“What do you do in your job?”
“Oh, I help everywhere I can. I do admin work, I do research, I set up interviews, I help on set, I do some editing, some sound… anything that needs to be done, really.”
“So you’re like a potato?”
“You know, a potato. It’s useful for many things.”
That’s how I came to be known as the Spud in my first job out of school. And I’ve seen no reason to stop being one.
I write, I photograph, I shoot video. I’ve been known to do some social media management, participate in workshops as a trainer, or work as a production manager on projects.
I’m mainly based in my hometown of Singapore, but there’s nothing I like better than getting the opportunity to travel, meet people and tell their stories. There’s no greater privilege than to be invited into someone’s life, and be trusted with their memories and experiences.
I’ve covered stories from countries like Singapore, Malaysia, Greece and Scotland. My bylines have appeared in publications like the Guardian, Al Jazeera English, The Diplomat, Newsweek Europe, Waging Nonviolence and Southeast Asia Globe, among others. I’m currently the Singapore stringer for Deutsche Presse Agentur.
I’m most interested in human rights and social justice issues, wherever they are in the world. Outside of work, I volunteer as a founding member of We Believe in Second Chances, a campaign for the abolishment of the death penalty in Singapore.
Anyone who wants to get in touch can find me on Twitter @kixes.