100 things about me (Part 1 of 10)
Sunday, January 16, 2005
Part 1: The Beginning:
- I was born in Hong Kong, on May 18, 1965.
- I have a younger sister, and two younger brothers. My mom and my dad were both school teachers.
- I went to a public elementary school (read: for poor people) in Hong Kong where my mom was a teacher there. I went to high school in Hong Kong at St. Paul's Co-ed, a very prestigeous school.
- I had a very hard time adjusting at St. Paul's - I was not used to being around people who were very rich or smarter than me.
- Salvation came in the form of my family migrating to the U.S. in February 8, 1979. We were the last of my family to immigrate here.
- I started Grade 9 here, and felt that schools here were very easy, very undisciplined, put too much emphasis on sports, and had too much extracurricular activities.
- I moved out of my family's house when I started UCLA. I was happy to leave because my parents always fought.
- My father was, and still is, the most evil person I've ever known. In addition to many verbal and physical abuse I took from him while I was growing up, he refused to pay for my college education, but instead made me work and borrow money. He said he would help me repay my college loans, but I am not holding my breath.
- When I was growing up, I was fascinated with two things: Numbers and Buses. According to the Yuan's Family lore, I was able to count to 100 forward and backward before I started kindergarten, and that I wanted to grow up to be a (public double decker) bus driver.
- I was born a speed demon - I still remember in driver's ed my instructor screamed at me "The speed limit on this freeway is 55 mph. If you go over it I'll flunk you!"
Coming up next: Part 2 - The College Years