Wanderlust Wendy

wandering but not lost

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Wandering but not lost. Former tech-giant bean-counter turned digital nomad.

Hello! I am Wendy. My husband and I recently minimised our lives & walked away from corporate jobs to pursue long-term travel. I am taking my newly minted coding skills on the road, documenting our journey along the way, and putting my love for travel-planning to good use.


This blog documents stories from my days in the Peace Corps, grad school, 5 years of corporate grinding in Shanghai, and of course, all the wandering that has taken place. I write, to pay-it-forward, and I hope you find these stories useful, or at least amusing. Thanks for reading!



After walking away from the corporate grind, I put myself through a 9-week intensive coding camp. Next up, we leave Shanghai for good and will embark on the grand voyage to travel from Shanghai to Strasbourg via the Trans-Siberian rail!

Le Wagon Week 7: Just Get It Done!

Final third of the coding camp! After some much needed solitude last week, I dove right into the project trial week, where we make an AirBnB/Mobike-esque app in 5 days. This practice project gave us a chance to work with our assigned group, to work out any kinks, and to trial run through the entire process beginning from idea on Monday to presenting a working demo by Friday at 6pm. 

Le Wagon Week 3: Stay Humble, Stay True

In grad school, I once had a professor said that in economics, we have complicated terms to describe everyday phenomenon. The ability to speak this language earns us the big bucks. But if I no longer want my life goal to be about making the big bucks, what do I do with this language? Only three weeks into my coding education, and I am feeling similarly about programming. 

Shanghai Quick Start Guide

This post has been on my to-do list for ages. Today, I met new friends who are in the city for the first time to attend Le Wagon coding camp! Finally, I have a reason to write this and add some value. Here are some of my favourite places in Shanghai. If you’ve been in Shanghai for a while, please feel free to add your favs in the comments!

Why Coding Camp? Why Le Wagon?

Isn’t it ironic that I am leaving a tech giant to go learn tech? Life is ironic that way.

It’s no secret that I had been thinking of all the ways to pivot my way out of being a sophisticated bean-counter. For a while, I even worked 15-hour days, volunteering my time to another group within the company, hoping for an opportunity to pivot. Alas, it didn’t work out.

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