Editorial Team


Florence KHA

Editor-In-Chief

Florence oversees the Editorial Team as the Editor-In-Chief, the head-honcho, the el presidente. Nothing gets past her without her saying so, and nothing gets published without her giving the green light. But don’t worry too much, Florence is probably one of the friendliest persons you’ve ever met.


Caden GOH

Sub-Editor

A quiet demeanour, with a face that almost always looks pensive, Caden will indeed surprise you with a warm heart and friendly smile… that is, until you step on his toes… When that happens, all bets are off the table. Spends his time free scouring for exotic cuisines, meeting up with friends, and enjoying a good cup of latte, but not necessarily in that order.


Jeevitha KUMAR

Journalist / Writer

Jeevitha first ventured abroad at a tender age of nine, and immediately fell in love with the idea of travelling. To date, she’s been globe-trotting for almost a decade, with the aim of exploring and understanding cross-cultural differences. Travel is perhaps among the best education one can receive, and her travels have shaped her into the person that she is today. Oh!… And did we also mention that she’s a doctor too?


Ashley HOH

Journalist / Writer

Ashley is part psychology graduate currently working in the local healthcare scene, and part quintessential millennial learning the best ways to engage in self-care activities. When she is not working on research, she reads and occasionally writes for mental health websites. She can also be found documenting various little adventures on social media platforms, from joining yoga classes to checking out hidden gastronomic gems around town.


Hisham ARIS

Journalist / Writer

Hailing from a science background, Hisham is a self-taught writer. He started journaling about technical subjects, but before long, he found himself waist deep in pretty much every subject under the sky. His specialty is an uncanny ability to translate technical mumbo-jumbo into an easily comprehensible human language.


Aurelia CHAN

Journalist / Writer

A student of design and journalism, Aurelia is young and full of energy. She has a passion for photography, writing, art, and yes, playing guitars too. Having discovered the art of writing at a tender age of eight, when she entered short stories and poems in contests, it more or less sealed her love for telling stories.


Muhammad REZA

Journalist / Writer

An avid reader who enjoys learning about history and personal development, Reza considers himself a student-for-life. On top of that, he also has a dream of opening a sanctuary for strays too. As if that’s not already a lot on his plate, the arrival of his daughter changed his view of the world. He now spends what’s left of his already limited leisure time reading about baby development, so that he can raise his little princess to be the best person that she can be. A potential burn out case?… You bet!… That’s why it’s a good thing that he’s also a coffee connoisseur too… He’s gonna need all that caffeine to keep him awake through the sleepless nights…


Shannie NG

Journalist / Writer

Exposed to a habit of reading from a tender age, Shannie literally grew up surrounded by books. Not a surprise that she developed an affinity for reading, a habit that she carries over till today. Whenever she’s not spending time with her other commitments in music, dancing and writing, you can always find her holed up in a corner, somewhere, reading a book… And when you ask this budding rocket scientist where’s the safest place to hide during a zombie apocalypse, she’d most likely tell you, “The library”… You’ve never heard of a zombie that reads, have you?…


Amal HAMIZAH

Journalist / Writer

A psychologist by training, but Amal’s soft and demure looks will most certainly fool you into thinking that she’s anything but that. Like most millennials, she’s into the fashion and gastronomic adventure as well. But unlike most millennials, she’s also into art, stationeries, and literature too… Yup, both reading and writing. You’d be surprised that somebody as young as her has already racked up several years of writing experience under her belt. Oh yeah, she’s also got a soft spot for cats too, and admittedly spends countless hours on YouTube… You know?… Cats?… YouTube?… Cats?… YouTube?… Before you know it, you’ve unknowingly lost two hours of your life, wandering from one cute kitten video to the next on YouTube…


Julia YONG

Journalist / Writer

A marketer with many years of experience helping various industries grow, Julia brings to the table what no traditional marketing professional has ever thought of before – visual creativity and storytelling. Throw in some business acumen and analytical skills, and we’ll end up with some pretty creative marketing techniques. Of course, not everything is about work, and Julia is also another foodie too, exploring every nook and cranny for exotic cuisines. Wanna know more about her gastronomic adventures? Fear not, for she’s also fond of capturing her adventures through her video logs too. That’s right, she’s both a vlogger and a blogger!


