Netizens Praise Him Law & Tavia Yeung For Being Thrifty After They Use $121 Taobao Float As Backdrop For Family Pic
On his 38th birthday (Aug 28) this year, Hong Kong actor Him Law took to Instagram to share some pics of him and his family.
The actor has a daughter, Hera, two, and a nine-month-old son with Hong Kong actress Tavia Yeung whom he married in 2016.
But what got netizens talking wasn't the couple's home, which reportedly costs S$7.1K a month to rent, but where Tavia and Him took their photos.
In the pics, Hera sits in an inflatable pool while Him playfully squirts his daughter with a water gun. Next to them is Tavia who is holding their son up and making cheeky faces at him.
"What day is it today?" wrote the actor, who added "happiness is just so simple" as a hashtag.
Tavia also left a comment on Him's post, writing: "Happy birthday to the boss of my family. Hope you'll always be healthy, handsome, suave and happy." She also added a lot of heart emojis.
Even with all that sweetness going on, fans somehow only zeroed in on the float that was used in the background.
And why was that?
Turns out, the float can be bought on Taobao for 600 yuan (S$121), which then led netizens to praise the couple for being thrifty.
It’s no secret that Edison Chen, 41, enjoys the finer things in life — just check out all the stories about him with his private jet and expensive toys.
But occasionally, the Hong Kong star can also be spotted going about his daily life like a regular Joe.
Recently, Edison was seen waiting in line for a table at a Hong Kong-style roast meat restaurant in Vancouver.
It is understood that the casual eatery is very popular and the prices affordable.
According to a netizen who was seated at the next table, Edison was with his wife, Chinese model supermodel Qin Shupei, 31, their five-year-old daughter Alaia, and some friends.
During his meal, Edison was approached by star struck passers-by for photos and he graciously obliged.
The netizen noted that Edison was “friendly” and “down-to-earth”, and agreed to all the photo requests. The impromptu fan meet lasted around 20 minutes.
He even helped the diners at the next table take photos.
Feeling FOMO, the netizen approached Edison just as he was leaving to say hi.
"He is still charming and humble,” said the netizen, who also shared paparazzi pics of the star on social media platform Xiaohongshu.
Netizens praised Edison for being friendly, however, some were more focused on his looks, commenting on how “old” and “haggard” the once boyish-looking star has become.
They drew attention to his “wrinkles” and “receding hairline”, and how his good looks “are a thing of the past”.
There were also those who came to Edison’s defense, saying that it is better to age naturally than to look unnatural.
Edison is no stranger to getting age-shamed by netizens.
He has been criticised for having “bald spots” and “crows feet", and looking and dressing like an uncle.
Cyndi Wang & Nicholas Teo’s 2022 Variety Show Reunion Feels Like A Throwback To 2006 When They Starred In Smiling Pasta
Work never ends for Taiwanese star Cyndi Wang, 39.
Immediately after wrapping up the third season of Chinese reality competition Sisters Who Make Waves (which she won, by the way), Cyndi is already hard at work, shooting her next variety show.
The show, titled Stars’ Promise in Chinese, will feature fellow Sisters Who Make Waves contestants Gillian Chung, Charlene Choi, Wu Jinyan and Huang Xiaolei.
Earlier, a netizen posted pictures of the five stars out riding bikes and filming for the show. Said netizen also shared that Taiwanese singer-actor Jiro Wang, 41, was there as well. Cyndi and Jiro starred opposite each other in the 2009 idol drama, Momo Love.
Now, it seems like the show’s next surprise guest has been revealed.
A number of netizens recently took to social media to share pictures of Cyndi, as well as Malaysian singer-actor Nicholas Teo, 40, walking together in Yunnan, China.
On Aug 27, Nicholas also updated his Weibo, with his location revealing that he’s currently in Yunnan, furthering confirming the sightings.
When reached for a comment, however, Nicholas’ management declined to say more, sharing that it wasn’t convenient for them to talk about this matter at the moment.
Cyndi and Nicholas starred together in the 2006 idol drama Smiling Pasta and are said to be very good friends. According to reports, though they have not worked together for many years, they still remain in contact.
