Hello there and welcome to my personal digital space! πŸ‘‹

My name is Jesstern. I am a neurodivergent, gender nonconforming software engineer based in Singapore.

Work

I work on both frontend and backend web development. I am a proponent of test driven development and pair programming which are part of extreme programming.

I have been a software engineer and technical consultant at Thoughtworks for 5 years where I work with clients to build disruptive technologies. Prior to that I worked as a freelance web developer. πŸ§‘β€πŸ’»

Community

I believe it’s important to give back to the community. I’ve volunteered at the Singapore chapter of Junior Dev and SingaporeJS hosting and organizing events for technical talks and workshops.

I have been a facilitator for numerous Coderetreat events in Singapore where we focus on practicing professional software engineering approaches with test-driven development and pair programming.

I’ve taught as a volunteer instructor at Code in the Community, an initiative by Google and the Singaporean government, for children of disadvantaged backgrounds. πŸ’ž

Interests

My father taught me how to play chess when I was ten years old and I’ve had a love for the game ever since. I play occasionally on Lichess.

I love being in nature and the outdoors. I enjoy hiking, cycling, swimming, kayaking, and spending time at the beach with an ice cold coconut shake in hand. 🏝

When I go for long walks in the park I like to listen to podcasts and audiobooks. My favorite podcasts are Hidden Brain by Shankar Vedantam and more recently Game Changers by The Economist.

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This website is built using Hugo with the PaperMod theme and hosted on GitHub Pages.


Thank you for visiting my website. Have a beautiful day! 🌀

– Jesstern