As a model she has been the face of countless ad campaigns on TV and in print, including McDonalds and Tangs, and has graced the cover of FHM, 8days and New Man magazines. She became well known as a sports host after presenting ESPN’s regional show ‘Football Crazy,’ reaching over 10 million viewers in the Asia-Pacific region. Jamie recently rejoined Mediacorp, where she now presents the Homestretch (5pm-8pm) on Gold 905. She also hosts the weekly world sports roundup SportsWorld on Channel News Asia.
Mother of a five-year-old daughter, Aly, she also co-founded mums.sg, an on-line portal selling children’s goods. We asked her what she gets up to on an ideal weekend in Singapore.
I’m a true blue Singaporean girl who was born and bred on this little island. If I was given a restart in life, and a choice to be born anywhere in the world, I would choose Singapore again without hesitation. I’ve seen this country grow up into a cosmopolitan city full of fun things to do and fantastic places to eat and drink and I love it now more than ever.
My typical weekend begins on Friday at 8pm when I leave my drive-time radio show to head for a restaurant to wind down over dinner and a drink. Although I try to be adventurous and explore new openings in this amazingly gastronomic city, I nearly always end up at FOC on Hong Kong Street. It’s my favourite kind of restaurant – casual with a great atmosphere, awesome food (tapas) and really artisan drinks.
Try the grilled US Angus Rib Eye Steak, the Gambas al Ajillo (garlic shrimp) and the mushroom croquettes. For me, the charm of FOC lies in its unpretentiousness – I love perching myself on a bar stool by the counter and watching Chef Jordi and his team in action. By the way, don’t miss the amazing Apothecary Gin and Tonic they serve here. For me, this is the best G&T available in Singapore – you can quote me on that!
Saturday usually begins with an early morning wake up call from my beautiful five-year-old bundle of joy Aly. After breakfast at home, we’ll head to Sentosa for one of her favourite things to do, the Skyline Luge. She’s mad about it. She likes the ‘Sky Ride’ chair lift up to the summit just as much as the Luge ride down. Being a mother, it’s good to know that the rides here are totally safe.
After several goes on the Luge, I’ll finally drag her away and we’ll head to Shangri-La Hotel Singapore to have lunch at Waterfall Ristorante Italiano. It’s in a lovely setting, right by the pool, surrounded by greenery and it’s super kid-friendly too. I recommend the mezze buffet for big-eaters (as buffets go, it’s well priced), but my favourite dish is the Linguine Aglio E Olio. For dessert, you HAVE to try the gelato. Tell Chef Marco that I sent you and he might even give you an extra scoop!
After lunch, I’m usually ready to chill, so we’ll head home and relax. On the way home we’ll stop off at Huber’s Butchery at Dempsey to pick up some ingredients for dinner. It’s worth paying a little extra more for such fresh and high quality food. They also have a great play area for the kids and a little bistro that does home-style dishes too. After dinner when my little one is fast asleep, I might head to the cinema to watch a movie. I enjoy the Gold Class experience at Golden Village Cinemas, watching a blockbuster in comfort with friends, accompanied with a nice glass of wine.
Sunday begins with breakfast at home. Quite often Aly decides she feels like ice-skating (she loves it!) so we head to The Rink at JCube mall in Jurong. They have a huge Olympic size rink here, with little penguins that the kiddos can hold onto to help them learn (and to stop them falling over!) I inevitably end up using the penguin more than her…
My mum loves spending time with Aly (and vice-versa), so sometimes I’ll drop her off at her granny’s house and head to Open Farm Community in Dempsey for brunch. It’s such a nice place – lovely setting, unpretentious and with a great menu. You HAVE to try the mushroom pasta topped with stilton (it’s incredible) and the lamb curry scotch egg (spicy but delicious). For dessert don’t miss the caramelised mango with coconut! And if you feel like really indulging, they offer a champagne deal where each glass gets progressively cheaper as you get more drunk – quite a dangerous concept!
After picking up Aly, we sometimes head to Haji Lane for some retail therapy. I love this street for shopping, especially after 3pm when the sun isn’t so intense. There are lots of little independent stores and local designers here, not to mention some great food. On the way home we’ll stop off at Sunset Railway on Sunset Way for literally the BEST mee rebus I’ve ever had – their local menu is all very home-cooked and what’s more, an absolute bargain.
Home at last, we’ll chill out after a busy weekend. I’ll cook a simple dinner and put Aly to bed before I head out again to shoot Sportsworld for CNA. I usually get home after the shoot around 11pm by which time I’m more than ready for some much-needed beauty sleep before the week begins again.
In July last year, Singapore’s iconic Botanic Gardens were inscribed