Q: What is your most irrational fear/biggest phobia and what triggered it?
A: It’s definitely my fear of frogs (ranidaphobia). I remember it started when I was visiting my grandfather in Bicol as a kid. At that time, the weather was really bad and there was a storm bound to pass our town. Before it rained, we visited my mom’s aunts, a ride away from our house. We stayed there until the sun was about to set and the clouds were getting darker. When we were about to go back, the road is suddenly filled with frogs of all sizes and colors! I’m not even exaggerating. It’s impossible to just go around them because there was so little space to walk on. I was so scared since they were jumping everywhere. My aunts were convincing me to just walk and they will jump out of my way but I stood in front of their gate, frozen in fear as I imagine the frogs’ cool, slimy skin touching mine. My uncle had to carry me and accompany me back to our house. On the way, frogs were still everywhere, jumping and jumping. I did not go out until the next day when the sun was up and shining brightly.
It was then that I learned that frogs come out whenever it’s about to rain and our town in Bicol is their ideal breeding ground since it’s surrounded by bodies of water, especially swamps. Every time I go back to Bicol, I make sure to stay indoors whenever it’s about to get dark or whenever it’s about to rain. I still run for my life when I see frogs, even if it’s just a YouTube video. I’m okay with cartoon frogs though, as long as they’re not so realistic.
I meant noodles, of course!
Every day, I get a lot of questions from my workmates, my friends, and my family so I decided to include the most interesting ones in my blog plus my answers, of course. So here is #1!
Q: Have you ever used Tinder? Were you able to hook up with someone?
A: I used Tinder during the summer of my third year in college up until before the end of my first semester of my fourth year. I didn’t know then that Tinder is a place for unsolicited dick pics and getting asked “Dtf?” every now and then. But no, I never hooked up (like, the sexual kind) with someone from Tinder! I went on a few dates with some of them and some turned out to be one of my good friends now. Had new experiences with them, too. I can never think of Tinder as a legit dating app because I can’t take it seriously. For me, it’s just another place to meet new people. Hats off to my friends who found lasting love on Tinder, though!
So there you go. You can leave questions in the comments below, too!