Zernaish JUNAID

Journalist / Writer

With a fiery passion to make this world a better place, this professionally trained chef also volunteers regularly as a counsellor for the young, and the young-at-heart. On top of that, Zernaish is also a firm believer of the power of reading and writing, hence her love for writing stories and poems as a form of expression of her messages to the world. As though that’s not already a lot on her plate, she’s also into photography and calligraphy too.


Hazel LING

Journalist / Writer

Friendly and sociable, and a total bibliophiliac (yes, it’s a real word, look it up!). Being exposed to books as a toddler, Hazel developed the love for reading when everybody else her age was still exploring the playground, and learning not everything that looks colourful is edible… Because of that, she grew up loving to read and write. She’s also musically inclined, playing the piano for leisure, a self-professed science nerd, and a logophile too (yes, that’s also a real word too, look it up!).


Azamila MARNI

Journalist / Writer

After losing what she thought was her calling in the world of media and the advertising industry, Azamila rediscovered her true calling in coaching and writing. After all, with interests like nature, movies, poetry, and basically interacting with fellow human beings, who’d have guessed that she’s not exactly cut out for the cold and ruthless corporate world? She’s such a true believer of authenticity, and openly showing one’s vulnerabilities, that she’s even delved into coaching, and published a few books on emotional healing too.


Derrick PANG

Journalist / Writer

Drummer, footballer, badminton player, and a seasoned volunteer of non-governmental organisations for social causes, Derrick is an English Language and Communication major with a love for teaching. Throw in his love for travelling, particularly off the beaten track, he’s also known to regularly volunteer to teach English language and life skills to underprivileged communities around the world.


Amirah HENG

Journalist / Writer

Engineer by profession, and specialising in 3D design no less, you’d be forgiven to assume that she’s the quintessential geek, who thrives in the habitat of the usual cubicle, surrounded by tall walls on all four sides. What you may not know is that Amirah is also an adventurer, often wandering off the beaten path too. Hiking up a mountain, trekking through a jungle, backpacking in unknown places, or even camping out in the wild, she’s got them all under her belt. How else will you get to mingle with outdoor enthusiasts from all over the world? And as if that’s not already enough, she’s a passionate poet too…


Fadzel HAMDEN

Journalist / Writer

A global citizen at heart, having lived and worked in the UK, Australia and Singapore, Fadzel has a cosmopolitan approach to life. Contrary to popular belief, having a law degree under his belt is no guarantee of satisfaction, as he was soon drawn to the education industry. He has since written articles on a variety of topics, but his heart will always belong to the education industry, having been personally involved in all facets of education. And to spice up an otherwise straight and narrow lifestyle, he also dabbles in amateur cooking too.


Hayley LIM

Journalist / Writer

An aspiring lawyer that was enticed by the siren call of journalism, Hayley found herself being drawn away from her ambition in a legal career to a more “fun” career as a journalist. Since then, she has reported on anything and everything under the umbrella of journalism. As if that wasn’t already enough, she also found herself being drawn towards stories that took her out of the comforts of her urban abode, and into the rough locales of rural communities, particularly deep into the heart of rural East Malaysia. Aside from “work” she also finds solace in voluntarism too, particularly in animal welfare. And this animal lover has a heart for many other social causes too.


Najwa MAIHAZAM

Journalist / Writer

Projecting a shy and reserved first impression, English Linguistics major and coffee connoisseur, Najwa will probably give you a pleasant surprise, as there’s more to her than meets the eye. A logophile that’s always scribbling lyrics and poems in her notebook (yes, the paper kind). And when she warms up to you, good luck trying to shut her up, as she’s probably more talkative and a practical joker than you are. She believes that everybody is born different, and this unique difference that separates all of us should be celebrated, not shunned.


