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I’ve once written about it here. And in above clip, you might be able to visualize it more. 🙂

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My Phobias

I believe there’s no such a person without a single type of phobia. Everybody has at least one and so do I. But my phobias are pretty unique as the way I am.

1) Lachanophobia (Fear of Vegetables)

My worst phobia ever. Since I was born, I have very rarely eaten it. It was worse in childhood. When I was in primary school, I seldom had my dinner with my family. The reason was I couldn’t stand the smell of any type of vegetables. Whenever my mom was reheating the vegetable dishes, I ran away from kitchen.

So, what happen if I try to eat it. Vomitting!! I really have tried to consume these green thingies but it always ends with vomitting. It literally drives me to run to the basin and vomit all from my stomach.

Treatment? No one and nothing can attract me to conquer it. My dad has tried to make me eat vegetables by giving me double of normal pocket money when I was about 11. I have been scolded and beaten by my mom. But nothing works till now. The only thing my boyfriend can do is removing such thing from my meal in case we forget to put additional note when we make our order.

Exception? Yes, there are some under the group of vegetables that I can consume. These things include corn, all kind of peas and beans, potatoes, sweet potatoes and the only leave I eat (& I like!) is tea leave, in fact, pickled tea leave. I can eat spring rolls though it is made up of varieties of vegetables. Plus, all fruits are fine with me though some people who have Lachanophobia also encounter fear of fruits, too.

I know there are tons of cons because of this phobia such as dining with unfamiliar people, making others shock when I reveal this, getting assumed that I have some abnormal emotions and you name it. But it just can’t help. :\

2) Anthophobia (Fear of flowers)

I’m neither tomboy nor a boyish girl, but I can’t stand for flowers, too. It may be related to Lachannophobia and my assumption is I’m always afraid of green things but I love the colour green! I hate seeing flowers even as an image. My face will be too ugly whenever I get the smell of any type of flowers. It happens even now, just by imaging the smell! But I’m totally fine with plastic or paper flowers.

As I’m a buddhist and almost all of buddhists especially in Myanmar have worshiped Buddha with flowers and they usually put and clean the vases,  some people have asked me about this.

How would you do this when you have family?

And my simple answer is “My boyfriend will do so”. :D.

3) Xanthophobia (Fear of Yellow colour)

No, I’m not mentally ill person.And this phobia is a softer one. It should be said as a “strong dislike” rather than “fear” to translate phobia in this case.

I never use yellow even when I’m just aimlessly playing with paper or paints. I don’t have any yellow coloured clothing nor any stuffs. And I am not happy to see someone wearing yellow outfits especially if he/she is my favourite.

4)Tonitrophobia (Fear of Thunders)

I don’t recall if I had during my childhood.But though I’m an absolute adult, I don’t feel comfortable when it’s thundering. 😦

I can sleep if it’s raining cats and dogs at midnight. But I can’t stay near windows if it’s thundering. If I were walking on the road when it’s thundering, I feel like sweating a lot and walk at my best speed to reach under a safe roof.

5) Thanatophobia (Fear of Death or Dying)

It simply sucks. I am tolerant to pain and not afraid of diseases nor suffering but dying. Because I don’t really have no idea what will happen to me after death. I’m a Buddhist and strongly believe about sansara but wondering what will exactly happen to ME.

Another feeling is why all things in my life need to be gone after death? All things I’ve created, got, loved, felt will be gone! That’s why I can’t imagine what if I die. To solve this phobia, I guess I need to meditate regularly.

6)Scriptophobia (Fear of Writing in public)

Yeah, I love writing from bottom of my heart but not in front of everyone. 😦 I can’t continue writing if someone is looking at the screen. It implied not only to writing stories/poems but also to writing codes and I could manage to overcome the latter.

I know why it happens. The reason is I’m too shy to show it out before it’s completely finished. Once it’s done, I’m more than ready to show it to everyone I’d love to.

Well, it’s enough. That’s all for me (at least, almost all). My dad has serious Hemophobia, my mom has Ophidiophobia, Chinese are well-known for having Tetraphobia, some Myanmar do have Sinophobia and Aquaphobia & Acrophobia are also widely found in most people.

So, let me know what’s yours? Can’t think of one? Find it out here or here.

