Getting to know: Ai-lada Chotechuang 

Welcome to a new series where we'll be asking alumni the hard questions to get to know them better. First up, Bangkok alumni representative and social sciences graduate, Ai-lada Chotechuang.

What did you study and when did you graduate?
I did a Master of Social Sciences, majoring in Political Science, and graduated in 1998.

Where do you live?
Bangkok, Thailand.

What do you do now?
I'm currently a Specialist in Political Affairs at the Embassy of Japan in Bangkok.

What is the best thing about where you live?
The best thing about Bangkok is how well it mixes culture and modernised life. And it's food heaven here! 

And the worst?
The traffic jams.

What's something people might not know about you?
I think everyone who knows me knows everything about me. I'm an open book! 

What do you miss about your time studying at Waikato?
I miss everything about Waikato. My faculty, Student Village, the library, the beautiful campus and the ducks on the lake! 

Best piece of advice you were ever given?
Try to do the best you can in everything you do.

Favourite book/movie/TV programme/band/artist:
I love Agatha Christie books, particularly the way the plots are created. For music, I like a lot of different artists - Bon Jovi, Ronan Keating, Michael Buble. The list goes on! But I don't like electronica or heavy metal. My favourite movies are historical ones, such as 300 and Troy. I don't have much time for TV, but I always watch Calico Serie A, an Italian football league show. My team is AC Milan.

Do you catch up with fellow alumni?
We have a really strong New Zealand Alumni Association here and I often catch up with alumni that studied at Waikato and at other New Zealand universities.

If you would like to be featured in our new series, just send us an email. We'd love to hear from you. 

For the full list of alumni representatives, their locations and how to contact them, click here.