Fann Wong

She's afraid of heights, yet ac­tress Fann Wong has al­ways wanted to fly a plane. Who would thought it, muses AZLINDA SAID

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YOU’RE AFRAID OF HEIGHTS?

FANN: When I was a child, I hated to go on rides like the Vik­ing (a big boat which swings from side to side with in­creas­ing speed while sus­pended in the air), but I thought it was be­cause I was young and feel­ing scared. But when I be­came an ac­tress and had to per­form stunts like walk­ing a tightrope dur­ing char­ity shows, I re­alised that I have a fear of heights.

DE­SPITE THIS PHO­BIA, YOU WANT TO LEARN HOW TO FLY A PLANE…

FANN: To be able to fly a plane and be alone in the sky – that’s the ul­ti­mate es­cape for me. When I need to clear my mind, I jump into my car and drive around alone at night – I wish I could do the same with a plane so I can es­cape into the sky any time and see the world from a dif­fer­ent per­spec­tive.

WHY NOT JUST DO EX­TREME SPORTS LIKE SKY­DIV­ING?

FANN: While film­ing a trav­el­ogue in South Africa, I tried gorge jump­ing, which is sim­i­lar to bungee jump­ing. I was re­luc­tant to try it at first, but I thought we should show our view­ers what it was about. So I jumped – al­though my han­dlers had to push me off. That was the clos­est I came to try­ing to over­come my fear of heights. It was def­i­nitely my first and last time gorge jump­ing.

DE­SCRIBE THE EX­PE­RI­ENCE.

FANN: The mo­ment I stepped off the gorge, ev­ery­thing seemed to be in slow mo­tion. My sur­round­ings were so quiet, the tini­est noise was mag­ni­fied. I could hear the wind in my ears as the scenery flew by. Be­fore I knew it, I’d reached the bot­tom of the gorge.

I felt so happy af­ter the jump, like I was walk­ing on air. It gave me such an adrenalin rush. But if I had to do another trav­el­ogue and jump out of a plane to sky­dive, I wouldn’t do it. I’d just load up on caf­feine and get my rush there in­stead!

YOUR FEAR OF HEIGHTS HASN’T STOPPED YOU FROM BE­ING AN AVID TRAV­ELLER. WHICH PLACE WOULD YOU VISIT MORE THAN ONCE?

FANN: Every­body should go to the Mal­dives at least once in their lives – it’s one of my favourite des­ti­na­tions. It’s very ro­man­tic. Ev­ery­thing feels dif­fer­ent – the sea, the sun, even the air. You feel trans­ported into your own pri­vate space where you can calm down and re­lax. My only con­cern is the sun – Mal­dives be­ing a beach par­adise, it would take me about half a year to get rid of my tan! (Laughs)

YOU’VE TRAV­ELLED TO CHINA COUNT­LESS TIMES FOR WORK. ANY TIPS ON MUST-SEE PLACES THERE?

FANN: Xinjiang, for the beau­ti­ful scenery. The place is big though, and you’d need a few months to travel to both the north­ern and south­ern parts, al­though I’ve heard the south isn’t that safe. When I was film­ing there, I vis­ited the bor­der near Kaza­khstan and even Rus­sia – we were sur­rounded by moun­tains and I was touched by the abun­dance of na­ture.

There’s a place called Mogui Cheng (De­mon City), filled with earth mounds of vary­ing heights, some as tall as 10 me­tres. You can also stop by Kan­sai Na­ture Re­serve – leg­end has it that a mon­ster lives in the lake there.

IT SEEMS YOU LIKE PLACES WITH NAT­U­RAL LAND­SCAPES – ANOTHER FORM OF ES­CAPE FOR YOU?

FANN: I’ve liked peace and quiet since I was a child – the qui­eter, the bet­ter. I can stay at home for a few days and just do noth­ing. Once you’ve im­mersed your­self in a “back-to-ba­sics” en­vi­ron­ment, where you’re not both­ered by phone calls and can be alone, you’ll re­alise there are a lot of things you’ve taken for granted in your daily life, and you’ll find beauty in all the lit­tle things.

Photography Veron­ica Tay Art Di­rec­tion Chelza Pok Styling Martin Wong Hair Junz Loke/Pas­sion Hair Salon Makeup Agnes Ng, us­ing M. A.C Out­fits H&M, Iz­zue at I.T & DKNY Shoes Giuseppe Zan­otti Sun­glasses Ray Ban Lo­ca­tion Maj Avi­a­tion, 80 Sele­tar Aero­space Vi

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