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Q&A: Tracy Phillips, Lifestyle Advocates Singapore


04 October 2016

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Dubbed Singapore’s “it” girl, style maven and culture insider, Tracy Phillips is also a radio DJ and an accomplished marketer. In and out of her role as marketing manager of Zouk Club Singapore, Tracy has established herself as a thought leader in emerging trends in Singapore with her many roles including contributing editor for Buro 24/7 Singapore.

Having featured some of the movers and shakers of Singapore’s fashion and culture scene in Lifestyle Advocates Singapore, we turn the spotlight back on Tracy to find out just how she designs a lifestyle that brings joy, maintaining a productive mindset and staying healthy while travelling.

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How do you usually start your day? What is your pre-work routine?

I start the day by waking up and having a spoonful of virgin coconut oil, followed by a glass of fresh lemon juice mixed with water and turmeric. I then practice a form of mindfulness meditation for 20 minutes, usually using the ‘Headspace’ app on my iPhone, before taking a shower and getting dressed for work.

Breakfast is usually a chia seed pudding with berries, nuts and coconut cream which I make the night before and put into take away pots to bring to the office, or eggs, or avocado toast. I pretty much rotate those three options during the workweek.

Depending on the day of the week, I either head into my office at Hongkong Street by 10am, or on alternate Mondays I head to the Buro 24/7 Singapore office first for an editorial meeting; and every Friday, it’s the Lush 99.5fm studio first to record my Lush Life capsules for the following week.

What’s your favourite pastime?
Dancing to good music and walking in nature, sometimes combining both.

What would you say is the best thing about your current lifestyle?
The best thing about my current lifestyle is having the freedom and ability to choose how I want to live, what I do and who I spend my time with, and the fact that these choices bring me joy.

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Having the freedom and ability to choose how I want to live, what I do and who I spend my time with and the fact that these choices bring me joy.


Having to juggle so many roles in one of Asia’s most efficient cities, can you share a productivity hack that has worked for you?
My mindset is usually how I can be of benefit to people or the situation — so, that helps to cut out a lot of unnecessary distractions.

If there’s one thing you could change about your current lifestyle, what would it be?

I’m very grateful for the life I have — it’s of my design, so there’s no worst things really. If there’s anything I could change, it would be for my work to be more mobile, so that I could work from anywhere and be able to travel more.

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What was your biggest takeaway from curating the interviews on Lifestyle Advocates?

I chose the interviewees because I respect them for who they are; they’re all interesting in their own way, have successful careers that impact culture and who still live rich lives indulging their other passions. Most of them are multi-hyphenates and I love that kind of curiosity and attitude towards lifelong learning.

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I chose the interviewees because I respect them for who they are; they’re all interesting in their own way, have successful careers that impact culture and who still live rich lives indulging their other passions.

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How do you stay healthy while travelling?
These days I bring a set of trainers and some workout wear wherever I travel so that I can squeeze in some kind of exercise. My favourite way to discover a city is to walk or cycle, so that’s one way to keep fit and stay on the move.

I also use the seven-minute workout app when I’m really time scarce on work trips. It’s a series of exercises using your body weight that can be done anywhere, even in a hotel room, and I just follow the steps.

I love my food, especially dessert but I’ve been trying to cut back on my sugar intake and eating less refined carbs because I know how bad they are. It’s all about moderation though so I don’t feel too guilty if I indulge once in awhile.

See also: 5 tips for better sleep

What’s your ultimate comfort food?
Teochew mui.

You have five minutes to get dressed for a full-day out in Singapore — with no itinerary! What are you wearing?

That’s so hard! I love having fun with what I wear so it really depends on how I’m feeling that day, I have no rules. If I’ve got to go out day to night though, I always make sure it’s something that is comfortable and could work in numerous social situations, like a printed dress, or a light sweater and well- tailored pants.

Watch Tracy’s full episode here. Available online until 7 October 2016. Don’t miss out!

See also: Tastemakers – Janice Wong, Asia’s Best Pastry Chef


Interview edited by Dee May

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