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Write exactly what you hear in your head: Sue Laguna-whang

Sue Laguna-Whang

Sue Laguna-Whang

Hi! I’m Sue Laguna-Whang you can find my blog at http://lagunatic.wordpress.com. I was born on December 9th in the early ’70s and have a BA in International Studies and History from NYU. Currently, I live in Charlotte, NC where I spend all my time raising my two maniac children – an almost 4 year old boy and an almost 2 year old girl. My husband is an American born Korean guy and I’m originally from Canada born to European parents – we’re very much a mixed family.

We are also Atheists which is interesting, considering we live in the “Bible Belt” of the US. I used to work around the world as a model but retired a couple of years before we moved here. I also spent some time working as a photo-producer. I’ve spent a lot of time traveling to different countries and plan of doing more when the kids get a bit older.

Interview

Q1: Welcome to Speakbindas. Tell us since when blogging has been a part of your life? Was there any motive or inspiration as a backbone of it?

  • A1:Thank you for your invitation! I am very much a newbie to the blogging world. I guess it started when I stumbled upon message boards a few years back. I realized that I could make people laugh by being silly and, eventually, someone suggested I start a blog. I balked, but then a few other people – completely unrelated – also made the suggestion. So, about two weeks ago I did it! It’s been great fun so far. I love the challenge of being humourous everyday.

Q2: What is your blog all about? Which topics you cover there? Is that you alone running/maintaining the blog, or have a team?

  • A2: It’s just me, myself and I – the holy trinity. The blog is about different things surrounding my life. There are silly things my son says, stories about my life before I had kids (it was DRASTICALLY different), cultural issues, and I plan to make more entries about issues relating to religion and the culture clashes that I experience daily here.

Q3: What are the present statistics for your blog, i.e. number of daily visitors, visitors geographical status etc.?

  • I currently have almost 3000 views, which I think is pretty good for a two week old blog. I have yet to add the widget that tells me where my visitors are coming from, but I know I have a few international “friends”. My cousin reads from Spain and some old friends in Canada also read. And then, there are you guys in India!!

Q4: Is blogging for you just a passion or a medium for earning too? Does it help you to earn enough cash to quit a 9 to 5 day job?

  • A4: I have not yet figured out how to monetize my blog. Of course, my goal is to make enough to pay for a full-time cleaning lady so I no longer have to lift a finger around the house. I’m a stay-at-home-mom so I have the time to spend blogging.

Q5: Who are your favorite bloggers, whom you read frequently?

  • A5: I love The Friendly Atheist http://www.friendlyatheist.com/ and that is usually the first place I go in the morning. After that I read: http://kimchimamas.typepad.com/ http://metrodad.typepad.com/ http://vondrook.com/ http://theonestopthoughtshop.wordpress.com/ (recognize her?) and http://www.skepticcat.com/ Humour is key to keeping my interest, but I also like to keep a finger on different cultures.

Q6: From the secret bucket of your blogging experiences, what tips you would like to share with the fellow bloggers?

  • A6: Um, pay someone to write it for you. No, just kidding. Unfortunately, I’m still learning myself. I haven’t even put a picture in a blog yet! I guess the advice I have is to find YOUR voice and write from there. Write exactly what you hear in your head and you’ll do great. By the way, my “secret bucket” is more than likely filled with vomit.

Q7: Do you believe that blogging completes you? If yes, tell us how?

  • A7: The only thing that completes me is Nutella slathered on bread and a cup of tea. Sometimes, my husband completes my sentences, does that count? Blogging lets me spew silliness with abandon and that makes me very happy. When people tell me that what I’ve written has made them chuckle it makes my day. I LOVE making people laugh.

Q8: What was the happiest and gloomiest moment of your life?

