The finer things
SERIOUSLY, who wouldn’t want to swap jobs with Li channel’s TV host David Yee? With a job that requires him to travel, eat, drink and be merry, wouldn’t anyone love to be in his shoes – even if it were just for a day?
“Being Malaysia’s host of Li’s two-minute vignettes is a great opportunity. Whether it’s dining in the next hottest restaurant, interviewing a Michelin-starred chef, or keeping up to date with the latest interior design trends and fashion, I get to experience the essence of inspirational living.
“It is exciting to be part of this as I personally enjoy these experiences. In fact, one of the reasons I was selected was because of my craving for inspiring lifestyle experiences. It is one of the best jobs in the world and I have no complaints,” joked chiselled-faced Yee, who is of Australian Chinese parentage, and now resides in Petaling Jaya, Selangor, with his Malaysian wife and three children.
The 42-year-old says playing host has not only broadened his knowledge about latest lifestyle trends in and around Malaysia but also across the Asian continent. One of the best benefits of hosting is that it has enabled him to put his passion for interior design to good use by decorating his home in suburban Taman Megah.
“Speaking to different interior designers has worked to my benefit as it has enabled me to understand certain design concepts and colour themes. It has helped in giving my home a pragmatic and contemporary feel,” said Yee, whose interest in interior design began six years ago.
Although Yee might be a relatively new face here, he isn’t a stranger to the media spotlight. In his 20s, he started modelling in his hometown of Sydney, Australia then moved to Singapore to further explore modelling opportunities.
Soon, he became the face for numerous advertising campaigns including telecommunications giant Singtel and credit card company Mastercard. It was only a matter of time before a Singaporean TV station offered him the opportunity to host an entertainment programme, Showbuzz, giving him the chance to interview some of Tinseltown’s biggest names.
While he may have rubbed shoulders with Hollywood’s A-listers, the attractive Australian comes across as more of a downto-earth family man. Throughout this interview, he spoke fondly of his wife Jacqueline and young daughters Isabel, Alexis and Chelsea, aged between one and four.
Although some might think he enjoys the high life, in truth, Yee is a homebody who enjoys spending time with his family. When he isn’t busy with hosting responsibilities and his day job as a PR manager for design college Raffles College, he prefers to cook, yes ... cook!
“Weekends is when I cook for the family and watch a movie with the children. I enjoy making my own pasta for the children,” said Yee.
He hopes to share his vision of a balanced life via his link slot on Li.
“There is always a better way to live life. My life is good but I keep striving to have more balance between work and family life.” –SheelaChandran