Mum’s carpet

An article I wrote for SBS on Mum’s carpet. Mum sent me a link to an article entitled, ‘The science is in: wearing shoes inside your home is just plain gross.’ There you have it, Mum wrote. Vindication.   For as long as I can remember, the love of Mum’s life has been her carpet […]

Behind-the-scenes on reality food shows

Here’s something I wrote for The Guardian on cooking shows. It’s battle time on Netflix’s cooking competition Iron Chef: Quest for an Iron Legend, and celebrity chef Curtis Stone is facing challenger Mason Hereford. Their task? To cook five courses in 60 minutes with the surprise ingredient (lamb). Each dish must be inspired by street […]

Gold digger

SBS asked if I could write something about the gold rush. Here’s something I cobbled together. * Until recently, all I knew about my great-grandfather was that he had come to Australia as a young man to find gold. Now that I’m older, I’ve become more curious about him – and I’m glad I have. […]

40 shades of grey

Hello. I’ve just turned 40 and thought it would be appropriate to write about grey hair. Here’s something I wrote for SBS. *** I was round Mother’s for a family dinner with various aunts, cousins and nephews. Ah, home sweet home, the one place you can be yourself and let your hair –  “Oh!” Mother […]

The pathetic mewl of the tiger cub

Hello! Here’s something I wrote for SBS  on being a failed tiger cub. 🐅 I’m a failed tiger cub.  I was the kind of child that would have given infamous Tiger Mom, Amy Chua, heart palpitations. Most of us are familiar with the Tiger Mother’s rigorous parenting style, where academic and musical achievement is forced on […]

Homework

Hello, many of you are now working from home.  Here’s something I wrote for SBS on the matter. Stay safe people! * How to work from home, by a WFH veteran As the dreaded coronavirus closes workplaces across the globe, many of us find ourselves working from the ‘home office’. Piece of cake, I hear […]

Family in the time of Covid-19

Hello there. Goodness, aren’t these strange times. Here’s something I wrote for SBS on managing Covid-19 and families.  * Can Dad come to visit us? Suddenly, with coronavirus swirling about, this is a question that we need to ask. He wants to drop off a food package and some much-needed baby wipes that he managed […]

3G mothering

Here’s something I wrote for SBS about the experience of being a mother. Special thanks to Mother and Grandmother for agreeing to chat about their experiences and for providing photographs. * Sleepless nights and food fights… From Malaysia to Melbourne, Kelly Eng looks at the stories and experiences of motherhood from three generations of her […]

The postnatal chef

Here’s an article I wrote for SBS Life about how I almost got scurvy. The challenges of new motherhood are well documented, but Kelly Eng hadn’t counted on malnutrition being among them until her own bun was out of the oven. I had my first baby seven months ago. Prior to the little poppet’s arrival, […]