  • A8: I’m always happiest when I’m alone on an airplane reading a book -and I love to give my finished books to the flight attendants. It’s my version of book karma. Unfortunately, I don’t fly alone anymore and can’t read when I’m traveling with kids, but I look forward to the day when I can recommence that part of my life.
  • The gloomiest moment of my life happens anytime I think about the fact that one day my children will leave me and start their own lives. I can’t imagine my life without them anymore, as cliché as that sounds. They drive me crazy, but, when I look in their faces, I melt into a pile of ghee (I was going to say “butter” but, well, you guys eat ghee)
Sue Laguna-whang (Happy Lagunatic)

Sue Laguna-whang (Happy Lagunatic)

Q9: Say, you are sponsored to travel to 3 world destinations, where you need not to worry about costs for food, hotel or anything. Which destinations would you pick up, and why? Would you like to take someone along with you? If yes, whom?

  • A9: There are so many places I want to go. Three isn’t going to be enough!! However, I’m currently thinking about making a trip to the mountains of Peru. I hear so many magical stories about Peru. Secondly, I would like to go to Egypt. I love history and would really enjoy seeing it come to life there. Finally, I have always wanted to go to India. I had a boss who was from Kashmir and I loved her. Sometimes she’d come into the store (it was a Baskin Robins ice-cream parlour) wearing a sari and, even though she wasn’t a beautiful woman, I just was so taken with the grace of her. I know that India is very diverse and big, but from the books I’ve read from Indian authors and movies I’ve seen (LOVE Mira Nair) I find myself very attracted to the whole idea of India. One of my goals in life is to attend a Punjabi wedding. Do they really eat the marigolds? Lol!

Q10: Are you into watching movies? If yes, which fills your list of favorite ones?

  • A10: Currently, if there isn’t a princess or super-hero involved my chances of watching it are slim to none. Before kids I enjoyed watching foreign films – especially Chinese ones. I’m not a big fan of Hollywood productions – they tend to be so formulaic and boring. I like to not be able to guess the ending with in the first five minutes. Of course, sometimes I dream of running away and becoming a Bollywood dancer.

Q11: How has blogging helped you other than money?

  • A11: Um, helped? Are you kidding? All my friends have disappeared because I drive them NUTS coming up with new ways to con them into reading my drivel. Actually, it is nice to get my brain cells firing again. I was beginning to suffer an acute case of “baby brain”. Kids eat your intelligence – I don’t know if you knew that.

Q12: What would be the one thing you’d change about yourself?

  • A12: I wish I didn’t always feel like an outsider. The only place I’ve ever felt like I truly “fit in” was when I lived in New York. I love diversity and hate homogeneity. Where we are currently I’m always walking on egg-shells because my thought process and history are so different from everyone else’s. I may LOOK the same, but I couldn’t be any more different. However, I am proud of who I am and wouldn’t want to be like most of the people here who can be very ignorant and myopic. Two things I have great distaste for.

Q13: What is your deepest fear?

  • A13: Losing my children.

Q14: If you could meet one person, dead or alive, who would it be?

  • A14: Whenever I see the phrase “dead or alive” I think of old Western movies. Um, I don’t think I really want to meet anyone that is dead – they wouldn’t make very good conversationalists I’m assuming. I’ve actually met a lot of celebrities in my life. My rule of thumb is musicians = fun, actors = insufferable. But, I’ll address that more on my blog in future installments.

Q15: Which is your favorite television show? Favorite songs?

  • A15: Television isn’t a big part of my life anymore but I do see a lot of children’s programming. I also miss music. I love Coldplay, Radiohead, The Killers, Muse, Oasis, etc.

Q16: How much money do you have in your purse/wallet right now (including change)?

  • A16: You’re assuming I have a purse. Generally, I don’t carry cash. I think I can offer you a tube of lipstick or three.

Q17: What is your favorite food? Any particular dislikes?

  • A17: I’m a total food snob. No, I can NOT cook, but I grew up around food and have a lot of very good cooks around me. I’ve yet to meet a Korma I didn’t like. Yum! I may have to get some today now that I’ve thought about it…I’m sending you the bill. I can’t peg a favourite, as there are many things I love, however I’m not too keen on very spicy food or eggplant. I’m allergic to it, actually. It’s the only thing I’m allergic too. Yes, I’m strange.
Sue Laguna-whang (Hair Styling)

Sue Laguna-whang (Hair Styling)

Q18: What’s your take on the technological advancement these days? Does it make people’s life simple or complicated?

