Tell us a bit about yourself. Where are you from and how did you come to find yourself in Singapore?
I am of Taiwanese and Italian descent but I was born and raised in Taichung, Taiwan. I am fluent in Mandarin, but not in Italian. I lived and worked in Taipei for a good while as a model, but then moved to Tokyo to pursue my education and to get my bachelors in Mass Communications. Five years living in Tokyo flew by where, along with my studies, I simultaneously modelled and did fashion reporting in Japan. In August 2012, I made the decision to relocate to Singapore. Wow, how time flies! I have been living in and working in Singapore since then as an actress and TV host.
You juggle being a model, TV host, fashion reporter and entrepreneur, how do you manage to keep so focused?
I am very ambitious. I am also a Gemini born on the cusp with Taurus. That makes me very versatile with a fluctuating attention span and personality. I have learned to satisfy my frequencies by accepting and giving all my interests equal time and energy. I keep and track my goals in life and make sure that I am not only working, but reaching milestones in my life both personally and professionally. Knowing what I want in life helps me to stay focused. While often challenging, the end goal is in sight. I am very demanding of myself to perform and produce good work. I work on average 12-15 hours a day, but include time to meditate, a jog, a yoga class, a glass of wine, and a laugh or meal with friends. Life is balanced, grounded, and full of joy!
How did all your various ventures come about and which ones are you mainly focusing on at the moment?
I have been in the entertainment industry since I was 17. I was discovered on the street in my hometown and stuck with modelling because it gave me the opportunity to work, travel, and be in control of my schedule. I got lucky at first, but staying in this industry definitely takes brains and a thick skin. I have forged my career path based on the opportunities that have arisen. Always focusing on what I ultimately want in life and not getting side tracked with fame and fortune. It is true when they say that there is always someone to take your place. It’s not just a pretty face that will get the job done, but brains and eloquence. Over the years I have developed my skills and focused on bringing my interests and my a career together.
If there is such a thing as an average day, can you talk us through it?
Every day is different! You would have a good idea of what my day will be like from looking in my bag. Currently I am carrying a portable charger, Air, notebook, pen, sunglasses, yoga apparel, make-up, sunscreen, water bottle, wallet, and phone. On any given day I will have meetings, memorising scripts, fittings, shopping, coffee, all the while staying connected and answering emails through my iPhone and computer.
You also now run stretchcity.com – can you tell us a bit more about this?
Just a bit over a year ago I started Stretch City – a listing and directory for yoga studios, yoga teachers, yoga events, healthy restaurants, and shops. I have been practicing yoga for almost 10 years now and launched Stretch City to make ‘Yoga for All’ and ‘Yoga as a Lifestyle’. Now we are expanding our portal to reach the yoga community regionally in Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Australia.
You are obviously in fantastic shape, is this down to yoga or do you follow a specific diet too?
Thank you (*blushing*). A healthy body comes from a healthy mind. I practice yoga not for vanity, but for mind and body balance. Unfortunately, being in the spotlight means that you are constantly criticised and looked at; however, it provides me with the opportunity to reflect a healthy body image and be a positive role model. I have never been ultra thin and do enjoy desserts and wine. The things I will not eat are chips and fast food, everything else I enjoy in moderation, except water. Drink as much water as you can! Especially if you are exercising make sure to have over 1.5 liters of water a day.
How does living in Singapore compare to the other countries you have called home?
Singapore is a fantastic hub to live and work. I am a city girl at heart and enjoy the comforts of an urban lifestyle. I do not mind the perpetually hot weather, nor the sudden down pours that leave your shoes soaked. We call Tokyo a concrete jungle, Singapore is a savannah in comparison. I admire the effort Singapore has put into their urban planning to incorporate green parks, trees, and sports facilities. The cityscape is beautiful because of it.
Recently I moved from a suite to a HDB. I feel at home amongst the family run shops, hawker stalls and neighbourhood kitty cats. The pace of Singapore is very comfortable compared to Tokyo and Taipei. It is a place that has captured my heart and is a place I could settle down in.
How would you describe your personal style? Do you have a different day to night look?
Hmmmm, I would say my style is body contouring with clean lines and a pop of colour. I wear jewellery that I do not need to remove. Day time is more casual and comfortable and evenings are dressy. I love dressing up for dates and parties and have an extensive wardrobe of around seven clothing closets and three shoe closets.
What are your favourite spot and studios to practice yoga in Singapore?
I practice at Pure Yoga because they have Level 2 and 3 classes that run every 30 minutes in two convenient centrally located studios. You will find me munching in Providore café after class or in Bugis around Arab Street.
There are so many different forms of yoga. What would you say is the best all-round yoga for whole body fitness and toning?
I personally practice Hatha Yoga and Vinyasa; however, I would say to each his own! There are many styles of yoga which cater to all fitness levels and chracteristics. There are over 70 yoga studios listed on Stretch City because each studio, student, and instructor is different. All this information is mapped out on the site to give insight into the varieties of studios, styles and teachers to conveniently access information and find a studio to fit exactly what you are looking for in your area.
Singapore can get crazy hectic, where are you favourite spots to just chill out?
At home. At a friends house. On Duxton Hill or Ann Siang Hill.
Singapore is a country of eating options! Where are your favourites?
Prawn mee, sugar cane juice with lemon, kopi C ko song, chilli crab, dim sum, papaya salad, anything with chilli!
You have stunning skin! What are your must-have beauty products? Where do you go for hair and nail maintenance?
I go to Vera Nails in Tiong Bahru for a gel mani and pedi. They are reasonably priced for nail art and Vivian, the owner, always plans your design in advance just for you.
I always carry sunblock and reapply it midday. Water and diet is also essential to beautiful clear skin, so eat clean and drink 1.5 liters of water minimum a day. If you are thirsty, then you are already dehydrated.
Finally, any advice for young girls looking into a career in media or starting their own business?
If you are looking to go into this industry, you must find good representation and management. Work closely with your manager make sure they know what you want and what you are good at. Accept rejection. It’s not about you. As long as you put the work in beforehand, the results don’t matter. Intend to be awesome.
For business, don’t quit. Be creative, inspiring, and passionate. Believe in yourself and your abilities, anticipate, evolve and stay ahead.
Wow, thanks Liv, you’ve certainly given us a lot to think about! For more of the yoga practises that Liv was talking about, check out Stretch City here. And, as ever, a HUGE thank-you to the amazing Gunilla from Sugar Light Photography for the beautiful images.