The New Paper
20 February 2015
Local actor Andie Chen and his actress-wife Kate Pang will have a livelier Chinese New Year, thanks to their seven-month-old son Aden.
But the couple, who got married in November 2013 and welcomed Aden last June, are feeling nervous about taking the chubby 10kg infant visiting for the first time.
Pang, 31, told The New Paper in a phone interview on Monday: "I am worried that it will be very tough. I think it will be very tiring as I need to carry a 'gas cylinder' around the whole day."
As Chen has been busy filming two different TV dramas in the lead-up to the festive season, the celebrity couple have not had time to get in the Chinese New Year mood.
But Pang said they've been teaching Aden how to put his hands together to "bai nian" (Mandarin for wishing someone "Happy New Year").
She said with a laugh: "Too bad Aden is not a child prodigy and can't talk yet. We've prepared the different outfits for Chinese New Year though. Some of the clothes have dragon insignia embroidered on them."
Chen, 29, added: "My relatives also bought clothes for Aden. Now, he has five different outfits that he can wear from Chinese New Year's Eve all the way to the fourth day."
Pang added: "Initially, I wanted to buy coordinating outfits (for the three of us), but I didn't have the time. We have matching dragon robes but I don't think I will wear it. It is too hot."
The family of three spent Chinese New Year's Eve having a reunion lunch with Chen's immediate family, before joining Chen's extended family for a reunion dinner.
This year, Taiwan-born Pang has no plans to take Aden to her hometown, Taipei, to visit her relatives because of time constraints.
She gave birth to him there but the couple moved back to Singapore shortly after that.
The MediaCorp actress has not been accepting any projects so that she can care for Aden, but will take on a hosting gig next month.
Pang said: "Andie has to resume filming on Sunday, and I am going to return to work in March. There is hardly any time to go back. My parents won't complain because I haven't had reunion dinner with them since I joined MediaCorp in 2011."
For the Year of the Goat, all the couple wish for their son is that he be in good health.
Pang said: "He had diarrhoea recently, so he still cannot drink milk. My heart hurts to see his butt so red."
Chen added: "Aden is very much my lucky charm... he has made my life more stable. I am usually quite rough around the edges and people find me unapproachable, but with Aden, people are a lot friendlier towards me now as they see another side of me. There is hardly any time to go back. My parents won't complain because I haven't had reunion dinner with them since I joined MediaCorp in 2011."
See the gallery below to find out what celebrities like Felicia Chin, Elvin Ng and Jeanette did during Chinese New Year.
Additional reporting by Choo Mei Fang, Vincent Pak and Andrea Seet