Sharmila VELLA

Journalist / Writer

Business major who couldn’t really adapt well in the corporate sector, Sharmila found herself being lured into the exciting world of journalism with a major newspaper. Fast forward a few years later, she was lured back into the corporate world once again, but this time around, to establish a magazine title within the corporate entity. What better way to combine the best of both worlds, as she enjoys meeting new people, experience new things, and more importantly, telling exciting stories of her adventures through writing.


Li O’ Liliana

Journalist / Writer

With a background in media studies and corporate communication, Liliana is a wanderlust who found her true calling in telling stories. Never at peace in a regular nine-to-five job, and always seeking intellectual and creative fulfilment by meeting new people and exploring hidden nooks and crannies. She truly believes that work and play are two sides of the same coin, and strives to find a way to integrate them into a fun activity. Ever eager to share her views through writing, where she can pour her heart and soul into.


E Wen YEO

Journalist / Writer

Having studied in both science and arts streams, E Wen has developed interests in a wide variety of topics. Along the way, she also developed a love for languages. And this budding linguist simply loves writing and travelling. Meeting people from all types of cultural backgrounds lends fodder to her insatiable passion to bring stories to life. Closer to home, she’s also a fan of fluffy kitties and horror flicks, and she secretly aspires to someday write her own horror scripts… Let’s just hope that it’s not a horror flick that includes cute kitties in it…


Ti ArNeez

Journalist / Writer

Her shy countenance hides the fact that Ti ArNeez is actually an all round talented performer. She writes, produces, directs, choreographs, and even acts in various types of theatrical performances. Ever since falling in love with performing arts at a tender age of five, she’s been involved in performances of one kind or another. Singing at weddings, dancing at social events, you name it, she’s probably done it. And when she’s away from the limelight, you can probably find her scouting around for her next gastronomic adventure, lazing by the beach with a good book, enjoying a good movie or two, and of course, actively participating in social media.


Navid IMTIAZ

Journalist / Writer

With a double major in Restaurant Management and Business under his belt, Navid is a typical millennial with interest in all things automotive and tech. But unlike the typical millennial, he has already racked up several years of writing experience for a handful of international publications, whilst most of his peers are still preoccupied with the latest video games. This veteran writer also confesses that he “can’t live without the internet”. Well, it’s a good thing that we now have mobile internet that we carry with us everywhere we go.


Zainiffer ZAINAL

Journalist / Writer

Copywriter, content strategist, content creator, scriptwriter, editor, interviewer, and when things go ballistic as they often do, an in-house therapist too, Zainiffer has bitten off more than her fair share in the broadcast industry. Affectionately known as Effa, her journalistic curiosity, combined with broadcast and agency experience helps her to guide her clients to ask the right questions to the already obvious answers. Not something that meek young executives look forward to doing… And how does she unwind from this high-strung career?… By meditatively trimming her watermelon vines on her balcony garden.


Sabrina CHONG

Journalist / Writer

Journalism graduate who jumped ship to the world of corporate communication, Sabrina is sassy and sweet, but watch out, she’s brutally honest when it comes to expressing herself, quirk and all. Her polished corporate exterior hides the fact that she’s got her fingers in almost every pie, with interests that range from the expected girly stuff like fashion and beauty, to the heavyweight topics like tech and the great outdoors. So don’t let her innocent face fool you, she’s actually fluent in geek-speak.


