Interview with Ed Yap

To incorporate some new travel insights to this site, I invited my good friend and fellow Stanford alum Ed Yap to answer some questions on travel. I would love to do more of these interviews so please send me your feedback on questions that you liked or didn’t like. I want this Q&A to improve as much as possible over time to suit people’s interests.

When I asked Ed to describe his travel background, he said, “travel has always been a part of my life. When I was 10 years old, my family hopped on a plane from Asia and left for the United States. However, it wasn’t until a much later trip to France and a newfound curiosity for other cultures, people, and places that I got bit by the travel bug. That curiosity has fortunately made exploration a big part of my life and has helped bring me to many different parts of the United States and the larger world. Today, I continue to follow that desire to explore to see deeper and wider into the world we’re in.”

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Ed Yap…in action


Without further ado, here is our Q&A:

Tell me about how your love of travel started.
It really started with a college overseas study program in Paris. I had traveled before to visit one of my brothers in the Philippines, and visit various Southeast Asian countries with him, but Paris was a first for me in many ways. It was the first time I made decisions on where to go, the first time I visited a country without knowing the language well, and so the first time I got my traveling legs.

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Interview With A Language Classmate

To offer some more insights into my life here in Shanghai, I thought it would be fun to share some information about a fellow classmate of mine, Kathi from Germany. I will follow up shortly with more details on how I have found learning Chinese thus far.

Matt: Hi Kathi, tell me a little bit about yourself.

Kathi: I´m currently doing an internship at a German company in Shanghai. Altogether I am staying here for 6 weeks before I´ll go back to Germany to finish my studies. I am studying International Relations and Management. At university, I have already learned some Mandarin and a lot about Chinese culture. Last year I studied in Spain for 6 months and interned in Mexico, also for 6 months. I love to travel and to explore new countries, cultures and languages. In comparison to Mexico and the other countries I have been to, China really is different – in every aspect! Read more of this post

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