Friday, 15 February 2013

From Ah Boys To "EH BRO!"

I don't know how many other guys hate this, but I hate it when people I hardly know call me "Bro!". More often than not, they only call you "Bro!" because they don't know, or can't remember your name. And that pisses me off. To me, "Bro" is a super affectionate term to describe a friend who you have gone through thick and thin with. For people to just use it so flippantly is just such a turn off.

So anyway I want to do a post about my filming experience for Ah Boys To Men. Reason being, lots of people have been asking me questions about how I personally felt during the filming process. So here it goes!

I remember during the auditions, I was actually still in NS, serving as a Sergeant to my platoon (also known as a Platoon Sergeant, but in my unit, I was known as an Operations Specialist). I remember going in to the auditions and just anyhow whacking it, like I think I was actually in a singlet and berms and slippers. Haha! I was so ill-prepared I totally fluffed the audition and did horrendously.

But through some miracle, I was called back a second time, and this time, Jack was there, he auditioned me personally, AND ALLOWED ME TO DO MY LINES IN ENGLISH! Haha total game-changer.. So anyway I remember being in total shock when I got the call saying that I got the role, which then changed to disbelief and then total ecstasy (not the drug, the feeling).

So next was the Boot camp, which went on for a few days to allow the selected actors to bond and learn some basic military stuff (which I missed out on, because I was still in the army, and serving some extras, I was a little rebellious then). Following that, we had rehearsals, and because I had missed out on the Boot camp, I didn't know the other guys, so I was rather quiet, observing rather than talking (there were MANY people with HUGE personalities and MOUTHS!) HAHAHA I won't say who..

And then came my ORD, and a few days after that we started filming! It was such a whirlwind, I could hardly believe what was happening to me. I remember my first day on set, meeting Irene Ang, and being so intimidated that I didn't dare talk much, instead kept reading my book (yes, I like to read books in my spare time, I'm actually quite a nerd).

Filming with the rest of the boys was a very different experience, because everyone was so loud and happy all the time. I was still a little detached at the start, and tried to behave myself everytime I was on set because I wanted to make a good impression.. BUT SLOWLY BECAUSE THE BOYS KEPT DOING STUPID STUFF AND CRACKING STUPID JOKES I COULDN'T TAKE IT ANYMORE AND STARTED JOINING IN! Haha but really, boys being boys, once you start playing, it's hard to stop. And I quickly became one of them. Imagine spending 50 plus days (30plus stuck on tekong) with people who are slightly crazy, you just slowly become great friends.. We played pranks, created our own games, made our own songs, formed our own boybands (I was part of the backstreet Boys hahaaa). Sigh so many good memories (haha like Chinaman giving me Chinese tutition on the ferry to tekong)..

I remember when the time came near to the wrap of this movie, we were all so close! We could finish each other's sentances, be silly, laugh till we rolled around.. We were all so sad that the shoot was coming to an end..

This is true Bro-hood. And I thank god for meeting y'all. The wrap of the shoot was just the start of our friendship. We've had endless fun on roadtrips, Bai Nian-ing, roadshows, Promos, so many other stuff. I'm super blessed to have met y'all, bros.

Saturday, 9 February 2013

How to survive CNY (1 person only)

Hey there! Chinese New Year is just round the corner and I guess many people will be enjoying the long holidays. Unfortunately for me, I will be part of the small minority who will be spending it alone  :(

 
 
Haha don't worry my family are all safe and sound, they are just on a lovely holiday across Australia... WITHOUT ME! :( But Oh well, it's not so bad, really trust me, because I got to work on a really interesting project for Channel 5! Look out on the 8th of March because I'll be appearing in an episode in this Docu-drama series. I'll be playing this guy called Timothy Tan (a real person! I met him) who unfortunately contracted polio when he was born. For all of you who don't know, Polio is this condition which was rampant in the 1940s-1960s, and in severe cases, people with this conditions were paralyzed and others needed machines to help them breathe because their lungs were too weak.



So it was a really interesting project, and a really interesting character to play, hoping it'll turn out well..

(SUPER FAMOUS ACTRESS, PLAYING MY MUMMY! FROM GROWING UP, HOW MANY PEOPLE REMEMBER THAT SHOW?)

SO ANYWAY, back to my point, if you are like me, and are spending CNY ALONE, here's a few ideas I came up with to make it a little more bearable..
 
