I saw that this blog topic was trending this year so, as my
blog completed 5 years TODAY, I thought this would be a fitting time to write some
facts about myself. After putting a few profiles together for some clients, I
thought it was time to write something about me. I am hoping you are interested
in reading through, though some of you may know these truths about me and some
of you may have your mouths wide open.
My passion for writing began at the age of 7. I had a diary in which I would jot everything down. I would go bonkers at a stationery store and make my mom buy all sorts of writing and drawing materials. Somewhere in 2005, I stopped writing details in my diary. Then 10 years later, in 2015, I wrote my first article on a random website only to help people with losing weight the way I did. A friend encouraged me to start blogging. Before that, I was oblivious to what blogging meant and I have come a long way ever since.
I started on Blogspot and wrote for a few parenting websites before my hubby helped create my own Blogaberry Foo. I also deleted and rewrote several of the initial articles when I learnt that they did not satisfy the SEO rules. Here is one of my first blog posts.
Nevertheless, here are the 25 barely known facts about me (Founder/Writer – Blogaberry Foo).
According to my mother, I was a rebel ever since I was a little girl. I never did anything without knowing WHY. I also did daring things that made her heart skip a beat many times.
I was born in Kuwait and never knew about India until we had to come here during the Iraq invasion. I went back to Kuwait and lived a total of 25 years there (Still have an Indian passport though). But until I travelled with my husband (then boyfriend) in 2007, Kuwait and Mumbai were the only places I had been to. After 2007, he and I have visited various places in the USA, Europe, Russia and Asia while our base has always remained Kuwait or India.
At the age of 7, when my mother asked me to sweep off some dirt, I annoyingly asked her if she named me ‘Cindy’ because she wanted to treat me like Cinderella. She laughed and still reminds me of it.
I hated anything made of chocolate, coffee or caramel, since I was a tiny tot. We would play shop-shop with the sweets given by friends and family.
The only times I’ve drunk hot tea was when I had a sore throat (black tea) or at a massage parlour (lime tea or green tea). I have never drunk ice tea after I took a sip to taste it once.
I first appeared in a local (Kuwait) magazine at the age of 2 for a ‘Child of the Week’ contest that I was selected for.
The first time I appeared in the newspapers (Kuwait Times) was in 2008, when I won a jiving competition, with a friend who I had never danced with before or after that.
Till I came to India in 1990, I would be extremely shy to wear shorts. Later, I went on to be called the ‘short skirt girl’ in higher secondary as my school skirt was shorter than required.
That skirt still fits me. Along with many other outfits from the 8th grade.
Between 1991 and 1994, teachers (St. Charles High School, Vakola, Santacruz – East, Mumbai) fought over which group song I would take part in because I was quite good with my pitches and notes. Later, I joined the choir and a band and then stopped singing for a long time. Now, I sing on Smule so you can hear some of my singing here. It was my dad who loved music and introduced us to singing. After he passed away in 1994, our singing seemed to have left with him.
In my growing up years, I used to be a bookworm. I would be stuck to a novel even when going down to the shop to buy something. Till date, I prefer hard copies than e-books.
I had my first boyfriend at the age of 13. That relationship lasted for a total of 7 years with a couple of breaks in between.
I used to stroll with friends for 4 to 5 hours without resting or sitting. I can still stroll for several hours at a stretch.
Though my English teacher loved my handwriting a lot, she always took my case in class and I once (9th grade) flunked in the subject (my friends almost had a cardiac arrest, I cried, my brother was baffled and my mom taught me about over-confidence).
As a teenager, I was hot-tempered and got ticked off at the slightest thing not going my way.
I loved photography since I was little. My mom would go crazy washing the camera films at the studios and getting maximum spoilt photos. I used to tell her there should have been a screen on it where I could delete the unwanted pictures before sending them to the studio. With my first salary (2001), I bought my first digital camera (Cybershot by Sony). My mom was relieved. Check some of the recent clicks here.
In 2005, when I first travelled to Mumbai without family, I realized that my cousins were street smart and I wasn’t. That was when I decided that I did not want my kids to be brought up in Kuwait.
After meeting my ‘foodie’ husband, I realized I was one too. Until then I would barely eat. He was the one who introduced me to Sushi and Sashimi (my favourite dishes).
When I was putting on weight because of marriage and restaurant food in Kuwait, I went on a Subway sandwich diet at the age of 26 and got back to my normal weight. Since then, and till date, I always watch what I eat.
I prefer non-Indian food and can live on it for months.
I pray or speak to God every single day.
I have always felt inferior about my face cut, height and overall looks. I felt brave, beautiful and confident only after I delivered my first child.
I started working, to support my mom financially, at the age of 19. Till I was 25, I had changed 4 corporate jobs.
Until 2011, I worked as a receptionist, assistant, secretary, tuition teacher and customer service representative. Since 2015, I have been a freelancer. Besides managing Blogaberry, I blog at Momspresso, write reviews, create articles for brands, do a bit of content writing, influence my followers on Instagram, transcribe minutes of meetings, model for online advertisements and teach belly dance.
And, I always wanted to be a model/air hostess/actress, etc in my younger days so I live it by being an influencer. The rest of the facts are naturally not for public eyes or ears. Perhaps I could write that if this blog survives another 10 years with your support in reading, commenting as well as sharing my articles.
Any fact about me that is similar to yours? Be brave and share one barely known fact about yourself in the comments below. We would love to know.
Cindy D'Silva, besides being a mother of two angels, is a belly dancer, writer and photographer. She loves partying, bowling and eating sushi. There is a detailed biography about her on the ABOUT ME page in case you would like to know more. :)
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