My weekend: DJ Huang Wenhong

My weekend: DJ Huang Wenhong
DJ Huang Wenhong (third from right) and his friends after a hike at Bukit Timah

UFM 100.3 DJ Huang Wenhong, 43, host of radio morning show Don't Give A D*** (weekdays, 6 to 10am). He is also associate producer of award-winning local film Ilo Ilo. The Malaysia-born bachelor lives alone in a rented four-room HDB flat in Toa Payoh.

"I usually start my weekend with a good dinner with my colleagues and friends. Thanks to my show, I get many tips from listeners about which restaurants to check out.

Last Friday, for example, we went to the new eatery Da Shi Xi by Chef Eric Teo, a former executive chef at five-star hotels such as Orchard Hotel and Mandarin Oriental Singapore. It is a local branch of a Johor Baru chain which serves Chinese zi char. I especially recommend the claypot crab rice and curry fish head, which are cooked slightly differently from local versions.

We would chit-chat and drink. Dinner ends at about 10 or 11pm. I then go home to catch up on my TVB dramas, partly because of work. Hong Kong stars come over for promotions quite frequently and it's too late to start watching only when I have to host press conferences or interview them.

I'm now watching Hong Kong crime drama Ruse Of Engagement starring Ron Ng and Ruco Chan, and period drama Storm In A Cocoon starring Steven Ma and Tavia Yeung. I don't watch dramas on weekdays because I'm worried that I will get hooked and not wake up in time for my show.

If I fall asleep at 3 or 4am after doing that on Friday night, I'll wake up around 11am on Saturday. Breakfast is hawker fare such as porridge, wonton mee or mee hoon kueh at the Toa Payoh or Whampoa markets.

Next, I'll go for a cup of tea with my friends at hipster cafe Loysel's Toy in Kampong Bugis. I like the ambience. I usually order tea at cafes because I prefer my coffee made the traditional way at kopitiams. I know I sound like an uncle, but I find Western coffee too bitter for my taste.

Which cafe I go to really depends on what my friends feel like checking out. We recently went to Flock Cafe in Tiong Bahru and Wheeler's Yard off Balestier Road.

For dinner, one of my favourite restaurants is The New Harbour Cafe & Bar at Tanjong Pagar. Its signature dish is the Hainanese roast pork. I also like the corned beef fried rice, which is available only on Saturday evening. It is usually packed on weekdays because of the office crowd, but not on weekends.

When my friends feel like it, they arrange for a karaoke session. We go to either KBox at Safra Toa Payoh, because it's not as crowded as the outlets in town, or Teo Heng in Katong, which my friends insist has a better sound system, even though the rooms are smaller. We sing a mix of Canto and Mandopop songs.

I try to go running at the Botanic Gardens and hiking at Bukit Timah or around Henderson Waves on Sunday mornings - 7am for the run and 9am for the hike. Then, I like to go book-shopping at Bras Basah Complex or Liang Court.

Right now, I'm engrossed in a book called Sum: Forty Tales From The Afterlives. It comprises 40 fictional stories about life after death written by neuroscientist David Eagleman. I also buy entertainment magazines, self-improvement books such as Bad Thoughts: A Guide To Clear Thinking by Jamie White, or anything that I think I could use for our radio shows.

The rest of my Sunday is usually spent unwinding at home and preparing for work on Monday. Once a month, I go back to Kluang, Johor, to visit my family.

Something I don't do on weekends: read the newspapers. I have to browse so many publications for work on weekdays that I give myself a break on weekends."


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