Based in Singapore, I am the Deputy Editor of the award-winning Mabuhay magazine (Philippine Airlines' in-flight magazine), published by travel media company Ink Global. As Deputy Editor, I work as second-in-command for all stages of the editorial process, from idea generation to final proofs, and manage a global network of freelancers. I also write original features for the magazine, as well as advertorials and airlines news pages.
After completing my Dual Master’s degree in international and world history from Columbia University and the London School of Economics, I worked as a journalist in New York City, writing about pop culture and entertainment for Mic (formerly PolicyMic). From 2014-2017, I was a staff reporter and editor for the Features section of the English-language daily newspaper, the Taipei Times, where I covered art, culture, food, lifestyle and social issues, and often conducted interviews in Mandarin. In mid-2015, I started a monthly column about Taiwan's craft beer and profiled local brewers (and sampled their beer!), long before craft beer became a scene. As the newspaper's art critic, I wrote a weekly column about art exhibitions and fairs.
I've written travel, food and art stories for in-flight magazines of airlines including EVA Air, Singapore Airlines, Philippine Airlines, SilkAir, Scoot and Hong Kong Airlines. My work has also been published in Slate, Jetsetter, Marriott Traveler, Roads & Kingdoms, Time Out Hong Kong, ebookers and Travel in Taiwan, the official magazine of Taiwan's Tourism Bureau. I have filed stories from Taiwan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Japan, Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Myanmar, Guam and New York.
Some of my favorite interviews include Bangkok's property magnates, Seoul's celebrity chefs and Guam's coral preservationists. During my spare time, I draw doodles and surf; I received my PADI Open Water Diver certification in Phuket when I was 15. I'm a Penang Peranakan on my mom's side, while my dad's family is from Kuala Lumpur, but my family has moving around the world since 1990. I attended American schools across Asia and have lived in Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, Hong Kong, Taiwan, South Korea, Australia, the UK and the US.