20 Facts About Me

I was tagged for this by Jo on Instagram and I'm usually terrible about tags but I thought I'd try to do this one on here.

1. My name means "famous friend" and my Mom got it from a book of names. For the record, I hate being called "Ro"

2. I lived in Taiwan for a few years as a child and my first language was Mandarin.

3. I have the ability to turn off my sense of smell.

4. I cry fairly easily when watching tv and movies.

5. I'm a baseball fan and my favorite team is the NY Yankees.

6. I don't like when people I don't know touch me.

7. I'm not a fan of ironing and prefer to steam my clothes.

8. I'm a modest dresser and have been wearing midi lengths long before they were popular.

9. I think flip flops belong only on the beach.

10. Cleanliness and organization make me happy... like really.

11. I collect Kodak Brownie cameras.

13. I don't drink coffee or alcohol because I don't like the taste.

14. I can't have caffeine after 4pm or I won't be able to sleep.

15. I will pretty much always choose savory over sweet since I try not to eat sugar.

16. I have a fear of heights and being confined - that's acrophobia and claustrophobia.

17. If I could have any super power, I'd love the ability to teleport.

18. Bad/offkey singing gives me goosebumps.

19. I have the name my husband and I call each other inscribed on the inside of my wedding band.

20. I have an extreme aversion to other people's feet and pigeons. If you post pics of either, I might unfollow/not follow you. It's not personal, it's just we all have things we'd rather not look at.

I'm not going to tag anyone but if you'd like to do this, let me know and I'll come read it. In the spirit of disclosure, why don't you tell me something about yourself.


  1. This was such a great post I enjoyed learning more about you. I too can not look at feet I don't know why it's just gross to me lol.

  2. #19 is so cute>< i bet you and your husband makes a cute couple <3
    I followed you, i hope you' ll follow me back~


  3. #19 is so cute>< i bet you and your husband makes a cute couple <3
    I followed you, i hope you' ll follow me back~


  4. I agree with Amalia, no.19 is very cute. My husband and I, like most people, have our names not our nicknames inscribed, but your idea is more cool. We do have nicknames (lots of them) and almost never call one another by names.

    I wish I had your ability to turn off smell. Unpleasent smells often drive me crazy, I also hate those frangrances that are used in supermarkets and shops, they make me literally feel like I'm sufficating.

    My name doesn't have a very interesting history. Like most western names, it comes from Hebrew (i.e from the Bible)....The English version of my name is Joan.

    Bad singing drives me crazy too but I don't have any aversion to feet or pigeons.

    Teleportation is one super power I would love to have...It would made my life so much easier as right now I live in different cities. Hey, maybe they invent in one of these days. Supposedly, Tesla managed to teleport an entire ship...but I think that's an urban legend.

  5. It's always a pleasure to learn more about you, you are a beautiful person Rowena!!!!
    xo Paola
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    1. Oh, my "famous friend" ;-) I could cry easily while watching tv or movies as well... especially since having a baby... :) And don't like the touch of foreigners too! Wonderful facts about you, Rowena! <3


      PS: I'm so with you about the flip flops, hun!!!!!!

  6. happy to know something more about you babe

  7. Yes, steaming ftw! So I'm just wondering, how do you turn off your sense of smell exactly?

  8. Hahaha....bad singing gives me goosebumps too:D
    I like reading stuff like this. TY for sharing, Rowena:)

  9. Oh wow let see we have plenty in common 4-I'm a big time tear jerker with movies 5- Big time Yankee Fan here- 9- I agree so much do not like when people where flip flop to an office of dinner 10- I love everything organize spotless so look forward to doing it and keeping that way. How awesome to get to know you better oh and the last one make me laugh but I do understand I do not like anything evil.

  10. Hi sweet Rowena, I really love to read more about you.
    You're a special and beautiful person.
    Maggie Dallospedale Fashion diary - Fashion blog

  11. EW I hate feet too! And I also can't stand when people I don't know touch me. I guess I also hate when people are too huggy! There's a limit for me.

  12. How could you turn off your sense of smell?! Lol this is impressive! Love what your names means and I cant call you Ro at all!:) Lol, you know that I hate people's feet too (and pigeons) and everytime they wear sandals I avoid to stare at them!^^' Have a wonderful week dear Rowena, hugs! xo

  13. It is always good to know more about you!!!
    have a good week, dear Rowena!!! my g+ and like for you!!!:)))

    Besos, desde España, Marcela♥

  14. great facts, i love these kind of posts!
    happy monday!


