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Book Launch of Singapore: Insights from the Inside

It is with great honor and privilege that I share with you something that I have been pretty excited about for awhile now. Please pardon me for a little bit of shameless sharing here.

I have been asked by the Singapore International Foundation to be a contributor to this book “Singapore: Insights from the Inside.” The foundation invited a few select “members of the international community to share their unique insights and personal experiences of Singapore so that more might know about Singapore and the Singapore community.”

This collection is intended to be part of “several initiatives by which we promote understanding to bridge and nurture enduring relationships between Singaporeans and world communities, and harness friendships for a better world.” It is truly an honor to be part of this endeavour.

The book launch will be held this evening. There would be a “sharing of insights from the inside by book contributors Mr Fredrik Härén, Founder of, Mr Ronald Stride, Chairman of Food from the Heart, Mr Alvin Amadeo Witirto, Credit Analyst at Citibank, as well as Mr Hsieh Tsun-Yan, Governor, SIF.  The session will be moderated by the editor, Dr David Fedo, Visiting Scholar of the Wheelock College Center for International Education, Leadership, and  Innovation.”

As part of the press release for this book, there was a teeny-tiny featurette in The Straits Times last Sunday. Here is the newspaper article. 🙂

Looking forward to a meaningful and light-hearted book launch this evening. See you!

Myra is a Teacher Educator and a registered clinical psychologist based in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. Prior to moving to the Middle East, she lived for eleven years in Singapore serving as a teacher educator. She has edited five books on rediscovering children’s literature in Asia (with a focus on the Philippines, Malaysia, India, China, Japan) as part of the proceedings for the Asian Festival of Children’s Content where she served as the Chair of the Programme Committee for the Asian Children’s Writers and Illustrators Conference from 2011 until 2019. While she is an academic by day, she is a closet poet and a book hunter at heart. When she is not reading or writing about books or planning her next reads, she is hoping desperately to smash that shuttlecock to smithereens because Badminton Is Life (still looking for badminton courts here at UAE - suggestions are most welcome).

12 comments on “Book Launch of Singapore: Insights from the Inside

  1. Wee…this is so cool. Congratulations!
    I just realized they used “Mrs.” hehe. I’m not used to it. Maybe, its because I’m your student and by default i always used “Ms.” 🙂 Anyway, hope the book launch goes well.


    • Hi, I was actually surprised by it. In the text, however, they did refer to me as Dr. Bacsal, so it’s fine. 🙂


  2. That’s so cool! Congrats!


  3. WooHoo! This is great! Congratulations! Beautiful photo of you in the paper :). *bows*


  4. Anne Stockwell

    Way to go Myra! Congratulations.


  5. I think I might say that is not a teeny-tiny article. You should be proud to be included and pleased with such a nice article. Congratulations Myra. What a special honor for a special woman!


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