Celebrity travel quirks that will make you feel normal

Can you guess which chatterbox is an anti-social on flights and who has the case of OCD?

Can you guess which chatterbox is an anti-social on flights and who has the case of OCD?
Can you guess which chatterbox is an anti-social on flights and who has the case of OCD?
25 Apr 2017

Can you guess which chatterbox is an anti-social on flights and who has the case of OCD?

We all have our weird habits or idiosyncrasies when we travel and celebrities are no different, just more bizarre, well at least for this bunch. From unusual and anti-social in-flight behaviours to superstitious and obsessive compulsions, these local celebrities’ travel quirks are as surprising as they are funny. You’ll be thankful you don’t have to travel with some of these stars.

Pictured (clockwise from left): Pornsak, Kate Pang, Jeanette Aw, Ya Hui, Dennis Chew and Sheila Sim

Paige Chua
Paige Chua
25 Apr 2017

Paige Chua

Travel quirk: Leaves goodbye notes

Known as “the Zen one” and the “goddess”, Paige can now add another title to her list: morbid traveller. If Paige is travelling solo to somewhere “dangerous”, she will call up some of her close friends and “be a little mushy” by telling them how much she appreciates them “just in case something happens”.

“I left notes to people as well when I travelled a couple of years back. Just in case something happens, I need them to have those notes,” she explained.

Photo: Paige Chua

Sheila Sim
Sheila Sim
25 Apr 2017

Sheila Sim

Travel quirk: Sleeps with an amulet for protection

Sheila has two non-negotiables when she travels: Masking up on the plane (“I’m a woman of many masks. I will wear my face mask, surgical mask and eye mask but never all three at the same time”) and sleeping with an amulet under her pillow. Always.

“When I travel, I will put my Buddhist charm under my pillow when I sleep but there was once I was too tired and just left it in my wallet beside the bed. Then I kena,” said Sheila. “At around 3am or 4am, I felt someone pressing on the pillow and bed - it was as though there was a ‘dent’. I woke up but was very tired and didn’t think much of it. I just said ‘Stop disturbing me, I want to sleep.’ Then I took out my amulet and I put it under my pillow and then everything was okay.”

Photo: Instagram/@sheila_sim

Dennis Chew
Dennis Chew
25 Apr 2017

Dennis Chew

Travel quirk: Sits alone on the flight

He’s loud, bubbly and talks for a living but when Dennis is on holiday, the radio deejay wants his me time. He loves travelling alone and makes it a point to go on two solo trips a year, sometimes going off the radar for a few days.

Even when he is travelling with friends and family, Dennis insists on sitting alone on the flight so that he doesn’t have to converse with anyone. “All my friends say I am very heartless but [I am only anti-social] on the flight. Even if we’re flying from Singapore to New York, it is only 22 hours. I think it is very cruel that they say I cannot have my me time for 22 hours,” laughed Dennis. “I have been like that for four years. I enjoy these quiet moments because I think I talk too much and I laugh too much.”

Photo: Instagram/@denniszhouchongqing

Bonnie Loo
Bonnie Loo
25 Apr 2017

Bonnie Loo

Travel quirk: Arms herself with heat packs

Regardless of how cold or warm her travel destination is, Bonnie always arms herself with heat packs on flights and long coach rides. Said Bonnie: “I love to bring a heat packs on board. Maybe it’s because it is very cold when I board the plane so I will bring them with me and also candy - these are my must-haves. I’ll just leave the heat packs in my pockets. I feel uneasy if I forget to bring them with me.”

Photos: Instagram/@bonnieloo94

Ya Hui
Ya Hui
25 Apr 2017

Ya Hui

Travel quirk: Applies Vicks to relax on flight

Some passengers request for wine, others prefer to listen to music or read. But when Ya Hui wants to relax on a flight, the self-proclaimed auntie reaches for her Vicks vaporub as it helps her to “breathe better”.

“I am a feng you (medicated oil) kind of girl. I also apply medicated oil so I feel fresher. It’s quite shiok because of the cooling sensation, after that you just sit there and relax,” Ya Hui said gleefully. And when she gets to her hotel room, it’s straight to the pillows for a “sniff down”.

“There was once when I went to Malaysia, I got bitten in the middle of the night by some insects. It was horrendous. So from then on, I will smell the pillow cases to check if they are new. If there’s odour, I will request to have them changed,” said the actress. “I have OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder), so everything has to be clean, very in line. And I don’t allow my friends to lie on my bed before they shower. I will control them.”

Photo: Instagram/@yahuiyh

Jeffrey Xu
Jeffrey Xu
25 Apr 2017

Jeffrey Xu

Travel quirk: Inspects hotel room toilets for cleanliness

Another celebrity who’s very anal about hotel room cleanliness is Jeffrey. But instead inspecting the bed, he examines the bathroom.

