About

60 Comments »

About this blog

I can’t remember everything. In fact, anything past the last week gets pretty fuzzy. That’s why I try to share as much as I can through this personal blog, Living an Awesome Life. You’ll find notes about sketchnoting, Emacs, visual book reviews, self-tracking, blogging, life, automation, delegation… whatever I’m learning about or whatever I can help other people learn. (Over ten years, that’s quite a lot – and now that I’m experimenting with semi-retirement, I’m learning even more.)

I post ~daily, but I sometimes get super-excited and post two or three times in one day. Since I write about a wide range of topics, you may want to browse or subscribe to specific categories – or maybe you want to see everything, because the intersections of interests can be fun.

If there’s anything you’d like to learn more about, please get in touch – I’d love to hear from you! Maybe we can learn more about things together. =)

If you like what you’re reading, you can subscribe so that updates are automatically delivered to you daily, weekly, or monthly. =) Enjoy!

About me

2014-03-05 About me - Sacha Chua #bio

2014-03-05 About me – Sacha Chua #bio

For a quick overview, see my 5-year vision and my three-word philosophy (learn – share – scale). =) I’m currently:

  • Experimenting with business
  • A blogger who tries to write down everything possible because (a) it helps me think more clearly, (b) I’m probably going to need it again, and (c) it may help someone else along the way
  • A doodler sketching on my Lenovo X220i tablet PC
  • A personal finance geek who enjoys balancing books and tweaking systems, but doesn’t bother with trading (just index funds, thank you)
  • 30 years old and loving life
  • … and many other things

I have also been:

  • A teacher of computer science – I loved teaching the introductory courses because I enjoyed convincing freshmen than computer science was actually fun
  • A fire dancer (poi), because my sister taught me and then dragged me along on her professional gigs
  • A fiction writer specializing in flash fiction (really short short stories)
  • An open source maintainer of the Planner personal information manager and the Remember module, both for Emacs
  • An open source contributor to projects like Emacs Relay Chat and the Compaq iPaq Linux bootloader
  • … and many other things

How to pronounce my name: SAh-shah CHEW-ah (Listen to the MP3). If you mispronounce it, don’t worry. =)

“Sacha Chua” can be a little hard to spell, so you can also get to this blog at LivingAnAwesomeLife.com or Liv.gd.

Colophon: Tools

I use a WordPress self-hosted blog on a Linode virtual private server. Fonts:  Open Sans. Commenting system: Disqus.

I use the WordPress web interface to write most of my blog posts, and I use Emacs and Org Mode for my weekly reviews. I use Autodesk Sketchbook Pro on a Lenovo X220i tablet PC for many of my drawings, and I scan in paper with a Fujitsu ScanSnap IX500.

  • Pingback: generation y and powerpoint fonts « Vendorprisey

  • Pingback: Blog RHOL

  • Pingback: Passionate bloggers: Sacha Chua and “Rock the job” Amazing! « My Online Enterprise World Blog

  • Pingback: Me encantó esta presentación 2.0 « Pateando teclas

  • Pingback: Search through flickr for CC images « Ramblings from Africa

  • Pingback: IBM Social Computing Guidelines

  • Pingback: I’m back « Noetic Nought

  • Pingback: Initial Insights on Blogging « Matt Johnstone

  • Pingback: –text follows this line– « In loathe with myself

  • Pingback: Teacher’s Guide to Web 2.0 at School | FourCirclesLearning

  • Pingback: Reinventing Cause Communication through Storytelling #story10 #reinvention : Career Portfolio

  • http://www.sbm.com.sa Tariq Kmail

    Dear Sacha,

    I am Tariq Abu -Assaf, working in SBM, Saudi Arabia IBM
    I am a php developer, and I want to learn Drupal mpdule development

    can you tell me the best way to learn.
    also can I take your email please.

    • Joel Padilla

      Hello Sacha, to be honest this blog really helpful. There’s a lot of information I can learn and share with everyone.

      I love to hear more information about how an Internet Entrepreneur became successful in their chosen job.

  • http://sachachua.com Sacha Chua

    A great way to learn is to practise on a project – your own, an internal project, or a client project. Join the IBM Drupal Users group (search w3) for webinars and to hear from people working on projects. For module development, read the Drupal handbook and read the source code for modules similar to what you want to build. You can find my IBM e-mail in Bluepages or Lotus Connections Profiles. Good luck!

