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

We round up our favourite snaps from the past week.

Insta-buzz: What the stars were up to this week
Insta-buzz: What the stars were up to this week
20 Dec 2019

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

In this week’s celeb social media roundup, we have stars gearing up for Christmas, cute babies stealing the spotlight (as usual), birthday celebrations, an encounter with a beloved former US President, and two Old is Gold co-stars getting ready for another drama together (yay!). Read on for more…

The Star Search 2019 finalists spread Christmas cheer
The Star Search 2019 finalists spread Christmas cheer
20 Dec 2019

The Star Search 2019 finalists spread Christmas cheer

This year’s Star Search Top 12 recently reunited to film a short but sweet holiday music video, which also included clips of a few of them - namely Herman Keh, Gini Chang, Zane Lim, Jernelle Oh, Juin Teh, Kiki Lim, Tyler Ten, and Sheryl Ang - at a Mediacorp Cares Christmas tea party with students from the AWWA Special Student Care Centre.

“Besides supporting its artistes in pursuing their dreams in the showbiz scene, The Celebrity Agency also actively encourages them to participate in charitable activities and volunteer work, so as to leverage their star power to shine a spotlight on important societal issues,” a rep shared in a statement. They’re definitely doing it right!

Photos: The Celebrity Agency

Bobby Tonelli met former US President Obama
Bobby Tonelli met former US President Obama
20 Dec 2019

Bobby Tonelli met former US President Obama

Former US President Barack Obama was in town last week with his wife, former First Lady Michelle Obama, and one of the events he attended was a charity gala, which was hosted by Bobby.

“What a way to end the year work wise. Regardless of your politics, it’s always and honor to meet a President of the United States. Growing up as a kid in Vegas, never thought this would be something that I would experience, but oddly enough living in a country thousands of miles away I do (sic),” gushed the American-born actor-host on Instagram. Definitely an honour indeed!

Photos: Instagram/Bobby Tonelli

Xu Bin spent time with his son after being apart for a while
Xu Bin spent time with his son after being apart for a while
20 Dec 2019

Xu Bin spent time with his son after being apart for a while

Now that filming for A Quest to Heal in Hengdian, China has finally wrapped, the actor could make up for the month or so he was away by bringing his son Ethan out to play. The little lad certainly looks like he had a lot of fun at Sentosa!

Photos: Instagram/Xu Bin

Sharon Au tagged the wrong Michelle Chong on Instagram
Sharon Au tagged the wrong Michelle Chong on Instagram
20 Dec 2019

Sharon Au tagged the wrong Michelle Chong on Instagram

This is so awkward, but so, so funny. Sharon launched her new online cooking school Ti Yan Academy a few days ago, and her BFF Michelle was one of the guests at the media lunch.

“The one person who will call me in Paris to hear my voice, listen to my problems, solve my issues and laugh at me when I cry. Yesterday [Ti Yan Academy] was launched at a media lunch and my superstar arrived looking chic and beautiful, but stood aside and let me bask in the limelight, showing her support in subtle ways unknown to the public. Her name is MICHELLE CHONG. My rock,” Sharon gushed on Instagram.

That all sounds very beautiful and all… until you realise that she had accidentally tagged “@immichellechiong” (which appears to be a parody account for an NTU assignment) instead of “@immichellechong”, a mistake that did not escape the real Michelle’s attention.

“I call you in Paris to listen to your problems, solve your issues, support you and let you bask in the limelight, but you tag the WRONG MICHELLE CHONG... [eye roll emoji]” she complained in the comments section. Hilarious.

Photos: Instagram/Sharon Au

Bryan Wong spoke out against fake news about him
Bryan Wong spoke out against fake news about him
20 Dec 2019

Bryan Wong spoke out against fake news about him

You’d think Singapore’s new fake news law would stop nonsense like this from happening, but nope. Just after returning home from filming A Quest to Heal in Hengdian, Bryan was alerted to this “special report” claiming that he is retiring from showbiz to focus on “his new career path”, which is said to have “big banks terrified”. Okay.

“Have seen fake news as such happening to my fellow colleagues and now my turn liao. please do help me to report if it appears in your feeds and perhaps the platform that these fake news appears might be more stringent about what goes on people’s feed.i mean, come on,Seriously? (sic)” he wrote on Instagram, understandably annoyed. Let’s hope this problem is taken care of soon.

Photo: Instagram/Bryan Wong

Elvin Ng had an advance birthday celebration with his fans and family
Elvin Ng had an advance birthday celebration with his fans and family
20 Dec 2019

Elvin Ng had an advance birthday celebration with his fans and family

The actor’s 39th birthday isn’t until the 23rd, but his recent annual gathering with his fan club of 14 years (14 years!) Elvinology was a good opportunity for him to kick off the celebrations. After that, he enjoyed a smaller but no less meaningful one with his loved ones at home.

