But actually, most of his childhood was hell.
"Dad let Mom (a successful businesswoman) rule the house. She's demanding and rock-hard authoritarian," said Manny during session.
He added with a sigh, "My Dad, who's a noted doctor, was aloof and unaffectionate. God, I was so lonely!"
Manny and his brother never had family times and fun with Mom and Dad. They almost wouldn't talk during meals or travels all their years. They're more like dorm mates.
"My parents just provided. I wish they had the humanity to hug me, touch me, talk to me, be loving. But no, they're both cold, aristocratic, aloof and smart at anything," he lamented.
When I asked further about his emotions, Manny felt he might as well have been a zombie.