“My first salary – I gave it to my mom. And I felt it. Even if she didn’t say it. That she was happy, and it’s one of the best feelings in the world.”
“I serve as the secretary for the UB High School. It’s like you’re a mom. You have to be concerned about everything, about everyone – the classrooms, uniforms, leaking pipes, activities, everything. But I like it. It’s fun.”
“Someday, I’d like to write something – a story, a novel, a book – that can resonate with people and move them. I’m a graduate of AB English, and I have seen how powerful literature can be. I want to be part of that movement.”
“I’m particularly drawn to fiction. A fictional setting laced with traces of reality – it just astounds me, and I find the irony interesting.”
What are you learning from your work?
“Be kind to people, in every capacity that you have. Give them respect, because respect is the language of compassion.”
Can you recite some random things about you?
“I like Edgar Allan Poe – most of his works are tragic but they still inspire; they make you realize that there’s more to life. I’m fascinated by Jonathan Swift’s ‘Gulliver’s Travels.’ I want to travel on a cruise, immerse myself in the different cultures of the world. I’m bold at making decisions, I stand my ground, and I’m not one for a pity party. I like country music.”
The Country Music Association Awards will happen in November. In honor of the ceremony, what are your two favorite country tracks?
“Kenny Rogers’ ‘The Gambler’ and a song called ‘Divorce’. ‘The Gambler’ has reference to poker and life, rolled into a metaphor. It talks about when to walk away or when to run and knowing what to throw away and what to keep. ‘Divorce’ is a reflection of the sad reality of divorce. Part of the song goes, Our little boy is four years old and quite a little man/So we spell out the words we don’t want him to understand… He thinks custody spells fun or play/I spell out the hurtin’ words/And I turn my head when I speak/‘Cause I can’t spell away this hurt/That’s drippin’ down my cheek.”
What’s your ultimate aspiration?
“It’s simple. I want to be able to make a difference in the lives of the people around me.”
Photo by RENE PASCUA
Interview & Text by RONA LIN