Sonia Chew

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Sonia Chew
Sonia Chew.jpg
Born28 December 1991
EducationDiploma in Film and Media Studies, Degree in Creative Producing
Alma materSt Anthony's Canossian Secondary School, Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Chapman University Singapore (Dodge College of Film and Media Arts)
Years active2012 - present day
Partner(s)Jeremy Sng

Sonia Chew is a Singaporean radio presenter and host. As of August 2019, she hosts ‘The Shock Circuit’ on 987FM with Joakim Gomez. Sonia started her radio career in 2012 when she won the 987 Radio Star competition during which Rosalyn Lee was her mentor.[1] In 2019, she opened a restaurant called IZY FOOK.[2] As of August 2019, Sonia is the brand ambassador for PUMA[3] and a friend of the watch brand TAG Heuer.

Background  

Radio career

Before her career as a radio presenter, Sonia worked at CNBC where she reported on financial news.[4] During her university years, she took part in the 987 Radio Star competition.[5] Sonia won the competition and secured an on-air DJ contract with 987FM.[6] Sonia completed her university education at Chapman University despite the pressures of juggling a part-time radio gig and her final year of studies.[7]

Personal advocacy

Sonia Chew has championed several social causes. In 2018, she was part of the Samaritans of Singapore’s (SOS) #ThroughTheNight social media campaign. The campaign was run alongside Suicide Prevention Week. As part of the campaign, Sonia publicly revealed that she once faced anxiety and paranoia which had led to insomnia.[8] Sonia joined several local personalities for the #LifeBeyondGrades campaign in 2018. The Instagram campaign reminds students and parents that future success is not solely determined by grades on a report card.[9]

Personal life

Relationship with Jeremy Sng

As of August 2019, Sonia is dating investment banker Jeremy Sng, who she met on a cruise during a hosting gig in 2018. Sonia drew attention and criticism from netizens on forums like Hardwarezone when she first revealed that her partner is 13 years older than her.[10] In an interview with 8 Days, she openly shared about her relationship stating that she had made the first move. She expressed that their age difference was not a problem due to their similar stages of maturity.[11]

Career highlights

Sonia (third from left) in the Facebook banner for 987FM. Photo from 987FM's Facebook Page.

Radio (2012 - Present day)

Sonia joined 987FM as a contracted on-air DJ after winning the 987 Radio Star 2012 competition. As of August 2019, she co-hosts 'The Shock Circuit' from 4 PM to 8 PM with Joakim Gomez. Before 'The Shock Circuit', Sonia hosted a weekday morning show called ‘The Bright-Side’ from 6 AM to 10 AM.[12]

IZY FOOK (2019)

The entrance of IZY FOOK. Photo from IZY FOOK's FB Page.

Sonia started up the restaurant-bar together with the owners of the stall 'Roast Paradise', a roast meat stall at Old Airport Road Food Centre. The partnership was driven by an aim to protect Singapore's hawker culture while creating a "cool new hangout spot".[13] IZY FOOK is modelled after a Japanese Izakaya. Among traditional bar bites, Singaporean hawker dishes such as Prawn Mee Pok and Salted Egg Chicken Wings are also served on sharing plates.[14] IZY FOOK is Sonia's first venture into the food and beverage industry in Singapore.[15]

Hosting (Television and web series)

Sonia in Jakarta for the Toggle web series Travel SSBD.
Sonia Chew was the host for National Science Challenge 2017 and 2018.
Sonia Chew co-hosted the 2018 Countdown show with Chua En Lai.

Sonia was the host of the Toggle travel series 'Travel SSBD' (Same Same But Different) where she was sent to Asian countries without an itinerary beforehand.[16] The show debuted on 26 August 2015. The 14-part series won a bronze medal in the online entertainment category for the 2017 New York Festivals TV and Film Awards.[17] Apart from the award winning series, Sonia has hosted a variety of television programmes and web shows since 2013.

