I was invited to co-host an episode of Share Something <<我爱公开>>, a MediaCorp Channel 8 lifestyle programme hosted by Bryan Wong 王禄江. Each episode features a selected blogger suitable for the theme of that week and together, Bryan and the blogger will visit different places to introduce new things to viewers. Not surprising, the theme for the episode I was featured in is for CAR LOVERS! (view episode here if you missed it)
Coincidentally, Bryan is a car fanatic as well so it was easy to have a conversation with him. There was no script to follow and the conversation was just free to flow between us. Filming was over two days and the first venue we went to was the Formula 1 pit building to do the introduction of me. Yes, that’s the pit lane exit we are sitting on.
After that we headed to Maxwell Food Centre for a quick lunch, before stalking drivers in the car park to talk to them. One aspect of the show is also to introduce smartphone applications to viewers for their phones, so when we approached drivers randomly, we also asked them to share with us some of the motoring apps they have.
Of the drivers we approached, some were shy and even ran away from us, while some needed a little coaxing before agreeing to be interviewed. I was hunting for a ‘yandao’ (to mean handsome dude) when I bumped into LLOYD SOON! I interviewed Lloyd about four years back when he won Mr Hey Gorgeous!, a talent scouting programme on Mediacorp’s Channel U that scours Singapore’s tertiary institutions for students blessed with great looks.
While hunting, we came across this Ford Cortina in the car park that got Bryan all excited!
The owner refuses to let it go even though he has been made lots of offers and because he used to drive up and down to Malaysia, this car has clocked almost 1,000,000 kilometres to date.
My eyes are always unknowingly looking out for anything pink or Hello Kitty, so this sticker definitely did not escape me. It has been there for what, 25 years?!
Before we left for the next venue, Kym Ng swung by the car park so we could briefly chat with her. The chemistry between them is amazing – I really enjoyed watching them just chatting things up in front of the camera without even needing any cues or any pre-planned words. Kym didn’t even know what she was asked to turn up for!
From there we went to the Ferrari flagship store at The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands to introduce racing-inspired fashion and accessories. A lot of car manufacturers actually have their own range of merchandise, from souvenirs to clothes (winter wear, daily wear, kids’ wear etc.) to toys to limited edition watches and more.
▪ Ferrari Flagship Store
The Shoppes L1-60 Bay Level,
Marina Bay Sands
This watch I’m holding up is a really expensive limited edition that costs S$13,000. Hence I didn’t want to hold it for too long, for fear of dropping it!
The next stop was to Henry Park Apartments, a site that will undergo en bloc in January 2013. See these lovely pale pink tiles?
Many tenants have already moved out, but we were there to visit Henry Congressional, a pop up cafe that specialises in coffee, tea, beer and home baked goods. It’s called a pop up cafe because it will only be there temporarily.
▪ Henry Congressional
Henry Park Apartments,
44 Holland Grove Road
The owner of Henry Congressional (man on left in photo below) was a pilot but he quit his job to do this full-time. He does most of the baking too!
The baked goods you see may change from day to day, depending on what he is baking for that day, so do call if you are intending to go back for something you want in particular.
I really like the dark chocolate brownie called Dark Cloud and also the pineapple tarts called M.I.L. because they are made by his mother-in-law.
A popular item at Henry Congressional is the pandan chiffon cake – MUST TRY! Light but flavourful, I could eat a truck of it man.
If you have the patience, you can try ordering the savoury scones. It’s not readily baked and only baked when you place your order, so if you don’t mind waiting about 20 minutes you can enjoy these.
There are also sandwiches if you want something heavier.
They have beer, but they are only to be sold for takeaway and are not to be consumed on their premises. Some licensing thing.
Of course, what are all these yummy confectionery without a good cuppa?
See that SPEEDSTER coffee machine? It produces solid stuff.
Mitsuoka is a small Japanese carmaker known for their unconventional styling with some elements of the British vehicles from the 1950s and the 1960s. It is primarily a coachbuilder and takes production cars such as the Nissan March and replacing the bodywork with its own custom designs. We headed to the Mitsuoka showroom at Changi to take a look at their unique cars…
▪ Mitsuoka @ Automobil Manufactur
2 Changi North Street 1
Changi North Industrial Estate
The Mitsuoka Himiko (below) is the most popular model in Singapore, with about 8 units running on the roads.
You might be wondering why some of the places we went to are quite inaccessibe by public transport and most conveniently accessed by car. That’s because the show is targeted at car lovers and so they decided to introduce places that viewers can drive to. The last place we went to was Alkaff Mansion Ristorante.
Situated at the top of the slope, the Alkaff Mansion Ristorante was built in 1920s by Arab immigrants, abandoned during World War II and then opened as a restaurant in the 1980s. It was then closed down in 2003 during the SARS period due to bad business. After a five-million-dollar refurbishment, the Mansion is ready to relive its glorious days.
▪ Alkaff Mansion Ristorante
10 Telok Blangah Green
It’s a really grand place and I felt a tad embarrassed for being underdressed. The food was amazing!
First we had: Smoked sturgeon with avocado and crab served with citrus fruit emulsion
Oven-baked lamb rack in port wine sauce
Angel hair pasta with sea urchin in saffron sauce
Home-made caramelised almond Semifreddo with coffee sauce
There is a colonial-designed bar on the second storey, perfect for an after-dinner drink.
I was there in the day, but I can imagine how romantic the ambient would be at night.
That was it!
I had a good time filming with the producers of Share Something and also, Bryan is very professional, very experienced and hence easy to work with onscreen. You know how sometimes you have certain awkward moments on camera and you have to do a lot of NGs, even if there is no script. With Bryan, I felt relaxed and comfortable, though I was a bit slower than usual in making my comebacks (when he teases me). It’s not easy being a host because you always need to have something to say. Thank you Channel 8 for having me on this programme!
If you missed the episode, you can catch it here. Even if you don’t understand Mandarin.
For more behind-the-scenes photos, view my Facebook album here.