So you found me. I’m glad you did. My old cyberhome used to be at Multiply but unexpected turn of events made me migrate. I’ve been here since mid-2008 and though I did not delete my old posts there, Multiply closed down so now those entries are being housed by Blogger, just in case you’re wondering. Or you could really just be wondering who I am. Okay, then.
I am Joni Cham, a writer/analyst and a recent transplant to NYC. I’m originally from Manila, Philippines but also worked and lived in different parts of China for a few years. I blog about my life, which I must admit is not really all that interesting. Blogging makes me happy though, so I still find time to do it.
My novel “In My Mother’s House” was published in 2012. It went on to become a finalist of the Philippine National Book Award. I finished writing it in 2010. Took me about six years when I intended to finish it in just one. My presumptuousness made it quite obvious that it was my first time to write a novel. Incidentally, it was also my thesis for a Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing so by finishing it, I also magically became a Master’s degree holder. Not a bad deal, all in all: I got to have a book and a degree!
I should be starting on my next book project. I actually have a couple of (ok, three) book ideas in mind at the moment but I wish I have both the time and energy to actually work on them. Well at least one of them. Sometimes (most of the time, more like) I wish I am one of those people who can get on with very little sleep, because I can’t. It constantly feels like I am always on a race with time. There is always something I wish I could do or do more of.
My other interests include traveling and learning languages. Whenever time permits, I study Mandarin and Spanish on my own. I have also started on trying to learn how to code although I am still in the very early stages of learning.
I used to work at a risk consultancy firm where I am an intelligence analyst. I was there for close to five years so I did quite a lot of different tasks although the longest (about three years) was writing reports about China and everything about it.
If you’re in the Philippines, “In My Mother’s House,” may be bought at these locations: www.central.com.ph/centralbooks/outlets
Or purchased online here: http://central.com.ph/bookstoreplus/products/AAC146
If you’re in the US, shoot me an email and we can work out a PayPal deal. Alternatively, you can go to your local library and request for its purchase so you can read it for free. Either way you must grab a copy.
Also, here’s my about.me page.
And my online CV.
And here are some of my prettiest pictures ever:
Please understand that I do NOT always look like the pictures above (but I would like you to believe that I do so I posted them here.) I can’t just let them go to waste is what I’m saying.
Oh, and why not include these too?