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

We round up our favourite snaps from the past week

Seen and spotted on the celebs' social media feeds this week
Seen and spotted on the celebs' social media feeds this week
21 Dec 2018

Seen and spotted on the celebs' social media feeds this week

‘Tis the season to be wining, dining and partying with friends and loved ones, and this week’s roundup is a celebration of friendship and kinship.

Zoe Tay and Jacelyn Tay found time to hang over drinks in Hokkaido (even though they weren’t vacationing together!); Ya Hui and Chen Liping jetted off for a short holiday in Hong Kong with former Mediacorp artiste Chun Yu Shan Shan’s wife; Carina Lau showed us how ‘tight’ her friendship is with Andy Lau with her little fangirl act, and we spy with our little eye – a certain ‘Kitty Pong’ partying with ‘Panda’ (aka BIGBANG member Seungri) at the latter’s birthday party. 

Read on for more!

Hannah Quinlivan's Christmas gift for her husband Jay Chou
Hannah Quinlivan's Christmas gift for her husband Jay Chou
22 Dec 2018

Hannah Quinlivan's Christmas gift for her husband Jay Chou

Jay and Hannah threw an 'ugly sweater' party and Jay received the most unexpected gift from his wife in the form of a brand new car. The new car owner was so pleased with his gift that he couldn't resist smooching his wife in the picture, giving us a rare display of affection too. 

Photo: Instagram/Jay Chou

Sonia Sui welcomes her third bundle of joy
Sonia Sui welcomes her third bundle of joy
22 Dec 2018

Sonia Sui welcomes her third bundle of joy

Sonia Sui looks fab for someone who just gave birth, doesn't she? As much as she laughed as her disheveled state, her radiance shines. Max and Lucy will now have a little sibling to play with and we can't wait for pictures of the three of them together!

Photo: Facebook/Sonia Sui

It's a girl for Daren Tan and his wife
It's a girl for Daren Tan and his wife
22 Dec 2018

It's a girl for Daren Tan and his wife

After 9 months of waiting, Daren Tan and his wife, Nadia Lum, finally welcomed their first bundle of joy -- a baby girl called Vera Mae Tan today. It made their first Winter Solstice extra special as they spent it together as a family. The first-time father wrote: "Witnessing our daughter's birth, her first cry, first eye opening, everything seemed so surreal." Aww. Congrats!

Photo: Instagram/Daren Tan

Zoe Tay and Jacelyn Tay’s catch-up over drinks in Hokkaido
Zoe Tay and Jacelyn Tay’s catch-up over drinks in Hokkaido
21 Dec 2018

Zoe Tay and Jacelyn Tay’s catch-up over drinks in Hokkaido

According to Zoe and Jacelyn, they were living just a few houses away from each other and hung out with each other’s families during their stay in Hokkaido. Unplanned encounters and meet-ups in a foreign countries are the best! 

Photos: Instagram/Zoe Tay, Jacelyn Tay

Chen Xiuhuan holidays in Switzerland with family friends
Chen Xiuhuan holidays in Switzerland with family friends
21 Dec 2018

Chen Xiuhuan holidays in Switzerland with family friends

Unlike Zoe and Jacelyn, Xiuhuan visited Central Europe with two families, one of which was Jack Neo’s family.

Have you seen how the mummies have been waking up bright and early every day to cook a smorgasbord of Asian breakfast food for their husbands and kids? One morning they had pig trotters bee hoon (the can of pig trotters was courtesy of Xiuhuan) and another time they had mee hoon kueh – made from scratch (yes, they brought ikan bilis along too). Effort sia.

These mummies deserve a standing ovation.

Photos: Instagram/Chen Xiuhuan

Ya Hui and Chen Liping in the +85
Ya Hui and Chen Liping in the +85
21 Dec 2018

Ya Hui and Chen Liping in the +85

This isn’t the first time the BFFs have travelled together – this time they took over Hong Kong with former Mediacorp actor Chun Yu Shan Shan’s wife. They ate to their heart’s content in the city and Ya Hui worked it all off with a hike at Dragon’s Breath. Not bad!

