Hongkong actors and long-time pals Michael Tao, 58, and Wayne Lai, 57, first got close while working together on the 2000 ATV drama, Showbiz Tycoon.
Their bromance first came to light in 2017 when Wayne publicly thanked Michael during an interview, revealing that the latter had given him a lot of support during his early days in showbiz.
According to Wayne, he once faced serious financial difficulties as he needed to keep up with payments for his new home.
At that point, Michael had an upcoming performance in China.
Recounting the conversation he had with Michael, Wayne said: “He told me: ‘Wayne, come and help me with a portion of the performance, I’ll give you a fee’. Later, I found out that the money he gave me was actually taken from his own pay.”
Wayne added that even though the incident happened a while back, he still remembers it clearly.
However, during a recent YouTube interview, Michael said that the entire thing “never happened”.
“Wayne has never been poor, he has always had a lot of money to spend,” laughed Michael.
Michael then cleared things up, saying: “It just so happened that I was working with him then, and everything went very smoothly. We were filming Showbiz Tycoon then, and the show had around 60 episodes. We filmed for eight to nine months, and I was with him every day! I spent more time with him than I did with my family. We had a good relationship, and loads of things to talk about.”
Michael went on to explain that he’d just started accepting requests for commercial performances then.
“It was common to just show up and sing a song or two, to earn a bit of money. But I missed [Wayne], so I asked him if he was interested to join in. He asked if he really could, and I agreed! I told him: ‘Why don’t we do it this way, I’ll give you half of my fee, and we’ll go there and have fun. And that’s what happened! It’s not like what was mentioned in the interview. Wayne’s very rich, don’t act as if he’s poor! There’s no such thing like that,” he said.
Michael also praised Wayne for being a loyal friend.
“I feel that he’s someone who places great importance on friendships. He really still remembers that incident [till today],” Michael said.
Meat-lovers fall in! If you are looking to beef up your Chinese New Year celebration meal with family and friends this Year of the Tiger, look no further than The Armoury.
Known for serving some of the most value-for-money steak in town, this popular steakhouse located at the historic South Beach Quarter has once more given customers a great reason to revel in the new year festivities there.
For two days only on 1 and 2 February 2022, which also fall on the first two days of Chinese New Year, The Armoury is offering an all-you-can-eat CNY Steak Buffet, for a price of just $39.90++ per pax.
Feast on unlimited servings of steak, pork belly, shabu beef and more meats at the CNY Steak Buffet.
Included in the extensive buffet menu is a free-flow of sirloin and ribeye cuts, various meats such as grilled pork belly, oven-baked dory fish and fried chicken chop, sides like chicken satay, drumlets, fried mantou, mashed potatoes and greens, and even a selection of non-alcoholic soft drinks.
The CNY Steak Buffet includes a variety of appetising sides.
Diners who wish to enjoy free-flow of house lager beer only need to top up an additional $10++ per pax, while those who want to opt for a sumptuous upgrade to The Armoury’s premium Australian Wagyu steak can add another $50++ per pax for unlimited servings.
Top up on the buffet with free-flow beer (add. $10++ per pax) and Wagyu steak (add. $50++ per pax).
With such an indulgent spread, you can truly make a tigerish start to the new year on a feeding frenzy! To book your seats for this CNY Steak Buffet on 1 and 2 February at your preferred timing, hurry over to The Armoury’s website at https://www.armourysg.com/ to place an online reservation.
36 Beach Road #01-01 Singapore 189766
Taiwanese host Na Dou reportedly suffered a cerebral hemorrhage and was rushed to Taipei’s Cathay General Hospital for emergency treatment on Monday (Jan 24).
According to reports, Na Dou, who just turned 41 on Jan 7, had to be intubated and is now in the intensive care unit after undergoing surgery.
His manager En En told reporters on Monday that the host, whose real name is Lin Yu-chih, is “fine”.
"He was not feeling well in the morning, so he went for a routine check-up. The doctor suggested he rest, so he’s taking a break from [variety show] Students. He’s fine. Thank you for your concern,” said En En.
