Feb. 2, 2024 – Hailing from California, I was more inclined toward other legal substances to unwind. However, everything changed when my career took an unexpected turn. At the peak of my celebrity chef life, known as the “pink hair chef,” a freak accident with a famous hairdresser led to losing my iconic pink hair.

In response, I shaved my head, dyed it black, and swiftly relocated to Vietnam with just a single suitcase and a tennis bag. Overnight, my life shifted from the glitz of the red carpet to a corporate finance role in southeast Asia.

This move marked my first experience as an expat, a term unfamiliar to me until then. I made friends with fellow expats, believing it was crucial to settling in. These friendships, however, revolved around alcohol.