Photos: Instagram/Ya Hui

Pierre Png’s surprise encounter with the Chens in Penang
Pierre Png’s surprise encounter with the Chens in Penang
21 Dec 2018

Pierre Png’s surprise encounter with the Chens in Penang

Then Chen family flew to Penang to visit Xiang Yun and Jeffrey Xu on the set of The Little Nyonya and did the obligatory sight-seeing and feasting too. Little did they expect to randomly bump into Pierre, whose cruise ship docked at Penang for the day, on the streets. It’s a small, small world!

Photos: Instagram/The Celebrity Agency, Edmund Chen

Dennis Chew and Rui En’s smokin’ good meal
Dennis Chew and Rui En’s smokin’ good meal
21 Dec 2018

Dennis Chew and Rui En’s smokin’ good meal

Dennis, who just returned from a long vacation in the United States, met up with his ‘little sister’ (or ‘mei’ as he calls her) earlier this week. The duo had some fancy-looking desert that came served in a coconut husk and dry ice. Bonus points for the exaggerated excited faces.

Photos: Instagram/Dennis Chew

Myolie Wu’s enviable friendship with her showbiz girlfriends
Myolie Wu’s enviable friendship with her showbiz girlfriends
21 Dec 2018

Myolie Wu’s enviable friendship with her showbiz girlfriends

They say it’s hard to find true friends in showbiz, so when you have as big an entourage as Myolie, remember to count your lucky stars.

Photos: Instagram/Myolie Wu, Selena Lee

Yvonne Lim’s Christmas celebrations with her friends in Taiwan
Yvonne Lim’s Christmas celebrations with her friends in Taiwan
21 Dec 2018

Yvonne Lim’s Christmas celebrations with her friends in Taiwan

Aren’t we glad to see Yvonne all settled down in Taiwan, with a circle of friends to share weal and woe with? The group, which includes Taiwanese singer Christine Fan and Malaysian-Chinese singer Fish Leong, had an advanced Christmas celebration and partied till late. Mums need an occasional break from their kids too.

Photos: Instagram/Yvonne Lim

Jody Chiang makes a comeback of sorts for Jay Chou
Jody Chiang makes a comeback of sorts for Jay Chou
21 Dec 2018

Jody Chiang makes a comeback of sorts for Jay Chou

Jody Chiang announced her ‘retirement’ from showbiz in 2015, but made an exception for Jay, who had invited her to watch his concert, to sing at one of the shows. According to Jody, Jay had invited her to his shows countless times, and she finally decided to take up his offer to watch one of his shows in Macau.

Lucky fans at the Macau show!

Photos: Facebook/Jay Chou

Carina Lau’s dedication to Andy Lau
Carina Lau’s dedication to Andy Lau
21 Dec 2018

Carina Lau’s dedication to Andy Lau

Carina and Andy may share the same surnames but are in no way related to each other. Still, they share a relationship akin to that of real-life siblings. Carina’s the ultimate supportive friend: she went to the front of stage to offer Andy, who was performing at Charles Heung’s birthday bash, flowers and a big hug, and attended one of his comeback concert shows in Hong Kong too. #friendshipgoals

Photos: Instagram/Carina Lau

Charlene Choi being the ‘woman behind’ Gillian Chung
Charlene Choi being the ‘woman behind’ Gillian Chung
21 Dec 2018

Charlene Choi being the ‘woman behind’ Gillian Chung

Once you see it, you can’t un-see it. We spy with our little eye, Charlene’s face in-between Gillian and her husband in this group picture with Joey Yung. Charlene made light of her mini photobomb moment and jokingly declared herself as the ‘woman behind’ Gillian’s back.

We don’t doubt what Charlene said – after all, she and Gillian spent their formative years singing and performing together on stage, have been through thick and thin, and definitely share a bond that’s stronger than most friendships out there.

More: Gillian Chung’s glitzy, expensive wedding in pictures

Photos: Instagram/Charlene Choi

Reunions at Gillian Chung’s wedding
Reunions at Gillian Chung’s wedding
21 Dec 2018

Reunions at Gillian Chung’s wedding

On the topic of celeb friends, Michelle Chen and Rainie Yang shared some snaps of themselves at Gillian’s super glitzy and expensive wedding, catching up with old and new friends alike.

Photos: Instagram/Michelle Chen

Stefanie Sun puts baby duties aside for Serene Gong's wedding
Stefanie Sun puts baby duties aside for Serene Gong's wedding
22 Dec 2018

Stefanie Sun puts baby duties aside for Serene Gong's wedding

Long time no see, Stef! The mother-of-two cleaned up and put on a long and slinky dress to celebrate Serene Gong's big day with her pals from the music industry. Looking good!