Later that day, however, Na Dou's uncle, New Taipei Mayor Hou Yu-ih, took to Facebook to call on the public to cheer for the star and help him get through this difficult time.
En En then responded by saying that she had checked with Na Dou's mother, who said that the star is okay.
News of Na Dou's condition came as a shock to many as he had always appeared to be in good spirits and had never mentioned that he had any health issues.
He seemed fine when filming variety show 3 Kingdoms last week and had just celebrated his birthday with pal and former College Talk co-host Ah Ken and actress Amber An a few days ago.
When asked about Na Dou, Ken’s manager replied on his behalf, saying they had just learned about the news but heard that he is fine now.
According to reports, Na Dou was supposed to shoot travel series Super Taste - 2 Days 1 Night Go with Tseng Tzu Yu from Jan 25 to 28. Tzu Yu’s mentor, actor Frankie Huang, has since agreed to fill in for the Na Dou.
Na Dou became a household name after hosting variety show College Talk with Ken and Matilda Tao from 2007 to 2016. He won the Golden Horse Award for Best Supporting Actor in 2020 for his role in Classmate Minus.
Rainie Yang’s Ex 4 In Love Bandmates Reveal Why The Group Disbanded Just Two Years After Their Debut In 2000
Taiwanese singer-actress Rainie Yang, 37, may be one of Asia's biggest pop stars now but she actually got her big break as a member of the girl group 4 In Love.
The quartet, made up of Rainie, Sunnie Huang, Cloudie Leng, and Windie Chang (yes, they were all named after meteorological phenomena), made their showbiz debut in 2000.
Unfortunately, the group disbanded just two years later, shocking both the members and their fans.
Recently, Sunnie, now 40, and Windie, now 37, revealed the reason behind the band's sudden demise.
According to the two of them, the end of 4 In Love was a result of the 921 earthquake, a 7.6 magnitude earthquake that hit Taiwan on Sep 21 1999.
Over 2,400 people were estimated to have died and much of Taiwan’s infrastructure was destroyed. It was reported that the quake caused billions of dollars in economic losses for Taiwan.
The parent company behind 4 In Love’s label took stock of the situation, and decided to withdraw their investment from the label.
The decision caught everyone by surprise and Sunnie and Windie said that all artistes under the label had their contracts terminated overnight.
The employees of the label were also retrenched, with just two accountants left on the payroll to sort out the label’s financial situation.
Sunnie and Windie added that they felt like they were "dropped into the pits of hell after ascending to heaven” when they heard the news.
Today, Sunnie, Windie and Rainie are still active in showbiz, while Cloudie has retired from the spotlight.
However, all four remain as close as ever — Rainie works out with Windie occasionally — and have kept their weather-ific names.
Bruneian Star Wu Chun Wants His Kids To Study In China, Says Their Chinese Improved So Much After Just A Month There
Every parent wants the best for their kids and would try to give them the best education possible. Bruneian heartthrob Wu Chun is no different.
The 42-year-old revealed on Chinese talk show Star Moon that he intends to send his kids, Neinei, 11, and Max, eight, to China to study, and has even checked out schools during their recent month-long family trip there.
But that wasn’t always the plan.
As both Wu Chun and his wife, Lin Liying, attended university in Melbourne, they had initially wanted to send Neinei to Australia this year and had even chosen a school.
However, they changed their minds due to the pandemic and decided China would be a better choice.
Not only will it be beneficial when it comes to learning Chinese, the kids can experience Chinese culture too, he added.
In fact, he saw a huge improvement in their Chinese over the past month.
“It is equivalent to spending five months in Brunei,” he noted. “They hear us speaking Mandarin all the time and everyone communicates with them in Mandarin, so they have improved a lot.”
When host Wang Jiangyue asked if he’s worried that their Chinese would be better than his, Wu Chun replied, "This is every parent's dream. They hope that their kids will be better than them. Of course, they want them to do well."
While many netizens were impressed with his decision, some commented that he would probably enroll his kids in an international school, and not schools that locals attend.
