The best thing that happened to me in 2017: local celeb edition

Stars take a look back at the highlights of the past year and share what they hope will happen in 2018

The best thing that happened to me in 2017: local celeb edition
The best thing that happened to me in 2017: local celeb edition
31 Dec 2017

The best thing that happened to me in 2017: local celeb edition

Happy New Year! 2017 has come and gone and now, we all have to get used to writing “2018” when marking down the date.

Just like with everyone else, our local artistes have gone through many ups and downs throughout the past year, but today, we decide to focus on the positive, and have asked them to share with us one highlight of 2017, as well as what they are looking forward to in 2018. Read on for more!

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Desmond Tan
Desmond Tan
31 Dec 2017

Desmond Tan

What’s the best thing that happened to you in 2017?
Filming my first movie in my 10-year career (A Simple Wedding) was something very meaningful to me. Another show I really loved is When Duty Calls because I had many breakthroughs because of challenging scenes like eating the raw fish and jumping off the second storey of a building.

What’s something good you hope will happen to you in 2018?
2017 was a really good year for me in both my work and private lives, and I hope this goodness will continue on to 2018.

Photos: Desmond Tan/Instagram, Channel 8

Rebecca Lim
Rebecca Lim
31 Dec 2017

Rebecca Lim

What’s the best thing that happened to you in 2017?
It’s so difficult to choose just one. Can I sound like a crazy workaholic and say that it’s the fact that I’ve been working nonstop? (laughs) As for my personal life, I got to spend a lot more time with my grandparents. I brought my grandma shopping a lot this year, and I think that’s quite an achievement.

What’s something good you hope will happen to you in 2018?
I definitely wish to have a family vacation. I think that would be my ultimate wish, to get everybody together and go overseas for a holiday.

Photos: Rebecca Lim/Instagram

Jesseca Liu
Jesseca Liu
31 Dec 2017

Jesseca Liu

What’s the best thing that happened to you in 2017?
Getting married. I entered a new phase in my life.

What’s something good you hope will happen to you in 2018?
I hope that I will be able to achieve all the things I want to achieve, not just in work, but whatever my heart wants to accomplish.

Photos: Alvin Choon & Yukee Ong

Ya Hui
Ya Hui
31 Dec 2017

Ya Hui

What’s the best thing that happened to you in 2017?
Filming Babies on Board, because I think it’s one of the most challenging roles I’ve had to date. It was also pretty cool to finally act as a Madam in Toggle Originals series Die Die Must Serve. Besides that, I got to walk across the entire glass bridge in Zhangjiajie. I thought I would freak out but I didn’t!

What’s something good you hope will happen to you in 2018?
Just not falling sick would make me very happy already. Being healthy is the happiest thing on earth.

Photos: Ya Hui/Instagram

Kate Pang
Kate Pang
31 Dec 2017

Kate Pang

What’s the best thing that happened to you in 2017?
My relationship with my husband (Andie Chen) became a lot better. When Aden was born, we didn’t balance our lives as parents very well and we fought a lot, but after Avery arrived, we became less anxious about our kids and could put more effort into our marriage. In fact, this year was the first time we properly celebrated our anniversary! He even gave me a present. (laughs)

What’s something good you hope will happen to you in 2018?
For Avery to start school so I can spend more time with my husband. (laughs)

Photos: Kate Pang/Instagram

Shane Pow
Shane Pow
31 Dec 2017

Shane Pow

What’s the best thing that happened to you in 2017?
I found more time to balance my lifestyle better. I started waking up early to go the gym, and I felt like this little change of habit has really helped to make my whole day smoother. 2017 was the one year that I actually decided to do things differently.

What’s something good you hope will happen to you in 2018?
Ideally, to get $1 million. (laughs) But realistically, I just want to keep doing what I’m doing and for me to have a year that is as great as – if not better than – 2017.

Photos: Shane Pow/Instagram

Paige Chua
Paige Chua
31 Dec 2017

Paige Chua

What’s the best thing that happened to you in 2017?
The response for Mightiest Mother-in-Law was very positive. I think it was the first time I had such a huge response for my drama – people were even sending me links to websites with memes and gifs! And the media reports were very kind to me as well.

What’s something good you hope will happen to you in 2018?
Well, the Star Awards are next year, so I hope to get an acting nomination for one of my roles.

Photos: Paige Chua/Instagram

Hong Ling
Hong Ling
31 Dec 2017

Hong Ling

What’s the best thing that happened to you in 2017?
I recently went to Japan and it was a very different experience because it was my first time there. I had waited for three years to be able to go, and it was very magical.

What’s something good you hope will happen to you in 2018?
To get more drama roles.

Photos: Hong Ling/Instagram

Sheila Sim
Sheila Sim
31 Dec 2017

Sheila Sim

What’s the best thing that happened to you in 2017?
I think you know the answer: I got engaged! I don’t think that needs any further explanation. Another highlight is my trip to Taiwan with my dad. When I moved out, I realised that I really miss my dad, so I decided to take him on a trip.

What’s something good you hope will happen to you in 2018?
Now that I have signed a contract with Mediacorp, I’m looking forward to more new job opportunities, and of course, I’m also looking forward to married life.

Photos: Sheila Sim/Instagram

Gurmit Singh
Gurmit Singh
31 Dec 2017

Gurmit Singh

What’s the best thing that happened to you in 2017?
I just have to sum it all up in one word: family. I’ve been spending a lot of time with my family, catching up with a lot of things that I haven’t done in a long time. One of the happiest moments would be the time we were at Botanic Gardens. Each of us had a little drawing block, and we just sat down eating snacks and drawing. That was really nice.

What’s something good you hope will happen to you in 2018?
[Deadpans] To win lots of money so we can go for more picnics and have more food. There was very little food the last time.

Photos: Gurmit Singh/Instagram

Denise Camillia Tan
Denise Camillia Tan
31 Dec 2017

Denise Camillia Tan

What’s the best thing that happened to you in 2017?
Joining The Celebrity Agency, because I now get to do what I really like – which is acting – and I was very blessed to have been given a lot of dynamic roles.

What’s something good you hope will happen to you in 2018?
After my role in While We Are Young, which was not so pleasant, I hope my role in Mind Matters will change how viewers see me as an actor, so hopefully they will be able to see the difference between those two characters.

Photos: Toggle, Denise Camillia Tan/Instagram

Edwin Goh
Edwin Goh
31 Dec 2017

Edwin Goh

What’s the best thing that happened to you in 2017?
I was very lucky that once I was done with National Service, I could start filming new shows because when I was in camp, [acting was] all I could think about. Another highlight was seeing my pink IC, holding it and putting it into my wallet.

What’s something good you hope will happen to you in 2018?
I’m excited to watch A Million Dollar Dream and Fifty and Fabulous because they’re my first projects after National Service.

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