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
07 Dec 2019

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

So much happened on social media these past seven days, including a lot of birthdays and the arrival of two baby girls, proving that this week in December is a pretty popular time to come into the world.

The spotlight was also on various celebrity offspring (from babies to belles of the ball), the addition of a Hollywood star to a K-pop super-group, and a few hilarious posts that gave us much-needed mid-week chuckles.

Read on for more!

Chingmy Yau’s and Jet Li’s girls dazzled at the Le Bal des Débutantes
Chingmy Yau’s and Jet Li’s girls dazzled at the Le Bal des Débutantes
07 Dec 2019

Chingmy Yau’s and Jet Li’s girls dazzled at the Le Bal des Débutantes

Every year, daughters from rich, famous, and powerful families are invited to put on fancy, expensive dresses and jewellery and socialise at the annual debutante ball, which is held in Paris, France.

Among the pretty young things at this year’s soiree were Sham Yuet, the 18-year-old daughter of former screen siren Chingmy Yau, and Jane Li, the 19-year-old daughter of martial arts superstar Jet Li. And yes, both their famous parents were there to support them.

Photos: Instagram/Sham Yuet, Instagram/Jane Li

Ryan Reynolds became the newest member of EXO
Ryan Reynolds became the newest member of EXO
07 Dec 2019

Ryan Reynolds became the newest member of EXO

The actor visited Seoul earlier this week for the world premiere of his new action movie 6 Underground and somehow ended up becoming the 10th member of EXO. “I’m in the band. No, for serious. The security guard who tasered me was part of a carefully choreographed sequence me and the guys have been working on from our basement studio in my imagination,” he wrote in his hilarious Instagram caption.

Ryan also reposted his wefie with member Chanyeol and added, “This means I’m in the band.” Okay, we know he was only kidding, but this is probably the most charming interaction we’ve seen between a Hollywood celebrity and K-pop stars.

Our absolute favourite photo, though, is the one Ryan posted on Twitter, which has him sporting a head of digitally added purple floppy hair to match his new “band mates”. “Thrilled to be EXO’s newest member. I might not be able to dance or sing, but one thing’s for damn sure: I have no idea how to give the “thumbs up” sign.” Seriously, gotta love Ryan.

Photos: Instagram/Park Chanyeol, Instagram/Ryan Reynolds, Twitter/Ryan Reynolds

BTS marked a member’s birthday in their usual way
BTS marked a member’s birthday in their usual way
07 Dec 2019

BTS marked a member’s birthday in their usual way

The K-pop super-group’s oldest member Jin turned 27 on Wednesday and, as per Bangtan tradition on any member’s hatchday, his band mates shared a bunch of hilarious photos of him to celebrate the occasion, including one with his famously wide shoulders exaggerated to comical proportions. Never stop doing this, boys.

Photos: Twitter/BTS

Halsey released a new song with BTS’s Suga
Halsey released a new song with BTS’s Suga
08 Dec 2019

Halsey released a new song with BTS’s Suga

Another BTS member who was in the spotlight this week was rapper Suga, who is featured on one of the tracks - simply titled ‘SUGA’s Interlude’ - from the American singer’s upcoming album Manic. And, as the band was in the States to perform at the KIIS FM Jingle Ball on Friday, the duo got to “celebrate in person”, which Halsey marked by posting a cute photo of them together on social media.

She also shared her thoughts about their collaboration in an Instagram Stories post, writing, “So unbelievably proud and happy with Suga’s Interlude. This song was very carefully crafted by us. Every production choice by all of us was intentional to provoke a feeling. I wanted Yoongi [Ed’s note: Suga’s birth name] because I am a huge fan of his solo music and I knew he would be the perfect person to paint a picture that was beautifully tragic. And I am honored to have, on my album, such a song that transcends language and shows that the human experience is fundamentally the same universally. Especially amongst creatives. To be both blessed and tormented. LEGEND! (sic)”

Legends indeed.

Photos: Instagram/Halsey

Writer’s block, Stefanie Sun?
Writer’s block, Stefanie Sun?
08 Dec 2019

Writer’s block, Stefanie Sun?

Speaking of tormented creatives, it looks like the local singer was having a bit of a tough time “#writingbloodylyrics”, as evidenced by her frustrated-looking selfie. Jiayou, Stef!

