Third Culture Life - Inspired by Garance Dore

  1. Along with the piano, I learned to play the erhu and melodica
  2. On my 12th birthday, my parents were interviewed for some news channel, and I was unexpectedly called up to join them. I completely froze on live TV. Most embarrassing moment, ever.
  3. I used to learn ballet and wushu, both of which I don't practise anymore.
  4. I've had more injuries than anyone I've ever met: elbows, knees, left ankle, right foot, back, hips, face, toe, collar bone (not all at the same time).
  5. I spent a week in Inner Mongolia on a school trip. Along with all the kids, I complained all week but it was one of the best trips I've ever been on and regret that I don't have photos of it.
  6. When I was young I loved swimming and once jumped in the pool without floats (while my mother was blowing them up) and had to be rescued by the lifeguard. I've never been taught how to swim properly. 
  7. I have a love-hate relationship with the ocean. I love the water but am terrified of drowning and often panic when the water level goes beyond my waist.
  8. In addition to my native English and Chinese Mandarin and Cantonese, I understand Hokkien/Taiwanese and learned Bahasa, Japanese and Spanish. 
  9. Cooking relaxes me (people often think I've never stepped in a kitchen my entire life).
  10. My dad and I used to have our evening walks on the Great Wall of China (I'm serious).
  11. I used to love performing and jumped on stage every opportunity I had (that included grabbing microphones off people) until I turned 10 and became extremely shy. My parents thought I was going to grow up to be a performer of some sort. 
  12. Our wedding was featured on Travel Channel's Destination Weddings program.
  13. People have a hard time pronouncing my legal name. I have yet to meet someone who says it right the first time (unless they're Chinese and have a knack for pronouncing oddly spelled words - my name isn't pronounced the way it's spelled).
  14. I have a thing for raw crystals due to my mom's collection and belief in them. So much so I decided to share it with our friends and family and individually picked crystals for each guest at our wedding as favors.
  15. I love flowers and took several floristry classes and briefly learned the art of Ikebana.
  16. I learned Chinese painting when I lived in Beijing and spent a lot of time painting birds and rabbits. Sadly, most of my artwork were lost in shipment. 
  17. The one class I disliked the most in college was Advertising, and I ironically ended up working in an advertising agency. 
  18. The first drink I ever had was whiskey. Thanks, bro.
  19. On my wedding day, I started the day at 5am and ended the day at 4am the following morning. Morning prep, Chinese tea ceremony in two locations, photoshoot, prepping for the evening, ceremony, cocktail hour, reception, after party, after-after party. Phew!
  20. I'm terrible at Asian cooking but can cook a mean steak and ribs. I didn't know how to cook rice and my Kiwi husband had to teach me (as my friends say, epic fail). 
  21. In driving school, I learned how to drive a stick shift. I've never driven one since but could probably wing it if my life depended on it (I probably won't go too fast or far). 
  22. Despite the pain of saying goodbye to friends every few years, I would never trade the way I grew up and am thankful for all the experiences I've had and everyone I've met. 

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