Siapa Saya?

Siapa Saya? (Who am I?)

Pushing 24 years, half-Taiwanese half-American, born and raised in Charlottesville, Virginia. I grew up in the Charlottesville restaurant scene, where my mother ran the first Thai restaurant in the area for 21 years. Running around freely on the historic Downtown Mall, my best friends growing up were restaurant people. As a 3 year-old, Saturday morning’s were spent pulling a chair up to the freezer while my mom was still asleep and grabbing leftover jars of caviar, scooping out handfuls of it with my fingers, then parking it in front of the TV for cartoons. Trained from a young age to appreciate food and all of the hard work that goes into the process of cooking, I had a good childhood.

 

A May 2010 graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University, with B.A.’s in Political Science and International Studies, minors in East Asia Studies and Homeland Security/Emergency Preparedness.

Sometimes I like to run around with these young’n’s in my village with machetes. It happens.

Currently serving as an Early Generation Volunteer (EGV) in Peace Corps until June 2013. I am in ID-5, the second batch to serve in Indonesia since the early 1960s

Living in a rural village in East Java, Indonesia, serving as an English teacher in a public high school (SMAN). I teach over 200 students in both 10th and 11th grade.

I am the only volunteer living in my area with very infrequent access to public transportation. I’ve always been an avid cyclist, my dinky green bicycle and I have grown quite close over the past year.

Oh and I go completely weak at the knees (and strong in the hips and arm motions) for anything Stevie Knicks or Daft Punk. And puppies. Cuteoverload, anyone?

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the application process required quite some patience and flexibility…sent in my Peace Corps application January 2010, received official invitation January 2011… my detailed timeline can be found here.

between graduating and departing for Indonesia, I had two jobs, as an assistant in VCU’s Office of Sustainability and as a waitress.

gained most of my teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL) experience while interning for Refugee and Immigration Services in Richmond, Virginia.

I brought one camera and one camera only with me, a Canon Rebel T2i.

All photographs are original unless noted.

The views expressed in this blog are mine and mine only. They are in no way intended to represent the views of the Peace Corps or the United States Government

One thought on “Siapa Saya?

  1. Hi!

    I’m an RPCV (Senegal 2007-09). I am now a law student doing a legal aid externship in Sulawesi (shhh…), I want to talk to some Peace Corps folks here…get your insights, find out about PC Indonesia, and whether there is a chance it will ever come to Sulawesi.

    Let me know if you’d be down to talk and I can call you, or we could talk by email/fb, or, if you could get out to Sulawesi before Aug 7 (that’s when I head home) you can come see what I think might be Indonesia’s most beautiful island. My email is jaime.menegus@gmail.com.

    Thanks!

    Jaime

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