Xu Bin’s 118 co-stars on his surprise wedding announcement

Were they as taken aback as we were?

Xu Bin’s 118 co-stars on his surprise wedding announcement
Xu Bin’s 118 co-stars on his surprise wedding announcement
11 Oct 2017

Xu Bin’s 118 co-stars on his surprise wedding announcement

Photos: Camelia Ting, Toggle, Sheila Sim/Instagram, Dennis Chew/Instagram
Video: Aaron Ho

It’s no secret that the cast of the long-form Channel 8 drama 118 are a tight-knit bunch, with their frequent meetups and online ribbing. After all, they have working on the same production for two years, no less. Following Xu Bin’s engagement announcement on Monday (October 9) that took us completely by surprise, we couldn’t help but to wonder – were the members of his 118 family as taken aback by the news as we were?

Click on to find out!

Carrie Wong
Carrie Wong
11 Oct 2017

Carrie Wong

Toggle first met up with the Zhang Ke Ai to Xu Bin’s Hong Shunshui, Carrie Wong during the auditions for upcoming Toggle Originals, VIC. The actress shared that it felt very “different” to be sitting on the judging panel this time round, after years of being the one auditioning instead.

Carrie also let on that while she was surprised by the news of Xu Bin’s engagement, her surprise didn’t last for too long.

“When I first got to know him, I’d already known that he has a girlfriend, it was just that no one said it out explicitly, because he had not gone public with his relationship yet,” she mused.

“I’m really happy for him, he’s at the age to get married after all. He’s always said that he really wants kids,” Carrie continued, adding in a cheeky wish for him to “start a family soon”.

 

Sheila Sim, Dennis Chew
Sheila Sim, Dennis Chew
11 Oct 2017

Sheila Sim, Dennis Chew

Sheila Sim, who was part of the judging panel for the VIC auditions too, shared that she only knew about his engagement after seeing his Instagram post.

“At first, I thought it was for a drama,” she laughed, adding that she immediately texted the 118 groupchat to congratulate Xu Bin.

Similarly, Dennis Chew thought that the news was fake at first, even texting Xu Bin personally in order to assuage his worries.

“When he told me that the news was indeed real, I congratulated him immediately. I’m very happy for him, it really feels as if my own younger brother is about to tie the knot,” he shared.

Unfortunately, however, it seems that Dennis will be unable to attend the wedding, due to a work commitment, which starts at 8pm on Nov 3.

“So, I’ve decided to treat Xu Bin and his fiancée to a sumptuous meal instead, either before or after the wedding, as this is the only thing that I can do, as his older brother,” Dennis let on.

The 44-year-old also revealed that while he has not met Xu Bin’s fiancée yet, her name often comes up in their conversations, and that the actor always has a “sweet smile” on his face when that happens. Aww…

Chew Chor Meng, Pan Ling Ling
Chew Chor Meng, Pan Ling Ling
11 Oct 2017

Chew Chor Meng, Pan Ling Ling

Chew Chor Meng shared that Xu Bin had actually broken the news to him and Pan Ling Ling, who played Xu Bin’s onscreen parents in 118, beforehand.

“When we were having a meal together, he told us, “ Dad, Mum, I’m going to get married,” he shared, adding that he was not too surprised by the news, as he had already known that he was in a stable relationship.

Pan Ling Ling, who’s currently overseas, also expressed her joy at the news, saying, “I’m really happy for him. I treat him and dote on him like my own son, and as his mum, I wish for him to have a life filled with bliss. I’d definitely attend the wedding, no matter how busy I am!”.

Hong Ling, Ya Hui
Hong Ling, Ya Hui
11 Oct 2017

Hong Ling, Ya Hui

“I’ve heard that he has a girlfriend who he has been dating for a while, as I’ve heard people talking about it, but I was still surprised by the news of his engagement,” Hong Ling shared, adding that she immediately congratulated the actor in the 118 group chat.

“I was surprised for a few seconds, and then happy for him. My didi is getting married!” Ya Hui added.

Related:
Xu Bin to get married on November 3
Of kopitiam tales and lucky numbers with the 118 cast

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How did Xu Bin propose to his fiancée?

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