Common Questions Twins Get Asked All the Time

A while back, I did a very short post about being a twin. After talking about it with my identical twin sister (Wendy), we realized that we still get questions that ranges from normal to outright ridiculous. Here are some frequently asked questions that we usually get from friends, co-workers, and relatives.

Have you guys ever switched places when you were in High School/College? 

No we did not. I know some twins who did switched places. But for my sister and I, we have subjects that we’re better at. For example, in High School I was better at English, Math, and Physics while my sister was better than me in Biology and Chemistry. When we attended college, she majored in Business while I majored in Communication. Switching places would give us so much anxiety because we would be constantly worrying about what might happened.

Do you do the freaky twin thing? Like answering at the exact same time.

One time, someone asked my sister and I if we do the “freaky twin thing” and followed up with, “when is your birthday?” We both obviously have the same birthday, so we both naturally gave an answer at the same time since the question was directed at both of us. They were astonished by our response and said, “that was freaky.” If we both know the answer to something, and you ask both of us at the same time, you’re going to get two same answers at once.

Do you two always finish each other’s sentences?

Not always. But when we do, it’s because we are both well-informed of the given topic, or we just have the same interest. For example, we both used to do competitive figure skating so we know all the technical rules and regulations of the sport, and as a result we are more likely to finish off each other’s sentences. Because of this, it usually leads to the next question of- Continue reading Common Questions Twins Get Asked All the Time

Garden of fresh vegetables & herbs

This past weekend I went home to visit my parents. Usually, I would stay indoors and be lazy while my mom spoils me with her amazing food. I have yet to reach her level of cooking skills, but a lot of my friends (and ex-boyfriends) has complimented my cooking skills (lets just say my ex gained a few extra pounds when we were dating haha).

It’s amazing how fresh vegetables and herbs can really transform your dishes, and I really appreciate it when my mom gives us bags loaded with veggies/herbs for my sister and I to bring back to our apartment. It saves us time on grocery shopping, and on grocery expenses. But sometimes, our mom gives us a little too much. She would usually give a bag of cucumbers, herbs, or zip lock bags of Thai Chili Peppers (which I still haven’t used them all up yet). When we tell her we don’t need any of it she says, “I still have more in the garden, so take it.” And often, she would make us feel guilty by saying, “do you want me to finish all these ingredients by herself?”

Currently, my parents’ garden consist of a mango tree, tomato tree, lime tree, and orange tree. Corn, Lemon grass (mom uses this for her amazing Thai curry/soup), cucumber, Thai basil, Thai chili peppers, mint, green onions and many more. One of my favorite vegetables from my parents’ backyard is green papaya. I love it when my mom asks me if I want to make Thai papaya salad. When I feel like making it, she would then go out to pick a papaya (I was too short to reach for one myself), and we would start preparing the dish.

It’s a very nice feeling to just go out into a garden and carefully pick your vegetable/ herb. I’m still a newbie at picking vegetables and herbs, so when my mom asks me to go out and pick stuff for her, I’m yelling across the garden into the house, “mommy how can you tell which one is good or not?!” and she would respond by telling me to look at shape, size, color etc.

Note: this is only a small portion of my parents’ garden. I was too scared to go to the other side because of the bees.

This week, my mom gave us eight cucumbers. She said to just eat them on the side with ours meals or something. Eight cucumber is a lot, and on top of other vegetables that I would like to eat, I’m worried that I won’t use them all in time before it spoils. I’ve been looking up some recipes online but I haven’t really found something that I’m interested in making. For now, I might buy humus, and eat it with the cucumbers. Hopefully, when I visit my parents again they won’t give us too much stuff to bring back.

– Stories by Cindy

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Lazy day – Curry + Ramen

At the beginning of 2017, one of my New Year Resolution was to eat healthier. It started off great, but recently I’m having difficulties staying consistent. There are weeks where I’ll cook healthy meals everyday, and then there are weeks where I’ll eat instant ramen 3-5 times a week.

