So here is the rest of the recent interview I did with 8 Days. Really enjoyed the shoot and interview, and I hope you enjoy the article too!
Now through three different versions of the Emmy award winning “The Amazing Race” reality show, it’s great to be back once again hosting this all new Celebrity Version for China on Shenzhen TV. The fact that over 80 million viewers in China get to hear me do the entire show in Chinese is daunting, but I simply view it as a great way to hone those language skills and hopefully open up an entirely new market there. And can you guess which country we are in awaiting teams at the pit stop?
…stay tuned and watch out for more exciting news and updates on the race!
Fun (and Funny) piece from my latest interview with 8 Days Entertainment Magazine…
Look out for the coming issue of 8 Days this Sunday as I (sorta) reveal my secrets to staying “ABS-solutely” happy and healthy though all the ups and all the downs…
Men In Kindergarten: It’s back to pre-school for Allan Wu, Wang Weiliang
Class is in session for Men In Kindergarten hosts Wang Weiliang and Allan Wu. Yes, not all boys grow up, admit the hosts of the reality TV show
PUBLISHED: 4:09 PM, APRIL 30, 2015(PAGE 1 OF 1) – PAGINATE
SINGAPORE — They say guys never grow up, and Men In Kindergarten hosts Allan Wu and Wang Weiliang would agree wholeheartedly with that.
In the reality television show, the two help out at a kindergarten to hilarious effect. Wu, of course, is a father of two, but Ah Boys To Men actor Wang hadn’t had much experience with children prior to his kindergarten stint.
“I was worried I wouldn’t know how to communicate with them and what I was going to do if they ignored me or started crying,” he confessed.
As it turned out, going back to pre-school activated his paternal instincts — the 28-year-old now wants to have kids more than ever. “It’s time, I feel. I don’t want to be too old a father,” he said, sharing that his favourite part of kindergarten work day was naptime — and not because that was when he got a break.
“They each had different positions and ways of sleeping. I took care of them all day — when they were asleep, that’s when I felt the greatest sense of satisfaction,” he said. “If I could, I would have my own baby. But the lower half of my body isn’t equipped for that!”
Seriously, though, he’s looking for a partner because “if you are going to bring up a child, you have to give it a family. I say that because I come from a broken family.” But there’s a possible spanner in the works: Wang admits he can be childish. “I don’t like giving in to others. That’s probably why I still don’t have a girlfriend,” he said. “I have never looked for romance but as I’m getting older, I know that it’s something I need. Yet, I also know I am childish and impulsive.”
Wang is in good company: Wu also described himself as being “like a big kid”.
“When I was married, (ex-wife Wong) Li-Lin would always say she had three kids: Two kids and me,” he quipped. “There’s a part of me that wants to be mature but that humorous side, that comical side, makes people think I’m just this big, funny, laughable meathead. All the other parents at school are dressed nicely for work and I’m usually in a T-shirt, board shorts and slippers! Boys will be boys — we all grow old but we don’t all grow up.”
Therein, perhaps, lies the fundamental difference between women and men. “The teachers were mostly women and they were strict and serious. It was good cop, bad cop,” Wu recounted. “If we guys saw a kid bullying another kid, for instance, we’d speak to them nicely about it. The teachers would say, ‘Time out! Go stand in a corner. None of this. Stop that. Even we were scared of them!”
That said, Wu also managed to singlehandedly make all the kids cry — accidentally, of course.
During a Korean Heritage Week at the kindergarten, he donned a Taekwondo uniform for a demonstration. “They had these Taekwondo instructors teach me some basic moves and how to break pieces of wood. They said, ‘When you’re about to hit the piece of wood, just scream at the top of your voice.’ So I go up there, I’m breaking these pieces of wood and screaming at the top of my lungs, and these kids are just freaking out. They start crying all over the room. They’re terrified. The teachers were laughing, the kids were bawling their eyes out,” he laughed.
That must be why actors say you should never work with children or animals.
Catch Men In Kindergarten on Tuesdays at 8.30pm on E City (StarHub TV Ch 111/825).
Here’s the original website: http://www.todayonline.com/entertainment/men-kindergarten-its-back-pre-school-allan-wu-wang-weiliang?singlepage=true
Even though I never thought I’d be back in the “Single and Ready to Mingle” game, it was fun to do this shoot for last Sunday Time’s paper with a group of other single male artistes…
For the past few months, I’ve been experiencing a myriad of problems with this website. I am not exactly sure what happened, but something is definitely going on…and it’s making it difficult to continue to operate smoothly and seamlessly. I set up this site back in 2009, and I definitely do get some laughs at what I used to post up. But like anything, this site has gotten a bit older, wiser, and most likely has been compromised with a hacker attaching the coding mainframe. I really do hope to get everything resolved and completely cleared soon.
