- What does Humuhumu mean?
It’s short for “humuhumunukunukuapua’a, which is the name of the Hawai’ian state fish. It’s a trigger fish. It is very beautiful but also quite aggressive. When I was a child, my dad and I managed to catch one when we were idly fishing at the beach, and we brought it home to put in our aquarium. Eventually we worked out that it was the reason our other, smaller fish were disappearing (duh), so we took it back and released it.
And now it’s my daughter’s online pseudonym. I hadn’t remembered that story when I chose the pseudonym.
- Where are your parents from?
New Jersey and Manila.
- In which European country would you like to live, if any?
Well, I live in the UK and have become a naturalised Brit. Despite the total idiocy that is Brexit, I still rather like it here. I will contemplate moving if, and only if, things get so terrible that I am actively persecuted as a non-native citizen, and if that persecution extends to my children. I speak sufficient Spanish to get by there, and I do love Spain. I’d probably find it difficult in other non-English-speaking countries as a facility with languages is not, regrettably, amongst my talents. I would put the effort in if it was needed, though.
- Do you have a favorite painting?
Huh, interesting. On reflection, no, I don’t. Magritte was my favourite artist for quite a long time.
- What music did you listen to as a teen?
My favourite bands were The Cure, Nine Inch Nails and...Metallica.
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