There were also netizens who advised him to reconsider as the Chinese education system is fiercely competitive.
Abalone, fish and suckling pig - these are just some delicacies that inevitably spring up whenever we talk about a Chinese New Year reunion meal. But how about a vegetarian feast suitable for all dietary preferences that is no less vibrant, hearty and flavourful?
Enter Supreme Vege 善心缘. Situated within Hotel Royal @ Queens, this vegetarian restaurant was started with the environment in mind, looking to promote fine vegetarian cuisine as a more sustainable form of food consumption.
Over the years, Supreme Vege has garnered many highly-positive reviews from customers and celebrities alike, citing the innovation, quality and wholesome taste of their dishes as top-notch.
And this Chinese New Year, Supreme Vege is rolling out a few reunion set menus that will showcase the restaurant’s culinary skills and food presentation in all of its full glory.
Ranging from $358++ for 5 persons to $688++ for 8 persons, these luscious 6- to 8-course sets include festive favourites such as “Salmon” Yu Sheng, Crispy “Suckling Pig”, Special Steamed Rice with Lotus Seed and Fresh Chestnut, as well as a serving of dessert and free flow of Chinese tea and soft drinks.
No reunion meal is complete without the customary Yu Sheng.
Depending on the set, dishes such as Handmade “Fish” served with Signature Sauce, as well as a lavish Prosperity Treasure Pot (pen cai) are also sure to impress both in taste and aesthetics.
Supreme Vege’s Chinese New Year set menus are available throughout the festive period from 31 January to 15 February 2022, for both dine-in and takeaways. More information about their menus can be found on their Facebook page.
For advance table bookings, customers can call the restaurant at 6238 5085 or 8298 6426 to make their reservations.
Make this Chinese New Year reunion meal an exceptional one with your family and loved ones at Supreme Vege by feasting on a traditional spread with a modern vegetarian touch!
Supreme Vege 善心缘
12 Queen Street
Hotel Royal @ Queens, #02-03 Singapore 188553
'90s Actress Wu Xuewen Said To Have Quit Showbiz After A Triad Boss Beat Her Up For Not Starring In His Cat III Movie
The name Wu Xuewen, 54, may not sound familiar to many these days, but in the ‘90s, the actress was billed as a name to watch, having worked with A-listers like Tony Leung, 59, and Chingmy Yau, 53.
Xuewen, who’s also known as Jacqueline Ng, received high praise from legendary director Wong Jing, 66, who described her as someone with outstanding manners and a "fresh and pure" appearance.
She appeared in a number of films, including the 1993's Hitman Blues.
Her most recognisable work though is the saucy Cat III movie Raped by an Angel, where she played Chingmy’s best friend, and had a number of intimate scenes with Hongkong actor Mark Cheng, 57.
Xuewen, however, quit showbiz abruptly at the peak of her career in the late ‘90s, and has not resurfaced in the public eye since then.
Recently, an article by Chinese media outlet NetEase claims to have uncovered the reason behind her departure from showbiz.
According to the report, a triad boss had his eye on Xuewen, and asked her to star in a Cat III film. However, Xuewen refused his offer, which reportedly enraged the triad boss so much, he ordered her to get beaten up.
Xuewen was said to have suffered two broken ribs from the attack, which took place at her home. And the actress was reportedly so traumatised by the whole ordeal that she quit showbiz.
Years later, Xuewen tied the knot with a businessman and they now have a son and daughter together. Xuewen also has no desire to return to the limelight ever again.
Xuewen was not the only starlet to fall prey to the triads in the ‘90s.
In 1990, Carina Lau, 56, was kidnapped by triad members and photographed naked after she refused to act in a movie the gang was involved in.
With live streaming becoming one of the most popular ways for celebs to stay in touch with their fans, it has also become a very convenient avenue for them to clarify rumours about themselves.
Hongkong actor Ruco Chan has been accused of having gone under the knife multiple times throughout his career, with many saying that it’s not possible for him to have such a defined nose without the help of a surgeon.
