Mable Tan, freelance travel writer and photographer

Mable Tan

Freelance travel writer and photographer
Happee Monkee

What is your professional or training background?
I studied advertising & communications in university but ended up as a magazine journalist; and now I'm a freelance writer and photographer.

What do you make, create or do?
I take travel photographs; and occasionally of food and still life fine art photographs. I also have a food blog ( and whenever I am inspired to, I'll whip something up and blog about it.

What other creative areas would you like to explore as a side-project to your current work, or move into full-time?
I would really love to write a cookbook especially for teens and young adults. There's too much unhealthy temptations around us and too little appreciation for home cook meals. Learning to cook is such an essential skill and impressive one at that! I want to title it, 'Why Have Junk, When You Can Have Beef Bourguignon?'

What skills do you have that help you run your business, or what skills would you like to develop?
Photoshop as a photographer is invaluable, I've also learned that building relationships with people is the key to a sustainable business. I realized that for a business to grow, I have to constantly seek new ways to get me/ my brand/ the business noticed which can be a challenge as I'm a closet introvert. No doubt, one of the best skill I've developed is self-confidence.

List five people, businesses or websites/blogs that keep you motivated and inspired, and why?
1. Tara Gentile ( because she's dedicated to teaching people (especially artists) that we can be rich doing what we love.

2. Beatrice Peltre of La Tartine Gourmande ( for being so super talented. Her photographs of food always makes me swoon.
3. Inhae Renee Lee ( is a fantastic artist with amazing imagination. Her work is just so cute! She put so much effort into creating her stories, it's simply inspirational.
4. Yann Arthus Bertrand is my favourite photographer of ALL time. Not only are his photos outstanding, his higher purpose is to educate people to be better earth citizens and care for this planet.
5. T. Harv Eker because he's a phenomenal human being and teacher. He is all about being REAL and taking responsibility for our actions.

Contact Mable via mable.tan/at/