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Seattle City (spot)Light: Cristine Chan, Accounting Technician

The Basics

Division: Account Control

How long have you been at City Light? Exactly eight months.

Tell us about your role: As an accounting technician, I manage various account transactions, including transferring balances owed and credited, processing escrow and credit card refunds, and handling unclaimed property. I also ensure payment verification before we proceed with any account transactions.


Hometown: San Jose, Batangas, Philippines

Alma mater:  De La Salle University in the Philippines

Discipline/Trade of study: Bachelor’s in computer science

Tell us about your family/pets: I am the youngest in the family with five brothers. I am a happy wife with a two-year-old son. My immediate family are all in the Philippines with one of my brothers and his family in New Zealand. We are a close-knit family, which is why living away from them is not easy. But having a supportive husband has made everything easier for me. Most of them came to visit me here already, and we’ve visited them twice since I moved here in December 2017.

Just for fun

What has been your favorite project you’ve worked on/have been working on at City Light? I was recently trained on how to do returned checks and voucher approval. Although it’s challenging, it means learning a new task. So, I would say it’s been my favorite so far.

What’s the best concert or live performance you’ve ever attended? “Chicago” on Broadway.

What TV show are you currently binge-watching? K-Drama.

What’s your favorite season and why? I love spring. It’s like rebirth and life for me. Spring gives me hope and happiness as I look forward to sunshine. Born and raised in the Philippines, I don’t look forward to fall and winter. This December will be six years since I moved to the USA, and I feel that I am just starting to get used to the cold, rainy weather here.

Finish this sentence: “It’s never too late to…” It’s never too late to be what you might have been. Ten years ago, it’s all “might have been.” But I got married when I was 36, became a mom when I was 39, and got this job when I was 40. But it’s never too late to be happy. 😊