Singer-songwriter Khalil Fong held a press conference in Taiwan on June 19 to announce that he will be bringing his TIO concert tour to the Taipei Arena on August 24 this year.
He admitted that he is feeling nervous yet excited about performing at such a huge venue, and compared it to like being in space. He also revealed that he has been trying to arrange to hold a concert at the Taipei Arena for the past eight years, but because of a clash in schedules, he missed three previous opportunities to do so.
Thankfully, the stars finally aligned and he was able to secure a date. “I’m very happy because it’s been a while since I last met my Taiwan fans in a concert setting,” he gushed.
In addition to his career as a singer, Khalil is also the boss of his own independent music label FU Music, which he founded three years ago. He has also launched a children’s book series called Emi The Dream Catcher, which has a famous fan: Alyssa Chia’s daughter Bubu, who needs to read it every night before going to bed.
“The purpose of the book series is to give kids something to enjoy,” said Khalil. “I’m very happy because I’ve received a lot of positive feedback. Matilda Tao and Kay Tse have also spoken to me about the book.”
With so much on his plate, concern was shown for Khalil’s health, as he had suffered from a collapsed lung in 2010. He assured everyone that his physical condition has improved a lot, and that he has been making sure to get enough rest every day. “I don’t schedule regular check-ups for my lungs but there hasn’t been a relapse for two to three years.”
Chinese actress Qin Lan’s role as the beloved Empress Fucha in the hit period drama Story of Yanxi Palace allowed her to reach new heights in her career, after first breaking into the entertainment industry in 1999.
Since then, the 37-year-old has been kept busy with new projects. However, a recent video that surfaced recently shows the actress allegedly having a heated disagreement with a director. The video, which was said to be filmed on set at the studio for upcoming drama We Are All Alone, was widely circulated online.
In the clip, the director is seen gesturing angrily whilst holding on to a script, while Qin Lan, who’s facing the director, replies agitatedly. The director then flips through the script a number of times with furrowed brows, seemingly searching for something in the text, before walking off in anger.
Later, the production crew uploaded a picture of the actual director of the drama to debunk the rumours. They clarified that the video actually showed Qin Lan acting out a scene with one of her co-stars.
“Don't confuse a scene in which [Qin Lan’s character] has a disagreement with her on-screen manager with real life,” they added in their post.
Qin Lan’s work studio also issued a clarification, writing, “Our sister is very invested in her role, on a hot day [like this], it’s been hard on all the crew members present.”
On Wednesday, a video of Hong Kong actor Edison Chen in the midst of a face-off with a member of the public was uploaded online.
In the clip, which appeared to have been taken at an airport, Edison can be seen standing in front of a man clad in black and pushing a luggage bag. In the video, Edison’s bad mood is apparent, and he even rolls his eyes at bystanders a number of times.
According to an eyewitness, Edison appeared to have erupted in anger at an airport, swearing and even nearly coming to blows with the man in front of him.
The eyewitness later added that he was not sure how the situation arose, but he had heard that the man dressed in black was a vlogger, and that he had instigated the altercation with his actions.
“Every time he saw Edison, he would make sure to anger the actor. After filming what he wanted, he would then begin to edit his video,” the eyewitness shared.
After the eyewitness account of the incident was posted, many netizens sided with Edison, criticising the appearance of “yet another vlogger who only cares about views and has no moral standards”.
In April this year, Edison lost his cool after being followed by a vlogger in Japan while he was out with his daughter, 2-year-old Alaia Chen.
Taipei, Taiwan – Artiste Lawrence Hiew is now in Taiwan for a series of promotional shows and filming at top popular programs. This is his second trip to Taiwan within a short span of 2 months since his first trip.
His first appearance today is on SETSuperstar (安安大明星), hosted by their triumph host Chen Jian An. SETSuperstar is a variety program which invites special guests to interview them on their latest involvement in the media and entertainment industry.
Named as the ‘Most Busy Guest’ in their program history, Lawrence was well-loved and taken care of by the production team and host. You must be wondering how busy can Lawrence get while on set to film, well let us find out more.
Lawrence gave the welcome gifts to host Chen, which consists of products under his endorsement belt. Host Chen was in awe of the number of gifts Lawrence had prepared for him. He was particularly interested in Asia Farm Purple Tea and Leaves and also House of Seafood vacuumed packed crabs in their signature Black Pepper and Chili flavours. All in all, Lawrence brought along a total of 100kg worth of sponsors items specially for his Taiwanese counterparts to thank them.
