ONE person who seems to be living her dreams on her bucket list must be Li channel Singaporean-based host Angelique Nicolette Teo. Although she has not fulfilled her biggest dream (think: sailing the Mediterranean on her very own yacht), this bubbly lady has already marked off one of her ambitions on her “to-do” list which is becoming a TV host on her favourite TV channel, that is Li.
“I’m am truly blessed. I never thought I would have been selected during casting,” said the svelte beauty as her eyes beamed with joy before breaking into her trademark wide grin.
“I love style, fashion, travel, food and design. I love anything beautiful and that falls under Li’s pillars. I’m really lucky to have been given the opportunity to host snippets of trends that catch my fancy,” said Teo, whose exotic looks can be attributed to Chinese, Dutch and Ceylonese ancestry.
Li – Asia’s first HD lifestyle TV channel – features five pillars of living – food, home, wellness, travel and style. Teo is one of four faces to front the two-minute vignettes called the “link” that encapsulates the essence of inspirational living.
On Link, Teo will showcase anything and everything related to the Singaporean lifestyle ranging from the newest restaurants, bars and architecture.
“I love lifestyle related events especially meeting people who take pride in what they do. Whether it’s a mixologist behind a bar or waitress serving food, they are interesting to me and I love to find out what makes these people tick,” said the former model, whose big break came after winning Singapore daily New Paper’s inaugural talent search competition, New Face, in 1993.
Winning the competition paved the way for her to venture into the entertainment scene. Some of her recent works include presenting Business Class, a travel programme filmed across the Asia Pacific region, on Channel News Asia and being an announcer on a drive-time show on Singaporean radio station Lush 99.5FM.
Teo said the best thing about her job is being able to be in the thick of things, meeting indi- viduals and newsmakers about the latest trends and happenings.
“Besides TV hosting, I am involved in many emceeing events, presenting everything ranging from luxury launches to gala dinners, exhibitions, awards presentations and mediating round-table discussions. I am grateful my job has allowed me to be in the know about various things ranging from the latest perfume to watch trends,” said the 30-something host in a raspy voice.
The self-confessed food lover added that another perk of being a TV host for Li is being able to meet some of her favourite chefs and TV personalities.
“One of my favourite cooking programmes is Edward’s Live Kitchen, , hosted by Korean Chef Edward Kwon. He is the answer to the Korean celebrity chef phenomenon. I enjoy his show which aims to be an outdoor cooking show with a fresh concept.
“And one of my luckiest moments was when I co-hosted the World Gourmet Summit in Singapore last April. It was really nice to meet Kwon and learn about the inspiration behind his dishes.” –SheelaChandran