Chasing Star

Heidi Chu


The beautiful 2001 Miss Hong Kong Pageant 2nd runner up, Heidi Chu, got married 9 years ago and gave birth to a baby girl the following year. Vancouver’s lifestyle and environment have made her return for frequent visits. This time around, “Leisure Talk” managed to invite her to reminisce her pageant days and chat about what life is like in the entertainment industry. To Heidi, being Miss Hong Kong had always been a childhood dream. When the opportunity came, her friends all motivated her to fill in an application and start another life chapter. Subsequent to winning, Heidi participated in several television dramas. However, appearing on screen as a program host and MC were always more down her alley. From financial programs, the biggest fireworks display celebration in Hong Kong, live reporting on the Olympics to the current TV show “Scoop”, Heidi has demonstrated excellent eloquence and poise. One of her most memorable experiences was interviewing Guo Jingjing and Wu Minxia after they won championship at Beijing Olympics. Soon after that brief encounter, Heidi was invited to be the MC for Guo Jingjing’s wedding a few years later. It goes to show that her job can lead to very unique relationships.

Kimman Wong & SimonGirl


Singer songwriter Kimman Wong and singer, actress and program host SimonGirl have just participated at a series of sharing sessions in North America. Stopping by Vancouver, they recalled the experience and obstacles confronted while dream chasing in “Leisure Talk”. Kimman took a big hit with his mother’s passing but fortunately his perseverance pushed him through the hardships. To spread his passion for music, Kimman busked in 18 countries and his persistence was paid off. He soon made an appearance on television which eventually led to the release of his album at the end of last year. On the other hand, SimonGirl entered the entertainment industry after competing in a singing contest. Despite her aspiration in singing, she were mostly hosting TV programs and lacked the opportunity to show her singing talent. Long-awaited dream with no clear path to success made SimonGirl extremely upset. Thankfully, her family and friends’ encouragement rekindled her flame of hope. Soon after, she released her own single, bringing her closer to her gleam of light!

James Lai


James Lai Wing Keung was one of the producers of “Aces Go Places”, the first Hong Kong produced film to surpass 20 million in box office record with the highest attendance. Although deeply rooted in the film industry, James has already retired and moved to Canada. “Leisure Talk” just caught up with him when he shared his career journey venturing from on-screen to behind the scenes. The TVB artist training program brought him an opportunity to meet his future wife and participate in countless TV dramas subsequent to graduation. While having a bright future as an actor, James developed an interest in film production along the way. With great courage, he left acting behind to pursue a career as an assistant director. Through a lucky encounter, James was acquainted with the Kung Fu Master Kwan Tak-hing who took him under his wing as a disciple. James was also the key person contributing to the production of the “Wong Fei-hung” TV series. Switching to the movie industry, he produced the overwhelmingly successful “Aces Go Places” series marking the peak of his career. Looking back, he realized that time passes in a blink of an eye but feels content spending quality time with his family.

Cao Xiuqin


During her recent visit to Vancouver, renowned national first-class Chinese Opera Performer Cao Xiuqin took the time to sat down with passionate Cantonese Opera lover William Ho to reminisce about her singing journey. Her interest in opera singing was ignited by the enlightenment and edification of her father. At the young age of 8, Cao Xiuqin made her debut which marked the beginning of her singing career. Under the guidance of the master of Cantonese Opera, Hong Xiannu, Cao Xiuqin rose to fame after her performance in Princess Baihua. She continued to produce memorable stage presences and her unique singing style became a lot of new Cantonese Opera rookies’ learning inspiration. Setting foot on the Vancouver stage multiple times, Cao Xiuqin was touched by the enthusiasm and support from her local fans. Though semi-retired now, she still hopes to have the opportunity to sing on stage for Vancouverites again in the near future.

Man Lam


An award-winning photographer and active participant in countless film soundtracks took on another role and became a documentary film director. Currently living in Japan, Man Lam constantly travels between Japan and Hong Kong for work. While visiting Vancouver, he was interviewed by “Leisure Talk” to share his documentary shooting experiences, his appreciation for the legendary Chinese music icon Rebecca Pan, and the reason for picking up his camera again. Mr. Lam expressed gratitude towards Rebecca for giving him the opportunity to be the photographer of the “Legend of the White Snake” and also revealed some behind-the-scenes moments with this music prodigy. To find out more, please stay tuned for his “Leisure Talk” interview!

