The New Paper,
Thursday, Jul 29, 2014
Being a "Singaporean wife" has been good for Taiwanese actress Charlie Young.
The 40-year-old, who married Singaporean Khoo Shao Tze, a 44-year-old trained lawyer, in a star-studded wedding at W Singapore Sentosa Cove last November, sang praises of the country, saying that she "feels so happy here".
Young was speaking to local media at the ComChest Care & Share Charity Show 2014, for which she is the honorary adviser, at Resorts World Sentosa on Sunday evening.
"I've been living in Singapore since I got married and only fly out of the country from time-to-time to visit my parents or for work," the star said.
"The people here are very friendly. I like how Singaporeans speak many languages and can switch from English to Mandarin easily, and vice versa. It's really a great country to live in, I love it here."
Though Young has been married for over six months now, she said that there was no pressure from her in-laws for her to get pregnant.
For now, the busy actress is focusing on her career, having just wrapped up filming for an upcoming movie co-starring Hong Kong actor Donnie Yen. Young, who directed her first movie, Christmas Rose, last year, plans to embark on another directorial venture.
She said: "I am definitely passionate about it. Directing my first film had been an unforgettable experience, I want to work on a new project when I have the time." Young is not the only celebrity who is basking in wedded bliss.
Her good friend and bridesmaid, Taiwanese singer Valen Hsu, secretly registered her marriage with her Korean boyfriend, Mr Choi Jae Sung, last November.
Hsu, who was in town to perform at the charity show, is living in Seoul with her husband, a senior manager at top talent agency SM Entertainment.
The 39-year-old said: "I am studying Korean diligently now so that I can communicate better with my husband. He is also doing his part and learning Mandarin."
Even though speculation is rife that Hsu got married hastily because of an unplanned pregnancy, she denied it, telling local media: "If I have any good news, I will update you."
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