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Eight Random Facts About Me

I was tagged by Sebastien, the author of Chronically Sick But Still Thinking I Think (best drawings in the blogosphere, but he hates rabbits for some reasons…), on this meme.

Here it goes :

1) I was a tomboy when I was a kid and I have a lot of scars on my leg to prove it. I remember riding my bike really fast downhill by my grand-parents’ place and always crashing in the last bent. Five years in a row. Never learned.

2) I’m French. And I don’t drink wine, beer or liquor in general. Trust me, I really tried to get drunk when I was a teen, but I just can’t bring myself to drink things that don’t taste good. However, I can have a Smirnoff once in a while, because it just tastes sweet.

3) I hate being the first one to sleep. I don’t really know why… In my teens, I took up staying up later than my family, just reading, surfing the web or listening to music, and now I’m used to it. Even if I have to work the next day, I rarely sleep before midnight and always at the same time as Feng or later.

4) My Chinese teacher nicknamed me “B?o zh?lì” (???) in my first Chinese class in Junior High because it sounded like my real last name + first name. Since my name is Juliette, it was then shortened into “Zhu” (pronounces as in Juliette in English), and it just stuck.

5) People who have never met me before (i.e net friends or future employers) tend to think I’m Chinese, because of my nickname (“Zhu”) and the fact I speak Chinese and worked there. When I meet them, I can always hear the Seinfield line in my head : “but you’re
not Chinese ?!”.

6) I’ve been to and traveled in 27 countries : Canada, the USA, Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Salvador, Honduras, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Panama, Equator, Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Argentine, Brazil, France, Belgium, the UK, Spain, Italy, Greece, Tunisia, China, Hong Kong, Australia and New-Zealand. Many more to come, hopefully !

7) I studied Chinese (both language and civilization) for 5 years at University and my pet theme was “Peasants and Communist in Revolutionary China”. Yeah, I know. Please, don’t say anything.

8) I discovered the Internet when I was in Beijing, in 1999, thanks to an engineer student. I had never heard of it before – embarrassing ! However, I caught up pretty fast and by the time I got back to France, I was looking for Internet café everywhere in the city !

I’ll tag anybody who wants to do this meme… come on people, it’s fun !!

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