With over a decade of journalism experience, I write for websites, magazines, travel booking sites, hotels and tourism bureaus. My clients include EVA Air, Singapore Airlines, Scoot, Philippine Airlines, Hong Kong Airlines, ebookers (Expedia), Marriott Hotels, DestinAsian, 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, celebrity chefs, cat breeders and fashion designers.
Recently, I worked on the Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Penang guides for luxury travel magazine DestinAsian, reviewing hotels, restaurants, bars and cultural attractions. In 2022, I wrote the Singapore content for Marriott Hotels' website, including weekend itineraries and neighborhood guides. From 2018 to 2021, I was the Taipei Correspondent for Louis Vuitton City Guides, published by BETC Paris. I wrote the digital guide on iPhone app and the second edition print guidebook - covering hotels, restaurants, nightlife, art and fashion - sold in Louis Vuitton stores worldwide. In 2021, I authored a guidebook about Taiwan's cultural and nature attractions for Taiwan's Tourism Bureau. From 2014 to 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 was the paper's art critic. 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. I love to draw, swim, surf 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 my teenage years in Taiwan. I speak, read and write Mandarin and some Spanish, Italian, Malay and Penang 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 (Sicily).
Now I split my time between Singapore/Malaysia and Europe and am writing and illustrating a children's travel book series. I'm also writing a murder mystery novel inspired by the year I spent the pandemic stranded on a remote subtropical beach in southern Taiwan with a small community of local surfers and five dogs.