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Star Awards 2011

It took me a week to put this post Star Awards entry together because I needed to let the excitement settle and compose an entry that wasn’t emotionally-charged.

This year was exceptional because I’ve had the opportunity to experience a bit of what goes on behind the scenes in preparation for Star Awards. These are things that will never make it to the press, and if anything would probably surface in the form of hear-say, gossip and most likely twisted versions of the truth.

Still, I guess some things are best kept this way. Real or not, it doesn’t matter.

It was also this long and grueling period leading up to the final day, that put allies to the test and allowed me the rare opportunity to discern those with self-serving purposes from those with a true heart. I’ve found friends who don’t ask for anything in return, and would go above and beyond to help me be the best I can on my special night. I’ve gained confidantes who would give me room to grow and willingly offer whatever resources they have for me to utilise, without expectation of remuneration.

I count my blessings for the good people around me, and I thank all of you from the bottom of my heart.

For Show 1, I was in a white Givenchy outfit with Guiseppe Zanotti heels.

Yue Li and I

Pierre Png and I at the post-show reception.

My "date" for the night was Qi Yuwu, who is also my co-star in the upcoming 20-episode police drama C.L.I.F, which debuts end of May.

For Show 2, David Gan booked a suite where we could preen in private.

The maestro himself at work, with Kenneth Lee, my make-up artiste for the night.

Singapore-bred international designer Ashey Isham offered this couture dress from his A/W11 collection for me and I was really flattered and grateful for the opportunity to showcase his collection that has yet to make its debut in this part of the world. If you're interested, you might like to check out the 2011 Fall collection by some of the other international designers like Sarah Burton and Karl Lagerfeld. They all seem to be going for this "dark" theme in the next season.

This is Martin aka Martina Wong.

All done up and heading over to the convention center to meet with the rest.

Here we are gathered right before we got into the cars that will take us to the red carpet.

Post red carpet, pre-opening. Pictured here is Tay Ping Hui and his assistant.

This is Waithong from August Pictures, the man I thanked when I received my Best Info-Ed Programme Host award. He was the one with the vision for the programme, the one who trusted me with this show and the one who constantly reminded me to be natural and not be afraid to speak my mind when I see or feel something there. Without him and his team, the win wouldn't have been possible. Thank you!

This is Qiaojuan from August Pictures. She was the coordinator of the programme.

Nominees of the Best Actress category. (From left) Ruien, Jeanette, Joanne (me) and Liping.

I remembered Mike He (in white) as the "bad boy" in Devil Beside You, and here I am receiving the award of the Top 10 Most Popular Female Artistes from him.

Honestly, I didn't even notice that there was a monitor by the bottom of the stage that showed the timer counting down until much later when all the artistes were gathered on stage and the credits were rolling.

I would like to thank all the people who called in to vote for me. I really appreciate your generosity.

Qi Yuwu, who won Best Actor, was also one of the Top 10 Most Popular Male Artistes. We were making our way to the post-party backstage.

Dai Yang Tian and I at the post party.

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Star Awards 2010

I caught a bit of the re-run of Star Awards yesterday afternoon and I don’t know if it’s my ageing television or just simply the way sound is transmitted, but it did JJ Lin’s voice no justice. I’ve always been a fan of his because he’s a local singer/song writer who has displayed great talent and showmanship throughout the years.

He performed《无法克制》at the live venue, and his voice was crisp and confident even when it came to the high notes in the song. It was immaculate! But somehow on television, the power of his vocals failed to come through. In any case, he gave a flawless performance that night and I love it!

JJ Lin performing 《无法克制》on the second day of Star Awards 2010 held at Resort World Singapore, Compass Ballroom.

JJ and I at the post party!

The day of Star Awards happened to fall on my birthday (25 April), so before the whole frenzy began for hair and make-up, I had a sweet surprise backstage.

Winnie and Xing Ni quietly singing a birthday song for me.

Making my wish before cutting the "cake".

Mini-cake/Muffin. Winnie knows I'm cutting sugar so she made a really guilt-free one with no sugar! Aww...so sweet of her!

Me and my home-made "birthday" dinner. My mom cooked everything except for the chicken breast, which is my own salt-free, less oil recipe. I had chicken, egg, brown rice, vegetables and bittergourd beancurd soup. Yummy!

Oops...and everyone else was eating packed dinner provided. It's the company that matters!!

And then the frenzy began. As I was the first out on the red carpet, producers were calling and rushing everyone to standby. Ryan touching up my hair; Jeremy adjusting my outfit; Elaine finishing up with my make-up.

My fan club - Jolliteers

We stole a group photo before making our way to the ballroom. (From left to right) Belinda Lee, Priscelia Chan, Pan Ling Ling, Joanne Peh (me), Cai Peixuan, Jin Yinji, Yvonne Lim and Lin Meijiao.

The not-so-glamourous secret passageway that leads to the ballroom. Pan Ling Ling played my mom in The Little Nyonya, so I never stopped calling her mommy since then, athough Ling Ling is way too young to have me as her daughter. Still I just love her!

While we wait for the rest of our colleagues to come in after the red carpet, we decided to kill some time.

With the cast of YOUR HAND IN MINE, Zhang Yaodong (left) plays the love of my life and Shaun Chen (right) plays a baddie!

Huang Wenyong (left) and Chen Shucheng (right) are also part of YOUR HAND IN MINE.

Pierre Png plays my boyfriend in YOUR HAND IN MINE. Yes, I'm stuck between two guys, and as the drama unfolds, keep watching to see who I end up with. Weekdays, 7pm on Channel 8!

Chen Liping sporting a new haircut for her new drama. I love her image now, it's refreshingly different from her character currently in YOUR HAND IN MINE. This reminds me of Ellen Degeneres!

Some of the men that I have been paired with in dramas throughout my career. (From left to right) Tay Ping Hui, Qi Yuwu, Elvin Ng and Nat Ho.

Announcing the last position for the Top 10 Most Popular Female Artistes award. All my colleagues congratulated me prematurely while the presenters on stage took their time to announce the last name. I was so embarrassed! What if it's not me?!?!

The final 10 of us on stage.