17 Sep 2018
That one time Felicia Chin blocked Jeffrey Xu on WhatsApp
Video: Charlene Chong
You might think it’s just any ordinary Monday, but here’s the scoop: today marks the official launch of Toggle Original Bluetick, and while we aren’t going to give you any spoilers from the show (what fun would there be?), we’ve got more stories from behind-the-scenes interviews with the cast.
Last week, Desmond Tan, Ya Hui and Bonde Sham told us about their strange encounters that they’ve had on the phone, and this week, the baton has been passed to Sheila Sim, Jeffrey Xu and veteran Hong Kong actor Law Kar-ying.
Jeffrey revealed the reason why Felicia once blocked him on WhatsApp, while Sheila shared with us the unique way she deals with close friends that don’t respond to her messages. Meanwhile, Kar-ying’s revelation on why he’s constantly on his phone had us wondering if that’s the secret to keeping his marriage alive despite his and his Hong Kong actress wife, Liza Wang, spending a lot of their time apart.
Read on for more.
17 Sep 2018
Jeffrey Xu enjoys feeling “in demand”
Texting habits differ from person to person, and Jeffrey is no exception. “Sometimes I see a notification that I received a message, but I’ll leave it aside,” he grinned. “I usually read all my messages from everyone at a go. I’ll feel like I’m very in demand and that a lot of people need me.”
There’s one exception to his rule, however – texts from his girlfriend, Felicia Chin. “Messages from her and my mother are the type that I’ll have to read and reply once I receive them,” he chuckled. “She never sends me mundane things. Usually it’s… Ah, it’s not convenient for me to say what it is, sorry.”
As for whether he always responds to texts the moment he reads them, Jeffrey paused to think for a moment before sharing, “I get a bit annoyed when I get blue ticked and I’ll think, ‘How can this person be like this?’ but in actual fact, I do it too.”
For example, Jeffrey sometimes receives messages from the media, but admits that he might not know how to respond immediately, which leads him to spend some time pondering over it before he crafts a response. “I sometimes end up forgetting until they send a chaser text to remind me that I haven’t replied.”
When we asked him to nominate a fellow celebrity as the worst blue tick offender, Jeffrey let out a short laugh before he said, “Desmond Tan. He’s pretty busy recently, so I understand completely!”
17 Sep 2018
Why Felicia Chin blocked Jeffrey Xu on WhatsApp
We also asked Jeffrey about the odd things that he’s experienced while on instant messaging platforms, and if he’s ever had to block or warn anyone because of that.
Turning the question around, Jeffrey decided to reveal that he was the one on the receiving end of the blocking instead – and it was from someone very close. “It’s a friend. A really close friend. My girlfriend,” he laughed. “I’ve never been blocked by someone like this!”
As for what he did to get banned (at least, temporarily) from invading her phone, the actor explained, “I got her upset. Sometimes, my temper isn’t good and I do something wrong. Plus, I’m the type who keeps harping on one subject and I’ll keep trying to call her if we haven’t resolved the issue.”
The good news is that this happened “many years ago” and the pair have since compromised on how they resolve disagreements. Jeffrey mused, “We had different methods of dealing with conflict; she probably wanted time to cool down, but I’m the type who thinks that solving it at the soonest is best.”
17 Sep 2018
Sheila Sim explains her “lack of manners” when it comes to replying messages
If you’ve ever been blue ticked by Sheila, the model-actress probably didn’t mean it. “I have this really bad habit when I read something, and I reply ‘okay’ in my heart but I only realise much later that I didn’t type it out and hit send!” she bemoaned.
This has happened numerous times, and often occurs when her friends ask her out. This has led to hilarious exchanges where her friends have to ask her if the meet up is happening – which is also when she usually realises her mistake.
Sheila also admitted that she doesn’t quite check her WhatsApp that often. “I don’t usually use my phone when I’m with my friends. I usually give them my full concentration when I’m with them. If there’s a work-related issue or urgent matter that I have to attend to, then I’ll give some attention to my phone. Otherwise, I’ll usually put my phone in my bag. My phone is usually on silent mode with the vibration off, so it might be a bit difficult to get a hold of me.”
Rebecca Lim was pointed out as the most common blue ticker among her celebrity friends. “She can take a few days to reply, probably because she’s really busy!” Sheila chuckled. Among her really close friends, however, Sheila sometimes resorts to calling them. “I’ll say, ‘(Beep beep beep) Why didn’t you pick up the phone? (Beep beep beep)!’ All the beeps represent words that can’t be published.”
17 Sep 2018
Law Kar-ying admits to being addicted to his phone
You might think that smartphones and their addictive nature is something that only young ‘uns fall prey to, but as it turns out, the young at heart have also turned victims. At the age of 72, Hong Kong actor Law Kar-ying bemoaned that he is so attached to his phone that he can’t bear to be without it.
When Toggle was on set, we witnessed Kar-ying constantly on his phone – be it watching videos, chatting on instant messaging platforms, or recording voice messages to his friends and family.
“While I love having a phone, I hate it too. I have to look at it every day, and if I don’t have it with me I feel like there’s something missing,” he explained. “When I wake up in the morning, I’ll check my phone to see who sent me a message and send out some texts of my own. It’s become a part of my life.”
Another reason for his constant usage of his phone is to keep in touch with his wife, whom he revealed he saves as ‘Empress’ in his contact list. He said, “Both of us are really busy, so we usually keep in contact with our phones. We take pictures of what we’re doing and send it to each other so that we always know what’s happening in each other’s lives.”