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Pitting Host Against Host

31 Oct

Pitting host against host
Dee Hsu leads the pack among Taiwan’s TV show comperes
October 31, 2010
 
 

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TAIWAN is known for churning out weird and wacky variety programmes, some of which have gained a following regionally.

The shows’ comperes have also become household names both in and outside of Taiwan.

They include showbiz veterans Piggo Liang and Pai Ping Ping, who appeal to older viewers, and younger ones like Dee Hsu, who keep themselves up-to-date on the latest trends in fashion and popculture.

Here’s the lowdown on who’s leading thepack…

1. Here Comes Kangxi
Hosts: Dee Hsu, 32, and Kevin Tsai, 48
Appearance fee: Hsu makes NT$120,000 (S$5,000) per episode
Target viewers: Adults aged 35 years and younger
Fame outside Taiwan: Five stars
Influence: Five stars

Since the show aired in January 2004, Hsu has interviewed Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou, and former Taiwanese vice-presidents Annette Lu and Lien Chan – something no other Taiwanese variety show host has done.

Hsu is a talented presenter who is able to discuss any topic. Known for her outspoken and straightforward ways, Hsu has rubbed shoulders with many artistes from Taiwan and Hong Kong.

Recently, when Hsu interviewed Hong Kong superstar Andy Lau, she spontaneously sat on his lap and stroked his legs.

Another unforgettable moment was when Hsu threw herself into the arms of actor Geoffrey Gao. Not only did that episode generate high ratings for Here Comes Kangxi, it also increased Gao’s fame.

As for Tsai, his confession of his homosexuality has earned him support from Taiwan’s gaycommunity.

2. Variety Big Brother
Host: Chang Fei, 58
Appearance Fee: NT$250,000 (S$10,000) per hour
Target Viewers: Adults aged 35 and above
Fame Outside Taiwan: Four stars
Influence: Four stars

Although Chang has been in showbiz for 40 years, Variety Big Brother is his most important vehicle todate.

He has been hosting the show for eight years, and although its viewership has dipped over the years, Variety Big Brother remains a popular avenue for up-and-coming singers to gain exposure.

Chang’s hosting style differs from other male hosts in that he does not tease female celebrities or criticise other artistes, preferring to put his guests at ease.

This has made the show palatable to wannabes who need positive publicity.

In the middle of this year, Piggo Liang’s concert in Kaohsiung wasn’t sold out.

But strangely, after appearing on Variety Big Brother, ticket sales skyrocketed and 700 tickets were sold immediately after Liang’s interview wasaired.

3. Piggo Club
Hosts: Piggo Liang, 63, and Rene Hou, 33
Appearance Fee: Liang makes NT$200,000 (S$8,000) per hour
Target Viewers: Adults aged 45 and above
Fame Outside Taiwan: Three stars
Influence: Three stars

Piggo Club has broken viewership records even though it has been on the small screen for less than two years.

The show also enabled Liang and Hou to win the Best Variety Show Hosts awards at the Golden Bell Awards last week.

The award marked a major milestone for Liang after he had disappeared from the small screen for over a decade because he was on the run from hiscreditors.

Back when he debuted, he exercised more restraint. But he soon realised that to gain a following, he had to keep up with the times.

Once Liang learnt the game, he wasted no time in getting celebrities like singer A-mei to guest on his show, and his gimmicks paid off.

What makes Liang stand out is his ability to connect with his Taiwanese viewers, opting for shorts and a unique hairstyle that have endeared him to viewers.
 

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31 Oct

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Rozita, Shahrir akrab ketika diselubungi malu saat kali pertama disatukan dalam sesi fotografi

ENTAH dari mana harus dimulakan kisah gandingan B’POP kali ini, dramatis Rozita Che Wan dan juara Akademi Fantasia musim kelapan (AF8), Shahir.
Bagaimanapun, umum sudah tahu mengenai gosip membabitkan si jelita berusia 37 tahun dan jejaka yang dilabelkan sebagai ‘pucuk muda’ yang baru saja genap 22 tahun pada 5 September lalu.
Mengikut versi cerita mendakwa kononnya ada cinta mula singgah di hati mereka. Benar atau tidak kisah itu, kesudahan cerita itu masih tergantung. Yang jelas mereka mula menjalinkan hubungan sejak Mei lalu selepas Shahir tamat AF8. Malah mereka juga diberi kesempatan buat kali pertama berlakon dalam telefilem Lawaknya Fantasia Raya yang disiarkan sempena musim Aidilfitri lalu.

