Thanks for doing the very
first interview. I have no clue how good of an interviewer I
am. You're very brave. Lets start off with telling our readers
what you're studying in.
an MA student in Asia Pacific Policy Studies (MAPPS) at the Institute
of Asian Research. I primarily study the impact of natural resource
depletion in human security in the Asia Pacific region.
When will you be done school?
2003 - fingers crossed!
Where are you from originally?
Toronto originally but I moved to West Vancouver when I was six
and a half so I really consider Vancouver my home.
What made you decide to live
at St. Johns
was no way that Nic (my partner) and I could handle sleeping
in a single bed and living at my Mum's in West Vancouver for
a year. We didn't get the warmest welcome from the OTHER college on campus and the administration at
St. John's seemed really nice when we applied so here we are!!!
How do you like it here so
I like it. I do have a couple of issues e.g. the steak and the
unnecessary social cliques in the college but other than that
I really like it here. Very handy commute!
You live here with your fiancée
What's his name?
What's his story?
He is from Christchurch, New Zealand. We met in Japan where we
were both teaching English. He is a graduate student in History
here at UBC.
How did he propose to you?
On his birthday last year. We went to his parent's holiday home
in Kaikoura NZ and when we arrived he insisted that we go grocery
shopping. So, we headed off to the shops (with a full backpack...
which kind of gave it away) and on the way to the shops there
is this path (Dimpsey's Path) with a lovely bench overlooking
the bay. Nic said that he wanted to stop to take a photo but
instead of pulling out his camera, he pulled out a ring, a bottle
of champagne and two glasses. It was really nice! We never made
it to the grocery store.
Your room is bigger than
mine, how do you feel about that?
Well, to be honest I am not that bothered by it. We let you come
around and hang out a lot so I think that that more than makes
up for room size difference. I have even offered you freezer
space for your bacon!
How long have you been reading
Since I met you in September. I must admit that I don't check
erwintang.com as much as I should, or as much as Nic, but if
I haven't seen you for a couple of days then I usually scan the
blog to see what you are up to.
After getting over the initial
shock of the poor design, why did you continue visiting?
The blog... and because the overall written style makes me laugh.
You see a lot more of womens
thong underwear these days, is this a good thing or a bad thing?
It really depends. Sometimes I have issues with it. For example,
when you go to the shopping centre and there is a pack of young
teenage girls with their mid-drifts/thongs hanging out above
the top of their very LOW cut jeans. When I see that kind of
stuff I think back to my own youth days and I am sure that I
had no idea what a thong was. Do their mothers know that they
are wearing that kind of underwear or is it like when I was a
kid and had to sneak mascara out of the house? Mascara and a
thong are in totally different categories... what's next?
Have you ever eaten anything
that fell on the floor? If so, how long was it before you picked
it up and put it in your mouth?
I am sure that I have abided by the 3 second rule but there is
a chance that it could have been a split second longer before
I picked the food up, dusted it off and ate it. I must say, this
has been the most difficult question to answer so far. I feel
kind of gross admitting this...
Do you know what supermodels
Is there any reason why I
wouldnt make a good boyfriend for a supermodel?
one... except maybe your academic drive but I am sure that could
be modified. In fact, from recent tales about you and dating
I think that you probably have amazing potential to reach supermodel
What's in your fridge right
Water, eggs, yogurt, ketchup, cheese, leftovers and today's lunch.
Would you ever put your thong
underwear in the fridge?
I would have to say no. It would feel too much like a wet bathing
suit to put on. Why? Do people do that? [Ed. - I don't think so]
After you, who's the hottest
woman here at St. Johns College?
That is a tough one. I am going to have to go with Miss SJC #2
because of her perfect mouth and amazing lips. Hottest guy (after
Nic) would be the model / MBA student who lived down the hall
from you but moved out before Christmas. [Ed. - Miss SJC #1 is smokin' too, but
yeah Miss SJC #2 is quite the stunner!]
How do you find the food
Pretty good. I find that we get a lot of red (very red) meat
which I am not overly keen on. I am trying to opt for the vegetarian
option from time to time.
What's the worst meal you've
to say that the worst thing that I have eaten here was that Iranian
yellow rice dessert that tasted like air-freshner/ roses. That
What's the best meal you've
liked the first buffet dinner that we had in September... the
night that Nic and I met you. They served an amazing seafood
salad that I have been craving ever since.
Do you like hanging the toilet
paper over or under the roll?
Have you ever needed toilet
paper after a meal here at St. Johns?
Yes, I have.
Do you agree that people
should call, even if its bad new, cause its just common courtesy
What did you get for Christmas?
This year was really good. I got a lot of things that we really
needed e.g. a toaster oven, pots and pans and a great bean bag
thing that you heat up in the microwave and put around your neck
when you are stressed/tense in the shoulders.
What did you do over the
Family stuff and went up to Whistler with friends for 4 days
over New Years.
What's your opinion on soft-core
I think that it could be better. The stuff that I have been known
to watch on CityTV on Friday nights tends to get boring due to
lack of interesting story line and I seem to end up turning it
Would you like it if someone
gave you soft-core porn for Christmas?
I would be surprised. Other types of paraphernalia would go over
Marcia, on behalf of everyone
here at erwintang.com, wed like to thank you for answering our
questions. Before wrapping this up, is there anything you'd like
to say to the other readers of erwintang.com?
Yes, I can't believe that you are leaving off the interview with
that question! However, it has been a pleasure and once again
I am sorry for the delay in getting these answers back to you.
Hey, one more thing... why was I the first to be interviewed?
Honestly, I thought you give
me some great answers... plus, I doubt anyone else would have
agreed to it. Thank you.