“Mayumi Nasser’s name means ‘Modest Victory’. Which is quite an understatement because Mayumi is my greatest and only real victory in life” says Tricia Matoto-de Santo, Creator and Captain of brand Dizzy Dress (“The happiest dress in the universe, and Mayumi is its inspiration and Co-Captain!)
What is your big dream ? I want to fly
Do you have special powers ? Definitely not
Who is the strongest person in the world ? My mom
What do you want to be when you grow up ? An archaelogist
Who do you admire ?Julie Andrews, M.K. from Epic
If you would be an artist who would you like to be ? Georgia O’Keefe because she makes beautiful flowers
What is the best thing in life ? Watching movies
Are you scared of anything ? Arguments and snakes
What makes you laugh ? Foot massages. And I have a joke. If there was a bull in a story, what kind of bull would it be? A PARABLE.
Your favourite films, books, apps ? Epic, Sound of Music, Cats & Dogs: Revenge of Kitty Galore
Something you did recently that you really loved ? Laser Extreme
The best holidays you ever had ? One Christmas in the Philippines, we had a disco party at home with my cousins and titas and titos and my lola and lolo
A city/place that you would dream to visit ? Paris with my mom. I will sip tea and she will sip coffee in a café
Your favorite belonging ? Gatsby, my dog
The next item you would so dearly love to get ? Barney and the Backyard Gang dvd
If you had a magic wand, what would you do with it right now ? I would make waffles appear
Anything else you would like to tell ? I miss my cousin, Ines Matoto.
A film or cultural event that you saw recently and that staid with you ? I just saw Pippin on Broadway. Right after the show, I walked straight to the box office, tears streaming down my face, wanting to buy another ticket and see it again! Its chilling message had never been more relevant to me than right that moment.
Where do you dream to go for your next family holiday ? Back to Paris, this time with my daughter and a lot more time
The film that you love to see with the whole family ? Annie, Sound of Music, Xanadu
The book on your bedside table ? The Wonder of Girls by Michael Gurian
The children’s brands your cherish ? I’m not much of a brand loyalist
Last thing you bought for Mayumi ? Size 13 Saltwater Sandals in gold. And an entire 2nd grade homeschool curriculum that I lugged from New York to Manila
Favourite pieces in your child’s wardrobe ? Her well-loved and well-used cowboy boots (purchased by Tita Pia!)
The online destinations that inspire you ? Over the summer, I discovered Ebay and was most definitely inspired to BID. Documentaries, speeches, songs, movie clips and just about ANYTHING on Youtube
The product that changed your life ? Macbook. Patents & Trademarks for Dummies book
What are your main current concerns ? Homeschooling my daughter for the first time, keeping the faith, being a genuinely good example to my daughter and staying steady despite all of life’s storms
Do you have a big dream and if so what is it ? For at least 1 Dizzy Dress™ to be in the closet of every little girl
Something that you did in your childhood that you makes you laugh today ? Solo rollerdancing to Neil Diamond’s America in front of my entire P.E. class. It was mandatory that we each pick a song and demonstrate our skating technique to the teacher via the rollerdance routine
Something that made you laugh out loudly recently ? Gatsby, my daughter’s dog, had himself a proud bowel movement in the family van. I thought the smell was from my daughter being gassy. Then I looked down and found Gatsby’s business by my foot. Mayumi knew this all along, but waited for me to discover it on my own. She knew my reaction was going to be better than any cartoon she was going to watch that day. She was right.