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Nov 12
06

Travel Interview the SENATUS Online Magazine

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

http://senatus.net/shareditems/12669/url/

Magazine » Dining & Travel

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
19

Minority Report

This weekend’s next episode of The Amazing Race China Rush is a party, and it gets Big…

…and Bigger

…and even Bigger!

Hope to see ya at this exciting Pit Stop with our largest number of greeters yet! :-)сайт

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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Oct 12
15

So Where We RUSH-in Off to Next?

It’s been an absolute delight hosting this third season of The Amazing Race China Rush, and I can’t believe how fast the race has flown by.  In certain ways, we have “yielded” to the viewers’ requests to keep the pace searing hot…

…and we even had the first time opportunity to venture to Taiwan this time too.

Fortunately, the working conditions aren’t always too difficult…

…and I can’t wait to share with you all where we drop this coming week in the race!

Can you tell from these two pictures where we’ll be going next??? 8-| rolling eyes

 

 

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Oct 12
07

NEW ICON FOR HIM Oct/Nov 2012 11th Anniversary Edition

Just realized my recent article with NEW ICON FOR HIM magazine in Malaysia came out…

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Sep 12
09

So What Does It Take to Get in the Race?

Here’s a fun article I did including a short video with Mike Peters for the China Daily that came out today.  You can see the original article “Race Master” at:

http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/sunday/2012-09/09/content_15745356.htmRace master

Updated: 2012-09-09 08:11

By Mike Peters (China Daily)

 Race masterAllan Wu is already looking to next year as the new season of TheAmazing Race: China Rush begins broadcasting its third season.Provided to China Daily

Race master

Think you’ve got what it takes for a dash acrossChina? TV host Allan Wu shares some advice forreality-show wannabes with Mike Peters.

As the third season of The Amazing Race: China Rush hits the TV airwaves this month, Chinese-American host Allan Wu has a message for viewers who want to try out for the show next season: It’s just going to get tougher.

“We would definitely like to make the race more demanding and rigorous,” the energetic entertainer tells China Daily. Most participants have a sense of what they are getting themselves into because they have seen the show. But “I still have many contestants tell me after the race that it was much more challenging and difficult than they envisioned, which I believe is a good thing.”

The new season features 11 fresh teams that set off from the Bund in Shanghai, racing around China and traveling to the most exotic and “off the beaten path” locations. (The second leg of the race: “way up north to the edge of China in Suifenhe, Heilongjiang province, and I couldn’t even read the signs in the town,” Wu says of the Russian-language storefronts.)

While having to find their own way, competitors face tasks that challenge them mentally, physically and emotionally – until one new champion finally emerges 12 weeks later.

“I’ve always believed that the best script is not having a script at all because this means anything can happen,” Wu says. The season’s first surprise has come already: One contestant was eliminated right at the starting line.

“The first challenge required every team to find the symbol for ‘one’ (in an ancient dictionary),” Wu says on his first website post since broadcasting began last week. “I had the unenviable responsibility of delivering the gut-wrenching news. Sorry, Rob and Jia Jia!”

The show promises viewers will “travel the real China in 576 minutes”. That’s 12 episodes of 48 minutes each, but Wu says the crew shot up to 100 hours of footage to produce some segments. Getting that down to a watchable installment took a team of editors with as much stamina as the contestants, he says.

The third season held challenges for Wu, too. The veteran model, vee-jay, martial-arts actor and entertainer didn’t learn to speak Chinese until he was an adult. After taping at Channel ICS in Shanghai for the English version, he writes on another post, “now I prepare to flex my Mandarin chops for the Chinese version on Dragon TV this afternoon”.

So what does it take to succeed on the show – or just get on?

“We generally get a few thousand applicants that audition for each season,” says Wu, who previously hosted Amazing Race: Asia and competed on Fear Factor. “We have a lot of die-hard fans that try their luck and submit each season. Also, we have a lot of young fans who tell me how they can’t wait to be old enough to apply for the race too.”

