We have only been away for two months and have been lucky to meet some truly inspiring people already. We would love to share some of them with you. You may remember from our previous blog that we have made a very dear friend called Lam. We took her to a cafe, plied her with green tea lattes and fired questions at her. Here is the interview:
Hi Lam, thanks for agreeing to let us interview you today. Can you describe a typical day for you?
No problem! I get up everyday at around 6am and drink cocoa. Work starts at 8am and at lunchtime I usually eat at the Orphanage with the children or pop out with a colleague. My days can vary from spending the whole day in the office to visiting, for example, the Child Protection Development Centre or a day care centre and looking after visitors such as sponsors and prospective adoptive parents. I usually finish work at 5pm. During my free time I love to spend time with friends and the volunteers and watch movies.
What 5 words best describe you?
I don’t really have a role model, I can only be me. Myself?! I don’t want to be like someone else, I just want to be me.
What about Father Brennan and Khun Toy (Lam’s boss and HHNFT director)?
That is a very humble thing to say! What is your best childhood memory?
What would you do if you woke up and there was an elephant in the back garden?
What do you feel most proud of?
What is the hardest thing you have ever done?
That is impressive, your English is so good! If you could visit anywhere in the world where would it be and why?
If your room was on fire and you could only keep 3 possessions what would they be?
If you won the lottery what would you do?
Do you have a favourite film and why?
(Laughing) Lord of the Rings because of all the sexy guys!
Oh yes – Orlando Bloom! What would be your perfect meal?
Pasta with mushrooms followed by coffee ice cream on the beach with friends. Actually maybe just me, I don’t mind.
And your most memorable meal?
The US army used to visit the Orphanage when I was a kid, they knew Father Brennan. When I was about 7 or 8 years old they put on a barbeque for us. The sausages and burgers were delicious, I love barbeques!
What is your favourite sound or smell?
I love the sound of the sea. My favourite smell is…(thinking face)…I can’t remember the name but it is a small purple flower I discovered when I was in the US with flowers like this (hand actions).
Yes, yes lavender, I love that smell! I tried to bring some back to grow it here but it didn’t work.
We’ll send you some lavender oil when we get back. If you were immortal for a day what would you do?
Nothing different (thinks) actually maybe a skydive or when they jump from the top of a cliff (BASE jump). I have seen it but would be too scared to do it myself!
What did you do growing up which got you into trouble?
(Laughing) I ran away from the Orphanage when I was about 10 years old. We wanted to see kids visiting from Hongkong who were staying at the Father Ray Foundation (NGO next door) so we went and knocked on their door at 4am! Our punishment was to stand still all day in isolation and only allowed to move to have meals and go to the toilet, it was so boring but I never ran away again after that!
I bet! What was the last film that made you cry?
Titanic. Actually I cry during a lot of films – Armageddon, Independence Day…
What makes you nervous?
Scary movies and walking alone on the streets at night. I try and get motorbike taxis whenever I can, I get scared of the dogs.
What experience has made you stronger?
Going to the US for year to be a nanny. It was the first time I had been on an aeroplane and the first time I had been away from the orphanage for so long. I didn’t know anyone and the accent was so hard to understand. I am still a bit scared of flying but I know I have done it before so it’s not so bad.
Ok Lam, last question – shall we go and have lunch?