By Kimberly Foo
— AsiaOne (@asiaonecom) May 23, 2019
This year’s National Day Parade (NDP) theme song is the most ambitious crossover event yet.
Reminiscent of Michael Jackson’s We Are The World, a total of 300 Singaporeans – including 27 musicians – across different generations were assembled to film Our Singapore (2019), taking 12 hours to shoot the whole thing.
Old is also gold for this year’s song.
But take a closer look at the music video and you may realise that some of our local stars are not in it.
Here’s who we think should have been included in this star-studded line-up.
PAST NDP SONGS ALUMNI
Singapore Idol Taufik Batisah made it, but not his partner from 2005’s Reach Out for the Skies, the popular actress Rui En.
A missed chance for them to recreate the sick dance moves from this song.
By Lynette Phua
Former local actress Sora Ma, Yvonne Lim (and her husband, Alex Tien, ex-Taiwanese boy band B.A.D member), actress Rui En, and radio DJ Dennis Chew join in the Year of the Pig celebrations by literally becoming ‘pigs’.
By Nicholas Yong
More than two decades after it was launched, and just months after it comprehensively revamped its website, news and lifestyle aggregator AsiaOne is expected to shut down as early as next month.
AsiaOne is the primary content aggregator for SPH’s publications, featuring stories from the likes of The Straits Times and The New Paper, while also syndicating content from SPH magazines, such as Her World.
The news comes on the back of Wednesday’s announcement that SPH will be cutting 230 jobs by the end of the year, as part of a previously announced 10 per cent reduction in its work force.
By Lisa Twang
Baby Avery may not be rolling in gold (Kate Pang’s the ambassador of a pawnbroker’s gold collection), but she has been showered with gifts from her godmother Rui En.
Andie Chen, who got close to Rui En after starring together in this year’s Channel 8 drama If Only I Could as a married couple, was the one who suggested she become Avery’s godmother.
In fact, the couple got the name Avery from the 35-year-old local actress, who had originally planned to use it for her own daughter in future.
“Many people have the impression that Rui En is cold, but she is actually a very warm-hearted and caring godmother,” said Pang.
“She visits often and buys cute and quirky presents for the kids, like a blanket with a sheep’s head.
“I think she would make a great mother. She has such an intense love for children, and likes to carry and cuddle them.”
Pang joked that Rui En has yet to change Avery’s diapers, but she is welcome to if she volunteers.
By Tracy Low
Li Nanxing says he felt jittery handling the four-month-old because she was so delicate.
Even though local actor Li Nanxing famously played a father of quadruplets on the 2003 Channel 8 TV series Baby Boom, it was not as scary as handling a four-month-old infant for the police drama C.L.I.F. 4, which starts next month.
Even after all these years, the 51-year-old still does not have the “baby touch”.
What is ironic is that his co-star Rui En does. Ironic because she said, before filming for C.L.I.F. 4 started, that she would rather not work with babies because “they can be difficult (and) do not care that the camera is rolling”, though she later retracted her comments.
In C.L.I.F. 4, which premieres on Sept 6 at 9pm, Li reprises his role as Wei Lantian, assistant superintendent of the Criminal Investigation Department and the husband of Rui En’s inspector character Huang Zhijie.
This season, they become first-time parents and have a four-month-old girl.
HUSH, LITTLE BABY: Li Nanxing stars alongside Rui En, playing her husband, in the Channel 8 police TV drama C.L.I.F. 4. Their characters have a four-month-old daughter. PHOTO: INSTAGRAM/LNXGLOBAL_OFFICIAL
At the show’s press conference yesterday, Li told M in a mix of Mandarin and English: “(In Baby Boom), the quadruplets were older. (This baby) was very fragile because she was only four months old, so we had to be patient with her. I felt nervous handling her, especially when she cried. I panicked.”
He joked: “Rui En told me, ‘Can you treat her more gently?’ Whenever Rui En carried the baby, she would be calm, but when I carried her, she would be crying.”
Rui En did not attend the press conference because she is on leave. According to Lianhe Zaobao, she is overseas for a month to visit her father, who emigrated from Singapore years ago.
On Rui En’s 7kg weight gain for her previous TV drama If Only I Could and the fact that she still appeared chubby in C.L.I.F. 4, Li said: “I think it suits her mum role (here) because it is after her confinement period, where she has to take care of the baby.”
Although they have been paired up for three seasons of C.L.I.F., Li said they are not close outside of work.
While in the middle of filming C.L.I.F. 4 in April, the 35-year-old local actress was involved in a high-profile accident.
The episode put her in a bad light with the public, as many were unhappy about the way she handled things initially.
GAVE HER SPACE
Li himself was infamously involved in a drink driving accident in 1997. He was fined $4,000 and given a 30-month driving suspension. He did not offer Rui En advice on how to cope because his case was different from her situation.
He said: “What I did was to give her space to calm herself down because it happened suddenly. We needed to give her time to process and reflect on her own… because everyone makes mistakes.
“I could tell that she was very sad on set (after the accident), but we just had to leave her alone.”
Li said Rui En was still a “professional on set” and knew how to separate her personal problem from work.
He also commended the way she apologised and bowed on stage at the Star Awards Show 1 in April, saying: “I think it is up to the individual (on how he handles his own situation), but for her to (do that), I could tell that she was sincere.”
C.L.I.F. 4 警徽天职 4 Debuts 6 September 2016, Weekdays 9pm on Channel 8
By Joanna Goh
RBKD: Kate Pang gave birth to baby girl Avery this morning. Andie shared that “If Only I Could…” co-star Rui En had a part to play in naming his girl, Avery. While filming for the show, Rui En had shared with Andie that she intends to name her kid Avery in future. Andie said that Rui En “jokingly called me a sly person, when I told her of my plans to name my daughter Avery too.” He also shared that she said she would visit them after Kate gives birth.
If Only I Could… 十年…你还好吗? is now airing on Channel 8 at 9pm from Mondays to Fridays