FAQs

Where are you from?
Well now, that’s hard to say, since I’ve moved around a lot.

Let’s see, I was born in Thunder Bay, and when I just shy of 11, we moved to Fort Frances (northwestern Ontario). Just when things were starting to get comfortable there, I moved to Iqaluit, which was still part of the NWT back then. I loved it there, but I finished high school two years later, so I moved on again, this time to Germany for a year. Then to Ottawa for university, where I met my husband Michael. When we graduated, his work took us to Fort Liard in the NWT, and then four years later my work took us to Whitehorse.

So where am I from? Not really from anywhere in particular, so I always say that home is where the Michael is (and now Jade and Halia, too!)

No, I mean, I can’t figure out what your background is.
(*chuckles*) That happens all the time. I know, I have a confusing look…

Are you aboriginal?
No, I’m sorry to say that I’m not, though many people assume I am. The elders in Iqaluit would often try to speak to me in Inuktitut. The closest I can come is with my middle name, which is sort of a Mohawk name.

My dad is German (with a French mother) and my mom is Chinese (she grew up in Taiwan). How truly Canadian is that?

So what languages can you speak, then?
My mother tongue is actually Mandarin, but I’ve forgotten a lot of it because I graduated from high school and moved out of my parents’ house when I was 16, so it’s been more than a decade since I’ve used it on a daily basis. I also speak English (obviously), French from doing French Immersion in Thunder Bay, and German, which I learned in the year I lived there.

I think I’m extremely lucky to have had the opportunity to learn so many languages, although I must admit to having very bad grammar in all of them except English!

I hear you’re a musician. What do you play?
The first instrument I learned was piano, for which I started lessons just before I turned four – yes you can start that early! I’m a good sight reader, but can’t play by ear to save my life. Something I’m working on.

I played the trombone for one year, and I’ve got one in my living room but I couldn’t play you much more than a Reveille these days. I also played in percussion group (xylophone, rhythm sticks, triangles!) when I lived in Germany.

What I love most of all is to sing. I’ve never had formal training, but I like to think that I have some natural talent.

Now, much as I love to talk about myself, I think I hear Jade waking up from her nap, so we’ll have to continue this another time. And then I’ll get to ask you all the questions!

In the meantime, why not leave a comment and tell me something about yourself?

5 Responses to “FAQs”

  1. Chelle February 2, 2008 at 6:16 pm #

    I have a Q. Maybe it’s not a F.A.Q. but I think it’s an interesting one:

    If you had three hours all to yourself (and a clean house and a happily occupied husband and child), no obligations, no responsibilities, no financial restraints, what would you do with them?

  2. fawnahareo February 5, 2008 at 7:52 pm #

    Good question, Chelle. Has this actually happened to you? If yes, then kudos to you!

    Three hours to myself would require squandering on my passion-of-the-day. At one time, for example, it would’ve been scrapbooking, which these days just seems like a lot of work. Nowadays I’d probably spend them at the piano. Although a good massage and pedicure would never be remiss…

    Actually, on second thought, my favourite thing of all is spending time with friends, so a good ol’ gab-fest over tea or more decadent goodies sounds just about perfect. Wanna come?

  3. belightandlove June 3, 2008 at 8:15 pm #

    hi,,, am feel so warm and good catch up here! :)
    keep up good.. :) cheers…

  4. Bubblybunny October 24, 2008 at 7:28 pm #

    Ah…you did live in Ottawa for a while! :) You mentioned you’ve been to the craftshows at the Congress Center in your comment and I was curious. :)

  5. bubble&squeak December 9, 2008 at 11:39 pm #

    I love to sing too although I am very bad at it. I only sing to my kids though and make up songs for them.
    I would like to recommend a singer who has an amazing voice and seems to sing from her heart in that simple way you find that comes from singing out of love for the music itself. She’s almost as mixed as you. Maori/ Chinese-Malaysian born in New Zealand.
    Bic Runga. You’ll probably know her from her song Sway from the album, Drive, which was featured in a few mainstream movies.
    Her later albums, Beautiful Collisions and Birds, are even better that her first.
    I am just so in awe of the fact that she plays a zillion instruments and writes her own music and lyrics too.
    Strangely, I had to get my sister to buy her music for me in Australia as these Malaysians don’t seem to know her at all. I couldn’t even find her at Tower Records.
    The reason why I am recommending her is that I love to listen to her Beautiful Collisions album in the wee of the night. It fills the void when I am up with my baby and keeps me company when it’s just me and FF. Being a mum, I think you can relate to that time of day quite well.

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