Keakraban mereka sangat ketara dalam sesi fotografi yang diadakan di Butik Calvin Thoo, Kuala Lumpur, baru-baru ini. Cuma seperti biasa, masing-masing tersimpul malu saat awal disatukan buat kali pertamanya dalam sesi fotografi ini. Mujur ibu tunggal dua anak ini bijak mengawal situasi dan memainkan peranan untuk memastikan sesi fotografi berjalan lancar.

Riuh rendah juga jadinya apabila bekas ratu cantik dan pramugari ini dengan selamba menghangatkan suasana dengan lawak selambanya. Lebih-lebih lagi, kakak kepada pelakon Ayu Raudhah ini menuturkan dialek utaranya. Sesekali terkeluar ketawa kecil Shahir sekali gus menampakkan pendakap gigi yang dipakainya sejak hampir dua tahun.

Ironinya, sebelum bergandingan dengan Rozita, wajah Ikon Belia Negeri Perak 2010 ini agak merah padam. Barangkali dia menjadi tidak keruan kerana berada rapat di samping Rozita. Dulu, penyanyi lagu Kebahagiaan Dalam Perpisahan ini pernah berdebar digandingkan dengan pelajar wanita AF8, apatah kali ini bergandingan dengan si pemilik pinggang bak kerengga dan bertubuh seksi yang menjadi idaman ramai lelaki itu.

“Tak sangka bermula sebagai peminat, kami tiba-tiba boleh menjadi kawan rapat. Dia (Rozita) memang suka buat lawak dan menceriakan hati saya,” ungkap Shahir yang sudah merakamkan single kedua ciptaan Audi Mok tetapi masih belum berjudul.

Jawapan selamat bersandarkan kepada terma ‘kawan rapat’ yang digunakan Shahir itu belum mengiyakan apa diharapkan sebenarnya. Bagaimanapun, akuinya mengenai subjek cinta, dia tidak sesekali menolak andai benar perasaan itu mula bertamu di hatinya. Adat sebagai manusia, hidup ini perlu berpasangan.

Katanya lagi, dia tidak berdaya menolak andai suatu hari nanti takdir menyatukannya dengan mana-mana wanita termasuk Rozita.

“Sebelum digosipkan dengan Rozita, saya pernah dikaitkan dengan Heliza dan rakan seperjuangan saya sendiri iaitu Adira. Jadi tidak pelik, jika timbul pelbagai versi cerita yang belum pasti hujung pangkalnya. Nama pun gosip dan ia bukan satu kesalahan. Lainlah perkara yang negatif.

“Orang di luar sana bebas bercakap dan itu hak masing-masing. Saya OK… tiada tekanan dalam hal ini. Saya yakin Rozita juga bersetuju dengan pendapat saya.

“Yang tahu hal sebenar hanya kami yang mengalaminya. Kalau bercakap soal takdir, ia sesuatu yang ditentukan sejak azali. Jodoh, ajal dan maut semua di tangan Tuhan. Kalau ketentuan begitu dan begini, sebagai hambaNya, saya hanya mampu berserah dan menerimanya.

“Kita sekadar merancang. Sebaiknya, sekarang saya lebih selesa memberi tumpuan kepada kerjaya seni yang baru berusia lima bulan,” katanya yang turut mengimpikan peluang muncul dengan album penuh.

‘Selamat tinggal glamor’

BAGI Rozita, anak kelahiran Alor Setar, Kedah ini mengakui dia begitu selesa berkawan dengan Shahir. Duta Avon itu menyifatkan Shahir sebagai seorang yang pemalu dan dia sering mengusiknya. Sama seperti Shahir, Rozita juga terbuka jika jodoh dengan Shahir benar-benar terjadi seperti yang diperkatakan khalayak.

