When it comes to making bold fashion statements, even the hottest young things are no match for the fabulous Liza Wang.
Despite being 72 years young and boasting a showbiz career spanning over half a century, the veteran actress isn’t afraid to step out of her comfort zone when it comes to her wardrobe, especially on her variety show Liza’s Online.
Recently, Liza got netizens talking thanks to the interesting hairstyles she’s been sporting at the recording sessions of upcoming Liza’s Online episodes. One ‘do in particular, which has her tresses pulled back into a tight, high ponytail, has even landed her the title of “Hongkong’s Ariana Grande”.
Yes, that Ariana Grande, the 26-year-old American pop sensation whose trademark ponytail is about as iconic these days as she is.
Mane topic aside, Liza has often been lauded for her sense of style that veers closer to Gen Z than auntie. And that's thanks to her striking makeup — complete with flawless cat eye flicks — as well as her love for hip street brands.
Then again, we probably shouldn’t be surprised that Liza is so fashion-forward — this is after all the same lady who, at an age where most of her peers are pretty much clueless about social media and technology in general, started her own Instagram trend by “tagging” people in her own unique way.
Taiwanese actress-host Aya Liu is no stranger to adventure. The 41-year-old has hosted two seasons of the travel documentary show, Adventure Life, which sees her tagging along with various celebrities as they travel to countries like Iceland and Zambia for a week, engaging in activities like mountain-climbing.
However, nothing she experienced on Adventure Life could’ve possibly prepared her for this.
On talkshow Hua Hua Wan Wu 2, which is hosted by her pals Dee Hsu and Kevin Tsai, Aya shared more about a recent encounter in Russia that she described as “a true adventure”.
Aya started off by sharing that she had gone to Moscow with a production team. Things had gone smoothly until their flight back.
“We were on the plane, and suddenly, a flight attendant began randomly selecting people and asking them to disembark the plane for an unknown reason,” Aya shared.
As their photography assistant was one of those selected to get off the plane, Aya and her team then tried to ask the flight attendant to find out what was going on.
She then noticed that there was an empty seat next to her in business class, so she went up to the flight attendant to ask if the photography assistant could sit beside her instead.
To her surprise, a male flight attendant then approached her, and yelled at Aya to get off the plane as well.
After the plane had been stuck on the tarmac for an hour, another flight attendant eventually came up to them. While it seemed like she was there to resolve the issue initially, she later told the entire team to get off the plane after receiving a phone call.
Aya recounted, “She said to us, 'You're not welcome on this plane, you’ve already broken the law, and we’ll see you in court’.” Aya then realised that the flight attendant had said that to them out loud so the other passengers would think that Aya’s team was the reason the plane could not take off.
Outside the aircraft, Aya and her team were greeted by policemen toting guns. They were then ushered into a holding room, where they were “treated like criminals”.
“We were accompanied by an armed police officer even when we went to the toilet,” recalled Aya.
Eventually, the team managed to make their way out of the country, after spending over NT$100,000 (S$4,618) on new flight tickets.
To date, however, the airline company has not given Aya and her team an explanation for the fiasco.
When it comes to charity, Hongkong action superstar Donnie Yen prefers to make it a family effort.
Not only did the 56-year-old donate HK$1mil (S$180,000) to the Wuhan Charity Federation, he and his two younger kids, Jasmine and James, also worked together on a painting to cheer on everyone who has been affected by COVID-19.
Donnie went on to share more about the individual elements of the painting, saying, “The fist in the painting represents strength, while the heart is a symbol of love. The Yellow Crane Tower represents Wuhan. Hand-in-hand, the citizens will gather together, [and] we will definitely overcome this epidemic.”
Donnie is no stranger to raising money for a good cause, having been part of numerous charity galas with his family over the years. He also established his own fashion brand, where a portion of its earnings goes to welfare institutions supporting less-privileged children in Hongkong.
In other related news, Donnie’s latest movie, Enter The Fat Dragon, will be released exclusively online in China after its theatrical release in Chinese cinemas over the Lunar New Year holidays was axed due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
For local audiences, the movie is still showing in theatres islandwide.
Cecilia Cheung Loses “Hundreds Of Thousands” In Revenue After Shutting Her Boutique Indefinitely Due To COVID-19 Outbreak
Hongkong star Cecilia Cheung’s fashion boutique, SeeCeciStreet, has become the latest business casualty of COVID-19.
According to reports, the 39-year-old’s shop will be closed indefinitely, or at least until the epidemic dies down.
The news comes shortly after it was revealed that her ex-husband, Nicholas Tse, had closed all brick and mortar shops of his cookie business, Chef Nic’s Cookies. One of Nic’s outlets is said to be located some 100m from Ceci’s shop.
When reporters visited Ceci's boutique, they were surprised to see that there were still people working inside. When they reached out to Ceci’s manager, Emily, she confirmed that the store located in central Hongkong had been closed since Chinese New Year, and that the staff had only returned to do some cleaning up.
Unlike many of the businesses affected by the outbreak, Emily clarified that none of their staff were forced to take unpaid leave.
