Amy | Ponsonby

“It’s my mum and my sister.

They’ve been good, and just helping me a lot with stuff, and teaching me all the way, it’s the bad and good. The friendship is good, they’re teaching how you’re doing the thing, and doing well in school and your job, like the market stuff; selling food in the markets. I used to be a market store seller in my country.

When I was 18 years old I used to live with a friend of my mother, she was a very nice lady who had a noodle store in the markets. I had to get up about four o’clock in the morning to go to the markets and come back and make everything, and that was my life, what she’s been teaching me.

I grew up in the, a little town in the north of Thailand. I’ve got four siblings, I’m the first one. Day to day life, it’s easy, there’s no competition like New Zealand. Over there you don’t need to worry about anything. You’re just living like, enjoying every day. At the moment I’m quite happy, and it’s important that I hope I’m raising my child at here in a good life in New Zealand.

Kind hearts, lovely kind hearts, and helpful. Like the Burmese lady at the moment. She’s been very helpful in Burma. She’s very lovely lady, thank you so much, Auntie. I’m still in contact with her at the moment, and it’ll be lovely to see here when next time I go back and visit in Burma. It’s like cooking and doing the housework. Yeah cooking, housework and the life. Well it’s a different one. My mum brought me up, she brought me up out of the way. It’s quite good. Yeah, I quite like it.”

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