MY STORY

I was raised on the Canadian prairies in a culturally-vibrant family. I am of Filipino, Scottish and Irish heritage, and this unique experience has shaped my passion for journalism, storytelling, and wordsmanship. You can read more in an op-ed I wrote here.

I have covered a wide range of topics, including lifestyle, culture, food, travel, and politics, for a variety of publications: The Guardian, The Telegraph, USA Today, AFAR, Condé Nast Traveler, Tasting Table, Thrillist, Time Out, Roads & Kingdoms, Vice, in-flight magazines such as Scoot, newspapers in Canada's Postmedia Network, and others.

BERLIN, GERMANY

As a freelance journalist, I have a few regular roles:

  • Television producer at Reuters, the world’s largest news agency
  • Correspondent for The Telegraph’s foreign desk
  • Editor-in-chief of LURE, an online multimedia platform sharing human interest stories from around the world

TRAVEL & GUIDEBOOK WRITING

I have traveled to over 40 countries on five continents and covered travel for several publications (see above). In 2018, I was a co-author of the Fodor’s Thailand guidebook and in 2019, I will be an author of a few Lonely Planet titles. Stay tuned!

BANGKOK, THAILAND

In 2010, the Saskatchewan Trade and Export Partnership (STEP) Journalism Fellowship helped me garner an internship at Thailand's leading English newspaper, the Bangkok Post. I covered politics, culture and lifestyle stories in Bangkok and locations such as Koh Samui, Cambodia and Malaysian Borneo.

TELEVISION EXPERIENCE

After graduating university, I worked as a television reporter for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC). I also reported for radio, produced current affairs programs and trained in weather broadcasting.

I left the bureau in 2012 to host and produce two programs for In Channel (formerly True Visions 92), an English-language channel in Bangkok. I was one of four hosts, as well as a scriptwriter and producer on the flagship arts and entertainment show, and the sole host and producer of a weekly events program.

ON-STAGE EXPERIENCE

Working in television has also led to opportunities in live moderation. I emceed the Digital Innovation Awards (DIA) in Bangkok in 2013, and participated in a panel on travel journalism and blogging in 2014. In 2018, I moderated the Digital Science Match, a gathering of over 1,000 science and tech specialists, put on by the German daily newspaper Tagesspiegel in Berlin.