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.