She burst onto the entertainment scene when she was 23.
Nineteen years on, Fann Wong is 42 and still going strong. She's been busy ﬁlming a drama in China, dividing her time between that country, Singapore and Taiwan, where her husband and fellow actor, Christopher Lee, has been ﬁlming for almost a year, reported Simply Her.
Given her hectic schedule, the magazine were stoked that she agreed to ﬂy home - for just a day - for a photo call.
Fann had earlier told them a little secret:
Despite her fear of heights, she's always wanted to ﬂy a plane. Well, ask and you shall receive… somewhat. They couldn't turn her into a pilot overnight, but we could give her the next best thing: A chance to get up close to a private plane.
She may only have pretended to be a pilot for a day, and on level ground at that, but that didn't give Fann any less of a thrill.
"I've been in the cockpit of a commercial plane before - there were so many buttons to press; everything seemed much more complicated. This is a smaller plane but I still felt very excited in the cockpit - I imagined myself as a real pilot about to take off for a ﬂight. I love the idea that it could take me far, far away. Next, I would like to try a hot-air-balloon or helicopter ride!"
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 closestI 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.
Fann shares her list of dream destinations:
• Peru. "I've always wanted to see Machu Picchu, high up in the mountains. I'm so fascinated by the Incans - there's so much mystery surrounding them - so I want to see what it is like and how they used to live."
• Finland. "To see the Northern Lights - I hear it's a beautiful phenomenon."
• Bora Bora. "The beach resorts there are awesome! I love to be near the sea, even though I hate the sun. I used to love the sun when I was younger - I went sun-tanning every day. But now, I've turned into Dracula. When I see or feel the sun, I scream and hide!" (Laughs heartily)
And if she could escape somewhere with hubby Christopher, it would be to…
• Sao Paolo in Brazil, or Mexico.
"The further it is from where I am, the more I'll want to visit it. But I don't think Christopher will take me to those places. He's always saying they're too dangerous and he can't protect me (guffaws). He would propose a more leisurely holiday, like staying for a month in Florence, Italy, where we can cycle around town."
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