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Nov 12
21

SOCIETY Magazine Malaysia Celebrity Travels

Here’s a new SOCIETY Magazine Celebrity Travel interview I did this month…

…think I gotta get out and do some more traveling!@%$продвижение

Nov 12
06

Travel Interview the SENATUS Online Magazine

Here’s a recent interview I did with SENATUS Online Magazine.  The original link is:

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Travel Dialogues with The Luxe Nomad: Allan Wu

November 5, 2012

By The Luxe Nomad

The Travel Dialogue interview series officially kicks off the partnership between SENATUS, Asia’s Premier Luxury and Lifestyle Magazine withThe Luxe Nomad, Your Definitive Answer to Traveling in Style.


Allan Wu, host of The Amazing Race Asia and The Amazing Race: China Rush and fellow SENATUS member, might just be The Luxe Nomad’s favourite male celebrity, thanks to his eternal good looks, amazing abs and genuine sense of humour.

After graduating from the University of California at Berkeley, Allan soon realized that his career would veer far away from his Pre-Med major and biotechnology background. Little did he know that his career in entertainment would propel him all the way to Asia even after modeling for the prestigious Ford Model Agency in Los Angeles, California.

Once Allan decided to “set up shop” in Asia, he was immediately invited to become an MTV VJ in Taiwan with stints on MTV Taiwan’s Party Zone, International Top 20 and Most Wanted. Not resting on his laurels, Allan later moved to Hong Kong to focus more on his acting and was featured in numerous television commercials regionally along the way.

Allan took Singapore by storm when he first dropped in over seven years ago. In addition to hosting and presenting, Allan is also one of the most sought after actors on screen and has starred in an extensive list of productions both in English and Mandarin. Never one to back down from a dare, Allan even found himself consuming maggots, worms, stinky beetles, and rotten fish eyes on NBC’s Fear Factor in the United States.

Establishing himself as Singapore’s one and only hunkalicious action hero, Allan landed the highly coveted spot as the Host of AXN’s The Amazing Race Asia for its entire 4 seasons and now helms the new The Amazing Race: China Rush series. There’s no telling how far Allan will soar – Only the sky’s the limit.


How did you manage to snag Asia’s most coveted TV hosting job?
I had to audition just like every other interested party in Asia, and I can safely say now that the entire experience has been truly “Amazing.”

I have traveled to so many places that I know I would most likely never visit in this lifetime, and it’s allowed me to appreciate everything I have in my life even more.

What’s your go-to travel wardrobe?
I like to be comfortable so it all starts with loose, comfortable clothing such as T-shirts, jeans, cargo pants, etc. I also make sure to have a hat to block out the light when I want to nap along with sneakers in case there’s a lot of walking around the airport.

Any tips for packing from a frequent traveler like yourself?
I always like to spend a bit more time to ensure all my clothing is nicely folded and packed away so I know everything is truly “pret-a-porter” (ready to wear) once I reach my destination.

Do you have a special fitness program to stay in shape?
I maintain a consistent workout regimen of running, swimming, and lifting weights at least five times per week in addition to eating a balanced healthy diet.  Nothing comes for free…so I need to put in the time and dedication to the desired results.

So you not only work in China, but also holiday in China?
I recently took the family on a bike holiday to the remote island of Shengsi not far from Shanghai. This was the perfect getaway for the October holiday in China because it wasn’t too far, wasn’t crowded, and the scenery was simply spectacular for biking enthusiasts.

When we think of China, cities like Shanghai and Beijing come to mind. Where should one really be exploring?
Dali – An ancient capital of the Bai kingdom Nanzhao and the Kingdom of Dali. Lots of political history there!

Lijiang – The world famous Old Town is a UNESCO Heritage Site, and has a history going back to the old tea horse road. It’s also famous for its waterways and bridges system.

Zhangjiajie – Home of the Wulinyuan Scenic and Historic Interest Area, famous for its dramatic mountain ranges, natural rock formations and underground cataracts, as well as the Bailong elevator – the world’s largest outdoor elevator.

Wuzhen – Centre of six ancient towns south of the Yangtze River, famous for its ancient stone bridges, stone pathways and delicate woodcarvings.

Yanbian – A Korean Autonomous Prefecture north east of China, and houses an important archaeological site: the Ancient Tombs at Longtou Mountain

Other than ‘racing’ across the rest of China, where else do you dream of going?
South America.  This is the only continent other than Antarctica I haven’t visited, and I’d love to see Machu Picchu in Peru!