“I am very particular about toilets. It has to be clean and comfortable. I have encountered some that are not up to mark when I was filming travel programmes overseas because some of the places we visited were in rural areas and the level of cleanliness is not so good. I wouldn’t reject the room because I am there for work but I would try to clean or tidy it up,” said Jeffrey.

Photos: Instagram/@jeffrey_xu

Pornsak
Pornsak
25 Apr 2017

Pornsak

Travel quirk: Never leaves home without his travel chopsticks and Kub Kub, the mascot for his restaurant

While Pornsak would like you to think that he totes around a pair of chopsticks because he wants to do his part for the environment, the reality is that a “childhood nightmare” involving the cutlery had left him scarred - emotionally, not physically – and now he has a fear of wooden chopsticks. #truestory

“I was eating with my dad at a roadside stall in Hong Kong when I was hurt by the chopsticks… I think there were splinters in it and it hurt my tongue really badly, so I have a fear of wooden chopsticks,” said Pornsak. “Does it sound very stupid? It was really scary because there was blood coming out of my tongue! At that point in time, I freaked out, I was crying really loudly in the middle of Hong Kong city!”

As for Kub Kub, Pornsak joked that he brings him on all his trips so that he can feature his “alter ego” in his travel photos on social media. The toy elephant is so well travelled and popular that he’s got fans of his own: “Kub Kub is a very good conversational starter. The air stewardess will go ‘Oh that’s a very cute elephant!’ and sometimes they will borrow Kub Kub and take selfies with it. He’s a ladykiller.”

Photos: Instagram/@pornsakp

He Ying Ying
He Ying Ying
25 Apr 2017

He Ying Ying

Travel quirk: Travels with a flight “chou chou”

Unlike Pornsak, Ying Ying prefers to keep a low profile about her flight “chou chou”, a plush bunny pencil case, which she takes out occasionally to hug “very secretly”. A gift from a friend two years ago, the 22-year-old actress insists that the stuffed bunny is not her security blanket, she just likes to hug something when she sleeps.

“I have never told anyone about it and am very discreet about it. You are the first person to know about it,” she said sheepishly. “I used to put all my cables in it when I travelled but over time, it just became a habit.”

Photos: He Ying Ying

Kate Pang
Kate Pang
25 Apr 2017

Kate Pang

Travel quirk: Always orders room service

While hotel room minibar and room service are no-nos for most people due to the overpriced food, Kate makes it a point indulge in the latter because she enjoys eating in bed. Nothing extravagant, just some wine and mains for herself and her family.

“I want to eat in bed because this is something I cannot do at home. I don’t do it every day, maybe three times each trip,” revealed Kate. “My husband is okay with it because we all like to sit in bed and watch TV while we eat.” Guess a family that eats in bed together, stays together.

Photo: Kate Pang

Tong Bing Yu
Tong Bing Yu
25 Apr 2017

Tong Bing Yu

Travel quirk: Wears mask to prevent allergies

Despite being a jetsetter, flights always leave Bing Yu a little worse for wear which is why the actress makes sure she wears a surgical mask and indulges in a facial session on the plane.

“The plane is an enclosed space and hygiene is a problem. I feel my nose will start to act up and I will feel very uncomfortable if I forget to wear one. I also like to wear sheet masks so my skin stays dehydrated,” said Bing Yu. And after she’s done with her in-flight skincare routine, Bing Yu will request for some wine so she can destress and wind down before falling asleep.

Photos: Instagram/tongbingyu

Xu Bin
Xu Bin
25 Apr 2017

Xu Bin

Travel quirk: Masks up during the flight

Unlike Bing Yu, Xu Bin wears a mask not because he’s afraid of catching a bug or allergies, but for fear of looking unglam, or worse, being photographed, when he’s asleep. “I recently started doing this after seeing people sleeping with their mouths wide open on the plane. This also prevents people from taking unflattering shots of me. I hate it when people take photos of me when I’m sleeping," he said.

Photos: Instagram/@xubin_

Jeanette Aw
Jeanette Aw
25 Apr 2017

Jeanette Aw

Travel quirk: Sleeps in pitch darkness

Compared to the other celebs on this list, Jeanette is relatively fuss-free when it comes to travelling. She doesn’t have any must-bring items apart from the bare essentials, and she isn’t very bothered about her hotel room except when it comes to the lights and curtains.

“When I sleep, I need the lights off. Pitch black,” said Jeanette. “I am very sensitive to light. For example if I don’t draw the curtains properly and when daylight comes in, I wake up and it annoys me. Because sometimes I rarely get a chance to sleep in and I hate it when I get awoken like that.”

Photos: Instagram/@jeanetteaw, Toggle

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