"When the epidemic first started, Ceci told her employees not to go back to work because safety is the most important thing,” Emily said, adding that Ceci had instructed them to go in at staggered timings in order to minimise contact with other people if they had to go to the store.
It was also reported that Ceci has been losing “hundreds of thousands of dollars” since her shop’s closure a month ago but they are in no hurry to resume business.
“There are no plans, it depends on the situation,” Emily said.
In the meantime, Cecilia and her three sons — Lucas, 12, Quintus, 10, and Marcus, 2 — have been spending most of their time at home.
However, the boys have been feeling restless so Cecilia decided to take Quintus out for a quick shopping trip, which she documented on her IG stories.
"I haven't been out on the streets for a long time. Now that I’m out for the first time, we’re going to the toy store to buy toys. My son is so happy!” said Cecilia, who was wearing a mask. “We snapped up the toys in 10 minutes and left!"
“I am so happy!” Quintus laughed as he picked out several boxes of toys, including a ride on toy car that's presumably for Marcus.
At the end of Ceci’s IG posts, she was seen disinfecting the soles of her son’s shoes before heading home.
Mike He Says His Wife Was Very Understanding About His 'Cheating' Scandal, And That The 'Other Woman' Has Already Apologised
Last December, Taiwanese heartthrob Mike He found himself in hot water when he was snapped getting a little too cosy with a woman who was not his wife. They even looked like they were kissing at one point.
Although the 36-year-old was quick to clarify that he and the woman were just “close friends” and that their overly-chummy behaviour was the result of drinking too much, netizens weren’t buying his excuses, and Mike’s reputation inevitably took a hit.
On February 19, Mike took the opportunity to address this scandal at the press conference for his new fantasy series Skywatcher, which is said to be similar to hit K-drama Goblin, so… does that make Mike Taiwan’s Gong Yoo?
Well, not quite. After self-deprecatingly calling himself an “uncle”, Mike revealed that Skywatcher incorporates elements from traditional Taiwanese culture, making it completely different from its rumoured Hallyu counterpart. He also quipped that he’s dressed more like Keanu Reeves in The Matrix.
When asked about his rumoured affair, Mike more or less reiterated what he said in his damage control statement: That he was out celebrating his birthday with friends and that they had a little too much to drink.
While he acknowledged that he and the woman had hugged and held hands (which everyone can see from the clip), he claimed that they never kissed. “We don’t even keep in touch that often,” he said, adding that the woman has since apologised to him in private.
Mike also said that his wife Chen Yiwen was “very understanding” about the situation, and that she didn't ask him too much about it. “It’s inevitable for things to be blown out of proportion for a public figure,” he said. “It was a birthday celebration and I was spending time with friends, so there’s no need to overthink it.”
The Devil Beside You star, who’s usually fiercely private about his personal life, shocked many when he announced in 2017 that he had married Yiwen, his high school sweetheart, and that they were parents to a baby girl nicknamed “Mei Bao”.
Former screen siren Cherie Chung, who was one of Asian cinema’s greatest beauties before her sudden retirement in 1994, turned 60 on February 16. And boy, does she still look great.
On February 17, the Peking Opera Blues and Once A Thief star shared several pictures on Weibo of at least two birthday gatherings she had with her friends, including Hongkong singer-actress Kelly Chen and Singaporean-born food critic Chua Lam.
“Thank you to everyone for your blessings,” Cherie wrote. “My birthday wish this year is for everyone to be healthy and safe!”
Can she wish for us to look as good as her at her age too?
Before long, her Weibo was flooded with well-wishes and, of course, compliments. “Beautiful people will never be defeated by the years,” wrote one netizen, while another pointed out that, amazingly, Cherie looks about as young as Kelly, who is 13 years her junior.
If anyone’s wondering what her age-defying secret is, well, it isn't a good plastic surgeon. Cherie has claimed that she has never undergone any cosmetic procedures and that she believes in “learning to accept one’s true self”.
“Recognise the fact that everyone ages, but don’t let that stop you from looking for the joys in your life; that is also a form of happiness,” she said.
Michelle Yim, 64, and Patrick Tse, 83, Look So Young For Their Age, Netizens Say They Must Be "Eating Preservatives”
Popular TVB police crime drama Forensic Heroes IV is back for its fourth run, nine years after its last installment in 2011.
It hasn't been an easy journey getting the drama on screen. And it's because of scandal-tainted actress Jacqueline Wong, who was one of the stars of the show. After her cheating scandal with Andy Hui made her the most-hated woman in Hongkong, producers decided to recast actress Roxanne Tong in Jacqueline's role and the drama had to be reshot as a result, causing massive delays to its telecast date. But we guess it was all worth the wait, especially for fans of the series.
Less than an hour after the show’s premiere three days ago (Feb 17), Forensic Heroes IV quickly became one of Weibo's trending topics.
While the drama stars Raymond Wong and Selena Lee, fans were also excited to see Michelle Yim and Patrick Tse, who both had cameo roles in the show. The veteran stars were last onscreen together 24 years ago in 1996 ATV drama King of Gamblers.
