. BROADWAY - I love Broadway musicals! My I-Pod contains an embarrassingly long list of soundtracks and my DVD collection is one of the things I love going through on lazy weekends. Fortunately, my mom shares the same passion as she has been able to keep her hard-to-find original albums in pristine condition and we play them from time to time when the mood calls for a "Singing Nun" or "Oklahoma" moment. I know of only one other friend who enjoys them as much as I do, maybe more since she chose to make a living out of performing them. You can just imagine how much of a thrill it was for me when I actually got to New York and watched Phantom Of The Opera, Les Miserables, Miss Saigon, Rent and Beauty and the Best myself! Too bad I could only stay for a week...
6. BUGS - I detest bugs. Really. They are the reason why I can kiss the chance of ever getting on Fear Factor goodbye. Since there is almost always a task involving interaction with horrible creepy crawlies in each episode, it is as good as gone. Sit in a vat full of African Hissing Cockroaches for 3 minutes or drink a vomit-inducing blended mixture of caterpillars, beetles, and maggots? Eeew, eeew, eeew!!! No thanks.
7. BASKETBALL - My friends can attest to the fact that I go completely nuts when I watch a game live. I turn into an entirely different creature - loud, jumpy, prone to heckling even. During the heyday of my favorite player of all time, my brother and I hardly ever missed a game (even on schoolnights). The neighbors could tell by the volume of our shouts and hollers whether our team was winning or losing. Those were the best times. Now I root for my college basketball team and the Lakers and Heat. You should know where my heart goes in this year's NBA Finals. Go Miami, go Shaq!
8. BREAK - To be able to step away from all the stress induced by countless deadlines at work or the worry and stress when one or both of my parents have to be rushed to the hospital is one of the things I am most grateful for. A few days to relax and refuel can really do wonders. Especially when you get a chance to go to places like this.
9. BUDDIES - I would not be person I am today if it were not for my friends. They keep me sane when nothing in the world seems to make any sense. I have quite a few sets - from grade school, high school, college, office and even seminar ones. All of whom I wish I could get to meet up with more often.
10. BLOGGING - I would never have thought I'd be comfortable sharing my thoughts and feelings online with total strangers. Doing so makes you very vulnerable to their opinions and even ridicule. What started out as a lark has blown into an irrepressible habit. There are days when I don't have much to say and days when words and ideas seem to be brimming over. I found an outlet which has, to my happy surprise, enabled me to meet so many new and wonderful friends whom I otherwise would not have had the opportunity to meet due to time and distance.
Now it's YOUR turn. If you want to play the game, do leave that in your comment here and I will give you a letter in a comment or e-mail on your blog.