Dream catcher

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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

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