Welcome, everyone, to the Asian Aspergirl!
Doing this blog was something I had been contemplating for some time now, and fortunately, I had some time on my hands to make this a reality, so here goes.
I am Kitin Miranda, a thirty year old Asian female who is diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome, hence the name of this blog. As of the moment, aside from this, I run a pop-culture and entertainment review blog called The Kat’s Cafe, and am a freelance writer and social media manager.
For those who do not know what Asperger’s Syndrome is, let me take some time to define it for you.
It is a neurobiological and developmental disorder on the higher fuctioning end of the autism spectrum characterized by difficulties with social interaction, repetitive behaviors and interests. Right now, it is not really called as Asperger’s Syndrome, and is lumped with others in the DSM-V, and labelled as an Autism Spectrum Disorder or ASD. However, in this blog, I will be referring to it as Asperger’s Syndrome. Most of us refer to ourselves as Aspies, and I’ll be using this a lot here.
High functioning autistics like me look very much like everyone else, however, we stand out due to some behaviors and because we do have a hard time socializing and reading social cues and other people’s body language. Along with this also comes the fact that I am very sensitive towards external sensory stimuli. I also have OCD, but I’m trying to manage it the best that I can.
You can also find more about myself and what terms I’ll be using in the About section.
Movies, pop-culture, books, and entertainment have always been my passion, which is why I started blogging years ago. However, in the past few years, I have noticed that despite the sheer amount of bloggers on the internet who do talk about mental health issues and Asperger’s, there are hardly any who blog from this part of the world, and in particular, from where I live, the Philippines.
So, I decided to start this very personal blog and project, in the hopes that I would be able to raise awareness for high functioning autistics and for those with Aspeger’s Syndrome, as well as educate others on what it is, and how we cope in daily life. Aside from this, I also hope to be able to share tips and tricks that I have come up with over the years, and I hope that I will also be able to connect to others like me and help them in return.
Aside from this, I hope that others will be able to glean life lessons and some life hacks in what I post in this blog. Although I already have some plans on what to post in this blog’s first two months, please feel free to suggest anything and any topic that you might want me to cover in the future.
As to what to expect from this blog, here’s a little sneak peek as to what you might expect to see in my upcoming entries.
I’ll be posting some life hacks that I’ve adopted while trying to survive living in Manila; some social challenges (meeting other people and going out), and what I learned from those experiences; tips and tricks on how to navigate through some situations, especially the holidays, as they are rapidly approaching; some informative posts on the nature of Asperger’s, and the things that come along with it; maybe a self-acceptance post; and reviews of movies and tv shows that seek to raise awareness for Aspies and high functioning autistics, to see how well it has been portrayed so far on the big and small screen; and since I am getting more and more into cosplay as a means to be able to socialize more at conventions, I’ll be sharing my thought processes while making it and what happened during the events I wear it at from a more Aspie perspective (my other blog will have the more general review of the conventions I go to, and a guide on how to actually make the outfit.)
However, I am not just limiting myself to these topics, so if there are any other topics you would like me to talk about, or if you have any questions regarding Asperger’s Syndrome, feel free to leave your comments, questions and suggestions in the comments, and I’ll see how I can turn them into posts in this blog.
I know that this is a fairly short welcome post, but all the same, I really hope that you will all find this little corner of the Internet helpful and informative at the same time!
Until the next post!