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#19 Myeppo Talks To…. VICTORIA ONG

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A journalist, host and producer who has worked with international broadcasters in both on-air and content creation roles, Victoria Ong is a versatile media professional. As a former TV journalist and producer with Channel NewsAsia, Victoria is skilled at bringing stories to life for diverse audiences.

With over 15 years of experience in hosting live and virtual events, she is also a seasoned emcee/moderator. Recently, Victoria was the host of myeppo’s first virtual talk show.

Victoria has a knack for asking questions that get to the heart of the matter. She’s able to connect and communicate with a broad spectrum of people, whether they are high-profile personalities or the man on the street.

Thus far, she has interviewed global newsmakers such as Pixar President Jim Morris, ManpowerGroup CEO Jonas Prising, Hollywood actor Adrian Grenier, renowned architect Paul Tange, award-winning creator of We Bare Bears Daniel Chong and Singapore’s first female F-15 pilot Nah Jinping.

Victoria works with different media platforms and companies to tell good stories, and stories of good. She believes that more stories of societal needs and positive impact need to be told.

Through her TV features, she’s raised awareness for issues such as the inclusion of persons with disabilities, the diabetes epidemic in Southeast Asia as well as the global fight against plastic pollution. Victoria has also highlighted numerous unsung heroes, and spearheaded a series on the beauty of traditional fashion from different cultures.

In the following Q&A with myeppo, Victoria enlightens us more….

What’s the biggest lesson learnt during the pandemic?

Gosh, there are so many. I’ve learnt to cherish time with family (who would have imagined that we’d ever be restricted from visiting loved ones interstate and abroad?); be more patient with people’s quirks as everyone is struggling; and stay adaptable to constant change. 

But the biggest lesson would have to be gratitude. To be grateful every day for what I do have, rather than what I don’t. To make good use of what I already have, rather than wish for more. 

How have you adapted to the new norm?

The new normal for me involves enjoying simple pleasures like cooking, gardening, home decorating, neighbourhood walks and regular video calls with loved ones. I’ve also managed to set up a conducive WFH space by investing in some studio equipment, so I can host and moderate virtual events effectively.

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Victoria conducting virtual training

What is your beauty routine like?

I have a pretty simple routine, which is basically Cleanse, Tone and Moisturise. I intentionally keep it simple, so I can stick to it no matter how long and tiring my day may be! But if I have extra time, I like to put on a hydrating sheet mask before I go to bed.

What are your must-have products?

Laniege Multi Deep Clean Cleanser

Too Faced Shadow Insurance Eye Shadow Primer

The Olive Tree Lavender Bergamot Hand & Body Wash

Aesop Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm

Bobbi Brown makeup brushes

And my trusty little companion when I go on camera? Muji cosmetic paper (facial oil blotters) to keep a matte complexion!

When you have free time, what forms of wellness do you indulge in?

Since wellness involves taking care of the body, mind and soul, I’m intentionally slowing down to reset my priorities. I’m currently reading The Purpose Driven Life, a book with 40 days of thought-provoking reflections that’s helping me to refocus on what’s important in life.

If I could head out, my favourite indulgence is going to the hair salon for a good hair wash. I love how refreshed I feel after a nice head massage and blow dry!

Because of the pandemic, many people are struggling with mental health issues. What’s your advice and in your opinion, the best way to overcome it?

I’m not a mental health professional, but I’d say please make it a point to stay connected to family and friends – through whatever means you can (video call, phone call, text messages, etc.) It’s okay to be open and share that you’re feeling down. There’s power in the support of a trusted community. Also, if the news or your social media feed is stressing you out, it’s beneficial to mute those platforms until you feel stronger.

What are your plans for the rest of 2021?

I hope to help more people adapt and do well in the virtual working environment. I recently launched an online/training workshop called “TV Secrets for Virtual Impact”, where I share broadcasting techniques, tips and tricks to help working professionals deliver great online presentations.

Proudest accomplishments over the years?

On the work front, it would probably be when I took a leap of faith and did a mid-career switch into broadcast journalism. It wasn’t an easy choice as I was on the brink of promotion in a corporate role, and a career change would mean “starting from scratch”. But my passion to tell good stories prevailed, so I went ahead to apply for a Master’s degree in journalism. I was blessed to have been awarded a full scholarship by The University of Sydney that enabled me to pursue my dream of doing what I love today.

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Victoria’s passion to tell good stories has prevailed

What’s your motto in life?

Learn to see the good. Hold on to faith, hope and love.

What do you love most about your job?

Being able to ask people good questions, which in turn draw out meaningful insights from their lives to inspire others. 

Myeppo Talks To… is a weekly series in which we profile dynamic personalities. It is out every Monday. For more on Victoria, follow her @byvictoriaong on Instagram or visit www.victoriaong.com.