True Colours Personalities

True Colours

I recently had a work training that was all about True Colours. This was covered a few years back for me, but it wasn’t as indepth as the recent training. To summarise True Colours, it’s a system that categorises people into four types of personality, and rather than having a “name”, the personality types are known as colours. The four colours are blue, gold, green, and orange, and we’re to have a predominant colour and a supporting colour. The following descriptions are from the personality assessment packet pictured above.

Blue aka Peacemaker ~ This temperament expresses itself and finds fulfillment through helping others, searching for truth, and the purpose of life. Blue individual . . .

  • likes to avoid conflict
  • may have fewer but close relationships
  • is cause oriented
  • is emotional, sensitive, and spiritual
  • has high integrity
  • needs reassurance and acceptance
  • may daydream
  • uses feelings in making decisions

Gold aka Organiser ~ This temperament demonstrates itself by being prepared, maintaining structure, displaying responsibility, and valuing loyalty. Gold individual . . .

  • likes awards and recognition
  • is hard working
  • is careful with money
  • follows rules
  • appreciates service and dedication
  • is responsible provider
  • is religious
  • is cautious in making decisions

Green aka Analyser ~ This temperament reveals itself with quiet independence, intellectual discoveries, and complex inventive manner. Green individual . . .

  • sees the big picture
  • is an abstract and analytical thinker
  • strives for competence
  • dislikes complex relationships
  • loves learning
  • has an investigative nature
  • has many interests
  • wants to be correct
  • explores possibilities before making decisions

Orange aka Activator ~ This temperament displays itself with immediate action, variety, adventure, joy, and competitiveness. Orange individual . . .

  • is adaptable and flexible
  • is charming and witty
  • has an easy-going nature
  • is good in crisis
  • loves the spotlight
  • stretches the boundaries
  • doesn’t like waiting
  • needs choices
  • is quick to make decisions

These are just the basics of the True Colours personality. Download this PDF (from Maranausd.org) for a more indepth look at True Colours.

My predominant colour is Green and my supporting is Gold, and I do see many of those traits in me. I’m definitely someone who sees the big picture, and I am an analytical thinker who loves to learn. Plus, I do have a huge variety of interests, and I do take things literally, so I like to be correct. I’m also organised to an extent and a hard worker who strives to do the right thing by following the rules. The trainer also mentioned that Greens really dislike people micromanaging them, and that is definitely me. I had a boss in the past who was very micromanaging, and I couldn’t stand that at all.

The packet also includes this about Green:

My head rules my heart. I often feel as though I am on the outside looking in. I do not see a need to conform. I value my independence. Give me a project, and I will get it done on my own. I don’t need or even like a great amount of direction or “this is how to do it” information. I find satisfaction in crossword puzzles, analysing language and words, creating models, problem solving, and private time. I need to know “why”. I may withhold my respect for authority until it is earned. Everything needs to make sense. Fairness and justice are important to me. I see myself as intellectual, calm, and creative, while others may see me as uncaring, aloof, and indecisive.

All of this is pretty much me. I’m definitely the person who will ask and want to know the “why”, and the “why” also needs to make sense. I definitely like to work on my own and at my own pace. However, I am not entirely “logical” either. The trainer kept saying that Green are great financial workers. Uh, nope. Maths and numbers are my worst enemies, so I stay far away from that side of logic!

Anyway, what are your predominant and supporting colours? I know we all have little bits of all the colours, but it’s still interesting to know what your two main colours are :)

Nostalgic Notes: Sweet Valley Saga

Nostalgic Notes

As a child and a teen, I was a voracious reader (still am, come to think of it XD). Since third grade, I’ve read books by Roald Dahl, Archie comics, The Boxcar Children, The Baby-Sitters Club, Animorphs, and the list goes on forever. I can tell you that my Goodreads account is not complete. There are so many books I’ve read that haven’t made it onto my account. One of the series I forgot to include is the Sweet Valley books, and lately those are some of the books I’ve been really missing. Growing up, I read some of the Sweet Valley Kids, Sweet Valley Twins, Sweet Valley High, and the Unicorn Club books. Didn’t quite make it to Sweet Valley University books, but oh well. In any case, I actually enjoyed The Baby-Sitters Club and Animorphs series more than them, but there are three Sweet Valley books that hold a special place in my heart. Two of the books are presented below.

