“The good life of any river may depend on the perception of its music; and the preservation of some music to perceive.” – Aldo Leopold
Hi there!! I’m guessing you’re here because you’re wondering who I am and what this website is all about, so let’s just get straight into it.
My name is Alicia Leow, and I’m originally from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Currently, I’m a senior at Montana State University pursuing a degree in Conservation Biology and Ecology with plans to graduate this May.
I created this website during the Spring of 2015 to catalogue my solo-backpacking journey in Japan. At that time, I honestly believed that I could be super consistent with my content, but that didn’t end the way I expected it to – I took a 9 month gap right after that, hah, talk about consistency. Hopefully, you might then say:” hey, at least you’re still updating this ABOUT page!”, which brings us back to the whole conversation. You see, other than traveling and cooking, I’m very passionate about the environment (heck, I spent 4 years studying it – that’s some determination right there, RIGHT?)
Growing up in a developing country, conservation matters have never been a big thing in our lives, or at least, not in my social circle. I mean, it’s hard for us to even get by, talk about spending money and precious time thinking about these matters. It was a tad bit different for me, because I grew up watching nat-geo and listening to David Attenborough. At the time when I decided to do ecology for college, nobody in my family knew what it was, but my mom still gave me the go-ahead (thanks mii <3).
It was only after coming to the U.S. when I was exposed to the numerous aspects and factors that are involved with conservation. It wasn’t as linear as I thought it was, in fact, it’s much more complicated than that. Animals matter, but at the end of the day, everything we do feeds back to ourselves. We are constantly interacting with the environment, with the plants, and each other. That’s what ecology is all about.
One thing that frustrates me really often (I’m certain that many ecologists feel the same way) is the ignorance or rather, lack of knowledge of the general public to science and the importance of whatever we do. I decided to bring this website live again, as I hope to be able to educate and contribute, one way or another, to the growing effort of increased scientific understanding, all the while showing the beauty that’s around us, that we so often take for granted. Other than the environmental/science-related stuff, deep down under, I’m still a super basic girl! So expect the website to have a mixture of travel, beauty, food, health and environmental hints here and there.
I’m sorry if it’s really lengthy, thanks for staying, but I’m almost done here. I’m still trying to figure everything out, but hopefully, I’ll get to have some consistent content that would be enlightening for y’all! Feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any ideas!
Updated: April 2017