About

My full name is Sunpech Steven Suwatanapongched. I mostly just go by Steven. I also go by Spong, which comes from a combination of letters from S from Steven, and Pong from Suwatanapongched. I enjoy software development, photography, food, reading, blogging, and traveling.

I grew up in Chicago, Illinois. I'm half Thai and half Chinese.

I have a BA in Computer Science from Boston University and an MS in Information Systems from Depaul University.

I've lived the following cities so far: Chicago, Boston, and Bangkok. I'm currently in sunny Los Angeles, California.


The picture above is taken at Iron Fairies in Bangkok, Thailand.

Software Development and Blogging

I enjoy solving problems, and coding is one of the ways I go about creating solutions. I've done consulting for several years using Microsoft .Net technologies. My current interests are in Ruby on Rails and mobile development. I do enjoy networking and going to local user groups and meetups regarding various technologies.

I have a Github profile and a Bitbucket profile where I host some of my junky code and projects. Most of which I will never ever share with the world out of shame.

I like to contribute my idle CPU cycles to help crunch some numbers for a good cause. See Team Spong World Community Grid.

I'm also a casual blogger. I've been blogging since 1999. I've written my own blog software using various tools back then. From Perl, PHP, MySQL, ASP, ASP.net, C#, and MSSQL. I've also used several blogging platforms from WordpressPosterous, and Blogger (current). My old blog is at: spong.org.



Photography

I'm also a photographer. I generally take my camera most places and take pictures of whatever I find interesting.

I have a photography site at sunpechphotography.com (which is also under the new domain sunpech.photography). I use SmugMug as my host.

I also love using 500px. If you like my stuff, you can also buy prints of my work. I offer both personal and commercial licenses.

I'm also on FacebookInstagramTwenty20, and Flickr.

I enjoy all kinds of photography, but have stronger interests in landscape, HDR, and event/journalistic photographs. I'm beginning to do some headshot/portrait photography. In case you're curious here is a list of my camera gear.


Chicago Winter from John Hancock Observatory


Food and Travel

I'm a bit of a foodie.  I often eat out at great places and will take pictures of the food to share with everyone. I use my Android phone to take a lot food pictures. I've switched over to use my DSLR more these days.

I have a food site at Foodishappiness.com (under development). I also tweet at @foodishappiness sometimes.

I'm a traveler of awesome places. Every year I try to travel to a city I've never been before. Since 2007, I've been to: Seattle, Portland, Vancouver, San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Denver, New York City, Boston, Baltimore, Las Vegas, Singapore, Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Hua Hin, Phang Nga, Phuket, and Pattaya. As part of my travels, I take pictures, eat delicious food, and share it.


Support me

Disclaimer, I am an Amazon Affiliate. Links to products on my site often will go to Amazon.

If you want to buy me stuff, I also have wish-lists for camera gearbooks, and other miscellaneous items. This list grows longer and longer.