Sweet Valley Saga

The Wakefields of Sweet Valley and The Wakefield Legacy focus on the family history of the Wakefield clans before Steven, Elizabeth, and Jessica are born. The first book documents the maternal line, starting with Alice Larson in the 1860s; the second book shows the paternal line through Theodore Wakefield. Basically, Alice and Theodore meets and falls in love, but circumstances keep the two away, and they each find someone else to love. Their descendants then all meet each other at various times, but more circumstances keep them away until Steven, Elizabeth, and Jessica’s parents finally get together.

Ignoring the terribly contrived and soap opera-like romance with betrayals, angst, and whatnot, the chapters are divided into generations, so the different time period are shown. We get to see what San Francisco is like in the 1910s, what the 1920s are like somewhere in the United States, and even experience wartime romance during World War II in Europe and the Pacific! As someone who likes history, I enjoyed reading about the different time periods. I think if I were to re-read these books, I’d appreciate the historical aspect of the books. The romance? Not so much . . . Either or, these two books were devoured by me on a regular basis back in the past. I think I got rid of my physical copies, but I found e-book copies, so I think I’ll re-read them sometime soon — just to get rid of an itch XD

What are some books you liked growing up? Are there any you really miss? I’d like to know what you lovelies liked :)

Slow Cooker Pot Roast

Slow Cooker Pot Roast

I’ve tried yet another thing in my slow cooker! This time I attempted the pot roast. This dish is not something my mum ever made for us, so it’s not a dish common in our household. I tried it once or twice at a restaurant, and I did attempt it a few years ago on the stovetop, but those experience didn’t leave me all hyped about the pot roast. Yet this one turned out so good. The meat was so moist and tender, and the vegetables tasted good together. My parents agreed, so this will be another slow cooker staple for me! See below on how I made it. You don’t have to stick to the seasonings I did. You can replace garlic powder and oregano with something else. I just used those because those were what I had in my cabinet.

Slow Cooker Pot Roast
1-2 pound beef chuck roast
2-4 potatoes sliced in chunks
1/2 bag of baby carrots
2 small onions sliced in chunks
garlic powder
salt and pepper
ground oregano

1. Put the onions on the bottom of the pot.
2. Season the beef with garlic powder and set it on top of the onions.
3. Place the potatoes around the beef.
4. Sprinkle some pepper and then put the carrots on top of the beef.
5. Sprinkle more pepper and some salt and oregano.
6. Cook on LOW for 8-10 hours or HIGH for 5-6 hours.

Being Bilingual

Korean-American Flag

With a father who’s Anglo-American and a mother who’s Korean, I grew up in a biracial household. My first word was “mummy”, making English my first-language. When we lived in Japan from when I was two to three, I also picked up on Japanese, but when we moved back to Korea, I lost it all. At the age of four, I was enrolled in an American elementary school in the pre-K programme (yes, we’re still in Korea), and that’s when English became my major language. Yet at home, when I was with my mum, she and I communicated in Korean, and I stuck with English with my dad. This was something I considered “normal”, this was something I thought many biracial children go through.

As I grew older, I met many others like me, who has an Anglo-American father and a Korean mother. I discovered that quite a few of them were not like me language-wise. I met others who spoke primarily English even with their Korean parents. Some of them understood Korean when they heard it, but they couldn’t speak any themselves. Some of them knew nothing past the few basics Korean words. This puzzled me because I’d thought Korean mothers would speak Korean to their children and vice-versa. Instead, I find out that some Korean mothers choose not to speak English to their children because of various reasons like wanting to improve their own English usage or wanting to fully integrate their child in the American society. Then they regret not speaking and teaching their children Korean when they get older, and these mothers tell my mother, “You’re so lucky your daughter speaks Korean!”

