My Weekend

PHOTO: SUASTI LYE

Go-getting actress Nadiah M. Din has gone from parts on Suria and Channel 5 drama serials to an Italian-speaking role in Italian opera film Le Badanti, directed by Marco Pollini, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in May.

The 25-year-old is one of 18 inspiring women featured at a photography exhibition, Modern Nonya, from Tuesday to Dec 30 at the National Design Centre. It features contemporary women wearing the traditional kebaya top in a modern way.

Nadiah, who is in a relationship, lives in a four-room Housing Board flat in the west with her mum, elder sister and younger brother.

What are weekends like for you?

If I'm not busy working, I'll work out at the gym or try to spend some quality time with my family. I also like to unwind on the computer when I'm alone and hone my skills at being an Instagram stalker. I look at Instagram every day as a way of keeping up to date on my friends' lives.

What do you like to do for leisure?

I love to travel. I have just come back from a shoot in Ipoh for Explore Malaysia - Tourism Malaysia gathered a few celebrities from South-east Asia to promote Malaysia on social media. Also, I really like eating.

What are some of your go-to food haunts?

My favourite places now are Deli Moroccan in Bussorah Street for its lamb moussaka and Ramen Ten at Far East Plaza because I love Japanese cuisine.

If you could hang out with anybody for a weekend, who would it be?

Natalie Portman, because she is one of the most inspirational and amazing actresses.

If you could go overseas for a weekend, where would you go?

I would love to to visit Pulau Redang off the east coast of Malaysia. I went there when I was much younger and I remember it to be beautiful. I've been able to relive memories of the clear water and feeding the fish only through photos.

So, if I was given the opportunity, I would definitely head there.

Omar Amir

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 18, 2015, with the headline 'My Weekend'. Print Edition | Subscribe