What stars did during Chinese New Year

Insta-buzz special: How did our local actors spend the first five days of CNY?

What stars did during Chinese New Year
What stars did during Chinese New Year
12 Feb 2016

What stars did during Chinese New Year

Photos: Instagram

Gong hei fatt choi! Chinese New Year is all about family, food and fun and local celebs made good use of their short two-day break to spend time and gather with their loved ones this year, but not without sending their well-wishes to fans on Instagram first. Thanks to that, we had a glorious spam of family and baby pictures (not complaining, honestly) and a little peek into their otherwise private lives. Give those bak kwa and pineapple tarts a break and have fun kaypoh-ing over these pictures!

The Ser-Lye family sends their best wishes
The Ser-Lye family sends their best wishes
12 Feb 2016

The Ser-Lye family sends their best wishes

Why, if it isn’t James Lye and Diana Ser’s (@dianaserlye) adorable brood. The TV host and entrepreneur definitely put a smile on our faces with this happy family picture. Big smiles, everyone! 

Ben Yeo’s (@benyeo23) sons decked in matchy-matchy wear for their visiting session
Ben Yeo’s (@benyeo23) sons decked in matchy-matchy wear for their visiting session
12 Feb 2016

Ben Yeo’s (@benyeo23) sons decked in matchy-matchy wear for their visiting session

The things parents make siblings do when they are young – wear matchy CNY outfits for relatives to coo over during their visiting sessions. Been there, done that – except we were probably scowling through the photo-taking sessions when we were younger. 

Lin Peifen (@limpeifen) monkeys around with son’s picture
Lin Peifen (@limpeifen) monkeys around with son’s picture
12 Feb 2016

Lin Peifen (@limpeifen) monkeys around with son’s picture

Don’t you love zany phone apps that make you vomit rainbows and turn human beings into adorable primates? YES 933 deejay Peifen dresses her son up without having to spend a cent – genius, we say!

Fann Wong, Christopher Lee party at Ah Bu’s place with their son
Fann Wong, Christopher Lee party at Ah Bu’s place with their son
12 Feb 2016

Fann Wong, Christopher Lee party at Ah Bu’s place with their son

Now that Zed’s a bit older, we’re sure he can appreciate the CNY festivities better. Celebrity couple Fann (@fannaiaiwong) and Chris celebrated CNY at their Ah Bu David Gan’s place with fellow celebs like Patricia Mok and Ann Kok too.

Kenneth Kong’s (@kennethjianwen) family wear
Kenneth Kong’s (@kennethjianwen) family wear
12 Feb 2016

Kenneth Kong’s (@kennethjianwen) family wear

It would have been a picture perfect moment had they taken this family photo by doing the famous Mizaru monkey poses: see no evil, hear no evil and speak no evil. Still, brownie points for making the effort to wear matching shirts!

Cavin Soh’s (@cavinsoh) kids look adorable in traditional garb
Cavin Soh’s (@cavinsoh) kids look adorable in traditional garb
12 Feb 2016

Cavin Soh’s (@cavinsoh) kids look adorable in traditional garb

Cavin’s daughter and son step out in their best and brightest oriental outfits for their visiting sessions. Gotta love how Cavin’s six-year-old son is entrusted as the family’s official mandarin orange carrier with the little man carrying four bags of it in his hands. 

Vivian Lai (@veravivian) goes pink and red with her two daughters
Vivian Lai (@veravivian) goes pink and red with her two daughters
12 Feb 2016

Vivian Lai (@veravivian) goes pink and red with her two daughters

The girls are all preened, primed and looking their best on CNY. 

Huang Biren (@huanbiren) spreads CNY cheer with her real and on-screen brood
Huang Biren (@huanbiren) spreads CNY cheer with her real and on-screen brood
12 Feb 2016

Huang Biren (@huanbiren) spreads CNY cheer with her real and on-screen brood

For the uninitiated, the left picture features Biren and her real-life kids Janelle, Janessa and Justin (from L-R) and on the right we have Shane Pow and Julie Tan, who played her on-screen kids in 2014 hit TV series, Three Wishes.

