With a decade of journalism experience, I write guidebooks and articles for in-flight magazines, travel booking sites, hotels and tourism bureaus. I've worked with EVA Air, Singapore Airlines, Scoot, Philippine Airlines, Hong Kong Airlines, SilkAir, ebookers (Expedia), Marriott Hotels, DestinAsian, Naya Traveler and Taiwan's Tourism Bureau. And I've filed stories from all over Asia, Europe, Australia, North America and South America, and interviewed politicians, surfers, fortune tellers, farmers, celebrity chefs, cat breeders and fashion designers.
From 2018-2021, I was the Taipei Correspondent for Louis Vuitton City Guides, published by BETC Paris. I wrote the second edition print guide published in English and French and sold in Louis Vuitton stores worldwide. I also wrote and edited the Taipei digital guide, updated on iPhone app twice a year and covering hotels, restaurants, nightlife, art and fashion. In 2021, I authored a guidebook about Taiwan's cultural and nature attractions, dining and festivals for Taiwan's Tourism Bureau in collaboration with CNBC Singapore. From 2014-2017, I was staff reporter and editor for the Features section of the English-language daily newspaper, the Taipei Times, where I launched a column about Taiwan's craft beer, and wrote a weekly column about art exhibitions. Before that, I was an entertainment news columnist for Mic in New York City.
I have a Dual Master's degree in International and World History from Columbia University and the London School of Economics and am a licensed PADI Open Water Diver. On my mom's side, I'm descended from generations of Peranakan seafarers from Penang and Singapore, while my dad's family is from Kuala Lumpur. Born in Malaysia, I have Chinese, Malay and Thai ancestry and spent most of my teenage years in a mountain in northern Taipei. I speak, read and write Mandarin and some Spanish, Malay and Hokkien. Growing up, I attended American schools in Hong Kong, Jakarta, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Taipei and have also lived in Melbourne, Bangkok, Seoul, NYC, London, Stockholm and Catania. I spent 2020-2021 on a remote subtropical beach on southern Taiwan's Pacific coast with a small community of local surfers and five dogs. Since the second half of 2021, I've been nomadic, spending time in Southeast Asia, Europe and Latin America.