“Dia jenis lelaki yang tak cakap banyak. Agak sensitif dan manja. Memang kebelakangan ini kerap juga cerita mengenai kami. Terpulanglah kepada mereka nak cakap apa. Yang pasti, hati saya belum ada untuk sesiapa. Saya sendiri belum pasti siapa jodoh sebenar. Soal jodoh urusan Tuhan,” katanya yang mengenakan rambut palsu potongan pendek untuk fotografi ini.

Apabila kenyataan Rozita berbunyi hatinya sudah tiada kepada sesiapa, sedikit sebanyak menimbulkan persoalan apa pula yang terjadi dengan hubungannya dengan Shah. Diaju apa sudah terjadi dengan hubungan istimewanya dengan jejaka berasal dari Kuala Lumpur dan bertugas di Singapura itu, Rozita hanya mampu berdiam seribu bahasa.

“Biarlah kisah itu disimpan sendiri buat sementara waktu,” katanya ringkas.
Ironinya sebelum ini, timbul telahan kononnya keputusan nekad Rozita bersara selepas empat tahun berada di dalam industri seni ada kaitan dengan agenda berkahwin dengan Shah.

“Kisah kahwin itu hanya khabar angin. Lagipun saya sendiri tidak pernah mengeluarkan kenyataan sedemikian. Keputusan bersara itu berbalik kepada perancangan saya untuk menceburi bidang lain. Saya sudah penat berlakon. Saya sudah tidak sanggup bangun jam 6 pagi dan pulang ke rumah pada jam 3 pagi hari berikutnya.

“Saya tidak mahu hidup dalam dunia glamor lagi. Saya pun bukan makin muda lagi. Lalu, saya harus merancang sesuatu untuk masa depan yang lebih baik.

“Malah saya tidak anggap keputusan bersara sebagai sesuatu yang merugikan. Rezeki itu ada di mana-mana. Berlakon itu menyeronokkan tetapi saya sudah tidak mampu bertoleransi dengan tekanan, faktor masa dan cerita kontroversi yang tidak berkesudahan,” katanya yang sedang menjalani penggambaran drama 13 episod arahan Jet Li berjudul Kem Pink.

INFO: Shahir

Terbabit dalam pembikinan album runut bunyi telefilem Tujuh Lagu arahan Kabir Bhatia yang dilakonkan Farid Kamil dan Tiz Zaqyah. Shahir menyanyikan tiga buah lagu dan dua lagi dinyanyikan Ema AF8. Lagu dendangan Shahir antaranya ialah Ku Ada Dia dan Masih Tak Memiliki.

Meminati kereta dan sudah memiliki kereta idamannya iaitu Nissan Fairlady dengan hasil titik peluhnya bergelar anak seni. Dia menafikan kereta itu ditaja.

September lalu, dia mengalami kemalangan jalan raya di Tapah, Perak hingga mengakibatkan kereta miliknya itu remuk teruk dan masih dibaiki di bengkel.

Pernah merancang untuk berduet dengan kumpulan nasyid Saujana yang pernah dianggotainya sebelum menyertai AF8. Tetapi disebabkan terikat dengan komitmen dengan Astro, perancangan itu masih tergantung.

Dia dan Roziat terbabit dalam konsert tribute untuk Allahyarham Tan Sri P Ramlee, Di Manakan Ku Cari Ganti pada 24 Oktober lali.

INFO: Rozita Che Wan

Semakin dekat kepada penghujung tahun ini, semakin banyak pula tawaran berlakon yang datang kepadanya. Malah, Rozita kadang-kadang berbelah bagi kerana ada drama sudah dilakonkannya ingin dibuat sekuel.

Rozita akui ada tawaran berlakon yang sudah diterimanya kini dijangka hanya berakhir pada minggu kedua awal Januari depan.

Diundang sebagai cameo dalam filem Dari Kerana Mata arahan Melissa Saila. Filem itu turut dibintangi Awie, Fasha Sandha dan seniwati Mariani.

Turut berlakon dalam telefilem siaran Astro Warna berjudul Kuala Pilah Next Top Model. Rozita akan berangan jadi Tyra Banks.

Drama lain yang bakal disambung dan menjalani penggambaran ialah Kuih Goyang Syafik dan Kiah Perkasam.

Filem terakhir lakonannya Cari Curi Jodoh arahan Dr Hatta Azad Khan, bergandingan dengan Shaheizy Sam.

