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

We round up our favourite snaps from the past week

What the stars got up to this week
What the stars got up to this week
07 Dec 2018

What the stars got up to this week

It has been a relatively quiet week on social media with the celebs in party and vacation mode. Vivian Lai posts an ‘update’ about her break in Taiwan amidst the Kimly saga that’s unfolding right now (is she trying to reassure us that she’s OK?); Zoe Tay shares some insights on her family life as she travels to Japan with her husband and three sons (and posts a love note to her husband); and Mark Lee wraps up the last bits of his Hokkaido vacation with his family (and is probably very relieved that he no longer needs to clean snow and ice from his car every morning now).

Read on for more!

R.I.P. Flapper, you’ll always be remembered
R.I.P. Flapper, you’ll always be remembered
07 Dec 2018

R.I.P. Flapper, you’ll always be remembered

Man’s best friend, bona fide TV star, and some more. We started this week with some sad news about Flapper (you’d remember him acting alongside Rui En and Romeo in Sudden and with Romeo, again, and Sheila Sim in Mystic Whispers) passing away.

R.I.P. May you run free and happily at Rainbow Bridge.

Photos: Instagram/Romeo Tan

Hoshi twins with ‘daddy’ Desmond Tan
Hoshi twins with ‘daddy’ Desmond Tan
07 Dec 2018

Hoshi twins with ‘daddy’ Desmond Tan

Is it us or did Desmond Tan take a leaf out of Hoshi’s stylebook with his new platinum blonde ‘do which, by the way, took him a good seven hours to achieve in the salon. The actor told us that he decided to embrace a ‘loud’ and different hair colour because of a fashion street shoot he had in Tokyo and he wanted to be in tune with the eclectic city’s buzzy vibes.

Photos: Instagram/Desmond Tan

How’s Vivian Lai doing amidst the Kimly-AWS saga?
How’s Vivian Lai doing amidst the Kimly-AWS saga?
07 Dec 2018

How’s Vivian Lai doing amidst the Kimly-AWS saga?

A lot has happened since Vivian’s husband Alain Ong was suspended from his position in the Pokka International shakeup, and it is not known if the former CEO, who stepped down from his director role in Kimly early this year, is involved in the ongoing investigations of Kimly’s acquisition of Asian Story Corporation.

If anything, it looks like it’s business as usual for Vivian, who’s back in her home country in Taiwan. At least we know she’s doing A-OK.

Photos: Instagram/Vivian Lai

Zoe Tay’s unexpected gift from her husband during their vacation in Japan
Zoe Tay’s unexpected gift from her husband during their vacation in Japan
07 Dec 2018

Zoe Tay’s unexpected gift from her husband during their vacation in Japan

All women love surprises – Zoe Tay, included. The actress has been sharing pictures of her family vacation (PS: the pictures were taken by one of her boys) in the land of the rising sun. What caught our eye was the picture of her carrying an overgrown baby (her youngest son) on the streets and the picture of Zoe and her husband posing with their branded couple watches on the streets of Ginza. 

“Us at 100 years old. Thank you Santa,” she wrote. Aww…

Photos: Instagram/Zoe Tay

Zoe and Jacelyn Tay are in Hokkaido
Zoe and Jacelyn Tay are in Hokkaido
08 Dec 2018

Zoe and Jacelyn Tay are in Hokkaido

After a brief stop in Tokyo, Zoe and her family took off to hit the snowy slopes of Hokkaido and that's Ah Jie doing a supermarket run -- stocking up "essentials" and a mountain of snacks. We don't blame her - we'd be doing the same thing too.

Guess who else is in Hokkaido as well apart from Zoe? Jacelyn Tay and her son. We hear Pan Lingling and Huang Shinan will be headed their direction as well. Is this going to be a huge gathering and hangout in Hokkaido?

Photos: Instagram/Zoe Tay, Jacelyn Tay

Mark Lee brings family on a wintry holiday in Hokkaido
Mark Lee brings family on a wintry holiday in Hokkaido
07 Dec 2018

Mark Lee brings family on a wintry holiday in Hokkaido

Apart from Zoe and her family, Mark and his family were also in Nippon, albeit in a different part of the country: Hokkaido. They had a ball of time with the snow, endless buffets, and we had a good time chuckling over videos of Mark sweeping snow off his car (on a daily basis!) thanks to Instagram updates by his wife.

Photos: Instagram/Mark Lee

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Dennis Chew meets Disney superstars
Dennis Chew meets Disney superstars
07 Dec 2018

Dennis Chew meets Disney superstars

While most Singaporeans opt to travel to some place colder to escape the heat and humidity of Singapore, Dennis bucked the trend and went to tropical Florida for a very summer-like vacation. Instead of hitting the slopes like most of his celeb pals will be doing, he went on a cruise with Disney pals like Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck. So much fun.

