Which ‘From Beijing to Moscow’ star is haunted by spirits?

Aloysius Pang, River Huang and Jojo Goh share terrifying tales that we wish we could unhear

Aloysius Pang, Jojo Goh and River Huang
Aloysius Pang, Jojo Goh and River Huang
18 Dec 2018

Aloysius Pang, Jojo Goh and River Huang

Photos: Tammi Tan, August Pictures

When we were preparing to speak with the cast of upcoming Toggle Originals series From Beijing to Moscow back in October, we never imagined that we would be talking about ghostly encounters and other disturbing incidents.

Cue the spooky, atmospheric background music (because we want to be dramatic like that).

It began when Aloysius Pang, not one minute into our interview, piped up, “Let me interest you in some paranormal activity.” As creepy as that sounded, it certainly piqued our interest (we did just ask him about any memorable incidents he had while filming the road trip saga in China, Mongolia and Russia).

From there, we uncovered several - yes, not just one - real-life ghost stories from Aloysius, a couple of which he found out thanks to the, erm, unique talents of his co-star, Taiwanese actor River Huang (more on that later).

Then there was that one terrifying night alone in a hotel room experienced by Malaysian actress Jojo Goh.

Read on…if you dare.

Aloysius Pang and his mystery roommate
Aloysius Pang and his mystery roommate
18 Dec 2018

Aloysius Pang and his mystery roommate

In the 28-year-old actor’s first tale involving those from beyond the grave, he recalled leaving his hotel room in Beijing to go out for lunch one day. However, not knowing he was away, a producer and makeup artist went up to knock on his door to call him.

Some of you may already predict where this is going. “I was downstairs, but they heard someone knocking and pushing back against the door from inside,” he said. “When I went up, they saw me and said, ‘We thought you were in the room and wondered why you were knocking back.’ But I was outside the whole time.”

But instead of panicking and packing his bags, Aloysius stayed calm and didn’t even request to switch rooms because when he went inside, there was nobody there, and nothing ever bothered him at night. “I was actually waiting for something to appear lah, but it didn’t,” he grinned. “I could have asked it for lottery numbers!” Ha ha, very funny.

(Continued on next slide: River Huang and his “third eye”)

River Huang and his “third eye”
River Huang and his “third eye”
18 Dec 2018

River Huang and his “third eye”

You read that right. The 29-year-old - who, by the way, is the youngest ever Best Actor winner at the Golden Bell Awards - is like Haley Joel Osment’s character in The Sixth Sense: he sees dead people.

According to Aloysius (who made us increasingly suspect that he may secretly be a member of the Addams Family), River’s ability “made the trip more interesting than it was supposed to be”, because he would tell people whenever they had, um, companions around.

“River told me that there was this female ghost following me around everywhere I went,” said Aloysius, looking not at all fazed by this. “She was supposedly my mum in a past life and she was trying to bring me back by her side. He also told me that there were a lot of shadows behind me, but he couldn’t really see who they were.” It looks like Russian babes aren’t the only ones attracted to dear Aloy.

River very nonchalantly confirmed this ability of his when we caught up with him a while later. “I’ve been able to [see spirits] ever since I was a child, but I think it may have gotten even more intense in recent years,” he chuckled. “At first I didn’t like it, but I eventually got used to it, and now I guess you could say we coexist in harmony. Fortunately, most of the ‘friends’ I meet are peaceful.”

That said, there have also been a few terrifying encounters. Gulp.

“Legend states that a person who commits suicide is doomed to repeat that action [of committing suicide] forever in the afterlife,” he began, and we immediately did not like where this was going. “One time, I kept hearing this ‘deng, deng, deng’ sound, as if something were repeatedly being suspended at the end of a rope, and when I looked up, I saw someone hanging himself over and over again.” Oh hell no.

He then said that the spirit followed him wherever he went (guess it was looking for someone to hang out with? Heh, sorry), so he decided to communicate with it. “I found out that it just wanted my help because it had nobody else to turn to,” he said.

All’s well that ends well, we reckon. “But seeing those two feet dangling above me for the very first time was quite horrifying.”

You don’t say.

(Continued on next slide: Jojo Goh and her suspicious midnight visitor)


Jojo Goh and her suspicious midnight visitor
Jojo Goh and her suspicious midnight visitor
18 Dec 2018

Jojo Goh and her suspicious midnight visitor

And finally, we have a story that doesn’t involve spooky spectres of any kind, but is still creepy to hear nonetheless.

One night (or rather, very early morning) at about 4am in a rural Mongolia hotel suite, Jojo was in bed when she heard the sound of the front door creaking open, followed by footsteps. “I thought to myself, ‘Is that a ghost?’ and slowly got up to investigate, and there, standing in the living room, was a man’s silhouette,” recalled the 35-year-old actress.

“I screamed at him, ‘What are you doing here!?’ and he claimed that he had just come to see if there was anybody in the room, but my luggage and belongings were all there, and it was impossible to miss them.”

Her next reaction was to fear for her safety, as the intruder had very likely come to try and rob her, or worse. Thankfully, she successfully drove him away, but because of her nearsightedness was unable to identify if he was a hotel staff member or not.

“As soon as he got out, I texted the group chat and informed the front desk in the morning, but unfortunately there wasn’t much they could do about it,” she said. “At that moment, I felt that human beings were more terrifying than ghosts, because ghosts may scare you, but humans can actually cause you physical harm.”

She has a point, but still, we’d rather not have either of those anywhere near us, thank you very much.

Click through to see more [non-terrifying] stills of Aloysius, River and Jojo in From Beijing to Moscow!

River Huang, Jojo Goh and Aloysius Pang
River Huang, Jojo Goh and Aloysius Pang
18 Dec 2018

River Huang, Jojo Goh and Aloysius Pang

Aloysius Pang, River Huang and Jojo Goh
Aloysius Pang, River Huang and Jojo Goh
18 Dec 2018

Aloysius Pang, River Huang and Jojo Goh

River Huang, Jojo Goh and Aloysius Pang
River Huang, Jojo Goh and Aloysius Pang
18 Dec 2018

River Huang, Jojo Goh and Aloysius Pang

River Huang, Aloysius Pang, Jojo Goh
River Huang, Aloysius Pang, Jojo Goh
18 Dec 2018

River Huang, Aloysius Pang, Jojo Goh

From Beijing to Moscow premieres in June 2019 on Toggle.

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Aloysius Pang, Russian babe magnet

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