April 21st, 2010
At the kind invitation of
Belinda Ang of MS&L, I had the privilege of attending a Discovery Travel & Living event (co-sponsored by Starhub) featuring the hilarious Ian Wright. For those of you who don’t know Ian, he is well known for being one of the most travelled man in the world, exploring far flung places like Siberia, Syria, Venezuela, Cuba and Okinawa of Japan. Here’s a preview of his misadventures in freezing cold Siberia:
Do check out his television show Ian Wright: Out of Bounds, which will be premiering every Thursday at 9 pm from 20th May onwards on Starhub’s Disovery Travel & Living.
The evening function was held at the beautiful spaces of the Salon at the National Museum of Singapore.
A take home menu for the night featuring Ian Wright togged in arctic splendour.
The five course dinner for the night featured an exotic spread of locally concocted dishes, created by the acclaimed Novus restaurant.
Here’s the comical Ian Wright with the glamorous Angela May, our host for the evening.
What’s Ian doing now? Believe it or not, he was actually stripping to show us his sunburns. Ouch! (in more ways than one…)
Ian regaled us with his witty wisecracks, doing a travel slideshow unlike any other. Here’s a shot of a lady in Cuba (or was it Venezuela)?
We welcomed our dinner with much aplomb. The first dish called Pelmeni comprised Siberian meat dumplings which looked and tasted like chicken won-tons, swimming in a broth with chives and sour cream.
The next dish called Kakuluwo apparently hailed from Okinawa. It was blue crab curry with coconut and rice.
Thereafter, we cleansed our palates with some Mojito – without the alcohol. The combination of lime, brown sugar and mint was quite refreshing.
Halfway through our meal, we were entertained by a stage game of Win, Lose and Draw.
Here’s Ian showing that he can wield a mean marker, while everybody else tries to guess where in the world that place was.
The next dish hailed from Syria. Called Lamb Shwarma, it comprises grilled lamb on pita bread with yoghurt and hummus. Honestly, it did taste a little dry and overdone in my view.
To ensure that we were adequately stuffed for the night, we got our desserts called Quesillo. This comprised a Venezuelan caramel flan served with fresh berries.
For the girls at our table like Eevon Ng and Catherine (of Camemberu fame), the bigger treat was meeting Ian and getting his hugs/kisses.
The remaining three of us were less delirious but still happy to strike a pose. Here’s Belinda and Jayden with Ian and myself in a Kodak moment.
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