Photos: Instagram/Dennis Chew

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Alfred Sim, Tay Kewei and baby Momo go cruisin’
Alfred Sim, Tay Kewei and baby Momo go cruisin’
07 Dec 2018

Alfred Sim, Tay Kewei and baby Momo go cruisin’

The Sims were also on a cruise trip – one that was much closer to home, with their little “androgynous” baby son. According to Alfred shared, many people have been asking him about his “daughter’s” age recently. For the record: He’s a boy, 14 months going on 15 and son of local singers Alfred and Kewei.

Photos: Instagram/Alfred Sim, Tay Kewei

Joanne Peh, Qi Yuwu at a work-night event
Joanne Peh, Qi Yuwu at a work-night event
07 Dec 2018

Joanne Peh, Qi Yuwu at a work-night event

After celebrating his birthday at home last week, it looked like Yuwu also found time to attend a dinner event held in-lieu with the Asia Television Forum & Market ATF Singapore 2018 and meet up with veteran actress Joan Chen. Here’s one of him and Joanne, all dressed up, sans kids, painting the town red on a weekday night.

Photos: Instagram/Qi Yuwu, Xiang Yun

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First look at Xiang Yun in The Little Nyonya remake
First look at Xiang Yun in The Little Nyonya remake
08 Dec 2018

First look at Xiang Yun in The Little Nyonya remake

Filming for The Little Nyonya remake has completed and we were given a first glimpse of what to expect at the Asia TV Forum. Doesn't Xiang Yun look absolutely regal?

Photo: Instagram/Xiang Yun

Elvin Ng plays babysitter in Queensland, Australia?
Elvin Ng plays babysitter in Queensland, Australia?
07 Dec 2018

Elvin Ng plays babysitter in Queensland, Australia?

Woah, is Elvin in Queensland to lead a tour group or babysit a bunch of kiddos? He sure looks like a preschool teacher on a class excursion with his students. Just kidding. But sounds like a potential drama idea, huh?

Photo: Instagram/Elvin Ng

Romeo Tan starts work on directorial project
Romeo Tan starts work on directorial project
07 Dec 2018

Romeo Tan starts work on directorial project

Romeo went behind the camera for a change to film a 30-minute short film—his directorial project—for a mini-series that will be aired on Channel U. It’ll be interesting to see how he puts his eye for photography to good use for this project. The actor told us that his first day of filming went on without a hitch – but he had forgotten to slap on some sunscreen during the shoot and went home tanner than before.

Photos: Instagram/Romeo Tan

Priscelia Chan makes 'comeback' via directorial feature
Priscelia Chan makes 'comeback' via directorial feature
08 Dec 2018

Priscelia Chan makes 'comeback' via directorial feature

Apart from Romeo, another celeb has been busy adjusting to life behind the camera and that is none other than Priscelia Chan. The actress shared that she had wrote the story and script for this short film and that her two-year "health ordeal" gave her more "intuitive insights" and "maturity" to work on this project. We can't wait to see this 'fresh take' when its out of the oven!

Photo: Instagram/Priscelia Chan

Paige Chua unlocks new archery achievement
Paige Chua unlocks new archery achievement
07 Dec 2018

Paige Chua unlocks new archery achievement

If there was one thing we picked up from Paige’s post about her journey and growth as an archer competing at her first competition in Macau, it’s this: life is a journey of learning. The three-and-a-half hour-long competition was so stressful, Paige shared that she wanted to “burrow” into a corner when her arrows went astray.

We’ll sure you’ll get better with time and more practice. Jia you, Paige!

Photos: Instagram/Paige Chua

Lawrence Wong goes local by riding the MRT line in Singapore
Lawrence Wong goes local by riding the MRT line in Singapore
07 Dec 2018

Lawrence Wong goes local by riding the MRT line in Singapore

Nope, your eyes aren’t playing tricks on you. The actor shared pictures of him riding the MRT line with his sister when he was back in Singapore recently. After catapulting to household fame with his role in Story of Yanxi Palace, it’s heartening to know that Lawrence is still very much a ‘heartlander’ kid.

Photos: Instagram/Lawrence Wong

New normal: Couple selfies from Nick Teo and Hong Ling
New normal: Couple selfies from Nick Teo and Hong Ling
07 Dec 2018

New normal: Couple selfies from Nick Teo and Hong Ling

Guess we can expect to see Nick and Hong Ling pair up to do more endorsements, paid gigs and event appearances together – like how they appeared hand-in-hand- at one of the SGIFF (Singapore International Film Festival) red carpet events.

Photos: Instagram/Hong Ling, The Celebrity Agency

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Shawn Yue, Sarah Wang celebrate first wedding anniversary
Shawn Yue, Sarah Wang celebrate first wedding anniversary
07 Dec 2018

Shawn Yue, Sarah Wang celebrate first wedding anniversary

It felt like yesterday when Hong Kong actor Shawn married his Taiwanese bride Sarah in Melbourne. But we’re more than happy to see these #throwback snaps of their big day as this is the first time they are showcasing it.

