So uh… I’m a terrible person. I was nominated for a Liebster Award a few times last year, and I kept the answers in a draft… then forgot about them! I never posted them! Many thanks to those who have nominated me and sorry for answering sooooo late. (Like, seriously late. A few are from over a year ago, so I’ve had to change some of my answers.)
Becca nominated me just recently (thank you!), and it reminded me that I have these other answers stashed away. Instead of letting the entry go to waste, I figured I’d post them all at once :) There were some repeat questions, so I grouped them together at the bottom. This will be a long post!
Starting with questions from Becca, since these are the most recent! Thanks for nominating me!
If you could travel anywhere in the world for a month, where would you go?
I’d go back to Japan :D There are more places I want to see!
What is your favorite book and why?
Hm… I think it’d be The Design of Everyday Things. I love reading books about user experience, and this one really changed my view on UX/UI, both for work and in general. It’s amazing that this book was originally written in 1988, and while some things in it are dated, the general ideas still feel relevant.
What is your favorite Disney Princess (or lack thereof) and why?
Princess Leia is technically a Disney princess now, right? ;) I love Star Wars and how Leia isn’t afraid to be a part of the fight.
Describe your most embarrassing moment.
I think I block out these moments from memory because I blanked on this, haha. Though recently, I left my computer unlocked at my desk, and a coworker decided to prank me by installing a Nic Cage plugin on my browser. I didn’t notice until in a meeting when suddenly GIANT NIC CAGE photos replaced elements on pages I was trying to show. THANKS COWORKER.
Who is the biggest inspiration in your life?
There are several that inspire me. For example, my parents came to the US barely knowing English and worked hard to get where they are. The founders at my company are also pretty amazing. They managed to grow the company without losing the company culture, which was one of my fears as we grew. They continue to be transparent with us and just be normal people around us.
If you had to pick just one meal to eat for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Aahh, this is tough to choose. It’d be pizza, sushi, or ramen :) I just don’t get tired of them.
What is your favorite family tradition?
My family follows old Chinese traditions, like paying respects to our ancestors. On special occasions, we place food in front of their photos, light incense, and bow 3 times as an offering to them in the afterlife. Then we have the food for dinner, which are traditional Chinese dishes. It just feels nice to know that we don’t forget people who have left us.
If you had a chance for a “do-over” in life, would you go back and do anything differently?
When I was younger, I did some rash things that ended a couple friendships. If I could go back, I’d do things differently to prevent that from happening.
How would you define love?
When you find that person that you deeply care about and who feels like another part of you. You don’t mind their presence around you all the time and sitting in silence together isn’t awkward. It just feels right to be together.
If you were elected president, what is the first thing you would do?
I would have said make gay marriage legal, but Obama beat me to it ;) I think I would make education free because it’s ridiculous how high college tuition is now.
Are you an early bird or a night owl?
Night owl for sure. I hate getting up early and am more productive at night!