About Me

HappeeMonkee_StudioProfile This is me.

I am a fine arts photographer + designer but more importantly, I’m also a foodie. I love my food. I like eating it, I like cooking it, I especially like feeding it to friends and family.

I grew up in a suburb called Subang Jaya in Malaysia. And one thing you must know about Malaysia is: It is food heaven!  It is a melting pot of different cultures, and in that pot, hmmm-mmm a whole lot of goodies you gotta try!

Well, I moved out of home and came to Melbourne when I was 26. I’d always wanted to try living in another city.  Not only did I do that, I also found love. Me and my man tied the knot in 2010 and I’m happy to say (as corny as it is), I’m more in love with him now than I was the day we met.

I started this food blog in 2008 and it is evolving from sweet sugary things to ‘functional foods'; foods that help the body heal and make us feel good inside out. The reason why I had to stop going down the slippery slope of fat, cream and sugar is mainly because of, what I call, the ‘waistline expansion crisis’. I tried all types of diets and exercises, but regardless of what I did, the horizontal growth spurt did not stop. I needed a more sustainable solution and found that I had to change my mindset. Instead of losing weight to be healthy, I’d learned that I had to be healthy in order to let go of excess weight. You can read more of it here.

This blog is also a tribute to my mother who passed away in March 2014. She was an amazing cook. She was a master at making complicated, intricate Malaysian food. Her Nyonya delicacies were magic and even her simplest dishes were divine. Nothing ever beats mum’s cooking and that’s universal truth. So my other purpose of this blog is to teach myself how to cook like my mum. When the time comes for little bubs, they’ll know part of their heritage and what good, authentic Malaysian food tastes like.

10 Quick Facts About Me:

1. My husband and I once lived in a little town called Linköping in Sweden.

2. We have travelled to Sweden, Latvia, Moscow, Germany, Paris, London, Prague, Rome, Venice, Bologna, Cinque Terre, Parma, Finland, Tokyo, Kyoto, Singapore, Taiwan, Shanghai, Hong Kong, New Zealand all in the span of four years.

3. I used to be a writer for seventeen Magazine and Marie Claire in Malaysia.

4. I love cats. If I hadn’t married, I probably would have had a whole house of cats. (Yes, and be the crazy cat lady)

5. When I first started food blogging, all I had was a measuring cup from a rice cooker (minus the rice cooker) and a muffin tray.

6. I am addicted to Facebook and Instagram.

7. When I was three/four/five (?), I got separated from my family in a shopping mall (Kimisawa in Petaling Jaya if anyone remembers) and I thought they’d abandoned me. When the security guard asked for my mother’s name, all I could say was ‘Mummy’.

8. I am a very bad cyclist.

9. I love Japanese animations and 80’s cartoons like Thundercats.

10. I have an older sister who lives in Shanghai with her family, an older brother in Malaysia and they locked me up in dog kernel for an hour until my mum had to come rescue me. (That’s right, I’m publicly shaming them for something they did 25 years ago).

Bonus: My parents met when they were about four and five. They married 20 years later.

 

That’s all folks! Hope that kept you mildly entertained.

xx,
Mable Tan