Where in the world do you live? And, are you from there?

I live in Kuala Lumpur, the capital city of Malaysia. I was born and raised in Ipoh, a smaller city about 135 miles north of KL (as it is affectionately known to locals).

What language(s) do you speak?

I speak English, Malay and Cantonese. I understand a smattering of Arabic, courtesy of my in laws who are originally from Libya.

When did you first become a mother?

In 2009, when I was 33.

Are you a stay-at-home mom or do you work?

I stay at home with my two sons, after a 10 year career in public relations, events management and marketing.

Why do you blog/write?
I started blogging because I was a little obsessed with online shopping, haha. I was constantly scouring the Internet for great stuff for my son and myself. When I found something interesting or cool, I’d share it on my Facebook page. Then I thought, why not just put everything in one place? So I started the blog (which also explains the name, ‘Mama Wants This’). 

However, as I continued to blog, I found that I had a lot more to say than just show the products I love. I started enjoying writing again. And as my son is growing and able to be more independently playing, taking longer naps and going to bed at a regular time, I have found myself with some time to myself. And I take that time to blog and write about everything from motherhood, parenting, blogging, food and other topics that come to mind.

How would you say that you are different from other mothers?

In Malaysia, it’s fairly common for households to employ nannies or helpers as they are commonly known. It depends on the family, but most helpers are not just housekeepers, they are also looking after the children. I think I am different because I am one of very few mothers (that I know of) who does not have a helper, nor do I intend to ever employ one, even if I have two children (which I hope to some day soon). 

What do you view as the challenges of raising a child in today’s world?

Our world is becoming more and more technologically advanced. One of the challenges as I see it is to achieve the balance I wrote about in one WMB article. The world is also becoming more frightening – you read about violence and crime, not just in society in general, but in places you’d think would be safe, like school. We as parents can only do so much protecting, we can’t keep them in our arms, at home, forever. 

How did you find World Moms Blog?
I believe I came across WMB on Bloggy Moms in the International Moms category. I was looking for blogs to read and was intrigued. I loved it so much, when I saw that WMB was looking for writers, I wrote to the Editor and Founder, Jennifer, immediately.

What do you like best about writing for World Moms Blog?

I like the challenge to come up with an interesting and relevant topic for World Moms Blog. I also write in a different style for WMB compared to my own blog, and I find that it makes me a better writer. Being a writer for WMB has also allowed me to be a part of this amazing community of international writers whom I’ve learned so much from.


Alison is a former PR professional turned stay-at-home mother to two boys. Growing up in a small city of Ipoh, Malaysia, Alison left home at 17 to pursue her studies in the big city of Kuala Lumpur. At 19, she headed to University of Leeds in England and graduated with a degree in Communications. Returning home to Malaysia in 1999, she began a 10-year career in public relations, event planning, and marketing, working for various PR agencies and one of the world's biggest sports brands. After a decade of launch parties and product launches, concerts and award shows, international press junkets and world travel, Alison traded all that in for a life as a first time mother in 2009, and has not looked back since. Aside from writing for her blog, Writing, Wishing, Alison is the Founder and chief social media strategist for Little Love Media.

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