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I GOT IT FROM MY DADDY: The celeb edition

Which local celeb inherited his bad temper from his dad, and who is literally following in the footsteps of her father?

I GOT IT FROM MY DADDY: The celeb edition
I GOT IT FROM MY DADDY: The celeb edition
05 Jun 2017

I GOT IT FROM MY DADDY: The celeb edition

A chip off the old block indeed. Just in time for Father’s Day on June 18, we spoke to a number of local celebs to find out just how similar they are to their dads.

The results were interesting, to say the least. Can you guess who is as long-winded as his dad, and who hopes to be as fluent in Tamil as her daddy dearest?

Click on to find out!

Elvin Ng
Elvin Ng
05 Jun 2017

Elvin Ng

I got my eyes and sense of humour from my daddy…

“My siblings and I have his eyes. When I looked at our pictures, I realised that all of our eyes are slightly long, and our gazes are all somehow the same. Other than that, I’ve also inherited my dad’s sense of humour. If you know me well, when I open up to you, you’ll find that I actually have my own “weird” sense of humour.

He’s a very funny and humorous guy, and all the girls love to be around him. I don’t exactly have a glib tongue like him, but I do have a similar sense of humour as him. I wish I could get his sense of humour though, I’d love for the girls to swarm around me.”

I wish I could get this from my daddy…

“I want to learn two things from him. Firstly, how he deals with my mum, because he’s very good at brushing off her nagging. When it comes to me, however, whatever she says will stay in my head, and it’ll come out from my mouth, and we’ll start arguing. But in the end, I’d lose lah, because the mother’s always right.

So, I want to learn how to filter things out, and be calm and unaffected just like him. My siblings are better at handling my mum, because they take after my father in this aspect. I’m very similar to my mother, so whenever she says something, I’d fight fire with fire.

I want to have his fighting spirit as well. My dad was the eldest son, he had 11 siblings. He stopped schooling at the age of 8, and started working to help look after his siblings. He eventually started his own business, and did pretty well, with my mother’s help.

He’s really very direct, and has a very strong fighting spirit. Eight years before he passed away, he had a 12-hour surgery. During the surgery, he fought very hard, anybody else with less of a fighting spirit would have left the world, but because his children were still in school at that time, he fought very hard and survived.

A few years on, he had to go through a 24-hour-long surgery. He still fought very hard, and he survived, but there were complications that happened after that, [and he passed away eventually].” 

Zoe Tay
Zoe Tay
05 Jun 2017

Zoe Tay

I got my build and introversion from my daddy…

“Physically, he’s smaller built, just like me. Other than that, we’re not really similar in terms of looks. As for our characteristics, we’re both introverted, and wouldn’t make the first move and approach strangers.

After all these years [in showbiz], I’ve had 30 years of practice to help me become less introverted. When I was younger, I didn’t dare to speak on stage at all. In the last 10 years, however, I’ve finally manage to curb my fear. Now, I’m able to say more “logical” words on stage (laughs).

I wish I could get this from my daddy…

“When he was younger he always taught us to endure hardships. Even if we are sick, we cannot take MC at all! We must turn up for school, no matter what.

So, even when I’m sick, when I have a fever, I will still go to school.

His parenting style was more of the “if anything happens, you’ll have to deal with it yourself,” style. Only when the matter really escalates, and becomes too big to deal with, then we’ll call our parents.

I try to let my kids become more independent as well, I think it’s good for them, as they shouldn’t have to suddenly learn this when they grow up.”

Sheila Sim
Sheila Sim
05 Jun 2017

Sheila Sim

I got my feet from my daddy…

“Looks wise, I resemble him the most. My feet is actually the most similar to him. We have a weird bone sticking out near our baby toe. People usually get bunions on their feet, right? Mine is on the other side of my feet, so from my toes to the end of my feet, there’s a bump roughly in the middle. My dad’s feet is exactly like that, it’s very narrow and long as well.

My parents separated when I was 12, so I grew up with my dad. I’m not sure if it’s because of that, but my character is very similar to his. It’s actually quite annoying sometimes, we’re both very stubborn and kancheong (anxious).”

I wish I could get this from my daddy…

“He can cook very well, but I can’t. He cooks a lot of good dishes, and I wish that he’d cook more often these days, he’s lazier now. Nowadays, he cooks more soup, and if he does cook, it’ll most probably be sardines. He used to wake up early every morning to make tuna sandwiches for my breakfast.

There’s one more trait of his that I want to learn as well – he actually speaks fluent Tamil! He always converses fluently with his Indian friends, and whenever we go out to eat Indian food, he’ll always order in Tamil, which impresses everyone. When he was younger, he had a lot of Indian friends, and he stayed with them for a while, so he picked it up just like that. But sadly, I cannot really speak Tamil.”

