Fos­ter­ing ca­ma­raderie

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even said that I would die! But it’s a great ex­pe­ri­ence and it’s some­thing I’m go­ing to re­mem­ber for­ever.” Yin even said he has some sam­ples for us. “I brought some (of the urine) back from In­dia and you can let me know if you’re in­ter­ested! I’ll send you guys some sam­ple.” Uhh, we’ll have to pass on that.

Sur­pris­ingly, Yin didn’t name cow urine as the gross­est thing he ever had to con­sume while film­ing the lat­est sea­son.

“I tried co­conut grub worm in Viet­nam. You take it, dip into some vine­gar wine mix and eat it raw while it’s still alive. You can feel the guts ex­plod­ing in your mouth and it’s re­ally dis­gust­ing.”

For those who are start­ing to feel bad about Yin’s culi­nary ex­pe­ri­ence on the show, he shares that he is not alone in this process.

“What­ever I have to eat on the show, ev­ery­body on the pro­duc­tion team has to eat it too. My di­rec­tor, sound guy and cam­era guy know about this rule.”

He added: “The rule helps with our brother­hood. It lets us know that we’re in this to­gether and it helps us bond. We’re just four bros hang­ing out and be­ing stupid, you know.”

From the chal­lenges he per­forms on the show, Yin has de­vel­oped a new­found un­der­stand­ing for the lo­cal cus­toms. He cited an up­com­ing episode filmed in In­done­sia as an ex­am­ple.

“They have this tra­di­tion called pan­jat pi­nang and it comes from a long his­tory of Dutch oc­cu­pa­tion in In­done­sia. So the Dutch set up this long pole and grease it up. Hang­ing at the top of the pole are items like food, clothes and tools. They will then sit back and watch the In­done­sians strug­gle to climb the pole just to get the items.

“But what the In­done­sians have done is turn the thing around and make it their tra­di­tion. So they will gather the com­mu­nity, climb the pole and then share the prize. I thought it was a very beau­ti­ful and mean­ing­ful tra­di­tion.”

Yin ad­mit­ted to be­ing emo­tional about the ex­pe­ri­ence.

“So there I was and a num­ber of other top­less guys try­ing to climb a greased pole. The en­tire vil­lage came out to sup­port our en­deav­ours in try­ing to get to the top. It lit­er­ally took us the whole day to get there and when we did, it was one of the best things that ever hap­pened in my en­tire life.”

Yin hopes that his mis­ad­ven­tures will in­spire view­ers to go out and ex­pe­ri­ence the road less trav­elled.

“Just be care­ful be­cause some of it can be pretty dan­ger­ous. I hope they go out, try it and then re­alise that ev­ery­thing will be OK at the end of the day.”

Apart from host­ing Hid­den Cities: Ex­treme, Yin is work­ing on his next fea­ture film. Pre­vi­ously, he di­rected Su­per­cap­i­tal­ist, a fi­nan­cial thriller re­leased in 2012.

“I’m writ­ing a mu­si­cal, that’s my next pas­sion project.”

But just don’t ex­pect Yin to par­tic­i­pate on the show.

“Will I be singing and dancing in it? I’m not, be­cause that would be too ex­treme for sure,” he laughed. as the host of Si­mon yin sam­ples the good, the bad and the ugly of lo­cal asian cui­sine.

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