So my own experiences and observations make me wonder just how much percentage of biracial families teach their children both their primary and secondary languages. Even in my workplace, I see few of the biracial kids, and I don’t really hear them speak their second language. Perhaps they do at home, but I spoke Korean to my other Korean-American friends when we hung out, but the kids I work with don’t do that. Is it because they don’t know the language? Or they do, but they are taught to not speak a minor language amongst those who know the majority? I know a couple of children who are half-American and half-Filipino, but I never hear them speak Tagalog to each other in my workplace. But the few half-Korean or Korean-American kids we have, I speak Korean to them sometimes, and they understand me.

Another thing that comes to my mind is what some of the biracial individuals call their parents. I call my father, “Dad” or “Daddy” or other variations in between. As for my mother, unlike some of my friends who uses the Korean word for mother, my mum’s always been “Mummy” (마미 = mah-mee, more precisely XD) or “Mama”. My mum is never 엄마 (Uh-mah) or 어머니 (Uh-muh-nee). To me, she’ll always be 마미 or 마마.

If you come from a biracial family, what was it like for you language-wise? Were you taught both languages? Can you only speak your secondary language and not read or write it? I spoke Korean, but I didn’t learn how to read or write it until I was in fifth grade (around the age of 10). What was it like for you? What are some of your observations if you’re not from a biracial household, but have friends who are?

Slow Cooker Spiced Apple Dump Cake

Slow Cooker Spiced Apple Dump Cake

I never liked raw apples. As a child I never liked it. The after-taste, the tartness — I just never cared much for it. The only time I liked apple was when it was in a pie. Then several years ago, I tried raw apple with peanut butter, and that was a winning combination because the peanut butter toned down the apple’s tartness and its after-taste. Unfortunately, though, that discovery led me to uncover my raw tree fruit and nut oral allergy. With the exception of raw citric fruit, practically any raw tree fruits and nuts makes my inner ear itch like crazy. So basically I can consume them, but then I develop an itch I cannot scratch, which usually last around fifteen minutes. Oddly enough, cooked tree fruits and nuts do not cause the annoying itchiness. Ergo, I decided to try and hunt down an apple-based recipe for my slow cooker.

Several websites introduced me to the concept of “dump cakes”, which basically means you dump the ingredients into one thing and then cook or bake it. I saw recipes using apples, so I decided to give it a try. The dump cake turned out GOOD. It was gooey, warm, and delicious. I omitted the extra sugar most recipes called for, and the combined sweetness from the apples and the cake mix turned out well. Even my mum, who’s not fond of sweet food, liked the dump cake. Next time I make this, I’ll pair the dump cake with some ice cream or whipped cream. This experience proved to me that you can make “cake” in a slow cooker, and I also learned that there are far too many apples. Gala, Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Jonathan, Fuji . . . who’d have thought? I just thought apples were apples all this time, haha!

Anyway, this is one slow cooker recipe I’m glad to have discovered, and it’ll be something I’ll make again. My slow cooker is proving to be a good little appliance, and it’s been a good investment so far!

Slow Cooker Spiced Apple Dump Cake
Slow cooker liner or non-stick spray
4-6 apples cut into chunks (I used two Gala and two Golden Delicious apples)
16.5 oz box of spice cake mix
1 stick (1/2 cup) of unsalted butter

1. Line or spray the slow cooker.
2. Put the apple chunks at the bottom of the pot.
3. Pour and spread the cake mix evenly on top of the apples.
4. Slice the butter and put it on top of the cake mix.
5. Cook on HIGH for 4 hours.
6. Serve warm with optional ice cream and/or whipped cream!