who am i?

Dear reader,

At the start of the seventies I was brought into this world in a little village in the south-west of the Netherlands. I was a quiet little girl back then, always reading books to escape to different places. In the nineties I moved to Amsterdam to study and started exploring the real world out there. After I finished my studies I started my working life and soon decided that the Netherlands was a bit too small for me and I landed a job that brought me to Asia. Worked in different countries in Asia for a few years and felt so much more at home there than I did in my "home-country" that when I was posted back to work in Holland again I decided to quit my job, and move to Asia. I managed to find a job in Singapore pretty soon after that and staying there since 2000. On and off I have been living in China too, with Hangzhou and Shanghai the main places. If ever I have the chance I might move there. China is a country that has always fascinated me and I have a bunch of good friends there.

Professionally I have been working in the Information Technology field, mainly in the software side of it for the past 10 odd years. Currently I'm doing a parttime MA course in Instructional Design and Technology to gradually shift my career towards the educational field – though not necessarily as a teacher. I'm interested in the use of technology to facilitate teaching, as well as promoting the socio-constructivist learning paradigms in eductation. My earlier studies were in Computer Science, major in Artificial Intelligence, Knowledge Engineering. Looking at it from all these different angles, it slowly starts fitting together as a whole. I'm very interested in new means of communication, and how society is changing its unwritten rules in this respect. That's one of the reasons I started blogging (a bit later than I planned though) end of last year. My initial blog is a local Singaporean blog-engine, Moblog.com.sg which has the features to send MMS blogs, SMS chats, etc. My moblog is used for my daily rantings, trivial things, tickle tests, etc. Some photographs to be found there as well, but I'm not intending to keep updating them there. My photographs are currently all over the internet at various places and soon they will all be available on www.biancamedia.com.

My name is Bianca, which means "white" (symbolic meaning: pure, innocent – uhm uhm not saying that's me).I have 2 cats: Sammy, a male gingerstripe and Niuniu, a female darkgrey Singapore breed. I often feel that in one of my previous lives I must have been a cat, I like their independence, which doesn't mean they are not affectionate (they are very much in fact) and their ability to play with anything if they feel like having some fun. So, hence my nickname: whitecat.

I must warn you dear reader that sometimes I can be very long-threaded…. this is probably inherit to my personality type, which is INFP according to the MBTI test and 4w5 in enneagram. I'm a Saggitarius / Pig in star signs. In numerology I’m an 11 (or 2 if you follow the 9 number system).

Last but not least my hobbies: photography, food (cooking & eating), reading, language (I'm very interested in all sorts of language and communication means), outdoors sports (walking, hiking, swimming, kayaking). That's just some of my main hobbies – this can vary sometimes….

So, since I already have blog, what am I going to use this one for? Well, I haven't decided yet, but most likely I will use this blog for my personal philosophies, perhaps to jot down my thoughts on my dissertation that I'll be starting soon, and book reviews (if I finally find time to do some more reading for my personal pleasure again).

Welcome to my blog!

— bianca

03/April/2006