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Mummy, Daddy, I Want To Be A Writer.

It was during dinner when I broke the news to them.

Mummy, Daddy, I want to be a writer.

What do you mean? Like a journalist? Copy writer?

No, not quite.

Is this some hum sup thing, where you wear skimpy clothes and take photos with soap bar and shampoo?

No! Of course not.

Oh, thank God. If you do, then no one will use that brand any more. Haha.

Daddy! I am serious.

What do you write about?

Well, mostly I write about love. But sometimes I write about pandan leaves and even indigestion!

Who would want to read things like that?

Well, I have readers all around the world! And everyone is so encouraging. I have been working for the past few months on this website…

Writing isn’t a real career. It doesn’t pay you well. You know who and who’s son? He just bought his own place. And the neighbour’s daughter? Buying a new car next week! Now Mummy is not asking you to stop writing, but take it as a hobby lah.

I protested. That I could achieve all those things and so much more. That it is possible to make your dream your career and be rewarded for it.

And through it all, they said nothing. Mouth agape, their hands clutched at their chest, a permanent frown across their foreheads.  I am pouring my heart out but the concepts of ‘dreams’, ‘passion’, ‘working from home’ are foreign and alien to their traditional upbringing.

 

This is all your fault.

How is this my fault?

If the seed is good, and the tree turns out bad, it’s the soil’s fault  isn’t it?

Well, if the soil is good and the seed is bad, you get a bad tree as well!

You planted all these Western ideas into that head of hers. First it’s the Arts degree. Now this. What’s next? Is she going to marry a non-Chinese and do voluntary work?

 As my parents bicker between themselves, trying to determine who’s right; I sat in between them, feeling all 50 shades of wrong.

 

It was late when I heard the knocking on my room door.

I was already bracing myself for the reprimand, the downright refusal and threats of marrying me off unless I find myself a real job.

Would you read to us some of your work?

I searched their faces, waiting for a snide remark, the punchline. None.

I looked at dad, who’s always had the dream of seeing his daughter as a successful corporate woman.

Don’t read the hum sup ones. 


I took the road less travelled by,

And that has made all the difference. 

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Comments
  1. Wei Loon 16th March 2015 on 9:15 am Reply

    hey Mun Yee, congratz on the awesomess! I see what you’ve been through, but being selfish, I would like to see you to write more, especially about love. I enjoy reading your things, good day or bad day, it just resonate in me. thank you for making the world a better place, don’t stop writing and stay awesome!

    • iaremunyee 16th March 2015 on 10:25 pm Reply

      Hi Wei Loon

      Thank you for being awesome yourself, by reading and laughing or relating to my words. You made my day! I will do my best to write more. I promise. Thank you for reading. Have yourself an awesome rest of the week!

  2. Gypsy On The Move 16th March 2015 on 9:57 am Reply

    Hello Mun Yee, I first stumbled upon this awesome blog of yours through your Nov 22 entry. I thought that one was good until I started to read each of your entries (sometimes I backtracked a little just to get to know you better) and I realize, you are REALLY good. So keep writing, I’d love to read more and stay cool and awesome. Sometimes, it is worth taking the road less traveled.

    • iaremunyee 16th March 2015 on 10:42 pm Reply

      Thank you so much, I do recognize you from my previous writings. or at least your email haha. Thank you for staying with me through it all, most readers were just around for the viral post but its readers like yourself that reminds me time and time again that my writing has substance and value. Thank you for being so kind to drop me a message always. I hope you are well, wherever you are.

  3. Lim Chin Yong 16th March 2015 on 12:19 pm Reply

    Congratulations on your launch of your website! It takes a lot of self-belief and determination to do what you are setting out to accomplish and to take the road less traveled. But I believe you have what it takes to make your journey an enjoyable and successful one. I enjoy your writing…..I really do! I wish I can write as well as you. You have your unique style that is refreshing. Though some of your writings are tinged with sadness, I love the way you reveal yourself in your writings. You definitely have a flair for writing interesting articles! Keep up the great work!

    • iaremunyee 16th March 2015 on 10:55 pm Reply

      Hi Chin Yong, thank you for your encouraging words. I am sure you write well! Give yourself some credit. Like any other skill, it just takes practice. I saw that you have so graciously shared my writing with the Miri community. Thank you so much, I really really appreciate your thoughtful gesture. I wish you happiness and health and success in all that you do. God bless.

