Netizens Accused Ruby Lin And Wallace Huo Of Travelling Overseas During COVID-19 Outbreak (And Without Masks, Too)
Last week, Sonia Sui had some pretty strong words for those who insist on travelling during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, despite being advised to stay at home. This week, Chinese netizens accused another Taiwanese actress of going against health advisories and taking a family vacation during the coronavirus crisis.
On Monday (March 23), a Weibo user claimed to have recently spotted Ruby Lin and her husband, Taiwanese actor Wallace Huo, in Bali on holiday with their three-year-old daughter, and even shared a photo of the couple as “proof”.
According to the post, the netizen was prevented from taking a seat on the second floor of a famous restaurant, even though there was clearly a lot of available space. They then saw a tour guide leading a group of about 10 people upstairs. The netizen immediately recognised Ruby and Wallace, and noted that neither of them were wearing masks.
Other netizens quickly chimed in, slamming the couple for their actions and for failing to set a good example as public figures by leaving the country in the midst of a global pandemic.
As it turns out, it was all one big, fact-twisting witch hunt. Yesterday (March 24), Ruby took to her Weibo page to clear the air, and wrote: “That’s an old photo from last year. Are you bringing it up now to stir trouble…”
A scroll through Ruby’s Facebook page shows that the 44-year-old did indeed jet off for at least two beach holidays in early- to mid-2019 — way before COVID-19 had been discovered. It should also be noted that Ruby has always been vocal about taking the virus seriously, reminding her followers to be careful and to wash their hands.
Since the death of his wife, Taiwan's 'dancing queen' Serena Liu, Shin Lung has remained silent and out of the public eye.
The only statement made was by Taiwanese variety show host Jacky Wu, who spoke on behalf of Shin on March 23. Jacky described Shin as "emotionally devastated" and admitted that the 48-year-old singer "said things which concerned us".
However, Shin has now broken his silence on the matter and he is pleading with the media to show mercy in their coverage on Serena's death.
In an interview with Taiwanese media, Shin implored reporters to give his family and in-laws some space as they're grieving.
He said: "My in-laws are quite old so please don't disturb them again. If they come to the memorial hall, I hope everyone and the media can be magnanimous and spare them. After all, the elderly can't take too much and we can't afford another accident."
He also spoke about his four-year-old daughter with Serena, nicknamed Ni Ni, and also asked for the media to give her some privacy.
"Ni Ni is still young but when she gets older and is able to read, how would she feel reading all these reports? Please let Ni Ni have her own privacy," he said, adding that Ni Ni won't be at the memorial hall because she's too young to handle it.
Shin then took the opportunity to rubbish claims about Serena's lack of insurance. It was previously reported that Serena didn't have medical insurance, which caused a strain on the family, and that part of the bills came out of their pockets.
"These [claims] aren't true. If Serena didn't have insurance, how was she able to see a doctor?" Shin clarified, though it was reported that he didn't address claims about having to pay part of the medical bills.
He added politely: "I am grateful to everyone for their encouragement. I will always remember how you all came together for Serena."
SERENA LIU PASSED AWAY ON MARCH 22
Dubbed the 'queen of ballroom dancing', Serena Liu fell into a coma in February after undergoing heart valve repair surgery and remained in critical condition. She was put on extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, or Ecmo, while awaiting a heart transplant.
Her condition deteriorated as blood clots formed in her brain. Despite undergoing surgery to remove the clots, doctors reportedly said blood clots continued to form in her right brain, allegedly leaving the left side of her body without sensation.
The dancer-actress died on March 22 at 22:22, according to a statement released by the hospital.
Taiwanese celeb dancer Serena Liu, or Liu Zhen, passed away on Mar 22 in a Taiwan hospital, after battling a coma for one month, after complications during a heart valve replacement surgery, and was awaiting a heart transplant. The hospital has released a statement, revealing the cause of death was increased intracranial pressure.
Since her passing, the 44-year-old dancer's husband, singer Shin Lung, has not been seen in public. Instead, speaking on his behalf is Taiwanese host Jacky Wu, who's a close family friend and runs the agency that Shin Lung is signed to. Speaking to the media, Jacky said that while Shin Lung is “not in a good condition”, his close friends have all rallied behind him to show their support.
Jacky also mentioned that Shin Lung wants everyone to “keep the image of Serena’s beautiful dancing in their hearts forever”.
As such, Jacky revealed that the family will not be holding a funeral for Serena. However, a Buddhist memorial service is scheduled to be held from March 25 to 29 at Lungyen Life Service in Zhongshan District. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, those who wish to pay their respects will have to enter in batches. A final memorial service will be held on April 22, at the Le Méridien Taipei.
However, Shin Lung had given the hospital a statement to release on his behalf. He thanked everyone for their care and encouragement for Serena. The 48-year-old also apologised for being unable to get in contact with everyone who had reached out to him, and requested for everyone’s understanding. Finally, Shin Lung also thanked the hospital for their hard work.
