Monthly Archives: October 2009

Dress code: Street Chic

The invitation for the Elle Awards stated the dress code to be Street Chic. My first thought was distressed jeans, oversized tee with boots. But this is Elle Awards, so I have in throw in something that merge street style with formality and high fashion. Here’s how the look was put together.


Attending Elle Awards 2009. To see my full look, check out my video in the previous entry "Elle Awards 2009 (Singapore)".


Dress code: Street Chic


I finally decided on this dress by Christopher Kane for Topshop. Lace is typically feminine but this season it's all about being edgy while still looking sexy. I like the fact that it's slightly see-through, and street style is all about taking risks and making bold choices, so I decided to be a little cheeky with my outfit.


Since the dress is slightly see-through, I chose a bling-bling underpants like this one from Topshop to add a little sparkle. It's best to keep it in the same shade, cos' otherwise, it will simply draw attention to your bum!


Why wear plain stockings when lace adds a different texture to the outfit? You can find them at Topshop or ASOS.


Suede adds another layer to the lace and leather typical of street chic. So even though black is the main colour of my look, the different material will not make me blend in from head to toe. From Topshop.


Accessories have to be chunky. In this case, I chose to wear earrings instead of bangles because I am already wearing a huge watch. Earrings by David Gan from Passion Hair Salon.


Thigh-high boots are currently my favourite piece of fashion item because they allow the hemlines to get shorter! These are from Gucci.

Elle Awards 2009 (Singapore)


Jason Liang from Fighting Spiders and I


Sharon Lim (Editor-in-Chief of Elle Singapore) and I


The Wall of Fame


One of the Polo Boys, Paul Foster was there too!


He's grown so much taller!!


Group editor Corinne Ng presenting the award to me for Actress of the Year.


Actor and Actress of the Year posing at the Wall of Fame.


Jack & Rai, love their music. I joked that I'm the newest addition to the group! Then it's going to be Jack & Rai + Jo. LOL!

My Maiden Experience – It tickles!

Besides the Press Conference…



Many people have been asking me what I’ve been busy with lately and when will my next drama be on television. Thank you all for asking!

I am currently still filming the 180-episode long drama YOUR HAND IN MINE. Filming for this drama began last year in December and will end mid next year. Currently, we are done with about 100 episodes, so that leaves another 80 more to go. However, our drama will be coming to your television screens from November 9th onwards, every Mondays to Fridays, at 7 pm on Channel 8. This means that we will be filming while the drama is airing! It’s fun that none of us knows how it’s all going to end!

In the meantime, here’re some pictures taken during our press conference held for the media two days ago…

Group Photo

《想握你的手》主要演员. Cast of YOUR HAND IN MINE.


姚文龙和方展发。播映日期和时间在背后!Yao Wen Long and Pierre Png.


Chinese characters for "YOUR HAND IN MINE"。

媒体招待会还没开始之前,演员们在干什么呢?哈哈, 当然是拍照啊!

Before the cast goes on stage to meet the press, how do we pass time? It’s got to be massive photo-taking.


我好喜欢这个手镯。它很独特,而且色彩鲜艳!I love this bangle! Actually it is made up of 2 bangles and the multi-coloured skulls add a dash of fun to the otherwise typical design.


让你再看清楚一点:这是莫小玲的私家货。Take a closer look at this private stash that belongs to actress Patricia Mok.


在等待媒体招待会的当儿,我们就 “无聊” 起来。。。Nothing else better to do, we start photographing our expensive shoes.


还加入了不同款式。。。猜猜谁是谁?And we have additions to the family! Guess who's wearing what?


李心钰,莫小玲,白薇秀 (我),林湘萍,蔡佩璇 (左到右)。Belinda Lee, Patricia Mok, Joanne Peh (me), Yvonne Lim and Cai Peixuan. (left to right).


拍了鞋子,就低镜头拍脸,哈哈,我不小心按了 zoom 所以三人好挤。Bored with the shoes, we started experimenting with unflattering low angle shots. I accidentally hit the zoom button, that's why it's so tight.


莫小玲拍我在拍我们。哈哈! Mok taking a photo of me taking a photo of us.





闹完自拍就拍别人。。。Done with self-portraits, I started playing paparazzi...


夫妻潘玲玲和黄世南。Married couple Pan Lingling and Huang Shinan.


Before I had a chance to snap pictures of everyone, it was time to be on stage. We have a huge cast, so the interviews took some time. After which, I spoke privately with a couple of reporters quickly and had to proceed to shoot some trailers and interstitial. I was paired up with none other than my lover in the show!


张耀栋。Zhang Yaodong.


我们在为《想握你的手》录预告片,你们一定要留意收看。我们没有剧本,也没有台词,不过感觉很好。不是我老王卖瓜,而是耀栋和我在一起拍了这么长的时间,默契十足。题材原创于我们,蛮好玩,希望大家会喜欢。We are doing a trailer for YOUR HAND IN MINE. It's unscripted but after filming together for so long, we've got good chemistry. It's original material from us, so I hope all of you will like it. Stay tuned!


导演在向我们解释他的概念。The producer is explaining the premise of the trailer.


