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Born from a mixed marriage (father is Indian Malaysian and mother is a Filipino) and bred in multi-diverse cultures (Malaysian, Filipino and Khmer) and currently living with her family in Siem Reap, Cambodia. She loves to read, write and illustrate with a passion. She is now in her 10th Grade and cannot wait to finish high school and start her university aiming for arts and writing courses. But for the time being, she enjoys her Junior Youth period as she participates in the JYSEP program and serves as co-teacher in a children’s class in her community.

How Visiting Battambang’s Baha’i Temple Strengthened My Faith

Photo courtesy of the Baha'i International Community

I was born into a Baha’i family in the Philippines, but grew up in the middle of the hot and humid country of Cambodia. I live in Siem Reap where there is little Baha’i activity and only a few Baha’i families and individuals. And if there is a Baha’i activity, it takes place in my house, whether it be a Nineteen Day Feast, Baha’i Holy Days like Ayyam-i-Ha, core activities or Local Spiritual Assembly meetings.

Growing up, I experienced many memorable celebrations and meaningful discussions around the Baha’i Faith; yet it wasn’t the same outside my house. Outside was a mostly Buddhist world, where it seemed as if there wasn’t any trace of the Baha’i Faith to be seen. I knew there were other Baha’is around the world, but I didn’t have access to the internet to know there were around seven million of us, at that time. I’ve seen big communities in my countries of origin (Malaysia and Philippines), but since there weren’t any other Baha’is around my age in Cambodia, I felt isolated.  Continue reading