Elvin Ng (@elvinngchoonsiong) cosies with his relatives’ kids
Elvin Ng (@elvinngchoonsiong) cosies with his relatives’ kids
12 Feb 2016

Elvin Ng (@elvinngchoonsiong) cosies with his relatives’ kids

When you have no kids of your own yet, it’s common to be relegated as the official babysitter at your extended family’s gathering sessions and we’re guessing that was what happened to Elvin too. Here’s one of “uncle Elvin” carrying baby Nicole and posing with four other kids.  

Julie Tan (@julietan_cxq) takes a family picture with her mum and fur kid Tinkerbell
Julie Tan (@julietan_cxq) takes a family picture with her mum and fur kid Tinkerbell
12 Feb 2016

Julie Tan (@julietan_cxq) takes a family picture with her mum and fur kid Tinkerbell

The CNY festivities are on full-swing at Julie’s house – check out the orange plants, couplets and banner hanging at her front door!

Yvonne Lim, Alex Tien are back in Singapore for CNY
Yvonne Lim, Alex Tien are back in Singapore for CNY
12 Feb 2016

Yvonne Lim, Alex Tien are back in Singapore for CNY

Huat ah! Yvonne (@yvonnelim928) and Alex’s little boy AJ sure is looking bigger with each passing day. Welcome back to sunny Singapore, guys!

Leon Jay Williams visits Belinda Lee (@leebelinda) with his wife and daughter
Leon Jay Williams visits Belinda Lee (@leebelinda) with his wife and daughter
12 Feb 2016

Leon Jay Williams visits Belinda Lee (@leebelinda) with his wife and daughter

Aww, Belinda got to snuggle baby Harper when Leon (they have been friends since 20 years ago!) popped by her place with his family during CNY.

Ang Junyang and Candyce Toh’s unborn baby receives first red packet from JJ Lin (@jj_lin)
Ang Junyang and Candyce Toh’s unborn baby receives first red packet from JJ Lin (@jj_lin)
12 Feb 2016

Ang Junyang and Candyce Toh’s unborn baby receives first red packet from JJ Lin (@jj_lin)

JJ is two months early with his red packet gift for BFF Junyang and Candyce’s unborn baby girl – but he’s the god pa, so anything goes! 

Joanne Peh (@joannepeh) brings baby Qi to China for her first CNY celebration
Joanne Peh (@joannepeh) brings baby Qi to China for her first CNY celebration
12 Feb 2016

Joanne Peh (@joannepeh) brings baby Qi to China for her first CNY celebration

Speaking of first-year red packet receivers, baby Qi, who is celebrating CNY for the first time made a trip to her daddy Qi Yuwu’s hometown with her mama during the holidays.

Thomas Ong (@thomasong17) babysits his nephews in Thailand
Thomas Ong (@thomasong17) babysits his nephews in Thailand
12 Feb 2016

Thomas Ong (@thomasong17) babysits his nephews in Thailand

Remember what we said about babysitting duties in the previous slides? Guess who Thomas got stuck with during a recent family trip to the land of smiles?

Pornsak (@pornsakp) flies back to Thailand to spend the break with his family
Pornsak (@pornsakp) flies back to Thailand to spend the break with his family
12 Feb 2016

Pornsak (@pornsakp) flies back to Thailand to spend the break with his family

After hosting the CNY countdown show with Kym Ng and Quan Yifong in Chinatown, Pornsak took off for his hometown the next day to spend the holidays with his 93-year-old dad. The duo went café-hopping and hunting down good eats together too. How cute!

Dennis Chew (@denniszhouchongqing)  escapes the heat for winter Hokkaido-land
Dennis Chew (@denniszhouchongqing) escapes the heat for winter Hokkaido-land
12 Feb 2016

Dennis Chew (@denniszhouchongqing) escapes the heat for winter Hokkaido-land

Oh, what we’d do to escape the heat and warmth of Singapore for snow and cold weather in Hokkaido.