Year Company Character / Role Television Programme Refs.
2018 Channel 5 Host National Science Challenge 2018 & 2017 [18]
Toggle Video Host TravelSSBD Special Edition [19]
Channel 5 Host In My Backyard [20]
Toggle Originals Cast (Penny Wee) Trendsetters [21]
2017 Toggle Host TravelSSBD Deluxe [22]
2016 Toggle Cast member TGI...WTF (Thank God It’s...Wed, Thu, Fri) [23]
Toggle Host Travel Bravely [24]
Okto Host Get Active SG [25]
Toggle Originals Cast (Mandy Ng) A Selfie’s Tale -
2015 Channel 5 Celebrity guest on Episode 12 Body And Soul S3 -
Toggle Host Travel SSBD (Same Same, But Different) -
2013 Toggle Host 8 Days Shirtless Guy Search 2013 -

Hosting (Events)[26]

Year Event Organiser Refs.
2018 Let’s Celebrate 2019 Mediacorp [27]
Fenty Beauty’s first anniversary at Sephora Sephora [28]
Montblanc’s 1858 collection launch event Montblanc [29]
MAC X SONIA Makeup Party Mac cosmetics [30]
WestGate Sephora opening Sephora [31]
2017 Clarke Quay - A Wander Soireé: Countdown by the Quay Clarke Quay [32]
Standard Chartered Marathon Standard Chartered [33]
2016 Mediacorp New Campus Opening Red Carpet Mediacorp -
Ion Orchard Mac cosmetics store opening Mac Cosmetics [34]
2015 2016 Countdown Mediacorp -
Clarisonic Launch at Sephora Sephora -
Benefit It’s Real launch event at Red Dot Museum Benefit Cosmetics -
Puma Night Run 2015 Puma -
3CE launch event at Sephora featuring Park Sora Sephora -
Too Faced Lip Mafia event at Sephora featuring PearyPie Sephora -
Guess Girl Model Search 2015 Guess -
FURLA store opening at Marina Bay Sands FURLA -
Heineken Cities Festival 2015 Heineken -
National University Rag and Flag Day 2015 National University Singapore -
Skechers x Sistar launch event at Ion Orchard Skechers -
Sloggi Undercover Summer Pop Up Events at Robinsons Orchard Sloggi -
Adidas x Sole Superior launch event at Zouk Singapore Adidas x Sole Superior -
KPMG Halloween Bash 2015 at Zouk Singapore KPMG Singapore -
Timberland’s 42nd Anniversary Event 2015 Timberland -
2014 Watson’s Media Product Launch 2014 Watson -
Sephora Beauty Night Out 2014 Sephora -
Poh Heng Hello Kitty Collection Launch Poh Heng -
AAPE Streetball Jam 2014 AAPE -
Disney Tsum Tsum Collection Launch by I.T Singapore I.T Singapore -
Maison Martin Margiela (MM6) Collection Launch MM6 Maison Margiela -
Localicious Roadshows MediacorpChannel 5 -
2013 Celio's Consumer Event Celio -
OCBC Cycle Singapore OCBC -
8 Days Eat launch Clarke Quay roadshow 8 Days -
2012 Race Me to the Stars Mediacorp -
Standard Chartered Marathon Standard Chartered -

