"What is one of the things that you are very passionate about?"
"There are many things, but I don’t know why tulips came to my mind first. I love tulips so much, I used to ride the bus for five hours to Ottawa just to have a simple picnic around the tulip fields. My nickname for more than ten years has been Tulip."
"Why is your nickname Tulip?"
"When I first moved to Canada, I used to live in the basement and it wasn’t very pleasant. Until spring blossoms and tulips started showing up in my bedroom’s tiny window. They were sort of like a proof of hope and optimism. Tulips are very fragile yet they stand very tall and strong until the last minute and I like that. They keep fighting until the end without looking horrible like other flowers. Other flowers would turn brown and disgusting when they wither. Tulips stay beautiful to the end and that inspires me."