Which ‘From Beijing to Moscow’ star would enjoy losing their memory?

Felicia Chin tells us how she would make boyfriend Jeffrey Xu recognise her again if he lost his memories

River Huang, Felicia Chin, Jojo Goh, Aloysius Pang
River Huang, Felicia Chin, Jojo Goh, Aloysius Pang
03 Jan 2019

River Huang, Felicia Chin, Jojo Goh, Aloysius Pang

Photos: August Pictures, artistes' social media

What would you do if you woke up one day and couldn’t remember anything (we’re talking about years of memories and not just a night of booze-bingeing)?

In upcoming Toggle Originals series From Beijing to Moscow, an accident leaves Kaixiang (River Huang) with barely any recollection of his past (including his wife Xiaoqi, played by Jojo Goh), save for a trip from the Chinese to Russian capitals (hence the name of the show) that he once took with an old flame, Kloudiia (Felicia Chin).

In a bid to help restore Kaixiang’s memory, Xiaoqi and his good friend Kenneth (Aloysius Pang) accompany him to retrace this scenic journey and to search for clues that could lead to Kloudiia’s whereabouts. But is his memory of their time together really what happened?

Dun dun dun…we guess we’ll have to wait until the 13-episode series airs from June 2019 (tentative telecast date) to find out. In the meantime, click on to hear what the four stars of the drama had to tell us about memory loss (someone actually said they “would enjoy it”), what it was like working with each other (why was Felicia dubbed “Feli-saurus”?), and more.

Photo: Instagram/River Huang

Aloysius Pang “would enjoy” losing his memory
Aloysius Pang “would enjoy” losing his memory
03 Jan 2019

Aloysius Pang “would enjoy” losing his memory

If you’re in the “oh crap” camp when it comes to discovering that your memory slate has been wiped clean, well, Aloy is the complete opposite.

“I would enjoy it! You get to start everything afresh,” he grinned, before quickly adding a disclaimer that it would only be fun if he retained his knowledge, and not if he suddenly became “like a baby going ‘goo goo ga ga’”. But wait, even so, wouldn’t he be upset about not being to identify important people like his own mum and dad?

“Even if you forgot your parents, you’d still be spending a lot of time with them anyway,” he shrugged. While it almost sounds as if Aloysius is completely unconcerned about forgetting his folks, we know that’s not the case because the memories he would be saddest to lose involve them.

“One habit that I’ve really enjoyed over the past few years is spending time in my parents’ room,” he shared. “I would lie in the middle of the bed and just talk to them about everything, from girls to work to the future; it makes me feel like a child again and I will always treasure that.” Awww…

We then reversed the scenario: what would Aloysius do if his loved ones were the ones who couldn’t recognise him?

“If it were a family member, I would try to help them get their memory back, but if you’re talking about a friend or a lover, why is [them forgetting you] necessarily a bad thing?” he pondered. “To be honest, at this stage of life, sometimes you realise that you haven’t really been a very good friend. How many best friends do you need? So it depends on who it is.”

So deep. So Aloy.

(Continued on next slide: What does River Huang think of Aloysius Pang and Felicia Chin?)

Photo: Instagram/Felicia Chin

What does River Huang think of Aloysius Pang and Felicia Chin?
What does River Huang think of Aloysius Pang and Felicia Chin?
03 Jan 2019

What does River Huang think of Aloysius Pang and Felicia Chin?

Like Aloysius, River reckons that losing one’s memory would be “quite fun”, provided that his mental and physical health were intact. “I could look at the world through brand new eyes - a lot of our current perceptions are shaped by factors in our childhood, but [with memory loss] I might be able to form new views as an adult,” he explained.

Hmmm, could it be that the Taiwanese actor has something that he really wishes to forget? “No, I believe there’s always something to be gained from every stage of life, good or bad,” he mused. “It may not feel good at the time, but you will realise it in hindsight.”

His pensiveness reminded us of Aloysius too, but then again, we guess we shouldn’t be too surprised that these two great minds think alike. They are both, after all, old souls trapped in young men’s bodies, although River believes Aloysius is even more of an old soul than he is (something even his manager agreed with), despite 28-year-old Aloy being a year younger.

“It’s very interesting talking to him,” River chuckled, bringing up an anecdote about Aloysius opting to Google for tourist attractions instead of actually visiting them (which we’d already heard from Aloy himself earlier).