  4. Ann 16th March 2015 on 2:44 pm Reply

    Haven’t been following any blogs for awhile now and I am say that I look forward to reading your writings. Please write more!

    • iaremunyee 16th March 2015 on 10:20 pm Reply

      Hello Ann!

      I will do my best to stop procrastinating and write more. Thank you for reading. x.

  5. Sha-Lene 16th March 2015 on 7:35 pm Reply

    I am a fan of your writing and if you ever published a book I would buy it! You are witty, honest and relatable.

    • iaremunyee 16th March 2015 on 10:19 pm Reply

      Hi Sha-Lene.

      You have been so supportive, all this while. I have no idea how to thank you for reading. If I publish a book, you will get an autographed one for free, I promise. I hope you are well!

  6. Big 16th March 2015 on 9:28 pm Reply

    Hey..Mun Yee…its ok..to be a alien sometimes… our parents maybe oldskol …but they want the best for us.. for u Mun yee.. I wish u the best on ur journey. ..

    • iaremunyee 16th March 2015 on 10:18 pm Reply

      Hi Big!

      Thank you for dropping by. See you kat RBB soon :)

  7. Yi Lynn 16th March 2015 on 10:03 pm Reply

    Hey Mun Yee , I’ve started reading your blog and followed your facebook for your punny posts since the viral post last year . I always think your blog has more substance than others and would love to read more of your work . Congratulations on starting a new beginning and hopefully it’ll be a wonderful journey . I really do hope to buy you a cuppa coffee some time for all the smiles you’ve brought to me on your humorous and punny posts ! xx all the way from brisbane

    • iaremunyee 16th March 2015 on 10:16 pm Reply

      Hi Yi Lynn,

      Thank you for all the love all the way from Brisbane! Would you by any chance be in Sydney in April, would love to have coffee, tea or any other beverage of choice with you. I am glad to have put a smile on your face, as you have through your very kind words.

      So much love from me to you. x.

  8. Timothy 16th March 2015 on 10:25 pm Reply

    Pursue your dreams! When you are young and able to. Even if you fail, you can look back with no regrets. Wishing you success and blessings ahead. :)

    • iaremunyee 16th March 2015 on 11:04 pm Reply

      Thank you Timothy, for the vote of confidence! Here’s to the pursuit and achievement of your goals and dreams as well, whatever they may be. Carpe diem.

  9. Lim Chin Yong 16th March 2015 on 10:54 pm Reply

    Hi Mun Yee, I have just shared your website link to the Facebook group “Miri Community” . This group has almost 80,000 members so I am pretty sure your site will be getting quite a bit of traffic from this group. I wish you success and if you do publish your book, I will definitely buy a copy. Cheers!

  10. Lim Chin Yong 16th March 2015 on 11:03 pm Reply

    Oh yes, have you considered installing Feedjit on your site? Once installed on your site, you can see where traffic to your site is coming from. It can be really exciting especially if your posts go viral….you can see traffic coming non-stop to your website. I have experienced this many times on my sites lifeisreallybeautiful.com and cy8cy.com a few years ago. I have not written any post for quite a while to both of my blogs due to time constraints but by next time, I will have all the time in the world as I will be retiring at the end of this month to pursue my interest in blogging. I am planning to start 2 more blogs; one on cryptocurrency and the other on Korean hallyu.

  11. jay yong 17th March 2015 on 12:01 am Reply

    Hi, munyee
    I m very glad to see u insists on your dreams,
    Keep it up.

    • iaremunyee 17th March 2015 on 9:27 am Reply

      Hello Jay!

      Thank you for you kind words! I hope you pursue your dreams too!

  12. Bananananion 17th March 2015 on 9:47 am Reply

    Bello ! Saw your website and decided to drop by for some banana. Keep it up Zoe !! Write more hum sup instead :P

  13. Thunesh Kumarevellu 17th March 2015 on 4:53 pm Reply

    You’re just too creative with words…every single time i read your blog, it takes me to an island full of imagination….

  14. Sam 18th March 2015 on 10:42 am Reply

    Well done Mun Yee, Well done :)

  15. Hemaavathy 19th March 2015 on 9:50 pm Reply

    Dearest Mun Yee,
    Congratulations on the new page! My best wishes for all of your upcoming writings. I’m looking forward to meet you some day.

