Catherine Khoo

Catherine Khoo

Biography


Author, educator, literary traveller Catherine Khoo, has been writing and publishing since 1988. She shattered the traditional Japanese male enclave when she became the only woman editor-in-chief of two Japan-based international magazines published in Singapore. She created Singapore’s very own Young Author Scheme in 2003, mentoring under-18s to pen their first novel. Having launched her memoirs in 2013, she’s now found another passion …. mentoring over-40’s to write their hearts out! And publishing it under her very latest imprint, Wicked Witty Women! Beginning 2017, she’ll be working on a historical family saga which allows her to explore her roots…..and tracing it all the way back to the Khoo village in Xiamen!

Books by Catherine Khoo


Love! Live Dangerously And Have Fun!So what’s life after 50 anyway? I’ve gone through my wild days at 14, married at 24, had all my three girls by 31, changed careers at 30, had a break at 36, saw my life turn topsy turvy at 44, found it again at 48, at 53 preparing to launch my creative education license to the world …. What more could I ask for?
So go on, live life with a passion. Don’t give up on it. Give it all you have. Because you have only this life to live. And I discovered this truth when I tried to end it.
Read this book and tell me after this if you’ll give your life one more shot …. To Love! Live dangerously! And yes, have Fun!

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When all is Dark, Reach for the StarsCancer. The very pronouncement conjures images of a death knell, of a life cut short in its prime, of endless bouts of medicines and more medicines.

Cancer. Hear the stories of six women. Peggy, Vivien, Veronica, Hannah, Angeline and Siew Pheng. They will bare their pain, their fears, but they will also astound you with their moments of courage and hope.

Cancer. If you’ve just been diagnosed, or if you are living with it, or even if you are a caregiver, these stories will inspire a new confidence. That life is not to be endured. But to be embraced.

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100 Fabulous PeopleIt takes sunshine and rain to make life’s rainbows, doesn’t it? For these 100 Fabulous People You Must Meet In Your Lifetime, they have weathered the storm and came out stronger against the odds. They now live their life with passion and purpose. And what does passion and purpose mean to them? By reaching out to another person, to people they meet. Connecting with them – giving them friendship, and through these interactions giving them a glimmer of hope and faith that all is going to be good again! Read their story and know that, just as they have overcome the odds, so can you!

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Justice Bao and the Case of the Missing CoinsRenowned for his wisdom and sense of fairness, Justice Bao was a high-ranking magistrate during the Song dynasty in ancient China. In The Case of the Missing Coins, Justice Bao has to decide what to do when a merchant accuses a woodcutter of stealing his money. Should he take the word of the well-dressed merchant or believe the shabby woodcutter who can barely speak for himself?

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Tokoyo: The Tomb of the Sea SerpentThe story of Tokoyo is one of Japan’s lesser known legends, yet Tokoyo is widely recognised for her bravery and strength. Tokoyo grew up in a small fishing village as the daughter of a samurai. When her father is banished to the Oki Islands by his warlord, Tokoyo is left behind all alone. Through the strength of her love for her father, Tokoyo gives up everything she owns and travels far and wide to reach him. Yet one obstacle remains before father and daughter can be reunited: the fearsome Yofune Nushi – a sea serpent that terrorises the waters surrounding the Oki Islands. It is up to Tokoyo to take on this terrible beast and save the islanders from its monstrous ways.

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Dewi: The Day The Earth ShookDewi had a very mean stepmother and a very lazy stepsister. She was blamed for her father’s death and was treated badly. But everything changed on the day the earth shook. It was the day houses toppled and trees crashed to the ground. It was the day Dewi found her stepmother and stepsister trapped under the rubble. How could Dewi save them?

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Savitri: The Task for the Mighty DemonIn a South Indian village, a girl named Savitri has a greedy brother who summons a mighty demon to work for him. The demon, Rakshasa, tells him he must be kept busy or he will eat the brother. Eventually, the brother runs out of tasks for Rakshasa, and Savitri must think of an impossible task to keep Rakshasa busy–she challenges the demon to straighten her curly hair.

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Suho: The Creation of the Horsehead FiddleIn this latest instalment of the popular picture book series, Asia’s Lost Legends, the story travels to the steppes of Mongolia, where lives a young fiddle player named Suho and his beloved horse, Khuur. The two friends are inseparable until a cruel king tries to tear them apart. But the bond between Suho and Khuur is so strong that it cannot be broken. Instead, it inspires the creation of Mongolia’s national instrument.

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Kompheak: The Medicine Boy with No LegsThe fifth book in the cultural series Asia’s Lost Legends, this is a wonderful Cambodian tale about kindness, generosity and forgiveness.

Kompheak was born with no legs. His father, who was ashamed of the child’s deformity, ordered that the baby be sent down the river. But as fate would have it, the baby is found and raised by a wise man who teaches the child the ways of healing. In time, Kompheak becomes a famous medicine boy. He travels far and wide in a wheelchair built especially for him. But one day Kompheak meets a dying old man with a familiar face, and his life changes forever.

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Lang Liéu: The Prince and the Precious Rice CakesIn ancient Vietnam, there once lived a King called Hung Vuong. He was a benevolent king who ruled wisely and with much kindness. As Hung Vuong grew old, he had to pick one of his children to succeed him. To help him decide, the sons were given an important task to prepare a meal fit for a king. The two older sons journeyed to the farthest lands to find the rarest ingredients. The youngest, Lang Liêu, was a humble prince who merely prepared a simple meal with great care, using locally harvested rice grains, Vietnam’s most precious edible commodity. While his brothers impressed their father with exotic dishes using the most exclusive ingredients, Lang Liêu fashioned simple glutinous rice cakes for the king—the bánh chưng and bánh giầy. Who will win the crown and rule the land?

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100-fabulous-peopleIt takes sunshine and rain to make life’s rainbows, doesn’t it? For these 100 Fabulous People You Must Meet In Your Lifetime, they have weathered the storm and came out stronger against the odds. They now live their life with passion and purpose. And what does passion and purpose mean to them? By reaching out to another person, to people they meet. Connecting with them – giving them friendship, and through these interactions giving them a glimmer of hope and faith that all is going to be good again! Read their story and know that, just as they have overcome the odds, so can you!

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