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.
Words: 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!!
Cardigan: 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.
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.
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. 😉