Who We Were Series

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The titles for my series Who We Were are revealed. For those of you who have been following my blog and are fan of the first title, you will know that I have been working on all of the sequels for a while, and I can now reveal the official titles.

Who We Were The Diary

Who We Were The Invisible Cord

Who We Were A Later Time

Who We Were Ashton’s Story (A Novella)

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It is difficult to understand the theory of a parallel existence, but two young people – Jace and Melodi – experience out-of-place memories that later prove to be strangely accurate in detail. In 1950, a young man named Qingshan moves to Jiangning in China with his parents in search of a better life. He meets a beautiful young lady named Lei-Li, but their love is forbidden due to old family traditions and cultural differences and they pay the ultimate penalty for trying to be together. Jace and Melodi meet at High School in Connecticut in the USA in 1996 and feel an immediate affiliation for each another, but their relationship is also doomed. They meet up again as adults, when Jace is a doctor and Melodi a writer, and their paths become intertwined through the words written in a diary by Lei-Li. The coincidences are hard to ignore and a tragic accident leads to a better understanding of who they really were.

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Happy 7-Year Anniversary

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It is that wonderful time of year again (no not Christmas) where I wish my blog a Happy Anniversary. Seven years ago around this time, I started my blog. I remember feeling timid and scared. What would bloggers think about my writing? What can I even write about? What if the blog is a failure? What if I make an embarrassment of myself? Even though these thoughts were flying in my head, I still knew I had to give it a go. If it didn’t work out for me, then so be it. And so, I wrote my very first blog post. It was about the London 2012 Paralympics and how it gave me inspiration and hope for my son. Once it was posted, I didn’t know what to expect. How would I know bloggers were going to read it? Or how would I know if it was a failure? Few minutes later, I had my answer. Bloggers began to like my post. It wasn’t a huge traffic, but still, it meant something to me. People were actually reading my blog. And from then onwards, it did not stop. There have been a few bloggers who have become my genuine online blogger/author friends since the beginning till this day. So as a little celebration, I would like to share with you some memorable posts.

Chinese Rice Balls

Yes, the famous Chinese Rice Balls post. I’d even posted a few posts on it, including one on how to make them. I have a friend in Malaysia who always made them in glorious colours which inspired me to have mines coloured, although not as glorious looking as hers.

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How to make Chinese Rice Balls – 1 April 2013

Chinese Rice Balls – 20 September 2012 

Happy New Year 2013 – 1 January 2013

Chinese New Year 2014

 

Blogger of the Year 2013

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I received Blogger of the Year 2013 not long after launching my blog. It was such an honour. As a writer, author, blogger, I always want to remain humble about what I write. I didn’t want to make this blog a ‘business’ or ‘work’ place. I wanted bloggers to see the real me. The blog is where I make mistakes and not have to worry about sounding commercial. It is a place for me to be ME. I especially love it when bloggers reach out to me with their thoughts about anything and everything. So feel free to reach out.

 

A Chinese Christmas Carol

A Chinese Christmas Carol was my very first published book. Back then long before I launched my publishing house, I did quite a few posts on the book. There were many topics I could write about regarding the book, like its background story and characters, which allowed me to draw away from the book itself. The plot of the story is a sad one, and it was inspired by a true story. There were times when I found some ‘things’ hard to write, but I still wanted to let it out. And best of all, I had the support of the bloggers. So thank you. Little did I know that I would later on decide to bring out a new edition to the book and turn it into a series.

Sales Gone Up – 20 November 2012

5 Years on… – 5 May 2015

 

Amy Tan

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I studied art and design at university, and one of the projects I had to do was to come up with a creative gift to give to a favourite person. Back then, Amy came to mind when I was given the project. At first, it took me a while to come up with a creative gift, and the chocolate idea was last minute when I saw an empty chocolate container laying on my bedroom floor. The chocolates were made into shapes/items that symbolizes the connection in life I had with Amy. In the end, it only took me one night to make my ‘chocolates’ out of play dough and have it painted with brown acrylic. When I had to present it to the entire class, most were impressed by my idea. Some even told me that they had wanted to ‘steal’ and eat the ‘chocolates’.

Meeting Amy Tan – 11 January 2016

 

Who We Were

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Who We Were is my first book that was launched at the same time as the publishing house. It was supposed to be a stand alone book to begin with. Then shortly after it was published, I had friends, family and some fans asking if there was going to be a sequel. After much thought, I decided to make it a trilogy before later making it into a five-book series. When I sent the book for review, I didn’t expect much as I didn’t want to be disappointed. Two weeks later, I received the five-star review. No words could describe how I felt.

Review Who We Were – 18 January 2018

 

Blogging101 – My Sexy People

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Blogging101 was an online blogging university to help bloggers blog and engage better with one another by completing one blogging task a day for a short period of time. I found the tasks enjoyable and always looked forward to the next. On my third task (day 3), I had to engage with other bloggers by selecting a few and describing their blogs. I then had to follow back a few other bloggers and explain the reason why I chose them. It was a very engaging task which I thoroughly enjoyed, and I had even made a few blogger friends along the way. Sadly, Blogging101 had to shut down.

Blogging101 Day 3 – January 8 2016

So I have presented some of my memorable and favourite posts, although all my posts are my favourite. I look forward to the next anniversary with more memorable posts to share.

 

A Niche Found

For those of you who have followed me from the very beginning will know that it was a long road for me to build my publishing house. And in the end when it was finally done, I was excited. There were so many stories in my head that were swirling all at once like a tornado, ready to be published. At that time, I wanted to stand out as a different kind of publisher. But I didn’t know how. It wasn’t until recently that I noticed most of my inspiration has a common Chinese theme. It has always been right in front of me. I just never realized it. 

I grew up in a Chinese-Malaysian family and was brought up in the English international field. However, my mother did not want me to lose touch of my Chinese roots, so at an early age, she would fascinate me with everything about the Chinese culture, including its culture, traditions, beliefs, myths and ancient legends. And when I began writing at an early age, I combined many of my then-already thriving  imagination with those from my Chinese inspired imagination. 

So it wasn’t until recently that I found a niche in the publishing market, and that’s turning my publishing house into one that mainly publishes and represent stories of both English and Asian Chinese themes. It is the best of both worlds, just like my background. Although I am open to other genres, there is a limitation.  

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I am always finding new ways to improve on anything that has to do with writing and publishing, and I and glad one of that was finding the perfect niche to my publishing house. I hope my fellow readers will continue to join me on my forever ongoing writing and publishing journey and enjoy the stories I have to offer.

Until next time, happy reading with love!