So, in yesterday's post I gave you some background information about LA, today I shall give you some background on moi! However, most of you that will read this already know me and my life story, but for those newbies, here's my 411:
My parents were teachers at American International Schools my whole life so we traveled around a lot. Just about every 4 years, we would move to a new country. I was born in Pakistan and just as I was learning to walk in the airport, we moved to the Gambia, then Venezuela, then Somalia, then Mozambique and finally Myanmar/Burma where I graduated from High School. My parents loved Africa and Southeast Asia the most.
Then I went to college at the University of Arizona. GO CATS! After graduating from there in 2007, I moved to Phoenix, Arizona and got my first post college job and starting really living on my own. After living there for almost two and a half years, I felt it was time for a change so I moved to LA. That brings you up to date with my current residence here in sunny Los Angeles.
I've had an amazing life and I feel very blessed that I was able to have all the experiences that I've had thus far and I only hope to have more adventures in my life.
The number one question I get asked after telling my life story is which country was my favorite and that answer is Myanmar. I spent the most time there-6 years and I made the most lasting friendships there. Buddhism is the main religion in Myanmar and it makes for quite the peaceful and kindhearted people. I mean how could you possibly find anything wrong with a religion where they don't even believe in killing ants?! But yes, Myanmar was wonderful. I would love to go back there now and really appreciate the culture more than I did when I was living there. It really is true what they say, "the youth is wasted on the young." I knew that I was having an amazing life living in all those countries but not to the extent that I do now. Oh well, all I can do now is look back on those memories overseas with nothing but gratefulness.
So, this background brings you up to speed with who I had lunch with yesterday, my good 'ole friend from my Myanmar days, Belinda Lee. She was a couple years older than me but we did go to the same high school and thanks to networking sites, aka facebook, we stayed in touch. And I am actually living in her house now! She wanted to move in with her boyfriend and was looking for someone to take over her room in the house so voila, here I am! It all worked out really well and pretty quickly too. The picture above is of her and I in our room. : ) So, not only did I move to this awesome fun city but there also happens to be this huge network of my friends from Myanmar living here too. Two for the price of one, huh?! I look forward to spending lots of time with them and meeting new friends through them too.
"A friend may well be reckoned the masterpiece of nature." -Ralph Waldo Emerson