Mum … I Was On TV! (Discover Perak @ Asian Food Channel)August 22, 2011 | 6,531 views
Behind the Scenes – Just like in the movies? The preparation work was tedious; in summary.
Okay, think since the cat’s out of the bag now …. I’d better come clean.
Yes, I was one of the featured guests on Discover Perak, a food/travel/lifestyle series on the sizzling highlights of my hometown of Perak. The series hosted by Xandria Ooi, is currently shown on Astro’s AFC (Asian Food Channel on 703); every Monday at 8pm.
Wanna know the story behind the scenes? Read on ……
Must insert a food shot here, if not I’ll get complaints for running grandfather stories on a food site. The pomelo salad was a refreshing creation by Julie of Indulgence; zesty and tangy, yet with a juicy burst of sweetness from the local Tambun pomelo.
It was back in March 2010, if I remember correctly, when Xandria started correspondence with me. Initially, it was only for recommendations of my favourite street food outlets in Ipoh.
And knowing me, you would have expected a list that takes forever to digest.
Kuala Kangsar – Production of Labu Sayong; the iconic Perak’s handicraft usually presented as souvenirs. As usual, I was not only baffled, I was lost. Hungry … thought he was making ‘lemang’ …
And one thing led to another.
Next thing I knew; I was being shot.
No, not with a gun … though I could sense that sinister thought in you. But put in place in front of the camera, and this was an awkward situation since I have always been the one behind my camera shooting at people and of course; my food, not the other way ’round and being recorded live at that!!
The people around us just could not care about our existence! Amazing how Ipoh folks crave for the egg tarts at Choy Kee at Simee market.
No script. No make-up (that’s why the zombie-fied look). No stylist (and the out-of-bed hair).
No preparation. No practice. No trial run.
And I was wearing a wrong T-shirt on the first night!
Who would have known that you’re not supposed to wear shirts with horizontal lines while being shot? The lines would create illusions (maybe) … or high possibility of me appearing even more horizontally-challenged than I was ……
Thankfully Ipoh Parade is nearby. Hence we rushed over, grabbed that green (so that I could appear comfortably as myself; the long lost sibling of Shrek!!) T-shirt and changed on the spot!
When Gluttons REALLY Bumped Heads – Attack of the Killer Tomatoes. Or maybe not.
But Xandria was a natural host. So natural that she made me felt as if I was dining out with my casual friends, instead of being aware that the film’s rolling in front of us.
A bad move, Xan.
So in my elements that I was chewing, munching and mumbling through one of the segment. You know how I can be uncontrollably/helplessly attracted to food. 24/7/365.
The two days spent shooting granted me with terrific experiences. Now I can slash another one of my “1001 Things To Do Before I Die” checklist.
“Mum … this time, your son’s on TV!“
*Some of the places shown on the premier episode today :
– Cowan Street Ayam Tauge
– Big Tree Foot Yong Tau Foo
– Nam Heong’s old town white coffee
– Funny Mountain Soya Bean, Canning Garden Fried Dough & Tong Sui Kai
– Yong Suan Nasi Ganja
– Nasi Lemak Ayam Kampung
– Foh San Dim Sum
– Simee Market’s Choy Kee egg tarts & Chee Cheong Fun
– Indulgence Restaurant & Living
Other attractions – Sam Poh Tong Cave, The Banjaran Hot Springs & Retreat
*Big thanks to Sean Ooi for some of the glorious shots featured here.