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I finally got to meet one of my favoritest personality on TV – Samantha Brown of TLC. For those of you without the privilege of satellite TV, she is one of the most cheerful and bubbly travel hosts there is.

Originally from Dallas and now residing on Brooklyn, Samantha Brown has covered Latin America, Europe, China, and – Asia. Naturally, her latest travel show is appropriately named Samantha Brown’s Asia.

Samantha Brown of TLC, and yours truly
Samantha Brown of TLC, and yours truly

Samantha Brown’s Asia premiers every Monday at 10.00 pm on TLC (Astro channel 707) beginning 25th July, 2011. The episod on Malaysia falls on July 29 with a special airing on the Sunday of July 28, 7:00 pm.

In the show Samantha Brown travels across Japan, Hong Kong, and all throughout South East Asia seeking experiences usually not found on everyday visit. For example, she went to an orang asli village near Ipoh, I didn’t know we even have orang asli in Perak.. oh well..

So don’t miss the brand new show especially if you’re a fan.

Samantha Brown's Asia, on TLC (Astro Channel 707)
Samantha Brown’s Asia, on TLC (Astro Channel 707)

We had the opportunity to have a short chat and some photo sessions with her, and in real life, Samantha Brown behaves pretty much exactly as you see her on TV, very lively, funny, and full of smile. She’s the type of person you would want to have in any party, even one without alcohol.

There was a quiz at the end of the night, together with Helenness & another dude, I walked away with a pair of X-mini speakers after correctly answering her question. Yey me!

Asian dinner served by Hilton KL
Asian dinner served by Hilton KL

As for the dinner, we were served foods from all over Asia – started with som thum from Thailand,summer roll from Cambodia, and sushi from Japan; then pho from Vietnam, soft shell chili crab from Singapore, dimsum from Hong Kong, tempura from Japan as mains; and Sago gula melaka from Malaysia, Lapis legit from Bali, and mini egg tart from Hong Kong as desserts.

It was a great concept, but execution was another manner altogether. The tempura was good (from Iketeru I bet), chili crab was alright, and the rest didn’t live up to the standard you’d expect.

But hey, meeting one of my favorite persons and winning a pair of speakers made it a plenty great night!

Discuss : Samantha Brown’s Asia, and I finally met her!

  1. Nice! I love her show on TLC too. 😀

  2. Wow bro..I’m totally impressed..ur getting more well known nowadays..now met samantha also..keep up!!

  3. omgwtf samantha brown!! i didn’t know she was in town also 🙁

  4. I have seen her shows on Travel Cbannel in US. Most of them were predictable and quite boring. She is never daring and adventurous like Tony Bourdain. I have not seen this new series. Hopefully, they are better.

    • Meng: I like her personality though, and the things she do is usually achievable by anyone. Tony Bourdain, on the other hand, is my hero and I want his job! lol.

      • I like Samantha Brown. She’s definitely different from Bourdain and can be a little corny, but I do think she is always willing to try something new. And she easily gets along with people. I think her show is suppose relate to the average traveler/tourist so it’s not supposed to be hardcore. Although I like Bourdain, I find that he tries too hard to be a bad-ass sometimes. At least Samantha is not as annoying as Rachel Ray’s $40 A Day show (reruns air on US Travel Channel). Samantha Brown likes durian (a Hawaii episode)…so she’s totally cool with me.

        • suri: it’s hard to fault your argument, it’s true that Bourdain can sometimes seen to be trying too hard, I agree. 🙂

  5. soft shell chili crab from singapore? but i thought they stole OUR recipe! heheh 😀

  6. Wow, that’s amazing that you met Samantha Brown! I’m jealous!

  7. Nice one! To be able to meet her face to face is really awesome !

  8. she so cool…. 😀

  9. suertes

    We even have orang asli in KL-PJ too! Living in their ancestral villages!!

  10. Fuyohh bro, what an opportunity to met her. Jealous wei 🙂

  11. i like her… she’s funny 😛

  12. I like Samatha Brown. I do hope she makes more series for they keep howing her reruns over & over again. I’m am so tired of those travel eating shows. Who wants to watch someone eating brains or spiders, etc. Tony B. is ok but once again forget the food and do more travel!

    • niemann: Hahah I’m quite interested in food too so maybe it’s a bit of a balance for me.

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