  • http://www.asknursekaren.net Karen Mae Cordon

    Hey Sacha,

    I’m Karen from the Philippines and I so love your blog :)
    I accidentally found this when Im doing a research about negative productivity.
    Anyway, I am also a writer. But I am amazed on how you present yourself.
    Well, hope to hear from you.

    Thanks


    Karen

  • http://www.jehzlau-concepts.com/ jehzlau

    Hi Sacha! I noticed that I’ve been reading your blog for a long time but I haven’t left a comment in your about page! haha. :D

    I suggest that you should also have a blogroll page (just like mine), so that readers who love your blog can also see what blogs you love. ^_^

  • http://www.jehzlau-concepts.com/ jehzlau

    @sacha – Awww… your Google reader shared items link doesn’t work anymore. O_O Hehehe… It has been almost a year since I last visited your about page. Yay :D

  • http://sachachua.com Sacha Chua

    jehzlau: Added a link to my Google Reader shared items in my description. Thanks for the nudge!

  • https://plus.google.com/114587394795709875387/ Ray

    Your blog (and your approach to blogging [and life in general]) is awesome.

  • http://sachachua.com Sacha Chua

    Ray: Awww, thanks! Happy education-hacking!

  • Priya.D

    Hey Sacha,

    I am amazed by your blog…Great work.. Actually I am depressed of what I will be on the next coming years in my career,but hey, I paused on your blog and think what if I could spend my mind in happiness,cooking,gardening,parenting..etc..etc..like you…there is loads and loads of things to do apart from work..I realized it after reading your blog.

    Thanks Sacha!! Keep blogging …..

    • http://sachachua.com Sacha Chua

      Life is short, and eight hours a day is a large part of your waking life. =) Your work should either be something that makes you happy or that pays you enough so that you can focus on the things that make you happy. It’s possible, although each person has to figure out the path for himself or herself. Good luck!

  • Priya.D

    Sacha, I’d love to see your albums which contains your childhood,teenage and wedding.. can you pls post it

  • Anonymous

    “A fiction writer specializing in flash fiction (really short short stories)”

    I didn’t see anything yet, Sacha…!!! can you post it?

  • http://sachachua.com Sacha Chua
  • Grzesiek

    Fajny blog, szczególnie część poświęcona Eamcs :)

  • http://www.mummyninja.com/ Mummy Ninja

    At first, i tot ur name is sakaaah choowaah… sasha pala. ^__^ (grabe u are sooooo geeeeekkkkkk O__O)

  • http://sachachua.com Sacha Chua

    Kaya may MP3. =) Salamat!

  • Pingback: Using Google’s In-Page Analytics to understand how people use a site » sacha chua :: living an awesome life

  • Gyrovagi

    You.Are.Amazing. I think I want your brains.

  • Pingback: Fun With Dead Languages – A Talk By Dr. Damian Conway | J. Bobby Lopez

  • Osama

    Hi Sacha,,
    You are an awesome talented girl.
    Where are you from originally?
    and are you single?
    Have a nice day
    Osama

    • http://sachachua.com sachac

      Um, thanks, but that’s kind of weird. Please don’t do this on the Internet – it’s like being that creepy guy who tries to hit on people at work, or who’ll only talk to you if there’s a chance of being in a relationship. I might be reading this wrong, but just so you know, that’s how people might read it.

      • z

        i came here to leave you a nice reply since i always end up using a tutorial u made for drupal then I read this message and I realized that … ur kind of sad..

  • Sacha

    Hi Sacha,
    My name is Sacha as well. I was so surprised to find someone with the same name as me. It is so rare! I am in the credential program for English, and I am so incredibly shy speaking in front of people. I am hoping to gain more confidence as I learn more, but am afraid it may be too late. I have a lot of anxiety as I am going to start student teaching soon, but I love learning about education, and how to be a good teacher. I hope that by more experience, I can get over my shyness a little bit. Do you have any tips for me to use for my first lesson? Thank you!

    • http://sachachua.com Sacha Chua

      One of the things I learned when I was a teacher was that my enthusiasm for the subject (computer science, in my case) could push me past my nervousness, and actually, students can be quite understanding and helpful if they see that you care. You don’t have to be the expert. You and your students can learn together: they’ll learn about the subject you’re teaching them, and they’ll help you learn about teaching. Good luck!