A to Z Singapore

Posted: 11/10/2010 in Fun Fact, Singapore Life
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My supervisor was in rush. That meant he had no time to assign me new task since afternoon. So I made up my mind to make a mini research to find out the influence on Singapore by using Google.  Here’s the A to Z list of top suggested keywords in Google of Singapore.

A
Personally, I’m happy that Apple is not #1  and also for top Air Asia.

B
BBC which is at second may broadcast that China is forcing their people if they know they don’t have enough influence for Chinese. Baidu is first!

C
“C” may love local or may be loved because the first three results are Cathay, CPF & Citbank.

D
Congratulations, DBS! They occupy two of the top three keywords DBS & DBS ibanking while “dictionary” stands at second.

E
Do Singaporeans love online shopping? You can see Ebay at #1 but the obvious thing is they love iphone as ebuddy stands second.

F
No Doubt at all! First two is Facebook & Facebook login. Is football third? No, but FIFA.

G
So, can we say Gmail is popular here? Proud of Golden Village as it’s the only non-google top keyword for this alphabet and takes thrid place.

H
Oh! G & H are rivals! Yes, it’s Hotmail & HDB has attraction for locals, too.

I
I haven’t been there. (Actually, I didn’t know what does it stand for.) & we can say that luxury is not as much as important as red tape as those results are shown. IRAS is first, ICA is second and Iphone 4 is thrid. I wonder why there’s no plain “I Pone” keyword in such an icountry.

J
Are there more travelers than job hunters? Jobsdb & Jobstreet are sandwiched between two Jetstar key words.

K
KFC. So “M” for “McDonald”? But there’s no Burger King for B. And one of the local brands KBox is second.

L
There must be more drivers than football fans in Singapore. LTA is first & livescore is second.

M
Wow, KFC rules! There’s no Macdonald at all & MSN is third while MOM takes second. So, who’s first? Simply, M1.

N
It’s NUS. The second result is NLB. Don’t feel bad NTU fellows, you are at third. Wow, “N” in Singapore is so literate! (Note: When you type only “N”, NTUC is just after NTU. But when you type “NT”, it’s vice versa.)

O
Bank again.  It’s OCBC. And here is an interesting fact that’s approving high Indian population in Singapore. Orkut is third.

P
Bank Bank Bank. The first keyword is POSB (though it doesn’t have own domain) & interestingly, there’s still influence of World Cup. Paul the octopus is #2.

Q
Just an airline. But it’s Australia National Airline callend Qantas. May be because there are few trademarks in Singapore who uses “q” as starting alphabet. “Quotes” is second.

R
Resort world Sentosa is knocked out after Reebonz & ROM. And do people wanna go for shopping rather than marriage?

S
Two adjacent results are from same industry. Singtel & Starhub. M1 might avoid “S” because of this.

T
I wonder who will come first if Tiger Airways starts with A or Air Asia starts with T. And as usual, Twitter can’t beat facebook as it stands at second.

U
“Can’t live without” for locals must be nothing except banks. Yes, it’s UOB & Universal Studio is only at third while URA is second.

V
Vpost can grab first while DHL is 4th at D. Oh, i know how much Vivocity is famous now. they stand at 3rd!

W
No wonder.  Wikipedia‘s first & third (Wiki)  and Facebook totally rules! the second result is http://www.facebook.com!
(Note: if you type www, first result is  Facebook while Yahoo follows it & Youtube is at thrid. Where is Gmail???)

X
Should be in Singapore. XinMSN comes out first and Xbox is 4th while there’s no PSP or Wii in “P” & “W”. Xe and XueSha (the keywords I’ve never heard) are second and third.

Y
You know it, right? Youtube is first, Yahoo (Singapore) is second & oops, is YOG third before Yahoo mail!?

Z
Oh! is it famous? Zuji; the travel site. Zara & Zouk stands second and third respectively.

According to those facts, Singapore government is fond of IT as 7 out of 83 results (Sorry, Mr. Environment, I betrayed you by emitting 10.4 grams of CO2) are government websites.  And Pure International Brand that doesn’t have a local site are only 20. The list mention that there is only one blog which is also 2009  Singapore best modeling blog. Are people only interested in Brand or Names? There are only two meaningful words; dictionary & quotes. The results may be varied time to time and who say mydaydream won’t be first suggesstion when you type “M” in Google 5 or 10 years later?? 😛