Hong Kong actress Cecilia Cheung, who has has settled down in Singapore with her two sons, opened up about her life in the country.
According to a report in The Straits Times, Cheung agreed to a quick interview on the condition that there would not be any photos taken of her and published.
Cheung has reportedly been staying in Singapore for two months now and was spotted at a restaurant in Eunos and in the Hougang neighbourhood.
She spoke as she was on her way out from doing four hours of community service at a local volunteer organisation, where she prepared and packed food that would later be given out to the needy.
She has been helping out at this organisation regularly for the last three weeks.
"When I don't have to fly back to Hong Kong for work, I will go maybe three to four times a week," she said.
Earlier, this reporter had observed her incognito, as she cheerily bustled around the organisation.
Friendly and down-to-earth, she would often greet other volunteers with a "happy new year", and would offer tips to the newer volunteers.
As she hurriedly scooped bowls of rice into various styrofoam packets as part of an assembly line, she said with a chuckle: "I am a robot. And this feels like I'm working at McDonald's."
Every now and then, other volunteers would approach her and ask to take a picture together.
She always obliged, but with the caveat that they do not post them on the Internet.
As she prepared to leave the organisation, she was clearly in good spirits.
Pointing to her outfit which she revealed was a halter swimsuit paired with cobalt blue exercise shorts, she told Life!: "Look at me, I came out without any make-up, and I'm wearing whatever I want to wear.
"I will go swimming later, so I'm wearing this now, but can you imagine me stepping out of the house in Hong Kong in a swimming suit? It's just not possible with the paparazzi there."
She added that she had often patronised coffee shops and street food stalls since she came to Singapore.
"I don't want to go to any fancy dining places because I've had enough of that in Hong Kong. Here, I can go to a street stall and eat my laksa and chicken rice, and not feel the pressure (of the paparazzi)."
She said with a smile: "Here, when people ask me to take pictures, they really respect my requests and keep the photos to themselves, like I asked them to.
"I feel like a normal person now."