Based in Asia, I write stories for in-flight magazines of airlines including EVA Air, Singapore Airlines, SilkAir, Scoot, 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, Australia, Portugal, London and New York City, and interviewed politicians, surfers, fortune tellers, farmers and celebrity chefs.
I'm currently the Taipei Correspondent for Louis Vuitton City Guides, published by BETC in Paris. In charge of updating the online app, I cover hotels, restaurants, bars, cafes, tearooms, fashion boutiques and art galleries, in addition to fact-checking and editing exisiting entries. 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 conducted interviews in Mandarin. 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 and fairs. 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. I'm descended from generations of Peranakan sailors from Penang on my mom's side, while my dad's family is from Kuala Lumpur. In 1990, my parents left Malaysia for what was supposed to be a three-year stint in Hong Kong and they haven't stopped traveling since. I spent most of my teenage years on Yangmingshan, a volcano in Taipei's outskirts where I was 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.