I grew up in Melbourne’s safest suburb of Park Orchards and studied Arts/Law at Monash University. I wasn’t keen on becoming a lawyer so I opted for a year’s travel through Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, China, Nepal, India and Pakistan, before spending two very enriching years in London.
Many blog posts are based on my travel experiences, which also include Iran, Turkey, Israel and the Palestinian Territories, though the majority are about Bangladesh, where I lived for nearly three years- and Myanmar, where I currently live. While in Bangladesh I worked as special correspondent for The Independent in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
How did I end up in Bangladesh? I loved journalism night school so much that I left my job in London at a government agency to spend six months learning shorthand and other skills essential to becoming accredited as a newspaper journalist by the UK’s National Council for the Training of Journalists.
However finding paid work as a journalist in London was really tough – sort of impossible. Then an email I sent out of the blue resulted in being lucky enough to do a six month internship at Bangladesh’s highest circulating English language newspaper, The Daily Star. It’s a fantastic place that I still miss.
In August 2010 I married my Bangla translator, Sherpa Hossainy. He now works as Editor-in-Chief of Myanmar Business Today.
In July 2012 Sherpa and I left Bangladesh for Myanmar, where we live today. I worked at The Myanmar Times for a bit over a year and am now a freelance journalist.
I mostly write for The Bangkok Post, Mizzima Business Weekly and IRIN. I’m always keen to receive commissions and to hear from people who have an interesting story to tell.
I also work part-time as a news sub-editor at Myanmar’s first privately owned English language daily newspaper, Myanma Freedom Daily. It’s a very exciting time to be a journalist in Myanmar.