I'm an independent science journalist based in Singapore.
I cover stories on the environment, emerging tech, and various issues
developing countries face in Asia and beyond. You may find my writing in
The Atlantic, Wired UK, Newsweek, New Scientist, Undark, Audubon, Science, Nature, IEEE Spectrum, Asian Scientist and more.
Prior to journalism, I was involved in CSI (the science, not the show) and spent years as a medical writer in London. After completing a second master’s degree
at New York University’s Science, Health, and Environmental Reporting Program (SHERP), the world seemed to grow even wider — with stories untold, people unheard, and places unvisited.
My reporting has taken me to bear bile farms in Vietnam, lead-filled rivers
in the Philippines, and illegal timber warehouses in China (thanks to a grant
I received through the Society of Environmental Journalists in 2018). It has
found me riding in a driverless car in Singapore and watching schoolgirls
make their own sanitary pads in Nepal.
As you’ve probably guessed, wanderlust is a driving force in my life. When not working with words, I’m most likely exploring a new country — 39 and counting. Back at home, I alternately work on conquering my tennis forehand and train to climb my third mountain.
I’m constantly curious. Never sitting still. Always looking for the next big adventure.
Reach me at sandy.ong.yx [at] gmail [dot] com.