Photos: Instagram/Shawn Yue, Sarah Wang

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Jay Chou flaunts a new painting of him and Hannah Quinlivan
Jay Chou flaunts a new painting of him and Hannah Quinlivan
07 Dec 2018

Jay Chou flaunts a new painting of him and Hannah Quinlivan

We all know Jay’s a big art fan, so we aren’t surprised to learn that he popped by Japanese artist’s Yuki Masaida’s studio to check out the latter’s works which includes several pictures of him and a wedding picture of him and Hannah. Sweet.

Photos: Instagram/Jay Chou

Sonia Sui, Tony Hsieh celebrate their move into a new home
Sonia Sui, Tony Hsieh celebrate their move into a new home
07 Dec 2018

Sonia Sui, Tony Hsieh celebrate their move into a new home

With baby no.3 due to arrive anytime now, Sonia and Tony took the opportunity to move to bigger digslast weekend and get things ready for their expanding family unit. They kicked off a new family tradition at home too - getting Max and Lucy to help decorate a gingerbread house for the festive season.

Photos: Instagram/Sonia Sui, Tony Hsieh

Fann Wong and Carole Lin’s kids get their first playdate
Fann Wong and Carole Lin’s kids get their first playdate
07 Dec 2018

Fann Wong and Carole Lin’s kids get their first playdate

According to Fann, this playdate between Carole Lin’s daughter, Brooklyn, and her son, Zed, was pushed back multiple times. But the two kiddos finally had the chance to meet up and hang out for a little bit at the balcony last week. The video of them hanging out prompted Fann to ask her husband: “Is this little boy dating someone behind our backs?”

Photo: Instagram/Fann Wong

Celeb pals gather at Carole Lin's house
Celeb pals gather at Carole Lin's house
08 Dec 2018

Celeb pals gather at Carole Lin's house

Another day, another gathering! Carole gathered all her former acting colleagues for a meet-up on Friday night. Isn't it nice to see everyone so happy to be in each other's company? 

Photo: Instagram/Carole Lin

Getting to see different sides of Hannah Quinlivan
Getting to see different sides of Hannah Quinlivan
07 Dec 2018

Getting to see different sides of Hannah Quinlivan

She’s usually all dressed up for work and modelling gigs, but Hannah showed a different side to herself this week: her bare face (although it was mostly hidden behind a cup) and her domesticated ‘kitchen goddess’ side on Instagram. Guess she’s trying to give Jay a run for his culinary skills.  

Photos: Instagram/Hannah Quinlivan

Edison Chen’s mini-me is just like him
Edison Chen’s mini-me is just like him
07 Dec 2018

Edison Chen’s mini-me is just like him

Alaia’s just like her dad – she’s got the pout (or is that a duck face?) down pat.

Photo: Instagram/Edison Chen

Jam Hsiao v Bobo
Jam Hsiao v Bobo
08 Dec 2018

Jam Hsiao v Bobo

Jam tries to out-pose Xiu Jie Kai and Alyssa Chia's youngest daughter in a variety of goofy snaps. He looks pretty cute, but our vote goes to Bobo.

Photos: Instagram/Jam Hsiao

Yvonne Lim at her first parent volunteer session
Yvonne Lim at her first parent volunteer session
07 Dec 2018

Yvonne Lim at her first parent volunteer session

Yvonne may have relocated to Taiwan a couple of years ago, but there’s still plenty of first-time experiences to be had. This week, she took on her first parent volunteer stint for one of AJ’s school outing and was so excited about it she couldn’t sleep the night before.

Photos: Instagram/Yvonne Lim

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Shaun Chen celebrates firstborn’s birthday
Shaun Chen celebrates firstborn’s birthday
07 Dec 2018

Shaun Chen celebrates firstborn’s birthday

And Nellie turns 3! The little tot had a pink-tastic birthday party with balloons, unicorns, steamers and a cake topped with her favourite Frozen characters – Anna and Elsa. Sounds like a 3-year-old’s dream birthday celebration come true.

Photos: Instagram/Shaun Chen

Hello From The Other Side films wedding scene in Gardens by the Bay
Hello From The Other Side films wedding scene in Gardens by the Bay
07 Dec 2018

Hello From The Other Side films wedding scene in Gardens by the Bay

Crazy Rich Asian this is not, but props to the team of Hello From The Other Side for pulling off a wedding scene at Gardens by the Bay, no less. Except, instead of Rachel Chu and Nick Young, it was Rui En and James Seah getting hitched for the drama.

Wait, what?! Guess we’ll find out more in due time.

Photos: Instagram/Hong Hui Fang

Takuya Kimura and Lin Chi-ling pair up as hosts for fashion awards
Takuya Kimura and Lin Chi-ling pair up as hosts for fashion awards
07 Dec 2018

Takuya Kimura and Lin Chi-ling pair up as hosts for fashion awards

It’s been a long, long time since the pair appeared on screen together after a short-lived romance on TV for Japanese drama Tsuki no Koibito (or Moon Lovers). For extra swoon factor, the Japanese actor went the extra mile and prepared a cake for his former co-star who celebrated her birthday a few days before the event. How sweet!

Photos: Instagram/Lin Chi-ling

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