Joanne Peh gives birth... it's a girl

Joanne Peh and husband Qi Yuwu at the gala premiere of the movie "1965" last month. They welcomed a healthy baby girl on Friday.

Local celebrity couple Joanne Peh and Qi Yuwu welcomed a baby girl at noon on Friday (Aug 7) at Mount Elizabeth Hospital, according to Chinese newspaper reports.

Both mother and daughter are doing well.

Actress Peh, 32, and her China-born actor-husband Qi, 38, got married in a private wedding in Sentosa last September, and announced the pregnancy in January this year.

Qi, who spoke to The New Paper last Tuesday (July 28) during the press conference of local historical movie 1965, had said he prefers girls to boys.

He also shared with TNP that they have already decided on the name for their baby.

He said he came up with the English name while his wife came up with the Chinese name.

Read the full report in our print edition on Aug 8.

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Facebook creates special SG50 stickers

Facebook introduces Maju the Lion for SG50!

Facebook is getting into the swing of the Jubilee celebrations by rolling out special SG50 stickers.

These stickers are illustrations or animated characters that you can send to friends in the social network's messenger or add to your photos or videos.

Called Maju the Lion, they feature a cute lion with Singaporean phrases like "shiok," "boh jio," or "steady lah!"

You can download them from the store here.

Here's how you can download the stickers if you are in Facebook messenger.

Click on the icon that labels "sticker store"



Click on the green "add" button and that's it.


You can either send one by clicking on the smiley face and then choosing the relevant stickers.

Have fun!

Angel di Maria pens open letter to Man United fans

Paris Saint-Germain's new Argentinian midfielder Angel Di Maria poses with his PSG jersey on a balcony during his official presentation in Paris on August 6, 2015.

Angel Di Maria penned an open letter to fans of Manchester United after finalising his move to French club Paris Saint-Germain (PSG).

The letter was published on the website of Spanish journalist Guillem Balague on Thursday (Aug 7).

In the note, he thanked Manchester United and the fans for the support he received during the year he was at the club.

I write this note to thank all the Manchester United family for the great support received during the year I’ve been part of this Club.

When Manchester United chose me as part of their team I felt extremely honoured because I knew what this Club means and how it trusted me. 


Angel Di Maria faded after a bright start. PHOTO: ACTION IMAGES


He also acknowledged that his time at Manchester United was disappointing but that it was part and parcel of a footballer's career.

He said he tried his best but some things were out of his control.

I can guarantee you it was not for trying. I did my best but football is not like maths: often a lot of things out of our control affect the way we feel and the way things turn out.

I am sorry it did not work out as I would have wished in this amazing huge club. - Angel Di Maria.

The 27-year-old Argentine moved to the English club last summer from Real Madrid for a British record fee of £60 million (S$123 million).

While he started his Manchester United career brightly, scoring three goals in his first four games, he suffered a two-month injury layoff and failed to score again in the league, reported Reuters.

Towards the end of the season he was regularly left out by manager Louis Van Gaal and eventually moved to the French club for £44 million.

In February this year, there was an attempted robbery at his home, forcing him and his family to move into a hotel.

Manchester United provided his family with round-the-clock security, reported The Telegraph.

Di Maria was unveiled as a PSG player on Thursday (Aug 6).

Source: Twitter, The Telegraph, Reuters

Girl swept out to sea off Taiwan as typhoon approaches

Workers riding past fishing boats moored in a shelter at Nanfangao harbour in Yilan as typhoon Soudelor approaches eastern Taiwan
Workers riding past fishing boats moored in a shelter at Nanfangao harbour in Yilan as typhoon Soudelor approaches eastern Taiwan

An eight-year-old girl died after being swept out to sea off Taiwan as Typhoon Soudelor bore down on the island.

The approaching storm forced thousands to flee and troops to be placed on standby, officials said on Friday (Aug 7).

Billed as the biggest typhoon of the year earlier in the week, Soudelor has since weakened but authorities warned it may strengthen once more before making landfall.

The young girl became the first casualty of the impending storm after she was swept out to sea in eastern Yilan county on Thursday (Aug 6), authorities said. 

Another child was also missing in the same incident, while a 38-year-old woman and another girl survived.

“The girl who died and the one who went missing were swept away by strong waves,” a spokesman for the National Fire Agency told AFP.

Packing maximum wind speeds of 173kmh near its centre, Soudelor was 440km southeast of eastern Hualien county on Friday (Aug 7) morning.

The defence ministry said it had readied 100 shelters that can accommodate more than 45,000 people while around 32,000 soldiers were placed on standby for disaster relief.

