Wu Chun in Singapore to present youth art awards
Wu Chun is no stranger to Singapore, having lived here in 2005 for a year before he found fame as a pop idol and member of Taiwanese Mandopop boy band Fahrenheit .
Returning to a country he's "very familiar" with "almost every year" to visit friends and relatives, the 36-year-old Bruneian actor was in town yesterday to present awards to winners of the Art In Your Life Youth Design Campaign (Asia Pacific) at Suntec City West Atrium.
The touring exhibition with winning football-themed artwork by young people from Singapore, Hong Kong and Taiwan as well as the campaign, which aims to nurture creativity and artistic talents in the Asia Pacific, are sponsored by Allianz Global Investors, of which Wu is an ambassador.
What made this visit more special was that it coincided with a sporting history-making weekend.
On local swimmer Joseph Schooling's sensational Olympic win in the men's 100m butterfly final competition on Saturday, Wu told the local media in an interview: "I really want to congratulate Singapore. I saw the heats, but haven't had a chance to see the finals yet. His accomplishment really made my eyes light up."
Added the father of a two-year-old boy and a six-year-old girl: "I really like sports. In fact, I arrange for my daughter to go for ballet and wushu classes and often play football with my son."
However, career sacrifices are needed to take care of his young children.
He said: "The biggest challenge of raising kids is to sacrifice a lot for them, even some of my dreams."
After a two-year acting hiatus, Wu is returning to the big screen with Nest (2016), a China-Australia co-production, and My Other Home (2016), a China-US sports biographical film.
He said: "Because of the two-year gap, I was not used to things when I started filming again.
"I had to speak in English for both films when all my films were in Mandarin previously."
To Wu, his family is his top priority and he joked that his children have inherited his playful side.
He said: "My daughter loves to watch my idol dramas from a long time ago, the kind that (are) about romantic love.
"She would always tease me when there are kissing scenes."
But there is one thing he would not mind squeezing into his packed schedule - organising another reunion concert with his former group Fahrenheit.
Wu said excitedly: "I really miss the feeling of singing on stage with my band members and seeing the fans' happiness and support... Just the thought of it gives me goosebumps."