Aloysius Pang, Russian babe magnet

The actor was approached by female college students several times while filming ‘From Beijing to Moscow’ overseas

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Photos: Tammi Tan, Instagram/Aloysius Pang

We never would have pegged Aloysius Pang as much of a foodie, but as we found out, he does take his meals quite seriously. Especially when it comes to seasoning.

“There is no chilli in Mongolia and Russia. No chilli!” he complained to us, banging his hand on the table softly for dramatic effect. “I didn’t bring my own because I didn’t expect them not to have it. One night they gave me an entire chilli pepper and expected me to bite into it like that.”

The 28-year-old actor had just returned from a two-month trip to those two countries (as well as China), where he was filming road trip saga From Beijing to Moscow, and we had the chance to catch up with him at a photoshoot with co-stars River Huang and Jojo Goh for the upcoming series last month.

Spice-less woes aside, Aloysius had a general longing for Singaporean fare (as any Lion City native who has ever been out of town for an extended period of time can likely relate to), and he certainly wasn’t the only one. “When we were there, everyone would start to talk about hokkien mee lah, chicken rice lah, laksa lah, and it ruins your appetite because you’re stuck eating chicken breast and steak,” he recalled, chuckling.

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Aloysius Pang, Jojo Goh and River Huang (Felicia Chin's shoot was postponed on the day we visited)

His cravings were apparently so bad that when we asked him to rate how homesick he was on a scale of 1 to 10, he picked 3 or 4 – without food being taken into consideration. “If you include food, then maybe 8,” he chuckled. “3 or 4 because my mum didn’t want me to call her! (Laughs)”

We can explain that shocking last point (it’s not as heart-breaking as it sounds). According to Aloysius, he tried making a call to his mother via WhatsApp on his first night in Beijing, but the connection was so laggy that she eventually got fed up and said to him in Mandarin, “Aiyah, don’t call me lah!” Poor Aloy.

Don’t worry, that doesn’t mean they cut off contact entirely during his trip. Instead, they stayed connected via text messages and voice recordings. “She does worry about me and wants to know where I am and how I’m doing, but all she needs is a text,” said Aloysius. “We’re a very traditional Chinese family so we don’t have to say much.”

(Continued on next page: Aloysius was approached by female college students “five or six times”)

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