What’s your favourite hotel chain so far?
Peninsula Hotels, without a doubt.  Even though they’re already famous for their quality and service, it’s their attention to detail, especially when it comes to the needs of hotel guests as well as excellent guest services, that makes a stay with them special.

Met anyone memorable while traveling?
On my recent bicycle holiday to Shengsi Island, I met the organizer of the tour named Bill Gaylord, and he is truly one colorful, informative, and entertaining character. I always thought I talked a lot, but this person never let me get a word in!

What have you learnt about yourself?
We are all small time in this big time world.

There’s so much beauty to explore, and I hope to continue to be able to travel to live and experience more.


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Oct 12
25

I-Weekly Magazine has got me Covered

Good morning (or evening wherever you may be) and hope you’re having a good week.  Recently, I did a cover feature story for I-Weekly magazine back in Singapore, and it just came out earlier this week.  Now since I’m still in China, I’m in the process of getting an actual copy of the issue to read what’s been written…and hopes it’s all good!  zy_org.gif

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Oct 12
22

U-Weekly Magazine Interview

Here’s a recent interview I did with U-Weekly magazine that just came out a few days ago…

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Oct 12
17

The Luxe Nomad Travel Interview

  • Why, hello there…

    He just might be our favourite guy Nomad, thanks to his youthful good looks, amazing abs and genuine sense of humour. But don’t take our word for it…read on to find out more about Allan Wu, The Amazing Race Asia and China’s host on AXN.

    How on earth did you snag the Asia’s most coveted job and tell us what that’s been like? 

    I had to audition just like every other interested party in Asia, and I can safely say now that the entire experience has been truly “Amazing.”  I have traveled to so many places that I know I would most likely never visit in this lifetime, and it’s allowed me to appreciate everything I have in my life even more.

    You must be able to pack with your eyes closed by now. What’s your go-to travel wardrobe?  

    I like to be comfortable so it all starts with loose, comfortable clothing such as T-shirts, jeans, cargo pants, etc.  I also make sure to have a hat to block out the light when I want to nap along with sneakers in case there’s a lot of walking around the airport.

    What’s the thing you always pack (besides your passport, obviously)?

    Sunglasses along with my HTC One S smartphone (plus charger).

    We know a few guys who aren’t very tidy in the packing department. Any tips?

    I always like to spend a bit more time to ensure all my clothing is nicely folded and packed away so I know everything is truly “pret-a-porter” (ready to wear) once I reach my destination.

    We guess the girls (and some guys) would like to know – boxers or briefs?

    Boxers…I’m all about comfort.  However, I can also do boxer briefs for the best of both worlds.

    That’s Udaipur’s Lake Palace back there!

    Do you have a special fitness program for your abs of steel?

    I maintain a consistent workout regimen of running, swimming, and lifting weights at least five times per week in addition to eating a balanced healthy diet.  Nothing comes for free…so I need to put in the time and dedication to the desired results.

    So you’re stranded on a desert island, who would you like to be stranded with?

    Chris Rock.  I’ve always enjoyed his sense of humour and he seems to always be in a jovial happy mood.

    Meeting the locals on Shengsi Island

    You not only work in China, but you also holiday in China! Tell us about your recent trip…

    I recently took the family on a bike holiday to the remote island of Shengsi not far from Shanghai. This was the perfect getaway for the October holiday in China because it wasn’t too far, wasn’t crowded, and the scenery was simply spectacular for biking enthusiasts.

    We might be way off here, but on a wild guess, we’re thinking China’s your favourite place in the world?

    Yup. Simply because there is so much to explore and experience.

     If China is a place where you can be amongst millions, where is it that you’ve felt the most alone?

    Dubai.  Every time I visit there I always marvel at how this massive desert has transformed into a modern day metropolis.

    Skiing in Niseko, Japan

    Where else do you dream of going?

    South America.  This is the only continent other than Antarctica I haven’t visited, and I’d love to see Machu Picchu in Peru.

    Best thing you’ve eaten on your recent travels? Weirdest thing?

    Grilled sweet cheese sticks in Dali, China.  The weirdest thing would probably be live sea cucumbers in Penglai, China.

    What have you learnt about yourself through travelling?

    We are all small time in this big time world.  There’s so much beauty to explore, and I hope to continue to be able to travel to live and experience more.

