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Pro-Ecuador Welcomes Su-Yin Chan as New Associate Writer, Photographer and Website Consultant

As many of you know, Linda and I have decided to make an extended visit to the U.S.  This has necessitated many changes in all areas of our lives.   Kind of like when you get a new sofa and then realize that the rest of the furniture no longer seems to fit.  Before you know it, you’ve got a whole new living room.

We’ve decided to make some exciting changes in our Pro-Ecuador world, too.  As you’ve already noticed, our blog has had a face-lift.   We’re in the process of revamping and updating our website, too.

Pro-Ecuador's Su-Yin Chan  As part of our brand new look, we are pleased to introduce our readers to Su-Yin Chan.  She’s a 2010 journalism graduate of the University of Queensland, Brisbane, and a recent arrival in Ecuador.   We welcome her as a new associate writer and consultant with Pro-Ecuador.

In her own words, here is a brief synopsis of Su-Yin’s life:

Born in Singapore and raised on the east coast of Australia, I could swim before I could walk. This should have been a warning to my parents that I’d spend the rest of my life bucking trends, stereotypes and expectations. By the time I reached Quito at 25, I had lived in five different cities including Austin, Texas.

When I was 21, I discovered Roadtrip Nation; sent an online application; and ended up on U.S. public television for the documentary series’ sixth season. With two Australian companions, we drove a 12-foot RV from Los Angeles to Maine interviewing inspiring individuals along the road. It was after this amazing experience that I started taking bigger risks.

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In 2010, I moved to Austin for one year and finished my journalism degree with a bang, attending South by Southwest (SXSW) music festival two years in a row, interning at Austin City Limits TV studio and cramming in as many music concerts as I could.

Upon returning to Brisbane for graduation, I accidentally ended up in another documentary called Singapore 1942, as an extra. With my mixed bag of experience, I interviewed for a coveted position at international music management company Original Matters, and promptly moved to Sydney to manage their Australian HQ and digital channels.

After two incredible years working with Australia’s top musicians Angus & Julia Stone, I decided to move again; this time to Ecuador with my boyfriend, Simon, a landscape architect. And the adventure continues!

One of the first things Su-Yin did for us was to revitalize our Pro-EcuadorNews Facebook page.  Take a look if you haven’t seen it yet.   If you like what you see on our new Facebook page, let us know by clicking the like button in the upper right-hand corner just below the header photo.

Su-Yin by waterfall

Su-Yin and Simon recently visited a breath-taking waterfall near Mindo.   I can’t imagine—more than six years in Ecuador and I’ve never seen or heard of it!  It just goes to show that there are still many incredible natural wonders tucked away in hidden corners of Ecuador, just waiting for us to find them.

We are excited to have Su-Yin join us.  We’re looking forward to many new stories, videos and tales of adventure as seen through her fresh, young eyes.

Linda and I will continue to provide our long-range insight from abroad while Su-Yin shows you visions of Ecuador from the perspective of a new arrival.  Stay tuned!!

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