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
24 Aug 2019

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

There are so many birthdays in this week’s Insta-buzz that the roundup could almost be made entirely of them!

Besides that, we also have the usual dose of super cute kids, reunions, and touching tributes to the dearly departed. Read on for more.

Friends paid tribute to Aloysius Pang on his birthday
Friends paid tribute to Aloysius Pang on his birthday
24 Aug 2019

Friends paid tribute to Aloysius Pang on his birthday

Yesterday (Aug 24) would have been the late actor’s 29th birthday, and many of his friends and fellow artistes shared old photos in black and white to remember him on social media.

His girlfriend Jayley Woo, on the other hand, posted a picture of herself making a finger heart at the sky (was the “bae watch” shirt intentional?) and wrote (in Chinese), “My beloved Aloysius, happy birthday. I really want to hold you and tell you that I really miss you. There are so many things left unspoken, so many things left undone. But, I still have to go back to reality, and I will keep everything in my heart. We must meet in the next life.”

Happy birthday, Aloy!

Photos: Instagram/Xu Bin, Jayley Woo, Kimberly Chia, Zong Zijie, Ian Fang, Timothee Yap

Desmond Tan celebrated his birthday in two countries…
Desmond Tan celebrated his birthday in two countries…
23 Aug 2019

Desmond Tan celebrated his birthday in two countries…

The actor’s been busy jetting back and forth between Singapore and Taipei (where he’s currently involved in a top-secret project), but that doesn’t mean there hasn’t been time to celebrate his 33rd birthday, which fell on Monday.

In fact, he celebrated it multiple times, and in both cities, with different groups of people, including his family, fan club, and co-workers from the aforementioned top secret project in Taipei.

Photos: The Celebrity Agency, Instagram/Desmond Tan

… and it made him age twice as fast
… and it made him age twice as fast
23 Aug 2019

… and it made him age twice as fast

Just kidding. This is just special effects makeup for his role (nope, this isn’t another one of those viral face filters).

Photo: Instagram/Desmond Tan

Carole Lin’s daughter had a princess themed party
Carole Lin’s daughter had a princess themed party
23 Aug 2019

Carole Lin’s daughter had a princess themed party

Brooklyn turned 4 last Monday and celebrated with a “4-ever Princess Birthday Tea Party”, which was apparently her first party with guests other than family members. Famous attendees included Fann Wong (and Zed!), Huang Biren, Diana Ser, and Phyllis Quek.

While her actress mama reported that it was “a grand day”, it was also “a tad overwhelming” for the child, who was “extra territorial with her dreamy castle cake” (is that what that hilarious pose in one of the photos above is about?) and “ate up the decorations on it” before anyone else could have a bite (but don’t worry, everyone was very understanding so it’s all good).

Photos: Instagram/Carole Lin

Mark Lee’s daughter had the cutest birthday cake
Mark Lee’s daughter had the cutest birthday cake
23 Aug 2019

Mark Lee’s daughter had the cutest birthday cake

We’re glad to see that Mark’s own little princess Calynn is doing well, just a year after it was revealed that she was diagnosed with Glomerulonephritis, a rare medical condition caused by an autoimmune disease.

Last Tuesday, the comedian posted a couple of heart-warming pictures of his youngest child’s sixth birthday celebrations (it looks like there were more than one, judging from the change of clothes and multiple cakes), and we have to say: that is one amazing tokidoki-themed cake (the cupcakes look pretty awesome too).

We wish Calynn lots of happiness and good health!

Photos: Instagram/Mark Lee

Julie Tan’s niece turned 5
Julie Tan’s niece turned 5
23 Aug 2019

Julie Tan’s niece turned 5

The proud aunt shared a famous quote from Hollywood icon Audrey Hepburn as her birthday wish for her beloved niece Anna: “For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.”

Photo: Instagram/Julie Tan

Joshua Tan welcomes his final year in his 20s
Joshua Tan welcomes his final year in his 20s
23 Aug 2019

Joshua Tan welcomes his final year in his 20s

August 19 is clearly a very popular day to be born. To mark the beginning of his final year as a twentysomething, the Ah Boys to Men actor shared a topless photo of himself (because why not?) and a hilarious - albeit sadly relatable - checklist about turning 29.

