“Why ‘The Social Chameleon’?”

I thought of this self-label on a train journey I took from London to Edinburgh. All my life I’ve been unable to pin one genre on myself, as I find that I am different people in different situations – but none less ‘me’ than the other!

Let’s start off with the basics.

I’m half Scottish, half Filipino, and I grew up in Hong Kong (yes, this is the basics..) – so by my appearances I don’t really seem to ‘fit’ in anywhere. I’m too tanned to be generically Scottish, I’m too British to be a typical Filipino – plus I’ve never lived there, don’t speak Tagalog nor do I wish to really, and I’m too ‘gweilo’ to be a local HK-er. The woes of a third culture kid!

I currently live in Australia, so the multicultural nature of this country definitely helps in not feeling alienated. I’m here because I’m studying Journalism at La Trobe University, and with any luck I’ll find a job here once I’m done.

I’m a girl, and a lot of the time I do like to be girly. Floral dresses, sandals, a whole load of nail polish… However one of my strongest passions in life is to play what’s normally regarded as the ‘gentleman’s sport’. I was a part of the Hong Kong national women’s cricket team when I lived in Hong Kong, and continue to play over here. So it’s a common sight for me to be in those oh-so-sexy head to toe cricket whites, often with grass stains all down my legs.

If the girly/jock dichotomy wasn’t enough, I also consider myself quite bright (standing aside my modesty for a minute while I try to be honest). I taught myself basic HTML at the age of 6 and in the last year (Jan 2015) passed a diploma in Mass Media and Communications with flying colours. That said, I’m not claiming to be an intellectual genius, I’m just a pretty quick thinker most of the time. I do often have hilariously dumb moments though, as I’m sure anyone who knows me would point out.

Age-wise at the time of writing I’m 22, and I get along with both adults much older than me and children well. I don’t prefer either over the other, if anything it’s people my own age I have the most hassle with. With people my age I either become crippled with anxiety, or come across as really confident and (I hope) funny.

I love a good party, but I equally love shutting myself in my house and scrolling endlessly through tumblr and twitter. I am intrigued and fascinated by science, but find myself drawn to more abstract forms of expression on a more personal level.

Among the other aspects of my life I am a massive fangirl of far too many tv shows, and a lover of all things theatre and live performance. Over the last couple of years I’ve fallen in love with watching stand up comedy, and all my life I’ve absolutely adored going to see musicals and plays. I also am an avid YouTube watcher, and especially from a analytic point of view I’m intrigued to see the evolution of comedy as independent digital media becomes essentially mainstream.

…So all in all, as I sat on the train contemplating life (as you do), I thought that a ‘social chameleon’ was an apt way of describing myself!


[Last updated: 24.3.15]


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