No Fin­ish Line

Men's Health (Malaysia) - - Guy Skills -

WIS­DOM for granted, not even flag­ging off con­tes­tants on The Amaz­ing Race Asia (TARA) 5 , a job that he has done for five sea­sons now. For him, ev­ery day is a learn­ing process. “I al­ways bring my ‘A’ game when I’m in front of the cam­era,” he says. To achieve this, the highly driven Sin­ga­pore-based Cal­i­for­nia na­tive con­fesses that he still records him­self prac­tis­ing his lines and re­views the footage to see what he can im­prove on, right down to the tini­est de­tails such as twitch­ing and blink­ing.

A large part of com­pet­ing in TARA (and win­ning) is be­ing fit enough to com­plete phys­i­cal chal­lenges, and, for Wu, this re­quire­ment isn’t just re­stricted to the con­tes­tants. “Work­ing out and prac­tis­ing yoga give me an adren­a­line rush. I love be­ing in mo­tion, and that’s why I en­joy swim­ming, run­ning and go­ing to the gym,” he says. The 44-year-old also views ex­er­cise as a long-term in­vest­ment of sorts. “I want to en­joy my time now and still look good when I hit 70 or 80,” he adds.

Like so many other re­al­ity shows, the emo­tional highs and lows that con­tes­tants con­stantly bat­tle with are what makes TARA such com­pul­sive view­ing. As its host, Wu is given a unique in­sight into the hu­man psy­che. “It’s amaz­ing to see how var­i­ous peo­ple deal with stress and pres­sure dif­fer­ently,” he notes. “They fall, crum­ble, crash hard on the ground and pick them­selves up all just to get to the fin­ish line.”

Wit­ness­ing con­tes­tants’ sheer grit, de­ter­mi­na­tion and abil­ity to think on their feet has made Wu re­alise the im­por­tance of push­ing your­self when it comes to achiev­ing what you want in your ca­reer. So be pre­pared to grab any op­por­tu­ni­ties that come your way, and al­ways have a plan B, he adds. “There is an ex­pi­ra­tion date for hosts, mod­els and per­son­al­i­ties, so it’s up to us to con­tinue life’s jour­ney on a dif­fer­ent path,” he muses. “

Af­ter host­ing, my other ca­reer op­tions could be script writ­ing, di­rect­ing, or even pro­duc­ing my own show.”

Nat­u­rally, helm­ing a show cen­tred on a race around the world with quick 24-hour pit stops to al­low con­tes­tants and crew a lit­tle R’n’R means Wu has learned to live out of a suit­case. “ has taken him, Wu isn’t one to be­lieve the hype. He re­lies on a trusted in­ner cir­cle to keep him level-headed, while per­son­ally en­sur­ing that he “stays away from neg­a­tive peo­ple.” The proud fa­ther of two also cred­its his chil­dren for his suc­cess. “They in­spire me. They are the ones who keep me go­ing,” he says, cit­ing his daugh­ter’s pas­sion for life “as telling me not to give up and keep do­ing what I love.” The sea­son fi­nale for The Amaz­ing Race Asia 5 is on 15 De­cem­ber, 9pm on AXN CH701 and AXN HD CH721 on Astro. “I re­gret not learn­ing Man­darin when I was younger. Step out of your com­fort zone and learn a lan­guage.” “Be pre­pared for dis­ap­point­ments and fail­ure. I’ve been re­jected so many times, but I never gave up fight­ing for what I wanted.” “With so­cial me­dia, the world is so small. It takes a sec­ond to get in­for­ma­tion on some­thing from LA even when you’re liv­ing in China. Know­ing more about a coun­try and its cul­ture will bring more colour, ex­cite­ment and in­spi­ra­tion to your life.”

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