As for the ladies, River quipped that they are indeed “very noisy”, especially Felicia. “We nicknamed her ‘Feli-saurus’ because she has an extremely loud voice, and the sound of her laughter is like the roar of a dinosaur,” he chortled. “There was once, we were staying in a small, multi-storey wooden house in Moscow, and I could hear Felicia’s laughter from the fourth floor while I was on the ground floor!”

Wow, we’d like to know what it was that amused the “Feli-saurus” so greatly.

(Continued on next slide: Jojo Goh gushes about Felicia Chin’s considerate nature)

Photo: Instagram/Felicia Chin

Jojo Goh gushes about Felicia Chin’s considerate nature
Jojo Goh gushes about Felicia Chin’s considerate nature
03 Jan 2019

Jojo Goh gushes about Felicia Chin’s considerate nature

Feli wasn’t the only one who got a hilarious new moniker. According to Jojo, Aloysius’s tendency to wander off all by himself became known as “Aloy-tering” (loitering), and she also jokingly called him “Aloy-ing” (annoying).

On a more serious note, she gushed about Felicia’s kind and considerate nature. “Besides packing for herself, she also prepared all kinds of necessities such as cough syrup, ginger tea and masks, which she would willingly share with whomever needed it,” she said. “And if she didn’t have something, she would go out to buy it for us.”

For instance, Jojo recalled the time she accidentally ripped a toenail (OUCH). “Felicia was so caring, she kept asking around if there were any doctors I could visit, and she also bought a bottle of disinfectant for me. The funny thing is, I had completely neglected the wound myself, but she remembered!”

Our conversation with the bubbly Malaysian actress, 35, took a sombre turn when we asked her if there are any particular memories she would hate to lose. “My maternal grandmother’s face,” she smiled. “I’ve always had a close relationship with her while growing up, and when she passed away 10 years ago, I stood beside her coffin just staring at her for a long time, telling myself that no matter what, I should never allow myself to forget what she looks like.”

(Continued on next slide: How would Felicia Chin make Jeffrey Xu remember her again?)

How would Felicia Chin make Jeffrey Xu remember her again?
How would Felicia Chin make Jeffrey Xu remember her again?
03 Jan 2019

How would Felicia Chin make Jeffrey Xu remember her again?

There was a melancholic air during our chat with Felicia as well as we talked about her paternal grandmother, who had passed away not long before we met up in October last year (she also lost her maternal grandma shortly before the New Year).

“[I would be sad to lose the memories] of my grandma, and of the people who came and connected with me at her wake,” she said.

What about her boyfriend Jeffrey Xu? The 34-year-old actress optimistically took forgetting all about him as a chance to “explore what memories you hang on to”. “It might sound cliché, but you really have to try and jog back memories by spending time with him looking through photos or asking him to cook so it engages different senses - it sounds like a drama but it’s true!” she said.

As for what she would do to try and make a memory-wiped Jeffrey recognise her again, it sounded a lot less romantic. “I would call him by his full Chinese name, Xu Ming Jie, because whenever I call him that, he knows he’s in trouble. (Laughs)”

That, coupled with her “Feli-saurus” voice, does sound like a rather terrifying combination indeed.

Photo: Instagram/Felicia Chin

Felicia Chin, River Huang in 'From Beijing to Moscow'
Felicia Chin, River Huang in 'From Beijing to Moscow'
03 Jan 2019

Felicia Chin, River Huang in 'From Beijing to Moscow'

Felicia Chin, River Huang in 'From Beijing to Moscow'
Felicia Chin, River Huang in 'From Beijing to Moscow'
03 Jan 2019

Felicia Chin, River Huang in 'From Beijing to Moscow'

River Huang and Jojo Goh in 'From Beijing to Moscow'
River Huang and Jojo Goh in 'From Beijing to Moscow'
03 Jan 2019

River Huang and Jojo Goh in 'From Beijing to Moscow'

River Huang and Jojo Goh in 'From Beijing to Moscow'
River Huang and Jojo Goh in 'From Beijing to Moscow'
03 Jan 2019

River Huang and Jojo Goh in 'From Beijing to Moscow'

River Huang and Jojo Goh at Moscow's fame Red Square
River Huang and Jojo Goh at Moscow's fame Red Square
03 Jan 2019

River Huang and Jojo Goh at Moscow's fame Red Square

From Beijing to Moscow premieres in June 2019 on Toggle.

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