Photo: Instagram/Stefanie Sun

JJ Lin’s mum had a “December babies” party
JJ Lin’s mum had a “December babies” party
07 Dec 2019

JJ Lin’s mum had a “December babies” party

The jet-setting singer managed to make it back home to Singapore in time to celebrate his mum’s - and a few other December babies’ - birthdays. Just imagine having JJ Lin sing the birthday song to you, though! #bestpresentever

Photos: Instagram/JJ Lin

Aimee Chan and Moses Chan’s eldest son turned six
Aimee Chan and Moses Chan’s eldest son turned six
07 Dec 2019

Aimee Chan and Moses Chan’s eldest son turned six

Aimee certainly deserves a Mum of the Year nomination: did you know she spent six hours making that birthday cake for her oldest boy by herself? And it sure wasn’t easy. “[Those] darn [marshmallows] on top took me [five] attempts before remotely succeeding,” she revealed. Although she had to wait 30 minutes between each layer and ended up sleeping at 2am, seeing “that HUGE grin” on the birthday boy Aiden’s face made “all worth it” in the end (P.S. Moses played a part too -  he volunteered to pick up more ingredients at midnight).

“I promise I will give you my all and be the best I can be, like my parents [were to] me,” she told her “little Prince”. She certainly proved that with her baking attempt!

Photos: Instagram/Aimee Chan

Jimmy Lin celebrated his twins’ birthday
Jimmy Lin celebrated his twins’ birthday
07 Dec 2019

Jimmy Lin celebrated his twins’ birthday

Whoa, has it really been four years since Jenson and Kyson were born? The singer and his wife, model Kelly Chen, held a slightly advance celebration for their boys on Thursday (their actual birthday is on December 7), and if anyone’s wondering where big brother Kimi is, he was apparently the one who took these pictures.

Photos: Instagram/Jimmy Lin

Dennis Chew celebrated his godson’s birthday
Dennis Chew celebrated his godson’s birthday
07 Dec 2019

Dennis Chew celebrated his godson’s birthday

Julien, who is one of the actor-DJ’s 28 godchildren - we’re not kidding - turned 12 on Thursday and enjoyed his very first birthday celebration since pre-school, as his mother (a long-time friend of Dennis’s) wrote on Instagram. He’s very blessed to have a doting godfather like Dennis, indeed!

Photos: Instagram/Dennis Chew, Instagram/@jujulovemama

Pakho Chau welcomed a daughter into the world…
Pakho Chau welcomed a daughter into the world…
07 Dec 2019

Pakho Chau welcomed a daughter into the world…

The singer and his non-celebrity wife Stephanie are now the proud parents of a baby girl, whose birth was confirmed on Wednesday, after a couple of days of speculation. According to Pakho, “Miss Chau weighed 6.7 pounds at birth, and looks just as pretty as her mama”. She also “has a loud yell, and has eyes as bright as a gemstone and a full head of hair”. We hope he shares more pictures of the little one!

Photo: Instagram/Pakho Chau

… and so did Alaric Tay
… and so did Alaric Tay
07 Dec 2019

… and so did Alaric Tay

It looks like this week of December is a very, very popular time to be born. On Friday, the actor and The Noose star announced the arrival of his second child, a daughter and new little sister for his son Elijah. Congratulations to Alaric and his wife Juliet!

Photos: Instagram/Alaric Tay

Zhang Zetong got his new office pass...
Zhang Zetong got his new office pass...
07 Dec 2019

Zhang Zetong got his new office pass...

Remember when the Star Search 2019 champ got excited over getting his own locker at the Mediacorp Campus? Well, he received his security pass earlier this week and was just as elated. Erm, guess that makes us colleagues now then, Zetong?

Photo: Instagram/Zhang Zetong

… and was named Audi’s new ambassador
… and was named Audi’s new ambassador
08 Dec 2019

… and was named Audi’s new ambassador

But that wasn’t the most exciting thing that happened to Zetong this week. Yesterday, it was announced that he had just been appointed as the newest ambassador for German automobile brand Audi (yup, that’s the same brand of the car he won as this year’s Star Search champ).

“I feel extremely honoured to be part of the Audi family,” he gushed in a statement. “Audi is a prestigious brand and they are also the forerunner of technology, [and] this aligns with me dearly because I am also a person who loves [technology] so much.”

Congrats, Zetong!

Photos: Instagram/The Celebrity Agency

GOT7’s Jackson explained his viral reaction at 2019 MAMA
GOT7’s Jackson explained his viral reaction at 2019 MAMA
07 Dec 2019

GOT7’s Jackson explained his viral reaction at 2019 MAMA

Imagine having to watch your boss strut around on stage in a pair of plastic pants and have your utterly horrified expression immortalised on camera - and used as a meme - for all of eternity. That’s precisely what happened to Jackson at the most recent Mnet Asian Music Awards in Nagoya, Japan when JYP head honcho Park Jin Young performed in a vinyl outfit that was similar to the see-through look he made famous in the 90s.

