Insta-buzz: What the stars were up to this week

We round up the top celebrity snaps in the past week

Insta-buzz: What the stars were up to this week
Insta-buzz: What the stars were up to this week
02 Sep 2017

Insta-buzz: What the stars were up to this week

Epic stage collaborations, east-meets-west celebrity encounters, birthday celebrations both big and small, and more are some of the events that we spotted on stars’ social media pages over the past seven days. Read on for more!

Stars wish their followers a happy Chinese Valentine’s Day
Stars wish their followers a happy Chinese Valentine’s Day
02 Sep 2017

Stars wish their followers a happy Chinese Valentine’s Day

Monday (August 28) was Chinese Valentine’s Day (which falls on the seventh day of the seventh month on the lunar calendar), and since it’s pretty impossible for celebrities to send flowers, chocolates and gifts to all of their fans and followers, they settled with posting cute selfies and heartfelt wishes in their own unique ways.

Photos: Rebecca Lim/Instagram, Romeo Tan/Instagram, Jeffrey Xu/Instagram, Selina Jen/Instagram, Louis Koo/Instagram, Ya Hui/Instagram

Couples show off their lovey-doveyness
Couples show off their lovey-doveyness
02 Sep 2017

Couples show off their lovey-doveyness

There were also a few lovebirds who flaunted their saccharine sweet happiness on Chinese Valentine’s Day, such as Joanne Peh and Qi Yuwu (holding hands in front of their car radio, which as playing Rod Stewarts ‘Have I Told You Lately That I Love You’), and Fan Bing Bing and Li Chen (wearing matching outfits with their arms around each other). Awww…

Photos: Joanne Peh/Instagram, Fan Bing Bing/Instagram

Jay Chou finally opens an Instagram account
Jay Chou finally opens an Instagram account
02 Sep 2017

Jay Chou finally opens an Instagram account

This is not a drill: the Mandopop king has finally joined Instagram. He uploaded his first post – a picture of him and his mother – on Tuesday (August 29) and wrote in English, “Hi this is Jaychou This is the first time in 17years I started my own social media cuz maybe one day I'll have a lot of Hollywood friends they will need to @me haha I felt sorry for letting @markruffalo atted a fake me (sic)”.

He later made the big announcement on his official Facebook page, explaining once again that the reason for the new account was because he is looking to advance his career in Hollywood. He also joked about feeling like the last celebrity to jump on the bandwagon, and that for now, the most important goal was to get the “verified” blue tick on his account.

Basketball star Jeremy Lin was certainly thrilled to have Jay on board the social media platform, and posted a welcome message on his own feed, which Jay reposted and responded, “Thank u bro (sic)”.

Photos: Jay Chou/Instagram, Jeremy Lin/Instagram

A-Mei and JJ Lin’s epic duet
A-Mei and JJ Lin’s epic duet
02 Sep 2017

A-Mei and JJ Lin’s epic duet

We find it hard to believe that last Saturday (August 26) was the first time A-Mei and JJ Lin performed hit song ‘Remember’ together for the first time in 16 years! Both singers posted about the headline-making partnership on their respective social media accounts, proving that they enjoyed the epic performance as much as listeners did.

On the other hand, we were also left wondering: why didn’t this duet happen at the Singapore leg of A-Mei’s concert tour!?

Photos: A-Mei/Facebook, JJ Lin/Instagram

Elvin Ng finally joins the durian party in KL
Elvin Ng finally joins the durian party in KL
02 Sep 2017

Elvin Ng finally joins the durian party in KL

After jokingly complaining about being unceremoniously left out of a couple of gatherings with his Gifted co-stars, it looks like Elvin has finally been jio­-ed (invited) to satisfy his durian cravings. “Say you're jealous please? (It'll help to make my satisfaction just a lot more satisfying, thanks!)”, he wrote. Yes, Elvin, we’re positively green with envy, just like those fruits on the table.

Photo: Elvin Ng/Instagram

BTS’s Jungkook turns 20
BTS’s Jungkook turns 20
02 Sep 2017

BTS’s Jungkook turns 20

The baby of the BTS family is finally in his 20s. At midnight (Korean time) on September 1, Jungkook’s company Big Hit Entertainment shared a collage of photos of the singer in various poses, one of which had him holding up a sign reading “Happy birthday Jungkook”.

Then, one by one, his band members began posting tributes of their own, starting with a photo-less, text-only (and slightly cheeky) message from Suga, followed by a department store wefie featuring the birthday boy with Rap Monster and Jimin, artsy black-and-white shots by aspiring photographer V and – our personal favourite – a hilarious unflattering close-up of Jungkook trying on kids’ sunglasses signed off by Jin (complete with the hashtag #HappyJungkookDay, which was trending worldwide). J-Hope and Jimin then concluded the wishes with more cute photos and a video featuring their dearest maknae.

