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26 July 2006 | 07:18 pm

26 July 2006

SINGING the National Day Parade theme song has become an honour local singers covet.

But the star element was introduced only in 1998, when Kit Chan became the first local singer to sing Dick Lee’s heartwarming tune, Home.

But nothing approaches the glory of performing in front of a 60,000-strong crowd celebrating the nation’s birthday.

Here’s a look at who has done the honours:

1998: Home by Kit Chan.

1999: Together by Evelyn Tan & Dreamz FM. The music video was shot by famed Hong Kong director Tsui Hark who captured our multi-racial harmony.

2000: Shine On Me by Jai (English version) and Mavis Hee (Mandarin).

2001: Where I Belong, composed and performed by Tanya Chua.

2002: We Will Get There by Stefanie Sun.

2003: One United People by Stefanie.

2004: Home by JJ Lin and Kit.

2005: Reach Out For The Skies by Taufik Batisah & Rui En.

2006: My Island Home by Kaira Gong.

Source: The New Paper

Categorised in NDP 2005, The New Paper.

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12 July 2006 | 03:28 pm

12 July 2006

TView

STARRING: Rui En, Julian Hee, Michelle Saram
SHOWING ON: Channel 8, weekdays at 9pm
RATING: ****

Love @ 0 deg C
teowyw@sph.com.sg

I AM not sure why Channel 8 chose to brand Love @ 0 deg C as an idol drama.

It’s quite a gross injustice to their own product, I must say.

Especially since idol dramas now have such a bad rep for having mindless fluff and terrible acting – in particular those from a certain Asian country that churns them out by the dozen.

Love @ 0 deg C stars Rui En as Yixin, a fashion design student so poor, she cannot even afford her own creations.

She and sidekick Xiaoling (Felicia Chin) harbour dreams of marrying a rich man and enjoying a life of happily-ever-after.

While at a posh party to snag a rich husband, Yixin keeps crossing swords with arrogant playboy Guobin (Julian Hee), who ends up being her boss when he hires her as a cleaner for his new dessert shop.

When Guobin breaks up with his wilful girlfriend Qiao Anna (Michelle Saram), Yixin cheers him up and they fall in love.

But when Anna is blinded in an accident, Guobin decides it’s his duty to take care of her.

Love @ 0 deg C may be based on a formula targeted at the teen market.

But what makes the show bearable is that it doesn’t play cute.

After all, you can hardly expect to get away with it when your cast has a median age of 25.

Instead, the likeability of Love @ 0 deg C lies in the charm of its lead, Rui En.

The feistiness she injects into her character, and her unaffected performances will make you warm up to her instantly.

WHAT THOSE TICKS MEAN
***** Excellent
**** Good
*** Average
** Mediocre
* Don’t bother

Source: The New Paper

Categorised in Love at Zero Degrees 爱情零度C, The New Paper.

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10 July 2006 | 10:23 am

July 10, 2006

In our technicolour telly world, Michelle Saram is the girlfriend from hell while Rui En is ever the ‘rah-rah’ ambitious girl who never gives up, but they sure blew our stereotypical impressions out the window when they tackled our mushy love test! Who had pillow fights before? Who would sulk if she didn’t get her way??

Kwok Kar Peng


Rui En and Michelle Saram, both leading stars of Channel 8’s idol drama Love At 0° C, could not be more different than the characters they play in the drama which debuts this Monday July 10 at 9pm, especially Michelle who plays a spoilt brat named Anna.

Rui En, on the other hand, was so much more poised and composed in real life than the feisty livewires she often portray
ed, like in My Mighty In-Laws, Love Concierge and A Promise for Tomorrow. Ever the sagely and practical one, she even admits she feels ‘like an old person trapped in a young person’s body’!

Rui En vs Yixin


Yixin is a sassy, driven and positive fashion design student who never feels sorry for herself and never allows herself get down. Despite her complicated and less-than-rosy family background, she makes the best out of every situation.

Twenty-five year-old Rui En on the other hand labels herself a more negative person who has problems expressing her anger and sadness: “I’m quieter and I’m not as expressive as Yixin who’s very open about what she thinks and feels. I feel like an old person trapped in a young person’s body because I do very old people things staying at home, reading and doing quiet things like that. I don’t like to go out which is quite unlike Yixin.”

Rui En also reveals that she sometimes build walls around herself so that people doesn’t get to the point where they can irritate her. When a quarrel occurs, she’ll also be the one to walk off calmly than to continue thrashing things out.

Whew, that’s some straight and tough talking from the girls… so are they really that composed and realistic when it comes to saccharine-sweet love? Is there truly no ounce of girlish romance in them?? We gave them the love test to suss them out… The results? See for yourself!

