Hello loyal readers! So you might be thinking, “Hold on, this isn’t a mukbang. What’s going on here?” Unfortunately, on the day I was scheduled to film, I woke up with a pretty bad sore throat and wasn’t able to talk well enough to record anything. Rather than scrambling to figure out how to make the mukbang work or coming up with a completely new post idea, I decided to share stills of the video I did manage to get. I was also planning on answering questions asked on my social media sites in the video, so I went ahead and typed out all my answers for those questions down below. I’m sure this wasn’t exactly the type of post you all were expecting, but I hope you enjoy reading it anyway!
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Okay, let’s start off with a nice palate cleanser, something nice and always delicious—apples and blueberries.
1. Why do you like the color red so much?
Red is such a bold color, kind of dangerous, really just hits you right in the face from the moment you look at it. “I want to be more like the color red.” Bonus points if you can tell me where that line is from…
2. Why don’t you like the color orange?
Because Texas sucks, next!
3. Where are you from?
I currently live in Tulsa, Oklahoma. But I was born in the Philippines and for seven or so years when I was a child, my family lived in a small town in New Jersey.
Okay, I think this is my favorite vegan meal I’ve made since going on this diet. These are hummus quesadillas, with tomatoes and spinach inside, and oh my goodness you guys, it is SOOO good. It’s also really easy to make and takes like ten minutes to get ready.
4. How did you get to be a writer?
The full story is actually kind of long, but basically, when I was in eighth grade, my teacher asked everyone in the class to write a creative story imagining where we would be in ten years. While we were working on this project, she came over to my desk and made a comment about how well-written my submission was for our last creative writing assignment. She made me feel like I had this gift for writing that could turn into something even greater if nurtured correctly. That was the first time I ever considered writing to be any kind of career.
5. How is life after college? And what does success after college mean?
I attended college at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Oklahoma. I graduated last May with one degree in journalism and another in nonprofit administration. Since then, I’ve kind of just been trying to figure out what exactly it is I want to do with my life.
I’ve learned so much about this idea of “success after college.” In all honestly, you kind of define it for yourself. I think this time can be incredibly fragile, if you let it be. There’s a lot of importance that needs to be placed on knowing that your path to “success” is going to be different than someone else’s—and that not everybody is going to think your definition of “success” is actually successful at all. And that can be really hard to acknowledge, especially when sometimes it’s your friends and family that give you those “so are you going to get a real job yet?” stares. I’d honestly love love love to do a fuller post on this because there’s really a lot to unpack in that question. Write me a comment if you’re interested in reading something like that!
New food! This is another recipe I found online and kind of modified to my liking. This is vegan stir-fry—with vegan brown rice, red bell peppers, celery, and scallions, topped with a mixture of regular soy sauce and a teriyaki-flavored sauce I found at the Sprouts down the street from where I live. Another super easy recipe to make and just as delicious as the quesadillas.
6. What is your favorite thing to write?
Hmmm…my favorite thing to write… I absolutely love any projects where I get to travel or try something new. A lot of my recent posts on the blog have actually been centered around around putting myself in situations where I have to be a little uncomfortable trying to solve whatever obstacle I’m facing. But I think that’s the best way to live and find joy in the unexpected.
And of course, I enjoy the poetry. I love being able to sort out my thoughts and feelings in such a creative way.
7. What is your favorite creative project that you’ve ever worked on?
Oh man, that’s a hard one. Okay, I know it’s not on the blog, but my favorite creative project has got to be my poetry book, SPACES. Publishing a book has always been the dream for me, so to finally be able to do it—to finally be able to release something so creative and personal and to get such a good response to it—has been the absolute best.
8. Where is your favorite vacation destination?
I love love love Europe. Amsterdam might be my favorite place ever. It’s literally just so beautiful and you could easily spend hours just walking around the city, getting lost in the sights.
9. Where do you feel the most at peace?
I don’t. Just kidding! Ummm, no, I have no idea…the most at peace? When I’m asleep? Wow, sounds like I need to find more peace in my life!
Okay, this one I didn’t actually make myself, although I wouldn’t mind learning how to because I straight up devoured these that’s how good they were. I bought these tacos from Chimera Cafe—check out last week’s blog post for more information on them.
10. Beach or mountains?
Ahhh, beach? No, wait, mountains. Both?
11. City or suburbs?
I really believe I’m a city girl at heart. Despite having always lived just outside the city in the closest suburb.
12. Is cereal a soup?
Uh, no. Cereal is…cereal.
13. Is a hotdog a sandwich?
Okay, which one of you asked this question? I’m not touching this… But no, no it’s not.
14. In one word, how would you sum up the Internet?
Rounding out this little meal with my favorite snack—even before deciding this would be a vegan Q&A—pretzels and hummus! Effortlessly delicious and available almost anywhere you probably already go grocery shopping.
15. What is the best food you have in front of you right now?
It’s the pretzels and hummus. No, I don’t know, honestly, everything here is so good. Like if you didn’t think about, you wouldn’t notice a difference taste-wise from this food and food that isn’t vegan.
16. Who is your favorite person in the world?
ME! Ooops, too narcissistic?
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Thank you so much for sticking around and reading the post even though many of you were probably expecting to be able to watch it instead! Were you surprised by any of my answers? Let me know in the comments section below! And if you’re curious as to why there was such a big emphasis on the “vegan” aspect of this blog post, make sure to catch next week’s post!
Also, I recently did a thing… I started a Patreon! If you’re unfamiliar with Patreon, it’s a membership-based platform where people can support their favorite creators by pledging a set amount every month, or per creation, to help said creator fund their work. Those who pledge, referred to as patrons by creators, receive monthly benefits based on their pledge. This is a great way for me to continue producing the content I do on this website and more, while getting to share with you all a little bit more about my writing process! Here’s the link to my page if you want to check it out! I’d appreciate any help you could give me, even if it’s just sharing the page with a couple of your friends! Thanks so much for being a loyal follower! I’ll talk to you guys next week!