Simon Yam isn’t called the ‘King of Property’ for no reason. The 66-year-old has such a keen eye for acquiring real estate that he’s amassed over 30 properties around the world, including in Hongkong, London and Shanghai.
While he remains tight-lipped on how much he's invested, he has shared that he has wealth managers to “make long-term plans for [him] and [his] family and to make preparations for inheritance matters for the future”.
The latest addition to his ever-growing list of assets is an apartment in the swanky Regent On The Park development, which is located in the atas Mid-Levels district in Hongkong.
The 1.094 sq ft unit, which is on a low floor, was reportedly bought by Simon for HK$37.4mil (S$6.4mil). It was officially registered under Simon’s name on April 27.
This isn’t the only real estate transaction of Simon's in recent months — he reportedly sold a ground floor shop unit on Ki Lung Street in the bustling Sham Shui Po shopping area earlier this year. According to reports, he sold it for HK$35mil (S$6mil) and made a whopping HK$20mil (S$3.43mil) profit.
And this is why he’s the King of Property.
Linda Chung Once Didn’t Dare To Take Leave Even Though Her Skin Was “Splitting Open” From A Viral Infection
Hongkong-Canadian actress Linda Chung is one of those stars who was lucky enough to find success quite quickly in her showbiz career.
Just two years after winning the Miss Chinese International Pageant 2004 and joining TVB, she had made enough to buy her own 56 sqm unit in the Tseung Kwan O district. Then, in 2011, she splurged HK$5.5mil (S$943,500) on a 93 sqm place in Metro City.
To date, she is believed to own a total of four properties in Hongkong and Canada with an estimated combined market value of over HK$36mil (S$6.2mil). While it’s easy to envy her accomplishments, it turns out that the hot mama-of-two actually went through a lot during her early years in the industry.
During her recent appearance on Hongkong actor Steven Ma’s talk show Coffee, You and Me, the 36-year-old revealed that she was under a lot of pressure back then.
In 2007, while filming dramas A Journey Called Life and Heart of Greed at the same time, Linda’s health suffered due to stress and a lack of proper rest. She even contracted rubella, or German measles, a viral infection that caused her to have rashes all over her body, except for her face.
According to Linda, it was so bad that when she removed her clothes to show her friend Tavia Yeung in the toilet, the latter “immediately burst into tears”.
Despite her condition, Linda did not dare to ask for time off and just kept working, working, and working. “I was cheap and able to endure it, so there were many opportunities for me, plus I just couldn't say no,” she said.
Steven, who also starred in A Journey Called Life, knows firsthand just how much Linda suffered. “It was so serious that she had blisters all over, and her skin was splitting open. But she still continued to film while her skin was peeling right in front of me.”
He then recalled telling Linda to rest, but she cried and refused to give up. Steven admitted that he was furious and thought that she was “really stupid” to be like that.
“I told the director that I was uncomfortable and didn’t want to continue shooting,” said the 49-year-old. “I pulled her off the set to rest for a bit, and she was finally willing to go see a doctor. I even helped her to find a doctor.”
Celebs being a little too gung-ho at work — and paying a hefty price for it with their health — is unfortunately not an uncommon thing.
Charmaine Sheh has admitted that she was “close to dying” after going five days without sleep while filming a drama, and Tony Leung was once so overworked that the crew actually thought he had passed away when they spotted him sleeping on a bench between takes. Taiwanese singer Tarcy Su also shared that her face became partially paralysed thanks to an overwhelming work schedule.
Ellie Goulding is officially a mom and wants the world to know! The singer gave birth to her first child with husband Caspar Jopling just weeks after announcing her pregnancy during an interview with Vogue.
Jopling shared the news on his Instagram Story last month. "Mum and baby both healthy and happy," he wrote over a stunning bouquet of flowers. "Extremely grateful."
"I don't ever address the public attention that comes with Ellie's job. But during this magical and personal moment we would really appreciate being able to enjoy our privacy," he added. "Thank you x."
A month later, the couple's baby announcement was featured in The Times and it was revealed that they named their son Arthur Ever Winter Jopling.
