Optionstheedge.com is the digital counterpart of the award-winning lifestyle pullout of The Edge Malaysia, the country’s premier business and investment weekly publication. Bringing you compelling stories on the people who helm companies and enterprising Malaysians with creative businesses, to fascinating travel destinations, luxury fashion, motoring, dining and what’s happening in the local visual art and performing arts scene, Options celebrates the good life of the modern executive.
Thought-provoking, reliable and definitively stylish, Options strives to be the most helpful resource for all aspiring as well as inspiring leaders to stay ahead. Options is brought to you by a stable of discerning writers and contributors who are not only intellectually curious and socially aware, but also mean business.
Executive Editor/Editor of Options and Haven
Living in wonder and to wander best describes Diana Khoo's philosophy on life. Curious as a cat, she loves everything with a tail (and a tale to tell) and lives to delight, amuse and annoy her patient-as-a-saint husband and two children. Home for her is incomplete without her cocker spaniel Guillaume, schnoodle Ip Man and two much-loved guinea pigs, Char Siew and Siew Yoke.
The vegetarian Asian for all seasons with a soft, jiwang core. Grammar Nazi by choice; autocorrect be damned. If something's worth doing well, then it's worth doing well with a glass of bubbly in hand. Also an aficionado of the truly fine things in life – cars, watches, wines and whiskies – with a big heart for the arts. An #anakmalaysia who loves cake and her precocious little girl with curly hair just like her mama's.
An accidental journalist, Siok Hoon finds pleasure in discovering what's new on the scene, be it an emerging fashion label or the latest digital trend. Style, design, food and travel are some of the things she enjoys in trying to live a life of balance while staying true to her beliefs and passions.
If Hokkien is her first language, then kindness must be her second. This wiser-than-Gandalf-The-Grey-wise dame doesn’t tolerate bad English, but at least she tells (or emails) you about it nicely. In the words of one of the best sub-editors to grace the desk, "All one needs to get around are two fingers and a good pair of reading glasses." Yup, that’s what she said.
Senior Digital Writer
Schooled by the streets, Wai Yeng has befriended many kopitiam owners to bring untold stories to light, but she mostly gets her scoops over a glass of wine these days. She functions on a strict diet of kopitiam coffee, kaya toast and a dose of AO Scott humour (and sarcasm) because the world is in serious need of sound criticism. Wai Yeng is also known as a speed-walking cyborg – in her trusty adidas, no less.
She likes her food spicy, her chocolate dark, and her whisky neat, but Petrina will try (almost) anything once and is happy to have her mind changed. With coffee in her veins, she finds adventure at every turn and lives to write about watches, travel, and brand and personality profiles. Heat and traffic are her kryptonite, so you’ll find her hiding anywhere from an air-conditioned bookstore to the Scottish highlands.
Options' resident culture vulture, Mae Chan travels the world and is always, for want of a better phrase, up for it. From racing supercars in Germany to seeking out the best experiences money can buy (and those that can’t be bought), Mae is also the office livewire whose antics are best seen and heard on deadline nights. For all the glamorous assignments work takes her to, Mae's heart is soundly entrenched in Cheras, where family and home are.
As beautiful within as without, Shalini is Options' resident angel...if they wear high heels and sport chic, sharp haircuts, that is. Dedicated to her craft, Shalini also makes time to volunteer and give back to society, doing more than her bit in making Malaysia a much better place to live. Her residence right now is taken over by two rambunctious beagles, Eva and Bella, and she makes sure to answer the call of the north by retreating to her home state of Penang whenever she can.
Globetrotting foodie with an especial fondness for chocolate and anything spicy. Truly believes that all can be solved with a cup of tea or dram of whisky. Thinks that theatre and culture are keys to transforming the world. Special talents include making you hungry with words and tying a saree in five minutes. Lakshmi aims to eat and explore in every country in the world.