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 tremendously shaped a passion for journalism, storytelling, and wordsmanship from diverse cultures. 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, Thrillist, Time Out, Roads & Kingdoms, Vice, in-flight magazines such as Scoot, newspapers in Canada's Postmedia Network, Tasting Table and others.
Since 2013, I am based in Berlin. Since 2015, I have worked as a television producer at Reuters, the world’s largest news agency, in the Berlin bureau, one of several roles as a freelance journalist.
I am also a correspondent for The Telegraph’s foreign desk. In 2018, I became the editor-in-chief of LURE, an online multimedia platform sharing human interest stories from around the world. The platform launched in February 2019.
TRAVEL & GUIDEBOOK WRITING
I have traveled to over 40 countries on five continents and written travel content for several publications (see above). In 2018, I conducted research in Bangkok and the surrounding area for the Fodor’s Thailand guidebook. In August 2018, I was chosen by Lonely Planet to join the company’s extremely selective pool of guidebook authors (only around 200 authors worldwide).
A few highlights… 2,500 kilometers on the back of a motorcycle across India, a disastrous motorcycle journey in Laos featuring incinerated luggage and torrential rain, road trips in Iceland and Ireland, and telling stories from townships and wildlife reserves in South Africa.
In 2010, I was awarded the Saskatchewan Trade and Export Partnership (STEP) Journalism Fellowship while studying journalism and political science at the University of Regina, garnering an internship at Thailand's leading English newspaper, the Bangkok Post. During this time, 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, Thailand. 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. During this time, I also wrote an investigative nightlife column for Coconuts Media, a multi-national media company in Asia.
Working in television has also led to several opportunities in live moderation, particularly during my days at In Channel when I helped host concerts and events for UNICEF and Bangkok Airways among others. 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.