Welcome to my page. Growing up, I’ve found stories to play a vital role in my growth and development. Story telling is fundamental to human interaction.  It is the way that we share experiences, relate to one another and empathize with others. Everything has a story waiting to be told.

I collect them.


The Principal Girl

Endings & Beginnings

The Treasure Hunt Trail

The Tudung Anthology

Hassan & Hussein
The Riddle on 22 Lane

Nik's Kitchen


At heart, other than writing, I also love teaching. Across a long career that included a lot of other work, I have taught middle school, high school, junior college, undergraduate, graduate and adult education — the whole gamut of teaching experience. At every level, I love watching students flourish.


Selamat datang! Welcome to the Malay class for beginners. If you’ve been staying in Malaysia and you’ve been wanting to understand and learn how to speak Bahasa Malaysia, then you’re in the right place. Baguslah!

This course is about gaining the basics of the language. How to pronounce, understand certain phrases, improve your vocabulary and get an insight about our culture. Since this is a conversational class, you’ll be exposed to the colloquial way of how Malaysians speak. Not. The way. Newsreaders speak.

There’ll be activities that will allow you to practise, role-play and implement what you’ve learnt. There’s a small catch though. You’ll have to put in the effort by revising your work, converse with Malaysians (we love it when you speak our language) and observe your surroundings.

There won’t be exams or tests, so fret not. Have fun and take this course as a journey, an experience that you can tweet to your friends later on – maybe in Malay! So sit tight and selamat belajar.

Beginner's Class: Module 1

Have a wonderful introduction into the simple yet rich Bahasa Malaysia vocabulary. Have fun learning, role playing, and exploring every day Malaysian experiences. By the end of this course, you’ll be able to speak basic Bahasa Malaysia, good pronunciation, and order food in the mamak.

Beginner's Class: Module 2

You already have a basic grasp of the vocabulary, now let’s try to apply this with day-to-day activities. Whether it’s tying the sarong or making traditional Malay potpourri, classes will be full of fun activities to enhance listening, learn new vocabulary and speak more confidently.


Hezreen Abdul Rashid teaches Malay and English in Kuala Lumpur. She graduated from The University of Malaya (UM) with a Masters in Publishing Studies. She is also a certified translator from the The Malaysian Institute of Translation and Books (ITBM). Apart from publishing a children’s book, The Treasure Hunt Trail, she has written short stories that have been published in The Tudung AnthologiesFeminist Folktales from AsiaEndings and Beginnings and The Best Asian Short Stories 2018.

She was long-listed for The Fay Khoo Award 2017 for Food + Drink Writing as well as the D.K. Dutt Memorial Award for Literary Excellence 2017.