Most of you know me as just Ciera, but one fun fact about myself is the vast amount of nicknames I have been given over the years. About two and a half years ago some friends from my Australian People to People trip gave me the nickname of Chyna (spelled with a Y instead of an I to make it more interesting.) Many people don’t believe that I am half Chinese, so it was kind of a fun joke that turned into my new identity throughout the trip. I am not very close with my dad’s side of the family as I don’t speak Cantonese so there is a bit of a communication gap, but I am open and excited about any opportunities where I can learn a little bit about my culture.
China Town is such an interesting piece of San Francisco’s culture. As I mentioned in one of my previous posts, my dad grew up there as a child and still has family living there today. On the last day of our trip we got to visit my great aunt, uncle, and cousins at dim sum then afterwards explored the hustle and bustle of China Town.
Down one of the crowded streets people gathered to watch the Chinese New Year dragon parade. There were several colorful dragons dancing and performing to traditional Chinese music. At the end, firecrackers were lit to ward off the evil spirits and welcome new businesses good fortune in the new year.
And lastly, my OOTD! I opted for a more casual and comfortable look because I only brought a small carry-on bag packed with mostly basics, and later on I was going back to the airport.
Do you have any interesting or embarrassing nicknames? Leave your stories and thoughts below!