Candice Neo is a writer based in Singapore, who loves to pen anything from serious stuff (news and social issues) to frivolous fluff (entertainment and travel).
Her greatest passion, however, is in social and humanitarian issues. Her keen interest has driven her to volunteer write for SALT Online – a humanitarian portal, and the Caritas Poverty Campaign, ‘Singaporeans Against Poverty’.
For her final year project at the Wee Kim Wee School of Communications and Information (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore), together with three other classmates, she produced an online multimedia documentary Growing Up with Less, which tells the stories of children from low income families in Singapore and explores the issue of poverty, a topic that is often shunned and swept under the carpet in the glamorous Singapore society. The FYP went on to receive the Asian TV Awards – the best video FYP award in WKWSCI for academic year 2012/2013, and has been featured in various platforms and forums that discuss the issue of poverty.
Besides freelancing for xinmsn, Insing, Ana Shell Media Press and a hospital magazine, the journalism graduate has also interned at publications such as The Straits Times and Nepali Times, where she wrote mostly news features, and contributed to various school publications such as The Nanyang Chronicle and the Youth Olympic Games newsletter.
An idealist, she believes that journalism is about uncovering stories that are often hidden and untold, and by telling these stories, she hopes to raise awareness of issues that matter to the public and to ultimately make a difference to people’s lives. She sincerely enjoys meeting new people, travelling to strange places, listening to stories and retelling them in her own way.
She loves writing and also hopes to publish her own fiction book one day.
This is a collection of her best works – both published and unpublished since 2009.