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I wasn’t always a full time writer. As a young student from Malaysia, I arrived in England in 2004 to read Masters by Research in Cancer Biology and subsequently qualified as a full-fledged scientist with a Ph.D. in Oncology from UCL.

At this turning point, I was offered a postdoctoral position at Harvard Medical School but decided to turn my career into the biggest experiment I had conducted to date – to channel my love for writing into a belief that the forthcoming path holds a promise for the future, or at the very least, a freedom of expression.

I began writing to seek answers to some of the questions in my own life and the world at large. This was good practice for writing feature articles – when my intention to publish a one-time opinion piece in my native country led to an invitation to be a columnist for The Star Publications, Malaysia’s top English-language newspaper.

My scientific degree was deemed useful after all and I was employed by Imperial College London to manage its Academic Health Science Centre’s communications, building its strategy from the ground up.

I am currently living in London with my husband and baby girl.

In the immediate future, I intend to take my little one and husband on a nomadic exploration, refreshing the travelogues which were documented from my trips in Europe, Americas and Asia on the Huffington Post Travel blog.


Onto the fun bit… 

Here are 16 juicy and important giveaways about me that not everyone knows.