Penghargaan
• Solekan: Amy Janz (012-2763600)
• Busana: Butik Calvin Thoo, Lot 10, Bukit Bintang (019-3199578)

Bintang Pop

S.H.E's Hebe Is Here But… Fans Are Thinking Of SELINA

31 Oct

S.H.E’s Hebe is here but… Fans are thinking of SELINA
By Tan Kee Yun
October 31, 2010
 
 

keeyunt@sph.com.sg

GO, GO Selina! The Chinese words of encouragement were big, bold and welcoming.

One would have thought, looking at the sea of posters and portable light boards held by frenetic fans at Changi Airport, that Selina Jen from Taiwanese pop gal group S.H.E had swung into town.

But as these young people cheered, their 29-year-old idol was, in fact, bedridden and going through – what’s likely to be – a long process of recuperation at Taipei’s Linkou Chang-Gung Memorial Hospital.

It was her fellow S.H.E member Hebe Tien, 27, one of several guest artistes at last night’s music event Singapore Hit Awards, who came through the arrival gates at noon.

Decked out in shades and a black jacket, the pixie-faced Tien looked glum and sullen.

Who could blame her?

TNP PICTURES: KUA CHEE SIONG

Last Saturday, Jen suffered serious burns after a series of planned explosions went horribly wrong on the set of I Have A Date With Spring, a musical drama she was filming in Shanghai.

According to her record label H.I.M International Music, 50 per cent of her body – mostly her back, limbs and waist – was affected. Her face, while not burnt, was slightly scorched.

Her male co-star, China actor-singer Yu Haoming, was badly injured too. (See other report.)

Little wonder that the mood within the S.H.E camp at Changi Airport wasn’t exactly upbeat.

Some of those present were members of the local fanclub S.H.E Ambience.

‘When the news of Selina’s accident broke, we were totally shocked,’ said a sombre Miss Cai Jiaxin, 23, who recently graduated from a private university.

‘It was hard to believe that something so awful had happened…we were so worried we started following the news closely, paying attention to every single update on her (Jen’s) condition.’

Angry

Fans were also angry and perplexed that such an accident could have happened on a film set.

Miss Sim Yiwen, 21, who works in logistics, said she had read in a Taiwanese news report that old and faulty equipment had been used to shoot the explosion scene.

‘Also, the actors weren’t provided with any protective gear to cover their bodies. That scene dealt with fire, it’s very dangerous and more precautionary measures should have been taken,’ she said.

Putting their anger aside, the fans decided to pour their hearts into making gifts for Jen.

At a press conference yesterday evening, representatives from S.H.E Ambience handed more than 5,000 colourful paper cranes to Tien.

‘We set out to fold 1,000 cranes, as there is a Japanese traditional belief that 1,000 cranes will bring patients speedy recovery, good health and a long life,’ said polytechnic student Serene Law, 19.

‘She’s in pain but still strong’

But they were overwhelmed with response from the public after posting their project details on their website.

‘So many people voluntarily joined us in our crane-folding session on Thursday night…we made 5,236 cranes in all,’ she said.

In an interview with local media, Tien acknowledged the seriousness of Jen’s injuries candidly.

‘Her condition is definitely not good,’ she said.

‘I visited her on Thursday before I set off for Singapore and I could see that she was in pain, even with the morphine injected.

‘Though she might be physically weak now, her mental state is extremely strong. She is still optimistic about life and, at times, it seems like she is comforting me instead of me comforting her.’

With an emphatic pause, Tien added that Selina has described the pain as ‘the worst she has ever experienced’.

‘As she suffered third-degree burns, it’s likely that there will be (scars).

Scrapbook

‘But I don’t think she is even thinking about whether there will be scars on her body in the future. She just wants to get well soon.’

Fans also passed Tien a scrapbook of wishes they had penned for Jen, as well as a get-well video clip they had filmed and edited themselves.

‘It’s so sad that tomorrow is her birthday and she has to spend it in the hospital,’ Miss Cai said with a sigh.

Fans can take comfort in the steely determination the other two members of S.H.E – Tien and Ella Chen, 29 – have shown following Jen’s mishap.

