Last May 2, 2013, I emailed Jennifer of Jenora Soaps to let her know I admired her work and to ask her some questions. I was so excited to receive her immediate reply. She wanted to be posted on my progress and asked if I had a blog. Umm, no. But that gave me the push I needed, and so my first post was published on May 11.
I used my blog to document my new hobby on soap making. I didn’t know anything about blogging and I was just in my own little world. I visited a lot of blogs, but it never occurred to me to leave comments. After a few lonesome months all by myself, I read somewhere about the importance of leaving comments. And so I did. It felt good to interact and slowly become a part of the soaping community. My blog was no longer just about soap, without feelings. It started to be a little bit of an extension of myself.
Please don’t worry, SoapJam will still be primarily about soap! But I would also like to share a little bit about food, travel, discoveries, DIY, and things that catch my attention – subjects I think most of us share common interests in.
I am a very private person and prefer to remain in the background or anonymous. But after being here for nearly a year and enjoying your company, I thought it would be nice if you knew a little bit about me. It would be an honour if our awesome little community also got to know a little bit about you. 🙂
So let me start the ball rolling…
1. My name is Silvia, but friends and family call me Bunny – a nickname my late father gave me when I was small.
2. I live with my husband and 2 dogs, Thor – a pug, and Chewie – a shi-tzu, in Cebu City, Philippines.
3. I am crazy about Chewie. Please don’t judge me for playing favorites.
4. I’m addicted to making soap (isn’t it obvious?)
5. I love blogging and the people I meet here.
6. I hoard tea towels and kitchen towels.
7. I have a thing for pure linen, especially vintage.
8. I love porcelain, china, and glass.
9. I love cookware, kitchen gadgets, tools and equipments. A lot of them are useful for making soap, too.
10. I love cute/small containers.
11. I love carbs in all forms, and cheese, from mild to stinky.
12. Comfort food for me is a bowl of hot noodle soup (wonton noodle, pho, ramen, etc.)
13. I was a vegan for 5 months in 2011, after reading The China Study by T. Colin Campbell. Christmas came and the ham did me in. I now eat anything but I wouldn’t mind going vegetarian again.
14. I have struggled with procrastination my whole life. Sometimes I win, sometimes I lose.
15. I think I have ADHD. It’s so hard to focus on one thing, unless it becomes an obsession.
16. My memory is bad. My college roommate and I think it’s because of all the disposable aluminum pans we used back then. Her memory is also bad.
17. I am tech-challenged, but I will learn if I really really have to. I will hang on to my antiquated phone and computer as long as I can.
18. I am considered anti-social in the world of social media. Not wanting to be completely irrelevant, I am trying to change this. I used FB for a few months and didn’t open it for over 4 years until last year.
19. I have been running 2 small cafes the past 15 years.
20. My passion for cooking and baking has been overshadowed by soap making.
21. I am guilty of neglecting my work. I should fire myself already.
22. I love the people I work with. When they’re not giving me a headache.
23. My family is fruity and nutty, but I love them anyway.
24. I love my husband and his family. It’s far from perfect, but I am happy to be married to him and to have in-laws from heaven.
25. I don’t have many friends, but the few I have, I treasure.
26. My friends are scattered all over the world. I would like to be better at keeping in touch. FB seems to be the answer, but I still need to learn to embrace it.
27. I enjoy walking and letting my mind wander.
28. I like quiet.
29. I love staying at home. Maybe a little too much. Luckily my husband likes staying home too.
30. I admire Anne Marie Faiola of Bramble Berry. I think she’s a genius and Superwoman.
31. I would like to be as crafty as Martha Stewart. I also wouldn’t mind to be as wealthy as she is. But honestly I wouldn’t know what to do with all that money.
32. I would like to learn how to sew, make pottery, write calligraphy, etch wood, do all sorts of paper craft, study about herbs and natural medicine, and learn how to become a perfumer or a nose.
33. I love paper. I used to collect stationery and barter single sheets with my elementary classmates.
34. I would like to learn graphic design, but since I am not very good with computers, I will just let someone else do it.
35. I enjoy photography.
36. My favorite attire, or what I call my uniform, is a t-shirt, pair of jeans, and ballet flats.
37. My favorite accessories are a pair of earrings and a scarf.
38. My favorite scents are Arancia and Mirto, both by Aqua di Parma. I also like Eau Ressourcante by Clarins, and I have very fond childhood memories of Tartine et Chocolat, and Love Baby Soft.
39. I am too lazy to fix my hair and blow dry it, so I opted to cut it short instead of tying it in a bun or pony tail all the time.
40. My husband stumbled upon this ad campaign. I never tire of it and I am in love with the music and choreography.
Whew, I got carried away. I didn’t think it would reach forty. 🙂
Thank you for taking time to read my blog. I hope you linger around, and if we haven’t met yet, I would love to make your acquaintance. 🙂
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