Where do you live?
I currently live in Calgary, Alberta with my husband Kev.
Where are you from?
That’s a tricky question. I am actually a third culture kid (TCK). I was born in Taiwan to Taiwanese parents, but I spent most of my childhood (~ 10 years) in Penang, Malaysia, studying under the American education system. It has always been tough for me to decide if I should call myself a Taiwanese or a Malaysian because the truth is, I don’t identify with either culture. I see myself more as a global citizen.
When did you start FTP and why?
I started ‘For Two, Please’ in 2013 after moving to Calgary for my husband. At that time, I felt lost in life and needed a way to reconnect with myself and my passions. With the help of Kev, I uncovered the food-loving, culturally curious warrior deep within me. That’s how ‘For Two, Please’ was born. My ultimate goal is to help you live a more satisfying and fulfilling life, full of fun adventure and excitement!
Why is the blog called ‘For Two, Please’?
Two is better than one in all aspects of life, hence the name! Also, for the obvious reason that I dine out and travel with my hubby most of the time. Sometimes we do eat out with other people, but for the most part, it’s just the two of us.
Do you pay all your meals or trips by yourself?
99% of the time! It is important for me to be honest, unbiased and truthful in my writing, especially when it comes to reviews of restaurants and travel services, to ensure that my readers could benefit from it. Sometimes I receive invitations to restaurants and offers from sponsors in exchange for some online exposure; however, to maintain my credibility, I am very selective in whom I partner with. If I get a free meal or a free trip, I always disclose it in my post and you can still expect an unbiased and honest review for that particular product or service.
Do you work with brands on sponsored posts and campaigns?
Yes! I am open to work with brands that I personally love and that would benefit my readers. If you’re a brand looking for a partnership, you can find more information here.
Can I email you?
Of course! I would love to hear from you. Send me a message at firstname.lastname@example.org. I will try to get back to you as soon as possible.
What’s your favorite thing(s) to eat?
French fries and spicy food!
What foods do you not eat?
Olives, goat cheese and meat that has a reputation for tasting gamey (e.g., mutton, goat, lamb).
What’s your favorite restaurant(s) in Calgary?
What’s been your favorite destination based on food alone?
New York City hands down.
What’s the most adventurous thing you’ve eaten?
Chicken butt? Pig’s blood? Stinky tofu? These are all considered delicacies in Taiwan!
What motivates you to travel?
I travel to create new memories with my husband, to meet new people around the world, to broaden my horizons, to challenge my boundaries, and to build self-confidence. Traveling has opened my eyes to the world and, most importantly, has taught me about myself.
What’s the most adventurous thing you’ve ever done?
What’s your three favorite countries?
What’s the #1 item on your bucket list?
Visiting Eastern and South Africa.
What hobbies/interests do you have besides travel?
Scuba diving, cooking, learning new languages and photography.
What’s one piece of advice you could offer for traveling?
When we’re on the road, it is easy to indulge in the excitement of discovering new foods, new cultures and new cities. But don’t forget to make an effort to keep in touch with family and close friends. Share your ongoing adventures with them and make them part of your journey. Especially when you’re away for a long period of time, the last thing you want is coming back home and being in a situation where everyone sees you as a stranger. I’d been in that situation before and I can tell you that it sucked!