However, this time they didn't play a couple. Instead, Michelle is a famous Cantonese opera star, while Patrick plays the founder of her troupe.
Fans were blown away by how young 64-year-old Michelle looked in the show, especially in Cantonese opera make-up. "She doesn't look like a senior citizen at all," said one netizen.
Then there's 83-year-old Patrick, whose age-defying looks has long wowed viewers. And seeing the youthful duo onscreen again has led netizens to believe that the stars "must be eating preservatives".
Sounds gross but surely, there has to be a reason right?
Joyce Cheng, the daughter of late comedy icon Lydia Sum and Hongkong actor Adam Cheng, paid an emotional tribute to her mum who passed away on Feb 19, 2008.
“There are so many things I’d like to tell you. So many secrets I’d love to whisper in your ear, watch your eyes brighten as the latest gossip leaves my lips and enters your ears,” the 33-year-old singer-actress wrote in an IG post, which she addressed to her mum.
Joyce was very close to Lydia, who died at 62 after losing her battle with liver cancer.
“So many shows we’d binge watch together, you’d love them!" continued Joyce. "There’s this thing called Netflix now, it’s great. Though... It’d probably take you a while to figure out how to use it. I remember you asking me things like, “Bb, how do I send this email?” See the send button, mum? Click that.”
Joyce also revealed that although Lydia was “heart-broken” when she left for Japan to “take classes”, the comedy icon was “secretly proud” that her daughter wasn’t “sitting at home, wasting time and waiting for something to come around”.
“It’s been 12 years since you’ve left us. Many people think I should “get over it”. But I will never get over losing you. How can I? You were such an inspiration to all. I imagine Hongkong would need your magic now. But guess what? We can always find you again through the work that you left us with. Your music, your movies, your talk-shows... Thank you again for giving your life to entertainment. You truly are a legend,” Joyce wrote.
This Wuhan Nurse Got Creative With Her Protective Suit... And Scored Some Love From Chinese Actor Hu Ge
The COVID-19 epidemic has taken a toll on the spirits of frontline medical workers. But this nurse working in the epicentre of the outbreak, Wuhan, just got her day brightened in a, um, huge way.
The nurse took to Weibo on February 8 to share her joy when a patient suffering from COVID-19 was discharged after given a clean bill of health.
“Other than treating their sickness, we have to heal their hearts as well. The thick protective suits might make us physically distant from the patients, but we should still try our best to brighten the downcast mood in the wards,” read her caption.
Along with her post, she also attached a photo of herself wearing her protective suit, which had the words, “Hu Ge’s wife” scrawled on the back. She then tagged the popular Chinese actor, as well as his fanclub.
Her message soon caught the attention of Hu Ge himself, who shared the nurse's post on Sunday (February 16).
“You're the most beautiful bald person. Without the persistence and selfless dedication of you and your comrades, the citizens of this nation will not be healthy and prosperous. Looking forward to the day when the epidemic will be over, so that you can take off your protective suit. I’ll give you the title [of being my wife] for the time being, remember to return it to me after this!” the still-single 37-year-old star wrote.
P/S: He called her 'bald' because she had uploaded some photos of herself shaving her head to avoid cross-contamination while caring for COVID-19 patients in a post a few days prior.
Soon after Hu Ge shared the nurse’s post, fans began streaming in to leave supportive comments for the nurse, with one quipping: “Remember to return the title of Hu Ge’s wife to me instead, I’m his actual wife”
Video Showing Jackie Chan, Eric Tsang And Other Stars Partying With Hongkong Police In A Hotel Stirs Controversy
Hongkong stars Jackie Chan, Eric Tsang, Alan Tam, Alex Fong Chung-sun, Ben Lam, Oscar Leung, Bobby Auyeung, Ken Lo and Michael Wai have landed themselves in quite the pickle after a video of them partying it up with Hongkong police officers was circulated online.
The video, which shows the stars having dinner and drinks while singing karaoke with the police at a hotel, is seen as controversial for a number of reasons — the most pressing being the COVID-19 outbreak. The Hongkong government has already advised that that non-essential gatherings should not take place but because the video is undated, there's now a fierce debate online on when the party happened. One netizen wrote, “If the party took place after the health emergency was announced, then everyone who was present is very irresponsible. There’s no need to live in fear, but to blatantly hold such a large-scale gathering is inappropriate, to say the least.”
Also, tensions between pro-democracy supporters and the Hongkong police have been at an all-time high since the 2019 Hongkong protests. While there have been some celebs, like Alan Tam, Kenny Bee and Tony Leung, who have openly shown their support for the police, many stars have wisely steered clear of the topic. And now netizens believe that this video reveals which celebs are actually pro-police, which has elicited comments that they are "in support of police brutality".
There were also many netizens who, for some reason, wondered who settled the bill. “It probably wasn’t cheap for them to have this party. It could be a problem if it was proven that the bill wasn’t split evenly among everyone who attended. You guys know what I’m talking about, right?”
Hongkong media outlets have since been blasted for uploading the video without furnishing their readers with more details, as they only shared that this dinner and karaoke session took place after a friendly football match between the stars and the police officers.