Source: AFP

Erhu-violin mashup video wins her night's stay at Esplanade

Contest winner Miss Tay Zhi Wen posing in front of the Esplanade.

The SG50 team has found their most "passionate fan" and are rewarding her with a one-night-stay at a truly spectacular location, the Esplanade Theatre!

Miss Tay Zhi Wen, 24, emerged the winner after she impressed the judges with a 15-second mashup of the song "Happy Birthday" and this year's National Day song "Our Singapore".

SG50 had teamed up with AirBnB and Esplanade to give one person a truly Singaporean staycation of a lifetime on the eve of National Day.

A Singaporean themed home will be created on the Esplanade Theatre stage for her.

To win, contestants had to record a short video to show that they are SG50's biggest fan.

Miss Tay was chosen from among 168 entries for the "SG50 Biggest Fan" contest.

Her choice of instruments?

The Chinese musical instrument, erhu, and the violin.



The trainee teacher credited her music composer boyfriend for coming up with the idea for the video.

"We were looking through the submissions, thinking of what we could do. We wanted to do something different, something artistic. Since I could not sing nor dance very well, I decided to play to my strengths and perform a piece of music," she told The Straits Times.

She had performed at the Esplanade previously when she was with Singapore Youth Chinese Orchestra and Chung Cheng High School (Main) Chinese Orchestra, and winning this prize makes it more special, she said.

“This will be a really great chance for me and my family to experience the Esplanade like never before, in a more intimate and personal way," she said in a statement to the media.

Spending a night with her and her boyfriend there will be her mum and her younger brother.

Included in the prize is a backstage tour of the Esplanade and dinner at a rooftop restaurant.

And the icing on the cake? All four of them got tickets to this year's National Day Parade!

Source: The Straits Times, YouTube.

Siti records top Tamil song

She recorded the song for Astro’s International Superstar programme

Malaysian singer Siti Nurhaliza Taruddin, 36, surprised her fans recently by rehearsing a Tamil song composed by well known Indian music director A R Rahman, reported Kosmo!

She had posted several videos on her Instagram account showing her rehearsing several verses of the song Nenjae Ezhu (Awake, my heart) from a 2013 Tamil movie Maryaan.

She recorded the song for Astro’s International Superstar programme, which will be aired soon, The Star Online reported.

Said Siti: “At first, I was not confident but the urge to try was rather strong.

"Working with A R Rahman does not come often in life. I admire his talents as a singer and composer.”

She admitted she had trouble with pronunciation in the beginning but managed to overcome it with some help.

Siti said she had asked a linguist to explain the meaning of the lyrics beforehand so she could have a feel of the song when recording.

Source: The Star

Case gives BreadTalk a stern warning

File photo of BreadTalk. They were given a strongly worded warning by Case for selling a soya bean drink that were repackaged from a packet of Yeo's Soya bean drink.

BreadTalk has been issued a strongly-worded warning by the Consumers Association of Singapore (Case) on Thursday (Aug 6).

The consumer protection group issued the warning in light of pictures which were shared online that showed a BreadTalk employee pouring a carton of Yeo's soya bean milk into bottles that were marked "freshly prepared".

A BreadTalk employee pouring packet of Yeo's soya bean milk into their own bottle. PHOTO: FACEBOOK/STOMP

Case warned BreadTalk that its action were against the Consumer Protection (Fair Trading) Act (CPFTA), reported The Straits Times.

Case stated that under this act, BreadTalk's actions constitutes an unfair practice.

 Case executive director Seah Seng Choon said in the letter: "By indicating the words 'freshly prepared' on the bottles, consumers may reasonably be deceived or misled to believe that the soya bean milk was freshly brewed in-house and therefore commands a higher value than Yeo's pre-packed soya bean milk.

"Under the CPFTA, a court may award the consumer damages in the amount of any loss or damage suffered by the consumer as a result of the said unfair practice."

"The questionable practice by BreadTalk is unacceptable,"  Case executive director Seah Seng Choon.

After the photo went viral, BreadTalk issued a statement on their Facebook page on Aug 3 to confirm that the bottled soya bean drinks were from Yeo's.

They also apologised for any "misaligned presentation or wrong impressions created" and that their "intention was never to mislead".



Dear fans and loyal customers, We've heard your concerns over our soya bean beverage sold in stores. At BreadTalk,...

Posted by BreadTalk® Singapore on Tuesday, August 4, 2015


After the letter was issued, The Straits Times reported that they were unable to contact the BreadTalk Group for comment.

Source: The Straits Times

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