Tuesday, March 24, 2009

The Hantu Blogger

She's a scuba diver, a marine conservationist, a photojournalist with Asia! magazine, and founder of The Hantu Blog

If I were still Deputy Editor of Vanilla magazine (which celebrates ordinary women who make a difference), I just might have put Debby Ng on the cover. 

I feel inspired when I meet people who look beyond themselves, who roll up their sleeves and get their hands dirty in things they believe in, things that matter. 

That's very much how Debby is - and in an unassuming, unimposing sort of way. She's not one of those in-your-face activists. She simply shows, through her actions and words, that there's work to be done and that she's willing to stand in the gap. And to think she is only 27! 

Well, The Hantu Blog started as a mere blog to share the beauty and diversity of marine life in Pulau Hantu, a lesser-known island off the southern coast of Singapore. But the blog elicited so many incredulous responses from local divers (who didn't believe she saw what she reported to have seen underwater) that Debby started leading regular dives at Hantu for her readers. 

As the story goes, what started out as a website five years ago grew into a full-fledged conservation organisation in Singapore. 

Woman on a Mission: Debby Ng makes a quiet stand with The Hantu Blog.

Well, the last time we had Debby in The Living Room was when she was sharing about her photo exhibition, The Life of My Sisters, which sought to raise awareness and education funds for underprivileged girls in Nepal. 

I guess if you have a gift in journalism and photography, why not use that gift to make a difference to others? I like that very much. And I'm sure we can expect much more from this passionate young woman! 

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