Love interests in the drama

Hu Guobin (Julian Hee) and She Weixiang (Elvin Ng), both who takes a shining to Yixin.
“Yixin doesn’t feel any chemistry with Weixiang so she writes him off as only a friend, but he falls in love with her from the beginning. Guobin and Yixin started off hating each other but romance blossoms as they got to know each other better.”
Rui En asserted strongly that she’ll never let herself be involved in such a ‘Beverly Hills 90210’ love complication because she likes ‘jian dan ai’ (simple love)!

Ever wanted to marry a rich man? Would you date someone for money rather than love?
“When I was a teenager, yes,” Rui En revealed. “I think every girl must have wondered how it would be to marry a rich man. Now, however, I feel to sacrifice love for money would be a very sad choice. I don’t need a big house, cars or expensive things; I’d rather be happy.”

More likely to be the Dumper or the Dumpee?
“Hahah… dumper lah, ‘coz I’m the first to run mah, hahah! I tend to protect myself lah.”
Rui En especially hates break-ups where one party clings on and refuses to let go!

Thing most want to do in a romance…
“If I love him a lot, I’ll bear him children. I really look forward to being pregnant! Worried about pain? Haha but there are epidurals now!”

More likely to manja (act coy and baby-ish) or demand for what you want?
*Chuckling* “Both also won’t; I don’t like to manja, I think it’s very gross! I don’t like girls who (pretending to manja) like that… cannot, cannot. If I were the guy, I wouldn’t have affection for someone who does this to get her way. I will not demand either, because I think if you’re with somebody, you respect that person, and when you respect someone, you don’t demand that person to do anything. But I was younger, I was quite hard and demanding but I don’t think it’s right.”

Most likely to sulk, cry or storm off in a fight?
“Storm off, that’s very my pattern. I don’t like confrontations and arguments and I hate screaming sessions. I’d rather walk off calmly and flee the scene. I don’t like people to get underneath my skin and I don’t let people get to the point where they can irritate me. Yeah, to a certain extent, I build a wall around myself but I think with time, that wall kind of disappears.”

Prefers to watch a sunset on the beach or watch the telly? “Oh sunset on the beach! I’m a beach person; I love beaches.”

Love turns you into a little kitten or your nagging mum?
“True love, the correct kind of love, lets me remain myself. I believe if love makes you change, or if you feel the need to change to please the other party, then that’s not really true love.”

Pillow fights – pure bliss or downright corny?
“Corny, very corny! Yeah, I did it when I was a little girl at slumber parties. It’s very funny: when you read these American books and you watch the American shows, it seems that pillow fights are THE thing to do at slumber parties, hahah! So once when I was younger, my friends and I had a sleepover and we did it lah. But it’s so stupid, ‘coz in the shows, the pillows always burst and the feathers come out – that never happens in real life. *Laughing uncontrollably* Now, I think it’s so childish! Plus it’s dangerous! What if you knock something over?”

Tattoo your lover’s name on your body or carry a vial of his blood, all a la goddes
s Angelina Jolie “Never… never! Oh my god, I think that’s like the sort of things younger kids will do.”

A staunch believer in the holy institution of marriage or ‘while the good times last’?
“Staunch believer in marriage. I think everyone should take it seriously and I don’t believe in the trend where ‘oh, never mind, can divorce’. I always believe that things should be permanent and not temporary, and marriage is the highest on the list of things that should be permanent.”

Source: Channel 8 Archives

Categorised in Channel 8 Archives, Love at Zero Degrees 爱情零度C.

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06 July 2006 | 05:42 pm

2006年7月6日

芮恩是娱乐圈的冷热集合体。她不搞小圈子、不“埋堆”,依照自己喜欢的方式生活。对于爱情,她说,最想为对方生小孩……

邓永君 报道

冷。热。
两极的表现。

娱乐圈有趣的地方,就是大家很喜欢搞噱头、小圈子,很多人和事都被大家用二分法分好了。冷和热就是其中一个例子。

而芮恩,集冷和热于一身。

38度C 热
荧幕前……她是热的。
芮恩有一张笑起来很好看的娃娃脸。甜甜的笑容加上脸颊的婴儿肥(baby fat),很是好看。

她在新剧【爱情零度C】里饰演“孙逸欣”,一个为梦想打拼的女孩,个性乐观直爽,身边的两名男生许立桦(饰演胡国彬)以及黄俊雄(饰演佘伟翔)产生爱慕,是个极讨好的角色。

自出道以来,芮恩饰演的角色都是非常正面可爱的角色:个性大剌剌的女儿、和蔼可亲的姐姐、有斗志的小女孩……情绪明显、个性分明,而且大部分角色都拥有快乐、乐观的个性。

芮恩说,这些角色和她很不一样。电视里面的都不是她,演多了这种乐观的人她也想像“她们”一样。

“孙逸欣是一个感情很丰富的人。她想哭的时候就哭,笑的时候就笑。真实的我是一个很安静的人……我发现我有表达情绪的障碍。当我生气、快乐或难过的时候,都无法好好地将情绪表现出来。”