Goulding, who married Jopling in August 2019, was already 30 weeks pregnant when she shared the news with the world — and she had good reason for wanting to keep her pregnancy under wraps for as long as possible. "You have your partner, and you have your friends, but in a pandemic, it can feel particularly lonely,” she said of experiencing the life event during the COVID-19 pandemic. "It wasn’t something I had planned for right now, [and] I knew it was a more solitary journey because of what’s going on. I think that made me keep it very secretive and made me very protective over it."
Goulding said that she and Jopling found out about their baby right before they went away to celebrate their one-year anniversary. “That was not the plan,” she said. “The thought of getting pregnant didn’t seem like it could be a reality."
While Goulding might not have been planning for pregnancy in a pandemic, she certainly embraced it. After sharing her pregnancy with the world, Goulding showed off her baby bump in a series of stunning photos on Instagram, including one of her and Jopling cradling the singer’s bare belly. “I’ve received so many kind messages of love and well wishes today,” she captioned the post. “Thank you so much and thank you @voguemagazine x.”
Ahead of her pregnancy, Goulding spoke to reporters about how she and Jopling were handling quarantine together, and revealed that it made them a stronger unit. “It showed me that we're a good team,” she said. “We've got on really well together. We're a good partnership. We're both really into nature and we both grew up in the countryside, so that definitely helped. But he really appreciates this newfound aloneness that I like. It's not being lonely, it's just being alone and having solitude. I really enjoy it."
Channing Tatum takes his role as a girl dad very seriously. The 41-year-old actor loves spending time with his 7-year-old daughter, Everly, but admitted he was nervous when he first found out that he and now-ex Jenna Dewan would be welcoming a baby girl.
"I was really nervous to be a girl dad. The first thing I did when I figured I was going to have a girl, I literally went to YouTube and figured out how to braid hair, just because I didn't want to be that dad," he admitted on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.
"I bought a book on braiding hair," fellow girl dad Fallon noted.
"It's not easy! And it takes a long time," Tatum said of braiding hair. "The hardest thing is getting the three equal strands. Then they make it harder with layered hair and then you get halfway through it and realize one is too short and you have to start all over!"
Tatum was so inspired by his experiences with Everly that he wrote an adorable children's book about it -- The One and Only Sparkella.
The idea for the children's book began when Everly started wearing a watermelon-printed cape to preschool.
"When we were about to go to preschool this one morning, she got really self-conscious when we were about to leave and wanted to take it off," he said of the colorful cape. "And I said, 'What's going on?' And she said, 'I don't want to get laughed at. I don't want people to laugh at me.' And it sort of broke my heart because I'd never seen her be self-conscious or aware even of other people's perspectives. It was beautiful to know that I got to be there for her to help her through it. And that's kind of where the book came from."
As Tatum co-parents Everly with Dewan, he said one of his favorite father-daughter activities with his little girl is doing blindfold makeup competitions.
"I'm subjected to all kinds of things but that is weirdly one of my favorite games that we play," Tatum admitted. "You literally blindfold each other and you do the other person's makeup and then you style them and you do fashion shows around the pool and people vote to see who did it better."
In addition to working on his makeup skills, Tatum also spent his time in quarantine getting in shape.
"For the first week or two weeks I was just drinking beer and riding dirt bikes and I was like, 'I can't do this for two months. This is bad,'" he said of lockdown. "Then me and my buddy, we just went really, really hard. We started training every day and it was great. I came out a completely new person."
Louis Koo’s latest movie, Dynasty Warriors, has finally made it to the big screen, thrilling fans of the hugely popular Japanese video game series on which the film is based.
The producers of the movie, which was shot mostly in New Zealand, have shared a behind-the-scenes video that piqued the interest of netizens for this reason: Louis’ stand-in in the movie is a Maori actor.
Producers needed to cast a stand-in who had the same skin tone as the famously tanned actor. Unlike say, a stunt double, the stand-in doesn’t even appear in the movie. He literally stands in the actor's place while the crew fixes the set lighting and the camera department lights and focuses the scene.
Enter the strapping Maori stand-in who was a perfect match for Louis not just in skin tone but stature as well. In Dynasty Warriors, Louis plays the physically intimidating general Lu Bu.
In fact, the movie's director Roy Chow was reportedly so pleased with his casting choice, he snapped a photo with the Maori actor as a keepsake.