    • iaremunyee 19th March 2015 on 11:15 pm Reply

      Hi Hemaavathy,

      Thank you for your well wishes and kind support for my words. Thank you for reading. I hope that I would be able to meet you too, and listen to your stories. Do take care.

  16. Denise 19th March 2015 on 10:34 pm Reply

    Hi,

    Stumbled on your website by accident. Love your work though! Was gripped by everyone one of your pieces. Especially this one. Please keep writing =)

    All the best!

    • iaremunyee 19th March 2015 on 11:14 pm Reply

      Hi Denise

      I am so glad that you stumbled upon my writing and for leaving such kind words. Thank you so much for reading. I hope you are well!

  17. suraj 20th March 2015 on 2:44 am Reply

    So congrats for finally being up n running. Keep the awesomeness coming. Tiny piece of advice, (if I’m at all entitled to give any) You need to stick to your strengths and keep talking bout food. You don’t wanna be losing any loyal fans!..just kidding.. oh and arsenal fans aren’t thaaat loyal, k? Stellar job, you!

  18. Shirley 23rd March 2015 on 4:29 pm Reply

    This plant is still growing, no? When cared for with nourishing soil, rays of sunlight, and water, it changes shape and starts to become whatever it is meant to be. And when this seed flowers, everyone will recognise and appreciate it’s beauty. Keep up the good work, i’m looking forward to more of your splendid creations. :)

  19. Ruiyi 5th April 2015 on 3:14 pm Reply

    When you said to anticipate an awesome website to come, I think it’s an understatement. THIS.IS.AWESOME!! Live your dreams girl. I look forward to reading more of your works. xoxo

    • iaremunyee 9th April 2015 on 12:20 am Reply

      Ameliaaaa

      You are too sweet! So much hard work has gone into this and I am so glad to be appreciated. Hope you are well and thanks for reading <3!

  20. Bell 9th April 2015 on 12:09 am Reply

    I have been reading your posts off and on… I used to write blogs myself. And I stopped because I remembered my dad & mum will frown upon write- ups about my feelings towards life. Your blogs really inspired me to start writing again some time soon. I almost forgotten about this meaningful passion of mine when I started working and life got busier. Please continue writing because you are really good at this and many appreciate your work!

    • iaremunyee 9th April 2015 on 12:20 am Reply

      Hi Bell

      I know how difficult it is to get our parents to understand the reason why we write. I pray that you would not give up, but rather, reignite your love for it. Thank you for being so kind with your words. If, no, When you start writing again, please give me the privilege to read your work. Good luck.

  21. Ivy 9th April 2015 on 8:02 am Reply

    Thank you for writting. I like the way your posts are short and concise. And the play of words is absolutely beautiful. Thank you once again.
    Fighting fighting!!

  22. Adrian 9th April 2015 on 8:56 am Reply

    Your writing is absolutely brilliant, and I applaud your courage in pursuing your passion as well. All the best!

  23. Joann 9th April 2015 on 9:42 am Reply

    Hi Mun Yee, I’m not sure you’ll ever see this but if you do I just hope you’re still holding on to your ever so refreshing way of looking at life. Don’t ever lose that. I just stumbled upon your blog and I have never felt so compelled to comment on anything before but this write up just broke me and brought me to tears. It hit home on a lot of things. Unfortunately, like so many others, I am not (and won’t be) brave enough to trudge on with what I believe I want (or rather, wish) to do for the rest of my life. With all my heart, I hope you are. It’s a little too late for me now. I wish you all the happiness in the world and if you love writing, by all means, write. You’re an amazing writer and I hope to be able read more of your work. You’ve officially gained another faithful reader.

    • iaremunyee 9th April 2015 on 9:58 am Reply

      Hi Joann

      Thank you for taking the time and dropping me a message. If anything that I have learn is that it’s never too late. I know that sometimes life gets in the way and we have to put aside our dreams and passions. I hope that one day, you will be able to take heart and pursue that dream of yours. Don’t give up on it. I wish you all the happiness and contentment. Do take care.

  24. Grace 9th April 2015 on 11:09 am Reply

    Hello Mun Yee,

    I enjoyed reading most of your posts, mostly because of how relatable they are to what I am going through right now. Like you, I have been cheated on, and it took me a few miserable months before I could completely let go and move on. Also like you, I went against all odds to be a writer (our parents should meet, they will be great friends).

