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I smell the coffee first. Its distinctive aroma wafts into the air as the hot water breaks down the ground beans, setting free energy and alertness and punch. The steam curls up from above the filter. Beneath, the dark liquid splashes into the tall glass…
I smell the coffee first. Its distinctive aroma wafts into the air as the hot water breaks down the ground beans, setting free energy and alertness and punch. The steam curls up from above the filt...
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Little Remarkable Moment #011 – going to a movie with pals We settle into the deep, comfy armchairs at the Curzon cinema, three of us good friends. Outside, it is an icy Saturday afternoon. Out there, people are bustling along the streets doing their…
Little Remarkable Moment #011 - going to a movie with pals We settle into the deep, comfy armchairs at the Curzon cinema, three of us good friends. Outside, it is an icy Saturday afternoon. Out the...
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Little Remarkable Moment #010 – a hint of spring light in the winter cold I’m standing at my suburban train station. The air is icy cold. The weather forecast mentioned snow. I am wrapped up in my thick ski jacket and scarf. The sun is just pushing…
Little Remarkable Moment #010 - a hint of spring light in the winter cold I'm standing at my suburban train station. The air is icy cold. The weather forecast mentioned snow. I am wrapped up in my ...
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Where do we come from? WHO do we come from? Our family history can give us our identity, shape how we view ourselves and our place in the world. I am so grateful to my 13 year old self. Because in 1976, I asked my Grandpa to tell me about our family…
Where do we come from? WHO do we come from? Our family history can give us our identity, shape how we view ourselves and our place in the world. I am so grateful to my 13 year old self. Because in ...
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Little Remarkable Moment #008 – feeling that all-over trembly ache after a good workout at the gym I’m trying to untie my laces but my fingers are weak and fumbling. My arms ache and tremble. Finally, I manage it and I stand up in the locker room. My legs…
Little Remarkable Moment #008 - feeling that all-over trembly ache after a good workout at the gym I'm trying to untie my laces but my fingers are weak and fumbling. My arms ache and tremble. Final...
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Little Remarkable Moment #007 – Talking in bed I am snuggled under the duvet with my partner. The clean sheets feel crisp and fresh. It is so cosy under here – not too hot, just right. It is Sunday afternoon. We are in our pajamas. It feels so decadent.…
Little Remarkable Moment #007 - Talking in bed I am snuggled under the duvet with my partner. The clean sheets feel crisp and fresh. It is so cosy under here - not too hot, just right. It is Sunday...
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“The longest journey begins with a single step ” – that is the inspiring quote I am using as the opening epigraph for my book of Bound Feet Blues. It is apt for the topic of bound feet and in particular the pain of walking in bound feet – but also…
"The longest journey begins with a single step " - that is the inspiring quote I am using as the opening epigraph for my book of Bound Feet Blues. It is apt for the topic of bound feet and in parti...
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One of the themes of my show Bound Feet Blues is the power of being able to walk on your own two feet.  This theme is a very personal one for me as I love being able to stride about. In my daily life, I value being able to choose where I go and taking in…
One of the themes of my show Bound Feet Blues is the power of being able to walk on your own two feet.  This theme is a very personal one for me as I love being able to stride about. In my daily li...
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Little Remarkable Moment #009 – facing the anxiety of a Blank Page – Yikes!   Not all little remarkable moments need be nice, soft, cuddly, touchy feely ones. Some of them can be unpleasant and uncomfortable and scary. Like sitting down to write your book…
Little Remarkable Moment #009 - facing the anxiety of a Blank Page - Yikes!   Not all little remarkable moments need be nice, soft, cuddly, touchy feely ones. Some of them can be unpleasant an...
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I want to be like Ernestine Shepherd by the time I’m in my 70s. No, not a professional body builder or fitness trainer  – but rather fit, healthy and super buff. She started fitness training in her 50s and look at her now! She is an inspiring role model…
I want to be like Ernestine Shepherd by the time I'm in my 70s. No, not a professional body builder or fitness trainer  - but rather fit, healthy and super buff. She started fitness training in her...
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Bound Feet Blues explores female beauty in the context of Ancient China and the practice of footbinding that was meant to make a woman more beautiful. My work on this project has led me to reflect on modern concepts of beauty in the modern West. Now, I…
Bound Feet Blues explores female beauty in the context of Ancient China and the practice of footbinding that was meant to make a woman more beautiful. My work on this project has led me to reflect ...
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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