23 Jan 2019
Fann Wong, Andie Chen expose how Christopher Lee, Kate Pang drove them up the wall
Video: Philip Ang, Goh Wen Kai
Upcoming Channel 8 drama has a unique premise – Wu Xiu Yu (played by Fann Wong) ends up welcoming four young adults – who are also complete strangers – into her house after her younger brother (played by Andie Chen) stirs up trouble.
While the local cast members, which also include Bonnie Loo and He Ying Ying, have thankfully never experienced anything of the sort in real-life, they did let on that they’ve ran into their fair share of unforgettable instances when they’ve stayed in a place that wasn’t home.
Fann and Andie, both of whom are happily married to their respective spouses Christopher Lee and Kate Pang, also shared with us what the biggest pet peeve they had when they first started living together. And as Andie hilariously told us: he still uses it against Kate till date, but it’s something that his wife has to do even if she’s dead beat.
With the Chinese title of the drama translating loosely to ‘thank you for appearing in my (life’s) journey’, we also asked the cast who they’re most thankful for in the present moment, and their answers gave us the warm fuzzy feeling that only stems from true love and appreciation.
Click on to find out more!
23 Jan 2019
Fann’s pet peeve with Christopher’s toilet habits
Fann and Chris have been married for almost 10 years (May 16 is their anniversary!) and they’ve learned to live with each other, along with their precious son, Zed.
However, it wasn’t always peaceful in the house, as Fann told Toggle in an interview. “He’s a guy, so when we first started living together, I asked him if I could use the toilet before he does,” she chuckled. “I don’t know how he does it, but whenever he uses the toilet first, the entire basin area and toilet will get wet, and it was as though I was walking into a swimming pool or public toilet!”
Thankfully, he has since mended his ways, as Fann beamed that he now cleans up the restroom after he uses it, and the “horrific” toilets are a thing of the past.
As for who she’s most thankful for, the 47-year-old mused that she has “too many people to be thankful towards”. “For this drama, I want to thank the younger actors because they gave me a lot of happiness,” she smiled. “Most importantly, I want to thank my husband for appearing in my life, because without him, I wouldn’t have Zed Zed.”
In the New Year, Fann hopes for the entire family to be healthy. “When you’re healthy, you can do whatever you want to do, and you can achieve your dreams as well. It’s not just for me, but also my family members and everyone who’s watching this – I hope everyone stays healthy this year.”
23 Jan 2019
Andie’s top three memorable experiences staying on his own
Andie spent 2013 and 2014 in Taiwan, and he let on that the entire experience was something he’s unlikely to forget in his lifetime. “I didn’t have many friends nor work opportunities back then, so it was really as though I was starting from scratch,” he explained. “I rented a really small room and I remember my younger brother was heading to Taiwan for a vacation, so I told him to stay in my room. After he came back, he looked at me and said, ‘Why do you have to torture yourself like this?’
There were some “strange old men” in his old apartment block, but the entire experience itself was smooth-sailing in general. The same can’t be said of his experiences living in hostels, as he recalled the time he went to Amsterdam and ended up in a room meant for 24 next to the train station.
“It cost like three or four Euros per night to stay there, so I stayed there, but it was seriously scary,” he laughed. “There was someone next to me who was coughing so much I wondered if he had some issues with his lungs, and someone else was behaving as though he was on drugs.”
Another unforgettable hostel experience was when he stayed in a room for four, and during the first night, he had the room all for himself. However, the next day rolled around and two females became his roommates.
“I thought to myself, ‘I got lucky!’ but I didn’t dare to say or do much. I found out later that they sleep in the buff, but I didn’t have any courage back then, so what a pity that is,” he added with a grin.
23 Jan 2019
How does Kate Pang drive Andie Chen up the wall?
As for something that Kate does that drives him up the wall, Andie started off with, “The reason why we got married so quickly is because we pretty much have the same living habits. We weren’t living together before marriage, but we spent the night at each other’s houses, so we were very clear about all our habits. This is why I think it’s important to cohabit with someone before you get married!”
The only thing that he can’t deal with is Kate’s obsession with doing the laundry. “She’s very particular about household chores, and she has to do the laundry every day, even when she’s overseas. For me, I don’t really care about how you hang the laundry and I used to do it haphazardly, but she got really angry because there were crease lines on the clothes. I learned how to do it properly after then.”
When Kate is overseas and texts Andie about being really tired, his immediate retort of, ‘Don’t do the laundry then!’ is usually met with radio silence, and one of the most important factors that Kate has to think about when going overseas is whether or not they’ll have a washer readily available.
Naming Aden as the person he’s most thankful for, Andie explained, “He changed my perspective and mindset on life. I used to hate children and I thought I’d never like them, but because of him, I realised that I do like children very much. I used to look at things only from my point of view, but now that I have Aden, I learned how to be compassionate.”
23 Jan 2019
Why Bonnie couldn’t cry in front of Desmond Ng
When Bonnie first came to Singapore, she lived in a relative’s house for about two years. “I used to share a room with them, and filming this show reminded me of the feeling back then. I was young and didn’t know how to look after myself and I used to get sick almost every week. They were busy with their own work, so I didn’t want to bother them. In the end, I decided to shuttle between Malaysia and Singapore because I couldn’t continue getting sick nonstop.”
Now that her entire family has moved to Singapore, the biggest difference is how the family can’t use electricity and water as freely as before. “The utilities here are more expensive, so we can no longer leave the air conditioning on for the whole day. These days, we only turn it on at night, and during the day, we will only do so in very, very special circumstances.”
You might have heard the dialect song that Bonnie and Desmond Ng put out recently for currently-airing drama How Are You, along with the beautiful music video that they filmed just for it. “We’re really close friends, so there was this scene where I had to shed tears. For some reason, I just couldn’t cry and I took more than 10 takes to get it all done,” she admitted. “It’s not because I wasn’t immersed in my role, but I just couldn’t focus as I looked at his face.”
23 Jan 2019
Ying Ying’s younger brother can’t wait to get rid of her?
During a recent meal with her family, Ying Ying’s younger brother asked a sudden question: “Jie (older sister), when are you moving out?” Apart from being taken aback, Ying Ying explained that she doesn’t have any intention to do so. “I don’t think it’s necessary to pay $2000 (a month on rental),” she said. “Perhaps he has a more Western mindset, and usually people move out when they’re 18 as they go to college and so on. Maybe he’s biding his time before he’s able to get my room for himself.”
In 2019, Ying Ying declared that she hopes to earn more money so that she can bring her parents overseas for a holiday, as she grinned that she will be more than happy to pick up more work projects this year so as to try on different roles and challenge herself to become a better actor.
As for who she’s most thankful for in her life, Ying Ying named her mother as the one person she’s the more grateful towards. “As I grow older, I realise that my mum really sacrificed a lot for me. Her love for me is really unconditional, but I sometimes forget about this when I’m in a bad mood, and I’m not as nice to her as I should be,” she confessed. “Apart from my mum, I’m thankful for my adorable dog Cooper. Whenever I go back home tired after a day at work, I’ll instantly feel happier when I see him.”