Based mostly in Taipei, I write stories for in-flight magazines of airlines including EVA Air, Singapore Airlines and Philippine Airlines. My work is also published in ebookers, Marriott Traveler, DestinAsian, Roads & Kingdoms and Travel in Taiwan, the official magazine of Taiwan's Tourism Bureau. I've filed stories from Taiwan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Japan, Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Myanmar, Guam, Australia, Portugal, London and New York City, and interviewed politicians, surfers, fortune tellers, farmers, celebrity chefs, cat breeders and fashion designers.
I'm currently the Taipei Correspondent for Louis Vuitton City Guides, published by BETC Paris. I write and edit the digital guide, which is available as an iPhone app and covers hotels, restaurants, bars, fashion boutiques and art galleries. From 2014-2017, I was staff reporter and editor for the Features section of the English-language daily newspaper, the Taipei Times, where I started a column about Taiwan's craft beer and profiled local brewers (and sampled their beer!), and as the newspaper's art critic, 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 surfer and licensed PADI Open Water Diver. On my mom's side, I'm descended from generations of Peranakan sailors from Penang and Singapore who sailed and traded on the Malacca Strait, while my dad's family are city folk from Chow Kit, Kuala Lumpur. I speak, read and write Mandarin - and some Malay - and spent most of my teenage years in a pine forest on Yangmingshan, a volcano in Taipei's outskirts. Growing up, I attended American schools in Hong Kong, Jakarta, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Taipei and have also lived in Melbourne, Bangkok, Seoul, New York City, London and Stockholm.