Hong Kong actress Charmaine Sheh, who rose to new levels of fame after starring in Story of Yanxi Palace, has kept her plate full in the past year.
She announced the launch of her cosmetics line Sh in May, and less than a month later, has expanded her horizons once again by taking on the role of a swimsuit designer in a collaboration with Hong Kong brand Gourami.
The 44-year-old posted two photos of herself in her self-designed swimwear on her social media platforms, and has received an overwhelming positive response on the post. The 14-piece collection, which is now available online, is priced between HK$499 (S$87) and HK$899 (S$157) and includes bikinis, one-piece swimsuits and a monokini.
On the same day, she attended the collection's launch event in Hong Kong, where she shared with reporters that she is willing to take on photoshoots or projects that require her to show more skin than usual, as long as the concept is one that encourages “a healthy sort of beauty”.
As for her cosmetics brand Sh, the line currently only consists of 12 shades of lipstick which she was inspired to create while filming Yanxi Palace. She explained that she wanted to have lipstick shades that would be able to express her character’s change from a consort to an empress, but was unable to find a shade of red that she liked. She ended up mixing different shades, and later developing her own lipstick line.
Sh’s lipsticks went on sale on June 10. At press time, over 100,000 units have been sold on WeChat e-commerce platform Youzan.
Charmaine Sheh has teamed up with athleisure brand Gourami to launch a swimsuit collection, which was unveiled at a fashion showcase in Hong Kong.
The actress admitted that she faced a lot of challenges as a first-time designer. “I had a lot of different ideas and design elements in mind, but they were very difficult to implement in the actual product,” she explained.
Charmaine also revealed that she had originally planned to come up with a kidswear collection for her godchildren, but she was told that it might not be able to happen until next year at the earliest. Still, that has not stopped her from planning to make all her godchildren model the clothes on the catwalk when the time comes.
As for whether fans can look forward to seeing her strut her stuff on the runway, Charmaine laughed and said, “I’m too short for that! I’ll leave it to the models to do it for me.”
Besides her new swimwear collection, Charmaine has also launched her own brand of lipsticks, but she clarified that acting is still her priority for now, and that she has no intentions of becoming a business mogul. “I just want to take every opportunity to explore different things,” she said.
In other news, Raymond Lam was reported to have proposed to his model girlfriend Carina Zhang after dating for a year. He is said to have popped the question on June 1 at her hometown and plans to marry her on his 40th birthday (December 8) this year.
When asked about this, Charmaine responded, “Really? I don’t know anything about it, but if it’s true, then they have my congratulations. They are a very sweet couple.”
Patty Hou attended a press conference for a skincare brand in Taipei, where she was asked for her thoughts on Lin Chi-ling’s recent flash marriage to Japanese singer-actor Akira.
“Like everyone else, I was very surprised when I heard the news, but I was also very happy for her,” she shared. “I also sent her a message congratulating her on Instagram. I believe she’s able to feel and appreciate all the blessings and well-wishes from everyone around her.”
When asked if Patty has already asked Chi-ling to quickly have babies, the host laughed and said, “I won’t do that. I just want her to enjoy being married.”
She added that she won’t give Chi-ling tips on how to be a happy wife because she believes the latter will be fine. “I think we’re both the kind of people who worry a lot and want to do everything as perfectly as possible, so I just want her to love without fear and to happily enjoy this chapter in her life.”
Singapore – Craving for hipster café food and want to sing out your lungs badly? 7th Heaven KTV and Café is the place to go to fix them all.
Singapore’s first KTV Café, 7th Heaven KTV and Café is located on level 3 of Tampines SAFRA. Upon arriving, you will be greeted by a beautiful featured wall with a woody interior ambience. From there, you already can see several KTV rooms by the side. As you enter further in, a spacious area for dining and stage performance will be in view.
The overall ambience is very modern and comfortable, and it is definitely a family-friendly place to hang out for lunch and dinner. Most importantly, they serve the café food we all loved. Well, at least we definitely enjoyed the dishes here. Salted Egg Chicken Waffle, Meat’s Lover Pizza, Egg Lave Beef Burger and Truffle Fries, just to name some of their mouth-watering dishes.
