This marks my 266th consecutive post, with only 99 more left to go before the year ends. Can’t believe it’s gotten this far. So here’s 10 history facts about the girl behind the blog.
1) I was born in a Thailand refugee camp.
2) My father worked for the US Embassy after fleeing his home country due to the Khmer Rouge. My mother and father watched the genocide of their own people and they met in the camp. After a few years, my father got us papers to come to the United States.
3) My birth name is Christina. I changed it to Brittany when we became citizens of the US. This photo was part of the documents for my immigration papers.
4) My mum is Arab and Cambodian, my father is Chinese and Vietnamese.
5) My grandmother (mother’s side) was Muslim (converted to Christianity), but she still does not eat pork. During Thanksgiving, she yells at us children if we try to eat a slice of ham so my mother also makes turkey. ^_^
6) My last name isn’t my dad’s real last name. I don’t even know what it is honestly, he just took the name of the family he was living with at the time. Most of his family members were killed in the genocide. This is why history is so important to me – I don’t know much about mine.
7) While my father was off galavanting as a pastor in Texas (switching from Witchcraft to Christianity), my mother would always make clothes for me from leftover material of the sweat shop she worked at in California. I hated it at the time because she always made me dresses and I looked like a window curtain, but I appreciate it now.
8) My love for music started at an early age. I was trained as a classic pianist and had a singing coach under the direction of Stephan Bullard, the music conductor of the International Children’s Choir. He was a kind man that believed that money should not be a factor in teaching children to play music. I also used to play the electric bass – not my idea, but my fathers.
9) I have an unhealthy obsession with teddy bears. My mum always made sure I had plenty of them from the Goodwill or donations from the church. I still carry this habit with me, if you have seen all my teddy posts. I have about 30-ish scattered about my apartment.
10) My love for adventure is due in part to my family. A favorite memory of mine: Climbing Dunn’s River Falls, a 180 ft tall waterfall in Jamaica with my mum and dad.
So there you have it. 10 facts to commemorate post #100 on the countdown.