While You’re Here...
Meet this modern- day nomad who’s settled into Malaysia (for now!)
As a third culture kid, Pixie Cigar is a modern- day nomad who calls the world her home. This i s her stor y.
Moving away can be over whelming f or most people. The t hought of star t i ng over, getting used to new surroundings and i n most cases , cultural and l anguage barriers can be i ntimidating. However, f or Pixie Cigar — a COO at Nation Building School and t he f ounder of Community Builders Union i n Malaysia — moving i s all about exploring and breaking boundaries. Born i n Los Angeles, with Canadian- Chinese and Romani- Gypsy blood, Pixie is a third culture kid who grew up l i ving a nomadic lif e. Learning to adapt and acclimating herself to dif f erent l i f est yles wasn’t a challenge — rather, i t was something t hat was embedded i n her and her f amily. Af ter l i ving i n China f or a number of years , Pixie decided to move to Malaysia, exploring a whole new territor y and making i t her home. Here, # TeamCLEO t alks to Pixie to know more about her j ourney and what has helped shape her t hrough t he peripatetic nature of her l i f e. Pixie, were there any significant moments in your life that shape the way you are today? We moved a lot and we didn’t know how to adjust ourselves. My parents weren’t necessarily t here to help us adapt, so me being t he eldest , I would always be t he one that would go out and find the local markets, learn the way to get to school and all that. It’ s really about l earning how to adapt. The most significant thing I learned is the art of asking. You have to have put aside your shyness when asking f or help. Is home something that exists within you, or is it more something physical? Definitely something within me. I ’m not bound by geographical location. I’ ve always lived away from my family, as we all went to different schools in other parts of the country. I actually went to a boarding military school and I loved it there! As long as I have a bed for the night, that is my home. What did you l earn from each place you visited? When I went to Japan, I just loved how comfortable t hey are with themselves and their traditions. In China, Xian particularly, I experienced true community. You can reach out to people and be as much part of the place. Any advice to anyone who wants to get out there? Just try it. What’ s the worst thing t hat ’s going to happen? Some day you are going to regret the fact that you didn’t try something.
Pixie takes to the streets of Tokyo, Japan
Living the local life in Melaka
I nhaling fresh air in Thailand