A month ago I jumped into a cab in Singapore, the guy asked me 'Who are you and Where are you from?? You dress like an Indian, you speak like you're English ?'. I explained I am a Kiwi (New Zealander), married to Japanese, lived in Asia for 14 years (Thailand, Japan, Vietnam and Malaysia), live in Malaysia and have written a book about Vietnam. That's me ! I love Asia (and the world) and all the cultural diversity it offers. With that I feel a real empathy to the rich cultural heritage which is vastly misunderstood and judged upon. The media does a sterling job at creating cultural barriers, I give an alternative to that content, yes there is some Weird stuff out there that goes against our grain and we don't particularly like, don't worry someone has the same issues with you. Once we get over that issue or clothing you don't like, we can discover a whole raft of things we love about that culture and people - I call this getting to the WOW !
Areas of Expertise
Cultural Understanding, Cross Cultural Marriages, Living in Asia, Self Publishing, Ability to Influence Change, Dynamic Speaker, Event & Project Management
An idea worth spreading
I celebrate cultural diversity + similarities - every culture, race, country, city, village, person has some weird stuff that we may not like, once we address that and find out what is behind it, we could probably understand it, but still not like it but that is ok. Once we get over the Weird stuff we can see a HUGE WOW about those people. There is so much to other people and cultures we are missing out on because of mis information, the media and other preconceived ideas. We are so good about globalizing our economies, industry etc but have forgotten to globalize us people, we need tools to do that either at home in our back yards or across the world. We tend to put people into a box - lets get them out and humanize them - see what is similar and we can relate to + lets put the human kindness back into the human kind.
I'm passionate about
bridging lives. Providing tools + a platform to bridge any cultural divide. Creating a world where children of all ages can play together. Offering tips and tricks for great global living.
Talk to me about
Bridging cultural divides with entertainment that not only entertains but educates. Asia - I have lived here for 14 years in 4 different countries, married to an Asian + LOVE Asia !!
People don't know I'm good at
training horses, especially naughty ones in a loving but firm way ! ! Event coordination is also my specialty sport. Communicating with people without any language skills.
My TED story
I finally feel at home ! I can express myself and reveal my true self to you ! For almost 5 years I have been working on, cultivating, and incubating my message to the world ~ watching Ted talks makes me know it is all possible and I am grateful of that !