About Me

Current: Austin, Texas 

DSC00479Born and raised in Hong Kong. I graduated from Hong Kong International School, took a gap year and lived in Phnom Penh, Cambodia for a year working as a teacher assistant in first grade at Logos International School (August 2008 – May 2009). I received my Bachelors degree from Emerson College in downtown Boston – an incredible four years of my life including a semester in the Netherlands living in an 18th century castle (Pop on back to my posts from January– May 2011 to read all about it)

I have been fortunate all my life to grow up in the most amazing city on earth, with the best family, a member of one of the greatest churches in Hong Kong and continuously have the opportunity to travel the world and experience cultures other than my own. It really is a blessing.

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Having been exposed to a wide array of cultures and lifestyles, I have grown to understand the importance of learning about each other and our stories. Every one person we come across in our daily interactions has a story to tell, and I’d consider it my life goal to listen, learn and share what each of us have to offer. What makes travel and culture unique are not only the lessons we learn from other people, but also what we find out about ourselves through the journey. (See post: How has travel grown your understanding of a place or person?)

Writing has always been a passion of mine, and thus a good friend encouraged me to start this blog back in 2006. I have been writing since as a form of reflection for myself, to share my life adventurous with family, friends and anyone else who want to follow my crazy life. It’s pretty unpredictable and memorable.

10 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Hi, I came across yr blog while looking for ‘God With Us’ – Mercy Me lyrics. It encouraged my heart that someone of your age would be so ‘sold out’ for God and missions. Wow! You have been to Cambodia 4 times? It speaks alot of the compassion which God has placed in your heart for the Cambodians. I’ve a passion for mission and have been to Taiwan, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, India and Cambodia. By the way, which country are you from and care to share why are you heading to HOng Kong for studies?

    Cheryl (Singapore)

    1. Hi Cheryl, I’m sorry I’m just replying your message. I have finally decided to revamp my site and keep it going again. I am glad my post encouraged you! I am from Hong Kong, born and raised here!

  2. I just have to tell you how much finding you here, with your zeal, fire and circumstance means to me in my life right now.

    Recently a lot has been going on in my family and although I’m madly in love with Christ I had to second guess a lot of things- my faith included. I stumbled onto your page while, like the person above me, looking for lyrics. Jeremy Camp’s.

    I recently went to Cambodia on missions and the people and country COMPLETELY stole my heart. If words could explain that to you, I would try, but I think your heart and mind are bent towards them much in the same way.

    I just wanted to tell you how much of an encouragement you are.. right now.. at this very moment that I sit here, type this, and find it difficult to express how great my God is to someone who is far from deserving. He is working through you and is bringing me back to Him in SUCH an awe-inspiring manner. Maybe I sound crazy or ridiculous for spending time to tell you this, but I feel like you should know that what you do and say are not in vain. God is working through you even to complete strangers who google soemthing and end up here.

    Thought you would like to know.
    (MS, USA)

    1. Hi Stacy,

      Thank you so much for your comment. I am really blessed that I was able to be an encouragement for you. I hope God has been blessing you as well these few years and using you to encourage others. I haven’t been to Cambodia since I lived there and part of my heart is still there. I look forward to going back in the future.

      It was such an encouragement to me to re-read your response and know that God was and is still using me to reach out to others even if I don’t feel it.


  3. “In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will direct your path! ”

    That’s the message that’s been echoing in my thoughts these past two days. I am thinking about you ‘little sister’ and know that God is going to nurture you beautifully through this year of growth.

    HK is as you left it … life’s much the same other than that we’re eating moon cakes. I have to say I ain’t crazy about the eggs, however, and much prefer the Haagen Daz variety 🙂 .

    God bless you


  4. HEY! Joanne! You seem to be having a pretty productive … errr… crap… can’t find the right word… Either way… how are you doing over there? Are you enjoying your time?


  5. Hi,

    I’ve just read your blog on your last week spent in Rukurukulevu, may I ask, who you lived with and the names of people you met, I have many friends at Ruku…It’s cool when other people have met them and been to the village also..



  6. Hey Joanne!

    I was wondering if you could give me the link to the post about Rukurukulevu? I can’t seem to find it anywhere. xP I went to Fiji for interim my senior year. It was AMAZING!

    Jisun xoxo

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