The whole seating area are fitted with large TVs and mic systems. So what are they for? 7th Heaven KTV and Café adopts a ‘Shared Mic System’ where diners can select the songs they wish to sing, publicly. Great for those who aspire to enter “I am a Singer”. Besides this awesome feature to publicly perform your best song, there is also live stage performance every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday night where diners can enjoy the songs performed by residents singers. So reserve the tables as the live showcase starts at 7.30pm and ends at 9.30pm.
After filling up your tummies, hop over to one of the 15 KTV rooms of various sizes to sing. Their rooms are nicely setup with great sound systems. You can easily access their platform to select the songs through your mobile phones over their free Wi-Fi. Adjust other settings such as mic volume, keys adjustment easily over the platform as well.
7th Heaven KTV and Café is a place must not be missed for a day of great food and karaoke session with your best buds. For the good quality in food, sound systems, ambience and price, you definitely feel like in heaven once you walk out.
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3.00pm – 1.00am (Monday to Thursday, Before 3pm by reservation for above 15pax only)
11.00am – 3.00am (Friday & Saturday)
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The spotlight has been on Taiwanese model Lin Chi-ling after her surprise wedding announcement on June 6. Although she and her husband, Japanese actor-singer Akira, shared the good news on their respective social media platforms, media outlets have been left scrambling to find out more about their relationship and future plans.
After registering their marriage, the couple is believed to have gone on honeymoon in the United States, where they will reportedly be based. This is in line with what Akira said in an interview earlier this year, in which the EXILE member shared he wants to “be based in Los Angeles, brush up on my language skills and improve myself”.
However, netizens have yet to spot the couple in public, which has raised doubts about the legitimacy of the reports.
Netizens have also been digging up old interviews that mention the couple. Goro Kishitani, director of musical Red Cliff -Love-, where they first met, shared that the male cast dressed up to impress Chi-ling, and that Akira was especially welcoming towards her throughout the entire process.
In addition, the model’s father said in an interview four years ago that Chi-ling often conversed in Japanese while on the phone, which caused some to speculate that she and Akira gradually got closer over the years.
Taiwan Mandopop king Jay Chou is a huge basketball fan, and recently travelled to California to show his support for NBA star Jeremy Lin, who is currently playing for the Toronto Raptors.
For this trip, he was joined by his wife, Hannah Quinlivan, along with her father and brother. “My brother’s first #nba game! (sic)” she quipped on her Instagram post, which was accompanied by two photos of the four of them together.
The post quickly gained traction on Weibo, where netizens commented that Hannah’s brother, who is reportedly 16, looked like he has what it takes to be a celebrity.
“If he looks like that when he’s 16, he’ll only get more handsome when he becomes an adult!” one commenter wrote, as others concurred with the statement.
Hannah’s parents are believed to have divorced when she was three, and her father, who is Australian, later had another family. Not much is known about Hannah’s brother, who she is said to be trying to keep under the radar so that the media attention does not disrupt his daily life.
With her recent post, however, many believe that she is slowly opening up to the prospect of having her brother’s identity exposed to the public.
Taiwanese actors Patty Wu and Yankee Yang promoted their new TV series The Love Story in Banana Orchard with Chinese-Taiwanese model Chang Chiung Tzu and Taiwan-based Singaporean singer-actor Wong Jinglun in Taipei.
Yankee revealed that he was nearly killed by a bunch of bananas during production. “It happened during a bamboo rafting scene, where Jinglun and I had to accidentally fall into the water with a bunch of bananas,” he explained. “But the river current was so strong that when I came up for air, it sent a rock-hard bunch of bananas slamming into my head, sending me beneath the surface.”
He also shared about suffering from heatstroke on set with Hong Kong actor Tai Bo, who plays his father in the show. “We were both so dizzy we could not remember our script and messed up over 30 times,” he recalled. “The director was so angry he did not want to continue shooting, but that night he bought us packets of brown sugar, saying that it will help prevent heatstroke.”
With the news of Lin Chi-ling and Exile’s Akira’s sudden marriage making headlines across the entertainment world, Patty, who has been dating a Japanese man named Aki for several years, was asked what her boyfriend is like.
