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Jade’s Public Book Launch

1I thank God for the favour from Asian Festival of Children’s Content, Singapore Chinese Girls’ School and the illustrator of Jade’s Quest for Her Heritage, Heng Li Ching, for a successful public book launch on September 8, 2019.   (more…)

Cher! Happy Teacher’s Day 2019

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Happy Teachers’ Day! So glad for all the affirmation from my students.


AFCC 2019

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1st day- My workshop Pinned: 3Ps of Creative Writing. Photos courtesy of Irfan Foner.

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Visiting our art entry – Jade’s Quest for Her Heritage at Book Illustrators Gallery (BIG). Caught up with former writers’ group buddy Emily Lim. I’m cradling Emily Lim‘s Godwit, and she is holding Jade.

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Moderated for Lu Hui Yi, Emily Pan and Hanna Alkaf. Meanwhile, my AFCC Retreat 2017 mates Tina Sim, Leila Boukarim and Barbara Moxham were holding fort! Here is Moses Sia with his Tiny Tap presentation.

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Spotted! Lion Boy and Drummer Girl and Not in the Stars displayed in Central Library. Jade’s Quest was selling in the Festival Bookstore.



Happy Mooncake Festival in advance! Yesterday, at Asian Civilisations Museum, I did an unprecedented act – I read out another author’s book! (more…)

You’re Invited! Jade’s Quest at AFCC


Asian Festival of Children’s Content is one of the most prominent gatherings of children’s book authors, publishers and illustrators in this region. So, it is an honour to have a public launch for Jade’s Quest for Her Heritage here. Moreover, we will be doing it in The Pod, with a sweeping view of downtown and the skyline.

Illustrator Heng Li Ching’s art will also be displayed at the AFCC Book Illustrators Gallery (BIG).

Please join us for our big day! September 8, 2pm, in The Pod at Central Library, Victoria Street.

Jade’s Quest Book Launch

On 8 August 2019, I was invited to the Book Launch of Jade’s Quest for Her Heritage at Singapore Chinese Girls’ School. After labouring on this book for half a year, I am extremely relieved and satisfied to see it in print.

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On the day itself, I invited my daughter Maxine to join me for the book launch. It was a good chance for her to revisit her alma mater. Maxine studied in SCGS from 2006 to 2015. The Launch was being held together with SCGS National Day celebrations. The timing was deliberate as the book had national and cultural content, having won funding from National Heritage Board and SGBicentennial.
During the celebrations, we got to watch tiny Kim Geks dance to a medley of Singapore tunes. Totally adorable! Squeeworthy shots! But I can’t post photos of minors here! Then, it was on to the Launch, held in the Alice Lee Hall.
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The team responsible for the Book Launch– (from left) project coordinator SCGS Vice Principal Ho Hui Ping, National Heritage Board Grace Chan, artist Heng Li Ching, me and SCGS Ms Kang. Missing from picture is my designer Haw Shing Yee.

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I also thank my writers’ group– The Penultimate Stop– for their presence at the launch. 

I have so, so many thoughts about Jade’s Quest inspiration and creation, which I will share soon.

Philippines Book Summit

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I was invited to speak at Philippines Book Summit held on 17 July, 2019.

I took it very seriously as, way back in January this year, I had prayed that I would be able to participate in at least 1 overseas conference this year. So Philippines Book Summit was a prayer come true!




My topic was “Tuning in The Muse: Finding inspiration All Around You”. I arrived at Ninoy Aquino International Airport and travelled to Thames International Entrepreneurs School in Quezon City, where the PBS was held. Ah! I got to experience Manila traffic. Haha, just as paralysing as KL jam and Bangkok jam.

Filipino writers, illustrators and publishers were present for the Conference. I met Carol Tapia of Philippines National Book Development Board who had arranged the trip for me, Joyce Bautista of Scholastic Philippines, Neni Sta Romana Cruz, chair of NBDB, Yna Reyes of OMF Literature and Laura Prinsloo of Indonesia, among others.

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The participants feedback that they heard my presentation clearly (I was worried that my Singaporean pronunciation may affect their reception of my talk), and they were most struck by my sense of humour! That was a surprise for me as humour is not my strong point—in writing nor in life.

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After the Conference, I took half a day to visit San Agustin Church in Intramuros and the National Museum of Fine Arts. It was a good time to recentre on God and to give thanks to Him for this opportunity to visit Philippines and to participate in an overseas conference.

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