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‘No two days are the same’ – 24 hours with… Simone Heng of Mediacorp

A day that starts at 10.00am may evoke some envy, but not when work ends way past midnight as it does for Mediacorp radio personality Simone Heng

10.00am: I get up later than the rest of the world because I work until midnight on air on Singapore’s number one radio station, Class 95FM.

So, the adrenalin stops around 2.00 am and that is normally when I fall asleep. I get up at 10.00am and I have breakfast while watching a documentary online. I have an addiction to documentaries.

11.00am: By this time, I am cleaning the house and sorting my admin. I found after shifting to the night show, that I had to work in chores at this time.

12.30pm: I am an avid boxing fan. If I am not running around the Botanic Gardens like a mad woman, I am at the Boxfit gym twice a week.

Fitness on this form of exercise is high intensity interval training (HIIT). You do not stop moving for 45 minutes, alternating between punching the bag and doing resistance training with weights on the floor.

It absolutely pushes you to the edge but has changed my entire body and mindset. The explosive nature of the exercise also helps clear the mind and purges a lot of frustration.

1.30pm: I get a takeaway salad from a café under where I box and jump into a car home. I eat quickly and then get prepped for the next meeting of the day.

3.00pm: This meeting could be anything from a clothing fitting, a photoshoot, a voice over, hosting a big brand launch or sometimes, if I am lucky, a two-hour session updating my website at home with a candle and tea.

What I love about my job is that no two days are the same. Sometimes, if I am lucky, one of my friends is free during the day and we may have a catch up at my home or theirs.

4.30pm: Prepare for a speech I have. I have been exploring keynote speaking for the last 18 months and now have begun booking gigs.

I use this time to rehearse whatever keynote is upcoming.

5.30pm: Meditate and stretch. I like to listen to Tibetan relaxation music while I do this.

I light a candle. I make sure I think about how blessed and how grateful I am. I stop any negative self-chatter. I find as I get older, I need to stretch and meditate so much more.

Social media being such a huge part of my job, this becomes imperative. I wish I had started doing this earlier in life.

6.00pm: I call my mum in Australia. I do this almost daily.

She is in a wheelchair and has some severe dementia, so I try to talk to her daily, hoping by doing so I will get her on more “good days” where her recall is better. She is in a nursing home, so these calls are also a way for her to break up her day.

6.30pm: I go into work at Mediacorp to prepare my night show “Love Songs”.

I normally grab dinner from a vending machine that serves salad. It is surprisingly delicious. I will search online for the latest articles on “love” which are in the news for a benchmark I have called “All About Love”.

7.00pm: I go through my emails for press releases on all the latest events, menu releases and concerts which are happening in town.

I compile a list of the top three and put them together for my nightly gig guide on a show called ‘The List’. I then produce a few more bits for the show. I check the news to see what is trending.

8.00pm: On air hosting ‘Love Songs’. The show centres on famous love songs and dedications from the audience. I love how intimate late nights are. There are always really surprising messages that come through WhatsApp, not all of them for public consumption.

12.00am: I finish and time out the station for the next day, making sure everything is on point for the morning show guys. Then I head home.

12.30am: I settle into bed and read.

I am a voracious reader. It could be reading through a contract, a deck for a media training I may be doing or a script for an upcoming moderation or live hosting gig, or it could be a good non-fiction book. At the moment, I am reading ‘Blink’ by Malcolm Gladwell.

2.00am: Sleep.

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