There's this thing being passed around on
Facebook where everyone's starting to share 25 little tidbits about themselves and getting to know each other better.
I won't tag anyone here since I'd already done it over at my
Facebook notes, but do feel free to write 25 random stuff about yourself in your own blog too!
I didn't expect to get so longwinded in my entry, but it ended up looking like a summary of my life story... oh well! LOL
So anyway, for anyone who's interested in such things, here's...
25 Random Things About Edric Hsu
01] Some people still call me "
Eddie", or "
Ed" for short, and it's the name my
Mum gave me when I was born.
02] I became "
Edric" after secondary school, as I didn't like my old timid self before that, and I wanted to have a "different" future. ("
Edric" apparently means "a rich king" in Olde English).
03] I was a talkative baby, so to shut me up during mealtimes, my late
Granny would feed me little spoonfuls of her brandy.
04] I've always been fair, but as a kid, I also had brown eyes, fine brown hair and lots of freckles, and my neighbours would call me the "Angmoh Kia" ("Caucasian kid").
05] I had my first kiss and puppy love in primary school, with a pretty talented girl from my class. We were too shy to do anything. Zzz...
06] I almost died in a high fever when I was about four, after being bitten by a huge red ant while taking photos at the
Haw Par Villa (I was posing on top of a statue of a giant red ant, go figure). After that I started "seeing things"...
07] People thought I used to behave weirdly and talk to myself a lot as a kid, but I was actually having conversations with "spirits". I didn't even know they were "spirits" until later.
08] So yeah, I "could see dead people". Thankfully, not anymore. But I could still feel their presence sometimes.
09] It might also have something to do with my eyes, for after the fever incident, I started to develop these weird divergent eyes (also called the "lazy eye syndrome"), and had to undergo three separate surgeries to correct this. If not I would eventually go blind.
10] But because of my divergent eyes, I could see a wider peripheral vision than normal kids, giving me a huge advantage when playing hide-and-seek, or other such events. That's how I could see the weird spirit stuff that goes on from the corner of my eyes.
11] During one of my eye surgeries (I think I was in Sec 1), I actually slipped at the hospital's shower and hit my nose on the tap. As a result, I had a deviated nasal septum and a higher nose bridge!
12] I chose to "celebrate" my 21st birthday in hospital to correct the above-mentioned deviated nasal septum, so that I could breathe easier, and also to take a break from my army training.
13] All through my teenage years, I harboured thoughts of killing myself in different ways, but I'm still alive because I just couldn't decide on the best method. I think it's something to do with my being a Scorpio.
14] I was a terribly shy kid, but the only time I wasn't shy, was when I sing. So I joined school choirs, competed in and won various singing competitions as a way to get rid of my stage fright.
15] I also started working part-time, not only to earn extra cash for my studies, but to boost my own self confidence and courage. My first job was at
Burger King, and I helped set up the outlet at the then new
OUB Centre in 1986. I remember memorizing my schoolwork while packing burgers. My counter sales was excellent; my school results not so much...
16] I had a very wide vocal range during my school days, and I could sing all the parts from bass to second soprano.
17] But after all that shouting of commands during my
Basic Military Training (
BMT), I became a baritone-tenor. I could still do a mean falsetto though.
BMT, I also encountered another horrific incident with the supernatural world, and it gave me my second high fever and I had to be sent to the hospital via the army medical centre's mini-bus.
19] On the way to the hospital, the above mini-bus broke down while collecting blood samples at the
Central Manpower Base (
CMPB), and I was asked to wait an hour while the driver repaired the punctured tyre. During that hour, I bumped into
Babes Conde, who's the musical director of the
SAF Music & Drama Company (
MDC), and she asked me to audition for her there and then.
20] Despite my high fever, I passed the audition by singing "
" from "
", although I was actually singing the
Chyi Yu version. LOL
21] I only got posted into the
MDC as a full time artiste a year later, after learning how to drive a three-tonner truck at the transport camp, and spending half a year as a service medic.
22] At the transport camp and medical centre, and even in
MDC, I was asked to help design posters and create comic strips and illustrations for them. Those were generally well received, and it became my other passion. It's funny how Fate works, but that's how I "trained" to be doing what I'm doing right now.
23] After the army, I worked a couple of years at the
Housing Development Board of Singapore as a draftsman, and singing at gigs on the side, and eventually saved up enough to get myself into
Queensland University of Technology, in
Australia. It was the best time of my life, and definitely a life-changing experience, and that's also when I got bitten by the travel bug.
24] For a decade, I'd paid my dues working day jobs in
Architecture, and later on, an
IT firm, all the while acting, singing and dancing in the nights and during weekends.
25] I wish to retire early, either in
Australia, or in one of the lovely islands of
Greece, such as
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