Pinugu is such a unique and yes, incredibly funny-sounding last name. It’s the kind that piques the listener’s curiosity, attracts a lot of teasing, and inevitably gives the unfortunate bearer some form of emotional baggage. Marriage was supposed to be my shot at reinvention- the chance to live freely under an inconspicuous last name. So when time came for me to renew my passport, the decision to have the new one issued in my maiden name surprised the people close to me.
This included my own Parents, whom I honestly thought would’ve been overjoyed to have such a steadfast champion for the family bloodline.