My Secret Life

The home I grew up in … had a lovely Clayderman piano my parents bought for me, lots of different mongrels, a He-man toy collection, clucky chickens, mango and papaya trees, tapioca plants, one Barbie doll, plenty of doggy fleas, a bicycle, yummy home-cooked food and people who love me.

When I was a child I wanted to be … living in a tree-house.

My greatest inspiration … is George Hogg and Somaly Nam.

The moment that changed me for ever … London, June, 1999. I had been offered a place at Queensland University of Technology. But my week in London inspired me to come to the UK instead.

I ride … on the waves of opportunities and adversities.

If I could change one thing about myself ... Where should I start?

At night I dream of … lots of disturbing and morbid things it worries me.

What I see when I look in the mirror … All my imperfections!

The shop I can’t walk past … without stopping and cooing over every cute thing in stock is AnBC by Kinokuniya in Singapore and of course Cath Kidston in the UK.

A book that changed me … The Alchemist.

The person who really makes me laugh … When R is not around, Jack Black and Hugh Grant.

My favourite work of art … My son Lucien.

My favourite item of clothing ... Skinny black pants from a neighbourhood shop which has now closed down.

All my money goes on … food, bills and savings.

You wouldn’t know it but I’m very good at … thumb war and wrapping presents.

You may not know it but I’m no good at … maths and ironing.

If I have time to myself … I would travel the world, volunteer in third-world countries, snap lots of pictures, visit new places, cook and bake something different, watch sappy films and blog about life.

My house/flat is ... quickly filling up with brightly coloured toys.

My most valuable possession is … my brain and my family.

The most memorable event in my life … Spending 36 hours in Shanghai at the height of the SARS outbreak, all in the name of love.

My favourite place … Quite possibly Japan.

The best invention ever … Razor blades, otherwise we will all have hairy underarms. Eek.

I wish I’d never worn … my hair like a blonde poodle in 2000.

In 10 years’ time, I hope to be ... happy and healthy.

My greatest regret ... Not continuing with my piano lessons.

My life in six words … I take the path less travelled.

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