Off the beaten track
Reality TV adventures aside, Melody’s volunteer activities have also taken her outside her comfort zone. Sure, she’s had holidays in glamorous places like Santorini in Greece, and Mauritius, but it’s her journeys off the beaten track that have made the most impact on her. Take her trip to Bangladesh in 2010, for instance, where she visited the child she was sponsoring under World Vision’s Child Sponsorship programme.
“The trip was an eye-opening experience – physically, mentally and emotionally. Forget about five-star treatment; the living conditions there were really rudimentary. But it really touched my heart to see the children so happy with the simplest of things,” she recalls. Following her visit, Melody became a World Vision Singapore Goodwill Ambassador for three years.
She has no qualms about roughing it out during her travels, and would love to strike other far-flung places off her bucket list. “I’d love to visit Machu Picchu in Peru, as well as the Amazon, and I’ve always dreamt of going on safari in Africa,” she says. “Travelling just makes life so much more fulfilling!”