January 6, 2018

When I was dipping my toes in the world of fiction, I applied to the National Arts Council of Singapore's Mentor Access Project in hope of having someone guide me along the Yellow Brick Road of publication. I was paired with an up-and-coming writer who, after a few sessions of mentorship, decided to drop out to pursue a career as a spiritual teacher. I was next assigned to another mentor who read...

August 8, 2017

About a week ago, Singaporean artist Sonny Liew and his graphic novel "The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye" bagged three Eisner awards for Best Writer/Artist, Best Publication Design and Best US Edition of International Material in Asia. Unless you're the sort who has zero interest in popular culture, you've probably heard of the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, or as it's commonly known "the Eisn...

June 28, 2017

The second volume in The Adventures of Greco & Beco is out!  The School in the Glass City features Singapore's favorite green mascots and their friend, the child genius Bucky Foo. In this story, Bucky teams up with Gaia, a girl in his new school, to teach Alex the school bully a lesson about green living. Like the first book, Bucky gets a little help from Greco and Beco to travel through time....

May 26, 2017

When the Overseas Singaporean Unit (OSU) approached me to do an event for the families in the SF Bay Area, I was expecting a turnout of maybe 10. So imagine my surprise when a crowd of 100+ Singaporeans arrived from all over, most of whom I had never met before!

My daughter had been practicing hard with me for the past 2 weeks and when the time came, she gamely bounced on stage and demonstrated the...

November 1, 2016

One of the most frequent questions is, "How do I become a picture book author?" The aspiring author usually has an idea waiting to be unleashed, though this need not always be the case. But almost without fail, she is usually a parent or grandparent who has made up stories to her children/grandchildren and is now itching to get them published.

I'm always happy to hear that the oral tradition of sto...

October 29, 2016

Most of us have read the rhyme Little Miss Muffet but how many of us have tasted—or even seen—the curds and whey that she was tucking into? And what about pulling a plum out of a Christmas pie like Little Jack Horner did, or paying a penny for a hot cross bun? The last I checked, a hot cross bun at BreadTalk costs S$1.30; at Shangri La Hotel it goes up to $2.50. A penny or two these days would pro...

March 8, 2016

I have been a fan of Murakami since I was a teenager savoring my first twin-paperback of Norwegian Wood (now a film directed by Tran Anh Hung of The Scent of Green Papaya fame). Like the millions of Japanese youths before me, I found solace in the teenage protagonist and his encounter with loss and sexuality. In those early days, Murakami, was still an unknown name outside Asia and English transla...

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