What You May Not Know About Me:
1. What Is Your Full Name?
Rowena Yiu-Kay Leung
2. What Does Your Name Mean?
My grandmother created my Chinese name. “Yiu” means wrapped. This provides context to the fact that the umbilical cord was wrapped around my neck as my mom was delivering me; therefore, an emergency C-section was performed. “Kay” means precious. I am a wrapped bundle of joy for my parents :).
My mother, Angelina, picked my name (Rowena) out of a baby book. She claims Rowena means princess although I look online and my name means slender & fair. My mother did not pick my name based on the meaning but because she thought the name sounded nice.
3. If you could give your younger self any advice, what would it be?
- Protect your personal time for yourself. It’s important to give yourself me time.
- Learn to say no but thank you for the offer.
- Be yourself. Don’t worry about what others think of you.
4. What Is My Favourite Quote?
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”- Nelson Mandela
“Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind.” – Rudyard Kipling
5. Who Is (Are) My Role Model(s)?
Each member of my family are important role models for me:
My mother is truly the my voice of reason. Although I don’t always willingly admit this, my mother IS always right.
My father continuously reminds me to invest in myself by gaining knowledge as earthly possessions can be taken from you but no one can take away your knowledge. Knowledge is your biggest asset.
My sister, Regina, never ceases to amaze me with her quest to seek out knowledge. Her mind is so inquisitive and she is always on a journey to search for answers.
I am so fortunate to have found my life partner early on in life. We have grown up together. Jimmy’s calm demeanor no matter how stressful a situation is continues to be a quality I admire. I constantly worry about the little details; however, Jimmy can always see the big picture and provide perspective for me. I say yes to everything; Jimmy has taught me the importance of saying no and protecting “me” time. Jimmy constantly reminds me not to sweat the little things but to really worry about the important priorities in life. As cliche as it sounds, Jimmy is my better half. Jimmy has always encouraged me to be a better version of myself. With his motivation and encouragement, I have fostered a love for running.
6. Who Has Left The Most Impact On Your Life?
My grandmother has left a big impact on my life. My grandmother became a centenarian before she quietly passed away. During her lifetime, my grandmother never spoke badly of anyone. She always had such positive remarks for everyone no matter how big or small an impact they may have had on my grandmother’s life. She would always be the first to offer help to anyone in need with no expectations in return.
Someone once told me “I think of you as an individual who never has bad thoughts of anyone or anything”. I truly believe my grandmother is an integral part of shaping who I am today. Words cannot be retracted and words will be remembered forever. I live my life with a simple philosophy: speak to others the way you want to be spoken to. Surround yourself with positivity and rid yourself of negativity.
7. What Is My Favourite Food?
When I went on my first date with my boyfriend back in university back in 2006 (6 years later, this boyfriend became my husband. We are now en route to celebrate our 6 year wedding anniversary!), we went for sushi as I claimed sushi is my favourite food.
As the years have gone by, I’ve realized my favourite food is not sushi but is anything seafood related (sashimi, fish, lobster, mussels, oysters).
8. What Is My Favourite Snack?
When asked if I prefer sweet or savory snacks, I am really split in the middle. I really enjoy chocolate covered almonds but I also can be a sucker for sour cream & onion flavoured chips.
9. My Favourite Holiday Destination?
It’s very hard for me to narrow down to one favourite holiday destination as each trip has been unique and special.
Here are my top 3 favourite destinations:
What’s not to love about Japan? Let’s start with the food presentation, the quality of the food, the amount of food options but how can one ignore how efficient this society is? I hate to be late so I really am impressed when the public transit has to notify everyone even if they are 1 minute behind schedule. The individuals are so polite and everyone, no matter what position they hold, takes pride in their work. I’ve only been to Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Nara and Hakone but I can’t wait to be back to explore more parts of Japan.
I am never going to say no to visiting California. Napa Valley will always hold a special spot in my heart as I had my bachelorette there. Napa Valley and San Francisco are such foodie cities but I love how in the Southern part of California, healthy eating is not an option but it is so well integrated into the lifestyle.
Maui is a place where I truly did not want to leave. This gem of a destination combines beautiful sunshine, beautiful scenery, an abundance of options to keep you physically active and healthy, delicious food. The Road to Hana is an experience I will never forget as it was a day of crawling through multiple nooks and crannies, swimming through hidden waterfalls and enjoying stunning scenery.
See a common trend? Healthy, delicious food has to always be available. 🙂
10. What Is Something You Can’t Leave Home Without?
The generic answer would be: my phone. Truthfully, I have left my home without the phone; I feel completely lost for the rest of the day.
Here’s my more personalized answer: Everyday, I make sure to leave this house with positive energy. I find negative energy often has a domino effect so why not start a domino effect with positive energy? Be the change you want to see.