Born and raised in Singapore, Lavinia Tan is
well-versed in the language of Singlish (Singapore's own brand
of English), experienced to know that under-arm deodorant
is a must in this humid tropical island, and that the world
is her oyster if she'd stop trying to eat it with a squeeze
She was raised single-handedly by her mother and doting grandmother,
with an older sister who to date is her best audience of one.
Her sense of humor has played an integral part in her life.
Since young, she has learnt that it not only helps to see
the lighter side to things, but humor gets you through the
tough spots in life. Her education took her through ten years
in the all-girls Singapore Chinese Girls' School, followed
by two years in Anglo Chinese Junior College (which marked
the end of her "semi-nunhood" where she finally
came into contact with the opposite sex!). When not out Globe
Trekking, she is currently studying for a degree in Business
Management at the Singapore Management University, majoring
in Marketing and Law.
From working at a pet store (that sold everything but pets),
to filling out a prescription of Viagra as a pharmaceutical
assistant, to working for a photography magazine, and later
as an assistant at a photography studio, her work experience
has put her in contact with amazing and inspiring individuals
and provided her with situations that have truly broadened
Photography is her most loved hobby, because it is contemplative
and reveals refreshing new perspectives of the world. Reading comes in at a close second. Her favorite writers are Mitch
Albom, Haruki Murakami, and Malcolm Galdwell. Her other interests
include cooking and a variety of sea sports such as diving, sailing, and kayaking.
Her travels have mostly been in the South East Asian region,
plus a heavily subsidised school excursion to Wales and London.
She is eager to see more of the world and be exposed to all
it has to offer, and hopes being a Globe Trekker host will be her ticket to do so.
Growing up watching early episodes of Globe Trekker, Lavinia
counts Ian Wrightas her idol for his natural
humor. In spite of many parents throwing up their arms in
disgust about how television is a bad influence, it was a
TV advert on Discovery Networks Asia that
alerted her of the search for a new Globe Trekker host and
gave her this life changing opportunity. Lavinia almost lost
it all when she was eliminated at the semi-finals for the
Singapore leg of the search, however, thanks to the unexpected
surprise of being placed as a wildcard in the final selection
Her first show saw Lavinia roughing it for four weeks to
experience the fascinating sights of Florida and the Bahamas.
An opportunity that warrants nothing less, in her opinion,
then a prayer of thanks to God every night before bed.
Watch Lavina in action...
WEB CHAT: LAVINIA TAN
"My ringtone? It used to be my cat...! My cat is very interesting - he can sound like a chicken. He is in a class of his own. Married or single? :))) It depends... is there any chance I might fancy you? I've never been a global dater but I can try." More