The Proust Questionnaire / by Bernice Beltran

What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Getting enough sleep.

What is your greatest fear?
That I will be cynical and lose faith in humanity.

What is the trait you most deplore in others?
Being unaccountable for the mistakes he/she has done.

What is your greatest extravagance?
A new camera and a vacation somewhere with my loved ones. 

What is your favourite journey?
Sitting at the back of the motorbike, zooming past the pagodas in Bagan.

What do you dislike most about your appearance?
My flat nose, fat arms and short legs. 

What or who is the greatest love of your life?
My pug, Joe.

When and where were you happiest?
Walking around the temples in Siem Reap by myself.

What talent would you most like to have?
To write eloquently in many languages.

What is your current state of mind?
Cluttered but useful. 

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
I cannot think of anything that I want to change with myself, but there are a couple of things that I'd like to improve, such as my stamina or endurance so I can hike longer. I'd also like to get better at managing anxiety.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Accepting many, many losses and moving on. Helping the Batak tribe in Palawan and giving them hope for a better future.

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
When someone gives up on helping me because I couldn't help myself and I always let that person down. 

What is your favorite occupation?
Photographing/storytelling.

What is your most marked characteristic?
I'm compassionate, courageous and resilient.

What do you most value in your friends?
They never run out of kindness, patience, love, and stories.

Who are your favorite writers?
GRRM, Jeffrey Eugenides & Haruki Murakami

Who is your favorite hero of fiction?
Harry Potter

Who are your heroes in real life?
My family, my closest friends, and Joe

What is it that you most dislike?
Wasting another person's time by making them wait for nothing.

How would you like to die?
Old age. I hope to live long enough to see my future children having kids and all. 

What is your motto?
Life is not a pursuit of happiness.