Never say never

From drink­ing cow’s urine to eat­ing taran­tu­las, Si­mon yin sheds his in­hi­bi­tions on Hid­denCi­ties:ex­treme.

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WHEN Si­mon Yin agreed to be the host of Hid­den Cities: Ex­treme, he con­fessed that it was based on two rea­sons.

“In­san­ity and stu­pid­ity,” he said dur­ing an exclusive phone in­ter­view with Star2. The af­fa­ble Amer­i­can-born pro­ducer and for­mer MTV VJ said the agree­ment with His­tory Chan­nel hap­pened re­ally quick.

“I had au­di­tioned for the orig­i­nal Hid­den Cities, but I didn’t get the part (Anthony Morse got the job). Then they e-mailed me out of the blue and asked if I would like to be the host of Hid­den Cities: Ex­treme in­stead. I didn’t re­ally think it through enough and just said ‘Yes’! I got the e-mail in June and then in July, we started film­ing,” said Yin, 37.

The 30-minute show pre­miered in 2012 and it chron­i­cled Yin’s un­ortho­dox jour­ney across sev­eral Asian cities. His travel itin­er­ary has seen him eat­ing taran­tu­las in north­ern Thai­land, com­pete against the lo­cals in a wa­ter buf­falo race in Bali, In­done­sia and even take on cham­pion Anita Woo in a horse­back archery chal­lenge in Malaysia.

De­spite be­ing in­cred­i­bly sea­sick dur­ing a sail­fish­ing ad­ven­ture in Rompin, Pa­hang, Yin had fond mem­o­ries about his time in Malaysia.

“I edited and put to­gether the Malaysia episode. Then, I hear people laugh­ing at the things we did on the show and that’s when I thought, ‘ Hey, maybe this show is go­ing to be good’.”

The show re­turns tonight with its sec­ond sea­son and Yin is ea­ger to share his new ad­ven­tures with view­ers.

“Ev­ery episode is so dif­fer­ent. We try to do more chal­lenges in ev­ery city.”

One episode will see Yin drink­ing cow urine in In­dia.

“I lit­er­ally took a bucket, put it be­hind a cow and let it pee into the bucket. Then I drink it. It was prob­a­bly one of the most ex­treme thing things I’ve done for the show.”

While the host is proud of this ac­com­plish­ment, it didn’t go down well with his mother when he showed her the episode.

“She asked why would I do these things. It’s not healthy and it’s bad for my body. She

Fun-lov­ing: Hid­denCi­ties:ex­treme host Si­mon yin (cen­tre) says be­ing on the show gives him the op­por­tu­nity to try ev­ery­thing from horse­back archery in Malaysia to eat­ing grub worms in Viet­nam.

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