The world of fiction has always been intriguing, enticing, and an
adventure. I grew up reading Anthony Horowitz, Christopher Paolini,
Cornelia Funke, Phillip Pullman, William Nicholson, Garth Nix, Matthew
Reilly and Michelle Paver among others. The temptation to delve into a
fantasy world and shadow your favourite characters as the plot progresses
has always existed for me. I love depth: the conflicted villain, the
struggles between morality and personal desire, betrayal and reconcilliation,
and the list goes on…
The fiction I write tends to centre around
the science fiction and fantasy genres although occasionally it ventures
into becoming simply emotive writing. My writing has appeared in
Fifty-word Stories and From The Lighthouse, and I hope to write a
full-length novel one day. If you're interested in reading some of my
work, have a look at this page.
As a child, I was never too keen on non-fiction; I associated the word,
non-fiction, with lacklustre facts, mind numbing details and obsolete
knowledge. Newspapers left me with inky fingers and a mild headache,
filled with dreary stories and financial nuances. Fast forward a decade
or so, and I suppose Iâ€™ve changed a little. Opinion pieces offer the
promise of understanding and a different perspective on unchallenged
beliefs. Iâ€™ve therefore been embarking upon the expansion of my exposure
to different text forms, submitting articles (and the occasional book report)
to various online magazines and publications, including Bizarre Culture,
Palatinate Books (Indigo) and The Tab. If you're interested in reading
some of my work, have a look at this page.
“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his
point of view […] until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.”
– Harper Lee, To Kill A Mockingbird
Editing is an activity that I've only recently ventured into, but it's
something I really enjoy. With the occasional copyedit that I do for
Bizarre Culture, I strive to find the balance between precision and
authenticity while correcting grammatical slips and awkward phrasing
along the way.
As the Graphics Officer of the Durham University English Society as well as the Publicity Officer of Heads Up Durham in my second year of my undergraduate degree, I have had extensive experience crafting, organising and creating posters, flyers and logos throughout the academic year. I am adept at using Photoshop and love scrolling through a myriad of artistic creations. If you would like to see more of my graphics work, have a look at this page.
Hobbies & Interests
Strength and flexibility are key to aerial arts, a series of performance
arts that include aerial hoop, aerial silk, dance trapeze and pole dancing.
Having tried all of these, I’ve built up my core strength, learnt
the value of determination, and gained the ability to keep a smile on my
face, even through the most painful moves. I appreciate the performance
aspect of aerial arts as well as the fluidity and control you gain over
your own body.
Having begun with the piano for eight years and learnt a significant amount
of musical theory (most of which I’ve promptly forgotten after my grade five
musical theory exam), and a brief stint with the violin, I’ve moved onto
teaching myself the guitar, albeit at a more relaxed pace. I play both for
myself, and in the college big band at university. It’s a great way to
relax, and the focus needed to achieve the level of finger dexterity I seek
to attain gives me the occasional welcome distraction from my academic studies.
The Smile Effect
The Smile Effect is a small-scale project that I founded three years ago
and have been running since. It aims to bring a little happiness into
the lives of friends, acquaintances, and random strangers on the internet.
Having grown up in Hong Kong, one of the fastest-paced cities in the world,
I felt the need to bring a little more positivity into the community.
Publishing a motivational quote or a picture of a kitten, puppy or otter
on Tumblr daily alongside regular posts on Facebook of images and links,
The Smile Effect aims to maximise its impact and give people a much-needed
break from the stresses of everyday life. If you’d like to hear more about
it, there’s a Facebook page here and a Tumblr blog here.
Design & Innovation
Having done robotics as an extracurricular activity for two years,
the need to build and create is an ingrained itch that I scratch
occasionally. I started off small, trying my hand at creating a balancing
stand for my keys, a floating paper lantern, and a self-watering plant
system among other things. I designed a way of reusing old wax from burnt
out candles by creating my own wick with cotton embroidery thread and melting
the wax in a double burner into a new candle. I’ve dabbled in chainmaille,
experimenting with different weaves and jump ring sizes. There are various
odd fixes around the house, solved with electrical tape, glue and rubber
bands. Evidently, I’ve also tried my hand at coding, having created
this website from scratch. I’ll leave you to draw your own conclusions.