The 45-year-old rubbished these claims on his recent Weibo live stream, saying: “I didn’t put on make-up today so I’m not afraid. [My face is] natural! People have said that my nose is fake, but can I do this with it if that’s true? It’s not possible.”
He then applied pressure on his nose to show that it's not stiff, which it would be if he had undergone rhinoplasty.
Ruco also talked about his three-year-old daughter Quinta’s terrible fashion sense during the live stream. “She’s more of a fashion terrorist. She wears whatever she wants and sometimes I don’t know what to say when I see her choices," he said.
"For example, she’s worn a tracksuit with leather shoes. She really liked it and refused to pick another outfit. I let her do what she wants because I feel that we should communicate with our kids rather than to make decisions for them.”
It’s no secret that Hongkong star Ekin Cheng and his wife, former TVB actress Yoyo Mung, love Japan.
The couple, who tied the knot in Tokyo in 2013, have properties in Fukuoka and had previously shared plans to move to Japan in the future.
Last year, Yoyo, 48, splashed around HK$1mil (S$173K) to start a real estate business in Fukuoka. In order to communicate with her staff, she even took up Japanese language classes.
However, despite her best efforts, she doesn't seem to be performing as well as she hoped. She recently failed her Japanese proficiency test, and last week, a pic of her exam paper was posted on the company’s Facebook page by a colleague for all to see.
Tagging Yoyo in the post, the colleague wrote: “Did you notice that one of our female colleagues hasn’t been active on social media lately? Actually, she has been busy studying Japanese online everyday. She has a lot of homework and tests, but her results…” along with a facepalm emoji.
Though only a section of the test can be seen in the photo, it revealed her final score — 24 out of 50.
As if that wasn’t bad enough, the colleague wrote that Yoyo has to "retake the test" along with three laughing emojis.
In the caption, the colleague also encouraged Yoyo to focus on improving her Japanese and leave all the company matters to them.
The post has since been removed.
Moses Chan Stopped Getting Intimate With His Wife Aimee Chan When He Shot His Latest Drama For Fear Of Spreading COVID-19
By now, it’s pretty well-known that Hongkong actor Moses Chan, 50, is really, really, COVID conscious.
One of the anti-COVID measures that he adheres strictly to include keeping his mask on at all times, even when he’s the only one who’s all masked up at public events.
The actor previously revealed that he takes such ‘extreme’ measures as he hopes to keep his wife, Hongkong actress Aimee Chan, 40, as well as their three kids, sons Aiden Joshua, seven, and Nathan Lucas, five, and daughter, Camilla, four, safe.
And now, the actor, who’s currently shooting upcoming TVB drama, titled Forty-Two Sutras, has revealed one other measure he takes to remain COVID-free.
When the media visited the actor on set, it was noted that Moses made sure to put on his mask immediately every time a scene wrapped up.
While resting, the actor also ensured that he was appropriately distanced from the rest of the cast and crew as well.
“There’s a lot of people during filming, and since I can’t control the crowd, I have to be more careful. Especially since I have a lot of kids at home, even when I sleep at night, I wear my mask… It’s only through these [measures] that I can ensure that they are safe and I can be at ease,” he said.
Moses then went on to say that apart from wearing his mask even at night, he also makes sure to be appropriately distanced from his wife. And yes, that includes not getting intimate with Aimee at all.
When the media teased the actor, remarking that it must be hard for him to resist the gorgeous Aimee, Moses laughingly replied: “It’s okay, it’s temporary anyway.”
In any case, filming for Forty-Two Sutras has wrapped, so we know what that means for the couple.
In other related news, Moses was also asked to share his thoughts after losing out on his fifth Best Actor award at the recent TVB Anniversary Awards.
He said: “Life is important, but it’s not only about the awards. Winning awards is equal to a few pats on one’s shoulder as a form of encouragement. Not winning awards does not mean that the drama is not good ‘cos you still have to go through many challenges later, so don’t feel relaxed, and don’t feel discouraged."
"Being an artiste is just like being human, you have to have patience, perseverance and faith, and I will teach my kids the same things too. You have to be even better at letting go of things, working hard, and playing hard,” he added.