Meet the Mamas

Meet the friendly team, always on the lookout for new, interesting things happening close to home here in KL and a bit further away!

DurianMama

DurianMama

Merel, our editor, left the Netherlands 23 years ago. She will always miss friends, family, raw herring and Dutch liquorice, but nothing beats living in Asia.

This is where she discovered DURIAN. She is in love with the king of fruit, hence her name Durianmama.

Merel is married to an Ozzie and the proud mum of two children and they have called KL home for six years now. If Merel is not editing, writing, or eating durian, she refurbishes old chairs.

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Eve

MakanMama

Previously writing as IbuMama, Eve has now changed her moniker to MakanMama as since the arrival of COVID she’s been travelling far less than before.

She’s taken to discovering and trying out a variety of F&B outlets that pique her taste buds. She’s not a food critic, she just simply loves food! It always helps to have her plus two tagging along as they sometimes have to reign her in when she does the ordering.

Eternal wanderlust will forever be ingrained in her soul and she looks forward to travelling regularly again.

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SpanglishMama

SpanglishMama

With a Spanish mother and British father, Anna grew up with a mix of languages – hence the name Spanglish Mama. As a fresh-faced 20-year old she first tasted life overseas teaching English in Spain.

Many moons, four countries, six cities, one husband and two children later, her adventures took her to KL. Anna considers her biggest holiday challenge coaxing her children into any venue with the word museum in the title.

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MamaSun

DIYMama

Sun creates and makes all her kids costumes for school, hence the name of DIYMama. She also makes all her festive decorations at home, even though it’s cheaper to buy from the shop!

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CuddlyMama

CuddlyMama is a woman in her 40s and a mother of near 12-year-old ‘big man’ called Noah, Iman Corinne is an actor, producer, and director. 

As an adventurous and intuitive spirit at heart, her love for the craft and telling stories has led her to connect and integrate with different people of diversity. 

She believes that passion comes with a purpose and dedication.

As an avid practitioner of any activity that would give her a good ol sweat, she is always keen to explore new and exciting challenges!

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flavia

EcoMama

Flavia was Born in Rio de Janeiro but has lived abroad for years. With an Italian husband, two active kids, two lazy cats and dozens of beautiful freshwater fish, she is kept busy. She loves writing, traveling, crafts, books, and recycling. She has decided to go chemical free, hence the name Ecomama. The journey to organic, zero waste, chemical and plastic free has been challenging but extremely rewarding!

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hemala

RecipeMama

Writing as RecipeMama, Hema is constantly on the hunt for wonderful uncomplicated recipes which result in delightful meals for her, her husband and their tiny tots. She loves browsing thru recipe books and blogs to find that unassuming recipe which she hopes to be a keeper. Writing and cooking are two of her greatest passions thus it’s no wonder you will find her either on her laptop or in her kitchen (up until kids get home from school that is!).

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Pipa

ActiveMama

Pipa is a part time laboratory business owner with her husband, and likes to dabble in extreme sports and charity events. She loves learning new things and hates waste of any kind. Mum of 2 energetic girls, she loves to stay active and often has adventure trips when they travel. Climbing, hiking, abseiling, jungle stays, river trips, getting outside their comfort zone. She is working on her handstand.

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MyZenMama

MyZenMama is passionate about three things: music, food and books (not necessarily in that order). She has three musical children and a globe-trotting husband. When she is not teaching, Zen Mama likes to bury herself in books or be transported into another world through music. She believes that the world can be a better place if everyone learns to appreciate the arts more, to be happier with less and to appreciate simple natural foods. This is her zen.

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JoyMama

JoyMama

Sarah Joy originates from Chicago but has lived in Asia for almost 20 years, including in the Philippines, Singapore, China, Pakistan as well Malaysia since 2007. She has been homeschooling her five children since 2017. Together with her husband Jesse, she directs a coaching business that specializes in strategic social presence . Sarah Joy is passionate about social justice, loves speaking languages (Mandarin, Malay, Spanish, Urdu and a bit of English), eating raspberries and walking in gardens in her spare time.

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Punitha

CoffeeMama

Punitha is mom to pre-schooling twins (and a pet dog) who keep her busy all day long. She left a full-time career of 12 years in Facilities Management when her precious twins were born. An avid reader, she is always thinking of smart answers to her twins very philosophical questions. She loves writing and she loves coffee (thus this mama’s name). She writes with a cuppa coffee by her side whenever she gets time.

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vickyround

KaraokeMama

Vicky swapped the grey climate of the UK for sunny Malaysia two years ago. She lives in Cyberjaya with her husband and two children aged 5 and 9. When not teaching English, you’ll find her practising the piano and driving her family crazy with her constant singing – she’ll never say no to a karaoke night (hence her name, Karaokemama). Vicky is always on the lookout for new family adventures and spends the school holidays exploring KL and beyond.

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rebecca

GirlyMama

Born in KL, Rebecca moved to Melbourne for her studies when she was 19. She continued living there for seven years before moving to London for another five years. Having been away for so long, she and her husband decided to move back to KL three years ago. Now with two young cheeky girls in tow, every weekend is spent exploring KL. During her free time, GirlyMama loves to bake and do girly activities with her girls. And yes, she loves the colour pink!

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rebecca

GirlyMama

Born in KL, Rebecca moved to Melbourne for her studies when she was 19. She continued living there for seven years before moving to London for another five years. Having been away for so long, she and her husband decided to move back to KL three years ago. Now with two young cheeky girls in tow, every weekend is spent exploring KL. During her free time, GirlyMama loves to bake and do girly activities with her girls. And yes, she loves the colour pink!

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Racheal

KacauMama

Racheal Kwacz is a Child and Family Development Specialist, mama tribe advocate and writer. Creator of the ‘RACHEAL Method’, she combines her 20+ years experience working with children in the USA and in Asia with the foundations of ‘Respectful Parenting’, leading parents and teachers to raise kind, confident, compassionate, resilient little ones. She is a mum to a joyful, curious, and fiercely independent, toddler foodie who is her poster-child for the ‘RACHEAL Method’.

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AdventureMama

AdventureMama

Zoë, from Belgium, left her job as a teacher when her family with two kids of 7 and 10 moved to KL. They are always exploring Malaysia and countries nearby – hence she is our Adventure mama. At weekends they love a jungle hike, walk around Chinatown or a picnic in KLCC park. While the kids are at school Zoë runs sewing classes, gets involved in charity work, runs in Mont Kiara or enjoys a healthy lunch with friends.

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