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Glamour beyond the lens: Janet Hsieh
by Allyson Klass

Who: A multi-linguist (she speaks five languages) and accomplished violinist (at 10, she performed for President George Bush at the White House), this 29-year-old American-born Taiwanese is a model and host of Fun Taiwan and Fun Asia on Discovery Travel & Living.

Work schedule: Each episode of Fun Taiwan takes seven to 10 days to film, and we do two to three episodes a month. Call time is around 7am and we;kk shoot until sunset. The toughest times are when we have to film really late, drive for a long time to the next location, and then start shooting early the next day. I now have the ability to fall asleep anywhere, any time. I can even sleep in moving vehicles without getting motion sickness.

Problems: I have very dry skin and big pores on my nose. My hair turns brassy and has split ends, especially since I damage it quite a bit shooting in the sun, wind and seawater.

Survival kit:
•    Before a shoot, I’ll apply a moisturiser like Kiehl’s Abyssine Cream+ SPF23 Wrinkle Defense Cream with Survival Molecules and Corallina Extract. I’m a big Kiehl’s fan as I like its stand on social issues and the simple, natural products.
•    To treat my dry hair, I go to a salon for deep-hair conditioning every four to six months – I should probably do it more often though.
•    I apply Estee Lauder Perfectionist CP+ Wrinkle Lifting Serum daily, which makes my skin smoother and firmer. I just finished a bottle!
•    I usually remove my makeup when I’m back at the hotel using Lancome Bi-Facil Non-Oily Instant Cleanser Sensitive Eyes and Shu Uemura Skin Purifier High Performance Balancing Cleansing Oil Advanced Formula, which works well for heavy makeup.

Workout: When I’m not filming, I do yoga, bike or jog. My job takes me outdoors often, so I’m always active.

Diet: I’m not a fan of pills. I don’t take vitamins and I don’t believe in superfoods. I think it’s all about balance. I had the best skin and was in great shape when I was at an ashram in India for a month. We ate mostly locally grown vegetables, fruits and home-made chapatis. I try to take fresh food, drink lots of water and avoid junk food. The key is to eat in moderation.

*Catch the latest episodes of Fun Taiwan every Saturday at 11pm, and Fun Asia every Tuesday at 9pm on Discovery Travel & Living (Starhub Channel 16).

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