An independent streak
Has she always been such a risktaker? We ask. “I think that moving out at the tender age of 20 was one of the biggest risks that I have ever taken in my life,” Melody shares. “As an only child, I was very privileged. However, I craved my own space, and didn’t want to lead a sheltered existence. I was even
elody Chen is the ultimate risk-taker. From equestrian lessons in secondary school, to wakeboarding in the early 2000s and the motorbike lessons she’s now taking, the gung-ho 37-year-old is determined not to let fear rule her life.
“I developed a keen interest in sports when I was younger, and that gave me plenty of opportunities to try something new,” she says. Besides the usual running and swimming, she also dives, snowboards and ice-skates. “It wasn’t all smooth-sailing, though! For example, with equestrian lessons, it was scary mastering jumps with my horse. I had many falls, but I picked myself up again and again.
“I wouldn’t exactly call myself an adrenaline junkie, as I do have my fears,” Melody muses. “However, I’m quite capable of leaving them at the door and going all out when I’m in the zone.”
At present, the Kiss 92FM DJ is bent on getting her motorbike license. She embarked on lessons in early 2014 but these skidded to a halt after a mishap. “It was raining heavily during one of my lessons, and halfway through, I discovered that my bike couldn’t decelerate properly.
“I managed to complete part of the circuit before falling off the bike and landing on my side. I couldn’t walk for a week after that! I have a slight fear of the emergency brake now, but I’m determined to resume lessons again soon,” she says, eyes glinting.