Xu Bin (@xubin_) vacations in Tokyo, Japan
Xu Bin (@xubin_) vacations in Tokyo, Japan
12 Feb 2016

Xu Bin (@xubin_) vacations in Tokyo, Japan

Another actor took off for the land of the rising sun during the first day of CNY: Xu Bin plays tourist in Tokyo by visiting its iconic landmarks like the Tokyo Tower and Sensoji temple in Asakusa.

Carrie Wong (@carriewst) eats her heart out in Hong Kong
Carrie Wong (@carriewst) eats her heart out in Hong Kong
12 Feb 2016

Carrie Wong (@carriewst) eats her heart out in Hong Kong

Xu Bin’s 118 co-star Carrie takes off for the land of dim sum after spending the first few days of CNY in Singapore. We’d be lying if we said we weren’t jealous of her food pictures. Eat up and stay safe, Carrie!

The Kandie troop goes back to Kate Pang’s hometown for CNY
The Kandie troop goes back to Kate Pang’s hometown for CNY
12 Feb 2016

The Kandie troop goes back to Kate Pang’s hometown for CNY

We had glimpse of little Aden pushing his great grandma around on her wheelchair during CNY and now that the trio are back in Taiwan to spend the festivities with Kate’s family, the couple promptly dressed him up in cute winter wear – Minion attire – and had Aden (@aden_kandie) take a picture with his “siblings” at the night market. 

Shaun Chen (@shaunchenhongyu) poses with his wife’s… hands
Shaun Chen (@shaunchenhongyu) poses with his wife’s… hands
12 Feb 2016

Shaun Chen (@shaunchenhongyu) poses with his wife’s… hands

Guess that’s the most we’ll ever get to see of Shaun’s wife, Celine. Nice wedding bands, by the way.

Jeffrey Xu meets up with former housemate and actress Zhou Ying (@zhouying118)
Jeffrey Xu meets up with former housemate and actress Zhou Ying (@zhouying118)
12 Feb 2016

Jeffrey Xu meets up with former housemate and actress Zhou Ying (@zhouying118)

Aren’t you glad to see Zhou Ying doing well in China? We love how the former housemates and colleagues are still in contact after all these years and found time to meet up during Jeffrey’s CNY vacation in China.

Chen Hanwei travels with his folks and family
Chen Hanwei travels with his folks and family
12 Feb 2016

Chen Hanwei travels with his folks and family

Another actor travelled to Thailand with his family during CNY this year and Hanwei (@chenhanwei1969) says he hopes to bring them on another trip again next year.

Jeanette Aw soaks up the festivities in Chinatown
Jeanette Aw soaks up the festivities in Chinatown
12 Feb 2016

Jeanette Aw soaks up the festivities in Chinatown

In between recuperating from a nasty throat infection and filming for upcoming Channel 8 drama series The Dream Job, Jeanette found time to hit the CNY markets in Chinatown. Glad to hear she’s recovered from the infection and can indulge in some of her favourite goodies this season.

Photos: Pauline Soh (@bao_peektures) via Instagram

When ‘Journey to the West’ characters meets ‘God of Fortune’ meets ‘Ji Gong’
When ‘Journey to the West’ characters meets ‘God of Fortune’ meets ‘Ji Gong’
12 Feb 2016

When ‘Journey to the West’ characters meets ‘God of Fortune’ meets ‘Ji Gong’

We’ve got Xuan Zang (Lee Teng), Sun Wu Kong (Mark Lee), Pigsy (Dennis), Ji Gong (Jeremy Chan) and many different God of Fortunes in the house to spread prosperity and good fortune. To a smashing 2016! Huat ah!

Photos: Dennis Chew (@denniszhouchongqing), Chua Enlai (@chuaenlai), Jeremy Chan (@jeremychanmy), Lee Teng (@leeteng0530), Desmond Tan (@thedesmondtan) via Instagram

Related:
Fortunes of celebs born in the year of the monkey
Local and Asian celeb babies due this year
The A(pe)-list: Famous primates in pop culture

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