I’m a twenty-something journalist, photographer, and all purpose tech nerd, with a life-long interest in travel, food, and technology.
I’m mostly from Northern California, and I’m a 2010 graduate of Tulane University with an Honors English degree. I’ll be finishing a Masters degree in journalism at Stanford University in June of 2014. I plan to return to Southeast Asia when I’m finished – though I’m open to suggestions otherwise.
I’ve worked throughout Southeast Asia, with sidebars in India and Europe. I was recently a reporter centered in Phnom Penh, avoiding getting hit by motorbike drivers and figuring out the curious workings of Cambodian society on a day-to-day basis.
At Stanford, I’ve become interested in the possibilities of using UAV (drone) technology for journalism. I’m hoping to incorporate drone and aerial imagery into my own work as a foreign correspondent. I’m a proud member of the Stanford University UAV Club, and I’m enjoying learning how to build and fix my own flying robots.
Technology and development is another long-time interest of mine. I write regularly about Internet freedom, Internet law, politics and the rise of social media, with a particular focus on the political implications of these new technologies.
I love photography and am becoming very interested in doing more work in videography, as I hone my skills here at Stanford. As will likely become obvious if you follow this blog, I’m not exactly averse to drawing cartoons that make fun of my fellow expats.
In my free time, I’m a food blogger and food-lover who spends most of her vacation time finding the best restaurants, street-stalls, and markets in any given location. I’m especially fond of photographing stuff I eat, which annoys my friends and makes me happy. You can check out my food blog at Things I Ate in Cambodia. I often provide un-solicited travel advice, especially when it comes to the art of eating.
Kampot, Cambodia, especially the bar at Bodhi Villa. The isolated and beautiful capitol of Gangtok in Sikkim, a semi-independent state of India. Mumbai after dark, with good friends. New Orleans, especially the (functioning) levees, especially levees with people I like and bicycles. (Weird bars included in the equation). The Himalayas in general. The island of Koh Lanta and anything edible in Northern Thailand. The bizarre and charming inhabited bits of Urumqi, China. Northern Spain and Northern California, which have similar climates and extremely dissimilar eating habits. Half Moon Bay.
Favorite Things to Eat
Singapore chili crabs. Gumbo, the way my grandmother makes it. North Carolina smoked BBQ, especially the stuff my dad makes. The lamb shank at Aziza restaurant in San Francisco. Pretty much everything on the menu at Asador Etxebarri in the Basque country of Spain. Ethiopian food. Roasted chicken any way you’ll make it. Osso bucco, Marcella Hazan’s recipe. Stir-fried greens with lots of garlic. Hot-pot with a bunch of noisy friends. Cuban sandwiches with a side of fresh pork skins with extra hot sauce. Guacamole and mole amarillo and fresh corn tortillas with cabeza meat. Hamachi-kama. Curiously flavored Asian potato chips. And you know what? Man, I love ketchup. No shame.