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Introducing: ‘The Proust Questionnaire’


Because I’m celebrating my birthday today, I figured this was the perfect time to answer some questions from the Proust Questionnaire, which I first encountered in Vanity Fair. Below are the first nine questions (out of the twenty-nine).

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Read the entire Proust Questionnaire—with my corresponding answers—here.

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What is your idea of perfect happiness?

Having an entire day without being asked to do anything, by anyone—especially your superiors; drinking homemade coffee while reading a book in absolute peace-silence-solitude; having a conversation without filters.

What is your greatest fear?

Going blind or deaf, or—heaven forbid—both.

Which living person do you most admire?

My parents.

What is the trait you most deplore in others?


What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?


What is your greatest extravagance?

My ever-growing book and DVD collection.

What is your idea of a perfect journey?

Wandering aimlessly—alone, or with a friend or two—in a picturesque place where I know absolutely no one.

On what occasion do you lie?

For fun, to prove a point, to get out of a boring conversation, to protect someone who made an unfortunate mistake, when kids ask me about sex, or as a last resort when things go horribly wrong.

What is your favorite occupation?

People watching. Or as they call it in the academe, naturalistic observation.

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  1. 7.April.2011 11:26 pm

    Happy birthday, Jedo! Hope you had a great one. Actually you still have 30 minutes to celebrate it… and ponder on the fact that you’ve just gotten a year older, haha!

    Wala ba tayong pa-burger? 😀

    I like that Proust questionnaire; your answers are very interesting and insightful. I agree with you on hypocrisy.

    • 8.April.2011 5:00 pm

      Thanks, dear. I had a great one! 🙂 Those last 30 minutes of “my day” were spent surfing online and watching Conan, while having cake and coffee. And yes, I took a moment to ponder on the fact that I just got a year older.

      The Proust Questionnaire is a really good way of summing up a person’s mentality-personality-worldview. I’m glad you found my answers interesting and insightful, and that we agree on hypocrisy as the most deplorable trait in others.

      Pa-burger? Sige ba! 😀

  2. mochafrappe permalink
    8.April.2011 8:15 am

    Happy birthday! It’s never too late to greet, right!? 🙂


    • 8.April.2011 5:02 pm

      Thanks, dear! Of course it’s never too late. Cheers! 😀

  3. 8.April.2011 3:48 pm

    I hope you will still accept my greeting.

    Happy birthday. Keep on rocking.

    • 8.April.2011 5:05 pm

      Of course I’d still accept your greeting. It’s not like I can refuse it, really. 😉

      Thanks, mate. I will keep on rocking. I think I know who you are. It’s good to know that you’re still rocking as well. 😀

  4. angelrofl permalink
    8.April.2011 3:53 pm


  5. 8.April.2011 7:05 pm

    Ngayon ko lang nacheck, Jedo. :)) Eto ba yun? Happy birthday uli. 😀

    • 8.April.2011 8:38 pm

      Hehe. Oo, eto nga. Check mo din yung buong questionnaire pag may time ka magbasa ng medyo mahaba-haba. Salamat ulet dear! 😀

  6. 8.April.2011 9:06 pm

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY, mon ami!! YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY, being born!!! 😀

    • 8.April.2011 9:10 pm

      Thanks a lot, dearie! Man, the Oven-Barbecued Beef Brisket you made looks scrumptious! Wish I had that on my birthday. 😀

  7. 11.April.2011 6:01 pm

    Oh, wow! Happy Birthday!!!!!!!!
    * sings*
    Happy Birthday to you
    Happy birthday to you
    happy birthday, happy birthday,
    Happy Birthday to you !!!!!!

    • 12.April.2011 5:42 pm

      Hi, Ren! Thanks a lot. Especially for the song. 🙂


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