What's in... Ming Bridges' Hellolulu Jaime Bag
Miss Bridges, 20, who has had to juggle her studies and her work in the entertainment business since winning the Teenage Icon singing competition at 13, said: "If you are hard-working now, you can always have fun later on. -Digital Life, The Straits Times
SINGAPORE - Singer-songwriter Ming Bridges pronounced herself the fastest chicken rice eater in the world. "I can ï¬nish a plate of chicken rice in two minutes," she said.
Once, when she was on her way to a gig from Orchard Road to Bugis Junction, she polished off a bento box of unagi and rice in the 10 minutes it took her to reach her destination. The leggy 1.68m-tall Eurasian beauty weighs a mere 46kg.
Her love for food is matched by her seriousness about her work. She took several dresses for the photoshoot at House@Dempsey so that I could choose what was most suitable. In my nine years as a journalist, it was the ï¬rst time a newsmaker had thought ahead about what I might need for a shoot.
Miss Bridges, 20, who has had to juggle her studies and her work in the entertainment business since winning the Teenage Icon singing competition at 13, said: "If you are hard-working now, you can always have fun later on.
"Since I was young, I have always loved to sing but I never thought my voice was any good."
Then, one day, her cousins read about the competition in Teenage magazine and urged her to enter for fun.
"I thought I'd just try," she said. It was only when she won, she said, that she thought she might be good enough to be a singer.
Since then, she has taken on singing, modelling and acting assignments. She played a lead role in the kids' detective drama, R.E.M. The Next Generation, which aired four years ago on the Okto channel.
Born in Australia to a British father and a Chinese Singaporean mother, she moved to Singapore when she was just six months old and has lived here most of her life.
But she lasted only a few days in a local primary school and could not even remember its name. "I didn't have any friends," she said.
So she enrolled in the Tanglin Trust School. At 17, a performing arts scholarship took her to Wellington College, just outside London, where she earned her International Baccalaureate diploma in 2011.
That year, she was signed to Funkie Monkies Productions after she impressed the directors by singing I Want You Back, a song she wrote when she was 14.
Released as a single in November 2011, it was followed three months later by Who Knows, her ï¬rst solo album, which featured three songs in Mandarin and nine in English.
Last October, she started a business management course at King's College in London. But after two months, she decided to defer her studies to pursue a career in singing.
"I think if you have a dream and the opportunity, you should grab it while you can," she said. She released her ï¬rst all-Mandarin album, Ming Day, last December in Taiwan and is now based there.
Her parents and younger sister Bianca, who is studying in Britain, are very supportive of her career choice, she said.
Her father, who does not speak Mandarin, constantly goes online to see how well her album is doing. "I think my parents are more excited about my singing thanI am," she said.
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