My name is John Salvino and I live and work in Beijing. I moved here from Toronto in January, 2018, to start a new job, it's been such a great experience, I'm really enjoying my time here! For years I worked in corporate IT, but eventually I wanted to do something more creative so a few years ago I left my corporate job and started doing freelance web development, with the intention of travelling more often. I had wanted to see China for years, but for longer than just a couple of weeks, so in 2017 I decided I wanted to work here, so I could spend a long time and really immerse myself in the language and culture.
This site is a home base for my main interests, which include…
My main hobby is photography, and I enjoy blogging about it, here you will find my photography blog posts. My favourite type of photography is street photography, Toronto is a great city for that, so many diverse neighbourhoods!
Back in 2016 I visited Iceland, it was such a different experience from shooting in a big city, so many incredible landscape photography opportunities there, here are some photos I took while I was there. It really helped fuel my desire to do more travel photography.
I’ve loved music ever since I was a young kid, originally hearing my parents listening to 8-tracks on their awesome stereo, then using my allowance to purchase 45s, then albums, cassettes, CDs, MP3s, and now to streaming. It’s great living in a big city like Toronto, you have the chance to see many artists, both popular and not-so-popular.
I listen to and enjoy so many different genres of music, my music library is quite a mix, and definitely includes some guilty pleasures :)
You can find my music posts here.
I'm currently learning Mandarin, back in 2015 I wrote the HSK levels 1 and 2 exams. I was concentrating mainly on characters at first, but have recently started taking Mandarin classes to help improve my speaking and listening skills.
I also know quite a bit of Italian and French, I did a minor in Italian in University, and took French all through high school and more recently took a couple of years of night classes. Like with Mandarin, the main thing I need to improve are my speaking and listening skills.
You can reach me at my Contact page or through the social links at the bottom of the page!