Photos: Instagram/Stefanie Sun

Fiona Xie hanging with Seungri for his birthday
Fiona Xie hanging with Seungri for his birthday
21 Dec 2018

Fiona Xie hanging with Seungri for his birthday

Fans of BIGBANG’s Seungri are probably living vicariously through Fiona’s snaps and videos of that night she partied with ‘panda’ (Seungri’s nickname) at his birthday party.

Photos: Instagram/Fiona Xie

... and then director Chen Kaige at the International Film Festival
... and then director Chen Kaige at the International Film Festival
21 Dec 2018

... and then director Chen Kaige at the International Film Festival

Fiona, who has found her way to international stardom thanks to her role as Kitty Pong in Crazy Rich Asians (CRA), also flew in to Macau to attend the International Film Festival where she picked up an award for Best Blockbuster of the Year on behalf of her CRA family. She even got to snap a picture with famous Chinese film and director Chen Kaige. 

Photos: Instagram/Fiona Xie

Fann Wong and Christopher Lee were also at the Hainan International Film Festival
Fann Wong and Christopher Lee were also at the Hainan International Film Festival
21 Dec 2018

Fann Wong and Christopher Lee were also at the Hainan International Film Festival

Fann, Chris and their little boy, Zed, also flew in to China for another film festival as guest presenters. So what did the family of three do during their free time on the island?

Photos: Instagram/Fann Wong, Christopher Lee

Zed tagged along and had a whale of a time at the Atlantis restaurant
Zed tagged along and had a whale of a time at the Atlantis restaurant
21 Dec 2018

Zed tagged along and had a whale of a time at the Atlantis restaurant

After Fann and Chris fulfilled all work obligations, it was time for some fun with Zed. They dined under the sea at a Michelin-starred restaurant Atlantis and stuffed themselves with seafood delicacies. Yum.

Though truth be told, Zed was more enraptured by what was happening in the deep blue ocean instead of the seafood served on their plates.

Photos: Instagram/ Fann Wong

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Fann Wong falls ill after Sanya trip
Fann Wong falls ill after Sanya trip
22 Dec 2018

Fann Wong falls ill after Sanya trip

Yikes. Fann posted a worrying update of herself being hospitalised upon return to Singapore. She headed for the hospital immediately after touching down and had to be put on drip. Get well soon, Fann! 

Photo: Instagram/Fann Wong

Edison Chen’s family outing to Disney on Ice
Edison Chen’s family outing to Disney on Ice
21 Dec 2018

Edison Chen’s family outing to Disney on Ice

Edison’s daughter Alaia has inherited dad's #unimpressed pout face. The toddler took a picture with her momma and dada when they were at the Disney on Ice show and she didn’t even break into a smile for the picture. Maybe she thinks Disney princesses are overrated?!

Photos: Instagram/Edison Chen

Yvonne Lim’s troop conquer Hong Kong Disneyland
Yvonne Lim’s troop conquer Hong Kong Disneyland
21 Dec 2018

Yvonne Lim’s troop conquer Hong Kong Disneyland

In another Disney fantasy, Yvonne travelled to Hong Kong with her brood and Fish Leong’s family for a short vacation in the happiest place on earth. The kids had such a great time in the theme park they could not stop raving about it. From the looks of it, Alex Tien probably enjoyed himself a great deal as well – we spy a furry Lotso hat sitting on his head in the family picture.

Photos: Instagram/Yvonne Lim

Vivian Lai celebrates birthday with her daughters
Vivian Lai celebrates birthday with her daughters
21 Dec 2018

Vivian Lai celebrates birthday with her daughters

Vivian turned 41 earlier this week with her nearest and dearest in Korea. The actress shared pictures from her simple celebration with her two daughters – and her husband nowhere in sight. The actress thanked everyone for their well-wishes and promised to work even harder in the brand new year.

