There's no doubt that Guo Liang, 52, is one of Singapore's most famous and accomplished hosts but not many people know about his really rough start in showbiz.
The Shanghai Drama Institute graduate moved here from the Chinese city with his wife Jade Shen Jie in 1994 after he was offered a contract by the Singapore Broadcasting Corporation (SBC).
According to Guo Liang, who was the guest in this week's episode of talk show Hear U Out, moving overseas to work was all the rage in China at that time.
He also felt that the option to work in a foreign land, along with the prestige of being signed to the national broadcaster, was just what he wanted.
It was only after he arrived in Singapore that he realised that his dream job wasn't as smooth-sailing as he thought it would be.