My mum recently sent me a childhood photo of myself, and I cried when I saw it. When I was growing up, society did not encourage us to show our real feelings. We had to suppress ourselves to fit in. I do not remember much of my childhood, likely because I suppressed most of my memories. Even the sparse scenes I can recall are unhappy moments. One of the things I remember is that I hated the way I looked. I disliked everything about me: my upbringing, my hair, my voice and even my height. Hong Kong’s real-life Crazy Rich Asians Let’s talk about height. A lot of my followers on social media probably think I am 175cm (five foot six inches) or so. I used to lie to myself and tell myself that I am 172cm, but the truth is I am around 167cm. I’ve researched ways to make myself taller, such as stimulating my nerves through acupuncture, going to a Chinese doctor to attempt to elongate my bones and even taking “miracle” pills that would supposedly increase my height. I even considered surgery but thankfully my financial resources then were limited. Meet the Philippines’ real-life Crazy Rich Asian youngsters Being skinny and short and feeling unattractive during my childhood was not pleasant, but it has helped me find creative ways to make myself feel good . I used to stuff packets of tissue paper into my shoes to give me some hidden extra height – as well as mini face towels, stacks of poker cards and balled-up socks. Now, 30 years later, we have platform trainers to boost your confidence instead. I’ve tested a few and can personally recommend which look and feel the best. Also check out my conversation with June Lee, the founder of Iijiin, which by my observation was one of the first street wear brands to come out with invisible wedges for their trainers. The latest on Vietnam’s richest kids and India’s biggest billionaire As for me, I now live fearlessly. But having said that, I still like to wear my 13cm Random Identities boots by Stefano Pilati whenever I attend a glamorous event – not because I can’t accept my 167cm frame, but simply because I feel fierce rocking those boots! Here are some of my favourites: Want more stories like this? Sign up here . Follow STYLE on Facebook , Instagram , YouTube and Twitter .