My father, the most inspirational figure in my life.
“…my father might be strict, but at the end of the day he wanted me to have the best quality education and be the very best that I could be. He wanted me to have the opportunity to further my studies in the international field and have broader choices when it came to my career. He wanted to prove that an Asian could be just as successful as anyone else in the international field.”
Made in Thailand is the autobiographical story of my adolescent years so that you might get to know me as an author a little better.
Raised in the country and used to my circle of close friends at school, my father drops a bombshell and tells my mother and I that we are about to pack our bags and move to Bangkok. Bangkok and the bright lights of the city were totally alien to me and even the knowledge that I had been enrolled into a prestigious, international school named Patana did nothing to alleviate my initial fears. However, after rather a shaky start, Patana proved to be my making and gave me choices I would most probably never have taken.
To Bangkok, my childhood land, my home. Please stay strong. I, amongst many, will continue to return home to you, and that nothing will stop us. I love you, Bangkok.
Months ago, I was asked to be featured in my old school’s magazine. Yesterday, all the way from Bangkok, Thailand, the magazine arrived at my doorstep.
I grew up in Thailand, where I attended the country’s original and most prestigious school, also known as Bangkok Patana School – The British International School in Thailand. Not only is Patana one of the best schools around, the school is also my family for life. I am currently working on a memoir that is close to my heart. It is about my time growing up at Patana. Thank you, Patana, for featuring me in the magazine. I look forward to publishing and presenting the memoir to you.
Copies of my books arrived at my old school, Bangkok Patana School, in Thailand. Photo was taken by Emma Goligher, alumni and marketing manager at Patana.