Sarina is in her 3rd year of a Double Bachelor Degree in Asian Studies and Environment and Sustainability.
What is your favourite cuisine from Asia and the Pacific regions?
I love Thai food. Especially Som Tam. Som Tam is a salad made from unripe papaya. The sourness of fresh lime and sweet and spicy sauce along with the crunchy papaya was a combination I have never had before. I’m not much of a salad person, but I found myself ordering this dish every time I eat Thai food.
Where would you like to travel in Asia and the Pacific regions?
China, Mongolia, Timor-Leste, and South Korea… I cannot decide! Because the pandemic has forced us to stay put, my desire for traveling has increased more so than ever before! Once we can travel again, I want to travel from Beijing to Ulaanbaatar on the Trans-Siberian Railway.
What issue in Asia and the Pacific regions are you most passionate about/intrigued by?
I’m interested in plastic pollution and climate change in Asia and the Pacific regions. It all started when I realized that I struggled to classify what goes in recycling and what doesn’t. Small actions of ours are impacting other lifestyles. The future seems uncertain, but there are little things we can do to prevent disasters from happening.
What was last TV show you binge watched?
I binge watched “midnight diner” on Netflix. It is about a tiny restaurant located in the backstreets of Tokyo. It opens only from midnight to dawn while most people are asleep. The mysterious chef known as “master” cooks whatever the customer requests. The dishes that they order are associated with their nostalgic memories. What would you ask “master” to cook for you?