Celebrity chef and renowned actress Gigi Wong recently returned to Vancouver for vacation while taking a break from her busy filming schedule in Hong Kong. 2016 was quite a hectic year for Gigi. Apart from participating at the new drama “Three Women, One ‘Gene’”, she also travelled around the world making various cooking shows, exploring unique local products from Singapore, Australia, and Malaysia. Her recent project “Eat a Rainbow” is a first time attempt to analyze nutritional values of food in different colours while providing cooking tips to enthusiasts. During her stay here, she paid a visit to old friends from Fairchild TV to share her recent updates and interesting stories while filming on set.
Previously lived and studied in Vancouver, Vinci returned to Hong Kong after graduating from UBC, and has been the MC for numerous variety shows such as the Tung Wah Charity Show. Vinci also hosted a popular talk show “Vinci’s Code”, inviting celebrities and industry leaders as his special guests to share their insights on style, luxury and fashion with TV viewers. As a philanthropist, Vinci contributes considerable time and effort to charity events and give back to the community. Just last year, he travelled to Vancouver to host the annual telethon for Richmond Hospital Foundation. This year, Vinci participated at Miss Chinese Vancouver Pageant 2016 as the MC, and was invited to “Leisure Talk” and “What’s On” to share his life as a newlywed and upcoming plans.
An active philanthropist, legendary Taiwanese artistes Lynn Hsieh has been awarded numerous times for her outstanding performance, including the Asian Film Festival and twice at the Golden Horse Award. During the peak of her career, Ms. Hsieh decided to get married and start a happy family, subsequently had 5 adorable children. Proficient in English, calligraphy, painting and dance, Ms. Hsieh dedicates a considerable amount of time and effort on charitable works in the community, some of which include organizing a dance performance and an oil painting exhibition to raise funds for the underprivileged, and making a donation to China to finance school construction and subsidize education for children in extreme poverty. Earlier this month, Ms. Hsieh was invited to Vancouver as the judge for Miss Chinese Vancouver Pageant 2016 and sat down with “Leisure Talk” and “City Chat” hosts to share her memorable life experience.
Prominent TVB figure Mak Cheung Ching recently travelled to Vancouver for the very first time as Special Guest Performer for Miss Chinese Vancouver Pageant 2016. Mak made his first TV appearance on the popular children program “Flash Fax”, and slowly worked his way up from an extra to supporting roles, eventually winning the Best Male Supporting Actor Award in the 2010 TVB Anniversary Award for his superb portrayal of the main antagonist, Leung Fei-fan in the drama “No Regrets”. Earlier last year, he co-hosted a cooking program “Feastival a la Stars” with Eliza Sam and received overwhelmingly positive response. An instant hit among housewives, his new TVB program “Bazaar Carnivals” has further strengthened his good-man image. During his short trip, Mak was invited by “Leisure Talk” and “What’s On” to share his feelings and thoughts as a guest performer at a pageant for the first time.
Singing diva Annabelle Louie recently released her first audiophile album “Eternal Love”. She could not help but to share this joyful experience with her fans right after returning to Vancouver from Hong Kong. The new HiFi album features ten cover versions from male stars including Leslie Cheung, Sam Hui, Lui Fong, Alan Tam, Hacken Lee, and much more. Annabelle hopes the new music arrangements complementing her signature style will offer audience a fresh listening experience. During her interview with Mary Lo in Leisure Talk, Annabelle revealed interesting stories behind the collaboration with renowned producer Antonio Arevalo Jr. on this 100% “Made in Canada” album.
Singer-songwriter and vocal instructor Ruth Chen was a popular DJ at Commercial Radio Hong Kong, and a member of the famous DJ music group “61/2 Pairs”. Blessed with the talent of singing and a beautiful voice, Ruth was recruited into the judging panel of “The Voice” on TVB. As a renowned vocal instructor, Ruth has coached many prominent stars including the legendary Sandy Lam, Cass Phang and Ekin Cheng. As the saying goes “a strict instructor produces an outstanding student”, Ruth is strict in perfecting every musical detail. However, when she is home, she transforms into a very loving and caring mother. Ruth recently came to Vancouver for her Music Sharing session, and met with Mary Lo, also an ex-CR2 DJ for a Leisure Talk interview.
As one of the five largest film festivals in North America, Vancouver International Film Festival always prides itself as the platform to showcase a collection of outstanding Asian Films throughout these years. Among the selected films this year was the controversial winner of Best Film in Hong Kong Film Award “Ten Years”. Twelve years ago, when Executive Producer Andrew Choi was still a Digital Media Company executive, he was diagnosed with benign brain tumor. After a series of surgery, electrotherapy, and rehabilitation, he successfully recovered. Andrew’s victorious battle with tumor triggered a strong sense of life mission in his mind. Ultimately, Andrew quitted his job and entered the film industry to pursue his dreams, which resulted in the production of “Ten Years”. Andrew recently flew to Vancouver to participate in VIFF. Aside from interacting with his audience, he was also interviewed by Eileen Fong in Leisure Talk.
Immigrated to Vancouver as a child, Stanley Cheung joined New Talent Singing Awards Vancouver Audition 2002 and successfully made it to top 8. Later on, Stanley returned to Hong Kong to launch a career in the entertainment industry. He debuted as a band member of Cheers which released its first music album in 2003. After Cheers was disbanded, Stanley joined TVB and hosted various entertainment programs including Scoop. In 2011, he made his first official appearance in drama series as Hui Ka Ming in the popular “When Heaven Burns”. Stanley’s outstanding portrayal of the character earned him the nickname “Ka Ming” followed by more major supporting roles in other TV dramas. He recently returned to Vancouver to bid farewell to his late singing teacher Thelma Leung. During his stay, he shared his blissful memories with Thelma and interesting stories in acting on Leisure Talk and What’s On.
Nominated for “Best Documentary” in the 53rd Golden Horse Award, the film “Yellowing” is featured under the “Dragons and Tigers” series at this year’s Vancouver International Film Festival. Director Chan Tze-woon and producer Vincent Chiu are in town to participate at discussion sessions with audience at the screening venue. They have also sat down with program host Eileen Fong to share the obstacles in producing independent films and documentaries. Director Chan frankly mentioned that he does rely on commercials productions and film editing jobs to make a living. Although independent films and documentaries have a relatively small market and may not even get a chance to be shown in theatres, Tze-Woon and Vincent strongly believe that their work will leave its mark on Hong Kong history. As implied by its Chinese name "Memo of the Troubled Times", one shall not forget what has happened.
“Big Brother Ng Yu” is a prominent media figure and highly respected personality in the Hong Kong Entertainment Industry. He has served in many major media and entertainment agencies as Creative Director and top management executive. Aside from having boundless creativity and polishing his ideas with innovative elements, he is also famous for nurturing behind-the-scenes talents and fostering pop icons. Ng Yu recently travelled to Vancouver with his son before the new school year started and shared his insights in the entertainment business with Leisure Talk host Eileen Fong.