“我在饰演“孙逸欣”的时候,我希望自己可以向她学习,我告诉自己我要像她一样乐观,但是我没有办法,我是一个悲观的人。”芮恩微笑着,淡淡地说。

0度C 冷
荧幕下……
芮恩在大家的眼中是冷的。
在【爱情零度C】的拍挡黄俊雄就曾形容,芮恩在片场等戏的时候,都比较安静,独个儿做自己的事。不像其他年轻演员,喜欢聚在一起聊天。

她不爱笑、不喜欢“埋堆”。

她说自己今年25岁,很多年轻人爱做的事,她都不爱。她不喜欢出门,只喜欢在躲在家里过日子、她怀旧,喜欢收集旧东西。

“我常觉得我有一副小孩的身体,里面却住着一个老人的灵魂。”

大家说她冷,她无所谓。因为她喜欢简单,不爱复杂。
她太清楚自己要的是什么样的生活,人际关系对她来说太复杂,她无法适应,干脆用自己喜欢的方式过生活。我发现,她其实并不冷。

爱情0度C
每个女孩都曾经憧憬自己的爱情。【爱情零度C】更是光明正大讲情,找来几位男女,模拟时下流行的速食爱情、三(四)角恋?!芮恩是主角,必须面对这些设定好的游戏。

我问:你现在有男朋友吗?
她微笑反问:“呵呵…这个是私人问题,我可以不回答吗?”
面对她的笑脸倩兮,很难残忍地说,“不可以”吧。

我再问:你理想中的爱情是怎么样的呢?
她想了一下,说:“嗯……嗯,简单爱。呵呵。我觉得那种很少吵架,遇到问题时彼此都会退让、足够成熟,不会因为小事就妒忌。这表示双方都很成熟,也代表这段感情比较持久。”

谈恋爱的时候最想和另一半一起做的事是……?
听了问题,芮恩想了一下才道:“如果我非常爱那个人,那就生孩子吧。”

生孩子?!
我还以为她会说:和亲爱的人一起去旅行、看日落……

看到我惊讶的反应,她睁大双眼问说:“怎么?你不想生小孩吗?(会痛啦。)痛?哈哈……不怕,现在有止痛药。我很喜欢小孩。你不喜欢小孩吗……?”

芮恩一轮嘴接着问,访问气氛变得很“热”……跟大家口中“冷冷”的芮恩,很不一样…

--多角恋。
芮恩说,多角恋对她来说,太复杂了。一旦“嗅”到问题,她会选择先逃开。

--那么嫁个有钱人,当“太太”呢?
“嫁个有钱人……这个愿望对女生来说是非常普遍的,可是很多女孩子都不会承认……我比较年轻的时候(十几岁左右),也曾经幻想过嫁给一个有钱人。”

“可是现在,我觉得为了钱牺牲快乐,是一件很悲惨的事。我不需要很豪华的生活,我不需要车子、大房子和昂贵的东西,我觉得快乐比较重要。我……现在想要靠自己。”

“嗯,可能长大了吧。我这样想,如果你有很多的钱,但是并不快乐,这有什么用呢?我觉得快乐比较重要。”

合则来,不合则分。
“崇尚”简单爱的芮恩最讨厌分手后,其中一方仍然纠缠不清。

“我觉得一段感情到了要说分手的时候,就表示感情已经不在了,如果还纠缠不清的话,这样很浪费大家的时间。”

不管是爱情还是事业,芮恩都清楚知道自己的方向。这样的她,是冷的还是热的?
有些人,不冷也不热。只是看你如何将她定位而已。

后记:
有人说芮恩冷,难访。
我访问芮恩几次,她都很和善,访问过程中微笑、大笑都没有少。
只是碰到一些问题,她会说:“这个问题很私人,可以不回答吗?”语气温和。

难访?不会leh。
冷?没有喔…

Source: Channel 8 Archives

Categorised in Channel 8 Archives, Love at Zero Degrees 爱情零度C.

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04 July 2006 | 05:16 pm

04 July 2006

IS Rui En, 24, ageing before her time?

The pretty actress may not look it, but ‘an old woman’ was how she described herself recently.

Speaking at the Love @ 0 deg C press conference, Rui En said she is unlike the sporty character she usually plays in dramas.

‘I am like an old woman, I like to stay at home to read, or go on the Net. I hardly go out, because I don’t have that many friends. I have only a few close ones. Maybe because I’m an only child, I’m happy with my own company most of the time.’

Her idea of unwinding is to go for long drives.

But the good news is, Rui En is not into looks: ‘I don’t like good lookers, I am not into having a trophy boyfriend by my side.’

So, were her previous boyfriends ugly? Rui En said: ‘I’m not answering that question!’

Source: The New Paper

Categorised in Love at Zero Degrees 爱情零度C, The New Paper.

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