Welcome to my website.
If you have got this far and you are not one of my friends or family then a double thank you.
So far, you know that I was cursed by my parents with a most unfortunate name, which as the fates have decreed is also quite unique. I say ‘quite’ as I have never unearthed another Mark Bibby Jackson in this or any other world, but I have to admit to the possibility that one does exist – if you know of another then please inform me.
Although I state that I am a freelance journalist specialising in ASEAN, the publisher of AsiaLIFE Cambodia and editor-in-chief of Horizon Thailand magazine, in truth I am more a wanderer who perennially proves that there are some people who do not have a good novel inside of them.
Despite graduating in English, I spent much of my career languishing in offices devising plans for dealing with objectors to railway projects or preparing English lesson plans. It was only when I went to Vietnam as a VSO volunteer in 2003 that I was able to put my creative ability to the test through editing Vietnam Pathfinder magazine, an activity that was strictly non-Kosher according to VSO’s rules.
Since then I have served as editor-in-chief for Development Weekly and Business Press as well as writing freelance for a number of publications throughout Southeast Asia before establishing my own magazine: AsiaLIFE Cambodia in December 2006. Following the success of this lifestyle magazine, I established my own media company: AsiaLIFE Media, which specialises in publishing.
I have continued to pursue my freelance writing career throughout. A lifetime Leyton Orient and Liverpool fan – the end of last season still hurts – 2010 saw me commissioned to write daily columns on the Football World Cup for the Myanmar Times and Phnom Penh Post, entitled The Bib. More recently the Phnom Penh Post recruited me to write the Heartbeat of the Nation, a weekly supplement on each province in Cambodia which is being serialised over 26 weeks in the newspaper in 2011. In addition to writing, I have trained journalists in Myanmar in 2010 and in Cambodia during the second half of 2011 funded by the Sasakawa Foundation.
April 2012 saw my debut as a novella-ist with the publication of Always, a short story about a man living the last seven days of his life in a cell and reflecting upon his life.
Later in the year, I launched AsiaLIFE Thailand in Bangkok. My latest venture was the launch of Horizon Thailand, the official magazine for the Department of International Trade Promotions (DITP) in 2013.
If you have managed to make it through to the end of this bio then you really don’t deserve to have the Timeline forced down your throat, but there again who said life is fair.
2004 – 6: Managing Editor, Vietnam Pathfinder, Dolphin Media, Hanoi, Vietnam.
2006: Editor-in-Chief, Development Weekly and Business Press, MC&D, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
2006 – now: Founder, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief, AsiaLIFE Cambodia, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
2008 – 11: Cambodian Contributor to the Miele Guide, Singapore.
2009 – Launched www.asialifeguide.com.
2009: Editor of When the Sun Awakens for Plan-O-Rama, Hanoi, Vietnam.
2010: Journalism Trainer at the Myanmar Times, funded by the Sasakawa Foundation.
2010: Columnist for the Phnom Penh Post and Myanmar Times, writing The Bib on the 2010 World Cup.
2010: Established 360Degree Media.
2011: Special Correspondent for the Phnom Penh Post, writing Heartbeat of the Nation.
2011: Editor of Mekong: Unravel the Mystery for Plan-O-Rama, Hanoi, Vietnam.
2011: Journalism Trainer for MEDIAR, Phnom Penh.
2012: Publication of Always, a novella.
2012: Launch of AsiaLIFE Thailand.
2013: Launch of Horizon Thailand.