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