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  I am pleased to announce that tickets are now available for the full production of Bound Feet Blues which will return to the Tristan Bates Theatre in the heart of the West End in Nov/ Dec this year. The showcase performance last year was sold out two…
  I am pleased to announce that tickets are now available for the full production of Bound Feet Blues which will return to the Tristan Bates Theatre in the heart of the West End in Nov/ Dec th...
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Taking every chance we get to appreciate the small moments of beauty can help us deal with the stresses of live, writes author Yang-May Ooi, in this parable about a rainy day. It had been raining incessantly for the last two days. I had been cooped up for…
Taking every chance we get to appreciate the small moments of beauty can help us deal with the stresses of live, writes author Yang-May Ooi, in this parable about a rainy day. It had been raining i...
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These small pieces of joy are the  essence of life & will prepare us to tolerate the hard times.While  our hard times and the confidence we gain + the lessons we learn out of them are much more important than those small happy  things since they make us a valuable  one . who can help others and be their refuge& support . 
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Savouring a home made meal of venison in red wine and port

We often don’t have time to try new recipes but recently, we got a new crockpot and have been playing with a whole range of different meals. Because of this new cooking pot, I decided to be more adventurous at the butcher and asked for some venison…
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Appreciating being busy

The cult of busy is not a good thing. You know – that sense of urgency and self-importance we can sometimes get when someone asks us how we are and we say in hurried, harried tones, “Oh, busy, really busy.” We equate busy-ness with significance and…
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Can we choose happiness?

Thinking of happiness as a state to be achieved – and then maintained – is, I think, unhelpful. We cannot be happy all the time. If we were, we would either be mad, with our emotions out of kilter with reality, or that state itself would feel like stasis…
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The Museum of Shoes for Bound Feet re-opened this year after a fire closed it last year. It would be fascinating to visit it as part of my Bound Feet Blues project but it is in Anren Town of Dayi County, in southwest China’s Sichuan Province. The press…
The Museum of Shoes for Bound Feet re-opened this year after a fire closed it last year. It would be fascinating to visit it as part of my Bound Feet Blues project but it is in Anren Town of Dayi C...
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Writer/ Performer Yang-May Ooi shares an extract from her new book, Bound Feet Blues – A Life Told in Shoes. The manuscript has just been submitted to publisher Urbane Publications and will be available in bookshops and online in early November.  I was…
Writer/ Performer Yang-May Ooi shares an extract from her new book, Bound Feet Blues - A Life Told in Shoes. The manuscript has just been submitted to publisher Urbane Publications and will be avai...
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I took a break from blogging and social media over the last couple of months in order to focus on finishing my book Bound Feet Blues. Having been a blogger since 2006, I felt guilty to let go of this part of  my life – albeit for only a little while. But…
I took a break from blogging and social media over the last couple of months in order to focus on finishing my book Bound Feet Blues. Having been a blogger since 2006, I felt guilty to let go of th...
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A gorgeous reward for getting off the bus a few stops early

The bus taking me to work got stuck in traffic just a few stops from work. It was aggravating to be so close and still so far. Time was ticking on. I had got up early so that I could get to work early that morning. Grump. Groan. Huff. Puff. Fidget. I was…
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A Big Remarkable Moment – signing a book contract with Urbane Publications for Bound Feet Blues, the book

There are some big moments that we cannot help but notice – and which we can enjoy celebrating as much as the little remarkable moments. On Chinese New Year Day, I met up with my publisher Matthew Smith of Urbane Publications at the Royal Festival Hall.…
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The pleasure of sex, drugs and classical music

There’s nothing like settling down on a cold winter’s night to some sex, drugs and classical music. Mozart in the Jungle is a brilliant and witty series on Amazon Instant Video portraying the fraught and often funny relationships in a dysfunctional…
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Selfridges is creating a gender blended clothes shopping space so that you can select clothing that is not gender stereotyped. How cool is that! This news piques my interest because I’ve always been a tomboy. In Bound Feet Blues,  I talk about wearing boy…
Selfridges is creating a gender blended clothes shopping space so that you can select clothing that is not gender stereotyped. How cool is that! This news piques my interest because I've always bee...
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Author & Storyteller, exploring the question: "What makes a rich & fulfilling life?" through storytelling & the power of personal narrative
Introduction

Yang-May Ooi is a bestselling author and highly-respected asset manager, successfully combining her City career and her creative interests for over 15 years.

Her creative work explores the power of personal narrative to inspire us and transform our lives. Her new online project StoryGuru.co.uk documents her ongoing creative inquiry into “What makes a rich and fulfilling life?”, bringing together stories, interviews, and essays. Yang-May will be speaking at TEDx Women in Covent Garden, London in Dec 2013, telling a personal story of transformation which is rich with universal themes.


Books

Yang-May has published two thrillers with UK publisher Hodder & Stoughton. Her first novel The Flame Tree was bestseller in Malaysia, outranking Ken Follett.

Her business book was published by another top UK publisher, Kogan Page, International Communications Strategy (co-authored with Silvia Cambie) was nominated for FT Goldman Sachs Business Book Award.

Find out more on her Books page.

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Fusion View, her arts and culture blog celebrating diversity and cross-cultural understanding, reached 10,000 unique monthly visitors and has been featured on the BBC.

The community blog Yang-May created for Dulwich Picture Gallery (ranked among the world’s 50 greatest art galleries by The Times), Dulwich OnView, won an international Best of the Web Award in the heritage sector.

She has also performed live on the London fringe at the cult storytelling club Spark London and taken part in improv comedy.

Work

Her experience as a blogger led her to become one of the early social media specialists advising businesses on how to use blogging for PR. She has also provided career coaching to solo professionals, focusing on creativity, confidence and storytelling for self-empowerment. She has given presentations in the UK, Europe and Asia on writing and social media storytelling for business.

As an asset manager, Yang-May works in a social finance organisation where she is responsible for £3bn worth of security assets. Her work supports the funding of urban regeneration and the creation of affordable housing for those in need.

Life

Yang-May has walked the South Downs Way, hiked the Grand Canyon and cycled the Pilgrim Route to Santiago de Compostella. She runs regularly, loves laughing with friends and exploring quirky parts of London. Her favourite pastime, though, is to loll in the sunshine doing absolutely nothing.

Yang-May lives in London with her partner, health blogger Angie Macdonald.

Associations

Yang-May is a professionally trained Co-Active Coach and a member of the Association for Coaching, the Society for Storytelling and the Society of Authors.

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London, UK
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Malaysia