The finer things

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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

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