Photos: Instagram/Joshua Tan

Hong Ling had a belated birthday celebration with her fanclub
Hong Ling had a belated birthday celebration with her fanclub
24 Aug 2019

Hong Ling had a belated birthday celebration with her fanclub

The actress turned 25 on August 16, but because she was overseas on her actual birthday (in the Philippines, to be precise), her fanclub could only arrange to have a celebration with her last Friday. It looks like it was a nice and small but cosy gathering!

Photos: The Celebrity Agency

Chen Hanwei and Phyllis Quek had an advance celebration too
Chen Hanwei and Phyllis Quek had an advance celebration too
23 Aug 2019

Chen Hanwei and Phyllis Quek had an advance celebration too

With Phyllis’s birthday falling on August 23 and Hanwei’s on August 29, their pals got together to throw an early joint celebration for the both of them earlier this week. “[Just realised] there are so many Aug babies among my friends,” observed Phyllis.

It ain’t just her social circle: like we mentioned in the opening slide, just look at the number of birthday posts in this Insta-buzz roundup alone!

Photo: Instagram/Phyllis Quek, Carole Lin

Elva Hsiao went public with her new beau
Elva Hsiao went public with her new beau
24 Aug 2019

Elva Hsiao went public with her new beau

Two years ago, the singer was rumoured to be seeing a budding young actor named Justin Huang, who is 16 years her junior. Yesterday (Aug 24), on her 40th birthday, she finally made their relationship social media official by posting several cute wefies on Facebook and Weibo with the caption, "Love just wants us to be together."

Elva's management company also issued a statement, saying that Justin is "the best birthday present" and that he looked after her when she was facing health issues at the lowest point in her life. Congrats to the lovebirds!

Photos: Facebook/Elva Hsiao

Daniel Ong successfully proposed to his girlfriend
Daniel Ong successfully proposed to his girlfriend
23 Aug 2019

Daniel Ong successfully proposed to his girlfriend

The former radio DJ and Twelve Cupcakes founder, who divorced actress Jaime Teo in 2016, is giving marriage a second chance. On Thursday, he revealed that he had popped the question to his girlfriend Fay Tan during a romantic holidays in the Maldives, and: “SHE SAID YES!!!”

“Was so damn nervous, trying to hide this moment for the last 2 months. Brought her to the ‘last chair’, asked her to pose on top, took a few pics...then told her how happy she makes me, and how I wanted her to be happy. Gave her my speech that I’ve been rehearsing for a while in my head. Got down on one knee and popped the Q! No cameras, no flash mob, no big public proposal... just us (sic)”, he wrote on Instagram.

Among the flood of congratulatory comments the post received included one from his ex-wife, who wished the newly engaged couple “a lifetime of happiness ahead”, garnering praise from other netizens for her class and magnanimity.

Photos: Instagram/Daniel Ong

So… #Ruivin or #Ruibin?
So… #Ruivin or #Ruibin?
23 Aug 2019

So… #Ruivin or #Ruibin?

It may be a while before the Old is Gold episodes with Elvin Ng go on air, but at least fans of his pairing with Rui En (dubbed “Ruivin”, in case you haven’t heard) are being given lots of wefies on social media and other content to tide them over until then.

Last Monday, the duo guested on YES 933’s evening radio show together, and to announce their appearance, Elvin shared this sweet snap of him and Rui En, revealing a little more about their friendship. “We have some of the silliest conversations, she has to vet through all her photos so we end up taking and retaking them, it took years (what took so long) before she finally felt safe to pass me her number,” he wrote.

Who’s rooting for #Ruivin to end up together in Old is Gold? Or do you prefer #Ruibin (Rui En and Xu Bin)?

Photos: Instagram/Elvin Ng

Xu Bin’s son checks out his work
Xu Bin’s son checks out his work
23 Aug 2019

Xu Bin’s son checks out his work

We cannot get over how utterly adorable little Ethan looks flipping through his papa’s script for Old is Gold like that (he’s even holding a highlighter!). We, like his dad, are also wondering if he would like to become an actor one day.

Photos: Instagram/Xu Bin

The boys of BTS continued enjoying their long break
The boys of BTS continued enjoying their long break
23 Aug 2019

The boys of BTS continued enjoying their long break

Despite being on “an official and extended period of rest and relaxation”, the members have still remembered to keep their social media followers updated on their activities during their well-deserved holiday.