‘The girls were slated to perform together as a trio in Jiangsu province on the day of the accident,’ said Mr Darren Ang, 24, a web designer.

‘After Selina’s accident, Ella and Hebe were extremely professional, they controlled their emotions and went on with the show.

‘But from the online clip of that particular performance, it was evident that they were saddened by their friend’s injuries.’

Miss Law agreed, adding that Tien and Chen’s professionalism have made her admire S.H.E even more.

A few days earlier, Tien confirmed on her Weibo (China’s version of Twitter) account that her mother intended to do her part in Jen’s upcoming skin graft operation, by becoming a skin donor.

‘I was very touched when I read that,’ said Miss Law.

‘She (Tien’s mum) is so willing to help, even though Selina is not her flesh and blood.’

Tien clarified during her press conference that her mum was ‘expressing her feelings’ as a concerned, worried guardian of Jen.

‘My mum treats Selina like her own kid. These few days, whenever the topic of Selina is brought up, she breaks down and cries,’ said Tien.

‘But the truth is, my mum is not medically trained and as much as she wants to donate the skin, I don’t think it’s possible. You’d need to use your own skin for the (skin graft) operation, so that the cells would be able to match.’

The New Paper understands from doctors that besides the procedure of taking one’s own skin for grafting, a transplant using sking from a donor is ‘possible’, but ‘tests have to be conducted beforehand to make sure the cells match perfectly’.

Immediate family members will have a higher chance of a match.

Fans also rubbished the speculation in some Chinese media that Jen’s tragedy could spell the end of her career.

News portal Sina.com said that Jen is likely to be out of showbiz action for at least a couple of years.

‘We will continue to support S.H.E even if Selina cannot be part of the group for now,’ said Miss Sim. ‘Selina will definitely not be forgotten.’

WHO is Yu Haoming?

Over the past week, that has been the question on folks’ minds, with the constant updates on Selina Jen’s condition.

The Guangzhou native, Jen’s co-star in the musical drama I Have A Date With Spring, had third-degree burns on his body, mostly on his limbs and back.

He reportedly shielded Jen by hugging her tightly when the explosions occurred.

Fans of S.H.E have lauded his heroic effort, which saved their idol from facial injuries.

Yu, 22, little known to audiences in Taiwan and Singapore, has become a household name in mainland China since he took part in the all-male singing competition Superboy in 2007.

The show, held by Hunan Television, was Yu’s big break.

He came in sixth, wowing the crowd with his boyish charm.

In the same year, he signed a contract with Chinese record label Doremi Media and released his debut EP, If I Can Love You. His first full-length album, Hug, was released at the end of last year.

He has branched out into acting and hosting.

He starred in Let’s Watch The Meteor Shower Together, China’s remake of classic Taiwanese idol drama Meteor Garden and hosted the Hunan Television talkshow Improving Everyday.

Idol saviour popular in China

 

The NewPaper

S.H.E. Wins Big At Singapore Hit Awards 2010

30 Oct

SINGAPORE : Taiwan pop trio S.H.E swept up five awards at this year's Singapore Hit Awards 2010 (SHA 2010) at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on Friday.

Hebe Tien, the only S.H.E. member who was present at the event, collected the trophies for the Asia Media Award (Group), Best Group, Most Popular Group/Band, as well as the Y.E.S. 93.3FM Pick of the Pops: Song of the Year and Y.E.S. 93.3FM Pick of the Pops: Artiste with Most Chart Hits awards, on behalf of the group.

“If I had known I was going to receive so many awards, I wouldn't have worn such high heels!

“My legs are sore, my arms are sore, but I feel great!” joked Tien as she accepted S.H.E's fourth award for the evening.

Tien may have been overjoyed by the trio's performance at the awards, but she still looked a little subdued offstage, probably due to the fact that her group mate Selina Jen was still in hospital after an accident on the film set left her with severe burns.

The 27-year-old almost burst into tears when she spoke of her stricken group mate during her acceptance speech after receiving the award for Most Popular Band/Group, describing the award as being especially meaningful in these difficult times.

“Although we may not be able to do anything to alleviate the pain she is going through, but I hope we can be her pillar of strength and pray for her,” said Tien to the cheers of the audience.

There were no surprises at the SHA 2010, with most of the favourites walking home with awards.

