Proust Questionnaire – feat. Cecile Zamora-Van Straten aka CHUVANESS

When I first thought of doing the Proust Questionnaire the first person I thought of to kick off this segment was Chuvaness or CVS as she is fondly called.


– Chuvaness is the #1 blogger in the Philippines

– she is my mentor in blogging

– she is a friend

I know a lot of you wants to know what makes her tick. Not all is lucky enough to get to know her. So, I want to share with you the kind of person she really is.

Her answers to this questionnaire sums her up as a person, a friend, a wife and most especially a mother.


  1. What is your idea of perfect happiness?To eat anything and not gain weight
  2. What is your greatest fear?Airplanes
  3. What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?Over analyzing
  4. What is the trait you most deplore in others? – Negativity
  5. Which living person do you most admire?Mary-Kate Olsen
  6. What is your greatest extravagance?Bags
  7. What is your current state of mind?Steady lang
  8. What do you consider the most overrated virtue?Being a socialite or celebrity in the Philippines
  9. On what occasion do you lie?I don’t lie. That’s why I’m always in trouble
  10. What do you most dislike about your appearance?The hair
  11. Which living person do you most despise?Secret!
  12. What is the quality you most like in a man? Loyalty
  13. What is the quality you most like in a woman?Kaladkarin
  14. Which words or phrases do you most overuse?F-word
  15. What or who is the greatest love of your life?My boys
  16. When and where were you happiest?Somewhere in Tokyo
  17. Which talent would you most like to have?To dance
  18. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?To be taller
  19. What do you consider your greatest achievement?My boys
  20. If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what would it be?Half Japanese, half British and chica
  21. Where would you most like to live?Tokyo
  22. What is your most treasured possession?My boys
  23. What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?Most of 2014
  24. What is your favorite occupation?Reporting
  25. What is your most marked characteristic?Different
  26. What do you most value in your friends?See #13
  27. Who are your favorite writers?Anais Nin
  28. Who are your heroes in real life?Dad
  29. What are your favorite names?Anwar, Karim, Hasan, Ben, Markus, Chris
  30. What is it that you most dislike?Vegetables
  31. What is your greatest regret?That I didn’t pursue studying Nihongo
  32. How would you like to die?In Jeroen’s arms
  33. What is your motto?When in doubt, buy the more expensive item

There you are.

Cecile Zamora-Van Straten. Up close and personal.

Reasons why I love CVS:

– she doesn’t sugar coat anything. She gives it to you as it is. You just have to take it as mature as you can, accept it and move on. Because she will only say what’s best for you.

– if she consider you a friend she will stand up for you, protect you & defend you. Tried and tested.

– she is very generous! hahaha

– and most of all she is a good wife and a good mother.

My friend, Cecile.




  • I know you MS. T because of Cecile. She blog about you several years ago. Her blog during that time was still on Livejournal. This is so Cecile hah hah hah. Q & A #13 is interesting LOL

  • I have not met Ms.C in person but she replies to my sms and tweets- always. A very humble, kind hearted, sincere and generous person as far as I know. No one have ever thought of giving me a cancer vixen book when I was diagnosed, not even my family or friends, only CVS would give such heartwarming informative book to a stranger ♡

    • awww… that is very sweet of her Lorraine. Thank you for sharing!
      CVS has stood up for me and defended me so many times. So I can relate to you.

  • Unlike the rest, I came to know Chuvaness, because of you, Miss T. (Mas nauna pa akong nagbasa ng willow diary sa blogspot pa yun)

    I find her annoying and hated her for being a bully at times. But how true, the more you hate, the more you love. Thanks to CVS, I now know how to pronounce Rimowa as “ree-mo-vah” to Schiphol (pronounced Skip-pol) and has educated me that there are options in life like Comme des Garçons for comfy shirts and eating chicken rice (paired with coke) when feeling down.

    And yes, CVS without her knowing inspired me to pick up the habit of praying the Holy Rosary once more. For all these, salamat.

    Love kita,


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