By Ng Yan Bo, Channelnewsasia.com | Posted: 30 April 2009 1621 hrs
SINGAPORE: Every school kid falls into one or more stereotypical categories in school.
There’s the popular kids – half the school know who they are, there’s the goody-two shoes who play by the book, there’s the jocks – they spend half their time playing sports and the other half wooing members of the opposite sex, there’s the brainy kids in their triple science classes, and there’s the rebel kids – they spend half their time trying to break all the school rules and the other half serving detention.
The cast of “My School Daze” may be all grown up now and acting the parts of teachers instead of students, but we reckon if we put them back in a classroom, they’d very nicely fill up every category.
Three of the cast members were complete badasses who have fought, cheated or smoked their way through school. And because when there is yin, there is yang, another three of the cast members were so well-behaved they sailed through their education trouble-free. The seventh was a jock while the last two went through school in a daze.
Channelnewsasia.com rounded up the cast at a recent press conference, where they boarded the school bus down memory lane and told us who was naughty and who was nice.
The bad kids are evened out by the good kids three against three.
Rui En sailed through school with ease, going from Singapore Chinese Girls’ School to Raffles Junior College (RJC) to the National Technological University of Singapore. The naughtiest thing she has ever done? A mini water fight in the RJC canteen. Her only woe? Bad Chinese language results.
“I was my Chinese teacher’s worst nightmare because I was never very good in Chinese. Isn’t it ironic right now that I’m playing a Chinese teacher?” She joked. “So this is a message to all the kids: please pay attention during Chinese because you will get your Karma when you grow up you will end up playing Chinese teachers.”
In contrast, Chen Han Wei learnt his lesson the hard way. He tried to cheat on a test in Primary School but was caught by his father, who was the teacher of his class then, and was caned in front of his classmates. The humiliation caused the father-son relationship to sour for almost two years, but the incident transformed the actor into a role-model student.
“I totally changed, I studied very hard,” he said. “But I was stressed because I maintained my grades at the top three positions in class all through Secondary School. I was like a tutor and I helped a lot of my classmates, I took part in a lot of co-curricular activities, and my teachers and parents never needed to nag at me.
Also on the good student list is Eleyn Kok, who was the “goody-two-shoes, wear spectacles, look nerdy, nerdy Bukit Panjang Government High prefect”. Her most mischievous act was to draw graffiti on the chalkboard – just once – and got caught. “I drew some comics on the board because I was bored, and the only time I was naughty, the vice-principal had to walk past and catch me! But I was just lightly reprimanded.”
MediaCorp Channel 8’s new family drama “My School Daze” features the star-studded cast, with its plot centring on school life in Singapore, revolving around students, teachers and parents.
Chan Han Wei plays a stuffy, traditional Chinese teacher who fails to command the respect and interest of his students, and eventually quits his profession to join his wife’s (Ann Kok) tuition centre.
In contrast, Rui En plays a popular and trendy teacher who gives her students rides in her sports car. She shares a romantic relationship with freelance deejay Terence Cao.
Darren Lim and Cynthia Kok take on the role of typical ‘kiasu’ Singaporean parents who bombard their kid with endless courses and classes.
Catch My School Daze on Channel 8, every Monday to Friday at 9pm.
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London was actually sunny for Singapore Day 2009 and remained that way throughout the day. The perfect weather topped up on what was already the perfect ingredients for a Singapore Day for Overseas Singaporeans in Hampton Court – authentic hawker fare with a spread of the old favourites like Char Kway Teow, Hokkien Fried Mee and Prata!
There was the side splitting humour as well, done the Singapore-way by the artistes put together by MediaCorp – these include Dim Sum Dollies, the mrbrown show, and Jack Neo as well as many others. The Overseas Singaporeans, their friends and family all managed to get news also of the latest developments in some of their favourite haunts in Singapore from the showcase and display sections.
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If there is one reason why you should catch MediaCorp Channel 8’s new drama My School Daze, Terence Cao will tell you it’s because Rui En is the hot, sassy teacher you never had. Or at least, he’s never had.
“I wish I had teachers like Rui En back in school,” Terence cheekily told Channelnewsasia.com during a recent press conference promoting the new drama. “If I had female teachers like her, then I’d actually turn up for classes… because I’d enjoy looking at her.”
The 42-year-old actor had earlier revealed that he used to dodge Chinese language lessons to avoid having to hand in homework, as Mother Tongue was his weakest subject and submitting one Chinese composition a year was an achievement in itself.
Still, he reckons if Rui En was his Chinese teacher then, he might have been able to pass his Chinese ‘O’ level exam.
If it’s any comfort at all, Terence is now more than fulfilling his boyhood fantasies of gawking at a hot teacher by ‘dating’ Rui En.
In the all-new family drama starting Wednesday, Terence plays Tan Xiangfeng, a freelance DJ, model and travel writer. He falls head-over-heels in love with sassy Secondary school teacher Zhang Luoyun (Rui En), popular with students for her innovative methods of teaching, but runs into trouble with her career later in the show.
On the other end of the spectrum, Chen Han Wei is the teacher you wish you’ll never have. He plays Tan Xiangchun, a stuffy, traditional Chinese teacher who fails to command the respect and interest of his students.
The 40-year-old, who won the Best Actor Award for his role in “By My Side” at Sunday’s Star Awards said – somewhat woefully – that although it had been his childhood ambition to become a teacher, this role is anything but what he had in mind of himself as ‘Mr Chen’.
“I cannot relate to this character at all because I’m a very modern man – my character in this show is very ‘ah-pek’, you know…”
The drama centres on school life in Singapore, revolving around students, teachers and parents. It also features Ann Kok, Cynthia Koh, Darren Lim, Chen Tian Wen and Lin Mei Jiao.
My School Daze premieres Wednesday, April 29, 9pm on Channel 8.
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