Photos: Instagram/Elvin Ng

Chen Hanwei celebrated his mum’s birthday
Chen Hanwei celebrated his mum’s birthday
20 Dec 2019

Chen Hanwei celebrated his mum’s birthday

Would you look at that food! The veteran actor brought his mother and a few other folks out for a sumptuous steamboat meal to celebrate her birthday on Wednesday, and judging from that smile on her face, she had a very good time indeed.

Photos: Instagram/Chen Hanwei

Paige Chua spent time with her fan club
Paige Chua spent time with her fan club
20 Dec 2019

Paige Chua spent time with her fan club

“A rainy day, a [piping] hot bowl of porridge and some good company” sums up the actress’s recent gathering with her fan club, The Paige Connexion. Aside from enjoying yummy dishes from Chew Chor Meng’s porridge stall The Famous Zhou, fans also had the chance to win prizes in a lucky draw, with one particularly lucky member walking away with a handmade bowl from Paige herself.

Okay, now we’re really craving for some porridge from The Famous Zhou.

Photos: Instagram/Paige Chua

Rui En and Chantalle Ng are gearing up for another drama together
Rui En and Chantalle Ng are gearing up for another drama together
20 Dec 2019

Rui En and Chantalle Ng are gearing up for another drama together

“The rainy weather is no excuse! It’s #battlemode for Rui En and Chantalle at MuayThai training! (sic)” wrote Rui En’s management company Hype Records alongside a wefie of the Old is Gold co-stars looking fab at the gym (now, now, no need to make the rest of us feel guilty about simply wanting to chill at home in front of the TV…).

As it turns out, they were training for another drama together, in which they will “kick ass together” as two female bodyguards, as Chantalle revealed on Instagram. We can’t wait!

Photos: Instagram/Chantalle Ng, Hype Records

SHINee’s Key remembered Jonghyun on his second death anniversary
SHINee’s Key remembered Jonghyun on his second death anniversary
20 Dec 2019

SHINee’s Key remembered Jonghyun on his second death anniversary

We can’t believe it’s already been two years since Jonghyun passed away. On Wednesday, which marked the second anniversary of his passing, his band mate Key posted several photos of them as well as with the other SHINee members and wrote a short message saying, “I love you, I miss you a lot.”

SM Entertainment’s and SHINee’s official Instagram pages were also updated with their own tribute to Jonghyun, which contained a black-and-white photo of him singing and the caption, “We love you.”

We miss you, Jonghyun! May you continue to rest in peace.

Photos: Instagram/SHINee’s Key

Jacqueline Wong put up her Christmas tree
Jacqueline Wong put up her Christmas tree
20 Dec 2019

Jacqueline Wong put up her Christmas tree

It may not have been the best of years for the Hong Kong actress, but that hasn’t stopped her from getting into the festive spirit and setting up what we must say is one gorgeous Christmas tree at home.

“Each year the ornaments get rearranged. The important ones continue to hang proudly, while some are shed, and new meaningful ones take their place. But all in all, the tree never ceases to light up the room or to give joy to those who see the beauty in it,” she wrote.

Photo: Instagram/Jacqueline Wong

Dominique Choy shared some gorgeous maternity photos
Dominique Choy shared some gorgeous maternity photos
20 Dec 2019

Dominique Choy shared some gorgeous maternity photos

The singer is set to welcome her first child with her husband, actor Sunny Wang, soon (her due date is in about two weeks) and quickly arranged to have a lovely maternity photo shoot before she pops. “A woman's body works in amazing ways... This one is for all the strong beautiful women out there, love yourselves and your bodies... (sic)” she wrote.

Photos: Instagram/Dominique Choy

Sonia Sui’s youngest child turned one…
Sonia Sui’s youngest child turned one…
20 Dec 2019

Sonia Sui’s youngest child turned one…

This is one of the cutest clips we’ve ever seen of a bunch of people trying to get someone to smile for the camera. The Taiwanese model-actress and her husband Tony Hsieh threw a little celebration for their youngest son Olie and, in this clip, very noisy attempts can be heard to try and get the one-year-old to say “cheese”... to no avail.

However, his unchanging expression, along with his utterly adorable big brother Max and big sister Lucy doing their part and saying “cheese” until they ran out of breath, are even better than picture-perfect grins.

