Reviews written by prisailurophile
The lady doesn't age. Just check out her instagram pics. I have to come clean and admit that I was stalking her on the net.
Ann Kok's started her acting career through the old-fashioned way. She auditioned in the local talent-search competition Star Search. Viewers who watch the show might know past winners include Zoe Tay and Chew Chor Meng. Of course, there are many more, but just to name a few.
It was kind of a blessing in disguise that she wasn't successful in venturing overseas to expand her acting career. Otherwise, local fans of Ann would be devastated.
In my opinion, her most memorable role was Jiang Ruqing in Love Concierge. How she lost the Best Actress award simply bugs me.
To Annchanted Energy(the official fan club of Ann Kok), *cross fingers*, let's hope that 2013 will be a special year for Ann!
Zoe Tay is known in the media as the "Thousand-Faced Lady". So I guess I was kind of surprised when I found out that she did not enjoy acting in the early part of her career. The Queen (Ah jie) of Caldecott Hill was planning to become a production assistant instead.
Fortunately, she was given the role in Crime and Passion. It was then she found herself appreciating the life of an actress. So to the director, producer or writer, whoever you are, I'm pretty sure fans of Zoe will be extremely thankful!
Her most memorable role is probably Bobo in Pretty Faces. Filming a rape scene is a tough job. Fortunately, it paid off. The role won her numerous critical compliments. It was even nominated as one of the most memorable roles in the Star Awards in 2003.
Another noteworthy performance was her role in The Unbeatables, a serial that focused on gambling.
I have to admit I find her a wee bit showy at times. Remember the Star award show in 2005 where she playfully 'forced' Christopher Lee to propose to Fann Wong? I thought that was painfully awkward. Or maybe it's just me.
On a different note, I like Zoe's compassion. She never fails to contribute to charity by performing in a large number of charity fund-raising benefits.
He won the Best Actor award 4 times. Enough said, Chen Han Wei is one of the most talented bunch in Mediacorp. His role as Lin Yiqin 子勤 in Love Me, Love Me Not (真爱无敌）was memorable. I mean, come on, his character died after getting hit on the head by a coconut. As if it's not exaggerating enough, he then went to heaven. How can you forget a role like that? And then it was Pan Zhihao 潘志豪 in A Life of Hope (活下去). It was creepy yet superb. Fast forward to 2008, Chen Han Wei portrayed Chen Bufan 陈不凡 in By My Side (不凡的爱). His portrayal as an AIDS patient was well, commendable. And then it was the stay-at-home dad, Ye Zheng Kang 叶正康 in Daddy at Home (企鹅爸爸). The role reminded me of Aunty Lucy in a way.
Yes, he lost the Best Supporting Actor award in 2012, but well, I guess you can't have everything, can you?
The next Ah Jie?
Like Sora Ma, Kate Pang also started out slightly late in acting. The pretty lass is 29 years of age. No question, she's one of the upcoming actresses to watch out for. Though she did not get the Top 10 Most Popular Female Artistes, Kate managed to clinch the newcomer award, having beat out favourites like Romeo Tan and Jeffrey Xu. Yes! Girl Power!
I first saw Kate on the tv screen when she was portraying the sweet and delicate Lin Le in 乐在双城 A Tale of 2 Cities. Then, it was the demure Xu Si Wen 许思雯 in Devotion 阿娣. She surprised me when she took on the role of Zhong Ling in 边缘父子 On The Fringe. Talk about a 180 degree change. Her most recent role is the tough Sun Lian Qing in 花样人间 Joys Of Life.
Kate also dabbles in hosting. Although I feel that she should stick to acting. Usually people are not going to be great at both. You're going to better at one, so you might as well stick to the one you're good at. Just my opinion.
Last updated: November 14, 2012
Pornsak is by far the most bubbly and lovable host I've ever seen. Quick witted, lively, to put it simply, he's the vitamin pill of Mediacorp! Which explains why I was a bit taken aback that he failed to clinch the Top 10 Most Popular Male Artistes in 2012.
Never mind that though since he doesn't need an award to determine his abilities and strengths. Fluent in English, Mandarin and Thailand, this host is one talented guy. Destined for bigger projects for sure.
PORN'S sexy.thai.food, a Thai restaurant is the brainchild of Pornsak. How can you forget this restaurant with a name like that? If you would like to take a look, you can find this restaurant at Junction 10.
Charming. Possibly the next big thing.
