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.

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.

Six Months On

Baby Ariel's 6th month birthday party.

Baby Ariel’s 6th month birthday party: customized cake with her favorite toys.

The bubs is six months old! At the risk of sounding cliche — how time flies. The last month saw the bubs hitting many milestones — learning to call out to the hubs and me in gibberish (“Eh!” “Ah” and little grunts), learning to differentiate the hubs and me from the crowd, trying her first solids (avocado and brown rice cereal!), crawling and today — yet a new thing — learning to sit up (sideways). Every day is like a mini adventure as I watch the world through Ariel’s eyes. How she loves the sound of crinkly plastic, how bright colors and patterns attract her undivided attention as she traces the patterns with her fingers, her determined effort to crawl and reach for a particular toy as if everything depended on it. She squeals when she’s excited, cries when she’s tired. If someone wants to know what a person who’s an open book is like, just look for a baby. Many people have asked me what and how motherhood has been like for me. I’d usually exclaim “tiring!” but at the same time, it has been so rewarding. Babies know who loves them and they love unabashedly in return, with outstretched, open arms (and with fingers that are often times wet with drool).

Baby Ariel, you are over and beyond what mommy and daddy could have prayed for and expect, and we love you so much. Looking forward to the many more milestones you are going to hit! 🙂