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The shy girl who became a talkative DJ

Lin Peifen is one of the few bilingual radio DJs who has made a successful crossover to TV as well as host events

Published on May 12, 2014 2:09 PM

While waiting for the photographer to set up equipment for her photo shoot, radio DJ and TV host Lin Peifen suddenly starts whispering to this reporter.

"Did you notice how cute all the service staff are here?" the 31-year-old says with a cheeky grin, referring to the wait staff working in the lobby lounge at the InterContinental Singapore, where this interview is being held.

She giggles girlishly and says: "They look Middle Eastern or Mediterranean or something, all so handsome. But don't tell my fiance I said this."

Lin, who is tying the knot with boyfriend Lie Wei Xiang, a 32-year-old computer engineer, at the same hotel this week, then jokes about how she picked Greece as their honeymoon destination because "the men are all so beautiful there but my fiance thinks we're just enjoying the scenery".

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Background story

My life so far

“I inform my family and friends the schedules of my radio shows, but I won’t force them to listen.”

DJ Lin Peifen on whether she makes others tune in to her radio shows

“One person I really admire is Tina Fey. She’s beautiful, witty, intelligent and a successful career woman and mother. I hope I can create a show that is as successful as 30 Rock.”

On whom she aspires to be like

“I think more people know who I am now. When I go out, a lot more people come up to tell me that they have heard me on radio and seen me on TV, and like what I’m doing. That’s great because it means I’m doing something right. The bad thing is that it’s awkward if people catch me when I’m not dressed at my best.”

On her growing fame