Sheila Sim hopes to have twins in 2019

We found out more about the most and least ‘ho seh’ things that the ‘How Are You?’ cast experienced in 2018, along with their hopes for the New Year

The cast of 'How Are You?' poses for a group shot
The cast of 'How Are You?' poses for a group shot
03 Jan 2019

The cast of 'How Are You?' poses for a group shot

We’re in our third day of 2019 and still trying to get a hold of the fact that we’ve left yet another year behind us. We’re not the only ones who felt this way, as the chorus of ‘What did I do in 2018?’, ‘Wait, how many days do we have left before the New Year?’ from the celebs still rings in our ears as we’re typing this.

Why and how this happened: during the press conference for upcoming dialect drama How Are You? back in December, we spoke to the cast members to ask them to recap the most and least ho seh (loosely translated as good) thing to happen to them in 2018.

Naturally, we also had to ask them to make a promise to their future self (even though 2019 was just a couple of days away), and we’ve chronicled all of it so that they (and all of us) can check back at the end of 2019 to see how they’ve done.

From wanting to expand the family (read: babies), to hoping to find contentment and true happiness in 2019, read on to find out what the celebs hope to achieve in the New Year.

Sheila Sim
Sheila Sim
03 Jan 2019

Sheila Sim

What’s the most ho seh part of your 2018?

Getting married! I love being married. To be honest, I’ve only been married for a year so it’s still amazing and very enjoyable. The most ho seh thing is that I feel home, and being married to him (Deon Woo) is like being at home, and I still feel that every day, no matter where we are. I used to just go home, but now I’m going home to him so there’s this sense of security and safeness, and that’s something that’s quite life-changing.

What about the least ho seh part of your year?

It’s easy to get along with others, but it’s not as easy to living under the same roof. Everyone has their own quirks and we have to learn how to adapt to them. By my standards, I think he’s quite messy. He’s a messy-yet-organised person. For example, when we return after a vacation, I need to unpack my luggage immediately and clean out everything. For him, he’ll leave it there and wait for the next day, and then the next, and if I don’t say anything it could be there for a week or two weeks. So it’s learning to be with someone, but because I got married at an older age, I appreciate the fact that no one is perfect and living with someone is a good way to remind yourself that no man’s an island and you have to learn to compromise.

I also found out that I always ‘tiao ka’ (prop my leg up) when I sleep. Sometimes in the morning he’ll tell me, ‘It’s no wonder that your leg always feels sore, just look at the way you sleep!’ and sometimes he’ll take pictures and show them to me! I never knew that I sleep with my eyes half open, so I found it quite funny. He suggested that I stop going for yoga because I’m so flexible that my foot can sometimes end up next to his face!

(Continued on next slide: Sheila’s promise to her future self)

What would you like to promise your future self in the coming year?
What would you like to promise your future self in the coming year?
03 Jan 2019

What would you like to promise your future self in the coming year?

I’ve been trying for years and years, and every year I tell myself the same thing – that I should learn to be more patient, and this is something I should work on for my entire life. I feel like you can always be a better person and this is something that I’m always working towards, but especially for 2019, it’s a pretty big year for me because we’re going to start trying for kids and that brings a lot of uncertainty and changes. 2018 has been a year of learning because I’ve been talking to a lot of friends. At this age, a lot of them also have kids that are newborns or toddlers, so I’m just learning and getting ready to embark on the next stage of my life.

If everything goes well, I hope that my priorities wouldn’t change. I want my work to be a very important part of my life, and I don’t wish to stop working. As much as I would want to spend time with my kids, I don’t think I’m the sort who can revolve my life around one thing. When I see the veteran actors and actresses around me, I feel that they have a very healthy relationship with their kids and in our industry, we’re constantly communicating with the younger generation, so you really see things from a different perspective and you’ll be very updated with what’s going on with them and that helps to bridge the generation gap with them. I hope my health will be good enough for me to be working a lot.

We would like to have at least two kids, because I’m an only child, so it’s been quite lonely for me growing up. Having twins would be great but I think I would age really hard after that. We did think about it, especially since he’s a twin, so if there’s twins it’ll be really adorable but at the same time, it’ll be costly if you think about it practically because you can’t pass down anything, you’ll have to buy (new things) for them. It’s cute, but it’s tedious.

Romeo Tan
Romeo Tan
03 Jan 2019

Romeo Tan

What’s the most ho seh part of your 2018?

It’ll probably have to be filming this show. I managed to grasp the basics of Hokkien, which is something I should have done earlier. Before doing this show, I never thought of picking it up, so even when I was conversing with my grandma, I had to do so in broken Hokkien. When you’re under time pressure, I feel that you learn faster, so I learned a lot in two to three months.

Regardless of whether you go to a coffee shop or hawker centre, you can speak to the aunties and uncles there in Hokkien too. Even a short greeting like, ‘Have you eaten?’ ‘How Are You?’ would lift their moods because it’s a language close to their hearts.

