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Suede & Symphony has primarily been a platform for me to write and share my passions and experiences, I don’t think my readers actually have a good idea of who I really am as a person outside my blog and what else I enjoy apart from what you’ve seen of me…

So I have decided to do something different this week for a change! I am going to share with you guys some (obscure but hopfully fun, too) facts that not even my closest friends might know about me.

cardigan1Words: Oliver @oliverinstead / Photos: David

Let’s start with the best subject of all, food. The best way to get to me is through my tummy for sure… Despite my oriental upbringing, my soul food is actually spaghetti and bolognese. It’s one of the first meals I learned to cook when I moved to the UK. I love food that’s rich and flavoursome, which most Asian food is but spagbol has been a staple fav of mine since I don’t even know when.

 

My hidden talent is drawing. Yep. I draw. I’ve been drawing since the tender age of 5… although at that age, “doodling” is perhaps the most suitable description. I love it. I won numerous designing competitions throughout my school years and I still hand draw cards for my loved ones now and then. I even dreamed of working at Disney at one time – I think it was around the period when Lilo & Stitch came out. Talk about dreaming big, eh!!

cardigan3Cardigan: Ralph Lauren | Dungarees: ASOS | Shirt: H&M | Tee: NHHS Shop |  Loafers: Paolo Sartori

I’m strangely fascinated by flags, namely national flags. Did you know that the flags of Monaco and Indonesia differ only by the measurements? Nepal is the only country with a non-rectangular flag? The Libyan flag has only one colour… and it’s green? :)

In addition, I also spend quite a bit of my spare time studying up on capital cities… which explains my enthusiasm for travelling.

 

If I could watch only one tv show for the rest of my life, it would be The Big Bang Theory. Friends, who? TBBT is hands down the best sitcom ever in existence. I like that the characters are so well-thought-out *RIP Carol Ann Susi, aka Ms. Wolowitz* and I love that the concept focuses on smart people rather than the idiots so prevelant in modern television.

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My favourite genre of movies is thrillers, with a bit of twisted horror and gore thrown in there. Some of my favs include the severely underrated Hide & Seek, similarly underappreciated Red Lights, Identity, Se7en, Shutter Island and any of those based-on-true-story ones like Zodiac and Devil’s Knot.

 

I would be an honorary graduate if a university taught X-Men. It’s right up there with fashion, music and chocolate as one of my favourite things in the world. I’ve been obsessed with the X-Men ever since I first saw the animated series on the telly and I’ve probably seen all the films no less than ten times.

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People might be surprised to know that I cannot whistle, have never ever dyed my hair and I’m fluent in five languages… and not so fluent in a couple others – it’s not anything I’m particular proud of as it’s a fairly common skill for most Malaysians but I’ve found it useful in various occasions nonetheless. 😉

 

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Love, Oliver

What are the most random facts about YOU? Let me know in the comments!

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24 Comments

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    Jenny of Pennedbyjenny.co.uk
    April 23, 2015 at 8:35 am

    You’re certainly a talented gentleman, Mr. Long! I’m in awe! (5 languages.) You even had me googling a couple of films there too!
    I think you should definitely post some of your artwork on here because I’d love to see your work! :p As you know, I also appreciate the fact you’re a thriller type of person just like me!

    Random facts about me? I find it best to work at night, I love making people laugh and I’ve never broken any bones.

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      Oliver
      April 23, 2015 at 9:51 pm

      Well done, Jenny! Those ARE pretty random!! In response to them: I work best early in the morning but I hate getting up early to work (lol… the contradiction!) and I cracked the back of my head a few years ago, on my mum’s birthday… :/

      Oliver x

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    Laura
    April 23, 2015 at 8:56 am

    Aw, I had no idea you could draw! Am I getting a birthday card soon, haha :p And I love TBBT and X-Men, too, can’t wait for the latest movie to come out. As a side note, I love your loafers! Need to get myself a girl version, methinks. :)

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      Oliver
      April 23, 2015 at 9:48 pm

      Hence the label “hidden talent” haha remind me when your b’day nears…!!

      Oliver x

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    amy lyons
    April 23, 2015 at 9:12 am

    i loved reading this! i also love your new layout! xx

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      Oliver
      April 23, 2015 at 9:48 pm

      Thanks Amy! :)

      Oliver x

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    KIMBERLEY RYAN
    April 23, 2015 at 1:22 pm

    great blog :)

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      Oliver
      April 23, 2015 at 9:51 pm

      Thank you!

      Oliver x

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    Lala Lyn
    April 24, 2015 at 2:43 am

    what language can u be fluent in? so admire u 😀 ah and how tall are you? 😉

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      Oliver
      April 24, 2015 at 7:46 am

      Well, there are over 3,000 languages in the world and knowing five (Mandarin, Cantonese, Hakka, Malay and of course, English) isn’t really that much of a feat… I’m 5’7. :)

      Oliver x

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    Stacey Oriette
    April 24, 2015 at 4:44 pm

    You are so well rounded Oliver! Love the outfit, and enjoyed getting to know you more!

    Stacey
    Details of Dress

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      Oliver
      April 24, 2015 at 5:42 pm

      Hah! I’ve never been described as well-rounded before but it sounds very flattering! 😀

      Oliver x

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    Lala Lyn
    April 24, 2015 at 6:06 pm

    u’r 5’7 really?? 😀 u’r taller than I think ^o^ so it means u’r 1m81 right?

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      Oliver
      April 24, 2015 at 9:49 pm

      5’7 is about 170cm… I wish I was 181 but sadly I’m not blessed with height… :(

      Oliver x

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    Oh So Gawjess
    April 24, 2015 at 6:07 pm

    Oliver I loved to learn a bit more about the chap behind the blog. Spag bol is your soul food? I was expecting something much more fabulous. Great outfit and the photography is top drawer.

    Jessica Oh So Gawjess

    #MCRbloggers

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      Oliver
      April 28, 2015 at 11:35 pm

      Spagbol IS fabulous tho. 😉

      I can’t take any credits for the photography as I’m just too lucky to have my partner in crime to help out!! 😀

      Oliver x

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    leanne weir
    April 25, 2015 at 7:02 am

    i loved reading this – really really enjoyed it

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    Laura
    April 25, 2015 at 11:33 am

    Whatttt did I just read that you don’t like Friends? I get what you are saying about The Big Bang Theory though! And Geordie shore makes me sick it is so vile!

    loved this post – I think this is the first time I have actually read your blog since being part of the Manchester Bloggers page and I love it – I have followed and will definitely be sticking around for more!

    Laura (www.smileatstyle.blogspot.com) xx

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      Oliver
      April 28, 2015 at 11:39 pm

      Well welcome to my blog, Laura! I’m so glad you like it!! 😀

      I don’t dislike Friends, but The Big Bang Theory just trumps everything that Friends ever was. Also, I feel the Big Bang characters are much more individual than the Friends gang… I’m sure they both have their merits but personally I prefer TBBT. Anyway, just my two pennies. 😀

      Oliver x

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    Anna Crowley
    April 26, 2015 at 9:07 am

    Great blog, amazing style! Keep up the great work!

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      Charles Moore
      April 27, 2015 at 4:12 pm

      I love the designs!

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    lindsay chadburn
    April 29, 2015 at 11:25 am

    just found your blog, so much fun i love it already!!!!

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    Kristy Brown
    April 29, 2015 at 1:26 pm

    Wow! Fantastically cool

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    Keshia Esgate
    April 30, 2015 at 12:45 pm

    These tshirts are awesome!

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