    I admire your courage, because I know that it is tough to walk this path. Having said that, I hope that you’ll find happiness in everything that you do!

    Grace
    http://underclassbarbiie.blogspot.com/

  25. Lester 10th April 2015 on 10:00 am Reply

    Hi Mun Yee,

    You have been an inspiration and motivation to me at a time when I’m searching for meaning and purpose. Like you, I’m at the crossroads, facing a choice to balance my parents’ expectations, my family’s responsibilities and my personal aspiration. It won’t be an easy journey from here on, but I’m glad to have found company and encouragement through your writing.

    I’ll keep a lookout on this space :) May you be strong as well

  26. ES 10th April 2015 on 11:41 am Reply

    I thought I was the only one –

    The hopeless fish who had accidentally bitten the bait – helplessly read ALL of your carefully curated masterpiece.

    And oh my, it had gotten worse, it’s too late to find out that they are addictive – I can’t believe I’m refreshing the page every now and then, more than I would do FB. That’s an insult to FB.

    That ecstatic feeling when one is sipping wine before the majestic splendor of [insert your favorite scene].

    I’m sure i’m not the only one.

    You’re too good to just be a blogger. Bigger things await you. You have a dream, and you just need an opportunity.

  27. Ana Ho 11th April 2015 on 6:16 pm Reply

    Thank you Mun Yee. You inspire me. Like you, i too want to be a writer, to write to inspire others and give them hope. I know it is a difficult path, and i truly hope you will succeed! You’re already halfway there anyway XD. But keep going! Don’t let what others say and think extinguish your admirable passion for writing!

    The fire cracks in sync with my tiny heart
    Yet as I grow it becomes a mere spark
    Cold and merciless was the water
    Claiming to purify
    But only dilute
    What little of a dream i once had
    Extinguished with the words of the loved
    Grow up they said
    I had only grown out.
    Long lost was the tiny spark
    Left was the ashes of the unheard dream

  28. Emily 13th April 2015 on 11:52 pm Reply

    Hi Mun Yee, I came across a post you wrote about letting go. You write beautifully. Please continue to follow your dream and write on. Eagerly awaiting your first published book! :)

  29. SE 15th April 2015 on 1:20 pm Reply

    Your writing is good, and that’s the key to a successful writing career. You can always start small with e-books, and making your name known across local schools. I will buy your books – nothing beats local talents. ;)

  30. Wendy 11th May 2015 on 11:45 am Reply

    Nice post! I stumbled on this blog when I read about your trip from hell on news.com.au. I like your writing :) Btw, so… what did the parents say after you read out to them?

    • iaremunyee 11th May 2015 on 12:09 pm Reply

      Hi Wendy!

      Thanks for reading. Well my parents are hoping that I would give up on this little hobby of writing eventually and go back to the corporate gig. So they are pretty on the fence about it.But things are looking pretty good right now. So they’ll have to keep waiting :)

  31. Lil Miss Joody 12th May 2015 on 8:47 am Reply

    You’re funny and genuine. I like it. It’s awesome that you found something you enjoy doing. That’s far bigger an achievement than buying a new car. =)

    • iaremunyee 12th May 2015 on 9:59 am Reply

      Hi Joody!

      Thank you so much for your very sweet and kind words :)

      I suppose our parents only want the best for us. And I appreciate their concern – it is the path less travelled after all.

      But I will continue to do what I love and what makes me happy and I am sure that one day they would see it and be supportive.

      Thank you for making my day. I hope you are well

      x.

  32. ed 13th May 2015 on 8:50 am Reply

    Dude… This one choked me up. You have awesome parents.

  33. Eric Lim 14th May 2015 on 9:24 pm Reply

    I had such a wonderful time reading your blog. Am no writer myself, but I would definitely give it a go… after all, you have nothing to loose and everything to gain. All the best and be true to yourself. Cheers

  34. Jeff Hsu 7th June 2015 on 11:55 pm Reply

    i stumbled on your blog through the Anus of Satan piece. And I have been sitting here reading for an hour now. I can’t stop. you are good.

  35. Emily 5th July 2015 on 4:00 pm Reply

    Love this post, especially the last sentence. Awesome punchline. Keep going yea :)

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