Jackie M TeebTV Announcement

I’m the (newly-appointed) co-founder of an Indonesian-Malaysian Netflix-for-Indies startup called TeebTV and there’s an opportunity if you’re a content creator, to get your work added to our library and in front of our audience. We’re looking for the following in all genres – short films, music videos, animation, feature films and TV shows. Our » Read More

Jackie M and Baby Noah #NeverStandStill

Here's a glimpse into my life as a Malaysian food ambassador and Mom to my Down Syndrome child baby Noah. Thanks to Lenovo Australia & NZ for helping me capture this footage and share with you some of my daily inspiration and what makes me #NeverStandStill. Also, if you missed my social media announcement, I've been nominated for the » Read More

My Mentor – Peter Kenny

In the early-mid 1990s I was sufficiently unchallenged in my 9-5 office job to take up the lease on an eatery at a pub in Erskineville. I ran it after work and on weekends, and my then-husband Nick took care of the weekday lunch trade. I got the fully-equipped bistro on the cheap on the condition that as well as whatever kind of menu I wanted to » Read More

Interview on The Tao of Self Confidence Podcast

Earlier this week, I was featured on a podcast called The Tao of Self Confidence. In it, I mention a quote by James Altucher (author, Choose Yourself), and explain how it’s inspired me in my online shares. - I also talk about my evolution from a very narrow view of what my brand is about (Southeast Asian food) to what it is today - where I » Read More

New Idea Magazine Story

Today's New Idea Magazine has what I think is an important albeit non-food story about me. It is about my relationship with reality TV star Robb Demarest from Ghost Hunters International and Haunting:Australia. This is NOT a bad breakup story. My marriage to Noah's dad was a bad breakup and you've never heard me divulge the details nor name him » Read More

Yoga Home 500 Review

Some of you might know that once upon a time, before the “food thing”, I used to be an IT consultant. I was an MCSE (Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer), CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Administrator) and CNA (Certified Novell Administrator) and did contract work in Sydney and London for some 7+ years. Back in late 2014, baby Noah broke my » Read More

Tang Sifu

This post was written 3 years ago and published on Father's Day. My dad has since passed away. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I’ve never been hugged by my dad.  Growing up, I was under no illusion that I was anywhere near the favourite of his 9 » Read More

The Hard Sell

‘Hello, sir/ma’am – come try Malaysian food – we have noodles, curry, satay, roti’ – called out my newest staff member to the passing crowds.  We were trading at a market and he was obviously trying hard to show initiative and had been at it all day.  I finally couldn’t stand it anymore and told him to stop.  I don’t grovel for business; it’s just » Read More

Starting School – Seremban

I attended ACS (Anglo-Chinese School) in Kindergarten.  I’d been raised speaking Hakka within the family, and Cantonese among the neighbourhood kids.  The teacher spoke Cantonese to me. I remember a boy, Bernard Wong, taking  a liking to me and bringing me candy every day.  We hung out.  Then one day, he started getting obnoxious.  I think he’d » Read More

The TV

We lived on the 11th floor of the 14-storey high Templer Flats – Seremban’s Twin Towers – a welfare project for low-income families.  11 of us (9 kids plus our parents) crammed into a tiny 2-bedroom apartment.  Each night the mattresses would be on the bedroom and living room floors to accommodate everyone. There was one toilet, which doubled as » Read More