Ur­ban Ad­ven­ture

Known for its iconic sky­line and lush na­ture, celebrity Siti Saleha shows us a dif­fer­ent side of Hong Kong in a new re­al­ity show, Ex­treme Ends

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Celeb Siti Saleha dis­cov­ers a dif­fer­ent side of Hong Kong

Why did you de­cide to take part in Ex­treme Ends?

When my man­ager told me about this re­al­ity pro­gramme by KIX HD, I said yes be­cause I have never done re­al­ity TV be­fore. I have also been watch­ing this chan­nel and KIX HD has great ac­tion shows. Plus, I liked that they wanted to fo­cus on the “ex­treme” op­po­sites of Hong Kong and ac­tiv­i­ties you could do in­stead of the nor­mal tourist-y stuff like go­ing to town or go­ing on a cruise.

What was it like do­ing a show like this with your hus­band?

At first, I was ner­vous about do­ing this to­gether be­cause when we ar­gue, it can get quite bad. I was wor­ried that I would have to be on my toes all the time. Then we found out that we would be filmed sep­a­rately be­cause Ex­treme Ends is about the ex­treme op­po­sites of Hong Kong and we were do­ing “Day vs Night”. Lutfi did the “Day” ac­tiv­i­ties while I did the “Night” ac­tiv­i­ties.

What did you get to do there?

There is a lot that Hong Kong can of­fer for an out­doors fan like me. I got to hike Fei Ngo Shan moun­tain, with a night view over­look­ing Hong Kong. That was re­ally spec­tac­u­lar. I also did paint­ball. The is­land has plenty of rock-climb­ing spots as well.

Lutfi went for archery and came back with bruises on his el­bows and knees! But I know he had great fun. He also went up Lover’s Rock at Bowen Road; it is where cou­ples go and wish for good things. He made some nice wishes there.

What was your most mem­o­rable mo­ment dur­ing the film­ing?

There was one chal­lenge that I had to se­lect a meal for him to guess and he had to do the same. We both guessed the right meal – it was ro­man­tic and we got to know each other bet­ter.

What was the big­gest chal­lenge?

One of the ac­tiv­i­ties I had to do was play paint­ball in full mil­i­tary uni­form. I got hit sev­eral times. I was in a real panic! I even lost my balance once, but from the view of the cam­era, it looked like I was div­ing. I came out think­ing: “I need to go to the gym more!” as it was quite drain­ing both phys­i­cally and men­tally.

You are al­ready in amaz­ing shape. Did you have to train for the show?

Yes, I had to be phys­i­cally pre­pared. Lutfi and I go to the gym to­gether when­ever we travel. I also run, cy­cle and play bad­minton with Lutfi while he boxes as well.

How did you pre­pare men­tally for the chal­lenges on the show?

I wasn’t pre­pared! I did not know what we were in for and I was very ner­vous. The last thing I wanted to do was to

“I played paint­ball for the first time in full mil­i­tary uni­form where I got hit sev­eral times. I was in a real panic!”

em­bar­rass my­self. But since this is a re­al­ity se­ries, they wanted to cap­ture can­did mo­ments. I had to re­ally trust the pro­duc­ers.

What was it like hav­ing the cam­eras fol­low you around?

I am used to it be­cause when I act, the cam­eras are there, although it is a bit dif­fer­ent in a re­al­ity pro­gramme. I was OK with it; I was more con­cerned about Lutfi as he is not as ac­cus­tomed to it as I am. But he re­ally liked it – and the at­ten­tion! He en­joyed the whole ex­pe­ri­ence of hav­ing a crew fol­low him around.

Do you think your ex­pe­ri­ence here will in­flu­ence your act­ing?

Act­ing and be­ing in a re­al­ity show are quite dif­fer­ent. If my fans want to see who Siti Saleha re­ally is, this is the show to watch. In act­ing, you are per­form­ing as some­one else and in a dif­fer­ent world. There are a lot of peo­ple out there who do not know the real me; this show will help to show who I re­ally am.

If you were to take some­one on an “ex­treme ends” kind of ad­ven­ture in Malaysia, where will you take them and why?

I would take them hik­ing up Bukit Tabur (do not use short­cuts!) or div­ing at the Malaysian is­lands.

What do you like most about Hong Kong?

The view! We were there for four days and there was noth­ing like wak­ing up to a gor­geous morn­ing view over­look­ing the har­bour.

Will you go again to Hong Kong? What will you do there next time?

I will def­i­nitely go to Hong Kong again and next time, I will go rock-climb­ing! I would re­ally love to do that. Ex­treme Ends pre­mieres Oc­to­ber 17 at 9.30pm on KIX HD (Astro CH 729).

Watch the real Siti Saleha in ac­tion on this re­al­ity show.

The beau­ti­ful view from Fei Ngo Shan moun­tain is worth the hike.

The bustling sky­line of Hong Kong at night.

Try­ing paint­balling for the first time!

The ac­tress can’t wait to ex­plore more of Hong Kong on her next trip.

Siti Saleha and her hus­band, Lutfi did dif­fer­ent ac­tiv­i­ties dur­ing the trip.

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