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Health talk with of one of Singapore’s most loved deejays – Jacqui T

edited power98 46495 smallSpunky and spontaneous, doe-eyed Jacqueline Su-Yin Thibodeaux (more popularly known as Jacqui T) is meant to rule the airwaves. When she gave in to her mum’s cajoling to join The New Paper Face Contest seven years ago, Jacqui had no idea the experience will lead her to her true passion – radio!

Jacqui had her taste of radio during a one-week stint on 91.3FM with veteran deejay Suzanne Walker, as part of the package for winning Miss Personality in the contest. She liked the experience so much so that she decided to sign up for a radio course at MediaCorp. Of course, it didn’t take long for the 987FM’s VP of English Programming to spot her talent and got her on board.

Born to an American father and Singaporean Chinese mother, Jacqui loves to cook for her family. “I have a relatively small family, and I like spending quality time with those I love,” she shares. She lists Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, wine, Thailand, and MMA, not necessarily in that order, as among the things she likes in life. Since June last year, the peppy deejay has been hosting the Ex-Factor with her ex-boyfriend, Mister Young, on Power 98FM.

Ezyhealth: What do you like most about your job?

Jacqui: Honestly, my job is fun! How often do you ask people about their job and find out they don’t like what they do? When you’re at a job you love, then you’re basically being paid to do what you love to do. I love the fact I can go to work every day and interact with listeners. I love finding out how differently people think and react to things and how varied their opinions are.

Ezyhealth: What’s a typical day like for you?

Jacqui: My day always involves show preparation first and foremost, either the minute I get up or the night before, followed maybe by a couple meetings or a hosting or VO (voiceover) gig. After that, I go on shift and stay back for production work. Then, finally, dinner!

Ezyhealth: What are your top tips for healthy living?

Jacqui: I try to stay away from fast food as much as I can. Maybe I cheat once in a while when I have cravings – the sort of craving that if I don’t satisfy it, I might just lose my mind. I also drink as little soda as possible. And as much as I LOVE salt, I cut back on it, too. Of course, needless to say, I exercise!

Ezyhealth: When do you usually feel the healthiest?

Jacqui: As unusual or weird as it may sound, I feel the healthiest after work! That’s when I go for a run if I haven’t had a long day. I’m definitely NOT a morning person (laughs).

Ezyhealth: We hear you love to cook! With your busy schedule, how do you find the time to cook at home?

Jacqui: On a weekday, if I have nothing on in the morning or early afternoon before shift, that’s when I try to practice a dish or two, or tweak a recipe to make it my own. Then I’ll have friends and family over on the weekend to be my guinea pigs!

Ezyhealth: What’s your favourite healthy dish to cook? Can you share the recipe with us?

Jacqui: I love to cook this Salmon and Couscous with Cherry Tomatoes dish. It’s healthy, delicious, and really simple to cook!

edited Recipe photoSalmon and Couscous with Cherry Tomatoes


1 cup couscous
1/2 teaspoon paprika (optional)
1 cup freshly boiled water
1/2 small red onion, finely chopped

4 garlic cloves, smashed
1 lemon
1 pint cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
4 salmon fillets
1 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves (optional – for garnish)


1) Place the couscous in a bowl and sprinkle it with a little salt, pepper, and paprika. Mix together, add the boiled water, and cover with plastic wrap for about 10 minutes or until all the couscous has absorbed the water.

2) In a bowl, mix the onion, lemon juice, cherry tomatoes, and a pinch of salt. Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil.

3) Place the salmon fillets on a piece of aluminum foil. Sprinkle it with salt and pepper (add cayenne pepper if you like spicy – I love mine with a little kick to it!). Top each fillet with a smashed garlic clove and drizzle with extra virgin olive oil. Wrap and place it on a baking sheet. Pop it in the oven at 200C for about 12 to 15 minutes – not too long or else the salmon will dry out. Check on it every now and then to see if it’s cooked through.

4) Unveil the couscous and fork through to fluff it. Pour over the lemon dressing (step 2), mix it, and plate. Place the cooked salmon on top and sprinkle with the cilantro. Voila! You have a healthy and appetising dish! Bon appétit! (Feel free to garnish with some sliced lemons).


Ezyhealth: What are your most and least favourite workouts and why?

Jacqui: My most favourite workout is Mixed Martial Arts (MMA). It’s fun! You get a workout, and it teaches you self-defence at the same time! My least favourite is jogging. It’s the ‘getting started’ that’s a pain, but once I get in the mode/zone – I’m good to go!

Ezyhealth: What makes you happy these days?

Jacqui: Simply spending time with family and close friends makes me happy. I’m getting (or I’ve gotten) to that age where a night out of partying and clubbing just doesn’t cut it for me anymore. A quiet night at home with important people with good food, good drinks, and board games is perfect for me.

Ezyhealth: Do you think work-life balance is achievable? Please give us some tips.edited power98 46804

Jacqui: I believe it is. At the end of the day, I think the problem is we just don’t WANT to make time, and that’s the thing. You have to want to. If you don’t have the motivation or diligence, you’ll never get to where you want to go. The hardest thing is getting your butt off the couch or rolling out of bed.

Ezyhealth: May is Cervical Cancer Awareness month, and many women out there are still adamant to get screened until now. What would you like to say to these women?

Jacqui: Personally, I know of friends who have been diagnosed with human papillomavirus (HPV). Luckily, there is an injection for it to prevent it from becoming cervical cancer. So I urge women to get checked so it can be caught early!


Catch Jacqui and her co-host, Mister Young, on The Ex-Factor, weekdays 4pm to 8pm on Power 98FM.


Maripet L. Poso
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