    You have to be pretty macho on the show, but what makes you cry?

    Besides watching the birth of my children, chopping onions gets me almost every time.

    Doing his best Backstreet Boys impression!

    We know you love your job, but what would you do if it wasn’t TV and acting?

    I’d probably be a “Guy Tai,” a male version of “Tai Tai’s,” and be a full-time daddy to my children.  I wonder if there’s an entertaining way to do that while also getting paid at the same time!  Maybe a new reality show?!

    Last question, or more like fill-in-the-blank. You are a closet _____ fan.

    I’m going to lose my street cred, but I’d have to say Backstreet Boys.

     

     

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Sep 12
01

“The King in the Paint” is in Da House!

The race is finally off and running here once again in China!  We just kicked off the newest season last Sunday on Channel ICS in Shanghai with the English version, and now I prepare to flex my Mandarin chops for the Chinese version on Dragon TV this afternoon at 4 PM.  I’m excited for all of our fans that have waited for us to bring to them another adrenaline-pumping season of The Amazing Race China Rush.

In the meantime, I’ve been staying really busy with work in the Asia region while still returning to the audio suite to do the voiceovers for the race.  After spending my first summer literally “hanging out” in Shanghai, I’ve discovered that not that much really happens here.  Maybe that’s why most of my friends skip town for the summer on holiday while I just stuck around realizing that everything gets back up and running in August.  Next year, I’ll definitely plan to go somewhere over the summer holiday before touching down back in Shanghai.

Fortunately, work has been fast and steady over the last few weeks, which has been a welcoming change from the too “ultra-relaxed” lifestyle I was living just a month before.  After making a celebrity appearance to launch Starwood Hotel’s new iPhone application at the Le Meridian Hotel in Shanghai, I just completed the Adidas “King in the Paint” China Tour with the new starting center for the Los Angeles Lakers, Dwight David Howard!  After arriving earlier this week from LA, I had the privilege and pleasure of working with him for a few days in China during this tour…

Dwight Howard is a natural born entertainer who knows how to keep the crowd engaged and entertained with his comical antics and positive energy.

After  big welcoming event for Dwight at the new Shanghai Adidas Brand Center on Huai Hai Zhong Lu, we reconvened the following day for an even bigger event with thousands of fans at the Luwan Sports Stadium…

Once again, “Superman” unveiled his new Lakers jersey along with his new Adidas AdiPower 3 basketball shoes that he’ll wearing during the upcoming new NBA season…

With various basketball contests all day, we were also treated to a Slam Dunk competition with some of the local Shanghai talent…

I tried to coax the 2008 NBA All Star Slam Dunk Champion into showing these boys how the big boys “throw it down,” but he politely declined because he’s still in rehab for his back surgery.

Fortunately, everything is on schedule for “The King in the Paint’ to start playing in the new NBA season so I’m sure we’ll have many opps very soon to see him dominate the paint and dunk the ball over and over again!

Once I completed this Adidas promotional tour, it was time to zip off to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, for another exciting weekend of motorsport racing for the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia.  It’s been a while since I’ve been back to KL so it was nice to still have so many fans welcome me back here.  Hopefully, we can have The Amazing Race Asia return for another fifth season.  But until then, I’ll keep myself busy doing these other races instead!

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Aug 12
23

Travel the “Real China” in 576 minutes

Here’s a great article about the upcoming new season of The Amazing Race China Rush from CNN…
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‘The Amazing Race:’ Travel the ‘real China’ in 576 minutes

The third season of the China edition covers a wider range of regions than ever. So wide not even the Chinese participants know where they are

By CNNGo staff 17 August, 2012

 China Rush -- main“The Amazing Race: China Rush” season three highlights China’s ethnic regions, such as the Miao villages in Guizhou (pictured).

“The Amazing Race” is not just another game show in China. The Chinese consider it an ingenious means to show the “real China” to the outside world.

“The show is not only promoting the local culture and customs but also the urban development achievement,” said Ge Xiaowei (葛晓纬), one of the producers of the program’s China edition, “The Amazing Race: China Rush” (“China Rush” in short).

A copyright cooperation between Disney ABC and the International Channel of Shanghai (ICS), “China Rush” has just wrapped up production of the third season and is set to air from this month.

The Amazing Race: China Rush -- inline 1Teams start out from Shanghai’s landmark: The Bund.

