Wednesday, October 3, 2007

About Me

A little bit about me:
  • I've been involved in the field of primary school ELT in Sabah, Malaysia since 2005 as an English teacher, writer, blogger, conference speaker, website manager, teacher trainer and currently (2015) as a supervisor of English language programmes for Kota Kinabalu district.
  • I love cats. (Yeah, I am a crazy cat lady).
  • My interests include language materials development, creativity in the classroom, continuous professional development for teachers, teaching/learning with technology (particularly in ESL/EFL context) and primary school pedagogy, especially on teaching of writing in the ESL/EFL classroom.
  • I am also interested in community outreach projects and education-related humanitarian works. 
  • You can get in touch with me through email (, my Facebook page, my Twitter, or my Instagram

With my cat, Gio (2009)


  1. Dear Cynthia,

    was browsing through your profile after reading your reply to Erna Mahyuni's post about the 'forbidden' word.

    Anyways, I just found it amusing that you have a cat named gio too!

    I'm a Sabahan student studying in Melaka. There used to be a stray cat that often comes by our apartment unit. We took her in for a while after she gave birth inside our sofa. And my housemates named her after one of their guitars, Geo.

    I know it's a bit ridiculous but just found it amusing :)


  2. Hi Melanie, thanks for visiting my blog. Thanks also for taking the time to leave your comments.

    Well, I'm equally amused that someone besides me has a cat named Gio! I bet your Gio is just as loving, attention-craving and pamper-loving as mine.

    I don't think it's ridiculous, I think it's a wonderful thing! ;-) I love cats very much, and bumping into others who share the same feeling towards cats has never failed to make my day. Thanks again! ;-)

  3. hello name is hartini binti mohd sirat. i'm a teacher in sk sayong, kuala kangsar, perak. i came across ur ace writing module (first edition 2010)last month and i've been using it to my students. i hope u don't mind. apparently, it really helps my students a lot. i've been searching and experimenting techniques which i gathered at workshops and internet sources, and i found that ur module is an interesting way to teach students. hope i can get to know u better....and thank u!

  4. Hello Hartini,

    Thank you so much for dropping by and giving a comment. I am glad that your students find the ACE Writing Module to be helpful. Actually I am currently working on a new writing module to update and correct some of the inaccuracies in the ACE Writing Module. I have gained some new info from a recent talk that I have attended, and I realized that some of the things that I have written in the module are not in accordance with some UPSR examiners' requirements. Once I get it ready, I'll share it here in this blog.

    In the meantime, keep in touch! ;-)

  5. Dear Cynthia

    I stumbled upon your blog while i was googling for some infor. It's awesome and I love it! I look forward to read more of your ramblings in your blog. Keep up your good work.


  6. hi cyn...long time no see bilang hehehe


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