  15. I don't drink much coffee or alcohol either. Yankees are my team too (remember the Mattingly days!)
    I didn't wear flip flops much at all before moving to a tropical country...now I'm all about fit flops!
    I didn't realize you gave up sugar! So what will we eat at Laduree?;)

    little luxury list formerly Chic 'n Cheap Living

  16. Yay! This is a great start to Monday morning by knowing you a little better. Like others here, I wish I have an ability to turn off my sense of smell, it would have been super helpful in a packed train after working hours. LOL! And the only time I can have coffee is very early in the morning when I first wake up, anything after that will trigger off my insomnia big time. :-/

    I was tagged by Jo too and I should really get to this. xx

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

  17. I always enjoy posts like this, because we get to know a fellow blogger a bit more. Turning off sense of smell? That's impressive. I love my steamer too, as I am not a huge fan of ironing. Oh, the irony, can you imagine me in design school? I was really the only one with a steamer, haha. <3 Have a nice week.
    Spring Favourites

  18. It was really nice to get to know you a bit more! I don't like when people I don't know touch me either. Not to mention that I agree with you 100% for the flip flops! Unfortunately, I drink alcohol and coffee, but good for you that you don't do it! Now I know not to post photos of my feet on IG, haha. Yep, I agree this is not nice. Have a nice day, Rowena! xo

  19. This is such a fun post...I really enjoyed learning more about you! Thanks for sharing!


  20. Now I know you a little better =)
    I'm afraid of heights too!

  21. Such a lovely way to get to know you better! I love flipflops though :(

    My Makeup Mémoire

  22. Ah, loved it! I used to do these years ago, but then it all died on me eventually. By the way, I am not a huge fan of ironing either, nor particularly like it when strangers touch me (or get too close to me). x

  23. I don't like the taste of alcohol either, so I hardly ever drink, and if I do, it has to be mixed with something so I can't taste the alcohol. I do like coffee, but I only drink it for the taste because it doesn't help me stay awake.

  24. Ro is the letter R in greek!
    I have acrophobia too (acrophobia is a greek word which actually means fear of being at the edge of somewhere very high).
    That feet thing I used to have it too (lol) but I think i have get over it, or at least doesn't bother me all the time.

  25. Great facts! We don't like coffee or alcohol either.


  26. #3 = realllllly? I'm jealous.

    #4, 10, 14 = me too

    #9 = we'll have to agree to disagree

    #11 = I heart Brownies!! I have an old busted one that doesn't work. It sits on my fireplace.

    #19 = awwwwww how sweet!

  27. I cry easily too, I think I'm a bit of an emotional mess. Adverts can even get me going!

    Corinne x

  28. I enjoyed read more about you! I am so curious about how you turn off your ability to smell! How does that work? lol! I also love how your wedding bands are personalized.

  29. Feet and pigeons hahaha and you have me at #3 you can turn off your sense of smell? Really? Wow.

    Allie of ALLIENYC

  30. Those are some really cool facts! I don't blame you about the pigeons. They are gross little birds.


  31. Wonderful post, you're a nice person. ^^
    New outfit is online...

  32. Hi Rowena,

    Lovely to know more about you and this is a great post.
    We have been trying to give up sugar too and feel better for it. Jandals (flip flops) are a common type of footwear on the Island, but would never ever wear them in the City.
    Have a great week

  33. #19 is absolutely adorable and so sweet! ^__^ A fact about me; when I was little I had a multitude of dreams and ambitions; at one point I wanted to be President, another point, I wanted to be a detective, a doctor, a lawyer, a CEO of my own company, a chef, an artist, and a musician and much more. XD Some of these things I still dream about as an adult. ^^;

    PS - I thought flip flops everywhere only bothered me, I'm so glad I'm not alone. lol

  34. HA! I loved this! You cracked me up buddy!!! Im with you on the feet thing! And my goodness like you...I can't do caffeine late in the day and I am terrified of heights! How beautiful that you have that inscribed on the inside of your ring! I so enjoyed this post Rowena! It was so fun to hear things about you that I didn't know! And that picture is super cool up there lady!!! Happy Tuesday to you my friend!! Nicole xoxo

  35. Loved learning more about you. I think we're similar in many ways. I'm with you on #4, 7, 10 and 14. I wish I knew how to turn off my sense of smell! Would be great for changing dirty nappies :)

  36. First of all, THANK YOU for doing this Rowena! I love learning more about my blogger friend. I'm afraid of heights too! I will never go on the roller coaster. It freaks me out! I don't like to iron, steaming is way better and easier. And the personalized wedding bands are so sweet. :)

    xo Jo


  37. This was so interesting Rowena! Especially your dislikes. I'm afraid to show my feet on the blog or sweets. HAHAHA I don't like to feel closed in either. I get real nervous. I don't like crowds! That makes me nervous also. HaHaHa Organization is important for me also, because I can't think otherwise! LOL I received your package today! I haven't opened it yet, but I want to THANK YOU! I know everything is lovely and YOU KNOW I'll be featuring it on my blog. Thanks Rowena! ((HUG))

  38. What an interesting post, thanks for sharing :)


  39. Hahaha I don't like other people's feet too (I wouldn't unfollow them) and I have a fear of heights, hate being touch by strangers. Wish I could turn off my sense of smell like you (can one learn that?). Please you have to teach me ;-) that! I don't like to iron and I think I need one of these steamers as well. Happy Tuesday Rowena!!

