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1. SV - M'sia - Why JellyBeans are Colourful

2. Roger Jenkins- S'pore - Tongue Meat

3. Lavenia - Indonesia - Bawang Putih, Bawang Merah

4. Oni Lasana - USA/Tobago - 3 fishes in a pond

5. Connie Regan Blake - USA - Dog, she is smart!


1. Chelsia - M'sia - "6am Sushi"

2. Wei Jun - M'sia - "Like a Fish"

SHANTHINI VENUGOPAL, host of StoryTime tells her original story “Why JellyBeans are Colourful”. She’s been in the performing arts industry for over 25 years. She lives in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 

visit her blog to view her work

Her book is a National Best Seller with over 4000 copies sold. 

Unique feature of this book is that the illustrations for the book is done by 22 young illustrators ranging from 8 years to 24 years. 

She also produced an audio CD that was inserted in the first 2000 copies. The story you hear today is taken from that CD. The music is the artistic MUSICAL input of composer Saidah Rastam with effects done by Retnaguru Sandrkasan. Recording was done at ImagineX studio. 

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CHELSIA NG is an actor, singer, linguist, MC, TV, stage and film actor back with us this for Chapter 2. She’ll be playing her ukulele and singing one song live at the studio. It’s her latest composition called 6am Sushi.

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ROGER JENKINS is a Singaporean storyteller - really (born there and lived there over 40 years). He founded Singapore's annual 398.2 Storytelling Festival in 2015 and along with Sheila Wee and Jeeva Raghunath is a Director of FEAST, the Federation of Asian Storytellers, which aims to promote the art of storytelling and tellers working in Asia. He has performed frequently at the PINKS Festival in Penang as well as in story festivals in Bangkok, Chennai, Jakarta, Kuching and Nairobi.

LAVENIA THALIA is a high school student from Stella Maris School in Indonesia. She's 17 years old and she won second place in the Asian English Olympics for storytelling.

Her story: "Bawang Merah and Bawang Putih" or "The Shallot and the Garlic"

Origin: Nusantara – a folklore adapted by Lavenia

Contact her via Instagram: @laveniathalia or via email:

WEIJUN is no stranger in the Malaysian performing arts scene. Since his return to Malaysia after completing a Bachelor of Arts, Dance Degree in 2001 at Queensland University of Technology (Australia), he has been involved in many acclaimed theatre productions. He is best known for his involvements with Sutra Foundation under the artistic direction of Datuk Ramli Ibrahim.

His many interests include photography, figure skating, teaching, multimedia production and making music.

On the music front Weijun has produced music for numerous local theatre productions, short films and also dabbled in pop music.

Weijun was nominated twice for Best Music & Sound Design for Dance at the BOH Cameronian Arts Awards

A finalist in the SUTASI Song writing competition

2 top10 songs on the AMP Channel[V] charts

(no2. Move It/Make Your Body Mine, no8. Back To Life)

Currently producing a show titled In Pieces featuring top Malaysian contemporary choreographers and actors with music and artistic direction by Weijun

ONI LASANA is the "drama mama" of storytelling! She was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in the USA. She now lives on the island of Tobago, in the Caribbean sea.

Her professional life as a storyteller started in 1994 and has presented her one woman show in theaters, schools, universities and storytelling festivals, across the USA, Germany and in Zimbabwe, Africa.

To learn more about Oni. Visit

CONNIE REGAN-BLAKE  is one of America’s most celebrated storytellers. She has captivated the hearts and imaginations of people around the globe with her powerful performances and workshops. Entertaining audiences in 47 states, 18 countries, and 6 continents she brings the wisdom, humor, and drama of stories to main stage concert halls, libraries, and into the corporate world.  

Both as a solo artist and a member of the acclaimed Folktellers duo, Connie has been featured on seven award-winning recordings – five audio and two videos produced by PBS. New Age Magazine, School Library Journal, and Southern Living have praised her work. She has been a guest on NPR’s All Things Considered, ABC Good Morning America and CNN.  

When Connie takes the stage she generates a brightness and warmth, drawing in listeners with her engaging humor and Southern charm. Her stories range from hilarious traditional Appalachian Mountain tales to poignant true-life drama. A consummate professional, Connie’s rare talent can transform a convention hall into a wondrous landscape and turn a packed theater into an intimate circle of friends.  

Connie has performed at the nation’s top folk music and storytelling festivals in Chicago, Philadelphia, and San Francisco, as well as the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington, D.C. Her groundbreaking collaboration with the Kandinsky Trio - an innovative blend of storytelling and chamber music - has been hailed as a “new art form.”  

As a founding board member of the National Storytelling Association (formerly NAPPS), and a frequent host and featured performer at the National Festival in Jonesborough, Tennessee, Connie helped ignite and shape the American storytelling revival.

REMEMBER...... StoryTime is a platform NOT just for professional  storytellers, it is for anyone with a passion for stories; children, youth, young adults and adults wishing to tell their get that phone out and start recording! and email them to us at .