Lavinia hosts Homestretch on weekdays, 5pm - 8pm, on Gold 90.5FM

Born and raised in Singapore, Lavinia Tan is well-versed in the language of Singlish, experienced to know that under-arm deodorant is a must in this humid tropical island, and that the world is her oyster if she'd stop trying to eat it with a squeeze of lemon.

She was raised single-handedly by her mother and doting grandmother, with an older sister who to date is her best audience of one.

From working at a pet store (that sold everything but pets), to filling out a prescription of Viagra as a pharmaceutical assistant, to working for a photography magazine, and later as an assistant at a photography studio, her work experience has put her in contact with amazing and inspiring individuals and provided her with situations that have truly broadened her mind.

Photography is her most loved hobby, because it is contemplative and reveals refreshing new perspectives of the world. Reading comes in at a close second. Her favorite writers are Mitch Albom, Haruki Murakami and Malcolm Galdwell. Her other interests include cooking, pole dancing and a variety of sea sports such as scuba-diving, sailing and kayaking.

Winner of the Discovery Networks Asia Globe Trekker Search in 2004, Lavinia beat thousands of hopefuls from Asia to join the stable of travel hosts on the international televions series - Globe Trekker. Her work on the travel show has taken her to incredible travel destinations such as Florida, Bahamas, Malaysia and Hong Kong.