Valerie Khoo


This is the personal blog of Valerie Khoo – artist, author and podcaster. Valerie is passionate about exploring the worlds of creativity and business. She is co-host of the popular podcasts ‘So you want to be a writer’ and ‘So you want to be a photographer’. Valerie is a mentor to artists, writers and business owners on how they can turn their passions into thriving professional practices. She is author of ‘Power Stories: The 8 Stories You MUST Tell to Build an Epic Business’. Valerie is also CEO of the Australian Writers’ Centre, one of the world’s leading centres for writing courses.

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    1. valeriekhoo

      I know! Nuts huh?

  1. Helen Crozier

    I’m so glad you got out of that safely Valerie. May the rest of your journey be a lot calmer. best, Helen

    1. valeriekhoo

      I hope so too Helen!

  2. Sue White

    OMG Valerie. Still laughing. Mostly at this: “And I noticed people wearing masks. Oh look, they’re like those people who are scared of germs on subways, I thought. How quaint.” Next trip, Port Douglas?

  3. LeeLee

    Oh Valerie! I live in Istanbul! I feel for you. The Turks are generally very helpful and kind people. Sorry you saw the city on this day. I hope you find a little oasis somewhere and discover Istanbul’s magic. If you are anywhere near Sultanahmet then I suggest you get yourself a wine, coffee or cay (tea), relax and people watch from restaurants. Try Rumelis or Fuego. Sultanahmet is fine – life continues as always. Thank you for sharing your story.

  4. Alycia Edgar

    So glad you’re safe! But my takeaway was this – can we go travelling together? First hens, now protests! No boring travel occurs with Ms Valerie, no siree! 🙂

  5. Kiri-Maree

    So glad you are safe! Well written had me reading until the end. We were in Turkey yesterday in a rather boring part in comparison. I am kind of happy about this..

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