Is Taiwanese actress and cellist Ouyang Nana already considering a career direction change at the tender age of 19?
Chinese e-commerce giant Taobao on Sunday (March 22) introduced Nana as their “new colleague” and “partner stylist”, complete with a photo of her staff pass. Nana also announced it on her Weibo page, asking her followers to search for her specially curated looks on the site.
According to reports, Nana has been working hard to juggle her time between her new role and her second-year studies at the prestigious Berklee College of Music. When she’s not busy with school, she sometimes stays up to work until the wee hours of the morning.
Nana is also reportedly in charge of Taobao’s apparel operations. Insiders had claimed that, together with her fee as a brand ambassador, she could be earning over 1mil yuan (S$205,000) a year. However, Taobao reps have since come forward to debunk those rumours, clarifying that Nana doesn’t actually have a fixed salary.
What Taobao did confirm is that they will be embarking on more collaborations with Nana, including livestream broadcasts where viewers will be able to get a closer glimpse at her lifestyle and fashion choices. Nana has always been considered a style icon, with fans paying close attention to the brands she’s wearing in her vlogs so they can dress just like her.
“With Ouyang Nana onboard Taobao Live, there will be a more direct channel for her to share her style influence with fans,” said the company.
Hong Kong singer Sammi Cheng is spending more time with her pet cat Mike now that social distancing measures are in place in the city, reported China Press.
The 47-year-old posted photos of her and her cat, whom she calls Fat Mike, on Instagram over the weekend.
One of the photos showed Mike pushing Cheng's face away as she attempted to kiss him.
"Fat Mike understands that the Covid-19 outbreak has yet to end and that we can't be careless," she posted.
Cheng is one of the most prominent singers in Hong Kong, having sold more than 25 million albums in her 30-year career.
Last year, her husband, singer Andy Hui, 52, got caught in a scandal after he was caught kissing 30-year-old actress Jacqueline Wong at the back of a taxi.
Cheng has since forgiven him and urged fans to respect her decision.
What was once a happy and romantic number will now bring pain and sadness.
Taiwan's 'dancing queen' Serena Liu went on her first date with her husband, Taiwanese singer Shin Lung, many years ago on July 22. Since then, the duo celebrated 'doubles anniversary' on the 22nd of each month. Alas, fate has played a cruel trick on the loving couple.
The 44-year-old dancer-actress died on March 22 at 22:22, according to a news report which cited a statement released by the hospital. It was also revealed that the cause of death was high intracranial pressure.
Yesterday (March 23), Taiwanese variety show host Jacky Wu held a short press conference on behalf of Shin, 48. Jacky, 57, runs the management artiste agency that Shin is under.
Speaking to Taiwanese media, Jacky explained that Serena's medical team had determined there was nothing more they could do. Nevertheless, Shin couldn't bring himself to let go of his wife. Hence, they requested for Taipei mayor Ko Wen-je to assess her condition.
Prior to his mayorship, Ko was a doctor at National Taiwan University Hospital and his specialty includes organ transplant, Ecmo, and artificial organs.
It was only after Ko's medical assessment that Serena had "no chance left medically" that the family made the painful decision to let her go. Jacky said: "Serena's parents didn't want her to suffer anymore and after a long discussion, Serena passed away [on March 22] at around 10pm."
From Jacky's statement, it seemed like her family made the heartbreaking decision to pull the plug off life support. Reports said the heartbroken Shin kissed Serena farewell, and promised to be husband and wife again in their next life.
Jacky also mentioned that there will be a full press conference in the near future where they'll field questions from the media.
As for Shin, Jacky respectfully requested that he be given space during this time because he's "emotionally devastated" and has "said things which concerned us". Serena and Shin have a four-year-old daughter.
Veteran singer Yu Tian, a friend of the family, told the media separately: "Shin Lung can't get over his grief and keeps telling us he wants to leave together with Serena. How can he? What would happen to their child?"
Since news of Serena's passing broke, celebrities have expressed their condolences in various forms.
Taiwanese actress Ruby Lin published an Instagram post with the acronym "R.I.P" (Rest In Peace) while Taiwanese singer-actor Tony Sun shared a picture of the One Piece lead character bowing his head in respect along with the caption "R.I.P".
Ella Chen, one-third of popular girl group S.H.E, only learnt of the news via reporters and said: "My heart hurts. As a mother myself, I can imagine that the one person Serena will be most worried about leaving is her daughter.
"I think Brother Shin and his family will need some space so I hope everyone won't disturb them. I hope Serena is at peace."
It was also reported that Taiwanese host-actress Dee Hsu cried uncontrollably and said: "I only hope she has many beautiful shoes to wear in heaven so she can continue to dance."
Even Hong Kong Heavenly King Andy Lau, whom Serena once danced with on a variety programme 16 years ago, expressed his sorrow at her death. He told Taiwanese media: "It's very sad and unfortunate. I hope Shin Lung takes care of himself, his daughter, and his family."
