Hola internet friends 🙂
Over the past year and a half we’ve written a couple of personal posts (We answered all your questions and Savi wrote a monologue on turning 30), so we thought we would begin 2015 with yet another one of them. Savi’s travelling alone at the minute, so it’s the perfect opportunity to spill the beans on the dirty facts you don’t know about her and all the nice things you don’t know about me 😉
If you’ve been reading Bruised Passports for a while, you would know both of us like packing light, I need good coffee and my camera to function normally. Savi loves colour, books (the more, the merrier!) and has a serious soft spot for indie and ambient electronic music. She also needs a steady supply of long bear hugs or she deteriorates into a grump ball.
But here are the 10 facts you don’t know about us 🙂
1) Savi loves cooking
Savi dishes the yummiest food EVER and loves experimenting with different cuisines. We usually take turns at cooking during the week but Savi takes to the kitchen with a vengeance anytime she’s stressed because she finds cooking therapeutic. No wonder I came home to 3 course meals everyday during the most stressful phases of her PhD – can.not.complain! 😉
2) My superhuman abilities include never saying no to food
If one loves cooking, the other one has gotta like eating right? Fortunately for us, I LOVE eating.Don’t be fooled by my lean physique (or so I would like to believe haah!) – I can never say no to food. I love everything from beef steaks to smoothies but I have a serious weakness for Thai food and cheese (Cheddar, Emmental, Gouda – you name it!)
3) Savi’s pet peeve
It’s very hard to get Savi riled up – she’s a happy person. But there are things that bug her to no end and slow wi fi is one of them. She’s happy without an internet connection but slow internet? Oh no!! She has an irrational fear of internet connections where she can’t stream videos, watch a movie, upload photos on the blog, and read an article or two all at once. Cue sentences like ‘I wanna throw my Macbook out of this window’, ‘Can’t we reset the router again?’ and long grunts – haha!! 🙂
4) Obsession much?
You might know I’m a coffee geek. I usually buy green beans, roast them, and grind them at home. Over the years I’ve experimented with dozens of blends and developed a deep-rooted love for Colombian beans. I love the smell of well-roasted coffee beans and can distinguish between beans from different regions with closed eyes – yep, I’m not proud of it 😉
5) Savi’s a crybaby!
Savi might be Bruised Passports’ giggler-in-residence (that’s a thing, did you not know?!) but she’s the biggest crybaby EVER. It doesn’t end there. She never cries in front of strangers, only in front of people she really REALLY loves. You know what that means – Sid (her brother!) and I are the lucky ones – we get to experience the waterworks ever so often. Such a good life 😉
6) The sporty stuff
You guys know I’m obsessed with travelling to new countries but did you know I love playing cricket and football? I used to play cricket in school and represented Singapore’s national cricket team. It just doesn’t stop at cricket though – football and I have quite the history. I used to play for a club in Singapore and although that stopped when we moved to UK six years ago, the physical act of playing was replaced by countless hours spent in front of the TV watching Barclays Premiere League matches week in & week out. Add some amazing friends and tons of beer to the equation, and you have the perfect recipe for a great British evening out 🙂
7) Our most forgotten item on holiday?
People forget toothbrushes, swimwear, and sunscreen but we always forget to pack a comb on holiday. I have only Savi to blame. She claims she hates preened hairstyles but this bohemian wild child business is all an elaborate facade for laziness, I tell ya! 😉
8) Things that make her go ‘Grrr…’
As I said, Savi is the least confrontational being on the planet and it’s hard to make her furious. But she gets REALLY worked up when people resort to stereotypes or express homophobic and/or patriarchal sentiments. A lecture on warped stereotypes and cultural conditioning usually follows.
Known triggers include sentences like “every girl waits her entire life to plan her wedding”, “let’s buy a doll for their baby girl”, “boys love their fast cars”, or “That’s such a gay thing to say”.
Now you know exactly what to say if you ever want to get into her good books – err NOT! 😉
9) Divide and Conquer
Did you know we work like clockwork when we’re planning a trip? We decide on a country together. Savi chalks out the itinerary, looks up fun places to stay, and loads our ipod with music for road trips. I’m in-charge of applying for visas, making sure our paper work is in order, renting cars on holiday, and researching about the best restaurants and street food haunts (did you not read point #2 😉 )
10) Our (not so) secret baby
The thought of having a baby (or even a pet!) always scared us because it would mean metamorphosing into responsible mature adults. Then we conceived our crazy baby – Bruised Passports.
We’re both control freaks, so our little space on the interweb takes a lot of work – more than you could possibly imagine! Such a demanding baby this one 😉 We spend over 100 hours a week making sure little elves run this website seamlessly – everything from selecting and resizing photos, curating photos on social media channels multiple times a day, writing articles that are relevant yet interesting, responding to comments and emails, and maintaining the website itself. Don’t even get us started on the time it takes to conceptualise campaigns, shoot photos, or hone articles. But we love every bit of it.
Occasionally we squabble over it, we go through phases of not being motivated enough to pen lengthy accounts of our travels, we grumble about the long hours, and then we read your comments and your feedback, and they bring the biggest smiles to our faces. You guys ALWAYS brighten up our day with your comments and we love having you along for the journey 🙂
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