Based in Asia, I write stories for in-flight magazines of airlines including EVA Air, Singapore Airlines, SilkAir, Scoot, NokScoot, Philippine Airlines, Hong Kong Airlines and UNI Air. My work is also published in Slate, Jetsetter, ebookers, Marriott Traveler, DestinAsian, Roads & Kingdoms, Time Out Hong Kong 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, New York and London and interviewed politicians, surfers, fortune tellers, farmers and celebrity chefs.
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 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. Before this, I was a columnist for Mic (formerly PolicyMic) in New York City, during which I wrote about American pop culture and entertainment.
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. I'm a Penang Peranakan on my mom's side, while my dad's family is from Kuala Lumpur. In 1990, when I was one year old, my parents left Malaysia for what was supposed to be a three-year stint in Hong Kong and they haven't stopped moving around since. I spent most of my teenage years on Yangmingshan, a volcanic mountain in Taipei's outskirts where I was always surrounded by pine forests and waterfalls. Growing up, I attended American schools in Malaysia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Singapore and Taiwan and have also lived in Australia, Thailand, South Korea, the UK and the US.