Vivian Hsu: the only English words I know are from Paw Patrol

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May 21, 2018

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    Taiwanese singer-actress Vivian Hsu’s favourite place to go to in Singapore is not what one may expect.

    “I love going to the wet market here. I’m very familiar with everyone there, whether it is the fishmonger or butcher,” she says in Mandarin.

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    She adds that the local butcher once asked her to sing for him on the spot. As for the fishmonger, he saves his best fish for her.

    “He says it’s supposed to be for his grandson, but since I’m there, he’ll give it to me,” she says with a chuckle.

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    Hsu, 43, was speaking to The Straits Times following a product launch by beauty brand Bio-essence, for which she is an ambassador.

    This is her first interview with local press after relocating here four years ago when she married Singapore-based Indonesian businessman Sean Lee.

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    Other than the wet market, she spends her days outdoors with her son Dalton, who turns three in August.

    “I think it’s important that we get out and spend some time in the sun and enjoy nature. We like to go to the Botanic Gardens. The other day, we went to the Bird Park, which was so much fun.”

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    She also has two stepdaughters aged 17 and 14 from her husband’s first marriage.

    Now that Dalton is attending pre-school, Hsu has gradually returned to work.

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    Besides doing promotions for the beauty brand, she has been doing more press interviews and magazine photo shoots in the region.

    She has also signed on to star in The Tag-Along 3, the third instalment of the hit Taiwanese horror movie series. Filming is expected to start in Taipei next month.

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    It will be her first movie since she starred in the romance drama Sex Appeal four years ago.

    Hsu, who has been singing and acting since she was 14, says with a laugh: “I feel like a turtle coming out of my shell again.”

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  • 8 / 15 After being a housewife and stay-at-home mother for years, you have recently taken on more work. What made you want to work again?

    I’ve worked from such a young age and I’ve always planned on working until I’m 70. That has never changed. I’m used to being able to make my own decisions and have my own achievements. I feel happy when I work.

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  • 9 / 15 Do you plan on helping your son with his schoolwork when he is older?

    Yes. I’ve been trying to improve my English skills. The only English words I know now are from Paw Patrol though. I know the names of all the characters in the cartoon.

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  • 10 / 15 Does Dalton know that his mother is a celebrity?

    I don’t think he understands that concept yet. But when we’re in Taipei, he’d sometimes see my face on bus advertisements and gets excited. Occasionally, when he sees other actresses featured on bus ads, he would go, ‘Is that mum?’

    I have to tell him that they’re not all me.

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  • 11 / 15 Unlike some other celebrity mothers, you are quite open about posting pictures of Dalton on social media. Why is that?

    I always think of myself as a regular mother who is just excited to share photos and news of her child.

    But when Dalton is older, I would probably have to seek his approval first. My daughters are older and have classmates who will look at their social media pages, so I will ask them first before posting photos of them.

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  • 12 / 15 Do you consider Singapore or Taiwan home now?

    Home is wherever my husband is. He’s here now, so Singapore is my home. But I do go back to Taiwan almost every month to see my mother so, in a way, it’s like I never left.

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  • 13 / 15 Every foreign celebrity who comes here is asked about his or her favourite Singapore dish. What is yours?

    Bak kut teh. I have it almost every week.

    You can’t find good bak kut teh in Taiwan, so I buy packets of it for my family whenever I go back to Taiwan.

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  • 14 / 15 You have such a svelte figure. Do you stay away from Singapore hawker food that are high in calories?

    No, I love laksa and Hokkien mee. But I tend to just take a mouthful of something I like. I just want to taste it.

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  • 15 / 15 How would you like to be remembered?

    As someone who was very conscientious. I may not be the best singer or actress, but I always take my work seriously and do my very best.

    Now that I’m a mother, I have added responsibilities and I take those very seriously as well.

    A version of this article first appeared on The Straits Times.

