I was born and raised in Taipei. Have lived in Belgium. Moved to Tokyo in 2017. Moved to Kyoto in 2020. On this site I share about things I do or like: eating, cooking, food, travels, Japan, Japanese, software engineering, life-style tips, and programming.
I’m easy-going, progressive, future-focused, pleasure-focused, and sensitive/cautious person. My personal mission is to be useful and helpful to as many people as possible. My personality type is INFP-T. My emotional assessments result. My pronoun is
I currently live in Kyoto, Japan.
It is a name I impersonated. My online persona. Name looks like Spanish or Filipino, but the first name was given by a friend from Zaragoza. My real last name Huang, pronounced similar to Juan in Spanish. My friends and I became close, so they called me Juan-ito. Fatas is inherited from another close friend at that time. I use this name for too long, Juanito Fatas became my identity on the internet. It also makes me remember the good old days we spent together studying in Belgium. And I love Spain!
I am an engineer at Buildkite. Doing product work. A CI service you should try if you have not.
I sometimes spend spare time contributing to Open Source, meeting people at community events, attending & speaking at meetups and conferences.
Before Software Engineering
I have worked a lot of jobs for living. Flaky scallion pancakes maker at university restaurant, internet cable guy, bartender in Southern Belgium border, IT guy in high school, a research assistant in university, electronics engineer, and amateur translator. I grew up in Taiwan.
I went to universities in Taipei, Taiwan, and Leuven, Belgium studied Electronics Engineering. Went to Army for a year (Enlisted military service, Air Force). The army had reset everything I learned (
forgot), so I learned programming and started working professionally since 2013.
In the early days, I was influenced by contributing to documentations first. So I translated a lot of documents. I translated Ruby on Rails Doctrine, Ruby on Rails Guides, Rails Girls Guides, Google Common Lisp Style Guide, and a ANSI Common Lisp book. Translations taught me the basic of programming through Lisp, to pay attention to details, proficient in many markup languages, and all sorts of Git techniques.
I like acquiring languages
I speak Mandarin, Taiwanese, and English. I can understand Cantonese. My Japanese is conversational at intermediate level. I was living in a Flemish city Leuven, Belgium for 2 years. I have failed attemps learning Dutch, Spanish, French, Greek, Italian, and Korean.
I enjoy cooking
Cooking is my stress coping mechanism.
Dishes I can cook well: Mapotofu, Carbonara, Sundubu Jjigae, Japanese Curry, cup noodle (cup noodle is only tasty if you cook it!), spicy roasted beef, cacio e pepe, varies version of dandan noodle, Twice Cooked Pork, stir-fry green vegetables, stir-fry rice, kimichi pork, karaage (japanese fried chicken), Italian Ragu, Minced Pork Rice, Beef Bourguignon, dumplings, dan bing...
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