Rachel PUNITHA

Journalist / Writer

Lecturer turned writer, who had a fling with a major newspaper, once upon a time, Rachel is a total romantic at heart… with words, that is… She can, and always will sink her teeth into a cornucopia of topics, including popular ones like work and family culture, mental and emotional health, fitness and lifestyle. But wait, the list doesn’t stop there. She’s also into weird topics too, like the woes of gardening to having weird elbows, and even the dry and boring ones like money management to retirement planning. The only servings that aren’t on her plate are the garden variety ones, like travelling and food. Talk about being eccentric…


Naeim AHMAD

Journalist / Writer

Amateur footballer who loves to self-commentate his own gameplay while on the pitch, as a way to unwind from a hectic work life, Naeim is anything but typical. And when he’s not sweating it out on the pitch, he’s also a firm believer in the revolution by the pen. Yes, the pen is indeed mightier than the sword to this young man. Always fighting a never-ending battle to exterminate ignorance and misconceptions by empirically arguing and pointing out the what’s, the how’s and the why’s, using his weapon of choice – the pen… Or rather – the keyboard…


Atika SIKUN

Journalist / Writer

E-commerce aficionado and customer service professional by day, and a logophile by night, Atika is full of energy, the perfect embodiment of the Duracell Bunny. Made a name for herself, creating contents for blogs, magazines, portals, company profiles, press releases, tag-lines, etc. And when she’s not working, she’s probably penning down her thoughts all over town, practise the yogi lifestyle, and exploring all the nooks and crannies for that next exotic cuisine. You know she has arrived when you can feel her energy in the air, and of course, arriving in style in her signature quirky fashion.


Anita PALANISAMY

Journalist / Writer

Semi-retired English language instructor/lecturer, Anita is a lively, go-getter, with a passion for life. She’s been involved in more than just the education industry for almost three decades of her professional life. She also conducts summer English programmes, as well as consults and trains too. Aside from “work” she’s also into reading, travelling and singing. That’s right, she actually sang professionally before. So what keeps her going? Well, she believes that there are no limits in what you can do if you truly believe in yourself.


Hasnah ABDUL RAHMAN

Journalist / Writer

Having more than three decades of experience in the media industry under her belt, writing and editing for several publications, before turning over to the corporate world as a communication strategist, Hasnah has seen it all before. But the lure of the corporate world had finally lost its shine on her, as she turned what was once a mere hobby to de-stress herself, into a career on its own right. This fiery mother of four sons now writes, runs a catering business, and is also a social activist for autism too, having two sons under the Autism Spectrum. And what else is there left to do?… Well, how about diving?… Perhaps bungee jumping?… Yup, the fire inside her still burns bright as ever.


Jasmine CHEA

Journalist / Writer

Psychologist by training, passion and ambition – you can never get more in-tune with psychology than Jasmine. And when she’s not reading up or contributing to the latest medical and scientific journals, she’s probably engrossed in the latest in beauty or skin care trends. Need somebody to discuss what’s trending in the cosmetic market? Or somebody to share about the intricate art of a beautifully drawn eyeliner? She’s the one to go to. Not surprisingly, she’s also passionate about typography and calligraphy, all things furry, and yeah, she’s not a bad poet too. After all, variety is indeed the spice of life, and being open to new experiences in life is chicken soup for the soul.


Tee May TAN

Journalist / Writer

Mass Communication graduate, with a passion to write and tell stories, Tee May formed a Book Club during her university days, and led the members to connect with others who share their love of reading. She believes that everybody has a story of their own, waiting for the right time, and perhaps the right writer to pen it down, and share it with the world. So far, she’s written about entrepreneurship, self-care, mental health, and self-awareness, and she’s barely starting only. An amateur drummer and dancer, she also has a pretty active life outside of the library too. She’s your typical millennial with the “Work Hard, Play Hard” attitude, and a high energy personality to boot.


