Stargazing

Generating a Buzz

Published: 3:40 AM, November 8, 2012
Updated: 4:39 PM, July 1, 2009

Greetings and salutations, fellow Stargazers! This is May Seah, your Showbiz Sista, with some good news. Buzzing Cashier, the variety show unanimously loved by aunties everywhere, is returning for a second season.
Kym Ng and Quan Yifeng take their frustrations out on two innocent T-shirts.
The show that resuscitates ailing hawker stalls is hosted by that dynamic duo, Kym Ng and Quan Yifeng, who, Showbiz Sista is sure, are probably tired of being described as “zany” and “wacky”. Together with accomplished chefs from various hotels, they help clueless hawkers to turn their failing businesses around by equipping them with skills, training and tips.
The hosts freely admit that it’s a show that capitalises on heartstring-tugging — it features lots of slow-mo close-ups of the hawkers struggling. And because these hawkers often have other personal problems, as well, Kym and Yifeng say they have to be not just hosts but sometimes counselors, too.
Blood, sweat and tears go into the food. And it still passes a health inspection. 
Yes, touting your wares is hard. That’s why Kym has never wanted to be a businesswoman. “After I see how they struggle, all the more I don’t want to be a businesswoman,” she told Showbiz Sista. “It’s very difficult. I don’t think I’m cut out for it. It’s not just cooking — it’s getting the materials, setting up the place. Like, how do you rent a place? How much do you have to spend on renovations? It’s about more than food.”
But it’s not just draining on the hawkers — it’s tiring for the hosts, too. “You’ll see a scene of a guy breaking down in tears,” said Yifeng. “Just as that was happening on camera, I happened to yawn. They thought I was tearing up, too, and tried to focus on me. I really wasn’t trying to steal the scene!” Oops!
Sometimes you just need to know when a fashion statement isn\'t working.
Kym went on to tell Showbiz Sista that Buzzing Cashier has been an emotionally challenging experience. “Sometimes you see them struggle and work hard for it, but they still can’t do it, because everybody has different capabilities. So sometimes it can be heart-breaking, but you can’t help it. Sometimes you want to tell them, ‘Maybe you should try your hand at other things.’ But the purpose of the show is not to tell them to close shop. It’s to help them try their best since they’ve set their minds on doing something. It’s very meaningful, and it can be very encouraging when you see that they are able to live up to the standard.”
Feel the anguish of defeat and the triumph of success along with Kym and Yifeng when Buzzing Cashier premieres on Monday (July 6) at 8pm on MediaCorp TV Channel 8.
Showbiz Sista, signing out. Live long and pop corn!