    (Photos: Facebook/Vivian Hsu and Instagram/vivianhsu.ironv)

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Taiwanese singer-actress Vivian Hsu’s favourite place to go to in Singapore is not what one may expect. “I love going to the wet market here. I’m very familiar with everyone there, whether it is the fishmonger or butcher,” she says in Mandarin. Related: How Singapore celebrities and influencers celebrated Mother’s Day 2018 She adds that the local butcher once asked her to sing for him on the spot. As for the fishmonger, he saves his best fish for her. “He says it’s supposed to be for his grandson, but since I’m there, he’ll give it to me,” she says with a chuckle. Related: 14 cutest Asian celebrity kids we can’t get enough of Hsu, 43, was speaking to The Straits Times following a product launch by beauty brand Bio-essence, for which she is an ambassador. This is her first interview with local press after relocating here four years ago when she married Singapore-based Indonesian businessman Sean Lee. Related: Barbie Hsu terminates pregnancy at age 41 Other than the wet market, she spends her days outdoors with her son Dalton, who turns three in August. “I think it’s important that we get out and spend some time in the sun and enjoy nature. We like to go to the Botanic Gardens. The other day, we went to the Bird Park, which was so much fun.” Related: Inspiring mum: Jamie Yeo’s brave battles with pregnancy trauma She also has two stepdaughters aged 17 and 14 from her husband’s first marriage. Now that Dalton is attending pre-school, Hsu has gradually returned to work. Related: 10 celebrity parents who are expecting in 2018 Besides doing promotions for the beauty brand, she has been doing more press interviews and magazine photo shoots in the region. She has also signed on to star in The Tag-Along 3, the third instalment of the hit Taiwanese horror movie series. Filming is expected to start in Taipei next month. Related: Aaron Kwok’s ex Lynn Hung gives birth to twin girls each 2.3kg It will be her first movie since she starred in the romance drama Sex Appeal four years ago. Hsu, who has been singing and acting since she was 14, says with a laugh: “I feel like a turtle coming out of my shell again.” Related: Inspiring mum: Melody Chen’s 9 year wait for miracle twins After being a housewife and stay-at-home mother for years, you have recently taken on more work. What made you want to work again? I’ve worked from such a young age and I’ve always planned on working until I’m 70. That has never changed. I’m used to being able to make my own decisions and have my own achievements. I feel happy when I work. Related: 4 Asian celebrities who chose to give birth in Singapore Do you plan on helping your son with his schoolwork when he is older? Yes. I’ve been trying to improve my English skills. The only English words I know now are from Paw Patrol though. I know the names of all the characters in the cartoon. Related: Inspiring mum: The heartwarming story behind social media star Velda Tan’s miracle baby Does Dalton know that his mother is a celebrity? I don’t think he understands that concept yet. But when we’re in Taipei, he’d sometimes see my face on bus advertisements and gets excited. Occasionally, when he sees other actresses featured on bus ads, he would go, ‘Is that mum?’ I have to tell him that they’re not all me. Related: Celebrity kids: Can you guess who their parents are? Unlike some other celebrity mothers, you are quite open about posting pictures of Dalton on social media. Why is that? I always think of myself as a regular mother who is just excited to share photos and news of her child. But when Dalton is older, I would probably have to seek his approval first. My daughters are older and have classmates who will look at their social media pages, so I will ask them first before posting photos of them. Related: 19 celebrity families who had a new baby in 2017 Do you consider Singapore or Taiwan home now? Home is wherever my husband is. He’s here now, so Singapore is my home. But I do go back to Taiwan almost every month to see my mother so, in a way, it’s like I never left. Related: Inspiring mum: Celine Dion’s titanic struggle to have kids Every foreign celebrity who comes here is asked about his or her favourite Singapore dish. What is yours? Bak kut teh. I have it almost every week. You can’t find good bak kut teh in Taiwan, so I buy packets of it for my family whenever I go back to Taiwan. Related: 5 Asian celebrity mums who are surprisingly good at DIY and art and craft You have such a svelte figure. Do you stay away from Singapore hawker food that are high in calories? No, I love laksa and Hokkien mee. But I tend to just take a mouthful of something I like. I just want to taste it. Related: Inspiring mums: how vlogger Lindy Tsang of Bubzbeauty overcame bullying, miscarriage and traumatic pregnancy How would you like to be remembered? As someone who was very conscientious. I may not be the best singer or actress, but I always take my work seriously and do my very best. Now that I’m a mother, I have added responsibilities and I take those very seriously as well. A version of this article first appeared on The Straits Times. (Photos: Facebook/Vivian Hsu and Instagram/vivianhsu.ironv) Related: Singapore celebrity parents who fell in love on set

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