12 Apr 2018
Miriam Yeung: I’m not retiring anytime soon
Video: Philip Ang
Last year, Miriam Yeung’s passing comment when performing at Cantonese acapella group C AllStar’s concert had many wondering if the actress-singer was planning to step out of the limelight – something that fans were fearful of, given that her last studio album, If Everybody Had An Ocean, was released in 2015.
Granted, the 44-year-old has been working on acting projects instead – her last movie, rom-com Love Off the Cuff, was released last year, and earlier this year, it was confirmed that Miriam would be making her return to dramas with upcoming TVB series Wonder Women.
Toggle had the opportunity to get an answer directly from Miriam as the superstar jetted to Singapore to attend TOD’s Paragon boutique reopening yesterday (April 11), where she not only clarified the rumours, but also shared more about how she strikes a work-life balance, along with her thoughts on her newly-wedded buddy Shawn Yue’s upcoming ‘promotion’ to becoming a father.
We also caught up with Zoe Tay, who celebrated her 30th year in showbiz yesterday (yay!); Pierre Png, who told us why he thinks Desmond Tan and Romeo Tan are strong contenders for the Best Actor nod at the Star Awards; Rebecca Lim, who confessed that she really misses home because she’s filming Blessings 2 in Malaysia right now; and Nathan Hartono, who hinted that we’ll be seeing (literally) more of him really soon.
Read on for more.
12 Apr 2018
Miriam Yeung’s focus has always been on her family
Back when Miriam joked that she wanted to retire from showbiz, many speculated that it was in favour of spending more time with her family, especially her son, Torres, 6, who just started attending primary school this year.
“Honestly, once I had a child, my focus was always on my family,” Miriam mused. “What I said at the concert last year was a joke, but somehow everyone took it seriously and thought that I was going to retire.”
“Think of it this way – if I were really going to retire, would I really take on a new drama?” she added with a grin.
That being said, having to spend hours every day on the film set will definitely take some time away from being with her family, but that’s something Miriam is taking in her stride.
“Filming begins next month (…) actually, I’ve been in Singapore since last week; my son and I flew over here for a holiday. He’s now in Koh Samui with my husband (Real Ting), and I’ll be going over to join them after I finish up my work in Singapore,” she said with a smile.
The singer continued, “He started his primary education this year, so Torres is a lot busier now. My husband and I try to ensure that there’s always someone who has time to be with him, so this time around, I’m not worried about there being no one to be with him, either.”
(Continued on next slide: Miriam’s words of wisdom for father-to-be Shawn Yue)
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Miriam’s words of wisdom for father-to-be Shawn Yue
It’s no secret that Miriam and Shawn Yue are close friends. Following his wedding last year, the Hong Kong actor confirmed that he would be welcoming his first child with model-actress Sarah Wang later this year.
Miriam shared some words of wisdom for her buddy, who will soon be ‘promoted’ and starting a new chapter in his life. “Firstly, I’d like to congratulate him as he enters a new stage of his life (…) Some may think that how you educate your child is important, when in fact, I feel that parents are the ones who learn a lot from their children,” she mused.
The mother-of-one quipped that she’s looking forward to when Shawn’s little one grows up, as she’s already imagining what playdates between Torres and Shawn’s bundle of joy will be like. She is, however, not preparing to become a god-mother quite yet, explaining that such decisions “are always the prerogative of the parents, so it’s not something that we can wish for on our own.”
While she waits for Shawn’s child to be born (and grow up enough to go on playdates), Miriam shared that Torres will have his hands full with his newly-acquired passion for fondant-making – something that was ignited after a baking session with Hong Kong singer-actress Gigi Leung.
“I’ve seen the photos of pastries that Gigi posts on her social media, and there was once I asked her where she bought them from because I wanted to order something from the same place as well. She told me that she was the one who made it, and that’s how we ended up having a baking session with her,” Miriam gushed. “Torres has always liked baking, but after that session, it seems like he’s even more interested, especially in the colourful figurines that you can create to decorate your cakes with.”
The thought of a 6-year-old baking up a storm in the kitchen boggles our minds, and who knows – this little one might just become the next baking prodigy. Though at the moment, he’s probably too busy basking in the love his busy-yet-never-too-busy-for-their-child parents shower on him.
