Yen Lo came on high recommendation from the person whose advice I truly value, my older sister. While she and I are totally different people (she is an oil and gas engineer and I am a visual artist) one thing we have in common, is our love for hilarious men.
Yen met with me after work and though we meant to drink a beer on the patio at Local 510, we ended up meandering, getting slurpees and sitting together in Central Memorial Park as we waited for my better half to arrive with her camera.
He was full of questions, excitement and genuine confusion over what our blog was really about. When we asked him to tell us about himself so we could tell the internet what he was about, he described himself as an optimist who loves humour, music and puzzles. He proudly described to us his collection of Disney photo mosaic puzzles that he’s finished and has on display at home.
After moving to Canada from Taiwan when he was 11 years old and dealing with the difficult adjustment to a whole new culture, Yen learned to overcome bullying and now finds himself surrounded with loving and supportive friends and family, and is armed with a Bachelor of Natural Science from the University of Calgary with a Concentration in Geoscience and Mathematics.
Yen had us laughing hysterically the entire time we were together. He is a boy who loves what he loves without compromise and values family and friends over anything.
Boys like Yen really are the reason why we started this project in the first place, to show the internet that nice boys are the best kind and time spent with them will only make you feel great.
Q&A (caps indicate yelling/it is safe to assume that we are laughing the entire time)
Coffee, juice or tea?
I prefer tea. I don’t drink coffee. The only coffee that I drink is an ice cap. I DON’T NEED THE CAFFEINE!
What is your favourite snack?
Skittles! Mmm I could have skittles all day. RED PACK ORIGINAL!
Uhhhh I would have to say air conditioning in the car.
Because air conditioning is a good thing but we all know it’s a bad thing.
I mean, I came from Taiwan and people in Taiwan in the summer time have to have air conditioning at home. When it’s hot, it’s HOT in Taiwan it goes into the high thirties so you must have air condition to survive.
How much time do you spend on the internet every day?
I would say about four hours. Is that a problem? For hours is a lot.
Facebook… I think that could be my guilty pleasure
I think that’s the whole world’s guilty pleasure…
Who brings out the best in you?
Would be my dad. My dad has always been a role model for me and the things he taught me or says to me have been very constructive. Most of the time it invokes a lot of self reflection and so he brings out the best in me. He’s an amazing guy, if I could be one tenth of him, I’d be satisified.
So you’re very close to your parents then?
YES! My dad is top of the pillar.
Who is your favourite distant relative?
Would be my aunt, my dad’s little sister why? Because my dad and my aunt talk amost everyday and she took care of me during the busiest time of my parents lives. When I was just born, they both had jobs so she took the role of taking care of my brother and I so we became very close
The happiest moment of your life?
I think, I don’t think there is a happiest moment but personally everyday happiest moment is when I’m showering and listening to music nd singing. Its really relaxing and stress-relieveing.
Tell me you don’t sing in the shower
I DO! What is your shower song?
I don’t have one.
Do you know what mine is?
I don’t know Tupac? Or Biggie?
Part of Your World from Little Mermaid
Tupac or Biggie?
Can I choose none of them?
Ok. I will choose Tupac
Because Tupac was a big icon in junior high and I didn’t listen to Biggie until high school. To be honest I don’t know what Biggie looks like.
Give me a break, I’m an immigrant
Favourite room in your house?
My family room which is by the door because it gets the most sun in the day sometimes I just want to lie on the sofa and take a quick nap and listen to music.
What is your biggest dream?
To send my mom and dad on an around the world trip. I want to send them every where in the world to see the seven wonders and to go on a cruise. I think I owe them a lot and I want them to enjoy life and see the world.
If you could be anywhere in the world right now where would you be?
I would want to be in Taiwan. I miss home. I haven’t been back since 2006. I miss my elementary friends and the food and right now it is so hot!
Who would be there with you?
I’d pick my brother because we live the life when we’re together. We go do things. I love him
Do you like to dance?
Hahaha Uhhh groan I don’t know if I should say yes or no because I love to dance but I’m not good at dance.
Will you dance with me?
I will. That’s not even a question that’s rhetorical
No it’s not, let’s dance.
Can you do a cartwheel?
Do you like pina coladas and getting caught in the rain?
No. I personally don’t like them because of the taste.
You don’t like coconut?
Yes I do like coconut but just not in that form.
Not to make friends. I have this phobia of not having friends because I was picked on in grade seven so I was isolated. I feed off people energy.
Something you’ve conquered and feel great about?
I would have to say being the mc of every TSA event in university. We have this student club call the Taiwanese Students Association and we hold events like Halloween parties, ice breakers etc. and there’s hundereds of people and I am the host. To be able to face that many people and to make them laugh makes me feel like I’ve accomplished something.
What did you want to be when you grew up when you were a little kid?
My dad! And it still is to be honest with you.
Do you want kids?
Yes. Two. Possibly three. It depends.
Do you have the names picked out written in a notebook somewhere?
I thought about it when iwa s in grade twelve. Guys name would be Tyrial and girl’s name would be Selena.