How celebrity couples celebrate Valentine’s Day

How celebrity couples celebrate Valentine’s Day
How celebrity couples celebrate Valentine’s Day
11 Mar 2015

How celebrity couples celebrate Valentine’s Day

Observed on February 14 every year, Valentine’s Day is a day to celebrate love. For those in love, it is an occasion to display affections for their partners. And for the ones who secretly harbour feelings for other people, it is arguably one of the best opportunities to express their devotion.

In recent years, however, Valentine’s Day has been widely criticised for becoming increasingly commercialised. It almost seems like the meaningful event has turned into a profit-making field day for businesses.

While opinions may differ in regard to the occasion, we spoke to several local and overseas celebrity couples to find out their thoughts. Although each pair of lovebirds has their own way of celebrating (or not) the day, they unanimously agreed that as long as love is sincere and true, every day can be Valentine’s Day.

Why wait for a fixed date to show your love, right? 

Andie Chen and Kate Pang
Andie Chen and Kate Pang
11 Mar 2015

Andie Chen and Kate Pang

MediaCorp couple Andie Chen and Kate Pang, who was pregnant at the time of marriage, said their “I Dos” in November 2013. Ever since baby Aden was born in June last year, the couple has been enjoying unprecedented popularity and exposure.

How are you spending Valentine’s Day this year?
Andie: I’ll probably forget [about it]. That’s what happened with our anniversary. I think that’s quite crazy. I remember the date but on the day itself, it totally slipped my mind. And the amazing thing is that Kate also forgot. It was only two days later that I realised it. And when I told Kate, she went “oh ya!”

Will you prepare any special gift for the day?      
We don’t celebrate “festivals”. When we buy presents or do nice things [for each other], we do it on an irregular basis, as and when we like it. That has always been the way we are.

What is the most romantic thing you have ever done for Kate?
(Giving all your money to her?) Honestly, that’s what she likes okay. When I see something that she likes, I will always buy it for her. When she says something, I will always remember it. I always try to make her life as happy as possible.

I hate doing household chores, but for her, I’m so good at it now it’s ridiculous. I’m not kidding. I did plan a surprise for her but it got spoiled by herself because she is a very “strong” (sharp) woman. Basically there was a loophole and she found out about the surprise. But she will forget [about it] so I’m planning to do it again.


Fann Wong and Christopher Lee
Fann Wong and Christopher Lee
11 Mar 2015

Fann Wong and Christopher Lee

After five years of marriage, Singapore’s golden couple Fann Wong and Christopher Lee finally welcomed the arrival of their bundle of joy Zed on National Day last year. Since their statuses have been upgraded, the first-time parents regularly shared photos of their baby boy on social media.

What was the memorable Valentine’s Day you have ever had?
Fann: We’ve spent so many Valentine’s Day together. It’s hard to name one on the spot.

Have you done anything special for Chris on the day?
Actually, not really. We mostly just have a meal together. I remember there was once when he was filming overseas, but he still arranged for flowers to be delivered to me. Before that, I even told him not to buy flowers because roses are very expensive on Valentine’s Day! (laughs)

How will the two of you spend Valentine’s Day this year?
Of course I wish to spend it with my old lover and little lover this year!

Priscelia Chan and Alan Tern
Priscelia Chan and Alan Tern
11 Mar 2015

Priscelia Chan and Alan Tern

It took six years for MediaCorp actress Priscelia Chan and former artiste Alan Tern to bring their friendship to the next level, but thankfully, it only took one year for the lovebirds to plight their troth to each other in 2007.

After winning the Rocket Award (Most Breakthrough) at Star Awards 20 last year, Priscelia was congratulated by her husband, who had rushed to the backstage, with hugs and kisses. D’awww.

What was the memorable Valentine’s Day you have ever had?
Priscelia: The one that left the deepest impression is the Valentine’s Day in the year before we got married. We were buddies for close to seven years before that. It was our first Valentine’s Day as a couple.

We spent the day in Sentosa. It was a very simple and down-to-earth date, which makes it particularly special. To me, just having a meal at the food court is good. What’s important is who you are with [to celebrate the occasion] and not what you do.

Do you wish for your husband to do something special for you?
When you have found true love, these occasions aren’t so important anymore. It is more about how we treat each other every day. We don’t do elaborate celebrations for Valentine’s Day; we place more significance on our wedding anniversary. There was once when my hubby arranged a surprise staycation. I was quite touched by that.

Would you feel disappointed if he doesn’t do anything special?
Nope. Sometimes I would say that I miss the days when he composed poems for me. Then on one of our wedding anniversaries, he wrote one [for me] as a surprise!

Who is the one with more “romantic arrangements”?
I have more small gestures. Take Valentine’s Day for example, though we don’t go out to celebrate, I still think that I should do some sweet, sweet things for him, such as writing a card and slipping it under his pillow.

How will the two of you spend Valentine’s Day this year?
Shucks, I’m very boring. [I’ll be giving him] a card again. I gave him a card for Christmas too! (laughs) It would be too uncreative to place it under his pillow again. Maybe I’ll put it in the fridge or under his laptop this time round – he will definitely see it! We have a “love box” where all the cards are kept. You need to do such things to keep the flame alive in a relationship.

Did you make those cards yourself?
Yes. I’m very close to Rebecca (Lim) after Mata Mata, so I painted a card for her as a birthday gift. Alan went: “Woah, you painted a card for her?!” And dropped hints that he wanted one too. Thanks for reminding me. I’ll make one for him soon! 