  • http://www.threefingersholdthepen.blogspot.com scott caple

    Dear Sasha,
    i am a commercial artist ( mostly animation design) and teacher living in the Toronto area.
    I was very pleased to run across you and your blog. You are an interesting person-using what the world has to offer to stay sane! We need more like you.
    i’ll be back to visit often! regards, Scott

    • http://sachachua.com Sacha Chua

      Great to hear from you! Come to our Visual Toronto meetups: http://visualthink.org

  • Paulo Camilo

    Dear Sasha,

    What a wonderful blog! From today, you’ll be part of my morning site reading coffee.

    Paulo Camilo, a moleskine visual mind mapper, sketcher, it project manager, pet friend, from Portugal.

    • http://sachachua.com sachac

      Thanks for reaching out! =) Do you share your notes anywhere?

  • http://mindey.com/ Mindey

    Oh, you have a number of areas that are overlapping with my interests and pursuits!

    • http://sachachua.com sachac

      Looking forward to swapping notes! =)

      • http://mindey.com/ Mindey

        I’d love to, looking forward to it too. Let me know your Dropbox and GPG key, when you start using GPG again.

      • http://mindey.com/ Mindey

        I have to make my notes easily sharable before we can share it. So, I created a task https://gist.github.com/Mindey/02eff1fcec0098a1fb72 that needs to be done before we can share. Any ideas or comments are very welcome!

        • http://sachachua.com Sacha Chua

          That’s a neat idea! =) I wonder what the Emacs equivalent might be like…

  • Misstotofu

    Love your blog, needless to mention the meaningful sketchnote you’ve created, they’re AWESOME!

    • http://sachachua.com sachac

      Thanks!

  • Remy Santos

    Hi Sacha, Can you tell me who wrote this Christmas Parody song?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tbSUyYmefJw

  • Mujahid Ali

    Hi Sacha, your skecth is amazing.. I like it so much..

  • http://www.theGeniusWorks.com/ Peter Fisk

    Fantastic blog … Great sketches. Love the eclectic diversity … Inspiring … Even makes me want to get an Autodesk Sketchbook Pro too … Want to turn my new book Gamechangers.pro from thousands of tired words into energising images … Well done Sacha!

  • Dwain

    Sacha, you’re a very interesting and dedicated person to say the least. As I’ll be finishing my medical degree in 8 months time, I’m about to set about memorising 95-97% of an 869 page dense medical text book called Oxford Handbook of Clinical Medicine. http://www.amazon.com/Oxford-Handbook-Clinical-Medicine-Handbooks/dp/0199232172. I’ll be using the memory techniques most memory world champions advocate (although I’m no where near in that league). Your blog is inspiring me to integrate a memory palace approach with mapping on paper – I don’t think the two things are mutually independent from each other. What are your thoughts? Have you tried memorising a lot of information before using multiple memory palaces? Thanks again for all your fantastic work. From Dwain, Australia

    • http://sachachua.com sachac

      Dwain: Hmmm… I’ve never been particularly spatially oriented, but I’ve heard good things about the memory palace approach. I read about it in depth in “Moonwalking with Einstein”, and I helped J- apply it when she needed to memorize some history facts for a test.

      I think mapping things out on paper and visualizing the walk-throughs might make a great combination. Please share how that works out for you! =)

  • http://jidanni.org/ Dan Jacobson

    My thirty second (0:30) impression of your site: there must be some mistake. There is no way that photo matches the content. Everybody knows that emacs users look like me! ☻ OK see ya.

    • http://jidanni.org/ Dan Jacobson

      Idea: she really needs a ‘Photos” link at top. In Facebook ones photos are always only one click away.

      • Dan Jacobson

        P.S. the Login with facebook button here is super flakey. All I wanted to add is now with BBDB3, things are different…

        • http://sachachua.com sachac

          Super different! I probably won’t be migrating just yet, since Google Contacts is okay (although definitely not as awesome as BBDB was for me).

      • http://sachachua.com sachac

        I figure people who want to know what I look like (beyond the pic in the header) could use Google Image Search or something like that. =)

    • http://sachachua.com Sacha Chua

      Yeah, I’ve had occasional complaints about my non-bearded state over the years. ;)

  • Alexandre Nassar

    En russe Sacha est l’équivalent d’Alexandre. Je suppose pour une fille ça doit être Alexandra. Je suis très impressionné par l’énergie positive que tu dégages et qui t’a permis de réaliser tant de grandes chose en si peu de temps.
    Bravo Alexandra.