Adventure is in my blood
Ever since I was young, my parents have taken me on trips to various places in Asia and Malaysia. My father lived for years as an expat in Hong Kong, Beijing and Shanghai, and my mother in Tokyo. She worked as a travel guide in Japan. During my school holidays, I would stay with my father in different cities, and often join my mother and her groups on their travels through Japan. Quite an education, and very special for such a young girl to get both an in-depth peek into the life of other cultures and experience what it was like to live like a local.
Without mulling it over for too long, I decided to immigrate from Singapore to Goes, the Netherlands when I was 12, to live with my mother. After a year and a half of intensive Dutch lessons at the Montessori school, I went to the Atheneum. Being eager to learn and curious about the world around me, I felt quickly at home in Dutch society. I loved getting acquainted with the Dutch and Zeeland landscapes, varying seasons, typical Dutch food (endive stew, herring, snap, croquettes, stroopwafel, oliebol, licorice, Zeeuwse bolus, chatter, mussels) and the Dutch festivals, such as Sinterklaas and Queen’s Day, now King’s Day.