To mark Father’s Day 2023, The Singapore Women’s Weekly got cosy with four celebs to hear their dad stories – how they find work-family balance, how silly they can get for their kids, and… how they deal with dad guilt (yes, it’s real).
Radio DJ Shan Wee doesn’t take life too seriously. And his IG shows so – it’s chock-full of self-deprecating digs involving The Weekly, Scrabble tiles, and Zara store-hopping. But what it also shows, is how seriously Shan takes his responsibilities as a father and husband.
Born in Northern Ireland and raised in Bushmills, Shan has worked in Singapore since 2005 as a radio DJ and host. Currently, the ONE FM 91.3 music director steers The Music Mansion on weekdays, 10am to 1pm. (To start listening, download the Awedio app.) The 41-year-old is a father of three: Ciaran, 10, Arya, 9, and Ruan, 8. Ciaran and Ruan are from his previous marriage with Indonesian event planner Artika Sulaiman; Arya is his stepdaughter with wife Mona Gill, whom he married last November.
Trying to juggle coparenting and stepparenting has been, in Shan’s words, “very, very challenging”. But he takes both easy and difficult moments in his relaxed strides, including “judicial battles” where “I saw you folding clothes for Arya”. While some dads sweat the small stuff, Shan is prepared to “goof off and play” with the kids.