I wasn't impressed when I saw the TV series The Pupil. Nothing to do with the casts, rather it's the story line. I've always felt that our local shows lack originality and suspense. Yada yada yada. That said, I wasn't familiar with Rebecca Lim. Even after she won the Best Actress Award at the 15th Asian Television Awards in 2010. Then came along Fighting Spiders 2. Again, it did not leave a lasting impression.
However, it wasn't until her role as Gao Jieyu 高婕妤 in 最火搭档2 Unriddle 2 that caught my attention. I have to admit, I'm not a fan of Unriddle(even though I like Rui En as an actress). But Rebecca's crying scene was so well done to the extent that it caught my attention. Since this was such a memorable scene, I believe this is the reason why she won the Top 10 Most Popular Female Artistes award in 2012.
I think Rebecca will do extremely well if she pick right roles in future films/tv series. I have no doubts, she definitely has potential. One thing for sure, I'll be rooting for her. So fellow viewers, do keep an eye out for her!
天黑黑, most memorable song
I rarely listen to Mandarin songs but if I were to pick one from Singapore, I'll pick Stefanie Sun 孙燕姿 in a heartbeat. Having sold over 30 million copies(are you surprised? Why, so am I!) of her albums during the span of her career thus far, Stefanie Sun is possibly the most successful singer from Singapore.
I enjoy her cover of Venus, which she performed on Variety Big Brother, a Taiwanese TV show hosted by Fei Ge. She even performed with Fei Ge himself and Huang Ping Yuan 黃品源 . It was such a fun performance that my dad actually took the trouble to record the show. Yep, we still have it. Other than Venus, Stefanie also covered Hey Jude, an all time favourite Beatles song. The original one will always be better but hey, she made it her own. Other noteworthy songs include That I Will Be Good, Sometimes Love Just Ain't Enough and Silent All These Years.
English aside, Cloudy Day (天黑黑) is probably one of her trademark songs. I guess it's partly because she sang it in Mandarin and Hokkien. Moving and memorable.
Star blog and Youthphoria!
Citizen-journalism website? Why, I beg to differ. I've always felt that STOMP posts unnecessary and shallow news. My advice: skim through the STOMP's Top 8 Must See news.
I was pleasantly surprised when I saw a Jobs category at the top right corner. Judging by employment rates, it's great that STOMP partners with ST Jobs so as to provide people with a greater platform for finding jobs.
My favourite part of the website is the Youthphoria section. This gives voice to many youths, who richly deserve to be heard.
Another highlight of the website is the contests. From Mother's Day, Valentine's Day to Father's day, some of the stories are empowering. Stories range from heartwarming to the darkly poignant, the list is endless.
I used to check out the Movie Club section, but not anymore. This is mainly because they rarely update the latest movies. Know what I saw? Priest! It was a 2011 movie... Oh well.
Contribute and get rewarded!
If you love to write, I would highly recommend you to join youth.sg (yes it's free!) All you have to do is to create an account which takes approximately a minute. You submit a article, oh best to be around 400-500 words, but then again it depends on the article itself. If youth.sg accepts your article, you will be rewarded 50 points. If you managed to accumulate enough points, you get to redeem some cool prizes!
I myself have gotten a tote bag(small but handy), a kinokuniya voucher worth SGD$10 and a jacket. Other note worthy prizes include The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf voucher, a youth.sg hoodie, bens & jerry voucher and a mystery prize. Until now, I have no idea what they are. Writing articles is not the only way to earn points. You can also comment on articles, blog posts etc. Simply said, every time you contribute to the website, you get points. Even when you submit a resource such as an upcoming event.
Many of the prize are self-collect, which is a bummer, while some are by post.
youth.sg also holds writing contests. If your article is selected as the top entry, you get SGD$40 Kinokuniya voucher.
This website is brilliant for aspiring writers.
All in one
The website where you can get your daily dosage of gossip and interesting news. Be it on current affairs, beauty tips, celebrity news or weather forecast. The list goes on and on.
My favourite section is Best of 9GAG and Best of Autocorrect. Although they're usually old features(i see them on other websites, xinmsn can be pretty slow), they never fail to make my day. Sometimes, laughter is the best medicine. Really.
Another highlight of xinmsn is that the website allows viewers to catch up TV full episodes. Since we get caught up in the things we do-mainly school, work etc, we rarely have the time for ourselves so it's great that we have this wonderful option. They have a lot of TV extras as well. (which are not shown on our TV screen)
The website is easy enough to use. All categories are neatly organized so it's relatively simple even for the not-so-techno-savvy people to surf the net.
The photos section is interesting too. From the best dressed to the worst dressed to 35 things you never knew about Elvis Presley. The team behind xinmsn are a dedicated bunch for sure.