The China even the Chinese don’t know about

According to the show’s production company ICS, season three covers a wider geographic range than the previous two seasons, spanning from the China-Russia border in the north to Yunnan Province in the south.

Lei Sheng (雷声), a contestant hailing from Xi’an, said even the Chinese contenders had no clue where they were most of the time while on the road.

“Being Chinese doesn’t give us any advantages,” said Lei, a 40-year-old outdoor experience trainer.

“I have never been to most of the places featured on the show. I’ve never even heard of them before. [The show] goes to the second-tier, third-tier cities, off-the-radar towns and rural villages.”

In this season, 22 contestants (in 11 teams) from seven countries sweep through 11 cities all over China in 12 episodes, each lasting 48 minutes.

The grand prize: a free round-the-world tour for two.

An offbeat guide to China

The upcoming show was dubbed a multi-million renminbi production. But ICS didn’t disclose the exact production cost. It is also keeping its lips tight on the value of the champion’s prize.

The entire season is produced in two versions. Each hosted in one of the two languages — Mandarin and English — by American-Chinese Allan Wu (吴振天), who has hosted all four seasons of’ “The Amazing Race Asia” and the first two seasons of “China Rush.”

Ge Xiaowei said the program is a great offbeat tour guide to China.

“For example, we have dedicated staff on the team to study the transportations between sites and cities, which are reflected in the show,” said Ge. “These are not random arrangements, but practical information for tourists — whether one should take the bus, train or fly between these two places.”

Ge added that the show does not follow clichéd tourist routes in China; “instead, it selects exotic destinations with most distinctive culture symbols.”

More on CNN: Leave the hordes behind: 5 China trips off the beaten track

Having traveled with the team for one month to shoot the show, Ge said her most impressive destinations included Suifenhe (绥芬河), a city of 160,000 in Heilongjiang on the China-Russia border.

“Suifenhe is a very unique city in China due to its geographic location,” Ge explained. “Even the local street vendors can speak fluent Russian.”

Tasks in Suifenhe? Contestants were asked to complete a challenge involving traditional Russian dolls, revealed Ge.

Based on the trailer, the new season also headed to places like the Miao ethnic group in Guizhou and China’s Korean autonomous prefecture Yanbian in Jilin Province.

The Amazing Race: China Rush -- inline 2Chinese contenders Liu Weiwei (right) and Lei Sheng (left) on the road.

Reality TV shows: great way to travel the country

“This was a good chance to see a completely different side of a country that I haven’t seen before,” said contestant Nick Black.

Black, 30, is a Shanghai-based sales executive from Scotland whose previous China travel experiences were limited to major Chinese cities.

His most memorable moment of the show was walking off the plane in Heilongjiang at 2 a.m., frozen to death on an April day (“the temperature was like minus 3 or 4 C”).

Rachel Chen, one half of the champion team in the first season, agrees that “China Rush” provides a unique way to travel the massive nation.

The 27-year-old American-Chinese, who joined the show in 2010, said because the program worked with local tourism bureaus around the country, contestants could access places and take part in activities that normal travelers wouldn’t be able to.

More on CNN: 40 beautiful places to visit in China

Nick Black noted that he’s come to find fun in traveling to an unknown place after the intense trip.

“For some [travelers], before they come [to China], they’re not quite sure what the situation is. For example, if it’s gonna be safe,” said Nick.

“Just come and check out,” added Black. “It’s actually really fun not knowing what’s gonna happen.”

The English version of “The Amazing Race: China Rush” season three will premiere on August 26 on ICS at 8 p.m. (Beijing time). The Mandarin version will start screening on September 1 on international satellite channel Dragon TV at 4 p.m. Both versions air weekly.

Or follow “China Rush” on its official website.

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Sep 11
08

Interview with TODAY Paper – Singapore

Here’s the interview I did with May Seah from the TODAY Paper.
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China Rush

Allan Wu revels in his new life in a new place

04:45 AM Sep 08, 2011
Who knew Allan Wu was a closet Sinophile?

We don’t mean that in the sense that he collects terracotta teapots and spouts Tang poetry – in fact, the prospect of reading a novel in Chinese still daunts the American-born son of first-generation immigrants from Taiwan. Rather, his recent relocation to Shanghai marks his attainment of a longtime dream.

Besides hosting The Amazing Race Asia, Wu is also the host of The Amazing Race: China Rush, which has its production based in Shanghai and has given him an inroad to the city’s television scene. “China Rush” seems a terribly appropriate label for how, much like the gold rushes of the 19th century, the whole world is looking to China. Not to be left out, Wu is also going prospecting in the brave new world.

