The Author

This blog isn’t just about me. It’s also about you. It’s about us learning to understand different cultures around us and understanding each other. That’s why I don’t usually share personal details here. But reading other blogs, I see so many bloggers opening up about themselves. So I thought I’d share some things about myself here with you.

Where are you from?

I was born in Melbourne, Australia, and spent part of my childhood here. When I was about seven, my family moved to Asia. After spending a total of ten years in Malaysia and Singapore, I then moved back to Melbourne where I completed my final year of high school and went to university. I’m of Chinese heritage. This is me on the right:

Me (right) and dancing violinist Lindsey Stirling at her Melbourne show. Photo: Rob Bright.

Me (right) and dancing violinist Lindsey Stirling at her Melbourne show. Photo: Rob Bright.

Favourite animal?

Monkeys. I’m obsessed with them and have a collection of stuffed monkeys.

Favourite colour?

Blue. It has a calming effect on me.

What video games do you like?

The Legend of Zelda. Mario. Pokémon. Final Fantasy. Mortal Kombat. As a kid, I was very attached to my Game Boy and Game Boy Colour. I threw them out after they refused to turn on anymore. It’s something I regret.

What music do you like to listen to?

I love dancing violinist Lindsey Stirling and she inspires me so much. Florence and the Machine. Avril Lavigne. Andie Case. Michelle Branch. S Club 7. I pretty much like anything acoustic.

Are you an introvert or extrovert?

Introvert. I’d rather lounge around by myself at home than go to a party. Being around strangers for a period of time usually wears me out. Alone time or the less people around usually helps with my anxiety too.

Do you like to party or club?

I do neither. I also don’t drink. You can say I set myself certain standards and stick to them.

If you could have a superpower, what would it be?

The ability to teleport. Then I could visit any part of the world whenever I wanted. And I would be able to teleport to a sad person and give them a hug.

If the world were to end tomorrow, what would you do today?

Rain or shine, I’ll try to spend the day with as many of those who matter to me and whom I love.

Biggest achievement?

As a chocolate lover, I completed a 100-day chocolate fast in 2013. Never again. I think.


Updated January 2017.

46 thoughts on “The Author

  1. Wow, I believe you love monkey very much. Is there any monkey in melbourne? In my hometown, Aceh there are a lot monkeys that founded beside the road or in the jungle


    • Yes, I love monkeys a lot. Unfortunately there aren’t many monkeys in Melbourne. All of the monkeys are in the zoo and we have to pay about a $30 admission fee to go in and see the animals. So nice to hear that monkeys roam freely around in your hometown Aceh. They must enjoy life like that as opposed to being locked up!


  2. I’m a big fan of Nintendo, too bad about the recent report they lost money this year.

    I love the 3DS and NDS before that, I’m a casual gamer not one of those hardcore gamers who spend hours per day on complex high-resolution narratives. I like the whole Super NES era best. Portable Mario games are perfect for me. Currently I’m playing Yoshi’s New Island which is a lot of fun!


    • I’ve always been a fan of Nintendo too. Of late, I have been busy with work and writing and as such haven’t had much time to game. GameBoy would have been my fondest memory of Nintendo.

      So jealous of you! I’ve been meaning to play Yoshi’s New Island for months now, as well as a Link To The Past. I hope the former isn’t too much of a walk in the park. But I’m sure it’s not if you want to unlock everything 😀


      • Yoshi’s New Island is a lot of fun. The giant eggs, the 3-D graphics. But IMHO it’s not as fun as Yoshi’s Island DS, with the two screens and playing as Donkey Kong, Princess, Bowser etc. All those games are pretty easy if you run through to win, and difficult to get all the secret red coins and all five flowers. I like to unlock everything, so no walk in the park for me.

        How about Lego games? Besides Mario and Nintendo games, I’m also a big fan of Lego Star Wars and Lego Batman.


        • Like, I’m a game grinder, love to unlock everything and stage. So I take my time with games. With Mario, I love trying to collect all the coins, and with Zelda, finishing all the side quests.

          I’ve never played the Lego games as I’ve heard mixed reviews about them. A lot of the time I get a rush of adrenalin playing Mario or RPG games. So when I don’t want to feel warm, I’ll play a “boring”, relaxing puzzle game like Layton or Scribblenauts 🙂


          • Speaking Mario and RPGs, the greatest thing ever are the Mario & Luigi games. Though I invested untold hours in 3DS’s Dream Team, I thought NDS’s Partners in Time and Bowser’s Inside Story were more fun.

            Lego Marvel is sub par, but Lego Batman 2 is great. I am admittedly a bit biased towards DC but the reviewers I’ve read seem to agree.

            Oh nuthin like a nerdy conversation on the Internet 😀


  3. 100-day chocolate fast … i didn’t know that meaning of the word ”Fast” from ”Fasting” (for me fast, is be very quick.), didn’t born speaking English, taught myself and have some words i don’t fully know…Luckily we have the internet…

    I’m started a balanced diet without sugar, some types of carbs and chocolate, a thing that i was eating every day.

    The diet is because i’m sick, nothing too severe, i abuse be thin and be able to eat everything i wanted, without get fat, plus no workout, for a long time, my body become unbalanced in and outside.

    I’m going to do a 200-day sugar/chocolate fast, I hope to be 100% cured after 200 days… started the fast 2 days ago, and today i started at the gym 🙂

    Really liked the blog, just discover it today, i will share my thoughts on the things that I relate.