(Continued on next slide: Ah Jie tells us how she feels about celebrating her 30th year in showbiz)
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Ah Jie tells us how she feels about celebrating her 30th year in showbiz
We were pleasantly surprised by the exquisite cupcakes and macarons that Zoe sent to our office yesterday, and were lucky enough to be able to thank her personally when she attended the event.
“Were they delicious? I hope so!” the ever-attentive Ah Jie asked as we mentioned the sweet treats. “It’s just a small token of my appreciation for everyone – every year on this day (April 11), I always feel really excited because it’s the day I officially signed on the dotted line and stepped into showbiz.”
She continued, “I turned 50 this year, and it’s also my 30th year in showbiz, so I thought it would be nice if I could share my joy with everyone (…) I never imagined myself spending 30 years in showbiz back then. My first contract was for three years, but somehow, with all the help of everyone around me, I managed to make it this far. It’s a blessing.”
Given her wealth of experience, we also asked Zoe if she had any advice or encouragement for artistes who hope to have such a long-standing career as her, and she shared: “The most important thing is to love what you do. If you have the passion for it, time will pass by in a flash. It’s not that you can only have a fulfilling career if you’re in showbiz for a long time – I think what’s more important is to maintain that passion. That’s how you’ll be able to have not only a fulfilling career, but also a fulfilling life.”
She maintained that she doesn’t see her career as “perfect”, but is still thankful that she has been able to enjoy a fruitful journey that has been filled with love, and hopes to continue walking on this path for a long time to come.
(Continued on next slide: Pierre Png praises Desmond Tan, Romeo Tan for their hard work)
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Pierre Png praises Desmond Tan, Romeo Tan for their hard work
With Star Awards just around the corner, talk about who will go home with the coveted Best Actor prize this year is heating up.
Pierre, who is nominated for his role in When Duty Calls, shared that he thinks he and his fellow nominees Desmond Tan (When Duty Calls), Romeo Tan (Life Less Ordinary), Shaun Chen (My Friends from Afar) and Zhang Zhen Huan (Home Truly) stand an “equal chance” of going home victorious this year, but that he sees Desmond and Romeo as his strongest competitors this year.
“I think they really did very well last year, and it’s something that’s very commendable,” he mused. “I’ve seen how hard they work, and I’m sure everyone around them can see it too.”
After working non-stop for months, Pierre shared that he’s just glad to be able to take things easy for now as he has no projects in the pipeline so far.
(Continued on next slide: Rebecca Lim is glad to be home – even if it’s for less than 24 hours)
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Rebecca Lim is glad to be home – even if it’s for less than 24 hours
Filming for Blessings 2 is well under way in Malaysia, which is why Rebecca’s appearance at the event yesterday surprised us (in a good way, of course). She explained that she jetted back from Malaysia hours before the event, and will be heading back to the film set early today to get back to work.
“I think I have less than 24 hours back in Singapore, but I really miss home,” she quipped. “Honestly, I’m just happy to be able to breathe the air back home, even if it’s just for a short while!”
Even when she’s far from home, Becks is still very much looking forward to bringing home her seventh straight Top 10 Most Popular Female Artiste gong this year, as she chuckled that she is still “giving warm reminders” to her friends and family to vote for her, too.
“Back then, I had to remind them a bit more about it, but now that they’ve experienced it, they’re more proactive when it comes to voting,” she laughed. “I’ve also been doing my part, so fingers crossed!”
(Continued on next slide: A movie in the pipeline for Nathan Hartono?)
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A movie in the pipeline for Nathan Hartono?
After releasing the Mandarin version of ‘Electricity’ in China earlier this year, Nathan has been spending most of his time in the mainland, and shared that he’ll be spending more time there this year as he splits his time between Singapore and China evenly.
Given his hectic schedule, we asked if he has any other plans for the rest of the year, and were promptly rewarded with a nugget of information. “I might have a movie in the works,” he grinned. “You’ll probably hear more about it in a month or so.”
This tidbit got us promptly asking all the follow-ups: Has it been confirmed? Is it a local production? Can you tell us more about the movie? Who will you be working with?
Our efforts, however, didn’t quite pay off as he shrugged and replied us with non-committal “Uh, I don’t know”, all while keeping a huge smile on his face.
Don’t worry Nathan, we’ll be watching you like a hawk until we find out.
12 Apr 2018
Pierre, Zoe, Rebecca and Nathan put on their best smiles for the camera