Rebecca Lim
Rebecca Lim
05 Jun 2017

Rebecca Lim

I got my eyes and physique from my daddy…

“When I was younger, people would say that I looked like my mum. But post-puberty, they started to say that I look like my dad. Our eyes and our physique are the same. We’re bigger-boned unfortunately, and not so lady-like (laughs). Our eyes as well, we have one big and one small eye.

When we went on a family trip to Chiang Mai, Thailand, a few years ago we got some caricatures done by a roadside caricaturist. So, they drew me and my sister, and after we saw the caricatures, we were like, “Isn’t this our dad? It’s just like our dad, only with long hair!””.

I wish I could get this from my daddy…

“His never-give-up attitude. He’s very much a  fighter, and has gone through a lot of ups and downs in his life, both before I was born and even after I was born and old enough to know what was going on. His life hasn’t always been very smooth-sailing, but he always gets out of it stronger and I’ve hardly ever seen him complain.

If I were to put myself in his shoes, I think I’d have given up sooner or later, but he just keeps going no matter what happens. I kind of see little hints of that “never-give-up attitude” in myself, but it’s not 100 percent yet. Some of it is actually my own stubbornness, but hopefully I will become more like him soon.

This is a very important trait to have, because too many people give up too easily. I never do that. I always feel like if I’m not doing well, perhaps it’s because I’m not good enough, and that I need to improve. A lot of people think that I’m too much of a perfectionist, but I think that we should never rest on our laurels, and continue working hard to improve ourselves, because I believe very strongly that whenever you think you’re good enough, that’s when you start to decline.”

Carrie Wong
Carrie Wong
05 Jun 2017

Carrie Wong

I got my height from my daddy…

“My mum is pretty plump and short, and my dad is tall and lean. I feel like I’m fortunate to have taken after my dad instead of my mum in this aspect (laughs).

It’s pretty obvious when the three of us walk together, because my dad and I will be towering over my mum.  We are almost the same height now, [me and my dad], while my mum is 160 cm.

I wish I could get this from my daddy…

“His patience. He’s very patient and hardworking. It’s different from me, because I’m currently working in a job that I like, so I don’t feel that it’s tough for me.

But, it’s a different case for him. In his generation, he didn’t have much choice when it came to jobs, as he didn’t have money to continue his studies and go to university.

So he had to work in an industry that he didn’t like for 20 odd years. He’s retired now, but it’s still pretty amazing for him to have worked for so many years, doing something he doesn’t like.

He’s really hard working, strong and determined, [and that’s what I want to learn from him].”

Romeo Tan
Romeo Tan
05 Jun 2017

Romeo Tan

I got my love for DIY from my daddy…

“I’ve started getting interested in DIY [home improvement], just like my dad. In the past, I couldn’t understand why he always did stuff like that. However, in the last five years, I found that I’ve gotten quite familiar with  tools. Nowadays I fix quite a bit of things around the house. Recently, I spray painted the tap because the paint was peeling, and drilled a hole to fix our ceiling light. I’m pretty much the handyman at home these days, but my dad is still the guru lah.”

I wish I could get this from my daddy…

“He has a very good temperament. He used to be a taxi driver, so he’s always very nice to the people around him. He doesn’t flare up easily and he’s very good tempered. He doesn’t really scold us as well. I only remember him scolding us when we did something wrong while we were young. After I went on to secondary school, he stopped scolding me.

My mum is fiercer compared to my father, she scolds us more than he does. He will keep quiet for the most part, but once he starts scolding us, we know that it will be very jialat (serious). I want to be like him, a Mr Nice Guy.” 

Hayley and Jayley Woo
Hayley and Jayley Woo
05 Jun 2017

Hayley and Jayley Woo

We got our looks from my daddy…

“Our nose and eyes, basically the upper part of our face, from the nose upwards. But, we resemble each other the most of course.

Our friends told us that we resembled our dad, because we’ve always thought that we don’t look like our parents from a young age. They used to tell us that we were picked up from a rubbish bin and things like that. They even told us that they have something to tell us when we turned 21, so we thought that there really was a big secret.”

I wish I could get this from my daddy…

Jayley: “I’d say it’s the point of being really generous and always looking out for others. He’d tell us that it’s very important to help others and give back to society when you have the ability to, and to do it as often as you can. He has always donated money in our names to charities, and I think it’s something that people nowadays are lacking.

My father’s been doing this for a decade or more now, and I’m also starting to do so bit by bit.”

Hayley: “I think he’s really determined. Once he sets his goal to do something, he’d definitely achieve it, no matter how long it takes, and it’s sometime that I want to learn from him.

He didn’t really study much, but he’s always working hard so he can give us more. He’s really the best father that anyone can have, everything else doesn’t matter as long as we’re happy, which we are, very much so.”