我们还录了中文的圣诞祝语,说了一堆无里头的话,哈哈哈!We also recorded a Christmas trailer in Mandarin so look out for it!

My Special Dress!

I was really excited about this dress because it is a collaboration between Keith Png and I. I showed him a picture of what I like, he chose the fabrics, the colours and made it come to life. Thank you so much Keith for the beautiful dress!

I Must Have…

Every girl needs an outfit in her wardrobe that will make her feel sexy and confident. My latest fetish is with body con dresses like the one below. It is sexy without being trashy and perfect for our weather here. Just take the necessary precautions: wear a nice bling bling underpants.

More of that later.

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Hervé Léger Body Con Dress

The video that never made it on time

I wanted to upload this video as my tweet, but realised it was shot upside down. So after post-production, here’s the video that never made it on time. LOL.

The tell-all December Girl

Elle Singapore

I love the end of the year, because there’s Christmas and imaginary snow to look forward to. That is why I was thrilled when I found out I would be part of Elle’s year-end issue. It’s a great collaboration because there’s a new direction, a new stylist and for me, a nice round-up to a new beginning.

2009 has been a dramatic year for me, in more ways than one, and this interview would tell all. I don’t know if it was the unorthodox interview setting (three girls having wine and cocktails) or the alcohol (I had a mojito), but we had a heart-to-heart chat and it felt refreshing to be able to not just answer questions but have a real conversation with someone who understands.

I am touched by the opportunity given to me, and the encouragement to keep me going. It will be a huge issue. Meanwhile, check out a the video below.


Gary always looks stressed when he's working, but I love that intensity when he tries to get the hair to look picture perfect.


Make-up artiste Agnes Ng at work


Heels and accessories

One night I bumped into fashion stylist Fong Fan at an event and she discovered this spot. As we stood chatting, she thought this would be a great venue for a photo shoot, and this is where we came back for the cover shoot.

Fashion stylist for this cover shoot, Fong Fan. One night I bumped into her at an event and she discovered this spot. As we stood chatting, she thought this would be a great venue for a photo shoot, and so this was where we came back for the cover shoot. I snapped this picture of her that night because I thought she looked like she was was in NYC or LA or somewhere other than Singapore.

I got her to pose for me and she gamely did.

I got her to pose for me and she gamely did.


Agnes adding on the final touches.

Why So Serious? (+ Fashion Asia Pics)


I’m always touched when my juniors from WKWSCI (Wee Kim Wee School of Communication & Information) write to me. Whether it is to ask for advice, or to leave a comment or to share what their thoughts are, I find myself reminiscing about those school days. I’m envious of them, for stressing over the readings, grappling with deadlines and struggling to make it on time for morning lectures because I actually quite enjoy being in an academic environment where the grueling curriculum serve a purpose for you, without you having to set one for yourself, even if you aren’t very clear what it is.

One of them left a comment on a previous entry, regarding how her ex-boyfriend suggested that she should have take a more practical module instead of “Acting” but she was glad she took no heed because acting was the only fun she had the entire semester. While I was formulating my response to her, I wondered if that is the reason why people here sometimes take everything too seriously? Have they stopped having fun? Part of my response to her was “…I don’t understand why people equate fun to being frivolous and [fun] is often frowned upon and associated with being lazy, impractical or time-wasting.” because I genuinely think having fun is part of living, and that it does makes work or study a lot more enjoyable than it is.

Is there a prejudice against people who actually have fun working or studying? Is it wrong to want to have fun? Are they mutually exclusive?

One of the reasons given is that people can get carried away when they’re having fun, so much so that it distracts them from the tasks required to be completed which inevitably results in a  lack of productivity and efficiency. But we are not talking about children here, we are talking about young adults and adults who have developed an awareness since. Surely they can be trusted to know their responsibilities and fulfill them?

I’m not saying it’s not important to be productive or efficient or professional, but they need not always be at the expense of having fun. One of the differences between human beings and machines is that we have emotions and our interaction with one another is organic, as opposed to being programmed. Yet how often have we met people who seem to be talking and reacting like there is a course to follow?

While I don’t have scientific evidence to prove, I do feel that human beings are naturally drawn to happy, positive emotions because it’s a lot easier to experience them, ceteris paribus. Of course I might be wrong. It’s just that I’ve seen for myself, that in cases where the overall experience is positive and enjoyable, there is less focus on the unpleasantness and difficulty of the task, less complaints, and a greater willingness to engage in it.

I’ve heard and it saddens me to know that there are employees who have been told by their employers to adhere to certain rules and work conduct which indirectly promotes behaviour that is devoid of human emotion. We are all unique individuals with different personalities and one of the reasons why humans, instead of robots, are in most jobs is because the world is made up by people. Products, ideas, campaigns, movements are all driven by human beings. Because each of us bring to the table a part of us, which is different from someone else.

We all want to work hard, but we can definitely work harder, if we can also have some fun at the same time.  They are not mutually exclusive, unless we humans make them to be.

Enough said, here are more fun pictures from my Fashion Asia Bangkok trip to share. Have fun everyone!


I have no idea why that pose came about!


Clarence, the unsuspecting victim stole the scene from us!


