This year, in addition to the usual shocking and shake-head news from local celebrities, there were also some very nice, interesting surprises.
A former award-winning MediaCorp actor opted for monkhood. Two celebrities got hitched in secret and are expecting their first child together.
Whose “Surprise!” will you be voting for in this year's The New Paper Flame Awards?
In his heyday, he was the kind of level-headed actor who rarely made headlines for the wrong reasons. So it is fitting that when The New Paper splashed exclusive pictures of Xie Shaoguang on the front page in September, it was not for some nasty scandal.
In fact, we uncovered that Xie, 51, had just been ordained a Buddhist monk after studying in Malaysia for eight years.
Now known as Shao Guang Shi Xiong (Mandarin for brother), he was ordained at Buddhist centre Golden Citizen Welfare Organisation (or Ji Le Yuan) in Pontian, Johor.
Xie had retired from showbiz in 2005 to study Buddhism and a run a vegetarian cafe in Johor.
ANDIE CHEN AND KATE PANG
Few people knew that local actor Andie Chen and Taiwanese actress-model Kate Pang were together, much less hitched and about to have a baby.
But late last month, they announced that they were, indeed, very much together, with 30-year-old Pang already 10 weeks pregnant.
The couple met on the set of Channel 8 drama Joys of Life last year and also played lovers in prison drama Break Free, which aired in March.
Local actor Andie Chen drops marriage and pregnancy bombshell -- on the same day