In August last year, Cyndi and Nicholas had a ‘virtual reunion’ with Nicholas appearing via a video call during Cyndi’s appearance on variety show Hello Saturday.
Netizens were delighted to see Cyndi and Nicholas together, with many exclaiming that it felt like they’d been transported back to 2006 when Smiling Pasta premiered on screen.
“I can’t believe that I can still see them together again after so many years, who else has had memories of their youth woken up [by these pictures]!” one netizen said, while another declared that they’ll “be the first” to watch the episode when it airs.
Taiwanese Celeb Makiyo Still Smokes Despite Being 8 Months Pregnant; Her Sister Says It’s OK 'Cos Their Mum Did The Same
Taiwanese star Makiyo, 38, who announced her pregnancy and marriage to a Taiwanese businessman working in the medical aesthetics industry in May this year, was recently photographed smoking outside a restaurant with her husband and older sister.
According to reports, the star appeared to be taking extra-long drags on her cigarette, and even threw her cigarette butt on the street after she was done smoking.
The release of the pictures attracted much attention from netizens, many of whom left comments criticising Makiyo for continuing to smoke despite being pregnant.
According to America’s Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, smoking during pregnancy can cause damage to the unborn baby.
There is a risk that the unborn baby might suffer tissue damage, particularly in the lung and brain. Some studies also suggests a link between maternal smoking and cleft lips.
When reached for a comment, Makiyo’s older sister came to her defense, revealing that the star has cut down on her vices ever since she found out she was pregnant.
She shared that Makiyo is now abstaining from alcohol and refraining from clubbing.
However, as Makiyo has been a smoker for over 20 years, she found it impossible to go cold turkey and quit smoking altogether.
“When our mum was pregnant [with us], she also smoked like crazy, and all three of us [siblings] are all fine, aren’t we?” Makiyo’s sister went on to assert. Makiyo has two older sisters.
Seven years ago, when Makiyo’s mother lost her battle with lung cancer, Makiyo vowed to quit smoking. Similarly, when she announced her pregnancy, she made the same vow, declaring that she would stop smoking once and for all.
However, it seems like her efforts have not been successful. When asked about her attempts to quit smoking, Makiyo shared that she found it hard to resist the temptation whenever she saw her friends lighting up.
Calvin Chen Crops Fellow Fahrenheit Member-Turned-Frenemy Aaron Yan Out Of Throwback Photo During Live Stream
It's no secret that the members of Taiwanese boyband Fahrenheit aren't all on the best terms with each other.
While Jiro Wang, Calvin Chen and Wu Chun continue to be best buds since the group broke up in 2012, Aaron Yan has been an outcast.
When Fahrenheit celebrated their 15th anniversary in 2020, Jiro, Calvin and Wu Chun took to social media to show off pics of their reunion.
Aaron, on the other hand, was conspicuously missing from the festivities, as if he was never part of the group.
And now, it looks like Aaron has been erased from memory again.
Recently, Calvin went on live stream to sell Disney products and he decided to flash a throwback photo of Fahrenheit at an event in Disneyland 15 years ago.
"Let me introduce to you guys, this is not photoshopped. [Here's] Jiro, Wu Chun, Snow White, Belle and Sleeping Beauty," beamed Calvin.
When the live stream host teased that the guys looked like Disney princes, Calvin promised that "next time [he] would invite the other two princes [in the picture] to be in his live streams."
But wait, since it's a throwback pic of Fahrenheit, shouldn't there be four members instead of three? Where's Aaron?
Turns out, Calvin had cropped Aaron out of the original picture.
Netizens, unsurprisingly, had a lot of say about this.
""Doesn't [Fahrenheit] have four members?" asked one netizen,
"This is hilarious, [you] actually purposely cropped out someone (Aaron)," scoffed another.
One netizen also said: "You wanted to sound sentimental, and even mentioned Fahrenheit. Yet you cropped Aaron out, that's just too much."
This is not the first time shots were fired between Calvin and Aaron.
