Welcome to the Throwback Tag! Let’s reminisce on times when bills weren’t a problem, street lights turning on meant to go home, and you didn’t have to buy your on toilet roll…

I missed a couple of questions out as I didn’t have the resources.

Question 1: What year were you born in?

I was born in 1996, on the 22nd of January to be exact. It was the Chinese year of the Rat and I was born on a Monday morning (sorry Mum).

Question 2: Do you have any photos of yourself from when you were younger? If so, show them.

Yes, as you can see. They are featured throughout the post. I was cute once, I suppose.

Question 3: What TV shows did you grow up watching?

I love this question so much! I was so obsessed with Pokemon and Teletubbies as a baby; I’m constantly reminded of the time I broke down crying because I thought Pikachu died. I loved so many programmes growing up like Jungle Run, Rugrats, My Parents Are Aliens and Recess. As I got older, I started to really get into the Nickelodeon and Disney shows like Drake & Josh, Zoey 101, That’s So Raven, Hannah Montana and Kenan & Kel.

Question 4: What did you want to be when you grow up and do you still want to be that?

When I was younger I wanted to be a Space Cowboy, so that’s definitely out of the window. I also wanted to be a journalist or a designer. I’m not technically a journalist as in writing for newspapers, but I still love to write my blog and other bits and bobs. Also, I’m a qualified Graphic Designer and have been since I was 18 so I completed that dream.

Question 5: What were your favourite toys to play with?

I was never a big Barbie fan when I was little, I was more into playing with Action Man figures. Something specific I remember loving and thought were amazing was the Action Man that had the shark on their back and if you pushed a button the shark would shoot off. I found it so entertaining in the bath and would make up scenarios about Polly Pocket saving Action Man from the shark – I was a cool kid. Speaking of Polly Pocket, I was also obsessed with them. There’s something about turning up to your friends and them being like “where’s your toys?” and you open your bag all smug that was really satisfying.

Question 6: What’s the most embarrassing thing that you can remember doing?

It’s probably not the most embarrassing thing that happened to me as a child (I was, and am, very accident prone), but this is the only thing I can remember vividly. It was a summer day and my aunties and uncles brought my cousins around for a day in the pool with me and my brother. The house we used to live in had a huge living room because the wall in-between the living room and dining room was knocked down to make it one huge room. Me, my brother and cousins would run through the living room, through the conservatory and jump into the pool in my garden. However, this one time, I ran as fast as I could down my living room and someone closed the glass door to the conservatory and I ran into the door and just flopped to the floor. I cried at the time, but it’s hilarious now I look back on it. I still don’t know who closed the door, but I forgive you just because it’s the sort of evil genius thing I would do now.

Question 7: Three throwback songs you listened to as a child.

My top three songs that I remember off the top of my head were;
Never Had A Dream Come True – S Club 7
Since U Been Gone – Kelly Clarkson
…Baby One More Time – Britney Spears

Question 8: Are there any special things you’ve kept from when you were a child?

I still have my first teddy that was given to my mum / me when I was born. It used to be in my cot as a baby, I grew up with them and they still sit on my bedside table with my lamp and clock. It’s just a small hedgehog teddy the size of my palm with a pink ‘C’ for Charlie being held by their paws.

Question 9: How is the world now different from how it was like when you were a child?

When I was 10 I got my first phone so my mum could contact me when I went out. I honestly thought it was the best thing ever. I thought that was the best technology I’d ever hold in my hands. When you’re a child you’re fed a fabricated reality and how great the world is and will be as you grow up, but as you grow up you begin to realise that life isn’t like a Disney movie and isn’t quite so great as it seems. You hear about abductions, murders and terror attacks on the news that your parents tried so hard to hide from you. Woah, morbid much… Next question!

Question 10:  What’s the scariest thing you remember that happened to you when you were younger?

My mum took me and my brother to Disneyland Paris when we were younger (best mum ever right?) and my & my brother were bouncing on the beds and just being kids while mum was taping the holiday. Almost like a retro vlog, I suppose. When all of a sudden the fire alarm went off. As we all panicked and rushed to the fire exit stairs my Snow White dress got caught on the door handle. I became so distressed, crying for my mum, I was terrified. My mum came back up the stairs to save me after about 30 seconds after getting my brother outside safely. It seemed like forever at the time and I was so scared. I never wore that dress again as far as I remember!

Apologies for poor quality images, they’re taken on my phone of a TV screen!

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