After performing his singles ‘Script of Happiness’ (幸福剧本) at the beginning of the show, Lawrence began to prepare the dish that he was going to cook- Hakka Yong Tau Foo. Due to hands limitation during food preparation, host Chen even helped to hold the microphone for Lawrence to speak. Lawrence successfully prepared his Hakka Yong Tau Foo, and garnishes the tofu with Noodlemix Shallot oil for extra fragrance.
The host and producer were full of praises for Lawrence’s ability to handle the singing performances and live cooking session at the same time. Fans of Lawrence were also very supportive throughout the live show, commenting and encouraging him for everything he does.
“I am so grateful for this opportunity to be the special guest for SETSuperstar. Host Chen and the entire crew were so caring and thoughtful towards me. It is heart-warming to find such warmth for my first show here. I also want to thank all my fans in Taiwan and also those back in Singapore for all the encouragement.” Lawrence shared his thought after the filming at SET Group.
The promotional trip for Lawrence is very packed and hectic and he will be set to be involved in many more filming for the upcoming days in Taiwan. He has arranged to record for as much programs as possible so as not to disappoint his fans despite his hectic schedule. He certainly hopes to be able to appear for all the programs the next round and also wish to thank all his sponsors for the generous gifts for the Taiwanese counterparts.
Whilst filming a variety show last week, Taiwanese host Mickey Huang let slip that he and his fiancée, Taiwanese actress Summer Meng, have decided on a date for their wedding. The couple had previously shared that they were still looking at auspicious dates for their union, and that they had yet to decide on a date.
The 47-year-old shared that they are planning for a fun wedding with a garden tour theme in April next year. In order to allow their guests to take part in the event itself, they plan to gift each guest a voucher, with which they can exchange for specially designed products on the spot.
When asked if he had signed a pre-nuptial agreement with Summer, Mickey replied, “This [question] hurts my feelings, it feels as if there’s no trust in a marriage.” He then went on to share that he believes that mutual trust is important in a marriage, which is why he will not bring this topic up with Summer.
Additionally, his many years in the entertainment industry, coupled with Summer’s large social circle, means that the couple will naturally have a large number of friends that they will be inviting to witness their nuptials. Therefore, a big concern for him is finding the perfect venue, as they will be hosting close to 200 tables of guests.
“I originally wanted to do it outdoors, but after thinking about my friends like [Taiwanese singer] Stella Chang, you can’t possibly expect them to use a portable toilet, can you?” Mickey quipped, before sharing that he has since decided to host the event indoors instead.
One of Taiwanese model-actress Hannah Quinlivan’s latest Instagram posts had netizens and fans of Taiwanese multi-hyphenate Jay Chou squealing in delight.
In the post, the couple’s two kids, 4-year-old Hathaway and 2-year-old Romeo, can be seen looming over Jay, who’s sprawled out on a sofa.
Although the picture itself is blurry, Hannah’s caption helped to shed some light on what the two kids were up to. “Massage for daddy,” she wrote, adding a couple of hashtags spelling out Happy Father’s Day. Describing it as the “best gift ever”, Hannah added that she wanted a massage too, with Jay commenting a simple “haha" on the post, showing his amusement.
In related news, Hannah also shared a picture of a handmade gift featuring a family portrait on her Instagram Story. Fans were heartened to see that the family portrait, other than including Hannah, Jay, Hathaway and Romeo, also showed Hannah’s beloved pet dog Machi as well.
Last Saturday (June 15) Hong Kong singer-actress Karen Mok put on a show to remember at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. Titled The Ultimate Karen Mok Show, the singer-actress’s concert tour was to commemorate the 25th anniversary of her debut, as well as bid goodbye to concert tours.
The tour was announced to be Karen’s final large-scale concert tour, as she will be turning her focus to musicals and theatre shows instead.
As a result, the stadium was packed with fans who wanted to soak in the atmosphere of the pop diva’s last concert in Singapore. Apart from local fans, however, it appears that Karen’s mother, as well as some of her celebrity friends were in attendance as well.
Before the concert began, Hong Kong actress Cecilia Cheung took to her Weibo to upload a picture of herself holding up a guest pass for Karen’s show here in Singapore. The photo, which appeared to have been taken backstage, was captioned, “I’m here”.