And yes, JYP himself was certainly aware of Jackson’s reaction. He posted a photo of the younger star on Instagram and wrote, “Why...did I do something wrong again...? (sic)” Jackson quickly took to his own page to respond, explaining, “I was just speechless when the plastic pants made it’s entrance. I promise I promise It’s not you (sic).”

No need to defend yourself, Jackson. Most of us probably had the same reaction too.

Photos: Instagram/Jackson Wang

Elvin Ng and Kimberly Wang met Hannah Quinlivan in Shanghai
Elvin Ng and Kimberly Wang met Hannah Quinlivan in Shanghai
07 Dec 2019

Elvin Ng and Kimberly Wang met Hannah Quinlivan in Shanghai

Elvin and Kim were invited to a luxury beauty brand’s event in China, which was also attended by Mrs. Jay Chou and Nicholas Tse. However, it looks like they only got to hang out with Hannah, while Nicholas could only be seen on stage.

Photos: Instagram/The Celebrity Agency, Instagram/Elvin Ng, Instagram/Hannah Quinlivan

My, how Gigi Leung’s daughter has grown!
My, how Gigi Leung’s daughter has grown!
07 Dec 2019

My, how Gigi Leung’s daughter has grown!

The singer-actress shared two before-and-after photos of her little girl, four-year-old Sofia, as a lovely flower girl. What a difference three years makes for kids!

Photos: Instagram/Gigi Leung

Grace Chan and Kevin Cheng went swimming with their son
Grace Chan and Kevin Cheng went swimming with their son
07 Dec 2019

Grace Chan and Kevin Cheng went swimming with their son

Little Rafael appears to be really fond of water. On Tuesday, his mama shared a few photos of the family spending some time in the pool of a fancy Hong Kong serviced apartment. She also shared that her baby boy was “so confused and terrified” the very first time they brought him swimming, but now, he’s totally at home splashing about and being surrounded with H2O.

Photos: Instagram/Grace Chan

Vanness Wu pays tribute to Godfrey Gao
Vanness Wu pays tribute to Godfrey Gao
07 Dec 2019

Vanness Wu pays tribute to Godfrey Gao


While most celebs responded pretty quickly to Godfrey’s tragic passing, sharing photos and anecdotes about the well-loved late star, Vanness needed a little more time to collect his thoughts before posting a tribute of his own on Wednesday.

“F*%# man I miss you. I’m still mad right now... I don’t know... I just don’t want to believe this and I’m trying so hard to grasp some sort of understanding... this F*%#ing sucks... and I just saw you man... this isn’t suppose to happen. Not you... I dunno... I just F*%#n miss you G.... random thoughts keep creeping in my skull... I know life is an ongoing process of emotions and feelings... and I jus need to trust God with it all... it’s taken me a min to even want to write anything let alone touch social... damn... I hate this.... Appreciate you to the fullest Godfrey. Your big heart, kindness, and willingness to love on people is something that I’ll keep with me forever........... ........... Thank you... thank you for the wonderful memories.... I’ll be celebrating your life daily until I see you again my G. God bless you~ Rest well (sic),” he wrote alongside a montage of photos of them together.

Godfrey will be very, very dearly missed by a lot of people indeed.

Photos: Instagram/Vanness Wu

Jack Neo demonstrated the danger of smartphones
Jack Neo demonstrated the danger of smartphones
07 Dec 2019

Jack Neo demonstrated the danger of smartphones

Well now, isn’t this a painfully familiar sight? Someone managed to snap a photo of the director and Mark Lee busily snapping wefies with their respective wives instead of, y’know, talking to each other. We wonder if there’s another picture of them taking photos of their food too…

Photo: Instagram/Jack Neo

Little Romeo really inherited his dad’s swag
Little Romeo really inherited his dad’s swag
07 Dec 2019

Little Romeo really inherited his dad’s swag

We may or may not have squealed out loud when Jay Chou posted this ridiculously adorable picture of him with his son at breakfast (okay, fine, we totally did). Who bothers looking that cool to have the first meal of the day, though? Not that we’re complaining in this case, of course.

Photo: Instagram/Jay Chou

Jay Park blew over US$10,000 on alcohol
Jay Park blew over US$10,000 on alcohol
07 Dec 2019

Jay Park blew over US$10,000 on alcohol

The Korean-American rapper was on tour in the States and was apparently in a very good mood at the club one night, because he decided to spend US$10,239.30 on “shots for everybody”. No big deal, right?

