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My name is Marrilyn H.G. Tong and this is my Personal Development blog.

My goal is to add more happiness and abundance to your world than you ever dreamed possible by giving you tools and empowerment to achieve your highest potential in life. In other words? I’m here help you achieve your dreams.


marrilynshtong.com is the number 1 website  for people passionate about achieving excellence in life. This blog aims to inspire, inform and empower people with self-improvement articles and resources. If you are someone who wants to achieve your highest potential in life, you are at the right place! First, let me ask you a few quick questions (just to see if we will be a good fit for each other).

  • Do you have dreams or goals in your life and would like to find out how to achieve them?
  • Are you looking to improve a certain area of your life?
  • Would you like to learn how to lead a happy life?
  • Do you consider yourself spiritual and open-minded?
  • Have you always felt that you are supposed to do something great in the world, that you are here for a reason though not sure how it is ever going to happen?

If you answered yes to any of the above, you are in the right place. In fact, we are perfect for each other. :)

I absolutely love helping others achieve their dreams and find true happiness, whatever your dreams may be. It could be a career, business, personal development or relationship goal, I am always thrilled to see that you get what you have dreamed for. Hence the name, Personal Development Genie.

  • Thank you so much for those kind words..I certainly will keep that in mind and I'll try my very best to pursue that dream.

    Luisa USA
  • Thank you for your positive and uplifting message. We so appreciate you and your gift.

    Sue and Husband Australia
  • As I read the first Chapter of your book, Love Is Here, I was very surprised as I felt as if the book was written specifically for me. You understand what I've been through! Thank you for everything.

    Rishita India

My Story

I  was born and raised in Singapore and have been living in Byron Bay, Australia since the last 5 years. Growing up, you can say that I was the kind who felt like I never really fit in. Not in school, not among my friends, not even with my family.

There were indeed some things that I just knew since young. I knew that I want to travel around the world rather than just being in this small dot on the map (Singapore), I want to make the World a better place and help people, I want to doing something that involves my creativity, and that I want to be a business woman.  Most of all, I want to fall in love and live a happy life with my true love.

Achieving My Business, Creativity and Travel Dreams

In school, I was the top student for a few years, and went to some of the better classes. When I was 14 years old, I wanted to opt for the Art class though due to my high grades I was not allowed that choice. By the time I was supposed to select for my school path and course, I decided to go to a Polytechnic instead of University because I want to prove that getting a degree is not the only way you can achieve success in life. I wanted to take a course in Design however my mother refused as she believed that design is for those who are bad in their grades and you cannot make money from art. So I listened to her and decided to take a Diploma in Business, majoring in Public Relations and Advertising.

I worked with some of the largest companies such as Saatchi & Saatchi and Lucasflims. Though I never gave up on designing and decided to self train myself on website design, graphic design and search engine optimization in 2000.

I started my first business in 2002 providing web, graphic design and online marketing for businesses. I am very grateful to have won a couple of design awards and worked with businesses small and big, including clients like UBS, Citibank, Ritz Carlton, Royal Canin and many more. You can find out more about OVOC here.

With my business, I have been able to travel once every 3 months since 2002, to travelling for 5-6 months each year since the past few years. So far I have been to India, Thailand, Indonesia, France, Switzerland, Belgium, Croatia, United Kingdom and many more Countries.

Finding The Love of My Life

Ever since I was a little girl, I have been dreaming of finding the love of my life. I imagined finding someone to love, who loves me, spend lots of happy moments together, living in a cute house, build a nice and blissful life together and more.

As life goes on and I become a teenager, I started to get into relationships. The first two relationships I had were good, though as I was really young then I wanted to experience life more and get to see what life has to offer.

From then on, all my other relationships were just series after series of disasters; from having exes who cheated on me behind my back, to verbally abusive men, to some who kept on taking my money away. I even had a couple of exes who left me to go back to their exes from many relationships before!

Is there something wrong with me? Secretly, I thought I was cursed. Or maybe, I did something wrong in my past life to deserve all these.

My heart got broken time and time again, though I never gave up on love and continued with my search. My belief is that in order to find our true love, we need to look within and start from ourselves. Using a combination of all the methods I have learnt over the years, I manage to find a method that gets me exactly the partner I am looking for. The first time when I realized that I have found out that what I did was actually successful, I almost couldn’t believe it! EVERYTHING I have stated down on what I want for my future partner, 85% of what I have written down came true! Ok, almost! (Though that’s still good right!)

Now the thing is, as it was my first time, I wasn’t 100% clear of what I wanted, so the relationship didn’t really work out. It took me a few tries (3 to be exact) to really fine tune the method and finally be able to get the partner that I really, really love, and we are really compatible with each other.

From then on, I have helped my family members, friends and many people get the love of their lives too using the same method. I have helped people who have been single for over 12 years to having 2 potential partners to choose from within a month, and even people who are trying to find a partner of the same sex to find someone. The method I use continues to evolve as I continue to learn new self development and healing methods.

