Hong Kong singer-actress Josie Ho has posted online a tribute to her father, Macau casino magnate Stanley Ho, who died in May at the age of 98.
On Saturday (June 20), Josie posted old photos of her father at her wedding to Hong Kong actor and music producer Conroy Chan in Australia on social media. The 45-year-old married Chan in 2003 in a horse-drawn carriage.
In her first public post about her father since his death, Ho, who does not have children, recounted the day’s events and his words to her.
She wrote: “He helped to sort out the train of my dress and told me I looked beautiful. I turned back to him and pretended to be angry and said: ‘Daddy, you’re stepping on my wedding dress, it was custom designed for me, it’s very expensive, you gifted it to me.’ He laughed and said sorry.”
She added: “As he walked me down the aisle, he told me softly that getting married is the start of a new chapter in life.”
She also recalled how she had always rejected her father when he wanted to appear at her film premieres and awards shows and how she had always avoided him and felt awkward when he did show up to her work events.
She revealed: “It was only at my wedding that I did not reject him. How I yearned to hold his arm when I got married. Daddy, thank you, you made every important moment of my life shine brighter.
“You walked me down the aisle that day and today I will say a proper goodbye to you. I know you will be going somewhere faraway. You won’t be sick there and everyday you can joke around happily. And one day, we will meet again.”
Josie Ho is youngest daughter of Ho and his second wife Lucina Lam.
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那年澳洲有點熱。 爸爸與我坐在馬車上，他穿着一件毛衣，在車內有點翳焗，他額上冒汗，我問他是否熱，他笑着說沒有，反而他知我緊張，又故意逗我發笑。 他説了什麼笑話，我已不大記得，我只記得馬車走得很慢，路有點顛簸，外邊天氣很好，爸爸的笑容很燦爛。 下車時，因為車身高，爸爸很優雅地伸手扶我，我曳著長長的婚紗反有點狼狽。 爸爸替我整理裙擺，說我今天很漂亮，我卻回身對爸爸裝怒說：「爸爸，你踩著我的婚紗，這婚紗是專人設計，很貴的，是你送我的。」 爸爸又笑着對我陪不是。 那天我穿著又高又小踭的高踭鞋，走起來小心奕奕，險象環生，陽光又猛，曬得我有點頭昏，我早已有點不耐，而爸爸這時卻微笑著，伸出手臂，給我蹺著，然後帶我踏上那悠悠的綠草地。 沿途他輕輕的握著我的手，小聲跟我說結了婚，便是人生另一新階段。 然後從那刻起，我便由爸爸的女兒，多了一個身份，成了我丈夫的妻子。 有人説，作為女兒，最難忘的便是穿著婚紗，挽著爸爸的手臂，在紅地毯上，走向丈夫的一刻。 一直以來，每次在我人生的重要時刻，例如我演出的電影首映，頒獎禮，他都説要來觀看，我每次都拒絕他，他來了，我也避開他，我總是耍彆扭，只怕尷尬，唯是在我的婚禮上，我不再避開他，我是多麼渴望挽着他的手臂，嫁出去。 爸爸，感謝你，你讓我生命裏每一個重要的時刻變得更燦爛。 那天你親身送我出閣，今天讓我好好的送別你。 我知道你要往很遠的地方。 在那𥚃，你再不會生病，每天你都可以瀟灑的說着你的笑話。 而我們，終有一天，會再相聚…..
She is known to be a rebellious heiress, singing rock songs onstage and playing prostitutes on screen.
But it was said that Stanley Ho, who has 17 children with four wives, had a particular fondness for Josie Ho as he felt that her personality resembled his.
A version of this article first appeared in The Straits Times.
(Photo: Josie Ho/Instagram)