Singapore celebrity parents share their 2019 resolutions and plans

December 28, 2018
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    Will we be seeing local actress Yvonne Lim back on our TV screens in 2019?

    At least that seems to be the plan, assuming the stay-at-home mum of two has more time on her hands once her year-old daughter goes to preschool. Yvonne, who married former Taiwanese pop idol Alex Tien, has been based in Taiwan for the past three years. But that may soon change, if she has her way.

    Besides Yvonne, other celebs like actress Hong Huifang (who can forget her very public spat with Pan Lingling?) and Jacelyn Tay look back on their eventful year and shared with us their resolutions and plans for 2019.

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  • What has been your greatest achievement in 2018?
    2 / 18 What has been your greatest achievement in 2018?

    Yvonne Lim: Having my kids and my family. I credit them for switching my focus from the outside to the inside. Being a good mother, a good wife and staying connected to my family are what matter most to me.

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  • How are you ringing in 2019?
    3 / 18 How are you ringing in 2019?

    With my kids and family, of course, haha! Somehow there is this feeling of excitement for new beginnings and what the new year will bring.

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  • What’s your new year's resolution? Any big plans for the year?
    4 / 18 What’s your new year's resolution? Any big plans for the year?

    Good health, lots of laughter and happiness for me and my family! As the kids are growing up and Alexa might be starting preschool, there is a good chance I may be back on… TV.

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  • How are you ringing in 2019?
    5 / 18 How are you ringing in 2019?

    Jacelyn Tay: 2019 is going to be year I live out a new life [she announced her divorce in November] and I am so looking forward to it. I am going to be spending New Year’s Eve with close friends in Singapore and yes, with my son.

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  • What’s your new year's resolution? Any big plans for the year?
    6 / 18 What’s your new year's resolution? Any big plans for the year?

    2019 is going to be very exciting. I am bringing my business [Body Inc] to the overseas market. I will be focusing my energy on business and spending quality time with loved ones. I also want to nourish my soul more by picking up hobbies again like wakeboarding, painting, visiting art galleries and watching plays.

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  • What's your greatest achievement in 2018?
    7 / 18 What's your greatest achievement in 2018?

    Joanne Peh: To have sung the sub-theme song for my drama, Say Cheese. This time last year I had hoped to be involved in a musical or to showcase my singing, and being given the opportunity to sing the sub-theme song is one of those opportunities that has to be bestowed upon you, so I’m really thankful that my wish was somewhat granted.

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  • How are you ringing in the new year? What's your New Year's resolution?
    8 / 18 How are you ringing in the new year? What's your New Year's resolution?

    My word for 2019 is less. I feel that especially in the last couple of months, I’m perpetually in a fatigue mode. So I see that as a sign that I’m taking on too much. I have already embarked on a long term personal project to de-clutter, simplify my life and live with intention so that’s how I’m ringing in 2019.

    We are going to be in Tokyo on New Year’s Eve. I have no idea what there is to do then, but at least I know our family will be together huddled up in winter!

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  • Any big plans for 2019?
    9 / 18 Any big plans for 2019?

    The biggest thing on my plate so far for 2019 is my directorial debut. It’s very exciting to be able to write and direct. It does feel like an undergrad FYP (final year project) but with resources and manpower support behind me. With that it means that I can then focus on what matters – storytelling. I also hope to travel more and continue welcoming children into The Dimple Loft education programme.

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  • What's your greatest achievement in 2018?
    10 / 18 What's your greatest achievement in 2018?

    Kate Pang: I’ve kept every promise made to my kids, and never deceived them.

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  • How are you celebrating 2019 and any plans for the year?
    11 / 18 How are you celebrating 2019 and any plans for the year?

    I’ll be ushering in 2019 in Taiwan with Avery – it’s our mother-daughter trip. In 2019, our platform [Kandie family] will be collaborating with two celebrities, and we have new videos lined up. I hope that they will resonate with audiences.

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  • What has been your greatest achievement in 2018?
    12 / 18 What has been your greatest achievement in 2018?

    Andie Chen: Taking a year to explore options and educate myself about life. I have always been an actor and I am really proud I took time away from that secure life just to find out more about the world.

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  • How are you ringing in 2019?
    13 / 18 How are you ringing in 2019?

    I will be at the gym, happy that everyone else is pigging out, then I’ll put my kids to bed and be knocked out myself by 10pm. Lol.

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  • What’s your new year's resolution?
    14 / 18 What’s your new year's resolution?

    To train and push my body and mindset to the limit. I want to get strong and hard, inside and out.

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  • What's your greatest achievement in 2018?
    15 / 18 What's your greatest achievement in 2018?

    Hong Huifang: My biggest reward through the saga this year (Hong was embroiled in a feud with fellow veteran actress Pan Lingling) was that it allowed me to see past many things, and I’ve made adjustments and set up certain filters in my life since.

    But it’s a pity that the years of positive energy I’d accumulated was wasted in this year. But it’s not a bad thing, because I can abandon all that negativity in 2018 and start again on a positive note, ready to welcome 2019.

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  • Any big plans for 2019?
    16 / 18 Any big plans for 2019?

    I don’t have any big plans ahead, because usually plans can’t keep up with change. So my idea is just to tread steadily and carefully, stress-free, and spend each day happily in 2019.

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  • What about [husband] Zheng Geping? Any plans for 2019?
    17 / 18 What about [husband] Zheng Geping? Any plans for 2019?

    Zheng Geping: I’m producing an action series, The Good Fight, till April 2019. I also hope to act in an action film in 2019.

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  • What's the best thing about 2018?
    18 / 18 What's the best thing about 2018?

    Shaun Chen: The best thing this year is probably my two babies. But no, the next one won’t be so soon, maybe in another one or two years. Perhaps when my babies are older, we can try for another one. I will have to discuss with my wife. For 2019, I hope to have more overseas projects, collaborations and breakthroughs in my career.

    A version of this article first appeared on Asiaone.

    (Photos: Respective celebrities’ Instagram)

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