Serena's wake will be held from March 25, 2.22pm, at Lung Yen Life Service in Zhongshan District, Taipei. The wake will last for five days.
She fell into a coma in February after undergoing heart valve repair surgery, and was in critical condition. She was put on extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, or Ecmo, while awaiting a heart transplant. Reports said she went for the surgery to improve her heart condition as she wanted to try conceiving a son.
With five days into the movement control order, Malaysian singer Fish Leong (pic) was making the best of her time being stuck at home by livestreaming her cooking on social media, reported Sin Chew Daily.
The 41-year-old mother of one showed herself making omelettes for her family for brunch on Sunday while interacting with fans at the same time.
However, for almost the entire duration of the video, Leong's back was facing the camera while she was cooking, prompting fans to ask to see more of her face.
"Everyone's seen me for 20 years; there is nothing much you haven't seen!" she joked.
The Seremban native, who debuted in 1999, is known as the "queen of love ballads" in the Chinese-speaking world.
At the end of the livestream, Leong admitted that it was challenging to cook and interact with fans simultaneously.
"It's too hard!" she added.
Last September, Leong broke down in mid-performance and announced that she and Tony Chau had divorced after nine years.
Atrip to the supermarket recently left Malaysian singer Fish Leong upset, no thanks to shoppers who are blissfully unaware of the importance of safe distancing. This, despite experts advising people to keep a distance of anything between one to 1.8 metres from others, to curb the spread of COVID-19.
The 41-year-old star was at a supermarket, presumably in Taiwan where she's based, standing in line and waiting to pay for her groceries. She observed that shoppers were queuing up a little too close to each other.
“Everyone in the queue was not even 5cm away from each other!” Fish posted on Instagram stories on Mar 21.
She approached supermarket staff to let them know that they ought to enforce safe distancing measures to ensure that shoppers don't stand too close to each other when in line. But the straw that broke the camel's back was when said employee merely brushed off her suggestion.
“When I suggested to the staff to make an announcement to tell people to maintain a distance, she said that she’s unable to control it. I'm infuriated! This shouldn’t be ignored,” she ranted.
"At least make an effort before saying that you'd leave it up to fate. If you don't take care of yourself and your family, you are also a perpetrator. So please take care of yourself!”
She decided to take matters into her own hands and posted pictures and advice on ideal safe distancing practices to her 346k IG followers.
“When you are in line to purchase something, you must at least maintain this distance, or even more if you can,” she said.
Following her post, Fish uploaded a separate video for her Malaysian fans, urging them to take heed instructions from the authorities to remain at home as much as possible.
“I encourage everyone to follow the instructions given by the Malaysian government to stay at home and avoid going out if possible. If you really have to go out, please remember to wear a mask and wash your hands.
"I hope that everyone will stay safe. We will get through this together. We all must cooperate in order to defeat this virus. Please take care of yourself and the people around you so that we can stop the spread,” she pleaded.
Four days into the MCO, Hong Kong singer Charlene Choi is making the best of her time stuck indoors by experimenting with hairdressing, reported China Press.
The 37-year-old singer and actress, who was filming the TV series Female Forensic Doctor JD in Kuala Lumpur, had to stop work when the MCO was announced.
Instead of remaining idle at home, Choi started cutting and styling the hair of two of her employees, with their permission, she revealed.
She posted a video of herself cutting the hair of her personal assistant on Instagram on Friday along with the caption: "I'm one step closer to being an expert hairdresser."
Choi told reporters that most of the series' actors have chosen to remain in Malaysia and would be at their respective hotel rooms until filming resumes in April.
Taiwan's "queen of ballroom dancing" Serena Liu has allegedly made her last dance.
Serena, 44, fell into a coma in February after undergoing heart valve repair surgery and was waiting for a heart transplant. However, reporters reported today (March 23) that according to sources at the hospital, the celebrity dancer died last night before she could get a new heart.
Serena's husband, singer Shin Lung, is uncontactable and has not commented. Authorities are also not able to disclose any information as her family has not made any information public yet.
It was previously reported that Serena remained in critical condition after falling into a coma. She was put on extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, or Ecmo, while awaiting a heart transplant.
On Feb 28, 48-year-old Shin commented on the situation for the first time. He wrote on Facebook: "Serena needs the help of everyone to get her past this immense challenge in her life. I, Shin Lung, am willing to give up my life in exchange for hers because our daughter is only four. She can do without a father but she cannot be without her mother."
He also asked everyone to pray for her and cheer her on.
But, Serena's condition deteriorated as blood clots formed in her brain. Despite undergoing surgery to remove the clots, doctors reportedly said blood clots continued to form in her right brain, allegedly leaving the left side of her body without sensation.
Shin then told reporters on March 14 he doesn't know when she can receive a new heart.
Serena shot to fame as a dancer on Taiwan's variety programmes before embarking on her acting and hosting career. She leaves behind a four-year-old daughter with Shin.