As an adolescent growing up in Sydney, I did not even like academic life. All that changed in 1996 when Australian politician Pauline Hanson declared in a controversial speech to Parliament that "a truly multicultural country can never be strong or united". Greatly disturbed and inspired, I decided to channel my angst towards the study of anthropology, which I saw as a way for me to address issues of racism and multi-culturalism at a time when I was becoming increasingly attuned to the quiet murmurs that questioned the role, belonging and loyalty of non-Anglo Australian citizens. The issues of identity politics that had inspired my undergraduate studies at the University of Sydney remains a strong undercurrent in my focus on religion, for which I achieved a PhD from the Australian National University in 2004. Since then I have published books and articles on religious practice in Southeast Asia, with a focus on Christian iconography, religious piety, material culture, the relationship between religion and the state in the Philippines. At NUS, I take great pride in teaching the modules "Introduction to World Religions", "Approaches to the Study of Religion" and "Religion, Society and Politics in Southeast Asia" which are among the foundation modules of the Religious Studies Minor. I am also co-appointed at the Asia Research Institute where I am a member of the Religion and Globalisation in Asian Contexts cluster. As for other undercurrents, I am passionate about scuba diving and/or travelling around Southeast Asia, particularly on two-wheels.