Getting to Know Ria

Just to get an idea of what kind of person I am, I’ve selected some of the questions from this website — versus, you know, going for the usual bio. Thanks in advance for reading!

What are your nicknames? What do you prefer to be called?

Ria is actually a nickname. My full name is Demetria (which I hate) but ‘Ria’ comes from the last three letters of my full first name. I was named after my maternal grandmother, who is Filipino. (The name actually has Greek origins, so I don’t know what happened there!) My mom changed one letter to “make it even more different,” though I’d argue my name is pretty unique already. I also get ‘RiRi’ or “Ri” from close friends.

What do you do if you can’t sleep at night?

Having suffered from insomnia since I was young, I was lucky to sleep two or three hours a night. (Definitely tackle the issue when you’re younger; heading into my 30’s, I’m paying for it!) Past or present insomniac, I try to tire myself out. Part of the reason why I write and shoot/edit video outside of work is so that I get mentally exhausted enough to fall asleep. 90 per cent of the time, it works.

Are you a creature of habit? 

Yes. I’m obsessive-compulsive when it comes to organization. Everything has to happen in a certain pocket of time and in a certain way. Since my experiences in journalism, however, I’ve become good at budgeting for the unexpected. Most days I run on a wheel: work, eat, nap, I spend time with my husband or spend time doing things on my own, go to bed, and do it all over again.

Where’s your favourite place to take an out-of-town guest?

Generally it’ll be a favourite restaurant, followed by a walk through Coal Harbour in Vancouver. Stanley Park is great in the summer. If we have to stay close to home (I live in New Westminster) then I enjoy taking guests for a walk to the New West Quay.

Do you have a catchphrase?

Sometimes people will hear me say, “kiss the pig and let it fly.” Yes, I get a lot of weird looks. I don’t even remember how I came up with the phrase. I believe it was in journalism school.

What’s your all-time favourite town or city? Why?

love Montreal. I think it has a lot of character. The blend of older and modern cultures is inspired. I went to Montreal once for a week and it wasn’t enough. I’d like to go back soon.

When did you immediately click with someone you just met? Why? What was the long term result? Conversely, are you close with anyone now that you really disliked at first?

I generally have a hard time establishing relationships with people right away. It takes a few meetings before I can really get to know people and appreciate them. I think that’s common for most people.

As for someone I’m now close to that I really disliked at first…that would be my husband, Jon! We took our journalism entrance exams at the same time and he’d been giving me what I thought were dirty looks the whole way through. Years later I actually found out he was looking at a book I brought into the exam room (it was a piece of fiction from a series his sister enjoyed). I didn’t talk to him again for almost a year until I bumped into him in the hallway at school. Fast forward a few years later, and we’re now married — so I guess that worked out alright!