  40. i love posts like this! :D and i am so not a fan of ironing.. i just don't get how to iron in some of the most difficult spots.. it's almost like an art.. or something that requires a youtube tutorial :)

  41. Nice to get to know you a little bit better like this! Come and meet our adventures in Paris at Paris Living

  42. I couldn't agree with you more regarding people touching me. If you don't know me, why are you touching me freely. This is not, touch me day lol. I loved learning new things about you. Great post.

    Kay of Pure & Complex

  43. This is such a fun tag! I also don't like it when strangers touch me, that's one of the reasons why I hate shopping at the mall when it's really crowded lol. :D

    Thirteen Thoughts

  44. Was nice to read your answers! I call my boyfriend Ro :)

  45. interesting thanks for sharing.

  46. I adore tags like this where I get to know people better. So fun.

    I think it's fascinating you can "turn off" you sense of smell. If only I could learn how to do that. It drives me nuts to smell certain things like people smoking. Especially when they smoke and walk. I have to basically run past them to stay up-wind of the smoke. haha.


  47. So nice to know more about you! Turn off your sense of smell is so kick ass, wish i could do that!!

  48. You have the ability to turn off your sense of smell!?! What!?
    I also totally agree with you on 5, 9, & 10! Haha I cry allll the time in films!
    I really enjoyed getting to know you better through this list! I would really like to see more things like this on your blog as well! You have such an inviting and warm personality! xx

    <(') hoda | joojoo azad

  49. Thanks for sharing more about you with us dear "famous friend"!:)

  50. I don't like it when people I don't know touch me too! This is why I avoid crowded places whenever possible.
    It's wonderful to get to know you a little better :)

  51. I can so relate to no.10!! That feeling is priceless!

    I've done the 20 facts about me on my instagram. I remember one: 13. I can become friends faster with kids than with people my age! :') an introvert you see.


  52. This is wonderful to learn more about you!

    xo Bry


  53. I loved reading this and I also have a huge fear of heights:) Happy day, sweetie.

  54. Being able to turn off your sense of smell is rather impressive and wow, such restraint to avoid eating sugar haha!

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice


  55. Hehehe this was awesome. I'm curious, is there a nickname you do have that people call you? I'd never thought about it before but it seems like "Ro" is what everyone would conclude to. I also cry at movies and stuff, but it doesn't end from there. I've become super emotional the past decade, I feel like it get's worse and worse as I grow older. And I'm not a big coffee drinker period, I have to be really craving some to have a cup. That said I never drink after midday. Just to be safe because I need my sleep at night and my mind interferes enough as it is, it doesn't need anymore help.


  56. Great post, you have a very nice blog! :D

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  57. This was great!! I cry easily at shows and stuff like that too. And I don't like feet either, I don't mind feet with socks or shoes, but pictures of just feet I'm not interested in seeing, haha!! Loved reading this :) xx

  58. I enjoy learning more about you through this post. About # 20, there is an exception for me if it is a pic of babies'' or little kids' feet. Those are cute. I actually like the name Ro :)

  59. Very interesting facts! I also don't like to be touched by people I don't know and drinking coffee in the afternoon makes me sleepless at night as well ;)


  60. Yes to 4 and 6, I have a hard time on the subway. How do you turn off your sense of smell? I apparently have super-smelling powers so that skill would come in handy. :) I think sometimes the white pigeons with a teeny bit of gray are cute but maybe you won't agree with that.

    Teleporting would be wonderful.

  61. Teleporting will be a great experience I wished often. Nice to know you better. xo

  62. Yassssss, loved reading this since I feel like there's a shortage of 'personal' posts on here!
    I know we established your hated/fear(?) of feet a while ago, BUT YES I AGREE SO MUCH. And flip flops are just hideous--THEY BELONG NOWHERE, TBH. (But I quite like pigeons, soooooooo)

    Teleporting would be my ideal superpower too. I mean, prices for plane tickets are just outrageous. AIRPLANE COMPANIES--IT'S TIME TO START INVESTING IN TELEPORT TECHNOLOGY, AITE??


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