1. Spend some quality time with your bed, bolster, snuggle up and watch a great movie (LEGALLY! PLEASE DON'T DOWNLOAD) I've found quite a few good ones recently, Matchstick men (about this really smart con-artist), The Book of Eli, and AH BOYS TO MEN 2!!! HAHAHA But for the last one you have to go out and watch it okay? Like in the Cinemas, PLEASE PLEASE Don't download it. Honestly, ever since I've become an actor I've learnt how heart pain it is to see your pain-staking work being pirated on the internet, on Funsion and youtube and all that..
 


 
2. You can also take the time to get in shape, since almost everybody else will be out visiting and eating, and being busy, I HAVE A STRONG FEELING THE GYM WILL BE VERY EMPTY! SO THERE WILL BE NO ONE TO SNATCH EQUIPMENT WITH YOU! HAHAHAHAA. AND  THEN AT THE END OF CNY, YOU WILL LOOK SO GOOD BECAUSE EVERYONE ELSE WILL BE SO FAT FROM ALL THE EATING! MAUHAHAHAHAA

3.Another thing I've realized today is that there are no Chinese shops open! So you can't really get much Chinese food around, unless you go to a restaurant or something, sooooooo TRY SOMETHING NEW! Like middle eastern fare, or French, or I don't know. Just try something new! Because well, basically you don't really have a choice!


 

 
Sigh actually all these ideas are bullshit. Haha I'm just trying to comfort myself because being alone on CNY well and truly sucks. People will invite you over with that pitiful look and you sorta don't wanna go cause you know it'd be weird and awkward because you don't know them well, but you sort of don't have anything else better to do.. Oh wells..


Oh you know if you are really bored tonight, you can catch myself and the rest of the Ah Boys To Men Cast on the Channel 8 CNY Countdown SHOW! But we'll only be performing around 1am I think.. So uh I don't know if anyone will actually be watching us. But we've been practising really hard so it'd be great if you could tune in and support us!
 
Anyway HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR TO EVERYONE! HUAT AH!
 

Friday, 1 February 2013

Will you stand by me?

It's been a heck of a week, I haven't watched TV in more than 3 days WTH!  Yeah, this week has been crazy, but I wouldn't have it any other way.

 
What's the life of someone in this industry? Well firstly, there are no such things as weekdays or weekends, it's just whether you are working or you are resting. They come in waves, you could have a million jobs and events to do for a couple weeks at a go and then suddenly, you got 5 days without absolutely nothing to do.
 
 
Monday started off with a meeting with a potential sponsor. Then headed off to do my hair at Monsoon with my boys, which was an emotional rollercoaster.. I had in my mind a particular colour which I thought I could really rock, but things never go to plan do they?
 
 So anyway, the hair dresser told me that my hair was either gonna end up being dark blue (can't see the colour unless under light) or bright blue (Ah Beng style). I was so disappointed and didn't know what to do, but in the end, I decided! No I MUST DYE MY HAIR, I DON'T CARE! I WANNA TRY SOMETHING FUN FOR A CHANGE, so I bleached my hair, and this came out!
 
 
Haha but thank god the people at Monsoon know what they are doing, and they eventually helped me reach this colour! Even though it wasn't really what I wanted at first, and it changed colour pretty fast after that (now it is ash-green), I am still very grateful for their help, it could have ended up much worse.

 
Whew so okay, after that the next day Director Jack and I headed down to 88.3FM for our Chinese radio interview! Hehe actually now I think I am pretty comfortable speaking in Chinese.. Well, it's far from perfect and I think I still sound weird but it's a vast improvement from when I started 6 months ago!
 
Then at night we headed down to the Breadtalk Group's annual Dinner & Dance at the Shangri-La Hotel . SUPER FUN NIGHT! Haha, we got to eat fantabulous food and wine (hehe we even knocked back a few shots of whisky before we got up on stage), and performed songs for the audience.


The very next day was the most important day of all, THE GALA PREMIERE OF AH BOYS TO MEN 2!
 
We had to head down early in the morning (not easy as we were still a little tipsy from the night before) to Resort Worlds Sentosa to rehearse for our big day! Then in the afternoon we held press conferences and before we knew it, we were shovelling down our lunch at 4pm (was dying of hunger when we were being interviewed that's why I didn't talk much).

Then we suited up and ate a quick dinner (at 6pm) and got ready to walk the red carpet down RWS. We got ferried onto location in these really awesome posh cars and then walked down the red carpet like a boss!



 
 
 


I'll let the pictures do the talking...

 
 

All in all, it's been a great week, and we've been busy doing the promotional events and running around doing all sorts of things.. Am I tired? Hell yeah! Am I Happy? A BIGGER HELL YEAH! I love my job, and hopefully, with everyone's support, I can carry on living my dream, getting more projects and continue acting. Really hoping that I won't have to wait long for my next GALA! :)