Photos: Instagram/Tony Hsieh

… and so did Leanne Li and Wong Cho Lam’s daughter
… and so did Leanne Li and Wong Cho Lam’s daughter
20 Dec 2019

… and so did Leanne Li and Wong Cho Lam’s daughter

Also delighting us with a poker face was little Gabrielle, who also turned one earlier this week. Even two big smooches from her mama and papa couldn’t change it.

Photos: Instagram/Leanne Li

Kym Ng flashed Hong Ling
Kym Ng flashed Hong Ling
20 Dec 2019

Kym Ng flashed Hong Ling

Ooh la la, what’s going on here? Don’t worry, the co-stars were just fooling around - in a G-rated way, we assure you - on the set of My Guardian Angels, where Kym was filming a scene of her chasing after a spa staff member with only a towel covering her body. Hilarious picture, though.

Photo: Instagram/Hong Ling

Three SM Entertainment labelmates were reunited
Three SM Entertainment labelmates were reunited
20 Dec 2019

Three SM Entertainment labelmates were reunited

How nice to see that SHINee’s Minho was able to take some time off from his military service to hang out with his pals, Super Junior’s Kyuhyun and TVXQ’s Changmin. The trio met up for a cosy dinner on Thursday, and it looks like poor Leeteuk, Kyuhyun’s band mate and leader, felt left out as he commented with a simple “What”. Maybe next time!

Photo: Instagram/TVXQ’s Changmin

Noah Yap shared an old video from his school’s talent show
Noah Yap shared an old video from his school’s talent show
20 Dec 2019

Noah Yap shared an old video from his school’s talent show

It looks like the actor was already a pro in the spotlight long before he became one of the Ah Boys. On Tuesday, he shared a blurry old clip of him performing Ronan Keating’s ‘When You Say Nothing At All’ at his school’s talent competition 12 years ago, where he won third place. Not bad!

Photos: Instagram/Noah Yap

Lin Chi-ling and EXILE’s Akira shot a magazine cover together
Lin Chi-ling and EXILE’s Akira shot a magazine cover together
20 Dec 2019

Lin Chi-ling and EXILE’s Akira shot a magazine cover together

Do these two look great together or what? And, like we mentioned before, it’s great to see her opening up more about him (especially since their marriage announcement took everyone completely by surprise).

Photos: Instagram/Lin Chi-ling

Jasmine Yen was a proud daughter at her dad’s movie premiere
Jasmine Yen was a proud daughter at her dad’s movie premiere
20 Dec 2019

Jasmine Yen was a proud daughter at her dad’s movie premiere

Earlier this week, the 15-year-old daughter of martial arts superstar Donnie Yen shared a few photos from the premiere of his latest movie Ip Man 4 and was clearly overflowing with pride.

“Ip Man 4 Premiere last night! This film is seriously one of the best films I have watched and I am so incredibly proud of my father! I am so astonished by the hard work and effort so many people have put in to create what the franchise Ip Man is today. (sic)” Jasmine wrote on Instagram alongside three super cute family shots.

Donnie himself appreciated the compliment, writing in a comment, “I’m glad you liked it Jasmine!” Awww…

Photos: Instagram/Jasmine Yen

Daren Tan “twinned” with his baby girl
Daren Tan “twinned” with his baby girl
20 Dec 2019

Daren Tan “twinned” with his baby girl

We’ve heard of matching father-daughter outfits, but matching father-daughter eating poses? Too cute.

Photos: Instagram/Daren Tan

Michelle Chong bought a car for her parents
Michelle Chong bought a car for her parents
20 Dec 2019

Michelle Chong bought a car for her parents

On Thursday, the actress-host-director revealed that she had splurged on a new ride for her folks. “My dad has always been frugal, so when his old car’s COE was up, he renewed it for another 10 years. But the car kept breaking down, so for their safety, I insisted on getting them a new car (even though they had said it was a waste of money and that they would prefer that I gave them the cash equivalent),” she wrote. ⁣⁣⁣Talk about spoil market!

Photo: Instagram/Michelle Chong

The Chan family arrived in Canada
The Chan family arrived in Canada
20 Dec 2019

The Chan family arrived in Canada

After a sixteen-hour flight, Moses Chan, Aimee Chan, and their three kids finally made it to Canada earlier this week, where they will enjoy a nice winter family holiday. We hope we get to see cute photos of them frolicking in the snow!

Photos: Instagram/Aimee Chan

Jack Neo didn’t exactly get the window seat he asked for
Jack Neo didn’t exactly get the window seat he asked for
20 Dec 2019

Jack Neo didn’t exactly get the window seat he asked for

Sorry, Jack, but we definitely laughed upon seeing your windowless “window seat” flight plight here. On the bright side, it might be more comfortable to lean on to sleep?

Photo: Instagram/Jack Neo

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