Calvert Tay
Calvert Tay
05 Jun 2017

Calvert Tay

I got my character from my daddy…

“Character wise, I’m more like my dad. In times of trouble, he tends to stay calm. I get angry only when I’m pushed to my limit. It really depends on the situation though. If someone were to do something bad to my family, I’d definitely be angry. But, if it’s something minor, I don’t show it”.

I wish I could get this from my daddy…

“I want to learn how to persevere in whatever I do, just like him. Be it acting or just anything he wants to do, once he sets a goal, he’d do whatever it takes to achieve it.”

Hong Ling
Hong Ling
05 Jun 2017

Hong Ling

I got my appearance from my daddy…

“My eyes, nose, and even my face shape all resemble my dad’s. He even told me before that he thinks he really did look like me when he was younger. I didn’t really think so when I was younger, because he looked so manly! But whenever people see my dad, they’ll tell me, ‘Hey, he looks just like a male version of you!’. I feel like we look pretty alike in pictures as well”.

I wish I could get this from my daddy…

“For now, I want his calmness, because he’s always teaching me stuff, and guiding me. I always feel like he’s very knowledgeable. He views things calmly as well, and it’s something that I have yet to learn (laughs)”.

Paige Chua
Paige Chua
05 Jun 2017

Paige Chua

I got my eyes and personality from my daddy…

“We are both able to talk about the same topics, as we are both rational, and more introverted. We feel things, but we don’t express them much. I look more like my dad as well, whenever I stand together with my parents, everyone points out the similarity between me and my dad.

I got my eyes from him, his eyes are pretty small, and my eyes were much smaller when I was younger as well”.

I wish I could get this from my daddy…

“I think he’s very determined, and a very responsible father. He’s someone who is able to endure hardships. He doesn’t express himself well, though, and he doesn’t really share with us what hardships he went through. Recently, after he retired, he started to share with us more of his personal struggles and triumphs. Other than that, however, he’s so focused on his work that we don’t really know what’s going in his life. We were quite distant from him in the past, as he owned a factory in Malaysia for more than 20 years, and only came home during the weekends.”

Zhang Zhen Huan
Zhang Zhen Huan
05 Jun 2017

Zhang Zhen Huan

I got my wordiness from my daddy…

“I’m a bit long-winded, just like him. Sometimes if I want to share something, I must make sure that what I’m saying is very clear to the other party, for example, when pointing out directions, I will be very detailed.

When I first came to Singapore, I was chatting as per normal with my friends. A little while later, they actually told me, “Ah, you’re actually very long-winded!”.  My managers say the same thing as well!”

I wish I could get this from my daddy…

“I want to become more like him in terms of his character. He’s someone who’s ‘very man’. He always tells me to keep an open mind, and not to dwell on the small things. Sometimes, I’m too conscious about too many things, so he’ll always tell me to have a more open outlook on things.”

Ya Hui
Ya Hui
05 Jun 2017

Ya Hui

I got my dimple and never-say-die spirit from my daddy…

“Everybody says that I look like my dad more [as compared to my mum], but I think that I don’t really look like my dad. I think it’s our mouths. We don’t look exactly the same, but it’s a combination of our features. For example, he has two dimples, while I only have one.

Our personalities are more similar, I inherited his hot temper, but we’re both patient, and we have the drive to keep on going no matter how hard the situation is.”

I wish I could get this from my daddy…

“To keep on working hard, and to make sure not to go the wrong way and look for shortcuts. He doesn’t think much about materialistic things, nor does he take advantage of people and I think these are the traits that I want to learn from.

He has shown these traits throughout his life. Since I was a kid, he never stopped working to earn money for the family. I’m not from a rich family, but he worked very hard and he provided us with everything. I’m never short of anything, no matter how expensive tuition was, he’d make sure that he provided us with a good education, and that we could all go out for dinner once a month.”

Andie Chen
Andie Chen
05 Jun 2017

Andie Chen

I got my height, skin tone and bad temper from my daddy…

“I look more like my dad in terms of height and skin tone. We have bad tempers as well. My dad has a very bad temper, and I grew up with one as well. I still have a pretty bad temper, but I’m better at controlling it now. It’s a double-edged sword, because I’m very good at controlling my emotions now, but when I play a dangerous role, I have to be more conscious of myself, as I know that I’m really capable of doing something similar to that role when I’m angry.”

Julie Tan
Julie Tan
05 Jun 2017

Julie Tan

I got my looks from my daddy…

“I look more like my dad, I don’t resemble my mum at all. She always sighs that if I resembled her more, I’d look so much prettier, because she has huge eyes. I take after my dad in that department, we both have almond-shaped eyes.”

Show your appreciation for your dad by giving him a surprise this Father’s Day. For more information, visit www.toggle.sg/celebratingfathers.

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