References / Citations

  1. Kee, Lynette. "Rosalyn Lee and Sonia Chew Tell Us How They Adapt and Cope Under Pressure". The New York Times Style Magazine: Singapore. July 12, 2019. Accessed on 5 August 2019. Retrieved from: https://www.tsingapore.com/article/rosalyn-lee-and-sonia-chew-tell-us-how-they-adapt-and-cope-under-pressure-tag-heuer
  2. Yip Jieying. "987FM DJ Sonia Chew Opens Mod Singaporean Izakaya Selling Atas Mee Pok". TODAY. June 14, 2019. Accessed on 5 August 2019. Retrieved from: https://www.todayonline.com/8days/eatanddrink/newsandopening/987fm-dj-sonia-chew-opens-mod-singaporean-izakaya-selling-atas-mee
  3. Amirul Shazzani. “Signed and sealed: Singaporean personality Sonia Chew is now part of the Puma family”. Straatosphere. January 17, 2019. Accessed on 8 May 2019. Retrieved from: https://straatosphere.com/sonia-chew-puma-brand-ambassador-singapore/
  4. “KOPI WITH SONIA CHEW”. Solidspace. September 10, 2016. Accessed on 8 May 2019. Retrieved from: https://solidspace.squarespace.com/blog-/2016/9/9/kopi-with-sonia-chew
  5. Tong, Elizabeth. “Beauty tips by 987FM DJ Sonia Chew”. Yahoo Lifestyle Singapore. March 16, 2018. Accessed on 8 May 2019. Retrieved from: https://sg.style.yahoo.com/beauty-tips-987fm-dj-sonia-chew-090744830.html
  6. "Chapman Singapore Senior Wins "Radio Star of the Year". Chapman University, Dodge College of Film and Media Arts. October 3, 2012. Accessed on 5 august 2019. Retrieved from: https://blogs.chapman.edu/dodge/2012/10/03/chapman-singapore-senior-wins-radio-star-of-the-year/
  7. Kee, Lynette. "Rosalyn Lee and Sonia Chew Tell Us How They Adapt and Cope Under Pressure". The New York Times Style Magazine: Singapore. July 12, 2019. Accessed on 5 August 2019. Retrieved from: https://www.tsingapore.com/article/rosalyn-lee-and-sonia-chew-tell-us-how-they-adapt-and-cope-under-pressure-tag-heuer
  8. “Send an SOS via social media: #ThroughTheNight campaign to reach out to at-risk youth”. Today Online. September 11, 2018. Accessed on 8 May 2019. Retrieved from: https://www.todayonline.com/singapore/send-sos-social-media-throughthenight-campaign-reach-out-risk-youths
  9. Tan, Celine. “Would You Share Your PSLE Score On Social Media? These Celebs Did”. Today Online. September 15, 2018. Accessed on 8 May 2019. Retrieved from: https://www.todayonline.com/8days/sceneandheard/celebrities/would-you-share-your-psle-score-social-media-these-celebs-did
  10. Kee, Lynette. "Rosalyn Lee and Sonia Chew Tell Us How They Adapt and Cope Under Pressure". The New York Times Style Magazine: Singapore. July 12, 2019. Accessed on 5 August 2019. Retrieved from: https://www.tsingapore.com/article/rosalyn-lee-and-sonia-chew-tell-us-how-they-adapt-and-cope-under-pressure-tag-heuer
  11. Tan, Celine. “Sonia Chew, 26, Is Dating A 40-Year-Old Investment Banker And They’re Making It Official Here”. 8 Days. August 19, 2018. Accessed on 8 May 2019. Retrieved from: https://www.8days.sg/sceneandheard/entertainment/sonia-chew-26-is-dating-a-40-year-old-investment-banker-and-they-10630648
  12. 987FM. Facebook. February 25, 2015. Accessed on 5 August 2019. Retrieved from: https://www.facebook.com/987fm/photos/a.10150633551112029/10152740980372029/?type=1&theater
  13. Lim, Chantelle. "Singaporean Izakaya IZY FOOK (一起福) Takes Food To A Whole New Experience". STYLEGUIDE. June 20, 2019. Accessed on 5 August 2019. Retrieved from: https://styleguide.sg/article/singaporean-izakaya-izy-fook-takes-food-to-a-whole-new-experience
  14. Yip Jieying. "987FM DJ Sonia Chew Opens Mod Singaporean Izakaya Selling Atas Mee Pok". TODAY. June 14, 2019. Accessed on 5 August 2019. Retrieved from: https://www.todayonline.com/8days/eatanddrink/newsandopening/987fm-dj-sonia-chew-opens-mod-singaporean-izakaya-selling-atas-mee
