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It feels like it's been eons since we last saw Jamie Yeo. But the newly-minted Power 98FM radio presenter politely reminds us that it's only been about a year since she disappeared from the public eye. Well, there was the small matter of having a baby during that leave of absence. In our defence, a year in entertainment circles does seem like forever! But we are glad to note that Jamie remains as lovely as we remembered her.
When we last saw Jamie, this leggy lass was fronting football magazine shows for regional network ESPN Star Sports. She then took a hiatus to raise her young daughter Aly (who is now 16 months old) and to help her husband run a communications agency called Upfront Media. "I was definitely not bored at home because life was already pretty hectic for me. Add being a mom to that, and you can imagine how busy I am every day." But the lure of the airwaves was irresistible in the end. She admits, "The love of radio and music drew me back. Plus the persuasive powers of the Power 98 Management."
Jamie had previously been a jock on 987FM for about six years before jumping to television. Yet she feels that it is her 4-year stint at ESPN Star Sports (she described them as the "best years of my life") that will best aid her return as a radio presenter. "There (on Star Sports), the TV shows I did reached millions of people in Asia. It was an experience that has definitely shaped how I am as a presenter now," she says. On her new show on Power 98, she shares, "The Power Breakfast Show that I host with Sonja Steinmetz and radio veteran Hubert Tang is all about conversations in the morning that keep you up to date with all the world, regional and local issues."
Fame arrived on Jamie's doorstep arguably through the role of Tammy on the local drama series, Growing Up. Now that she's returning to radio, might we expect a similar jump to TV? Maybe not. "I definitely don’t miss being an actress. The TV stations in Singapore work you like a dog. But I wouldn’t mind hosting a show on TV if the opportunity comes up," she replies.
Now in her early '30s, Jamie looks in fine shape. In fact, she probably doesn't look a day older than the teenage Tammy she used to portray. She puts it down to having good genes and a toddler to chase after. "I think running after and carrying my little one keeps me fit. I try to go to the gym at least twice a week but I’m guilty of missing even those 2 times some weeks. I have to admit I’ve got good genes to thank in this case. I love my cake and sweets so thank God for that!"
What do you feel most men are guilty of in a relationship?
I think definitely the lack of communication. Guys don’t really like to talk things out as much as women do.
What do you think is the secret of a successful relationship?
To always remember to stop in the middle of the hustle and bustle to tell and show that you love your partner.
How do you and your husband keep the spark going?
Well the advice is for the men and the women in their lives because it takes two parties to keep the romance alive. I’m very lucky to have my parents so involved in Aly’s life. They spend the night at my place every Saturday so my husband and I can have a date night to ourselves. Sometimes, we go out during the week too because we have a reliable helper. Having said that, we definitely go out a lot less now that we have Aly. I guess my advice would be, set aside at least one night a week to hang together as a couple and do the things you used to do when you were just a twosome, like go to the movies, go for a nice dinner, etc.
Any other last words regarding relationships you’d like to share with all the men out there?
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