    • That is an interesting diet that you have, I hope it’s going well for you. Sorry to hear that you’re sick, but it’s so nice to hear that you want to get well. 200-day sugar/chocolate fast. That seems to be a very tough goal and I wish you all the best with that. You seem very determined and I hope you reach your goal 🙂

      Your English is actually good, your words are easy to understand. You must have practised English a lot, good on you. Thanks for your nice words, and hope to see you around 🙂


  4. Hello Mabel, I have followed your blog on and off without realising how ‘accomplished’ you are – I just read your portfolio! Wow! Anyway, I do admire that you managed to do a 100 day without chocolate fast! OMG how did you manage… I’m not sure I could do that – it requires real strength…. cheers Tanny


    • Hi Tanny. Very nice to have met your acquaintance. Thanks for the kind words. I’m still young, I have a lot to learn from what’s happening around me and from others especially. Far from accomplished. I actually did another 100 day chocolate fast this year (I will update this page soon). It was torture and now that it’s over, I’m eating all the chocolate I can see.

      Glad we’ve connected, Tanny 🙂


  5. Right. There were those gameboys (b/w and the coloured ones) – so I did play some video games when I was younger, but I’ve since lost them. I like Lindsey Stirling too – I was wondering if that was her until it was confirmed in the caption. This page overall made me smile!


    • Oooh yes! The black and white and the coloured gameboys! I played with them both…but they are no longer with me anymore. That makes the two of us!

      Ah, you’re a Lindsey Stirling fan too. Glad to make your acquaintance. We seem to have a lot in common. Thank you, Pixie, for reading. It made my day.


      • Haha! I do hoped that Singapore left a good lasting impression on you!! Out of curiosity, since you have lived in both countries (Singapore and Malaysia), which one do you generally enjoy living the most?


          • Haha! Do you ever missed Singapore or Malaysia since you are now in Australia? Fortunately, its 5 hours drive from Kuala Lumpur to Singapore (or 1 hour flight) so I still able to pop in as and when I missed my family and friends.


            • I miss Singapore a lot. Not just the food, but in general I get better along with Asians. As someone once said to me, “Asians stick with Asians”. I also miss the weather…yes, I’m one of those people who like humid weather. Warm weather all year round, thank you!

              I don’t miss the inconveniences of getting around in Malaysia, though.

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              • Haha. I don’t miss the competitive nature of people in Singapore or the crowds. Its getting crowded during these recent years. I am not a winter person as well, I hate huddling and shivering under thick blankets but I do miss wearing my leather jacket and leather boots. Can’t wear them in Asian!

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  6. What a wonderful about me… Mabel I didn’t know your superpower is so amazing and that you love video games so much… I love video games too and I have saved my little video game player specially to play mario and contra and many new games… You do not swear or drink, neither do I! what a coincident…another is, I love Lindsay Sterling and I can not believe you have been to her live concert, how is she live? I so want to hear her live :(.

    Hehe Mr. Wobbles would be so proud that you mention him so much… You look so tiny like you are just a 14/16 year old kid & Beautiful. Loved your about me and the way you explained who you are so easily…. It’s great to know these things about you.


    • Awww! Your little video game player! It sounds so cute the way you say it, and I’m guessing it’s a Nintendo system. Sadly, these days with work and writing a book, there is very little time for video games…

      I’ve seen Lindsey Stirling twice in Melbourne, and she sounds so good live. Haha, I am that short and Lindsey looks quite big 😀 I so hope you can see Lindsey live and meet her in person at some point – she is such an inspirational person ❤

      So nice to have met someone with so many things in common. Better yet, you are also a writer who can express feelings into words so well.

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      • yes it’s a Nintendo system and I love it so much, so hard to find good games for it now.. Even I don’t find time for it but knowing that it’s there keeps me hopeful 😀 haha I am childish.

        Wow a book? Eager to hear more about it when you are ready to tell about it… *press on*

        Yes, her violin is like some deep mantra to me. I listen to her tunes before I sleep or anytime I want to… It’s versatile. I am sure she must be fabulous person since Mabel likes her… Look forward to hearing her live. 🙂 Fingers crossed.


        • Hope you have the Nintendo system for a long, long time. My Nintendo Gameboy I had since the early nineties broke down sometime in the mid-2000s and my mum threw it out. Ah well…

          Awww. Lindsey Stirling is an awesome person, I don’t think I measure up to her in any way…I am just my unique self. Lindsey has written a book too, and that is inspiring me even more with my book 🙂

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          • I have this Nintendo since last few 3 years.. The one I grew up with also broke down and it was thrown out too 😦 I miss that tiny box of joy… I used to have tons of games and now I have only few…

            Wow Lindsay has written a book too? Gotta read it… I am glad it’s helping you write your own.. You are awesome in your own way 🙂


  7. Hi Mabel,

    I have to tell you this. You and I share the same favorite color. Aside from this fact, I’ve always enjoyed reading your blog. This is why I have nominated YOU for the Mystery Blogger Award. Congratulations!

    Your participation is voluntary, however I’d be honored if you accept it. Let’s do a great good by promoting each other and spreading the word.

    Here’s the link

    Thank you,


    • Thanks you so much for the nomination, Anna. It is very kind of you, and I am very humbled. I’ll put a link up to your blog on my Awards page. Congrats on receiving the award.

      Blue is such a great colour. Glad you love it too 🙂


  8. Hi Mabel, I have just posted the following comment in reply to you on my blog. I also wanted to share it with your readers on your blog. I wasn’t sure the best place to post it, so decided to do so here. Thank you for your support, and best wishes always.
    Last night, I read your story Reality in “Lady by the River: Stories of Perserverance” and thoroughly enjoyed it. As a fellow Australian I was interested to read your impression of life in Australia. It is important for us all to understand how society impacts each of us. I admire your perseverance and thank you for sharing your wisdom. I particularly appreciated these two pearls: “When we have the courage to believe in what we do, it is only then that we can be the person whom we want to be.”
    “When we let go of what others think and stop thinking about what others think of us, we find the freedom to do what we really want to do.”


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