Netizens have made a (not quite PC) joke that Louis is so tanned now they had to cast an actor of a different ethnicity to be his stand-in.
Louis hasn't always been this tanned, though. Back when he was a newbie, the actor was known for his very fair complexion.
However, Louis has shared in multiple interviews that he thinks he looks better tanned and that he maintains it by sunbathing whenever the weather allows it.
Media Veteran Thinks Lin Ching Hsia Has Really Divorced Her Billionaire Husband 'Cos Of These 3 'Signs'
Back in 2018, the gossip mill was churning with speculations that retired Taiwanese screen goddess Lin Ching Hsia had divorced Hongkong billionaire Michael Ying after 24 years of marriage, and that she had received a whopping HK$2bil (S$344mil) in alimony.
Ching Hsia denied the reports by saying that her whole family is “very happy”, but it looks like some folks are still refusing to take her word for it.
In a recent episode of talk show News Wawawa, Taiwanese media veteran Nian Changyu pointed out three ‘signs’ that make her doubt Ching Hsia’s claim that all is well between the 66-year-old star and her husband.
For starters, Changyu recalled contacting one of Ching Hsia’s close friends to confirm the news of the split. The other party paused for a moment before slowly replying, “I have no comment”, which made Changyu suspect that the rumours may indeed be true.
Changyu also doubts Ching Hsia’s earlier statement about her marriage being “in a very good state”. “If she is really so happy, then how come the number of times she and her husband have showed up together over the last 10 years can be counted with 10 fingers?”
Moving on, Changyu brought up an excerpt from one of Ching Hsia’s three books that mentions her writing late into the night and tossing crumpled pieces of paper into the trash ‘cos she wasn’t satisfied with her work.
Before she knew it, the sun had already come up, and her daughter had slipped her a note from under the door that read, “Mama, you didn’t sleep all night, right?”
Instead of just interpreting this as a simple and sweet parent-child interaction, Changyu wondered where Michael was and why he didn’t seem to be sleeping in the same room as Ching Hsia, suspecting that they must be living apart.
And last but not least, Changyu mentioned that before the pandemic, Ching Hsia would often be spotted out and about in public with her good friends, but never with Michael. “It’s always like that. We never know where her husband is.”
Another guest on the show added her own theory, saying that Michael could have been thinking of getting a divorce but was perhaps advised against it by his friends, who said that no matter what, he would bear the brunt of the criticism and be labelled a “traitor” for daring to dump Ching Hsia.
Therefore, the only reason they are still together is for the sake of maintaining their public image.
Hongkong singer Sarena Li passed away after a nine-year battle with cancer. She was 31.
Her good friend, actor Steven Ma, announced the tragic news on her Facebook page, saying that she passed away at 5.10pm and thanked everyone for their care, support and love for Sarena.
In 2012, just two years after Sarena made her debut as a member of Hongkong pop trio Xiao Long Feng, she was diagnosed with adenoid cystic carcinoma, a rare form of cancer that commonly develops in the salivary glands or other regions of the head and neck.
Although she was given the all-clear from doctors in 2017, she soon suffered a recurrence, with the cancer spreading to the lungs, liver, kidneys, and bones.
Sarena tried targeted therapy, but had to stop treatment as her body could not withstand the side effects. The cancer spread aggressively, damaging her facial nerves and various organs, and she eventually lost vision in her right eye.
Last September, Sarena filmed a video to appeal for help and raise funds for her medical expenses. Donations poured in and she reached her target in just a few days.
However, despite receiving a new cancer treatment, her condition deteriorated. On May 1, Sarena was in so much pain that she had to go to the hospital for an examination and treatment for pain relief.
Jackie Chan Once Called Anita Yuen "The Most Annoying Actress" 'Cos He Felt That She Let Fame Get To Her Head
We’ve all stepped on someone’s toes without knowing it, though we hope it wouldn't take us 22 years to realise our mistake like what happened between Anita Yuen and Jackie Chan.
The incident is said to have taken place in 1995 on the set of action sports film Thunderbolt, where Jackie and Anita were paired as the leads.