Taiwan star Jay Chou won the award for Album of the Year for his latest work “The Era”, while Show Luo and Rainie Yang picked up the Most Popular Male and Most Popular Female Artiste awards respectively.

Singapore singer Tanya Chua was also a happy lady on Friday as she took home the awards for Best Local Artiste, Best Local Music Composition, Most Versatile Music Personality and the Asia Media Award (female artistes).

Other winners include Eason Chan, A-Mei, Magic Power, JJ Lin as well as Alien Huang, Soda Green and Y2J.

Singapore newcomers Zheng Ke Wei and Serene Koong got the nod as well for their efforts.

Zheng won the award for Local New Artiste – Media's Choice, while Koong picked up the awards for Meritorious Newcomer and Most Popular New Artiste.

“The path of music is always tough. [Winning this award] is definitely a motivation. I am very, very thankful!

“I treasure the great encouragement this has given me and it definitely gives me a lot of strength moving forward,” Koong gushed at the reception after the awards, with a hint of redness in her eyes.

“I will continue to work hard!”

Besides the chance to see many of their favourite artistes in the flesh, audiences also enjoyed electrifying performances by most of the award winners, including a moving medley of songs from Taiwan crooner Jeff Chang, who won the Honorary Award.

The full list of award winners for the SHA 2010 can be found at the event's

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Heliza Nak Jadi Penceramah Motivasi

29 Oct

Ditulis oleh Nonie
  
  

Setelah menangguhkan pengajiannya selama setahun demi perjuangan dalam Akademi Fantasia 5, Nur Heliza Helmi akhirnya berjaya menamatkan pengajian di Universiti Malaysia Sabah dalam Ijazah Sarjana Muda Sains Pendidikan (Biologi dan Kimia) pada 11 Oktober yang lalu.

“Bukan mudah untuk saya habiskan pengajian ini sebab sepatutnya saya hanya mengambil masa empat tahun tetapi sebab sibuk dengan karier seni, saya terpaksa tangguh pengajian setahun. Paling mengharukan, semasa menerima ijazah, ramai yang menepuk tangan apabila tiba giliran nama saya disebut. Ada yang tidak melepaskan peluang merakamkan gambar saya.

“Saya berhasrat nak sambung pengajian pada peringkat sarjana tetapi bukan dalam masa terdekat ini sebab saya juga baru membuka syarikat produksi,” ujarnya.

Anak kelahiran Kuala Terengganu tekad menyumbangkan ilmu dan motivasi kepada pelajarnya kelak. Malah undangan sebagai penceramah motivasi di sekolah dijadikan sebagai batu loncatan untuk menggapai impian tersebut.

“Saya kena tambahkan ilmu lagi jika mahu menjadi seorang penceramah motivasi yang berjaya kerana saya semakin minat dalam bidang ini. Tidak sangka pula selepas tamat belajar, banyak pula peluang untuk saya memberi ceramah di sekolah,” katanya yang menerima undangan di Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Tawau, Sabah untuk bercerita mengenai pemakaian tudung.

Katanya, jadual kerjaya yang ketat tidak pernah menghalang dirinya untuk meluangkan masa memberi motivasi kepada pelajar-pelajar yang telah selesai menduduki peperiksaan Penilaian Menengah Rendah (PMR) bagi menggalakkan mereka ke sekolah selepas peperiksaan.

“Selepas ini, saya turut mendapat jemputan untuk memberikan ceramah di sebuah sekolah di Perak. Walaupun sibuk, saya tetap akan cuba memberikan sumbang kepada para pelajar sekali gus dapat mempraktikkan bidang pendidikan yang saya pelajari sebelum ini,” katanya yang mengakui seronok berjumpa dengan pelajar-pelajar sekolah.

Mangga Online

Heliza Nak Jadi Penceramah Motivasi

29 Oct

Ditulis oleh Nonie
  
  

Setelah menangguhkan pengajiannya selama setahun demi perjuangan dalam Akademi Fantasia 5, Nur Heliza Helmi akhirnya berjaya menamatkan pengajian di Universiti Malaysia Sabah dalam Ijazah Sarjana Muda Sains Pendidikan (Biologi dan Kimia) pada 11 Oktober yang lalu.