In the meantime, this frustrating period has inadvertently allowed me to compare the current status of the website to my own health. While I can still claim that I hardly ever get sick, I also know that my body is certainly not the same as it was…and that’s NOT a good thing. While I can still go out there and still hammer out a hard workout, I’ve learned the hard way that certain high impact sports will automatically spell trouble. These sports include basketball and American football. The verdict is still out on beach volleyball, but lateral movements tend to put a lot of pressure and torsion on the joints and ligaments. while in the past it wouldn’t be a big deal, now every sudden, explosive movement happening in the span of less than a second can lead to potentially a day or two of swelling and discomfort. There is certainly a price to be paid now to partake in these physical endeavours, and the question for me now is how should I proceed? What are your thoughts?
Would you take a more conservative approach and refrain yourself from certain activities in order to prolong your body thus depriving yourself of the joy that is elicited with them? Or would just say “Screw It…We only got one life so might has well go down with guns blazing?”
Me? I’m at a crossroads at the moment. While I do hope to preserve my body as long as I can in order to still enjoy an array of sports and physical activities for as long as possible and also to participate with my children, there’s still this voice inside of me that wants to say “Screw It.” As with anything in life where there are two parties with different perspectives, conditions, and values, it’s all come down to striking a compromise with my body at this juncture.
As much as I’d love to get out and run some hoops each week again, I know for a fact that my knees won’t be digging that so I am left with casually shooting some baskets with my kids. Maybe when they are older and I can still jump, then I’ll see if I can get back onto the court. Even certain cornerstones of my fitness regimen are reaching the end of their shelf life, and this primarily refers to running.
I’ve been running since high school and using it as a foundation to stay healthy and happy for decades, but now both of my Achilles tendons are definitely “angry” and demand that I switch to other activities. The degeneration of soft tissue such as tendons, ligaments, and cartilage is inevitable, and both of my Achilles tendons are at the tail end of their life span. I’ve been experiencing pain in both of them for over a year, and I know the only way for them to possibly get better is to completely stop running, which is difficult for any active individual whose spent their entire life living a sweaty life.
That being said, I’m realising more and more that there are certain pivotal points in life where you just gotta suck it up and stop the run. It’s time to align and redefine my priorities similar to this website. I know things are not going to get any better with my Achilles tendons unless I make some changes to my work out routine, which is namely refraining from running. And as much as I would prefer to simply lace up some shoes and go out for a quick run, I now have reconfigured my workout regimen to include swimming and cycling. Both of these latter sports will take a bit of time to get reacquainted with, but I am actually enjoying the new challenges that they also present.
So while the running shoes sit on the shoe rack beckoning for another workout, I am going to stick with other types of sports so that I can still enjoy being active not merely for a few more years but for the long haul. Hopefully, I’ll still be relatively pain and injury free so I can still show my kids “Wu’s Yo Daddy!”….and one of the reasons why it’ll be mainly focused on my kids is that most of my peers have already hung up their athletic kicks permanently!
Thanks again for stopping by and maybe I’ll see you on a spinning cycle or swimming pool in the near future!
Last year was the maiden voyage for the third version of The Amazing Race franchise that I have hosted. Most of you would still recall the first one which was The Amazing Race Asia on Channel AXN. Then, I went to work on The Amazing Race China Rush for SMG Shanghai Media Group. And finally, I really had to step it up last season for The Amazing Race China Celebrity Edition on Shenzhen TV which happened to be all celebrity contestants and ALL in Chinese!
A lot of friends and fans have asked me when is the next race and whether they can sign up, and I really wished I had an answer for you all. At this point, I believe the first two previous versions have been temporarily placed back in the freezer and shelved at the moment. However, I think the newest version from Shenzhen TV could be back for a second season so be sure to come back for the latest updates.
While I am a bit disappointed that most people won’t be able to apply since this is a special “celebrity edition,” I am also excited and curious to see what batch of contestants are ready, willing, and able to sign up for this once-in-a-lifetime amazing adventure around the world. Hopefully, we will all find out soon!
Until then, have a good day and don’t forget to drop back when you’re free! See ya and what did you think of this get up I had to wear at the pit stop in Dubai last season??