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Hsio-Ying Lo: Life Is Too Short and the World Is Too Big to Do the Same Old Thing

Hsio-Ying Lo, NWCPHP program coordinator, is often the first friendly face you see. But she also maintains some colorful hobbies outside the office.
Hsio-Ying Lo: Life Is Too Short and the World Is Too Big to Do the Same Old Thing

Hsio-Ying Lo on a glacier during her trip to Iceland in 2010.

Hsio-Ying Lo, NWCPHP program coordinator, is often the first friendly face you see. But she also maintains some colorful hobbies outside the office.

January 9, 2013

At NWCPHP, one of the first people you often meet – whether you call us or visit our office – is Hsio-Ying Lo, our much-loved program coordinator who greets everyone at the door with a cheerful smile.

In the office, Hsio-Ying’s work helps everyone get through the day smoothly. Since 2005, Hsio-Ying has been keeping our office in order by supporting administrative and financial management activities. She maintains and manages center databases, and coordinates events. She is a key player who keeps NWCPHP organized and able to offer its services to practitioners in our region.Hsio-Ying Lo in Paris

Outside of the office, though, she keeps herself busy. Many of her interests make their way into the halls and onto the walls of NWCPHP – mostly her love of gardening and travel.

Walking in the door, you immediately notice the bowery of healthy plant life, thanks to Hsio-Ying’s green thumb. At home she is an avid gardener, filling her yard with vegetables and especially flowers—rhododendrons, tulips, daffodils, and peonies are her favorites.

“I’m pretty proud of my peonies,” says Hsio-Ying. “Every June I bring them in—I just love flowers!” It’s a much-anticipated part of the early summer for NWCPHP when she brings them and their pleasant perfume into the office.

Hsio-Ying Lo in Pisa, ItalyBefore Hsio-Ying began working at NWCPHP, however, her career was closely related to her “number one favorite hobby,” traveling. She worked as a travel agent for almost 20 years, mostly organizing tours and travel opportunities for groups coming from and going to Asian countries.

Even though she left that career behind when she began working with NWCPHP, her love of travel hasn’t abated in her free time. In all, Hsio-Ying’s personal travels have taken her to 11 different countries in Asia, North America, and Europe.

“I just love meeting people in different countries. I enjoy the scenery, the food, and I enjoy talking with people and trying to understand their language and culture,” she says. “I like to go to places I’ve never been. Life is too short, and the world is too big.”

In the year ahead, Hsio-Ying hopes to make two trips. In the spring, she’ll visit Taiwan, where she grew up, with a side-trip planned for Cambodia so she can see Angkor Wat. In the fall, she hopes to sneak away on a trip to Spain or maybe Peru to visit Machu Pichu. Wherever you find her, though, Hsio-Ying welcomes you with her warm and friendly humor.

“I like being in contact with lots of different people. That’s what I like about working for NWCPHP and traveling,” says Hsio-Ying. “I’m good at being a people person.”

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