Where did you grow up/study in Australia?
Grew up in the inner west of Sydney. Did primary and high school in the inner west then made a move to Canberra of all places to study Architecture. Ended up loving the place and the very prevalent political discourse you can find on campus. Exchanged to California for a year for architecture, before returning to Sydney for work.
Where are some of the interesting places you have lived around the world?
My current location, HCMC Vietnam. The majority of the places I have lived in are all "PG rated", London, California, Sydney and Shanghai. Being someone of Chinese origin, and living in VN in the current political climate is extremely interesting, and enjoyable for someone like me. Developing countries do not have the concept of immigration. When I explain to people that I'm Uc (Australian), they immediately refer to the similarities of my physical appearance to theirs. So I diplomatically navigate the fragile political waters (no pun intended) and explain to them that just like the "Viet Kieu" (foreign Viet population) I can be labelled as somewhat of a "Truong Hoa Kieu". Purely to let them understand that I'm Australian at heart and I have no intentions of undermining their island claims or invading their culture. Although sometimes I find it easier just to tell the citizens of my adopted home that I'm from Singapore.
Where are you currently living?
What do you do?
A disgruntled Architect yearning for more.
What's a hidden secret of your city?
If you look underneath the chaos of the city, there's a real gentleness to the people. It's a city like all developing cities, money talks, yet when you dig further, and allow the people to open up to you, there's a wealth of knowledge which can be beneficial to business model.
What's your favorite cafe/bar/restaurant in your current city?
None are my favourite. All are my favourite. Egalite!
Describe your adopted hometown/current city in three words.
What do you miss most about Australia when you are overseas?
Not having your network of friends and family around to share the experiences.