Inactive Writers

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


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…


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.


Kaveen ANANTHA

Journalist / Writer

A Potterhead who’s also a self-study law graduate, Kaveen has high hopes of making it big… Just not exactly in the legal profession… Realised in her final year in law school that she’s much better suited in the scrivening world than litigation, she pursued to hone her writing skills to have a more persuasive voice. An avid reader who simply loves to write fantasy short stories, she sometimes even lives in her own little magical world of wizardry. And when she’s not busy cooking up what she hopes to be the next best seller in the fiction category, she’s probably creating content for her YouTube channel.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.