9 fun & random facts about me

I got this idea after our supervisor made me and my teammates do this during one of our weekly online meetings so we could get to know each other more. It got me so interested that I turned it into a full-blown article.

So here it goes:

  1. I prefer ‘sunrise’ over ‘sunsets’

While most people would be in awe watching the sunsets, I don’t like watching the sun set as it gets teary-eyed and sad. Apparently, our house faces the direction where the sun usually sets, while the sun rises at the back of our house. When I was younger, when my mom won’t allow me to go out to play or I’d often get reprimanded to come home early before the sun sets, I’d usually sit by our main door to mope. There I would see the sun setting in front of me, which added to my already sad feeling. Over time, I’d often associate sunsets over sadness for not being able to play outside with my friends so whenever I’d see the sun rise, it gets me the feeling of hope and promise of a new day that I can play again.

2. I like ‘blue-eyed’ guys

Photo by ColorYourEyes.com

As a young girl, I’ve always had a crush on Prince William. That goes to say that my “dream” guy should be like him: tall, white, blonde, blue eyes, and royalty (It’s a dream! Don’t judge me.) Perhaps, every little girl dream of becoming a princess and marrying a prince. I was one of those little girls. While I do talk to a guy who has other eye color, I get more interested if he has blue eyes.

3. I love putting fabric conditioner in my clothes and sheets

I wash my bed sheets every week and likes to put fabric conditioner after every wash. I prefer if the scent lingers longer and Downy Passion does just that. When the scent fades in my sheets, I find it hard to sleep at night. I know it’s my signal to wash the sheets.

4. I prefer sleeping with the lights off

Maybe it goes with age, but a little crackling and ray of light wake me up at night often giving me interrupted sleep. Complete darkness gives me peace as opposed to people who have a hard time sleeping without a little light on.

According to healthline.com, “Sleeping with the lights on has been linked to depression. Blue light from electronic devices may have the worst effects on your mood. A lack of sleep can also cause moodiness and irritability. Children who don’t get enough sleep may be more hyperactive.” Beddrsleep.com meanwhile said that “sleeping with the lights on has an effect on your brain wave patterns, the natural cycle of Melatonin production, and cell regulation all which disrupt your sleep cycle. This has been linked to a variety of health issues like depression, obesity, breast and prostate cancer, and cardiovascular disease, to name a few.”

5. I’m obsessed with scented candles and essential oils

These are some of my obsessions lately – scented candles and essential oils. My favorite brands are Yankee for candles and Mia Mason for essential oils. They’re a bit pricey but they’re worth it.  

Burning candles is said to have many health benefits. According to Mindretreatcandles.com, “Scented candles that use quality essential oils can promote relaxation, reduce anxiety and stress, and induce quality sleep. The flicker of the flame and the low lighting provided by the candle light creates an ambiance of relaxation and calm.”

While aromatherapy oils can provide respiratory disinfection, decongestant, and psychological benefits according to medicalnewstoday.com. Inhaling essential oils stimulates the olfactory system, the part of the brain connected to smell, including the nose and the brain. Some of my favorite scents include Lemon Grass, White Tea & Ginger, Fresh Bamboo, Warm Cotton, Peppermint, and Eucalyptus.

6. I love cookies and sweets.

I have a sweet tooth. Before, I can eat one box of cookies in one sitting, but since we have a family history of diabetes and I’m on a diet, I try to control my cravings by eating cookies or sweets after my main meal or as desserts. But here’s the catch: I like eating them after I brush my teeth, which some of my officemates find weird. Who eats after they brush their teeth? I do.

7. I’m a frustrated athlete

Growing up, I’ve always felt fat, ugly, and insecure so being a ‘beauty queen’ or a ‘model’ never occurred to me. So, I’ve always wanted to be an athlete to force myself to get into shape, run, train, or just do anything to be physically active. It has always been my dream to wear shorty shorts, high-knee socks like Volleyball players because I find athletes strong, sexy, hot, and very empowering.


8. I love white sheets

Lately, I’m obsessed with anything that’s white, specifically with my sheets, blanket, and pillow cases. The danger with white sheets is that they get super, super dirty. So, I just make sure I don’t eat in my bed or spill anything that might stain it. White sheets are classic. It is a symbol of luxury, simplicity, and elegance. The best hotels use white sheets. While it might seem boring on the surface, it communicates a sense of calm, serenity, and tidy feeling.

9. I love good fragrances

Perfumencologne.com says that fragrance can boost our confidence, enhance our mood, make you attractive to people, trigger memories, reduce stress levels, and increase alertness. Fragrance speaks volume about a person’s personality and character. It is another ‘window to the soul’ which cannot be missed or overlooked like our daily attire. I wear a signature cologne that I want to be my trademark – a fragrance that will remind people or my friends that it’s me. There’s something about fragrances that draws me to a person, as well. I find good-smelling people very attractive. I always associate good smell with how they take good care of theirselves, their body and how they value people around them who can smell them or get affected with how they smell. But of course, I don’t judge people mainly on how they smell. Beauty both comes from inside and outside. It doesn’t matter how good looking you are or if how good you smell, if you treat people badly, then I don’t think you’re a good person.

Published by Mylene Orillo

Mylene Orillo is a contributing writer at My Pope Philippines. Prior to that, she contributed to the Health & Lifestyle magazine.  She's a former correspondent at The Manila Times; former editor-in-chief of TravelPlus magazine; and former assistant editor of Health & Lifestyle, Zen Health, and DiabetEASE magazines by FAME Publishing, Inc., a company owned by cardiologist Dr. Rafael Castillo who has given her the much-needed break and opportunity in the health industry and medical field.  Her previous job as a Media Consultant at the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office and Writer-Researcher at the Headquarters Philippine Army ignited her passions for charity, volunteering, selfless service, and love of country. As a young girl, she loved reading her mom's collection of Mills & Boons pocketbooks, which started her passion to write romance stories.  She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Sto. Tomas in España, Manila. She is now working towards earning her master's degree hopefully this year. She loves traveling, long-distance running, reading romance and non-fiction books, watching Korean Drama series, feel-good rom coms, military movies, and documentaries during her spare time. Someday, she wants to meet Prince William and Pope Francis, settle down with the love of her life and have a family and kids of her own; and become a bestselling romance author.

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