Globetrotting with actress Rosalind Pho

If you ever get lost in the woods with the Tanglin actress, don’t fret — she’ll cheer you up by singing

Rosalind Pho, 33
Rosalind Pho, 33
09 Mar 2016

Rosalind Pho, 33

TRAVEL PHILOSOPHY: “Be present. A lot of people are constantly on their phones, taking photos and Googling stuff. I like to soak in everything with my own eyes because, somehow, when I recount my travel stories, the images always look better in my head than in my phone.”

RESEARCH OR WING IT? “I’ve done it both ways. It depends on the destination. When I travelled to Europe, everything was [meticulously planned] — the flights, the hotels, train tickets, and even restaurants. If we didn’t plan our trip, it would end up being very costly. [On the other end of the spectrum], I was in Taiwan for a two-day trip to Green Island, but extended it to a weeklong trip on a whim, and it was possibly one of the best trips of my life ’cos everything we stumbled upon was a pleasant surprise.”

WINDOW OR AISLE? “Window. I like to lean against it to sleep, and look out whenever there is a great sunrise/sunset view. My boyfriend Yohei and I fight for the window seat all the time. Once, we both got an upgrade to Business Class on the way to New York. Because we both wanted the window seat, we ended up seated separately, but we continued to chat across our seats. The passenger beside me was like, ‘Would you guys like to sit together?’ We both were like, ‘Oh, no, it’s okay. We chose to sit separately!’ We still do that sometimes.”

(Pictured above) Ready to blow: Rosalind in Surabaya, Indonesia, with Mt Bromo in the background. “You don’t usually see that smoke but it was Volcanic Alert Level 3 that day. So we weren’t supposed to be up there but we went anyway!” FYI: On a scale of 0 to 5, 0 means ‘no volcano unrest’ and 5 means ‘major volcanic eruption’. A 3 means ‘minor volcanic eruption’.

Rosalind Pho, 33
Rosalind Pho, 33
08 Mar 2016

Rosalind Pho, 33

LONE WOLF OR WOLF PACK? “Wolf pack. I think a great companion makes for a great trip. We do one big snowboarding trip and a scuba diving trip every year, and the biggest group we’ve ever travelled with was almost 50 people! That was a logistical nightmare, but somehow we made it.” 

STAY CONNECTED OR OFF THE GRID? “Again, it depends on where I am. I once went on a three-day hike of Mt Gede [in Indonesia], and I kept my phone in airplane mode the whole time, and I felt like I could fully appreciate every single thing I encountered. When I descended from the mountain, my brain felt refreshed, because all I did in those three days was hike, eat, sleep and poop. Okay, maybe I was a little sad I couldn’t Snapchat certain stuff, but we had a great bunch of friends with us. However, in places like Japan and Europe, I need my phone to search for a good restaurant.”

(Pictured above) Hot spot: On the last day of her three-day hike of Mount Gede. “This is a hot spring waterfall. The water is scalding hot, so better not fall in.” 

Rosalind Pho, 33
Rosalind Pho, 33
09 Mar 2016

Rosalind Pho, 33

INTO THE WOODS OR BIG CITY LIFE? “I am a big fan of nature. I am totally okay with pooping in the wilderness and not showering for days. I love insects and bugs, so sleeping outdoors doesn’t bother me at all.”

BEEN THERE, DONE THAT: “I once did a 16-day European trip. It was a mix of great food and music. We were at the Tomorrowland music festival in Belgium; we jogged in a forest in Holland; lunched on a speedboat in Lake Como in Italy; did a seven-hour hike around Cinque Terre; and checked out the architecture in Pisa. We then stayed at a friend’s house in a little place in the English countryside called Royal Tunbridge Wells.”

(Pictured above) Hello, sunshine: While driving from Rome to Cinque Terre, Rosalind and boyfriend Youhei stopped to check out a sunflower garden.

Rosalind Pho, 33
Rosalind Pho, 33
09 Mar 2016

Rosalind Pho, 33


THIS HAPPENED TO ME: “On my first trip to the Taroko Gorge [in Taiwan], my boyfriend and I decided to take an easy stroll on a trail called Shakadang but we ended up lost in the forest for seven hours [because] Youhei didn’t want to turn back. It rained heavily and we slipped and fell about 50 times because it was wet and muddy. Youhei’s foot was all cut up and bloody. Now, I’m pretty sporty and fearless but I was panicking as the sun was going down and it was definitely not a place we wanted to be stuck in after dark.

I was humming and singing songs to lighten the mood because I could see that Yohei wanted to give up and just sit down because his foot really hurt. We finally made it out just before dark. When he breathed a sigh of relief and put his arm around my shoulder, I suddenly screamed, ‘Don’t touch me! I told you to turn back so many times! We could’ve died!’ and burst out crying. I didn’t talk to him for about an hour after that. Till today, I’m thankful that we are alive. It makes for a great story, though.”

NEXT DESTINATION: “I’m gonna drive on the Great Ocean Road in Melbourne this month. I’ll also be doing a scuba diving trip to Sipadan, Malaysia, in July. In August, I’ll be hiking Mt Rinjani in Indonesia. I can’t wait to see the beautiful sunrises and sunsets, the hot springs and waterfalls.”

(Pictured above) Passing through: At a bridge in Taroko Gorge in Hualien, Taiwan. Rosalind was based in Taipei for several years.

Rosalind says go here...
Rosalind says go here...
09 Mar 2016

Rosalind says go here...

Raja Ampat Islands, Indonesia: “For divers, I’d recommend doing liveaboards there. They should also check out Komodo Island and Palau.”

Rosalind says go here...
Rosalind says go here...
09 Mar 2016

Rosalind says go here...

(Above) Hawaii: “For hikers, this is the place to be. My favourite island is Kauai. You have to splurge on a helicopter ride because a lot of the island is still inaccessible and the only way to appreciate the beauty in its full glory is from above.”

Hokkaido: “This is a must for nature and food lovers. In fact, I’m planning a road trip in Hokkaido with both my mum and my boyfriend’s mum. “

(Pictured above) Green day: Rosalind in Hawaii… and she was wearing a Burger King hat.
 

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