Jungkook himself had a gift for fans on his own birthday: a cover of Justin Bieber’s ‘2U’, which racked up over a million plays on their SoundCloud account in just one day.

Photo: BTS/Twitter, Big Hit Entertainment/Facebook

Sonia Sui’s son turns two
Sonia Sui’s son turns two
02 Sep 2017

Sonia Sui’s son turns two

The actress’s baby boy celebrated his second birthday on Thursday (August 31) and his parents threw him a huge party with tons of balloons and happy guests.

But putting together the soiree was no piece of cake, as Sonia candidly confessed in her caption, in which she revealed that she and her husband had two big fights (one of which even reduced them to tears) and even a four-day cold war. Yikes.

Thankfully, they managed to overcome the obstacle and the end product was a huge success. Sonia gleefully reported that her son, despite not completely understanding what a birthday is, was able to feel all the love from the people around him and went to bed with a huge smile on his face. “I think we will continue causing trouble for ourselves just to celebrate our dear son’s birthday again”, she said.

Awww, let’s hope there is more joy and less sorrow the next time, yeah?

Photos: Sonia Sui/Facebook

#Lailaitravel goes to Brazil
#Lailaitravel goes to Brazil
02 Sep 2017

#Lailaitravel goes to Brazil

After wrapping up his performances on Army Daze 2, Chua Enlai embarked on a well-deserved holiday to a bunch of different cities all over the world, with his most recent stopover being Brazil. Over there in the South American country, he did both touristy activities (like visiting the Christ the Redeemer statue) and living like a local (zipping through Rio de Janeiro on a motorbike).

Photos: Chua Enlai/Instagram

“Daragon” makes Philippines fans go wild
“Daragon” makes Philippines fans go wild
02 Sep 2017

“Daragon” makes Philippines fans go wild

Concertgoers at BIGBANG’s G-Dragon’s MOTTE world tour gig in Manila were in for an extra special treat as the K-pop superstar invited his label mate, former 2NE1 member Dara, as a special guest. The twosome then posted pics of themselves hanging out after the show, including one of G-Dragon offering a flower to Dara down on bended knee. Shippers of “Daragon” must have been going crazy.

Photos: G-Dragon/Instagram, Dara/Instagram

James Seah enjoys a birthday staycation
James Seah enjoys a birthday staycation
02 Sep 2017

James Seah enjoys a birthday staycation

James turned 27 years old (or as he so meticulously counted, 9855 days old) last Sunday (August 27), and to celebrate the occasion, his girlfriend Nicole organised a relaxing, romantic getaway at the W Singapore, complete with “feasting time” (which, strangely enough, they did not post pictures of on Instagam, but we can imagine how scrumptious that must have been).

Photo: James Seah/Instagram

Gasp! Is that f(x)’s Amber in a skirt?
Gasp! Is that f(x)’s Amber in a skirt?
02 Sep 2017

Gasp! Is that f(x)’s Amber in a skirt?

We guess this is a very rough glimpse of what the famously tomboyish idol would look like if she decided to go down a more girly sartorial route. But what exactly is happening here? “On an important call and my friends take advantage of my inability to multi-task...” Ah. We guess that would be one of the only ways this image would be possible.

Photo: Amber/Instagram

Yvonne Lim’s son starts school
Yvonne Lim’s son starts school
02 Sep 2017

Yvonne Lim’s son starts school

My, how time flies. It seems like it was just yesterday when we heard about AJ’s birth, but earlier this week, he started school! And boy did he look pleased about it. Also, isn’t he absolutely adorable in his uniform!?

Photos: Yvonne Lim/Instagram

Hoya pens letter following news of his departure from INFINITE
Hoya pens letter following news of his departure from INFINITE
02 Sep 2017

Hoya pens letter following news of his departure from INFINITE

On Wednesday (August 30), Hoya sent shockwaves through the world of K-pop when his company announced that he had not renewed his contract with them, and thus was leaving boy band INFINITE, which he was a part of for seven years.

That day, the idol posted a photo of a long, neatly-written letter on his Instagram, in which he apologised to and thanked both fans and his former bandmates. He also expressed his gratitude to the Woollim Entertainment staff and CEO for “bringing me, a guy with nothing, to a place like this”.

Whatever’s in store for him next, we wish him the best.

Photo: Hoya/Instagram

Joanne Peh shares her thoughts on “competitive parenting”
Joanne Peh shares her thoughts on “competitive parenting”
02 Sep 2017

Joanne Peh shares her thoughts on “competitive parenting”

Why are Baby Qi and her mama walking in a drain, you ask? In addition to plugging Channel 5 series Lion Mums 2, Joanne also shard her two cents on an issue touched on in the show, “competitive parenting”.

