ENGAGED: Nadiah M. Din and her fiance, Mr Bilal Jeanpierre.

Local actress Nadiah M. Din to get married in 2016

Local actress Nadiah M. Din plans to wed this year

2015 has been quite the year for local actress Nadiah M. Din.

The 25-year-old starred in the Italian comedy film Le Badanti, which premiered at the Cannes International Film Festival in May.

She also sang in Eric Khoo's short film for critically-acclaimed 7 Letters and showed off her dance skills in movie musical Sinaran.

Nadiah is also set to marry her sales director fiance Bilal Jeanpierre, 29, later this year. The French national has lived in Singapore for almost seven years.

LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT

Nadiah describes their first encounter at a housewarming party as "love at first sight".

She told The New Paper: "We've been together for a year and a half and it's been a beautiful journey. I am really in love with this man. You can definitely expect a wedding in late 2016. The planning has started."

WHO DO YOU WANT TO SPEND MORE TIME WITH?

My family members, as my work schedule has been pretty hectic. I would also like to have more me-time because all I do is run around here and there. I cannot wait to meet my in-laws and all of (Bilal's) extended family from France. I'm looking forward to making new relationships with them.

WHAT DO YOU WANT TO ACHIEVE?

Maybe Hollywood, maybe Bollywood. Maybe I'll get the chance to work on a show I never thought I would be on or learn a whole new language.

WHERE DO YOU WANT TO GO FOR A VISIT?

I would love to travel to Morocco, South Africa, India and Switzerland.

I've envisioned myself conducting an acting workshop in an African village surrounded by all the children. I think if I ever have the chance to do something like that, be it in Africa, Cambodia or Vietnam, any Third world country, it would be great to give them a platform to express themselves in an artistic way.


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GENTLE BONES, 21

The singer, whose real name is Joel Tan, became the first Singaporean to sign a record deal with Universal Music Singapore last year.

He released his single Sixty Five for the SG50 movie 1965, which hit No 1 on the iTunes Singapore chart within 24 hours of its release.

In September, he opened for US singer-songwriter Kina Grannis during her Elements concert tour in Asia.

At the first stop in Jakarta, the crew faced issues with their performance permit, which led to a three-and-a-half-month detention in Indonesia for him and 13 others.

He was finally allowed to return home on Dec 23.

His first solo concert, which was supposed to have taken place on Dec 10 here, was axed due to the turn of events.

In an Instagram post addressing the matter, Tan wrote: "It pained me greatly to have to cancel my own show (at) the Esplanade in view of circumstances utterly out of our control, but the focus now is to have my team and I back on track."

WHO DO YOU WANT TO SPEND MORE TIME WITH?

My family and friends. It's been a crazy 2015 for me and 2016 might very well be too, but I want to make more time to be around the people that have watched me grow.

WHAT DO YOU WANT TO ACHIEVE?

To deliver the best second release I possibly can and have the new music reach an even wider audience while appealing to people who have been listening from day one.

WHERE DO YOU WANT TO GO FOR A VISIT?

I'll be heading to Canada to record new music with a producer and his team there. That will probably be my highlight of 2016, having not recorded outside of Singapore before.


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GLENN ONG, 45

The veteran radio DJ was revealed as ONE FM 91.3's newest breakfast show addition last year along with The Flying Dutchman (FD), which marked a reunion of the former on-air partners.

And it was a move that boosted the audience of the station.

In a Nielsen Radio survey done two months after the duo's unveiling, ONE FM saw an increase in cumulative listenership, from 243,000 to 260,000.

WHO DO YOU WANT TO SPEND MORE TIME WITH?

I definitely want to meet more ONE FM fans. I now know the huge difference between fans and passive listeners.

For 20 years, I've had mainly listeners and I'm grateful. But now the fans come up to me in bigger number. They talk to me, ask for selfies while I'm at a restaurant or cafe - which I'm perfectly fine with.

I met hundreds of fans at the Def Leppard concert (in November) who dumped their Gold 90.5 and Class 95 T-shirts into the bin in exchange for their ONE FM tees! They are passionate and hard-core.

WHAT DO YOU WANT TO ACHIEVE?

For SPH Radio to keep getting bigger and better and for ONE FM's breakfast show to continue its climb towards the top spot in Singapore.

WHERE DO YOU WANT TO GO FOR A VISIT?

I've travelled almost everywhere more than once so I'm going to say that my destination of choice for me and my love (radio DJ fiancee Jean Danker) this year will be Switzerland because I've heard so much about this beautiful country.

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