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Lurker-turned-troper, just because. Why not?

He was born in Malaysia, and has no hometown and very few childhood friends; lived for three months after graduation in Singapore (with a roommate and a housemate and a landlady and a cat), and now lives in Johor, Malaysia, where he's working (!). To know more, scroll down!

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  • Allergic to Love: Very nearly so. Definitely has... reactions to romantic comedies. And sappy songs.
  • Archive Binge: So very, very much.
  • Asian and Nerdy: He's Chinese and has an engineering degree. Whaddaya think?
  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: He has a tendency to trail off in the middle of sentences. Sometimes Obfuscating, sometimes... not.
  • Better as Friends: The natural result of Allergic to Love.
  • Blind Without 'Em: Severely myopic, as well as astigmatic. And colourblind... heck, let's just say he got all the bad eye conditions plausible.
  • Big Eater: To the point of frightening some people. He's also overweight.
  • Bookworm: Oooh, yes.
  • Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: Being a bioengineering major means he can discuss squicky bodily functions in a perfectly deadpan voice. His sister is a nurse and discusses those too, except about her patients.
  • Cheerful Child: What other people tend to say about him.
  • Child Hater: Because Kids Are Cruel, at least the very young ones. Nobody under 8 should be allowed in public. Or at least if they are, they'd better be trained or muzzled on a leash.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: So very much. He has a horrible tendency to daydream all the time, which leads to strange conversation opening lines.
  • Collector of the Strange: He brings back latex gloves, strings, bits of glass, test tubes, quartz squares, etc.
  • Completely Missing the Point: Partly from being a Cloudcuckoolander, partly from wanting to evade unpalatable questions.
  • Contemplating Your Hands: Especially the shadows cast by the veins when there's a light shining across them. At one time his veins also moved when he moved his fingers, leading to hours of him staring at the backs of his hands while twiddling (the moving bones are fascinating too). He still can't draw hands properly though.
  • Conversational Troping: Only on MSN. He's tried it on Real Life people but they never quite seem to get it.
  • Cuteness Proximity: He melts in the presence of most small animals. Some large ones too. But not young humans.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Most of his shirts are black for the simple reason that it doesn't show stains easily.
  • Does Not Understand Sarcasm: Unless it's very very obvious, he tends to take everything at face value.
  • Ear Worm: He often wakes up and the first song that pops into his head stays there all day.
  • Easily Amused: Part of why he doesn't often complain about boredom. Or stress.
  • Eastern Zodiac: Fire Rabbit. Or Fire Tiger born TEN DAYS LATE.
  • Eating Lunch Alone: Averted. He has a bunch of lunch companions at work and rarely if ever eats alone. Weekends are another story.
  • Eloquent in My Native Tongue: His native tongue is written/typed English, with spoken English coming after and his Mandarin/Bahasa Melayu drifting far behind.
  • Evil Laugh: When he wants to do it, he can do it.
  • Foreign-Looking Font: His handwriting is cribbed and modified to look nice, and as a result doesn't look English. Or legible. Actually it doesn't look any language at all.
  • Forgets to Eat: On weekends, usually because he's absorbed in playing Flash web games or reading. Or sleeping.
  • Forgotten Birthday: While he quite likes the palindromic date, he does sometimes forget that it's also his birthday, and then the cake and singing come as a pleasant surprise.
  • Freaky Is Cool
  • Geeky Turn-On: Being a geek himself and firmly believing that similarities endure... yeah. One of his best friends was cemented by them both showing off all the trivia they knew about The Chronicles of Narnia (which was a lot).
  • Generation Xerox: To his entire paternal extended family, he looks and sounds like a time-shifted replica of his father.
  • Good Is Not Nice: How he justifies some of his... harsher moments.
  • Gosh Dang It to Heck!: What he uses for mild to moderate irritation. He's also trying to substitute "great calamity kittens!" for milder swearwords.
  • Grammar Nazi