“My main aim isn't just to make learning fun, but fun FOR HER. Which means I need to spend time understanding and reading her cues rather than feel pressured about what other parents are doing”, Joanne wrote.

“I have always believed that we are our own competition. If we don’t understand ourselves (or in this case our children), we won’t know how to unleash our (their) potential and excel in the areas we (they) are meant to shine in. So, for now, I'd walk the drain with her if she thinks it’s fun, because curiosity is the key to knowledge.”

PREACH.

Photo: Joanne Peh/Instagram

Jolin Tsai and Bella Hadid are fierce and adorable together
Jolin Tsai and Bella Hadid are fierce and adorable together
02 Sep 2017

Jolin Tsai and Bella Hadid are fierce and adorable together

The pop princess and supermodel crossed paths at a fashion event in Beijing and we can’t get over how stunning the both of them look. Jolin was particularly excited about the encounter, writing “[Bella] is so cute!” on Facebook and “Bella is everything!!!” in English on Instagram.

Photos: Jolin Tsai/Facebook

Wong Lilin celebrates her birthday
Wong Lilin celebrates her birthday
02 Sep 2017

Wong Lilin celebrates her birthday

The former actress, who turned 45 on Wednesday (August 30), had no qualms posting a selfie of herself with a totally flushed (it’s the wine), makeup-less face. But who cares about being so “unglam” when you’re so happy hanging out with your two precious kids, and when you’re “very grateful for love, family, friends and an incredible life”, as she wrote?

Photo: Wong Lilin/Instagram

Vanness Wu, JJ Lin and Pharrell hang out
Vanness Wu, JJ Lin and Pharrell hang out
02 Sep 2017

Vanness Wu, JJ Lin and Pharrell hang out

We saw more east-meets-west celebrity encounters at an event in Shanghai. While Vanness’s caption – “True [honour] and blessing meeting you, thank you for your kindness” – was more straightforward, our homeboy JJ didn’t disappoint us by writing “HAPPY” (also the title of one of Pharrell’s hit songs) in his post. We’re sure anyone who has ever dreamed of meeting Pharrell has always wanted to do that.

Photos: Vanness Wu/Instagram, JJ Lin/Instagram

Remember when Chew Chor Meng looked like this?
Remember when Chew Chor Meng looked like this?
02 Sep 2017

Remember when Chew Chor Meng looked like this?

Even the veteran actor himself could not help but to be shocked and amazed when he received this old photo of himself from Sylvester Sim (where did he get it, we wonder?). His hashtags were pretty hilarious: “I was once ‘fresh meat’”, “This isn’t a ‘lie’ because there is no photo-enhancing app involved’ and ‘I find myself handsome’. Well, we don’t think anyone can disagree with any of his quips, especially the last one.

Photo: Chew Chor Meng/Instagram

Myolie Wu takes her last trip before she pops
Myolie Wu takes her last trip before she pops
02 Sep 2017

Myolie Wu takes her last trip before she pops

The mama-to-be, who is due to give birth in November, got to visit Shanghai, one of her favourite cities, with her husband one last time before she’s not allowed to fly again (until after “BB Lee” arrives, of course). She also announced that she took part in “a secret projecjt”, which she will unveil more details about soon. We can’t wait for that and to see her child!

Photo: Myolie Wu/Instagram\

Pierre Png mourns the loss of one of his fur kids
Pierre Png mourns the loss of one of his fur kids
02 Sep 2017

Pierre Png mourns the loss of one of his fur kids

Pierre’s sponsored car post had a heartbreaking update: one of his dogs Woofie has passed away after battling an illness for the past few months. “Although, he is no longer with us, I have fond memories of us going for long drives with the window down and the wind blowing in his face. And because of these wonderful memories, I now treasure this car even more”, he wrote.

Rest in peace, Woofie.

Photo: Pierre Png/Instagram

Timothee Yap discovers his sharpshooting skills
Timothee Yap discovers his sharpshooting skills
02 Sep 2017

Timothee Yap discovers his sharpshooting skills

“Tried shooting today and scored 149/150… Maybe it's time to change sport”, quipped the Olympics sprinter. Well, you can always aim to become a master of both!

Photo: Timothee Yap/Instagram

DJs fool around with a SEA Games medallist
DJs fool around with a SEA Games medallist
02 Sep 2017

DJs fool around with a SEA Games medallist

What do you do when you meet the first woman to win Gold in High Jump for Singapore at the SEA Games for the first time in 52 years? Well, if you are 987 DJs Sonia Chew and Joakim Gomez, you have a “derp-off” contest.

Photo: Joakim Gomez/Instragram

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