Monday, 12 September 2011

10 things you may not know about me

Thanks Esther for tagging me. I've been sitting on this for a few days not knowing what to write so here is what I have come up with:

1. I was born in Malaysia to Australian parents and have always loved being able to write this as my place of birth on forms etc. It always seemed so exotic to me as a child.

2. I have been reading continuously since around the age of 5. I usually have 2 books on the go and although we try to live as "green" as possible, this is one area I cannot compromise. A kindle? Never! I just love everything about a printed book from the artwork, typeface and even the smell. I collect antique books.

3. My heritage is basically Scottish with a little English and one Norwegian sailor who jumped ship just after the Crimean war. Looking into our family history has been interesting.

4. I love spicy food and especially Thai.

5. I graduated with degrees in Chinese and Economics but majoring in Maths and Computer Science (as it was called at that time).

6. Growing up, I always wanted to be a Geologist but when finishing high school, changed my mind at the last minute and ended up after University in Banking then China trade. No regrets or not too many....

7. I am a qualified Gemmologist and love studying gemstone inclusions under the microscope. So easy to immerse onself in the magic of 80x.

8. I love mountains and especially the Karakorums. They are new, rugged and totally untamed.

9. Camels are my favourite animals. They are independent and have a mind of their own.

10. I lived in Asia (China, Taiwan and Hongkong)  for many years.

Now my turn to tag and I am selecting Carin and Tracy fellow team members of Studio Ztampf!

Thanks and have a great week.

Here are some of my camels:

Credits here.


esther_a said...

Yay! What fascinating facts! I always wondered why you ended up in China - see I had an ulterior motive for tagging you :) Thanks so much for playing!

Carol said...

What an interesting read! You'd been sitting on it for a few days, heck, I'm STILL sitting on it, not yet done mine.

I had no idea of you being a gemmologist. That's fascinating. I grew up around gems, my grandfather was a huge collector, we still have all his gems - I would sit for hours looking at all the wonderful colours, sparkles, feel the smoothless, he'd never tire of talking about them to me. And I still have memories of the sound of his tumbler out in the shed knowing there'd be more beautiful smooth gems for me to feel.