Teledifusão de Macau Radio’s (TDM Radio) Jorge Vale is not just a media icon but a visionary of Macau. Making a daring move to Macau eleven years ago, his suave persona has since then captured the hearts of many listeners that continue to live in, and love, the small big city. A dashing host and emcee, a researcher and DJ, an artist, an actor, the multitasker believes in growing his skills and knowledge through every endeavor.
How long have you been in Macau?
It’s been eleven years since I came here in June 2005. I was working in a radio station in south Portugal and it was quite a stable life. I visited Macau for a vacation because my mother and stepfather were here. I just came for a quick holiday and I subbed for a morning show at TDM (Café da Manhã) and it turned out into something meaningful. They offered me a permanent post and I decided immediately then so I sorted out everything in Portugal and moved here.
What was your first impression of Macau when you arrived?
I fell in love with this city. It’s hard to explain but I truly felt an attraction and deem Macau as my second home. I’ve seen it grow and change so much. The culture is diverse, it’s a mix of many nationalities and it’s a real melting pot. I came here with such great optimism and vibrant view of everything.
What do you love most about the city? Anything you dislike?
The traffic and the cost of living have been a challenge but Macau is a city with such great charm. It is brimming with culture and it has become a haven of international opportunities. It’s unbelievable!
What’s your all-time favorite spot in Macau? Do you go anywhere in Macau for rest and relaxation?
I’ve always been fond of Grand Coloane Resort and love to relax there. It’s like a getaway from the busy life of Macau. I grew up with such familiarity with nature so it’s a source of tranquility for me to be in Coloane.
What’s your favorite restaurant or dining spot in Macau?
You’d be surprised to know that I cook at home but Macau is famous for… takeaway and people here truly love restaurants. I love Nga Tim in Coloane. It’s peaceful and nice. I love places of old Macau with authentic Portuguese cuisine. I love having Yum Cha in Crowne Plaza’s Imperial Kitchen Chinese Restaurant. The service is amazing and it has a warm vibe.
What did you want to do when you were young? Did you envision the path you are on right now?
I was initially in the world of sciences majoring in electrical engineering. I eventually shifted to humanities and continued studying communications and eventually journalism. However, I have geared towards entertainment and identify myself in various fields of DJing, emceeing, acting, modeling, advertising and [things are] still continuously evolving.
I learned how to be a multitasker here in Macau. I see it in a positive way because it’s an acquired skill and ability. When I look back on my experience here in Macau, it’s overwhelming to have developed myself in such a tremendous way. The one that stands out of all of these facets in my career is definitely being on the radio. There is such a great connection working on the radio, and to be part of people’s lives is such a gratifying thing to be able to do.
What’s the best recommendation you could give to anyone visiting Macau for the first time?
We have the old and new Macau. You can go to the classic tourist spots like Ruins of St. Paul, Senado Square and UNESCO heritage sites and you’ll be amazed. You have the casinos and luxurious places in Cotai Strip and you’d be equally amazed. I for one love Four Seasons Macao and would take a friend for a good Portuguese cuisine in Belcancao.
What advice would you give to anyone who wants to venture on the same path as you?
Everyone makes mistakes and learns from those experiences. I value every moment in my life and I think those are essential to my being. My best advice to someone is to find a profession you truly love and not just for money. You’ll spend a lot of your time working and if you don’t like it, then I think it’s a wrong choice. If you really like what you do, you will develop the right attitude and grow as a person. Listen to your heart and don’t just follow trends that concern your future. Choose something that you love always and always with everything you do.
Listen to Jorge’s morning show Café da Manhã on TDM Radio Macau, www.portugues.tdm.com.mo