This past week, we saw Jimin attending singer Alec Benjamin’s concert in Seoul (and snapping a pic with him backstage as well, naturally); RM indulged in his hobby of visiting museums; while Jin and Suga went fishing together.

Photos: Twitter/BTS

Liv Lo shared a cheeky (heh) anniversary post
Liv Lo shared a cheeky (heh) anniversary post
23 Aug 2019

Liv Lo shared a cheeky (heh) anniversary post

Last Tuesday, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Golding celebrated their third wedding anniversary and their social media tributes were of two completely different styles: while Henry’s was straightforward but sweet, consisting of a wefie of him and his wife and a wish for them to “fulfill [their] greatest dreams together”, Liv’s was lot, erm, cheekier.

“I love you with all my heart (...) but especially my left butt cheek (sic)”, she wrote, complete with a candid shot of them on their wedding day, lovingly grabbing each other’s behinds.

Photos: Instagram/Henry Golding, Liv Lo

JJ Lin teased his new music video
JJ Lin teased his new music video
23 Aug 2019

JJ Lin teased his new music video

There’s not one, not two, but three local icons in JJ’s new music video for his song ‘The Right Time’, which premieres tomorrow (Aug 26) at noon on his YouTube channel. Besides the singer himself (of course), the clip also stars Singapore-based thesp Christopher Lee and takes place in Jewel Changi Airport, which really looks like the perfect place for some soulful staring-into-the-distance shots (get ready for a flood of imitations on Instagram).

Photos: Instagram/JJ Lin

Zoe Tay paid tribute to the late Bai Yan
Zoe Tay paid tribute to the late Bai Yan
23 Aug 2019

Zoe Tay paid tribute to the late Bai Yan

Local veteran actor Bai Yan passed away in the wee hours last Monday morning at the age of 99, a few months after celebrating his 100th Chinese birthday with many of his famous juniors. Zoe recalled working with him in her very first drama, My Fair Ladies, in 1988, saying that he was very patient with teaching and taking care of the younger actors.

Rest in peace, Bai Yan-shu.

Photo: Instagram/Zoe Tay

Tay Kewei’s son joined her on stage for the first time
Tay Kewei’s son joined her on stage for the first time
23 Aug 2019

Tay Kewei’s son joined her on stage for the first time

And needless to say, little Momo stole the show. Doesn’t he look like an absolute natural in the spotlight? Even his own mama seemed to be taken aback by his behaviour.

“To be honest I didn’t know what to expect of him, I didn’t know what he was gonna do or how he was gonna react, and I felt myself seriously distracted from my singing!” wrote Kewei, who was performing at her alma mater, Raffles Girls’ School. “This little trooper took to the stage like a pro, and like a K-pop idol every little move he made drew such cheers and screams I was really caught off guard! (...) I don’t know how Momo handled it.”

Well, he is the offspring of two seasoned performers. It looks like the apple didn’t fall very far from either tree.

Photos: Instagram/Tay Kewei

The stars of ‘Right Frequency’ had a reunion after 20 years
The stars of ‘Right Frequency’ had a reunion after 20 years
23 Aug 2019

The stars of ‘Right Frequency’ had a reunion after 20 years

Can you believe it’s been two decades since the well-loved sitcom first aired on TV? Earlier this week, cast members from across all three seasons had a gathering, which had Sharon Au (a.k.a. Cheng Mei Guang-guang-guang-guang-guang) “controlling [her] tears when [she] saw everyone again for the first time in 19 years”.

Also in attendance were Joey Swee, Hong Hui Fang, Nick Shen, and more. We can only imagine the conversations everyone must have had reminiscing about the good ol’ days.

Photos: Instagram/Sharon Au, Joey Swee

Zheng Ge Ping and Hong Hui Fang’s daughter graduated from university
Zheng Ge Ping and Hong Hui Fang’s daughter graduated from university
23 Aug 2019

Zheng Ge Ping and Hong Hui Fang’s daughter graduated from university

Tay Ying, who is currently undergoing training at an acting school in Shanghai, managed to make it back to Singapore to attend her graduation from SIM-RMIT University on Thursday, and of course, her entire family was there to support her as well.

Sharing her thoughts on Instagram, she mused, “Honestly don’t know how I managed to smoke through this especially since I was juggling filming and my finals at the same time, but I definitely couldn’t have done it alone.”