Photos: Instagram/Vivian Lai

Jeanette Aw learns from a mochi master in Japan
Jeanette Aw learns from a mochi master in Japan
21 Dec 2018

Jeanette Aw learns from a mochi master in Japan

We weren’t kidding when we said that Jeanette was a Japanese confectioner in-the-making. After completing a patisserie course in Le Cordon Bleu Dusit Culinary School in Bangkok, the actress returned home for a short visit before taking off to Takasaki, Japan to start work on her new short film. She found time to visit her new Le Cordon Bleu school in Daikanyama and do some touristy things like check out strawberry farms and learn how to make fresh fruit mocha from a master confectioner.

Photos: Instagram/Jeanette Aw

Vivian Hsu steps out in matching footwear with Dalton
Vivian Hsu steps out in matching footwear with Dalton
21 Dec 2018

Vivian Hsu steps out in matching footwear with Dalton

Dalton’s getting taller by the day – and his face is slowly maturing into that of a little boy’s. Where has all his baby-ness disappeared to?!

Photos: Instagram/Vivian Hsu

James Seah’s impromptu getaway to Bali with his girlfriend
James Seah’s impromptu getaway to Bali with his girlfriend
21 Dec 2018

James Seah’s impromptu getaway to Bali with his girlfriend

James was not lying when he told us brings the TRX whenever he travels and that he exercises as often as he can on trips. When he found out he had a three days off filming, he immediately bought tickets for a short vacay in Bali with the girlfriend, and is working hard to make sure he doesn’t gain weight from all the delicious Balinese food in the city. Good on you, James!​​​​​​​

Photos: Instagram/James Seah

Ben Yeo wraps ‘Hello From The Other Side’
Ben Yeo wraps ‘Hello From The Other Side’
21 Dec 2018

Ben Yeo wraps ‘Hello From The Other Side’

Our favourite grim reapers and men from the other side, all ready to surprise us with their underworld drama when the show premieres on March 6.

More: Rui En seeks divine protection before every stunt scene

Photos: Instagram/Ben Yeo

Jesseca Liu filming web series for Hello From The Other Side – It’s Time
Jesseca Liu filming web series for Hello From The Other Side – It’s Time
21 Dec 2018

Jesseca Liu filming web series for Hello From The Other Side – It’s Time

Yes, that set looks strangely familiar (it was where the press conference was held), but don’t be mistaken – Jesseca’s filming a prequel for Hello From The Other Side – It’s Time, with veteran actress Zhu Xiu Feng. The online extension and spin-off talks about Jesseca’s arrival in hell as the successor of Meng Po (played by Zhu Xiu Feng).

Hello From The Other Side debuts March 6, 9pm on Channel 8.
Hello From The Other Side - It's Time (spinoff) debuts on March 11 on Toggle.


Photo: Instagram/Jesseca Liu

Being short has it perks, according to Jeremy Chan
Being short has it perks, according to Jeremy Chan
21 Dec 2018

Being short has it perks, according to Jeremy Chan

Jeremy’s funny personality shows even in his social media updates. The actor-comedian posted a picture of him ‘taking cover’ behind a tall Caucasian man, and said that getting shelter from the sun while standing behind tall folks is one of the many advantages of being short. Well said.

Photos: Instagram/Jeremy Chan

Rebecca Lim gives back with fans
Rebecca Lim gives back with fans
21 Dec 2018

Rebecca Lim gives back with fans

It’s better to give than to receive, and this festive season, Singapore Cancer Society (SCS) ambassador Rebecca and her fan club, The Beckers Team, personally prepared and delivered Christmas gift packs to a few Singapore Cancer Society beneficiaries to their homes..

Photos: The Celebrity Agency

Shane Pow’s long-awaited fan-meeting
Shane Pow’s long-awaited fan-meeting
21 Dec 2018

Shane Pow’s long-awaited fan-meeting

After revamping his fan club, Shane finally met up with around 40 old and new members to mark the start of a brand new club and the new year. There were plenty of gifts to go around and they even had a surprise visit from Spidey. But the highlight of the day was probably when Shane serenaded them with six songs at the party.​​​​​​​

Photos: The Celebrity Agency

Elvin Ng has an advanced birthday celebration with fans
Elvin Ng has an advanced birthday celebration with fans
21 Dec 2018

Elvin Ng has an advanced birthday celebration with fans

December baby Elvin had an early birthday celebration with his fans last weekend – with some flying in all the way from Indonesia to celebrate his special day. It looks like some of them brought their kids along to the event too and the Elvinology family just grows bigger with each passing year. Happy birthday, Elvin!

Photos: The Celebrity Agency

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