I also spent more time with my family. I’d find time to go with them to places such as the zoo. Even though it’s just the zoo, but the time spent during a morning and afternoon is still considered a family outing.

Some of my friends’ family members passed away this year. They’re not my direct family members, and I don’t know them personally, but when you reach a certain age, you’ll start to hear about such matters, which makes me want to treasure everything around me even more. We worry too much about our future and past and don’t spend enough time enjoying and appreciating the present, which I think is the most important because those dear to you are around you.

What about the least ho seh part of your year?

I don’t think there was anything bad that happened this year… Oh. My koi fish that I’ve had for more than two years died. It was a few months ago and it passed away because of a bacterial infection. I spent quite a lot of money on it too.

What would you like to promise your future self in the coming year?

I hope I’ll be happier than I am than right now. It’s not just superficial happiness, but being truly able to be contented with my life and be happy with what I have. This is something I hope that I’ll remind myself constantly of in 2019.

Desmond Ng
Desmond Ng
03 Jan 2019

Desmond Ng

What’s the most ho seh part of your 2018?

I think I had a really ho seh year! If I had to pick one, I guess that it’ll have to be that I’m easily satisfied now, so everything to me is ho seh! (chuckles) Instead of looking at things negatively, and even if I’m doing something that others might feel is a chore, I’ll try to find what I’m learning from the process and treat it as a good thing.

One thing that I’m really glad that I achieved was being able to hold my first showcase with my bandmates AL4HA. It’s something I’ve prepared for from the day I was born!

What about the least ho seh part of your year?

I’m the kind of person who remembers the good but not the bad. If it’s something that I hope to do more is work out. I’ve always hit the gym but I’m trying to lose some of the bulk now so I haven’t worked out in nine months. I’ve dropped about four or five kilogrammes.

When I look at myself on TV, I felt that my face looks broader than in real life. That’s why I feel like I should lose some weight so that I’ll look a bit slimmer. I wouldn’t consider doing slimming injections because I’m afraid of needles!

What would you like to promise your future self in the coming year?

Music is still very important to me, so for the short term, I hope to release (AL4HA’s) third single at the start of the year, and for the longer term, we’ll see!

Chen Li Ping
Chen Li Ping
03 Jan 2019

Chen Li Ping

What’s the most ho seh part of your 2018?

I was really happy filming this drama, even though it was different from other projects. You have to change the script from Mandarin to the respective dialects, so it wasn’t easy and very challenging, but it’s something that’s very interesting as well.

The last time I worked with Michelle Yim was maybe 20 years ago, and she’s still as happy-go-lucky and friendly as ever. I felt very motivated seeing her having so much fun while at work even at her age. We didn’t film any scenes together, but we did have a meal together.

What about the least ho seh part of your year?

I don’t believe in dwelling on the negative parts of life, so everything I remember is good! (laughs)

What would you like to promise your future self in the coming year?

I usually don’t make resolutions, and I believe in fate and letting things come naturally. Of course, we should work even harder as the years go by and as with every year, I’ll do my part and do my best when I’m at work. That’s the kind of attitude I always have.

When you’ve been in the industry for so long, sometimes you feel like you keep playing the same characters so finding a way to act slightly differently is important. Of course, there will always be traces of your other characters present because of the impression that the viewers have of you, but as long as you can make a slight difference in the audience’s hearts, that means that you’ve done your job.

Ya Hui
Ya Hui
03 Jan 2019

Ya Hui

What’s the most ho seh part of your 2018?

My mum previously asked me why I didn’t film a dialect drama since I can speak Teochew, and once she mentioned it I was offered a part in How Are You?, so I think that’s pretty great. I remember when Michelle Yim was in town for filming, the dreams that I had for those couple of days were all in Cantonese!

What about the least ho seh part of your year?

I’ve forgotten everything that isn’t ho seh! Oh, maybe there was one thing. Originally, when we were casted for this show, (Chen Li Ping) was supposed to be my mother. I was very excited about it because we haven’t worked together for a long time, but the entire storyline ended up changing, so I find it a bit of a pity because we ended up having less than five scenes together.

What would you like to promise your future self in the coming year?

I hope that I won’t make the same mistakes as I did this year. There are a lot of things I still am learning and I hope that I can show a more mature side of myself in my work. I really want to be like (Chen Li Ping) because whatever roles she takes on becomes a classic.

My upcoming roles for the coming year are more mature, and this is something I haven’t done a lot in the past and I hope that the audience can see a side of me. I hope I can shed the image of Jin Zhi (Ya Hui’s character in 118) in their minds and be able to do a good job with my upcoming roles.

How Are You? is a collaboration between the Ministry of Communications and Information (MCI) and Mediacorp. The drama debuts Jan 4, 2019, Friday, 11.30am on Channel 8.

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