Back in 2020, during an interview on Dee Hsu and Kevin Tsai’s talk show Hua Hua Wan Wu 2, Aaron openly admitted that he's not friends with the other Fahrenheit members. He even professed to hating "the one [he's] always involved in gossip with." (Yes, he was referring to Jiro)
After the episode aired, Calvin took to his Instagram to share an indirect message to a certain someone whom netizens guessed was Aaron.
He wrote: "Sometimes, certain things in life are no big deal. Just laugh through it and it's over. What's most important is that you're healthy, bless you~"
Chinese actor Wang Dong, 44, has been accused by his 21-year-old wife, Annepple of abuse.
They got married in 2021 and have a 10-month-old daughter named Cindy together. It's the actor's third marriage.
Wang Dong is the star of dramas such as Diamond Lover (2015), Meteor Garden (2018) and Storm Eye (2021). His popularity grew even more this year after his wuxia fantasy drama The Blue Whisper became a hit.
According to a post from Anneple in April, the actor would go MIA for long periods of time after their child was born.
She also shared screenshots of his conversations with a friend, where he appeared to seek information regarding child support payments in the case of a divorce.
Just when news of Wang Dong’s alleged neglect of his wife and child died down, Annepple took to her Weibo page on Friday (Aug 26) to share a video of Wang Dong being violent with her.
Annepple revealed that she was abused by Wang Dong, who not only hit her, but also threw things at her and cursed her out.
She called the police when he left the room. However, he snatched her phone when he returned.
Her actions angered him more and Wang Dong could be seen furiously asking her what she was trying to do.
He then climbed onto the bed where she was sitting on and strangled her while asking “Do you want to die together?”.
According to Annepple, she couldn't breathe and he only let go after the police started knocking on their door.
When Wang Dong returned from the police station, Annepple said she was beaten up by him again, expect this time, it happened in an area of their house where no cameras were installed.
She said that she fell unconscious from the beating, and had scratched him while trying to protect herself.
She then posted a picture of her bloodied head, adding that she suffered from short-term memory loss as a result from a previous beating.
Along with the pic was also a collection of photos of her bruised arms and legs. According to Annepple, those pictures were taken after he hit her when she was pregnant.
A netizen also commented on one of Annepple posts, saying that she and Wang Dong had a one night stand.
Annepple said she was aware of it, and revealed that Wang Dong had cheated on her while she was pregnant too.
After the video went viral, Wang Dong posted a short statement on Weibo.
In it, he apologised and acknowledged that he had gone “overboard”.
“But now, I can finally let go. I won’t be tortured and threatened anymore. I once had expectations for life, I worked hard, tolerated, and tirelessly tried to control this abnormal relationship [with my wife],” he wrote.
He added that his wife didn't reveal the whole truth and that his lawyers had “settled” the matter. He also asked for others to give them space.
Many netizens however, were unable to accept Wang Dong’s apology.
They have since nicknamed him “domestic abuse man”, leaving angry comments such as “What kind of lousy apology is this? He can’t even bring himself to say “abusive actions”? [He said] his actions were “overboard”, he’s really good at absolving himself”.
Others were also appalled and angered by his behaviour towards his wife.
TVB actress Natalie Tong, 41, recently appeared on her pal Sharon Chan’s YouTube channel and spoke about an important time in her career.
Natalie revealed that she was introverted as a kid and often felt lonely. As such, she believed that it was “God’s will” that she entered showbiz, and that it happened so she could “be changed”.
Before appearing in hit TVB drama My Unfair Lady, Natalie travelled to Malaysia to seek mentorship from French theatre professor Philippe Gaulier, who often holds acting workshops in the country.
Philippe is famous for not mincing his words, and uses a method called negative reinforcement, where he motivates his students with harsh scoldings so they can unlock their potential and become tougher.
Natalie said she remembered crying for three days during the week-long course, and was told by Philippe that she was “worse than trash”.
“I felt like I was worth less than dust on the stage, [I] didn’t know that [my acting] was that bad,” said Natalie, who at that time, had already appeared in more than 40 TVB dramas.
“I was really sad then, but if you believe in him and is able to overcome this obstacle, then he will be able to teach you well,” she said.