“Bukan mudah untuk saya habiskan pengajian ini sebab sepatutnya saya hanya mengambil masa empat tahun tetapi sebab sibuk dengan karier seni, saya terpaksa tangguh pengajian setahun. Paling mengharukan, semasa menerima ijazah, ramai yang menepuk tangan apabila tiba giliran nama saya disebut. Ada yang tidak melepaskan peluang merakamkan gambar saya.

“Saya berhasrat nak sambung pengajian pada peringkat sarjana tetapi bukan dalam masa terdekat ini sebab saya juga baru membuka syarikat produksi,” ujarnya.

Anak kelahiran Kuala Terengganu tekad menyumbangkan ilmu dan motivasi kepada pelajarnya kelak. Malah undangan sebagai penceramah motivasi di sekolah dijadikan sebagai batu loncatan untuk menggapai impian tersebut.

“Saya kena tambahkan ilmu lagi jika mahu menjadi seorang penceramah motivasi yang berjaya kerana saya semakin minat dalam bidang ini. Tidak sangka pula selepas tamat belajar, banyak pula peluang untuk saya memberi ceramah di sekolah,” katanya yang menerima undangan di Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Tawau, Sabah untuk bercerita mengenai pemakaian tudung.

Katanya, jadual kerjaya yang ketat tidak pernah menghalang dirinya untuk meluangkan masa memberi motivasi kepada pelajar-pelajar yang telah selesai menduduki peperiksaan Penilaian Menengah Rendah (PMR) bagi menggalakkan mereka ke sekolah selepas peperiksaan.

“Selepas ini, saya turut mendapat jemputan untuk memberikan ceramah di sebuah sekolah di Perak. Walaupun sibuk, saya tetap akan cuba memberikan sumbang kepada para pelajar sekali gus dapat mempraktikkan bidang pendidikan yang saya pelajari sebelum ini,” katanya yang mengakui seronok berjumpa dengan pelajar-pelajar sekolah.

Mangga Online

THE EMPRESS STRIKES BACK

29 Oct

FIRST FASHION

Stars glam up the movie premieres…or not
THE EMPRESS STRIKES BACK
Detective Dee was touted as Carina Lau’s comeback feature film, and she played the only female emperor in Chinese history, no less.
By Jeanmarie Tan
October 29, 2010
 
 

As if that wasn’t enough to grab my attention, the 45-year-old Hong Kong actress took it one step further at the recent Venice Film Festival, where the fantastical period whodunit was in competition for the coveted Golden Lion award.

Directed by Tsui Hark, Detective Dee revolves around a legendary detective (Andy Lau) who investigates threats to the imposing Empress Wu Zetian’s (Lau) rise to power.

Wu’s bizarre eyebrows may have been the talking point of the movie, but it was Lau’s daring dresses that raised mine.

Naturally, she left her Detective Dee co-star, 34-year-old Chinese actress Li Bingbing, in the dust.

Hey, she is the queen, after all.

Li plays Wu’s right-hand woman, a skilled martial arts warrior.

But at the Venice Film Festival, it was clear which lady held court.

Li is a classic beauty who’s a fixture on fashion magazine covers.

But she couldn’t compete with Lau, who oozed more poise and confidence.

Welcome back, Your Majesty.

1 At the Detective Dee photo call, Lau gave a hint of what’s to come by exposing her back and legs.

She really worked the hell out of this black one-sleeved Versace dress with an asymmetrical hemline and a side train, completing the sassy look with black Salvatore Ferragamo pumps and a blown-out bob.

2 Li also wore a simple black outfit – jazzed up only by the embellished bold shoulders – to the same event, but the cutting of Lau’s piece had a lot more drama.

3 For the movie’s premiere later in the evening, Lau stole the limelight and didn’t shy away from flaunting her body in this show-stopping, jaw-dropping backless electric blue Versace gown which is slit-up-to-there.

It’s a wardrobe malfunction waiting to happen, but you can’t deny this woman has guts!

4 Li looked elegant in her nude strapless Guo Pei mermaid gown embellished with red Chinese characters for fortune along the hemline and matching detail along the bodice.

It’s a nice nod to her roots, but it just wasn’t enough to pip Lau.

 

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