  15. Lim, Chantelle. "Singaporean Izakaya IZY FOOK (一起福) Takes Food To A Whole New Experience". STYLEGUIDE. June 20, 2019. Accessed on 5 August 2019. Retrieved from: https://styleguide.sg/article/singaporean-izakaya-izy-fook-takes-food-to-a-whole-new-experience
  16. “Travel SSBD”. Toggle. Accessed on 8 May 2019. Retrieved from: https://lifestyle.toggle.sg/en/lifestyle/travel/travel-ssbd
  17. "Mediacorp bags 12 awards at New York Festivals Awards". Channel News Asia. May 3, 2017. Accessed on 6 August 2019. Retrieved from: https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/mediacorp-bags-12-awards-at-new-york-festivals-awards-8814684
  18. “National Science Challenge 2018”. Toggle. Accessed on 8 May 2019. Retrieved from: https://tv.toggle.sg/en/shows/national-science-challenge-2018/info
  19. “Travel SSBD Special Edition Episode 1”. Toggle. Accessed on 8 May 2019. Retrieved from: https://video.toggle.sg/en/series/travelssbd-special-edition/ep1/605951
  20. “In My Backyard”. Toggle. Accessed on 8 May 2019. Retrieved from: https://tv.toggle.sg/en/shows/in-my-backyard/info
  21. “Trendsetters”. Toggle. Accessed on 8 May 2019. Retrieved from: https://tv.toggle.sg/en/shows/trendsetters-tif
  22. “Travel SSBD deluxe”. Toggle. Accessed on 8 May 2019. Retrieved from: https://tv.toggle.sg/en/tv/shows/travelssbd-deluxe/info
  23. “TGI...WTF (Thank God It’s...Wed, Thu, Fri”. Toggle. Accessed on 8 May 2019. Retrieved from: https://tv.toggle.sg/en/tv/shows/tgi-wtf-thank-god-it-s-wed-thur-fri/info
  24. “Travel SSBD Travel Bravely”. Toggle. Accessed on 8 May 2019. Retrieved from: https://lifestyle.toggle.sg/en/travel/travel-ssbd/travel-bravely
  25. “Get Active Singapore”. Toggle. Accessed on 8 May 2019. Retrieved from: https://tv.toggle.sg/en/shows/get-active-sg/info
  26. “Sonia Chew”. Toggle. Accessed on 8 May 2019. Retrieved from: https://celebs.toggle.sg/en/celebs/the-celebrities/female/sonia-chew-6145870
  27. “Marina Bay Singapore Countdown 2019 - Let’s Celebrate 2019”. Eventfinda. Accessed on 8 May 2019. Retrieved from: https://www.eventfinda.sg/2018/marina-bay-singapore-countdown-2019-letrs-celebrate-2019/singapore/marina-bay
  28. Chew, Sonia. “Chillin with my boo…”. Facebook. October 1, 2018. Accessed on 8 May 2019. Retrieved from: https://www.facebook.com/SoniaChew987/photos/a.601754083199187/2275997685774810/?type=3&theater
  29. Chew, Sonia.  “Had a killaaaa time…”. Facebook. June 25, 2018. Accessed on 8 May 2019. Retrieved from: https://www.facebook.com/SoniaChew987/photos/pcb.2089933957714518/2089933821047865/?type=3&theater
  30. Chew, Sonia. “What an incredible turn out…”. Facebook. May 21, 2018. Accessed on 8 May 2019. Retrieved from: https://www.facebook.com/SoniaChew987/videos/2035953079779273/
  31. Chew, Sonia. “I always have the most..”. Facebook. January 30, 2018. Accessed on 8 May 2019. Retrieved from: https://www.facebook.com/SoniaChew987/photos/pcb.1882415711799678/1882415165133066/?type=3&theater
  32. "CLARKE QUAY - A WANDER SOIRÉE: COUNTDOWN BY THE QUAY". Mynewsdesk. November 23, 2017. Accessed on 17 October 2019. Retrieved from http://www.mynewsdesk.com/sg/clarke-quay/pressreleases/clarke-quay-a-wander-soiree-countdown-by-the-quay-2293685
  33. Chew, Sonia. “When else would you get…”. Facebook. December 3, 2017. Accessed on 8 May 2019. Retrieved from: https://www.facebook.com/SoniaChew987/photos/a.601754083199187/1805889682785615/?type=3&theater
  34. Chew, Sonia. “INSANE crowd at #MACIon’s…”. Facebook. December 16, 2016. Accessed on 8 May 2019. Retrieved from: https://www.facebook.com/SoniaChew987/videos/1303271939714061/