About Me

Hi, I’m Christa Uymatiao

I’m a Chinese-Spanish-Filipino born and raised in the Philippines but I sometimes get mistaken as a Tsinoy, Korean, Japanese, Taiwanese, Mainland Chinese or Hong Kong-er, oh you know….the typical Oriental Asian.

I graduated from the Ateneo de Manila University in 2010 with a degree in Chinese Studies (Humanities Track) and took up one-year Chinese language courses in both Tsinghua University (Beijing, China) and Xiamen University (Xiamen, China). I am fluent in English, can speak manage-able Tagalog and Cebuano, can understand a bit of Japanese; and can of course speak, understand, read and write Mandarin to a certain degree.

Currently living in Manila Beijing Manila Dumaguete Xiamen Manila.

Sometimes referred to by friends as Xta (Ex-ta), I consider myself  a writer. I’ve had more than 9 years of experience in writing for a paper and magazine and I’ve been writing stories and whatnot since as far back as I can remember.

I am an all-around daydreamer, romantic and idealist.

I like a lot of things Japanese, which include anime and fashion, which pretty much says that I like Hong Kong, Taiwan, and South Korean fashion too.

I call myself a frustrated fashion designer because some part of my younger years were spent drawing clothes. Though I don’t draw as much anymore, I still love looking at clothes and seeing what kinds of clothes look good together. I also like calling myself a frustrated interior designer because I am in love with interiors and furniture, and I like imagining how things could be set up, especially when I’m in furniture and appliance stores, or places like IKEA.

One thing I can really call myself, is an avid reader or a book geek. When I was younger, I spent a lot of my time in libraries or bookstores. I just love love love books. If I’m not reading them, I’m buying them to be read later on. I love imagining how books would look on my shelf, and my ideal library is something like the one in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. I especially love fiction books, with my favorites mostly consisting of romance and classics genres. Anything Oriental or Classical European (especially Georgian-Regency-Victorian Era) also goes into my books of choice, which is probably why I’m a Jane Austen enthusiast.

I am proud to be an open-minded Roman Catholic, a product of Jesuit and MIC sisters education. I used to be in a choir at my Church, and did various odd-jobs for mass time, and I even taught street children when I was in high school.


And last but not least, though it should have nothing to do with my personality per-say, I love the color green. When buying things, I tend to be biased towards the color green. I own a Mint Green PSP, my cellphone case is color green, I used to own green frames, and I like Kerokerokeropi and other cute-sy cartoon-ish frog items. And I hate Hello Kitty because one – she’s a cat (or kitty), and two – she’s overly pink, though I don’t actually dislike the color pink.

So yeah, that’s basically a heck-load of descriptions and details about me and my life. Apologies, as I tend to blabber on and on, and yes….I do like talking about myself, and I do love talking. And if you’re wondering why I call myself dolldalera, it’s a combination of the English word doll (which I don’t have to explain) and the Tagalog word daldalera (which refers to someone who loves to talk). And yes, that says so much about how I am and what kind of person I am. Haha.


10 comments on “About Me

  1. hi! my name is Mara, a student of UP Diliman i want to talk to you about our event. I think our event can help you get volunteers for your walls? 🙂
    can you give ma an email address where i can attach our letter?
    if you’re interested please do reply 🙂
    thank you so much 🙂

  2. Hi Christa (Or Xta ?)

    U have a cool site.

    Am myself a huge fan of history worldwide. Just started my own blog devoted to history materials – beginning with book reviews , but am planning to go film reviews and other media.

    Among many nations in the world, Chinese history is one of my favourite.

    I do have a preference for non-fictional.

    • Thank you! Appreciate the compliment. 🙂 I don’t get a lot of visitors on my site besides friends who stop by~

      Glad to hear that you share an interest in history! I am quite the fan too. I love reading about all those things that happened before. Not quite good with dates and names but just really appreciate those kinds of things. Chinese history is something I like as well. 🙂

      I have a preference for the fictional though, but non-fictional things catch my interest once in a while. Will stop by your site sometime to check out your stuff. Your blog sounds quite interesting.

  3. Hey there! I’ve been following your blog for some time now and finally got the courage to go ahead and give you a shout out from Humble Texas! Just wanted to mention keep up the great work!

    • Hey Kevin. Oh yes, Starbucks anniversary was yesterday. I’d celebrate with a cup of Starbucks myself, but unfortunately, I’m not in Manila…nor am I in a place that has Starbucks. Just Bo’s Coffee. 😦

  4. Well I guess Bo Coffee is better than No Coffee. I was informed my SB planner is due to arrive in the States (via a friend) around the 16th. Can’t wait.

    Be careful while you are away.

    • True, so true, though I’m craving for some Starbucks or Milk Tea. None of which are available where I am. Sigh. It’s a Province versus City problem.

      Glad to hear about your planner! Does the US have Starbucks planners too? I know Korea and China have as my sister had a Starbucks Korea planner last year, and last year I got to see some planners in Beijing.

      Thank you, you take care too 🙂

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