Photos: Instagram/Jay Park

Lin Chi-ling shared some behind-the-scenes pics with her husband
Lin Chi-ling shared some behind-the-scenes pics with her husband
07 Dec 2019

Lin Chi-ling shared some behind-the-scenes pics with her husband

It really is nice to see the model-actress opening up more about her relationship with EXILE’s Akira since they tied the knot. On Friday, Chi-ling shared two photos from the set of J Soul Brothers’ new music video for ‘White Wings’, in which they star as lovers. In her caption, she noted that this was the first time she and the Japanese singer-actor had worked together since their fateful meeting on the musical Red Cliff -Love- eight years ago, and thanked everyone who had worked on the project.

We hope she continues to upload more cute couple shots of the both of them!

Photos: Instagram/Lin Chi-ling

Lin Peifen shared a 10-year-old #throwback with superstars
Lin Peifen shared a 10-year-old #throwback with superstars
07 Dec 2019

Lin Peifen shared a 10-year-old #throwback with superstars

In 2009, Hong Kong A-listers Ekin Cheng and Aaron Kwok, along with director brothers Danny and Oxide Pang, visited the old Caldecott Broadcast Centre (we believe it was to promote their film The Storm Warriors, which was released that same year) to have a chat with radio DJs Peifen, Xie Jiafa, and Ivy Tan on air. Is it just us, or does no one look like they’ve aged a day since then at all?

Photos: Instagram/Lin Peifen

Pierre Png got up close and personal with a wildlife research legend
Pierre Png got up close and personal with a wildlife research legend
07 Dec 2019

Pierre Png got up close and personal with a wildlife research legend

World-renowned primatologist Jane Goodall, who is considered the foremost expert on chimpanzees, was in Singapore for the Human-Wildlife Co-Existence in Asia: Conflicts and Mitigation Conference 2019 earlier this week, and Pierre had the honour of hanging out with her. “My weekend could not have gone any better,” he gushed on Instagram. Just look at the awe in his face.

Photos: Instagram/Pierre Png

Thanks for the mid-week chuckle, Qi Yuwu
Thanks for the mid-week chuckle, Qi Yuwu
07 Dec 2019

Thanks for the mid-week chuckle, Qi Yuwu

One day, Ah Wu is showing us just how cool he looks riding a horse wearing Ming Dynasty garb in magical-looking Hengdian, China… and the next, he’s showing us his “waking up at 4 o’ clock face”, complete with a hairstyle-in-progress that, as he pointed out in his caption, made him look like the Joker on playing cards. How apt, because we certainly laughed out loud when we first saw this.

Photo: Instagram/Qi Yuwu

Cecilia Cheung shared an old school photo
Cecilia Cheung shared an old school photo
07 Dec 2019

Cecilia Cheung shared an old school photo

We don’t know about you, but we definitely would have felt super insecure about our looks if we were in the same class as Ceci here. There’s no way we looked half as good in our school photos!

Photo: Instagram/Cecilia Cheung

Tay Ying flaunted her battle scars from ‘The Good Fight’
Tay Ying flaunted her battle scars from ‘The Good Fight’
07 Dec 2019

Tay Ying flaunted her battle scars from ‘The Good Fight’

Ouch. We knew filming an action-packed martial arts drama wouldn’t be easy, but these photos really show how intense things can get. “[A] lot of times I didn’t feel the pain until I got home, as the adrenaline on set was real,” wrote Zheng Ge Ping’s daughter in her caption. She also added that these pics were taken months ago and that she’s all well now, but wow, try not to take it too far next time, okay?

Photos: Instagram/Tay Ying

Four local stars enjoy a girls’ getaway in Taiwan
Four local stars enjoy a girls’ getaway in Taiwan
07 Dec 2019

Four local stars enjoy a girls’ getaway in Taiwan

Zoe Tay, Yvonne Lim, Chen Xiuhuan, and Vivian Lai travelled to Taipei to spend some time together, away from their respective husbands and children (mums need a break too!). And it certainly was a time to indulge - look at those two huge bowls of dessert!

Photos: Instagram/Vivian Lai

Eleanor Lee showed off her signed Taylor Swift CD
Eleanor Lee showed off her signed Taylor Swift CD
07 Dec 2019

Eleanor Lee showed off her signed Taylor Swift CD

Quan Yifong’s daughter was clearly overjoyed at receiving the American pop star’s autographed latest album, judging by her apparent use of the Caps Lock key and some good ol’ keyboard-smashing: “No word can express how happy I am. I have been a swiftie since I was like 8! And nowwwwww I have a signed CD HAHHAHAHAHHAAH IM SOOO HAPPYY ASDFGHJKL (sic)”. We’d probably have reacted the same way.

Photo: Instagram/Eleanor Lee

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