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Speaking at the premiere screening of the latest episode of Sparks, former beauty queen Jaime Teo urges youngsters to seize every opportunity that comes along the way.

“It’s all life, just be the moment and enjoy it. You never know when is going to put in need in future. And even if you don’t, so what? Enjoy it! Don’t keep thinking that ‘No, I don’t want to do this.’ It’s never like that, it’ll come.”

Jaime has previously co-founded cupcakery chain Twelve Cupcakes in 2011. Baking is her hobby outside of her entertainment career. If anyone requires real-life substantial evidence on how you should pick up a few skills and knowledge along the way, Jaime will be our best example. Indeed, you will never know when your expertise will come in handy. Life is unexpected and having an expanded field of expertise will definitely pay off well into the future.

She elaborated on what her co-star Nathan Hartono, who rose to prominence last year after coming in as runner-up at the Sing! China competition, had said.

Recalling upon the series of events that lead up to his current success story, he shared how he managed to go from winning a competition organised by local magazine Teenage back in 2005 to making his mark on the international stage some 10 years after.

“The best strategy I’ve found over time is: don’t wallow, don’t be bitter, just keep your head down, keep working, and inevitably you are going to get better in whatever you do. The opportunities that come will become better and better.”

Exercise To Be Strong 

Jaime and Nathan sharing about successes. (Image: DBS)


Jaime, also an avid fitness enthusiast, recalled how she managed to carry a 35kg luggage up a flight of stairs when she returned from one of her holidays. “I told my mum, you know, this is why I work out. I couldn’t have done this a few years ago,” she revealed.

She added that after embarking on her fitness journey, she felt like she became stronger. “I don’t want my body to just be slim, I want to be strong and the thing is that when my body becomes stronger, it became it is not so important to me the number on the weighing scale.”

Many people, me alike, will have the tendency to overlook the benefits of getting fit. We all have the perception that the number on the weighing scale defines whether you are fit or not. It does not seem to be the case. Throughout my fitness journey, it is inevitable for myself to get overly self-conscious over, so much so that there are times when I came close to become bulimic (Thank God I have yet to become one). The whole point of getting fit is to be healthy and that means putting yourself through monstrous and food depriving diet will defeat the entire purpose. Strive to have 3 balanced meal per day, after all, you need the energy that will help you last through the day and your every workout. I need to admit that I am guilty of going on a crash diet that makes me feel kind of weak and somehow screwing up my entire energy-producing mechanism in my body.

I think Jaime’s words really pulled me back to reality and make me realised that fitness is not a short term plan but it’s a lifelong one. That being said, it has to be sustainable. Crash diets are never sustainable.

Both Jaime and Nathan will star alongside Adrian Pang, James Yang, Jamie Ha and Darren Tan in the mini-series that follows a group of young bankers as they navigate work and personal lives. Nathan playing as the young version of Adrian’s character, Chester. This latest episode will see us go back in time with Chester, to when he meets his first clients – a young couple (portrayed by Darren and Jaime) who owns a small bus company. It also gave a narrative on how he, guided by values he holds close to his heart, stands with the family through thick and thin.

Sparks Episode 7: Stand By Me is now available for viewing on YouTube. You can click HERE to watch.

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