And help her he did.
Natalie, who called the experience a turning point in her career, went on to win Best Actress at the TVB Anniversary Awards for her performance in My Unfair Lady.
Natalie also talked about how she once saw her close friend Kenneth Ma losing his temper, adding that it was over something very minor and that he was “very scary”.
“For example, if something is HK$10 and we mistakenly say it’s HK$8 (S$1.43), he would suddenly get really angry,” revealed Natalie.
When Sharon asked why he would be affected by such a small thing, Natalie said he could’ve been “holding in his emotions for a while” which caused him to suddenly “erupt”.
Martial arts superstar Jackie Chan has reportedly added a new home to his collection of real estate — a luxury apartment in Hangzhou.
According to reports, Jackie, 68, made quite an entrance when he arrived by helicopter to view the swanky One53, a hotel and condo development in the Qiangjiang New Town, in May.
Accompanied by a bevy of bodyguards, the friendly star smiled and waved at fans when he entered the lobby.
Jackie was there as a spokesperson for the development, but after viewing it, he decided to buy a 4,305 sq ft unit.
The price tag? 40 million yuan (S$8.1mil).
Jackie recently collected the keys to his apartment and moved into his new home to much fanfare.
Not only did the developers arrange for a performance by a lion dance troupe, the chairman and media were also present to welcome the superstar.
According to reports, Jackie had no airs, and was shaking hands and taking photos with guests.
He also invited his friends and some VIPs to his new home where he personally whipped up a meal.
Located in Hangzhou’s new CBD, the apartment boasts 360-degree views of the river.
Decorated in elegant neo-classical style, the house is decked out in European-style pieces, crystal chandeliers and lots of gold accents. Even the ceiling sports 18K gold cornices.
The master bedroom is said to be equally grand, with luxe details everywhere.
After months of bad publicity for Chinese actress Angelababy — see here, here and here — there's finally some good news for the star.
The 33-year-old recently became the first female Chinese celeb to have 10mil followers on Instagram.
While that's nothing compared to Angelababy's 104 million followers on Weibo, it's still a very impressive milestone for a Chinese actress on a platform that's largely dominated by American and Korean stars.
To celebrate this achievement, the actress took to her Instagram to thank her fans for their support.
"10M followers. love u guys three thousand times", she wrote.
The actress mainly uses her IG account to update her fans about her day-to-day activities. She also shares more lifestyle photos on IG compared to her Weibo, which is often filled with work updates and sponsored posts.
Basically, she makes you feel like you're following a friend instead of a Chinese superstar.
Netizens also found that unlike on Weibo, Angelababy's posts on Instagram do not get deleted after six months, which means that fans can look back on her past content as and when they like.
And among her followers are some equally famous people. American socialite Paris Hilton, Blackpink members Lisa, Rosé and Jisoo, and Mandopop King Jay Chou all follow her. No wonder she's been called the Chinese queen of social media.
When Sandra Ng, now 57, was pregnant with her daughter, Jillian Chan, 16 years ago, she weighed 67kg at her heaviest.
The 1.64m-tall star quickly lost 22kg after giving birth, and believe it or not, has managed to maintain her 45kg weight all these years.
So how does she do it?
According to Sandra, she took tips from American writer Harvey Diamond’s book, Fit For Life, which details how one’s diet shouldn't be restricted to certain quantities or preparation styles.
She eats large servings of vegetables every day, and doesn't consume meats and carbs at the same time.
Basically, if Sandra were to have large amounts of carbs for a meal, she has to stay away from all meats, including fish and other animal byproducts such as eggs.
Sandra, who said there's no need for her to skip any meals, also shared that she waits a minimum of four hours between every meal and doesn’t snack in between or consume any alcohol.
Sandra also swears by her friend Sammi Cheng’s healthy vegetable soup, which she said is not only yummy and nutritious but requires little effort and time to prepare.
During a previous appearance on a show, Sandra said that while one’s face will age, she can still train her body to stay at its best condition.
In order to remain fit, she spends her mornings with her partner, director Peter Chan hiking, riding bicycles, swimming and training in the gym.