For me, I had been married for 10 years to a Japanese guy following his busy work around Asia, me working for Social Enterprises, helping others, trying a few things but never actually following my passions. I do not hold any Degree so within Asia I am deemed as unemployable due to Visa conditions.
Living in Asia for 10 years Thailand, Vietnam and Japan, I realised people were quite ignorant about Asia and put all countries into one box, that all Asian’s are all the same and knew old info, like saying about the war in Vietnam, which was 40+ years ago – we need fresh new ideas about modern people.
I decided to start a bestselling book Capital City Series that is a cousin of Lonely Planet but with pop culture, and general real life of people plus the history as it is what shapes and forms them. It must have pictures, videos and things that ignites curiosity about other culture. The philosophy behind it is to address the stuff that we find Weird about a Culture so we can get to the WOW of a culture; and those are the similarities and what connects us as humans.
My goal is to put the kindness back into Humankind.
3 months before Danielle’s death we had moved to Hanoi, Vietnam from Bangkok, Thailand and even as a worldly traveller as I consider myself I was shocked at myself did not understand how different they were.