Dominic O’SULLIVAN

Journalist / Writer

Retired from a career in hospital management, Dominic now enjoys the best times of his life. A dedicated environmentalist, and a very active member of Malaysian Nature Society, and a supporter of the Tasikoki Wildlife Rescue Centre. He’s passionate in helping people understand the state of the planet, deforestation, pollution, and horrors of the illegal wildlife trade. And when he’s not out there protecting Mother Earth from, well, ourselves, he’s also into nature, gardening, history, spending time with the family, and embarking in gastronomic adventures. His strength (which is also his weakness) is his willingness to share his knowledge with just about anybody who’s willing to listen. Well, he does admit that he talks a lot…


Kimberly WONG

Journalist / Writer

Communications major with a passion for reading from a variety of genres since childhood, Kimberly (or just Kim to those close to her) also has a finger in performing arts, and has a knack for learning new languages (she can speak French *wink*). Having worked in various industries, from education and hospitality to food and beverage, she’s not your typical “amateur” when compared to others her age. And when she’s not working (if you can even consider that “work”), she also enjoys having discussions about anything and everything under the sun… Just don’t get her started on philosophy… or you’ll never hear the end of it… And yeah, her favourite author is Haruki Murakami.


Atiqah GHAZALI

Journalist / Writer

Having spent her formative years overseas with her expat parents, Atiqah grew up immersed in a melting pot of global cultures. She’s well read from a young age, full of curiosity and enthusiasm, and expresses herself best through writing, art and photography. It’s not surprising that she treasures her collection of old photographs, stories, and art pieces, to remind her of what she’s been through in life. An architect by qualification, but she decided that the best way to express her artistic flair was in the world of interior design. Why make the switch?… Well, she’s always dreamt of designing her parents’ future home.


Jonathan MOH

Journalist / Writer

Honourable English lecturer by day, adolescent video gamer and otaku by night – nobody can claim to be anymore polarised than that. And Jonathan seems equally comfortable wearing both hats. What’s even more intriguing is his ability to sniff out good stories. He truly believes that the best stories aren’t always found in some faraway exotic locales, but rather in our own backyards. All it takes is to start looking at things and people through different lenses.


Doreen MTONGA

Journalist / Writer

With both parents working as linguists, and editors, young Doreen grew up surrounded by literary works, which undoubtedly nourished her love for reading and writing. It’s no surprise that she grew up wanting to be a writer. Often being told that she’s wise beyond her years, she worked hard to achieve her dreams, and ended up in the world of mass communications. She prides herself as a storyteller, and her weapons of choice – writing, blogging, podcasting, producing videos, and she’s even gotten herself waist-deep in photography too. Fun fact: she’s an original fan of Vine, and her knowledge of it is uncharted.


Hazwani CHE DIN

Journalist / Writer

Having spent her childhood spread across several countries, Hazwani (or Wani for short) experienced different cultures by being immersed in them growing up. Considers herself a global citizen, though deep inside, she’s still very much a Malaysian at heart. This mother of two also advocates for fine art, and organises artisanal bazaars to help showcase them. She truly believes that the children are our future, just like in the song made famous by the late Whitey Houston. And when she’s not spending time with her two little angels, she also loves to explore uncharted areas of the world, and immerse herself into foreign cultures, traditions, eating foreign foods, learning foreign languages, and of course, journalling it down, and sharing it with the world.


Ashlyn TEOH

Journalist / Writer

A law graduate who tried to assimilate herself into the legal profession, Ashlyn soon realised that it’s not exactly providing the excitement that she seeks in a career. So what excites her? Well, it’s her childhood love for reading and writing, which eventually led her to discover the world of journalism, of storytelling. Bubbly and easygoing, with a passion that’s fuelled by natural curiosity, she’s unafraid to push the envelope of her comfort zone. She truly believes that everybody has a story to tell, and she wants to be the one to tell it. Try striking up a casual conversation with her, and before too long, she’ll have half of your biography stored up in her mind, waiting to be penned into a story.


