Inactive Writers

Listed below are writers who are either not actively contributing to, or have retired altogether from Espoletta.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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…


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.


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.


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.


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.


Muntoh FONG

Journalist / Writer

From banking to corporate to hospitality to healthcare, before finding his true calling in aged care, Muntoh has crossed industry borders that many deemed uncrossable. And with each industry he ventured into, he picked up invaluable industry knowledge, known only to those within its walls. He is the first (up to now, the only) person to be certified as a Registered National Industry Expert in Aged Care Operation, by the Ministry of Human Resources of Malaysia. Aside from his regular routine of designing programmes and consulting for assisted living homes, he also finds joy in storytelling, especially stories that transcend the commercial world. As if that isn’t already an impressive background, he’s also a pretty well-known live performer and stand-up comedian too.


Lu Ee HEW

Journalist / Writer

Accounts major, with a minor in finance, Lu Ee looks like he’s fully decked out to take the financial world by storm… Except that he also has personal interests that seem to point to the opposite direction. Interested in English Literature and public speaking, he’s an active member of Toastmasters. And he’s also really into Japanese culture and arts too, learning to speak Japanese and participating in Japanese speech competitions. You can say that he’s the original Shakespearean Otaku. Whilst his ultimate ambition still lies in the financial industry, he’s in no hurry to get there, hence the scenic route, and dipping his toes in many other interesting ventures along the way, like running half-marathons, and of course, writing.


Jiun Ting YONG

Journalist / Writer

Law graduate and an avid reader, Jiun Ting is a fan of Homer‘s work, as well as Treasure Island, and the Sherlock Holmes series. She’s also well travelled, and embraces the Bohemianism and hopes to become a polymath some day. Tutor by day, and writer by night, this avid book collector is also into photography and digital design.