2017 Commonwealth Short Story Prize Shortlist

The news is out! I’m very excited and humbled to be on the #CWPrize shortlist! When they first notified me of the news, I almost couldn’t believe it. This year was particularly competitive with almost 6,000 entries from the Commonwealth. Even though I hope to win, to even be shortlisted is already very gratifying. You can read more about the competition and view an excerpt of my short story here.

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The Gods Will Hear Us Eventually (Ethos Books, forthcoming 2018)

It’s happening!

I’m incredibly thrilled to announce that my novel, The Gods Will Hear Us Eventually, has been picked up by Ethos Books and will be forthcoming in 2018! Had a great discussion with the editor last month and am happy that we are on the same page (pun unintended lol) on so many things. Can’t wait to start the process!

If you’d like to know more about Ethos Books, you can visit their website here.

Back in Singapore

Can’t believe it’s been almost a year since I last updated this blog! So many things have happened since. My family and I moved from Los Angeles back to Singapore last June, and after living overseas for five years, there were lots to settle and pack before the move. It was hard bidding farewell to the wonderful friends we’ve made and to our cosy home filled with so many memories. To date, we still miss LA — the beautiful weather, taco trucks, Korean BBQ, Trader Joe’s, Target, the library near my house, the spacious parks, our road trips… I can go on and on. But as much as we love LA, we knew it was time to go and that God has a new set of plans for us…

So back to Singapore we came, and, for the first time, the bubs got to spend large amounts of time with her grandparents. That is probably one of the biggest pros about being back home. I love seeing how close they’ve become, and how her world has expanded beyond just her Mummy and Daddy. She has also adjusted well in school and made lots of friends.

As for me, I’ve been busy freelancing as a digital copywriter for one of the telcos in Singapore, and baking another bun in the oven!. >_< Yes, we are going to welcome baby no.2 in a couple of weeks’ time! So yep, gotta rev up for another big change in our lives…!

Published: Maid, To Love in Kyoto Journal

I’m very excited to announce that my essay, Maid, To Love, is now available in Kyoto Journal. The topic on domestic helpers is very close to my heart, especially in regards to the economic and emotional complexities between them and their employers. I’m happy that the essay has found a second home (in Asia!) and by sharing my experience, I hope that I can, in a small way, help increase understanding about this issue.

Published: Maid, To Love, in Litro Magazine

Those who knew me growing up may remember that I was cared for by my maid, Beth, for more than ten years. This essay was particularly difficult to write, because it forced me to dig into my memory, acknowledge certain truths, and reconcile the separation. I was very close to my maid and, more often than not, I try not to think about our past in order to move forward in the present. Interestingly, the process of writing this turned out to be rather therapeutic, and the final product is, in a way, a celebration of our relationship. Who knows, one day she might chance upon this and we can be reconnected again. Till then, here’s our story in Litro Magazine.