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24 Hours With… MTV Asia VJ Hanli Hoefer

Hanli Hoefer24 Hours With… spotlights the working day of some of the most interesting people in Mumbrella Asia’s world. Today, we hear about a day in the life of MTV Asia VJ, Hanli Hoefer.

7.30am. I get woken up by my dogs Pixie and Zelda. They cover me with sleepy cuddles and gentle kisses. They keep showering me with their acts of affection till I get out of bed.

8am. Time to walk my little fur kids! Out the door we go. We take brisk walks down and around our neighbourhood park stopping to say hi to some neighbours I see in the lift or nodding a friendly hello to the aunties stretching in the park.

9.30am. I’ve showered and I’m feeling fresh and ready to start the day. I sit down at my desk with my mug of green tea with coconut oil. Music is already blaring from my speakers. It’s a random playlist of R&B, hip hop, trip hop, indie pop, and alternative rock. I now open my laptop and tend to emails, industry news, Facebook, internet videos and Pinterest.

11am. I’m out the door in my yoga pants and sneakers, and my gym bag over my shoulder. I take the bus into town where I hit up Pure Fitness and get my sweat on. Weights, cardio and deep stretching. I do all these while listening to music. It’s a mixture of angry hip hop and rock music, a high tempo and a strong beat. Tone, burn, and breathe. Usually I start with 45 minutes on the treadmill or elliptical then I hit the weights station for another 30 to 45 minutes and focus on deadlifts, squats and arm exercises.

1pm. I have a light salad and smoked salmon for lunch at Meat and Green on Circular Road. They also have a sinful mac and cheese! I highly recommend it for a cheat day meal.

2pm. At the MTV studio and we’re in hair and makeup ready to film an episode of The MTV Show. Scripts are being passed around, we’re all laughing, again. Alan, my co-host, performs a hat trick catching M&Ms in the air with his mouth. Today we’re discussing the love story in the latest Taylor Swift music video. I take out my phone and play around on Snapchat – laughing at the filters and cajoling Alan to goof around with me for my snaps. Music is playing in the background. We sing along. Before we know it, the camera is rolling and it’s 3, 2, 1 GO.

3.30pm. Team meeting. This is where we share ideas, review our work, and come up with concepts for the next shoot. This time we’re discussing Panic! at the Disco. We start planning how we’re going to interview the band and cover the event when they perform here in Singapore. Maybe we should interview them over a game of Jenga? Or maybe I can have a staring contest with them. Maybe we can get them to play Truth or Dare like one of our fans suggested. Our audience would love that!

4.30pm. I take a minute to check in with my dog sitter. Are the dogs ok? Good. Did they make a mess? Oh they did.. They went through the trash again.. whoops my fault for not shutting the bin properly! Those little rascals…

5.30pm. I’m now at Kim Robinson salon getting my hair and makeup done for an event I’m attending tonight. A ladies’ night dinner and drinks at Mitzo Restaurant. I hope I make it on time! I’m wearing a simple long black dress from Alexander Wang, messy bun, smokey eyes, and gold jewellery – my classic go-to-look.

7pm. I’m all dolled up and I head over to the event. My plus 1 is already there. Awesome! Time to catch up with her, network with new people and enjoy cocktails and dim sum. Mitzo has the best char siew dish. We roll our eyes as we bite into the sweet crispy pork and it melts in our mouths. Food porn indeed. We take photos for Instagram and mess around on Snapchat.

Hanli Hoefer

9pm. The event is dying down. I try to convince my friend to check out another bar in the area. ‘It’s only 9 pm! It’s so early!’ She is firm and reminds me it’s a Thursday and I should save my energy for Friday night. Fair. Ok fine, bye. Kiss on both cheeks and we call an Uber home.

10pm. Back at home. I open the door and get love attacked by the dogs. It’s so cute. I change out of my outfit and take them for a final night stroll.

11pm. In my pyjamas with a face mask on. The TV is playing some show in the background. I’m sipping on a mug of camomile tea and my laptop is open. I make mental notes about the next day. I have a meeting with the show producer in the morning. I bounce some ideas around in my head till my eyes can’t stay open anymore and then I hit the sack.

12am. I’m already sleeping like a baby.

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