I thought these earrings were really cute. Muak muak.


I like the look and feel of this top!


Pretending to mannequins...


...still pretending to be mannequins...


...Keith looks totally the part!


Did u know the "book" I'm holding is actually the box that comes with the accessories at Stretsis? So pretty!


OMG, what/who is that?


Alvin (MediaCorp make-up artiste) and I




A happy face from each of us.


These are fake flowers but they look so pretty!


Welcome to Bangkok, Thailand, The Land of Smiles.

I want to wake up with…

My Kindle

Some time ago, I tweeted that I would like to wake up with coffee and my Kindle and a dog, all of which don’t exist except for my Kindle. Some people actually thought it was a person. Well, I would like to formally introduce “him” to all. Here’s my 4-month old toy — an e-book reader. I ordered the Kindle 2 from Amazon before I went to the States for a holiday in June this year. Right now, it’s said to be available internationally, but still only limited to certain countries and not in Singapore. If you want it that bad, you can sign up with vPOST and have them deliver your shopping from US websites to you.

Back then, I contemplated getting the Kindle DX, because it has got a larger screen and you can have scanned documents and articles in .pdf format loaded into it, but then I thought it wouldn’t be as convenient to bring around as the Kindle 2. If I need a separate bag for it, then it defeats the purpose. Besides, do I really have the time to scan my scripts page by page and then load it into the device? No.


My Kindle 2 with a leather cover bought separately.


The Kindle 2 can contain up to 1500 e-books, so you are essentially lugging your library wherever you go. It is great for people like me, who would sometimes read two, three books concurrently, depending on my mood for the day. It’s light (compared to hardcovers) and compact. Most importantly, you do not have to worry about dog-ears or people judging you based on what you’re reading. It takes some time to get used to reading from a screen but it is very easy on the eyes.

There is an in-built dictionary, so whenever you come across a word that you are not familiar with, you can move the cursor to the word (by using the navigation button located on the lower right section) and find out its meaning immediately. There is also the option for you to highlight words or paragraphs, make notes and then access them later on.

When you switch off the device or go to the homepage to access other books, the Kindle 2 automatically leaves a bookmark on the last page you were reading, so when you turn the device on again or click on the title of the book you were previously reading, it will bring you back to where you were last.

And because the books can be bought online at any time, my friends can be talking over dinner about some book they’re reading and I can go home, get online and purchase it straight away. And before you do that, you also have the option of downloading free samples of the e-book you want to preview first. Once you’ve purchased an e-book, it is stored in your Amazon account forever, so you don’t have to worry about losing it.


Purchasing e-books are not only cheaper, but also more environmentally friendly. The Kindle 2 has a pretty decent battery life. I carry it with me most of the time, so I can read while I’m waiting on set, on the plane, or whenever I need to kill some time.

Some people have asked me, “Don’t you like to feel the pages?” Sure, there are some books I would like to buy and keep, but most novels I have are stashed on the shelf after reading. With this, I don’t have to constantly find more shelf space.


Compact and light-weight. More practical than the Kindle DX.


The Kindle 2 only allows e-books in their format. So far, I don’t have a problem with that because Amazon does carry a wide range of e-books. The device is extremely user-friendly if you are located in the US. There is a special free wireless network connection that allows you to browse and purchase e-books with just one-click anywhere you are in the US. I tried it while driving through the desert in Las Vegas and it worked! However, you need to also have a US bank account and credit card in order for the 1-click purchase to work. Otherwise, there will be message that pops up telling you that due to your geographical location, you are unable to purchase the e-book. Now because I do not have a US bank account and credit card tied to a US billing address, it is a laborious process trying to buy e-books, so perhaps it might be more worthwhile getting a universal e-book reader made by other brands.

The Kindle 2 does not come with a back light, so you will not be able to read in low-light conditions, unless you purchase a separate book light.

Also, since it’s an e-book, you pretty much can’t loan out the titles you have read, so it’s not good for sharing. If you’re not someone who reads a lot, this might be a white elephant because the savings you get from purchasing an e-book will not outweigh the cost of this device in the long run. You are probably better off going to a second-hand bookstore or buying used books off Amazon/eBay etc.


This applies for people who live outside the US, do not own a US billing address/credit card and do not have friends who fall into the categories mentioned. For me, I live outside of the US, do not own a US billing address or credit card, but do have a US shipping address.

1. First create an account with

2. Purchase a gift card with your non-US credit card.

3. Redeem the gift card. The amount will go into your balance.

4. Go to Your Account and un-check your 1-click settings.

5. Go to the Kindle book you would like to purchase and purchase it using the credit from your balance.

6. If your purchase is successful, it means you have the e-book now permanently in your Amazon account. If you are still limited by your geographical location, it means you need a US address. You can do so by signing up with vPOST. Check their website for more details on how to have your very own US shipping address.

7. Go to Your Account. Click on Manage Your Kindle. Scroll down and you should see Your Orders below. You have the option to Transfer to Computer. The e-book file will be sent to your computer.

8. Plug your Kindle 2 into your computer using the USB cable provided, then drag and drop the file from your computer into folders of the Kindle 2.