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Born in Phrae Province, Thailand |

Paweena lived and felt alone in the city of Bangkok for almost twenty years before moving to Canada to be with her husband. One of her friends had signed her up on a dating site without her permission.  She received many emails, and some were from her future husband. They met online and communicated by phone for seven months and then he went, several times to Thailand to see her. After four years of being in an overseas relationship Paweena moved to Canada in 2006. Currently Paweena works as a sales associate at Sears in the Eaton Centre.

Toronto as Home

When living in Thailand Paweena worked for a logistics company and her place of employment was very close to a Buddhist temple. Three or four times a week she would go to the large and old temple to think and be alone in that quiet place. Living now in such a busy area, the large and old St. Michael Cathedral gives her peace and reminds her of the times she visited the Buddhist temple. She says it isn’t about religion – it is about the feeling that a particular place gives her.

Connections with the Past

Paweena is holding a novel written 70 years ago by Duangdao, a famous female Thai historical fiction writer. She says “when you start reading you can’t stop”. Since Paweena grew up in a village surrounded by jungle she never had any toys. She says the one thing that provided so much enjoyment was books. Ones such as this book, titled Ke Has See Daeng are important reminders of Thai culture, and of the past.

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