Left: Felicia Chin with birthday flowers from Jeffrey Xu; Right: Condolence flowers for the passing of Felicia's grandmother (Photos: Instagram/Felicia Chin)
Felicia Chin seemed a little less like her usual chirpy self when we met her for a quick catch-up session last Friday morning (Oct 26). Not that we can blame her, of course - the actress’s paternal grandma had recently passed away.
Early last week, the 34-year-old posted several pictures of flower stands bearing cards expressing sympathy and condolences, including one from fellow actress Fiona Xie. While Felicia understandably wished to keep more details about her grandma private, she shared that this difficult time prompted her to pause and ponder her priorities.
“When I think of my grandma, I think of how she loved and took care of me, which makes me reflect on whether I’m doing that for the people who really matter in my life,” she mused. “Sometimes it’s easy to neglect that, but I think it’s so important to spend time with your loved ones.”
It also gave her the opportunity to reconnect with a lot of folks and be moved by a barrage of warm gestures. “A lot of people texted me after they found out about my grandma, and I was very touched by those who made time to come down [for the wake], even veteran artistes,” she smiled. “So for my birthday this year, one of my wishes was for these people to be blessed, and for the kindness that they showed me to be returned to them.”
Felicia Chin posted photos of condolence flowers, as well as her thoughts on her grandma's passing on Instagram Stories (Photos: Instagram/Felicia Chin)
Felicia Chin with her birthday cake from Jeffrey Xu; Jeffrey with his birthday bouquet from Felicia (Photos: Instagram/Jeffrey Xu, Felicia Chin)
The mood visibly lightened when we switched topics to her birthday, which falls on October 24. According to Felicia, her boyfriend Jeffrey Xu planned a surprise dinner celebration at a nice French restaurant, where he got her a pretty cake and gorgeous bouquet.
Those were certainly not the only presents he got for her. After taking a moment to compose her excited self, she shared, “Jeffrey knows I’m a huge fan of Jay Chou, and he’s currently filming The Little Nyonya - New Edition with one of Jay’s friends [Taiwanese actor Darren Chiu], so he asked Darren if he could get Jay to record something for my birthday.”
Long story short: she got it. The King of Mandopop himself personally filmed a 20-second video wishing her a happy birthday (with her name and everything).
“I feel that he’s such a humble person for someone of his status, and that’s why I like him so much, besides his talent,” she gushed. “I’m very touched that he did that for me, and I also think it was very sweet of Jeffrey to have asked Darren, whom I’m thankful to as well.”
Left: Jay Chou and Darren Chiu; Right: Jeffrey Xu, Darren Chiu and more at 'The Little Nyonya' lensing ceremony (Photos: Instagram/Jay Chou, Darren Chiu)
Unfortunately, Felicia wasn’t around to do anything for her beau’s October 3 birthday, as she was overseas filming From Beijing to Moscow. “I made arrangements to have flowers sent to him, but I’ll still have to find a way to make it up to him [in person],” she grinned. “So far I haven’t been able to do it yet because my grandma passed on not long after I came back to Singapore.”
When we asked - very delicately - if Felicia’s grandma’s passing has affected the couple’s plans to get married anytime soon (something they - or at least Jeffrey - have been hinting to for a while), she admitted that that is not something they have discussed yet.
“But I’m glad my grandmother got to meet and speak to him,” she said. “Of course, I feel sad that she will never get to see me walk down the aisle, but I’m sure she would be very happy to know that I’m with someone that I love and who is taking very good care of me.”