The Cereal Boss Babe - A Scoop of Fiona's Life
A familiar face at many events, 2019 marks the 10th year that Fiona has been working as a Professional Bilingual Host. Turning 25 this year means that she started hosting from a young age of 15! If that’s not impressive enough, the Japan lover in her is now in her Intermediate studies for the Japanese Language - you may just see her hosting in Japanese a few years down the road!
She’s now in a happy relationship with her other half, Trey, and enjoys spending her time traveling, dancing, working out in the gym and eating. Fiona is also a fan of Italian food as well as graphic and fashion design. You may not know this, but she is in love with burlesque and she loves dressing up in the style whenever the opportunity arises.
Fiona also shared more on what inspires her, and how despite being told that she would never make the cut for her dream job, she kept hustling and moving forward - today, she is thankful for all that she has. Here’s what went down.
Q: Who inspires / motivates you?
A: Trey, my close friends, my clients and of course, my family.
My other half, Trey
He’s a happy-go-lucky fella who’s always walking on the brighter side of life. His positivity rubs off me. He starts and ends my day (and often many times in between) with an “I love you” which keeps me reminded that there are many things to be grateful for.
We’re in a long distance relationship, he’s based in Maldives now for work. An LDR would have been a deal breaker for me but when you’re doing it with the right person, it just makes things a lot easier and possible.
When times are tough, it’s often easy to overlook all the good things that you’ve achieved and it’s even harder to picture better times ahead. He’ll constantly remind me things will get better soon and even though we are physically apart, it never feels lonely walking this journey.
Plus, he sends me flowers every now and then and little surprises like Japanese books to help me with my studies.
My close friends
They are so amazing. They always remind me that I am tougher than I think I am and that I’ve never let anything stand in my way. They always call me “大姐” because I take care of them and they think that I am the most “adult” amongst them, so they always come to me with their “adulating woes” haha. Knowing that so many people believe in me so fiercely makes me braver and stronger.
The trust they have in me to take on their events really means a lot to me. I’ve come a really long way and while there’s a lot more to learn, I am so thankful for their trust. I’ve worked with brands, locally and internationally, that I never thought I’d have the opportunity to. The thought of this keeps me going everyday, especially on the days when it’s extra challenging at work. I am just so so so grateful.
For being so understanding with my work schedule. Most of the time, I’m working on weekends and weekday evenings, which are the times where my family is home. They don’t complain that I’m not around and my mom will go the extra mile, making sure I’m well-rested. She brews soup and herbal tea for me to make sure I am always in tip-top condition.
Q: What would you tell your younger self?
A: The road less taken is often lonely. It’s okay to be different, that’s what’s gonna set you aside from everyone in time to come. And the acne will go away hahaha!
Q: How did you cope with a hurtful experience and emerged stronger?
A: I took part in a competition years ago and I was told right in my face that I am not cut out to be there. I was competing to take on my lifelong dream job back then. It devastated me and it hurt me a lot. I remembered feeling numb at that moment as I could literally see my dreams being crushed right before my eyes.
I’ll admit it took me manyyyyyy years to recover from that. I thought that was the end for me. Little did I know, in so many wonderful ways, I did get better and I did get stronger. I remember reading about Elvis Presley back when he was in High School. He failed music and his music teacher told him he couldn’t sing. Look at what he became afterwards! I also read about how you can master a skill in any field if you put in 10,000 hours, which works out to be about 20 hours a week for 10 years. And y’know what, this is my 10th year of hosting!
So I just kept trudging forward and doing what I liked. I love where I am right now and I am grateful everyday for everything that has happened – good or bad.
Q: How do you handle stress?
A: It’s easy to get overwhelmed by stress or the never-ending to-do list. It does consume me a lot and way too often. When that happens, I shut down for a moment, mentally list out everything on my to-do list and start ranking them from most urgent to least urgent. I tell myself that I’ve only got 24 hours in a day and what I can accomplish today, I will get it done and I leave the less urgent things to later in the day or even the following day.
Q: Which lady in your life inspires you the most?
A: My mom.
She is the strongest woman in my world. When I was a child, she taught me so many values that moulded me to be the person I am today, like contentment, manners and how God gave us 2 ears and 1 mouth for a reason – so we can listen and think before we speak. She single-handedly raised my brother and I. I watched her struggle when I was younger and I swore to myself that I will change things around for her when I get older.
I was a terribly recalcitrant teenager growing up, but I guess that’s another story for another day. I drove her mad but she never gave up on me.
I can only hope to be as good of a mother like her when (or if) I ever become one :)
Today, Fiona is able to host large scale events, and command a crowd. She has shown great strength in her journey, never putting a stop in the pursuit of her dreams, which has brought her to where she is today.
Thank you for sharing, Fiona! To all of us who are facing setbacks, and being told we’ll never make it, we hope you’ll remember that we’re not alone in our journey. Also, always remember to surround yourself with people who love and support you - it really does keep you going!
In the meantime, if you’d like to find out more about Fiona, or have her to host your next event, you can find her at:
P.S. Fiona’s favourite cereal is the Apple Cinnamon Cheerios - maybe that’s her secret to her cheery outlook towards life! What’s your favourite?
Images above belong to Fiona.
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