Welcome to this space of mine, where I share the creative inspirations from my kitchen, my deep passion for cooking and wholefoods, the writings of my heart and my understanding of balanced empowered healing from the inside out. My recipes and writings talk to the integrative holistic way I live my life today and how I use Macrobiotics to create freedom, balance and wholeness throughout my life.
Today I work as a Macrobiotic Nutritionist and Life Counsellor, Chef and Teacher. I am a mother to a beautiful and strong little girl and wife to a giant Kiwi man.
What I have had to learn and tools I have had to use to get me here today is what I teach and pass on. But also so much of the environment I grew up in and was surrounded by as a child, has made a huge impact on almost every aspect of my life, as it so often does for so many of us.
I was born and raised in Hong Kong, a city that never slept and was an overload of sensory experiences. Amazing smells, colours, exotic tastes and people, wet markets, fresh food and ancient Chinese wisdom surrounded me daily. I heard words like Feng Shui, Energy, Chi often in my home as my mamma is Malaysian Chinese. I went to fresh wet markets almost daily to collect our fresh veg and produce and eating and sharing food was a very important and honoured past time.
My grandparents were Buddhists and even when I was too young to understand I always remember the most amazing sense of peace and love exuding from them when they were close. They would take me to Buddhist temples as a child and going through a cleansing ceremony led by a Buddhist monk was not a strange event for me. I remember sitting with my grandfather as he would tell me stories of magical ‘witch doctors’ he had known and show me his collection of samurai swords teaching me how each one inhabited it’s own spirit.
Ending up being a chef, a counselor and a teacher has been some of my biggest gifts, along with becoming a mamma. It has given me an outlet for my creativity and it has given me a purpose with my life.
It is also no surprise how I have ended up becoming passionate in teaching about nourishment. When you have suffered drug addiction, anorexia and bulimia – there is no nourishment and I have spent the past 15 years finding out what it really means.
Nourishment is about so much more than food, we are hungry for so much more. We are hungry for love, creativity, self-expression, a feeling of freedom, safety, trust, fulfilling work, friendship, sex, connection, touch, family, play, laughter…. the list can go on. Plus we need food to nourish us nutritionally and we need to nourish our body to keep it strong, flexible and happy.
My dream is to take everything I have been through, learnt and experienced and turn it into something beautiful & meaningful. That I may infact be of service in some way to the world and to others. To empower as many people as I can to have a deeper relationship with themselves and to nourishment. Through cooking, through the body, through emotional and spiritual work.
These are the grounding tools and pillars that I stand by in my life and are at the heart of everything I do.