Karen later reposted Cecilia’s post, adding a comment thanking the actress for her support. “Thank you gorgeous, very happy to have met you last night in Singapore,” Karen wrote.
Both Karen and Cecilia are known as ‘Sing Girls’, having first gotten their big break on the silver screen after acting alongside Hong Kong actor Stephen Chow in his movies. As a result, the interaction between Cecilia and Karen brought up many memories for netizens, many of whom reminisced about the various movies that Cecilia and Karen had starred in over the years.
Other than Cecilia, Hong Kong actress Charlie Young also attended the Singapore stop of Karen’s concert tour.
“Watching Karen’s concert is a form of enjoyment. In my heart, she’s a great performer! I love watching her on stage: confident and at ease, sexy and yet, classy,” Charlie wrote in her Weibo post, attaching a number of pictures of the concert, as well as the photos she had taken with Karen backstage.
Singapore - LeLePot (乐乐锅) is a Singapore-style Hot Pot store which serve simple yet comforting hot pot food at its Tiong Bahru outlet. Get ready to fill up your tummy with their yummy food.
With many soup bases to choose from, you will be spoilt for choices. If you are looking for something unusual, be sure to order their coconut chrysanthemum soup. Not only you can feel the coconut bits but also taste the flora aroma in your mouth.
Lelepot uses fresh ingredients for their dishes. Portions are also fairly generous. With a wide variety of meat, vegetables and side dishes to choose from, the price are also very reasonable. Buffet per pax is priced at $29.90. So gather your gang and feast while you are in town.
Mix your own sauce to dip the meat from the sauce selection counter. Apart from the usual drinks and beer selections, we personally like their ice blended series like the Yuzu and Ribena ice blended.
Overall the service at LeLePot (乐乐锅) is prompt and environment is causal and comfortable for a gathering with family or friends. Share the joy with your loved ones at LeLePot (乐乐锅) today.
To celebrate her 38th birthday, Ella Chen spent six months and a reported NT$10 million (about S$435,600) to organise The Ella Show, an event that was a combination of a talk show, musical, and concert all in one, in Taipei on June 17.
Dressed in a sharp suit and sporting braided hair, the Taiwanese singer-actress introduced herself as the rapper of S.H.E and performed her new song ‘Stop Nagging’ for the small but passionate crowd of about 270 people in the audience.
According to Ella, she was heavily involved in the planning of the event, from the script to the choreography, but it was her husband Alvin Lai who suffered the most stress as the producer.
“Because of this show, he aged 10 years!” she revealed. “It often kept him up at night, and whenever he thought of any great ideas, he would wake me up to share them with me, and then the both of us would have insomnia together. (Laughs)”
The theme of the talk show segment covered topics such as living in a modern society, parent-child relationship issues, and celebrity careers. Ella even dressed up as a man to act out a short scene of a family drama, fascinating everyone on site.
With a second show set to take place on her actual birthday today (Jun 18), many fans are wondering if her bandmates Selina Jen and Hebe Tien will be showing up then. However, Ella shared a statement through her company Jinhua Entertainment, saying, “Selina and Hebe were invited to attend the second show on the 18th, but they both have work on that day and are still trying to coordinate their schedules, so we are unable to confirm if they can make it.”
2020 will mark local songbird Stefanie Sun’s 20th year as a singer, and the 40-year-old wants to commemorate it in style. Apart from preparing for a concert tour, Stefanie will also be joining the third season of reality singing competition, The Coming One, as a judge.
In a short teaser video that aired recently, Stefanie revealed the reason she chose to appear on the show, laughing, “I was afraid my fans would stop being my fans because I haven’t appeared (on television) for a long time as I was busy taking care of my children.”
After tying the knot with her businessman husband, Nadim van der Ros, in 2011, Stefanie took a step back from her singing career to focus on her family. Although she has released two albums since then, Stefanie has always returned to caring for her family soon after concluding promotions for her albums. The couple welcomed their firstborn, a son nicknamed Little Nadim in 2012, and a girl nicknamed Poppy last year.
“After starting my own family, I did not appear on television often. I feel that my fans missed me. As next year will mark the 20th anniversary of my debut, I wish to appear on television once again, to share this journey with them,” Stefanie said.
The singer also shared that one of the main reasons she decided to join the cast of The Coming One was due to the fact that the upcoming season will feature an all-female cast, including the contestants.