“I’M EDITOR’S PICK! ”
On “being the girlfriend that we’d love to have”… Reaaaally? Not at all lah! And although I’m sure YZ is very in love with me, he actually really hates how busy I am and how little time I have for him some times. So now that I have some new followers who don’t really know who I am.. Hello! *waves* If you’re wondering why my friends call me “Tuna Goh”, it’s really quite a stupid reason hahaha.
Since we’re at it, let me do a “20 facts about myself” and see what I can come up with!
“1. Yina is my real name (on my birth certificate) and it’s not my mandarin name but my English name.”
My sisters are called Gina and Lina and for some reason I got stuck with the most unique one “Yina” which doesn’t mean anything and it is a made up name. But I love my name and identify with it so much because it’s fairly unique and I have a huge sense of belonging to my name. The reason why my friends like to call me Tuna Goh is because iPhone sometimes likes to autocorrect my name sometimes so when you type “Yina” it autocorrects to Tuna instead.. Now you know why.
“2. I was born with congenital ptosis and had an operation on my eye when I was 8.”
How I looked like as a kid (and got teased terribly for)
Years before plastic surgery even became popular, I got cosmetic surgery done on my eye due to a birth condition: I was born 2 months pre-mature and spent my first month in the hospital. It affected me a lot when I was a kid because of the stares and rude/hurting remarks I would get. I would cover my eye and look in the mirror feeling sad for myself.
But I’m healthy and happy now!
“3. I used to be a professional illustrator/comic colorist.”
I worked as a comic colorist/painter for about two years at Imaginary Friends Studio and did a lot of coloring work for American comic companies like Top Cow, DC Comics and Penny Arcade. I also illustrated game cards for WoW (World of Warcraft and Warhammer 40k.
My avatar (the one you see on top of this page) is illustrated by me as well. I spent a huge part of my teenagerhood online on art forums and honing my drawing skills, which is also when I met @evonnz online 10 years ago! Keke
“4. I speak with a lisp.”
A lisp, also known as sigmatism, is a speech impediment in which a person cannot articulate sibilants ([s], [z], [ʒ], [ʃ], [tʃ], [dʒ]). These misarticulations often result in unclear speech.
I hate hearing myself on tape cos I think it sounds retarded. And my classmate once sneered at me and called me “Daffy Duck” and imitated my speech. It got better as I grew older I think! And now it’s less obvious but I still try to avoid pronouncing “s” when I speak. Especially when I meet new people.
“5. But I love to sing! ”
I occasionally do pop music gigs, and I’m a singer with the SYC Ensemble Singers (a semi-professional non-profit choir made up from passionate singers) & have been singing in SYC for 7 years and counting. I love all kinds of music and my entire family likes to sing! From my mother who was belting out A-Mei to me since I was a toddler to my two sisters who also enjoy singing.
I take classical voice lessons every Thursday & teach pop vocals before heading to choir rehearsals every Saturday.
“6. Apart from music, I love animals! ”
When I was younger, my first ambition was to be a vet. But then I realised how much I needed to study and also I might need to cut up poor little animals and I decided to switch from being a vet to a zoo keeper. (Lol, so much for my lofty ambitions)
I’ve owned countless pets from hamsters to rabbits to sugar gliders to dogs and my reward for getting a good PSLE score was a pair of hamsters in a luxurious 3-storey tall enclosure.
I now have three adorable dogs and an entire aquarium at home!
“7. I am a bookworm ”
I loooove reading anything, from the back of cereal boxes to Wikipedia. I’m not picky about what I read usually, but I like fiction a lot and I enjoy fantasy genres! Usually the longer the book the happier I am because it gives me greater joy and a longer time to enjoy the world of the author and his characters.
Harry Potter is a frequent re-read, and I read lots of random authors from Murakami to David Eddings. I like brainless chick lit too like Sophie Kinsella! Not fussy at all.
“8. I’ve been battling with weight loss since I was an overweight kid ”
That’s me, the pink whale on the right. And although I successfully managed to lose about 10kg when I was 20 years old through prescription pills and a crazy diet/exercise routine, I find it extremely hard to keep myself slim and healthy. I LOVE to eat. Especially carbs, junk food and all things sinful.
My weight has been yoyo-ing back and forth in the 50s range and I really want to lose 5kg in time for my wedding. Currently I’m going for regular TCM sessions at Slim Couture to help with slimming.
“8. I’m getting married on January 1st 2015!”
To my partner of seven years, YZ. He’s my first boyfriend and my first relationship was when I was 20. Super late bloomer hahaha. It’s less than four months away to our wedding day and I’m starting to feel the stress… I’m not a bride-zilla and I’m not very fussed about the wedding but there’s SO many things to do it’s kind of overwhelming right now.
“9. I have bitchy resting face but I’m actually quite friendly really ”
Some people tell me that I look really fierce when they see me on the streets and all that but really I just have a very fierce looking face when I don’t smile and I’m quite friendly actually! So if you ever see me at events or like on the streets or what.. Can say hi to me la I will say hi back!
OKAY…. I give up.
I must be so uninteresting that I can only find ten things to say about myself, so let me present you with one last “about me” fact..
“10. My greatest ambition is to be 张惠妹’s (A-Mei’s) back-up vocalist!”
I know it sounds totally ridiculous.. But I would love love love to be Amei’s back up vocalist hehehehe. I love her personality and her voice and her songs! I would much rather be her back up vocalist than be an artiste myself. Not that I’m even at that level teehee but that’s why it’s a dream right?
There you go! Now you know ten more things about me and I hope you’ll enjoy more of my sharing along the way!