Welcome to my FAQ page. It’s a space for you to get to know me better because we could always use more unnecessary information about some other random person right? We are all instinctively curious by nature or in other words, we’re over-zealous busybodies. That is why social media exists.

Social media addiction is real, and I am convinced that it will be the downfall of mankind. See all the people who no longer know how to maintain social interaction with another human being? It’s because of all that time spent looking at a screen instead of someone else’s eyes.

All those guilty as charged, say “I”.

Okay good. Now that we’ve established that we all have an unhealthy relationship with social media, let’s move on.

I have compiled a list of questions that I get asked about a lot because I really don’t like repeating myself about these things. So go on, have a look and dig through my closet of (non)secrets. But really, all it is, is more general information about me.

The story of how my name came to be is interesting. I toyed around for many years, playing with words and such. But I suppose to cut a long story short, miss and nise totally rhyme so I stuck with it. Only needed 2/3 of my name to make it count. Literally 4 alphabets of my name out of 6. HAHAHA! Creative genius or lazy writer? I don’t know. You tell me!

The descendants of Chinese immigrants who came to British Malaya (now Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore) are known as Peranakan-Chinese or Straits-born Chinese; otherwise referred to as Baba Nyonya. Since the history is long, and I cannot possibly explain everything on this page, you can read more here.

Unless credited, all pictures and videos are taken with my iPhone 12, Olympus XZ-1, Joon Ki (준기) my Olympus Pen EP-L7 or Lola my Nikon D5000. Yes, I name my cameras because I have attachment issues.

I get asked this question a lot. Especially when people find out that I am indeed a law graduate (second class upper in all of its torturous glory). As all Asian families do, it was very strongly recommended that I study a safe and traditional subject. Being genuinely clueless about what to do with my life, I thought,”Why not? It can’t be that bad right?” Wrong. Law was traumatising and I spent many nights crying my eyes out for fear of failure. So after 3 years of trying to convince myself to be a lawyer, I could not do it. I made a jump from law to writing. A career path that I never thought I would take.

These days, I would prefer to just be called a content creator/writer because that’s what I do as my 9-to-5, and also during my free time.

When I’m not lazing at home or running around the city, I’d like to say that my day job is being a corporate minion. Previously, most of my work involves corporate branding for a huge Malaysian conglomerate. Now I’m a senior writer at a GLC. Life often throws you lemons — and curveballs so you gotta just be open to new adventures. If you’re nice to me, I might tell you which company I work for. It’s high stress but high reward, though. So I’m always on my toes.

I started blogging in 2007 on Blogger.com mostly because it was common for everyone to have a blog at that time. But, while the hype died for most of my peers, blogging kind of stuck with me. Finding that I had a flair for writing in college, I started to take a more creative route with my work. However, I took a hiatus for about 6 months to a year during my time in law school. It was just too much work to maintain a blog and study for my final year at the time. Then on a day that I was literally losing my mind, I looked at WordPress and my instinct to write got really itchy. So in the midst of finals, I started THEMISSNISE.com and the rest is history. My original blog is no longer open to the public but if you would like to read the rambles of teenage Denise, then feel free to email me ([email protected]) and I’ll give you access to it. But they’re not very good, I must say. So don’t get your hopes up!