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 BloggingI 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 Wordpress, Posterous, and Blogger (current). My old blog is at: spong.org.
PhotographyI'm a professional photography enthusiast, whatever that means. I generally take my camera most places and take pictures of whatever I find interesting. I host most of my photos publicly at my Picasa profile. In case you're curious here is a list of my camera gear.
In 2012, I started a photography website at sunpechphotography.com. I use Zenfolio as my host. I also have a Facebook page set up on facebook.com/SunpechPhotography.
I enjoy all kinds of photography, but have stronger interests in landscape, HDR, and event/journalistic photographs. I would also like to get more into headshot photography.
The picture above is taken at Chicago's Adler Planetarium.
Food and TravelI'm 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 blog at Foodishappiness.com. I also tweet at @foodishappiness.
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 blog about it.
Support meDisclaimer, 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 gear, books, and other miscellaneous items. This list grows longer and longer.