Kasthury PARAM

Journalist / Writer

Having spent her formative years spread out across several countries, Kasthury faced a culture shock upon returning to her home country of Malaysia. Not surprising, as she considers herself a naadodi (wanderer), a citizen of the world. Currently trying to reclaim her Malaysian identity while she continues to hyper-thread other aspects of her life. The next things on her agenda? They are to learn to dive, and get more of her poems published, not to mention trying to poke her finger into several industries that interest her. What else would you expect from a dense ball of energy like her?…


Azlina ALI

Journalist / Writer

A veteran journalist of both mainstream newspaper, and a slower paced magazine, Azlina has experienced it all in the media industry. When she assumed the role of a wife and mother, her passion for writing never waned. It was merely paused, muted, occasionally eclipsed by circumstances and opportunities, while the skills that made her a successful storyteller continued to evolve. Over time, she developed an interest for a healthy and active life, advocating subtle dietary changes, and pursuing an active lifestyle. This new perspective in life has even gotten her to participate in The London Marathon 2019, and a host of hiking adventures the world over… But the time now has come to reignite the flame of storytelling once more…


Lawrence LIM

Journalist / Writer

Marine engineer by trade, Lawrence never really thought much of himself as a writer. But the long voyages away from home, plus being cooped up with a handful of fellow human beings, leave him long periods of idle time. To fight boredom, he soon developed the interest to start journalling his stories. What’s more, visiting exotic port cities regularly opened up his view of the world too. The experience that he has gained from his travels has taught him to think differently. And now, he’s turned his sights on journalling down not just his own stories, but any and every story that are worth sharing.


Sarah ZAINAL

Journalist / Writer

Growing up in a conservative society that favours the job security of a mainstream major over some eccentric ones, Sarah opted for finance. But deep down inside her, she’s totally in love with linguistics. Not surprising, since she’s always been a reader, a writer, a storyteller, and somewhat of a poet too. What better way to communicate your message than to write a story about it, right? But a wise person will actually reflect on the story before putting the thoughts and ideas into words. To make things even more interesting, she actually enjoys learning new things, soaking them all up like a sponge. And by the way, she’s an avid swimmer too.


Roubeeni MOHAN

Journalist / Writer

An avid reader with a love for languages and music, Roubeeni is passionate in writing, and truly believes that written words make an impact on those reading them. How else do you explain why movies derived from books almost always fare poorer than the books themselves? Fondly known to those close to her as Rube (pronounced “Rue-Bee”), she believes that not everything is the way it seems to be with written works, and that there’ll always be a plot twist when you least expect it. Recently rekindled her love for Greek mythology and Egyptology, this romantic but introverted lass finds solace in sunsets, and in her three-legged cat, Clover@Coco.


Denise LEE

Journalist / Writer

A law graduate who didn’t heed the call of the legal profession. Instead, Denise dove head first into the world of corporate communications. A corporate minion by day, and a writer by night. Ventured into the world of blogging as a result of peer challenge, which has since become a labour of love. Not surprising, since she was raised listening to stories of old, and eventually picked up storytelling herself. A self-proclaimed fashionista, foodie, shopaholic, and totally infatuated with all things Korean and Japanese. Contrary to her namesake Dionysus, the Greek god of wine, she’s averse to all forms of alcohol. Her fun and quirky personality is infectious and hard to miss. You’ll definitely know when she steps into the room.


Lolita VILLA

Journalist / Writer

Graduated from a prestigious university in Creative Writing, Lolita first got involved in the world of literature by reading, and then telling stories and folklores in school bus rides during her childhood. Affectionately known to those close to her as Lila, by 19 years of age, she started to write professionally, producing content for both print and digital formats, first in the Philippines, and soon thereafter, globally. She even earned a fellowship from a distinguished university, securing her place on the same pedestal as some of the world’s most influential names in Asian literature. Not wanting to bask in the glory all alone, she went on to teach English to students of diverse nationalities. And when she’s not out there conquering the literature world, she’s also a loving wife and a doting mother too.


Lydia LEE

Journalist / Writer

Bubbly, bright, and extremely friendly, Lydia gives a whole new meaning to the term “people-person”. What she lacks for in her youth, she more than makes up with plenty of reading and writing, which is more than what I can say for most people twice her age… What’s left of her extremely rare leisure time is spent with her head buried deep in books, both online and the paper kind. After all, the best kind of writers are those who read a lot themselves.