Zheng Geping and Hong Hui Fang
Zheng Geping and Hong Hui Fang
11 Mar 2015

Zheng Geping and Hong Hui Fang

2015 will mark local veteran artistes Zheng Geping and Hong Hui Fang’s 21st wedding anniversary. Years after becoming husband and wife, the two are still very much in love. A bona fide model couple, Geping and Hui Fang often offered glimpses into their blissful family life via social media. Their daughter Tay Ying and son Calvert are aged 18 and 14 respectively.

What was the memorable Valentine’s Day you have ever had?
Geping: That would be our first Valentine’s Day. Humans are all like that – we remember the “first times” most clearly! Moreover, we have spent so many Valentine’s Day together.

I was very obiang at the time. Our outfits matched as I wore a white shirt and tie while she also donned a white top and a long black skirt. We went to Admiralty Club. That was N years ago. I gifted her a butterfly-shaped brooch and she gave a green sweater which I have kept until now! But it should be too tight now (laughs).

Have you done anything special for your wife?
I buy flowers for her every year without fail. In fact, I have already ordered flowers [for Valentine’s Day this year]. My wife was filming in Malaysia two years ago, so I got Sora Ma’s help to deliver the flowers to the filming set. Hui Fang is not a fan of branded goods; she thinks that cash is better! (laughs)

I give flowers to my daughter every year too. I’ve done this ever since she was in kindergarten because I want to be the first man to give her flowers, so that other guys can forget about “cheating” her with roses. When she was younger, she thought it was funny to receive flowers from me. But now, she would give me a hug and make dried flowers from them.

How will you and your wife spend Valentine’s Day this year?
Most of the time, we would go out for a meal. We usually have either Western or Japanese cuisine on Valentine’s Day. We don’t always return to the same places, but there’s a Japanese restaurant at Orchard Point that we have visited since a long time ago.

So, Valentine’s Day is just couple time for the both of you?
Yes, normally only the two of us would celebrate it together. But sometimes, our children join us too. 

Michael Wong and Janet Ma
Michael Wong and Janet Ma
11 Mar 2015

Michael Wong and Janet Ma

American-Chinese actor Michael Wong and Hong Kong supermodel Janet Ma walked down the aisle in 1992, before giving birth to three children: Kayla Wong, 22, Irisa Shannon Wong, 19 and Kadin Miles Wong, 15.

The gorgeous couple was in town for the grand opening of the Museum of Art & Design (MAD) last year, where Michael, who has a keen interest in fashion design, revealed his entrepreneurial plans. The 49-year-old launched his self-established label MW Michael Wong in Hong Kong last December and is looking at expanding the business to Beijing and Shanghai this year.

What was the memorable Valentine’s Day you have ever had?
Michael: It’s hard to pinpoint one particular Valentine’s Day. We have been together for 22 years. That’s because we have consistency, so our V Days are always consistent – full of love. We spend it with our children and we have our romantic time. They are all quite memorable

How will the two of you spend Valentine’s Day this year?
Michael: We usually celebrate Valentine’s Day with lots of love, hugs and kisses.
Janet: And eat? Every day is our Valentine’s Day. 

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Celebrity couples who tied the knot on Valentine’s Day

Some celebrity couples have chosen to make February 14 extra meaningful by saying their wedding vows on that day.

A Valentine’s Day baby, Taiwanese actor Steve Ma fell in love with his co-star, Chinese actress Wu Jiani, who is 20 years his junior, after working together on The Legend and the Hero in 2006. Despite their age difference, the pair is known for being extremely loving.

Steve married Jiani on his birthday in the following year, and the couple is now proud parents of their two boys, Ma Shitian and Ma Shixin.

In 2010, Hong Kong singer-actor Jordan and his Taiwanese actress girlfriend Cherrie Ying sealed their three-year romance in matrimonial union. The lovebirds registered their marriage in Las Vegas on Valentine’s Day, which also happened to be the first day of Chinese New Year that year.

Jordan and Cherrie held their wedding banquet at Hong Kong Disneyland in November that year. The actor’s celebrity friends including Ekin Cheng, Chapman To and Michael Tse, as well as the bride and groom’s family and relatives were in attendance at the joyous occasion. The couple welcomed a new member, baby Jasper, to their family on 1 July 2013. 

Valentine’s Day newlyweds-to-be: Wong Cho Lam and Leanne Li
Valentine’s Day newlyweds-to-be: Wong Cho Lam and Leanne Li
11 Mar 2015

Valentine’s Day newlyweds-to-be: Wong Cho Lam and Leanne Li

Hong Kong celebrity Wong Cho Lam stunned everyone with his meticulously planned proposal to his China-born Canadian actress girlfriend Leanne Li at TVB’s anniversary “live” show in November last year.

Shortly after their high-profile engagement, the couple went for their wedding photoshoot at Hong Kong Disneyland. According to media reports, Cho Lam and Leanne will be saying their “I Dos” and hosting a 100-table banquet at the theme park tomorrow (Feb 14).

Cho Lam’s good friend, Hong Kong actress Ada Choi recently exposed photos of the wedding invitation on Weibo. To match with their fairy-tale theme, the bride and groom labelled themselves as “prince” and “princess” in the comic illustrations on the colourful card. 

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