This week one of my lazy cooking is Japanese curry. I woke up at 6 am to make this curry with ground pork and a lot of mushrooms. Sadly, there was no other vegetables in my refrigerator – it’s a sign that I need to do some grocery shopping. Making curry does not require a lot of time which is why I consider it my lazy day food. I would just throw anything that I find in the refrigerator (preferable vegetables since I’m trying to eat more vegetables), and use Japanese curry roux – Vermont or Golden Curry brand. With just 3 ingredients (including the roux) I was able to finish cooking this in about 30 minutes (without forgetting to cook the rice). My favorite recipes are from the website Just One Cookbook.

When I come home from work, of course I have to give my spoiled dog (Chibi) attention. He usually jumps around on the couch or bark at my sister and I until we sit down on the floor. After, he would crawl onto our lap and turn onto his back for a belly rub. When I get home I’m usually starving, so I made instant kimchi ramen because it’s the quickest option. To make it ‘healthier,’ I added fermented kimchi and some bean sprouts. After, I was just lounging around the house watching Youtube videos, and shows on DramaFever. I should really start being more productive, but there’s something about summer that makes you want to be lazy.

– Stories by Cindy

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I was told…

In elementary school, I was told that I should be a doctor, not a teacher. Being a teacher does not make a lot of money. I gave up on that dream as a child.

In middle school, I was told that I wasn’t smart at a certain subject simply because I have a twin. Teachers would start turning us against one another by announcing to the class, “let’s see which one of them is the smarter twin.” When we would get one point higher/lower than the other, one of us was considered as the “dumb twin” or the “smart twin.” It lowered my self-esteem, and I actually believed that I was dumb based on my grades. Continue reading I was told…

My First Cosplay Experience

Anime Expo (AX) 2017 is approaching, and it’s that time of year where I’m scrambling to get all my costume together. This year, I am cosplaying as Honoka from Love Live! School Idol Project with my sister (as Kotori) and friend (Umi). This would be my friend’s first time cosplaying and attending a large convention, so for the last 6 months we were informing her of our experience and tips when cosplaying. Since I was already sharing my experience to my friend, who is cosplaying for the first-time, I thought I share my first cosplay experience on my blog.

Anime Expo 2015 – Sakura Kinomoto Cosplay | Anime Cardcaptor Sakura

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Constructive Criticism 

Dealing with constructive criticism at work: If someone gives you feedback, take it as a new learning opportunity. If someone tells you you’re wrong, ask why? If someone tells you that you’ve made a mistake, fix it. If someone tells you that your work needs improvement, they know you have the ability to improve your work to another level. Don’t take criticism negatively, take it as a form of self-improvement.

– Stories by Cindy

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Figure Skating: A love-hate relationship

We do jumps and spins, not tricks and twirls.

When I medal at an event, I was told it still wasn’t good enough. When I skated a clean program, there was no congrats, I was lectured – shoulders wasn’t square enough, sit-spins wasn’t low enough, toes weren’t pointed enough. It lowered my self-esteem, and I started to blame myself. Eight years ago, I quit competitive figure skating. At that time, it was an easy decision – I grew to hate the sport. But after months and years, I miss it so much. The sound of your blade carving into the ice, and the adrenaline when stepping onto the ice to take your 6 minute warm-up prior to your program. Figure skating taught me so many things about life – dedication, courage, and self-discipline.

I don’t regret my decision, but every now and then, a small voice in my head tells me that I was being selfish. I started craving for a normal life – make friends in school, being able to do after school activities/clubs. Instead, I had a hectic schedule waking up at 4:30-5:00 a.m. everyday. Going to school, and skating about 25-35 hours per week. Sacrificing family time, as well as a normal middle school and high school social life. But that’s the weird thing, no matter how much you try to get away from the sport, it’s still a part of you. I never thought that I would still go back to the ice rink every now and then, watch my old competition videos, and watch every international competition on TV/Ice Network. I still love and support the sport despite all the sacrifice that was made throughout my childhood. When asked if figure skating is my favorite sport, my response is, “yes, but it’s a love-hate relationship.

– Stories By Cindy

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