Inactive Writers

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


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.


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.


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.


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!


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…


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.


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.


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?…


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.


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.


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.