Birth Place: St. Paul, MN
Current Residence: St. Paul, MN
October spells for the ever-changing days of autumn, when the perennials, long-lasting though they fall victims to the lethargic dreadful descending temperatures, a forerunner to the harshest season of the year, big brother winter. Nonetheless, October screams for excitement for one of the most festive celebratory times of the year, where candies pile high, and the phrase, “trick or treat” is only a means to an end for a sweet tooth. Riding high with all these changes gives us, at Hmoodle, to move toward a change to our monthly star, our Hmoodle girl for the new month of October, Nancy Xiong.
I couldn’t be happier to share this interview with our readers. She’s a full package, both stunning and bright, a dual threat that would have any boy’s parent’s approval. What I loved best was her approach to family values, as well as her fondness in keeping tradition and culture alive. Not to divulge it all to you guys, here’s our meet, along with what she has to say.
Hmoodle: Hi Nancy, How are you?
Nancy: I’m good but can always be better. Thanks for asking.
Hmoodle: Can you tell us a little about yourself?
Nancy: Nancy Xiong is what people call me and the name my parents have given me. I go by Nene sometimes or even Nikole. I recently graduated and now enrolled in college for Medical Assisting.
Hmoodle: What comes first, family or friends?
Nancy: Hmmm…that is a hard question. Family of course comes before friends, but I think the only thing that can come before family is other family members. Family is really important to me, but people seem to take family members for granted.
Hmoodle: What is your typical day like?
Nancy: My typical day is filled with school work and helping my mom out with some housework. She’s not doing well at the moment so we’ve been keeping an eye on her behavior.
Hmoodle: What is something about you that no one knows?
Nancy: I have OCD when coming to putting money in my wallet. They have to be facing in the same direction with the face of the bill facing me and with no folds or wrinkles.
Hmoodle: Tell me a little about this OCD habit of yours. There are probably a lot of people who don’t know what OCD stands for or simply what it is. Can you give us a quick overview of this disorder?
Nancy: OCD means Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. It is an anxiety disorder in which people have unwanted and repeated thoughts, feelings, ideas, OBSESSIVE, or behaviors that make them feel driven to do something. Whenever I put money away I have to put them facing all the same way and for to have no folds. It bugs me so much when I see money that’s put away with folds, creases and not facing the same way. Whenever I see that I always have to fix it, if I don’t do that then I can’t sit still. Yes, I know it’s weird; but that’s what makes me who I am. I’m SPEACIAL.
Hmoodle: What are some of your talents and skills?
Nancy: Playing the piano and guitar are my talents. I haven’t been playing much since I’ve been so busy, but hopefully those talents will stay with me. I love to doodle when I have free time or just when I’m bored. Writing lyrics are one of my skills. I have written about 3 songs, but never really showed them to anyone.
Hmoodle: 3 songs! Were these songs exactly what you’ve envisioned them to be? Can you share a little of the lyrics to us as well as why you’ve never come forward to anyone about them?
“In the past we were like a romantic comedy
Playing it back again, do you remember our countless kissing scenes?
I’m missing you,
Us walking on two different paths
Meeting coincidentally like in movies
Even if I were to go back into time erase it all
Baby I just can’t do it
I miss you more and more
I just can’t let you go (I can’t let you go) as of right now (as of right now)
Why is that?”
Nancy: That’s a recent song I wrote, but I’m not going to spoil the whole song to you guys. They were somewhat what I envisioned them to be, but I know I can do better and fix them up a little more. I never really shared them to my friends and family because I didn’t want them to judge me by the lyrics I wrote, since they’re sad lyrics. So I never really showed them to anyone. But after showing them to some close friends I had more confidence in lyric writing. Thanks to them I’m writing more now.
Hmoodle: What do you like to do for fun?
Nancy: Fun, where can I start, usually I go window shopping a lot but always end up buying something like shoes. Bowling with my brother Yee and some of our friends has become an every week thing. Surprisingly I’m not that bad at it. I love to hang out with my friends, just being with them is pretty much fun.
Hmoodle: I bet you I can beat you at bowling!!! What’s your average and can you give us some tips at bowling?
Nancy: BRING IT ON! My average… I don’t want to tell you my average; you might faint because it’s so HIGH! Just kidding! It is in the 100’s usually around 120, so I can say I’m a decent bowler. I’m improving every time I bowl. Tips…Hmmm…You HAVE to pick the right weight for a bowling ball. If you have one that is too heavy you’ll bowl badly and your arms will hurt. If you have a too light of a ball you’ll just be whipping the ball around. So pick the right bowling ball size is my tip to you guys.
Hmoodle: What are your biggest turn-offs and turn-ons?
Nancy: Someone who thinks they’re better than you right when they first meet you is one of my biggest turn off. First impression is the biggest thing for me. If you give me a first bad impression it’s hard for me to like you. Sorry to say. My biggest turn-on is someone who knows the Hmong culture very well. Not many young adults or children know of the Hmong culture or heritage well now.
Hmoodle: Are you currently or single?
Nancy: I’m happily single at the moment. Dating is sometimes complicated.
Hmoodle: Why is dating, you say and I quote, “somewhat complicated,” can you elaborate on that?
Nancy: I say that it’s complicated based on my last relationship. It was FILLED with many complications, but we somehow managed to make it work for a while. Humans these days judge too much on who you date. Girls and guys will see a beautiful girl with a not so handsome guy and automatically they will think, “EWWW, why is she with him? He’s doesn’t suit here.” Don’t deny what I just said, because it’s very true, I even say it sometimes. You come to love not by finding the perfect person, but by seeing an imperfect person perfectly and it’s hard to do that sometimes when a person has so many faults. Do you want me to tell you something really subversive? Love is everything it has cracked up to be. That’s why people are so cynical about it. Is it really worth fighting for, being brave for, risking for? And the trouble is, if you don’t risk anything, you risk even more…
Hmoodle: Is this your first time being featured on the net?
Nancy: Yes, it is and I’m so excited. Thanks for the opportunity, but I have been on the front page of Star tribune when I was a child for Hmong heritage.
Hmoodle: Are you thinking about going into the modeling industry?
Nancy: Yes, since I was little I wanted to be a model. I always watched America’s next top model when it on and tell myself “One day that’s going to be me.” It’s kind of funny, but it’s been my dreams since I was younger.
Hmoodle: What are your personal goals for 2012?
Nancy: To survive 2012! Just kidding! My goals are to go farther into modeling and transfer to SCSU or to U of M. if I don’t do that then I want to study abroad in England.
Hmoodle: If you had one wish that you can grant what would it be and why?
Nancy: To be happy! Nothing can replace that. Happiness to me is everything. Happiness is what keeps me going. If not for happiness I don’t know how I would get through my day. My friends know I’m always a happy person and a person who always smiling so without it, I’m not me.
Hmoodle: Any final messages for our readers?
Nancy: First off, I would like to thank Hmoodle for being patient with me to get all this done, and for this photo shoot opportunity and hope to work with you all in the future. Also thanks to my family and friends who have supported and encouraged me to get in into modeling.
We could’ve gone forever with this interview. Nancy, you’re multi-talented and smart, furthermore I know that this isn’t the last time we’ll be seeing you. I can envision a true star being awakened, a path from inception to fruition in the near future. I think you just need a little motivation. You’re still young so keep striving to make your dreams come true! Thanks you for sharing some of your time with us.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact Jerry@hmoodle.com