My name is BJ Peter DeLaCruz. I have a master's degree in computer science from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and I am a certified Java developer.
I am also a certified TEFL instructor. I took an online course with BridgeTEFL and received my certification on April 22, 2013.
I enjoy reading books about Japanese culture and history. I also like to watch Asian films and TV shows; my favorite is the Chinese dating show If You Are the One. (Unfortunately, the show, with English subtitles, is only available in Australia, so you would have to use a VPN client such as ExpressVPN, which I use and highly recommend, if you want to watch it on SBS and live outside Australia.)
Starting in November 2013, I began walking (at least a mile or two per day), and I really enjoy it because it helps me relax and get in shape.
In January 2014, I became interested in reading novels that take place in Japan. Until and before I read my first novel Tokyo Hearts, I wasn't interested in reading fiction. Instead, I only wanted to read about other people's experiences living in Japan because my personal goal is to move to that country one day. However, I realized that novels such as Tokyo Hearts can make the reader feel as if he or she is part of the story, watching it unfold as if it were a TV drama or live in person. I also found that authors based their stories on personal experiences or, in the case of The Samurai's Garden, their knowledge of history and culture. So in addition to biographies, memoirs, and travelogues, I am also interested in reading romance, non-fantasy* novels that take place in Japan.
Recently, I became interested in writing fiction. I am currently writing a novelette titled Kaiya. I will publish it as an e-book on Amazon in summer 2014.
* Non-fantasy: the events in the story are plausible and can happen in real-life.