WHAT A DAY. When I first received a phone call from my friend if I wanted to interview Gary Chaw, I mean, why not? I always like his ‘Super Woman’ and the most, ‘Betrayal 背叛’. Now, did the song plays in your mind? 😛

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH GARY CHAW 曹格 IN KOTA KINABALU, Sabah, Sabah Tourism Board, Shangri-La Tanjung Aru, Chloe Tiffany Lee1

So basically, we sacrificed our lunch time on Friday which I would have more time to interview him. We drove all the way to Mari Mari Cultural Village at Inanam since he was there with about 100 fans.

from China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur were specially flown by the singer to attend the event on sponsored flights, including AirAsia and Malaysia Airlines. It took about an hour to reach the destination, going through traffic jams and refuelling. It was super-hot that day at noon time and we were all sweating like crazy once we were there.

In a mission: High heels and hanging bridge. Good luck people. #work #travel #tourism

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Yes, I am crossing the hanging bridge with my high heels again. SUPER! I remember the first time I wore high heels at Mari Mari was 5 years back, with former outfit – long sleeves and long pants.

Meeting his managers, we had a short discussion about Gary’s interview while he was having his lunch with fellow international fans. “I think best to interview him tonight”, says the manager. Definitely, I am okay with it because Gary was tired as he went extreme visiting all 5 traditional houses at Mari Mari Cultural Village. I heard that he had a blast trying out traditional cuisine from each house as well as trying out the traditional games, which is good to hear! I always like the positive comments on the tourism products and destinations we have in Sabah.

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH GARY CHAW 曹格 IN KOTA KINABALU, Sabah, Sabah Tourism Board, Shangri-La Tanjung Aru, Chloe Tiffany Lee1

Sun down, that’s when we hunt for Gary again. I attended the ‘We are Friends’ Welcome Dinner and the local-born singer from Kota Belud has been appointed Sabah Tourism Ambassador which announced by the Sabah Assistant Minister of Tourism, Culture and Environment Datuk Pang Yuk Ming. Guess what? Apparently the Little Proboscis Monkey named Lucky or Laki belongs to Gary Chaw and we were taking its picture over and over again. Haha.

 

How did the interview go? I am still in the midst of compiling the footage. So, hold on baby! I will upload the interview video on my YouTube once it is complete. The interview went well and Gary is friendly towards all the media who interviewed him. His English is superb! Well, of course; he moved to Canada when he was 9. During tge interview, he would ask to elaborate more of the things that he was unsure, which personally I felt that he is such a humble person. At times when he tried to talk more about his family, he tends to be emotional about it and I had to change the topic somehow. Which I think it’s fair.

Gary loves Soto. There are several questions about food and all he would mention was to enjoy a hot bowl of Soto. So I asked, “Okay. Soto. Tell us which restaurant do you always have your Soto?” and within a minute, he said “Lintas. Ze- something.” I was craking my brain to figure out which restaurant was that because I seldom dine out for late supper. “Yes. Rezeki!”, he said.

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH GARY CHAW 曹格 IN KOTA KINABALU, Sabah, Sabah Tourism Board, Shangri-La Tanjung Aru, Chloe Tiffany Lee1

Towards the end of the interview, I feel really bad when he asked me, “You’re coming to my concert tomorrow at Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria right?” Sadly, I had to say “I wish to but I have to travel to Kudat for the Sunset Music Fest”. Immediately, he gave me a sad face. Oh my, I’m broken hearted.  🙁

Nonetheless, I wish Gary to have a wonderful and an unforgettable concert for his fans in Sabah.