Well, let’s hope this can be an encouragement to those who are trying to balance work and studies at the same time. Jiayou!

Photos: Instagram/Tay Ying

Carina Lau and Tony Leung hung out with a Bond girl
Carina Lau and Tony Leung hung out with a Bond girl
24 Aug 2019

Carina Lau and Tony Leung hung out with a Bond girl

French-Ukrainian actress Olga Kurylenko (who starred in the 2008 James Bond film Quantum of Solace) was in China recently and met the power couple for “a couple of dinners”, as she wrote on Instagram, to which Carina replied, “Yes! Great dinners. Hope to see you in London soon!”

And is it just us, or does Carina’s hubby look adorably shy here? Then again, we guess we would be too, if we were standing between two gorgeous women like that.

Photos: Instagram/Carina Lau

Qi Yuwu kissed his “wife”
Qi Yuwu kissed his “wife”
24 Aug 2019

Qi Yuwu kissed his “wife”

The actor came across a huge poster of Joanne Peh and did what any husband should do: give the picture a big smooch (“mmmmmmmmmmuah”) and post proof on social media.

And yup, Joanne saw it. “Walked out of yoga class and saw this die-hard fan of mine update his IG…” she commented, sharing the post on her Instagram Stories. This couple is too cute.

Photo: Instagram/Joanne Peh

CL hung out with her “girlfriend” Ezra Miller (and Fiona Xie joined in)
CL hung out with her “girlfriend” Ezra Miller (and Fiona Xie joined in)
23 Aug 2019

CL hung out with her “girlfriend” Ezra Miller (and Fiona Xie joined in)

The former 2NE1 member and Hollywood actor are both ambassadors for beauty giant Urban Decay, but it looks like they’re getting along fabulously on a personal level as well. CL even jokingly referred to Ezra as her “girlfriend”, and they certainly look like they’re having fun hamming it up for the camera together like that.

We later learned that Fiona was also at the same event, and got the chance to snap a pic with the duo as well. Looking fierce, everybody!

Photos: Instagram/CL, Fiona Xie

Fiona Xie wished for an “Insta husband”
Fiona Xie wished for an “Insta husband”
23 Aug 2019

Fiona Xie wished for an “Insta husband”

If the Crazy Rich Asians actress put up a job listing to find someone just to help take pictures of her, we’re sure she would be flooded with applications. Heck, even we’d sign up.

Photo: Instagram/Fiona Xie

George Young landed a lead role in a Hollywood horror film
George Young landed a lead role in a Hollywood horror film
24 Aug 2019

George Young landed a lead role in a Hollywood horror film

Here’s one less secret from acclaimed director James Wan’s upcoming top secret horror flick: George has been cast as the male lead opposite fellow English actress Annabelle Wallis (whom you might recognise from The Mummy and the Annabelle films). The movie is tentatively titled Silvercup, but nothing else is known about the plot nor George’s character at the moment.

“Family trip in Asia, 5:30am, waking up with my kid's foot in my face and this news right here,” the actor shared on Instagram, along with a screenshot of an article from an entertainment news website. Not a bad way to start the day, if you ask us.

Photo: Instagram/George Young

Carla Dunareanu got her driving licence at age 30
Carla Dunareanu got her driving licence at age 30
24 Aug 2019

Carla Dunareanu got her driving licence at age 30

Like the Kin actress said, “Better late than never!” Carla passed her driving test on the first try after just two months of learning, and had her “AWESOME private driving instructor”, Uncle Francis”, to thank for everything. She revealed that she was referred to Uncle Francis by singer RRILEY (a.k.a. The Sam Willows’ Sandra Riley Tang), who was also his student (and also passed, obviously).

Congrats, Carla! Be safe on the roads (which applies to everyone reading this too, actually).

Photo: Instagram/Carla Dunareanu

Eleanor Lee showed off her strength… then deleted the post
Eleanor Lee showed off her strength… then deleted the post
23 Aug 2019

Eleanor Lee showed off her strength… then deleted the post

Hmmm, we’re not very sure why Quan Yifong’s daughter decided to take down these pictures of her in the midst of flipping over a tyre like a boss, or giving another girl a piggyback ride.

“It’s funny because people always have a habit of underestimating me,” she had written in the caption. Hmmm…

Photos: Instagram/Eleanor Lee

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