“From my experience, he is someone who places a lot of importance on good manners,” she shared. “For example, if you don’t say ‘I’m going to eat’ before a meal, or if you don’t greet him after coming home or say goodbye before leaving the house, he will get angry!” Chiung Tzu then revealed that her baseball coach husband Kuo Tai Yuan was also like that when they were living in Japan for a while.
When you think of reel-to-real life couples, celebrity couple Cecilia Liu and Nicky Wu immediately come to mind. The duo first got to know each other on the set of the 2011 period drama, Scarlet Heart, and soon fell in love.
After dating for three years, they tied the knot in a lavish destination wedding in Bali, Indonesia in 2016. In April, the couple welcomed their firstborn, a baby son.
Over the weekend, Nicky’s close friend uploaded a picture of the new dad, sharing that they had met up for a meal to catch up. In his caption, Nicky’s friend shared that he had met with Nicky’s son as well.
“First time meeting his son, Bubu (步步). He’s too cute and basically a mini Nicky,” his friend wrote in his caption.
Fans soon caught on to the fact that little Bubu’s nickname was derived from the Chinese name of Scarlet Heart (步步惊心). The revelation came as a welcome surprise for many, as the couple has yet to reveal the name of their baby.
Many also welcomed the fact that Cecilia and Nicky had chosen to pay homage to the drama that had helped to bring them together, by choosing to give their son a nickname reminiscent of Scarlet Heart itself.
Celebrity couple Nicky Wu and Cecilia Liu welcomed their first child, a son, in April. Since then, the couple has kept a low profile, with many of their fans hoping for a glimpse at their baby boy.
Their wishes were finally granted on June 6, when Cecilia updated her Weibo account with a photo of her son to cheer on those taking their college exams. She carefully blocked out his eyes with a sticker, and added a sticker of a mortarboard on his head, along with the words ‘you will succeed’ (必胜).
Fans were touched by her gesture, but at the same time, they cooed over the bundle of joy who was wearing a onesie designed to look like a tuxedo. His pacifier also had a fake moustache on it, making the little boy appear even more adorable.
Since welcoming their first child, Cecilia and Nicky have been embroiled in negative press as news outlets claimed that she is suffering from post-natal depression, which was caused in part by the conflicts between her and her mother-in-law.
This was fuelled further as some claimed that Cecilia was forced to fly back to Beijing to be with her family as she could not take the stress from having to constantly be with Nicky’s mother.
Neither Nicky nor Cecilia have stepped forward to address the speculation, as the couple has constantly maintained a low profile, ignored speculative reports and only make announcements as they deem fit.
Taiwanese actor-singer Jerry Yan’s love life has been a bit of a mystery after he and model Lin Chi-ling broke up in 2006. Although the former couple was rumoured on multiple occasions to be giving their relationship another try, it was not meant to be as Chi-ling announced on June 6 that she is now a married woman.
Soon after the news broke, Jerry’s name started trending on Weibo, with many wondering why he wasn’t the one marrying Chi-ling. This was fuelled further by his ex-girlfriend’s remarks that she has always known that Chi-ling is the love of his life.
Taiwanese model Seanna Chang was rumoured to be his girlfriend when they were spotted together by paparazzi in 2015, but he denied all reports, calling her a “very important friend”. In May, however, she stepped forward to reveal that they dated for two years.
Sharing that she was his pillar of support during his lowest points, she added that she often questioned why he wouldn’t go public with her. Calling Jerry a “good boyfriend”, she shared that he was not clingy and gave her the freedom to do what she wanted.
They spent more time apart than together, and came to a mutual decision to break up because she wanted to go public with their relationship, but he disagreed. They have, however, remained friends even after the breakup.
Seanna mused that she encouraged Jerry to be courageous in pursuing happiness for himself, and shared that it was obvious to her that Chi-ling was the greatest love of the former F4 member’s life.
Those hoping for a reconciliation between Chi-ling and Jerry were especially devastated by news of her marriage, especially since the pair was spotted together in Malaysia in November 2017, sparking hope that they would have the ‘reunion of the century’.