  • Heavy Sleeper: Oh boy. Has slept through thunderstorms, being carried around, bed being shaken (siblings were moving the bed from one end of the room to the other for some reason), and falling off the bed (to land on another guy, who was sleeping on the floor and was mistaken by sleeping-self for a bolster. He was noticeably shaken by it the next day at breakfast). Also has been known to viciously attack people who try to wake him, while remaining asleep. His alarm is the Mom Song simply because nothing other than blaring trumpets can wake him. (Extremely loud thunder wakes him too, though.) He also apparently snores as if imminently suffocating.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Some of his friends, who he loses contact with for months/years on end, then shows up... and it's exactly like they were never apart in the first place. Well, almost exactly. Taken Up to Eleven when he visited an old schoolmate and everybody around began shipping them.
  • Hey, You!: He gets names wrong, so he calls a lot of people "hey" or sort of waves/nods/headbobs in their direction. Also used on him, as his real name is hard to pronounce and lots of people just don't bother.
  • I Always Wanted to Say That: He saves up quotes and lines and suchlike... just waiting to reference them on an unsuspecting victim.
  • I Wish It Were Real: Oh, so, so very much. *wibble* Whenever he comes across a really good book.
  • Incredibly Lame Pun: When the mood strikes...
  • Jade-Colored Glasses: *singing* The world is cruel, the world is wicked...
  • Lies to Children
  • Like an Old Married Couple: They make him d'awwwwww. He himself wishes he could skip the whole romancing bit and go straight to this stage.
  • Literal-Minded: Makes conversations and reading interesting, especially in the presence of similes and metaphors. Has a history of taking things at face value... which then leads to hijinks.
  • Meganekko: Since six years old. His first pair of glasses was half the size of his face back then!
  • Men Can't Keep House
  • Modern Major General: Knowing lots of random useless trivia makes for entertainment but not practicality.
  • Neutral Good: Just the tiniest bit Good enough to not be True Neutral.
  • No Sense of Direction: In the most egregious case, took over two hours to travel a distance most people could go in five minutes, because he went in the completely opposite direction; by now he's just so used to getting lost that he gives up and enjoys the scenery.
  • Not a Morning Person: And HOW.
  • Not Good with People: He finds it easier to communicate over MSN and text than by phone or face-to-face, most of the time.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: People like it when they're asked questions, and it's always nice to surprise people!
  • Older than They Look: Probably partly due to his behaviour, which constantly gives off an impression that he's at most in his late teens. He certainly doesn't dress his age (or any age, really).
  • Percussive Maintenance: He is susceptible to doing this to some of his things.
  • Schedule Slip: Whenever he plans to do something on a regular basis... he ends up not doing so.
  • Secret Test of Character: His first-ever (and to date, only ever) girlfriend pulled this on him. They broke up the afternoon he found out, and he would have done so even if he'd passed it.
  • Self-Deprecation
  • Shrinking Violet: He doesn't terribly enjoy being around large numbers of strangers.
  • Sophisticated as Hell
  • Spelling Nazi: Likes the British spelling much more than the American spelling.
  • Talkative Loon: On MSN. Sometimes in Real Life, when he's not being quiet or serious.
  • The "Fun" in "Funeral": He wants his funeral to be all hijinks and shiggles!
  • The Glorious War of Sisterly Rivalry: With all his siblings, who all outshine him in one way or another. He has them all beaten in the language and the random trivia knowledge departments though.
  • The Moral Substitute: He laughs at these. And then snickers, and then bangs his head on walls.
  • The Quiet One: Under certain circumstances. Under others he's... less quiet.
  • The Stoic: He is described as having two faces: giggly and emotionless.
  • Trash of the Titans: His room is ever only clean before he moves in and after he moves out. While he is there, there WILL be a mess and he WILL defend it.
  • Understatement: The reason why the family fears whenever he says "oh and there's one little thing...".
  • Unreliable Narrator: How he sees himself and everybody else, simply because no human being is perfectly honest or perfectly observant.
  • Verbal Tic: Tends to say "ah" a lot. Also "also", "mmm", and probably a few more.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: He only has two or three friends close enough to mock and attack at every opportunity (and they do it right back), which is a pity because it's such great fun.

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