We asked the certified physical trainer what advice he might have for fans who want to audition for the show next year.

“Stamina is vital to performing well during a race of this magnitude,” he says. “So it’s good to get out there and get moving with running or jogging. Once you’ve established a decent foundation, then you can maybe try doing the same thing with a weighted backpack so you are accustomed to being mobile and moving your personal belongings at the same time.”

“Finally, you can spend some time trying to operate normally under sleep deprivation,” says Wu. “During the race, there’s not a lot of sleep to go around, so you need to be accustomed to staying sharp and alert even when you aren’t getting enough snooze time.”

Successful applicants definitely bring something to the screen that we know will entertain the audience, Wu says. “They generally are outgoing, extroverted, witty, fun, daring, and adventurous. I believe many who apply think that they got the ‘right stuff’, but we need to take a more objective stance and determine how each prospective team will measure up and compare to their potential peers and competitors.”

With the new season “in the can”, Wu says for the past several months he’s just wrapped up the Adidas King in the Paint China Tour with NBA All-Star Dwight Howard from the Los Angeles Lakers, and then hosted coverage of the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia motorsport race in Malaysia and Singapore.

In Malaysia, he’s introducing a brand-new reality show for Channel AXN, and he’s in discussions to do a TV drama series in Japan and a film in Singapore.

Before he knows it, he’ll be back in Shanghai, where he moved last year with his family.

“We are absolutely loving it!” says the Southern California native, who is thrilled to be getting a better understanding of his cultural roots.

“There’s an old world charm here in Shanghai coupled with the modern metropolitan vibe of a big city.”

Contact the writer at michaelpeters@chinadaily.com.cn.

 

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Sep 12
03

…And We’re Off!!!

 

And just like that, the newest season of The Amazing Race China Rush is off and running…or racing!  Last Sunday, we’re premiered the first episode, and it’s been great to see how happy our fans are to finally get this show on the road.  I’m also excited to be able to finally share some pictures from the race myself.  As many of you already know, we chose to kick off the new season from the iconic Bund in Shanghai, and all the teams were amped up and ready to go!

As our intrepid eleven teams lined up together for the first (and last) time, this was their first real opportunity to assess and size up their competition.  But before they could initiate a “heart to heart” session with their potential adversaries, it was time to get moving…

 

…and before you could say “Intersection,” it was time to “Go!”  In an unexpected twist of fate, I announced that one unfortunate team would be eliminated at the starting line if they were the last team to complete the first challenge, which required every team to find the symbol for “One” in the ancient Hanci dictionary.  Rob and Jia Jia were the last team complete the task, and I had the unenviable responsibility of delivering the gut-wrenching news.  Sorry, Rob and Jia Jia!

From this exciting start, the teams headed towards Yang Cheng…

 

…and they knew better than to be monkeying around (unless their Road Block soon required them to build a swing with just the supplies given for a monkey!)

One by one, the teams raced their way as quickly as possible to the first pit stop of the season.  Here’s a shot of Ryan and Charlie going through what went down in the leg…

Henry and Jennifer were the last team to arrive, but this leg happened to be a non-elimination round so they were still in it to win it.  Of course, we just had to give them a small “Speed Bump” of a surprise for the next ep!

For the second leg of race, we went way way up north to the edge of China in Suifenhe, and I couldn’t even read the signs in the town…

Since we were so close to Russia, it was only fitting that we set up this next pit stop right on the last stop before you enter the land that brought you vodka, AK-47’s, and Matroyshka dolls…

Khai Shing and Khai Sheng were relieved to have completed this second leg of the race…

…especially when you never know whether your name is next on the chopping block!

And there you have it…a quick Wu-cap of The Amazing Race China Rush thus far.  I’ll try to post up another soon after the next leg.  In the meantime, here’s a shot from our next exciting episode…

Can you guess where we might be racing off to next???aracer

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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