Love is something that is really important in my life, and I believe that everyone deserves to experience a blissful love life for themselves too. This is something I am really passionate about and I absolutely love doing. I really wish for everyone to find love and happiness in your hearts, in every single moment.

Making The World A Better Place

Since 2000 I was writing relationship articles for a website and volunteered on AllExperts.com providing intuitive counselling to people all over the World.

Over the years, I found myself taking up a lot of courses such as Reiki Healing, NLP, attending self development seminars and learning from many other healers. I was even lucky enough to be offered a free Life Coach training.

In 2008, I set up a website to provide Reiki healing, intuitive counselling, readings and advice to people. The website was viewed by thousands each month and even won several awards. This was something I really loved doing, though due to a miscommunication with my web host provider, the domain name was expired and quickly got snatched up by someone else. I took it as a sign from the Universe to stop doing that for a while and concentrate on my design business.

Meantime, I continued to learn more healing techniques, read up on personal development and continue my journey of self-awareness. Finally I have come to the conclusion to setup this website to blog about my insights on personal development and anything else that may come up. This blog is a platform where I can deliver my authentic voice, all of who I am. As much as I enjoy reading and learning about personal devlopment, I am sure you will find great value and inspiration from reading the articles in this website too.


A twitter message reply I received from Sir Richard Branson


Interview with Vanilla magazine in 2007. Yes, you guessed it right. I love to travel.

Few Things about Me

  • I am a multi-passionate entrepreneur: NLP life coach, author, healer, online marketing consultant, web, graphic and brand design business owner, and more!
  • I have been published on leading websites and newspapers/magazines such as Vanilla, Singapore Business Review, Juice, The New Paper, The Straits Times, to name a few.
  • I have been providing intuitive counselling on AllExperts.com since 2000, healing services and readings from 2008-2010 and started my first business when I was 20 years old, until today.
  • I am the owner of OVOC, a branding and design business focused on helping heart-centered and conscious small businesses.
  • Previously from 2008-2012, I had a website named Halcyon Flux providing Reiki healing, intuitive counselling, readings and advice. The website was viewed by thousands each month and won 2 awards.
  • My formal qualifications include a Diploma in Business Administration (Major in Public Relations & Advertising), Advanced Diploma in Multimedia, Reiki Master/Teacher, NLP Practitioner (Neuro Linguistic Programming), plus many other healing/coaching modalities. I have 13 years of experience in Internet Marketing, Branding & Design, and 10 years experience in healing and coaching.
  • I am the INFP personality type. ‘The Healer Idealist”. Yup, I’m involved in the work that I was born to do 🙂
  • With the Strengths Finder test, my signature themes are Relator, Futuristic, Developer, Empathy and Intellection. I absolutely love to see people’s dreams come true, and will do what I can to help you along the way.
  • I live in the land down under, Australia in Byron Bay and was born in Singapore.
  • My interests are self-help books, business, yoga, alternative healing, design, internet marketing, writing, travelling, music nature and tea.
  • This blog is a story of my passion and thoughts – blogging, writing, helping, befriending and lots of sharing.
  • I also enjoy creating spiritual artworks and string art decorations. Held my first art exhibition in Australia in 2013. Take a look at the interview video and one of my artwork below.


About The INFP Personality

  • INFPs  are focused on making the world a better place for people, seek to understand people and to help them fulfill their potential. Generally thoughtful and considerate, INFPs are good listeners and put people at ease.

  • INFPs have the ability to see good in almost anyone or anything. Their great passion is to heal the conflicts that trouble individuals, or that divide groups, and thus to bring wholeness, or health, to themselves, their loved ones, and their community.

  • Highly creative, artistic and spiritual, they can produce wonderful works of art, music and literature. INFPs are natural artists. They are highly intuitive about people. They rely heavily on their intuitions to guide them, and use their discoveries to constantly search for value in life.

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Professional Bio

Marrilyn H.G. Tong blog about personal development and is the book author of Love Is Here: How to Find Love and Date the Perfect Man in 3 Months (or less), lives in Byron Bay, Australia and was born in Singapore. She was offering design and counselling advices on allexperts.com in 2000 as per of her service to society. Throughout the years of her adulthood she gained interests in self-development, alternative healing and topics on spirituality hence went on to learn Reiki healing, Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), Landmark Forum, even had Life Coach Training lessons plus a few more techniques from various healers and coaches. Passionate about helping people achieve their dreams, Marrilyn has helped many people to find the love of their lives, achieve their personal, business dreams and find true happiness. Feel free to contact Marrilyn by sending an email to info at marrilynshtong dot com.

“Your work is to discover your work and then with all your heart to give yourself to it.”


“Where there is love there is life.”

Mahatma Gandhi

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