Since they packed up and moved there “shotgun style” three weeks ago, it’s been a mad rush for the family – wife Wong Li Lin, daughter Sage, 7, and son Jonas, 5 – to find a place to live and schools to attend. Meanwhile, Wu still has projects going on in Singapore, and so we managed to catch up with him on Monday at the Park Regis hotel.

Besides asking about how Wu is finding life in a new city, we also wanted to know: Is China really the new land of opportunity, even where the entertainment industry is concerned?

China dreaming

It’s an emphatic yes. “My dream has always been to go to China,” said the 36-year-old California native. “I took the scenic tour through Singapore… I wouldn’t say it was an accident – it was destiny.”

Ten years ago, Wu, who had modelled in the States, acted in Hong Kong and VJ’d for MTV in Taiwan, came here to host an event. His “angmoh model friends” introduced him to his agency, Fly Entertainment, and he landed a five-year contract with MediaCorp. Then, in 2003, he married Wong Li Lin.

“It’s given me a foundation here, with an identity, especially now that I’m a father and also a husband,” Wu said. “I met my wife here and I had kids here. That was probably another reason that I ended up staying here longer than – I won’t say should have, but maybe than I had wanted to, I think – because life is so comfortable here. Things are safe, we get a lot of privileges, we’re – I wouldn’t say popular or famous – people might not like me, but at least they know who I am.”

Due in part to considerations for the family’s welfare, it has taken all this time for Wu to finally take the plunge and leave his comfort zone in hopes of furthering his career. “In Singapore, I feel that I’ve done essentially all that I can do in the entertainment industry,” he said. “I need a bigger market or a bigger platform. So that’s why my dream has always been to go to China… because of the size of the market and the movie industry, and how closely Hollywood’s watching them, too.”

World domination

Yes, Wu is unabashedly aiming high. “My dream, or my plan, has always been to go back to the States, go back to California, go back to Hollywood, and work there. And hopefully work to a level where I’m not that token Asian guy,” he said. Here in Singapore, added Wu, “we’re a little bit further away. No matter how big you are here with what you do, it doesn’t mean anything up there. There’s no currency value.”

“And it seems like it’s working!” he said. “Last week I just went to go read for a very big Hollywood movie.” Wu is adhering to the terms of his confidentiality agreement, but “if I said one word, you would know what the movie is”. With the casting director flying to Shanghai just to meet with him, Wu said: “It’s exciting. I’d rather try for that type of opportunity than rest on my laurels in a market that I’m more familiar with.”

I like Chinese

Wu’s rapid-fire American accent is familiar to us, but does he have the Mandarin skills to act and host in China?

“A lot of people think I don’t speak any Chinese at all. Expectations are very, very low,” mused Wu, who only began to learn the language intensively when he worked on his first Channel 8 drama, Bukit Ho Swee. “I could barely speak and I couldn’t read any Chinese,” he said.

He is proficient now, although there’s room for improvement: “I’m on Weibo and sometimes when I write, I use the wrong characters. Some (of my followers) get really offended, but some are like, ‘Oh, you’re so cute’, or ‘Wow, you didn’t get a single character wrong in this sentence!’ It’s exciting, it’s stressful, but I feel alive when I speak Chinese.”

The big question: Is the missus as enthusiastic about China? “Honestly, she’s not a big fan of China,” Wu chuckled. Specifically, Li Lin isn’t a fan of cigarette smoke-filled taxis and gobs of spit on the street. “But I think she’s actually warming up to it a lot, now that we have a place to stay.”

Every strategic operation needs a headquarters. Now, how do you say that in Chinese?

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Jul 11
20

Soaked and Soggy in the Suitcase

I just finished up my article for the September issue of FHM Upgrade so I thought I would share my piece for this month’s July issue until it comes out about having sweaty clothes during filming for The Amazing Race Asia!

Oh…for all of you who are wondering whether TARA5 is right around the corner this year…Unfortunately, we won’t be racing around the world this time around so let’s keep those fingers crossed so that we’ll be back in 2012 to do it!

Thanks again for all your love and support and we’ll catch up again soon!

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Dec 10
10

Will You Marry Me?

As promised, here is the video of Richard Hardin proposing to his girlfriend last night at The Amazing Race Asia Season Four Finale Party!

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