Apparently, Jackie had requested that Anita stay back after a day of filming to rehearse their lines for the next day, but Anita reportedly packed up and left once the cameras stopped rolling. Jackie was said to be so upset with Anita, he reported her to the Hong Kong Film Directors' Guild.
It was also then that he found out that there were many directors too who had encountered problems while working with the actress. In fact, the common consensus was that she's “conceited” and “too full of herself”.
Many of them also felt that Anita , who was crowned Miss Hongkong in 1990, had gotten big-headed after winning Best Actress at the Hong Kong Film Awards in 1993 and 1994 for her performances in C’est La Vie Mon Cheri and He’s A Woman, She’s A Man respectively.
However, Anita remained blissfully unaware that she had offended so many people until years later.
But it wasn't like Jackie stayed silent about his dislike for Anita. He once revealed in an interview about how much he abhorred one co-star whom he called "the most annoying actress", though he refused to mention names.
Many thought he was referring to his former mistress Elaine Ng (for obvious reasons), with whom he hasn't had the most cordial of relationships, but Jackie only confirmed years later that he was talking about Anita all along.
It was only in 2017 that Anita finally apologised to Jackie for her actions.
Her husband, Julian Cheung, had dinner plans with Eric Tsang and Jackie, and Anita decided to tag along.
Needless to say, the pair buried the hatchet that night and Jackie even gave her a set of film negatives that were snapped during Thunderbolt as a gift.
And this is why they say communication is key.
The 97-year-old mother of late Cantopop diva Anita Mui was rumoured to be critically ill after she was hospitalised earlier this week.
But the long-time nurse of Tam Mei Kam has since refuted the rumours, saying that the latter, who underwent heart surgery last year, was just suffering from indigestion and had to be admitted for examination.
When contacted by reporters, the sprightly Mama Mui also brushed off the rumours, saying: "It’s gastric cramps. I’ve had it before. The doctor told me to rest for two days and take medication," she said, adding that the pain was so severe that she had to be hospitalised for two days.
While she experiences cramps every once in a while, the pain this time was much sharper and required injections to help her relax.
Fortunately she is feeling much better now and has no other ailments.
Anita’s family has a history of cancer. Anita passed away in 2003 due to complications from cervical cancer. Her sister, Ann Mui, and her brother Mui Tak Ming, died from womb and throat cancer in 2000 and 2015 respectively.
When Anita passed away at age 40, she set up a will and trust fund to manage her estate, which was estimated to be about HK$100mil (about S$18mil).
Anita’s mum would receive HK$70,000 (S$12,000) monthly from the trust fund. The pop diva also set aside funds to provide for the education expenses of her four nieces and nephews.
However, Anita's mum and the singer's eldest brother Mui Kai Ming tried to overturn the validity of the will, claiming that the late singer was not of sound mind when she wrote it.
In 2012, Mama Mui was declared a bankrupt after racking up a legal bill of HK$6mil (S$1mil).
Anita’s will stipulates that after her mother dies, the money from her trust fund will go to the New Horizon Buddhist Association.
Japanese singer Ayumi Hamasaki is now a mother of two. She announced last weekend that she has given birth to her second child.
The queen of J-pop announced on her official website on Saturday night (May 1) that she has "added an important family member in spring", and believed that she "can bring happiness to my children".
She did not state the gender of the baby or reveal who the father was.
On Sunday, however, she posted on Instagram a photo of a person in a cap with the caption: "I'm back".
Hamasaki, 42, sprang a surprise last October when she said that she was pregnant with her second child.
She had earlier dropped a bombshell in January 2020 by announcing that she had given birth to a son in November 2019.
Hamasaki was previously married to Austrian actor and model Manuel Schwarz between 2011 and 2012, and American medical student Tyson Bodkin from 2013 to 2016.
She has been romantically linked to backup dancer Shunpei Araki, 22, since 2018, but has never confirmed the relationship.
However, they have been seen together several times, leading to speculation that he is the father of her children.
Hamasaki released her latest song, 23rd Monster, in April to mark her 23rd anniversary in show business.
She made her debut in 1998 with the single Poker Face, and went on to become one of the best-selling Japanese solo artistes of all time.
She revealed in 2017 that she was grappling with hearing loss after saying in 2008 she had lost all hearing in her left ear.