Curley G’s Path to Singer Songwriter


During the blind audition, her rendition of “Incomparable Beauty” ushered two celebrity instructors to push the button and demand her to join their corresponding teams. In addition, her jaw dropping execution of “She Came To My Concert” was extremely memorable to the audience. The new star garnering such extraordinary impacts in Sing! China Season 2 was Curley G. Recently winning with majority votes at “Golden Classics New Voices”, Curley was invited to Canada to be the “Unforgettable Golden Classics Singing Contest” special guest performer. Her enthusiastic fans are looking forward to Curley’s unique singing style live in action. Moments after Curley had landed in Vancouver, she hopped right into work doing interviews for “Leisure Talk”, “City Chat” and “What’s On”. Other than revealing the behind the scenes of her “Sing! China” competition experience 2 years ago, she also talked about her studies at the prestigious Berklee College of Music and disclosed her goal in becoming an all-rounded singer songwriter! To find out more about this young talented star, please stay tuned for her interviews!

Cheung Man Sun and Candy Chea – Their Next Journey


Vancouver is known for its incredibly beautiful nature which attracts golf fanatics from all over the world to come here to play. Among them are Cheung Man Sun and his wife Candy Chea. Other than swinging clubs outdoors, the couple also paid a visit to Fairchild TV to reconnect with some old friends. When Leisure Talk host, Ricky Cheung, asked about their retirement life, Cheung Man Sun laughingly expressed that he values learning from life experience. This explained why they have already planned a series of trips, starting from chasing the northern lights in Iceland to following the animal migration in South Africa. In addition, he hopes to do good deeds along the way, making their journeys more meaningful. Through this interview, Cheung Man Sun and Candy’s new roles are being revealed. Since leaving his post as the Assistant Director of Broadcasting of Radio Television Hong Kong, he has been the consultant of the Hong Kong Observatory ; she is also an accredited mediator while still active in the broadcasting industry. Their exhilarating lives have proven that retirement has definitely not slowed the couple down. Please stay tuned for Leisure Talk to find out more about Cheung Man Sun and Candy Chea’s next journey!

Linda Chung


After capturing the titles of Miss Chinese Vancouver and Miss Chinese International, Linda Chung was offered the opportunity to pursue an acting career at TVB in Hong Kong. Having gone through years of fame in the entertainment industry, she is now a wife and mother of two adorable kids. With her family as her first priority, Linda surprised her fans earlier with the news of her return to the music scene. A couple of months later, Linda finally released her latest single “Mommy I Love You So” which depicts her unconditional love for her daughter. Prior to her promotional trip to Hong Kong, Linda especially spared time to visit Fairchild TV to chat with Leisure Talk and What’s On on her new project. The inspiration of her song arose while she was putting her daughter to sleep and watching her go into deep slumber. Linda always aspires to song writing and it was another perfect opportunity to do so. Other than composing the song and writing the English lyrics, she also took the role as a producer to add a personal touch to the video which means a lot to the whole family. Please stay tuned for the upcoming Leisure Talk on Friday to learn more about Linda’s views on her family and recent endeavours!

Michelle Loo


Earlier this year Fairchild TV host William Ho coincidentally ran into the infamous multi-media star Michelle Loo during his vacation in Hong Kong. She promised William an interview in Leisure Talk if she ever travelled to Vancouver in the near future. Soon enough, a few months after, Michelle came to visit her relatives and fulfilled her promise with a bonus appearance in City Chat and What’s On as well to share with the Canadian audience her views towards traditional Hong Kong media industry and foodie experiences. Technological advancements are diminishing the popularity of traditional media. However, Michelle is still optimistic about the future of media as she observes that a show will have its own followers as long as it has a niche. On the other hand, Michelle values eating experience as one of her top priorities. Her upcoming food program “Own Sweet Home” will be airing on Fairchild TV on June 14th. Food lovers should definitely not miss out!

Johnny Siu


Multiple award winning playwright, actor and acting instructor Johnny Siu recently introduced his critically acclaimed work “Room” to Canadian audience. In spite of his tight schedule, Johnny was able to squeeze in a Leisure Talk interview to share his experiences in his field of expertise. At the start, he participated in a stage play competition with some drama enthusiasts only for fun. It was his high school teacher who later motivated him and sparked his interest in play-writing. Johnny grew up to be a Chinese teacher but still continued to write plays during his free time. However, as time gone by, Johnny felt very strongly his true passion for stage drama and decided to shift his teaching career from Chinese to acting. Having an extremely busy timetable prompts him to always juggle among collaborations with several acting troupes. Johnny observed that it takes time to manage different working styles. But he thoroughly enjoys the process as it is a way for him to acquire new skills and create a final product from a unique perspective.