  • A18: Both! I hate it and can’t live without it. While I think I’m up to date I realize that I’m pretty much just like my dad who is still suspicious of call-waiting.

Q19: What do you think of “blogging is the next BIG thing”?

  • A19: I think whoever said that is a couple of years late. As am I.

Q20: List out the 10 bloggers you believe should be interviewed by Speakbindas.com.

  • A20: Yikes!! I’m going to take the easy route and just say everyone on my blogroll!

Q21: Any special message you would like to share with your blog readers as well with everyone else?

  • A21: Yes – never eat yellow snow. That’s an old Canadian joke.

I want to thank you for thinking asking me to do this interview. My ego is now as big as the Taj Mahal.

About

Devang Vibhakar is the Founder and Editor of www.SpeakBindas.com. He has interviewed more than 350 people. His effort was recognized by Limca Book of Records, twice. He has been to Scotland as well as Germany as part of vocational & cultural exchange programs and has compiled five books so far. He's passionate about bringing forth interesting stories & interviews of entrepreneurs to avid readers of SpeakBindas. He can be reached here.

10 thoughts on “Write exactly what you hear in your head: Sue Laguna-whang

  1. When you mentioned ‘Ghee’, made me feel of your interest in INDIAN culture. Having your education in International studies, INDIA can be a long journey for you.

    You have got quite a diverse family background there, must be living with variety of doings. How is the feeling of brought and living with people coming from different cultures?

  2. Lagunatic says:

    Namaste. Well, since I don’t know who makes up your readership I’ll add As-Salaam-Alaykum, Sat Sri Akaal, Jai Jinendra and Good Morning!

    Wow! It’s funny to see this published – Thank you again, for having me!!!

    I love having a variety of cultures around me at all times. Humans are so amazing in their ability to adapt – like all animals. It’s always an eye-opener to realize that there is never just one way to do something. I was reading an article about breast-feeding in Mongolia recently that talked about how natural it is there and that kids are breastfed everywhere and anywhere. People say that the longer a child breastfeeds the better wrestlers they’ll become!! People in Mongolia will drink breast milk like we in America drink cows milk – which actually makes much more sense if you think about it. Anyway, this diversity of culture is fascinating and something I view as VERY important – especially in a country like the US that thinks their way is the only way. To have a culturally diverse family is a constant reminder of this and gives me peace and perspective.

    Have a great day! My best to you and yours.

    1. You have been to INDIAN culture for sure, like Jai Jinendra is a slogan for Jainism, and which you know shows your interest in different cultures.

      Well, INDIA, infact is a multicultural country. Here, in different states, you will find different traditions and life-style. It’s just amazing to witness them all.Going North INDIA, mostly places like Haridwar and Hrishikesh is indeed very much Godly.

      I have been some of the known places of INDIA, but I found the above two, to be the most spiritual ones. The atmosphere itself evokes you to think of GOD.

  3. Kristi says:

    Coldplay- The Killers- Oasis…..u r 2 cool 4 school LOL. I love them!;-p Great interview!

    1. Lagunatic says:

      LOL 😀 Thanks, Kristi.

  4. Willowbatel says:

    Did/do you do modeling? You certainly know how to pose lol.

    1. Lagunatic says:

      I did – for 12 years. Then I got fat, got wrinkly, got smart and retired 😀

      1. 12 years? Now that’s amazing. Then you are quite eligible to share your tips to fresh models! 🙂

        1. Lagunatic says:

          I guess I could. However, much has changed since I left the industry.
          I still keep in touch with many of my friends from it – some of the girls are still working! It’s funny to see them in catalogues and such 😀

          1. fredericka says:

            Your atheist? Too bad, it must suck to be you. So empty inside. Everything on the outside, nothing inside.

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Devang Vibhakar
Devang Vibhakar
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SpeakBindas is a Limca Book of Awards winning blog. It's a PR3 blog with 1000+ articles & Interviews. Devang Vibhakar - Founder - has interviewed more than 350+ people and has been to Scotland, London & Germany. He's a writer, speaker, traveler & movie-goer !! He has also written four books. He's passionate about bringing forth interesting stories & interviews of people from various sectors of life to avid readers of SpeakBindas. You can reach him here .