Chasing Star

Sandy Yu


Known as the idea master in the television industry, Sandy Yu was screenwriter of many hit TV variety shows like Enjoy Yourself Tonight and Jade Solid Gold during flourishing era at TVB. In 2012, she returned to the TVB family and took on the role of Controller (Non-Drama) Production Division and in two years’ time, was promoted to Assistant General Manager of Non-Drama Production. Sandy is now devoted into new media, trying to create novel concepts to generate new markets. A few years ago, TVB collaborated with Fairchild TV and successfully scouted some potential new talents from Project Boyz Power. This year, Sandy revisited the place as one of the judges of Sunshine Nation. Leisure Talk took the opportunity to find out the objective of the whole trip and the challenges in establishing new media. Two years ago TVB started to produce Young and Restless, now becoming an audience’s favourite. In order to further expand the program format, Sandy flew all the way to Vancouver to recruit young individuals to participate in the Vancouver version. She hoped to find some good gems from Sunshine Nation and the FTV family of program hosts. Sandy always believes that young people raised in Vancouver carry a unique charm and innocence. On the other hand, Sandy gave her best efforts in modernizing TVB’s image by releasing Big Big Channel in 2017, followed by the introduction of Big Big Shop last year. What kind of road blocks did Sandy and her dream team run into during this reformation and how did they face these hurdles? Please stay tuned to September 4th’s Leisure Talk!

Jinny Ng


Through a lucky encounter, 18 year old Jinny Ng was scouted by an agency and underwent two years of private training in preparation for her singing career launch. To build up her popularity, Jinny frequently released new works at the start. In 2014, her moment to shine finally came when she was assigned to sing the theme song “Love is not Easy” of the drama Line Walker’s, which eventually became a big hit. First time setting her foot in Vancouver as special guest performer for Sunshine Nation, Jinny guested on Leisure Talk, What’s On, and City Chat to unfold 10 years of her music journey. Since she entered the entertainment business at a very young age, Jinny expressed that she felt very lost at the beginning. She then gave herself a deadline: if she couldn’t make a living in 3 years time, she would leave music behind her. Thankfully, her 2014 song “Love is not Easy” garnered overwhelming feedback, instantly raising her fame. With work being in favour with her, Jinny’s love life is also going smoothly. She got married with the love of her life 2 years ago and has now taken the role as a mother. Throughout the entire interview, Jinny shared a lot of her daughter’s precious moments with smiles of content on her face, making everyone around her super envious!

Alycia Chan


A frequent participant in TVB’s variety shows and dramas is the bright and beautiful Alycia Chan. Raised in Vancouver, Alycia debuted in the entertainment field as a finalist of Miss Chinese Vancouver Pageant 8 years ago. The following year, she was recruited as an overseas contestant from Vancouver at the Miss Hong Kong Pageant and subsequently left a lasting impression to senior executives at TVB during the competition. Her outstanding performance earned her a contract with the entertainment giant and an upcoming bright future. Back to back jobs left her with little time to rest. Whilst enjoying her long overdue vacation in Vancouver, Alycia stopped by Leisure Talk to chat about her recent endeavours in Hong Kong. Her first step back into the recording studio triggered a lot of precious pageant memories. The intense training mentally and physically prepared Alycia for all the television dramas and hosting jobs that she was to handle along the way. The most memorable moment so far was an interview with Chris Hemsworth, the mighty Thor. As a super fan herself, Alycia revealed that the interview process was especially nerve-racking yet exciting. In the past few years, Alycia has developed a new found love for exercising. Other than hitting the gym every day, she even took the initiative to practice as a certified personal trainer. It is her goal to spread the importance of working out and keeping a healthy figure.

Alice Fung


Nourished in a performing family, Alice’s constant exposure quickly raised her interest in acting. She debuted as a child actor in the 1950s. Even though Alice has already been in the film and television industry for almost 70 years now, her dedication and aspiration for acting did not fade. It has been 25 years since her last visit to Vancouver. This time around, she stopped by “Leisure Talk” to chat and reminisce on her a half century in the acting industry. In the younger audience’s perspective, Alice is known as the mother-in-law in dramas. On the other hand, older generations identify her as the eldest princess from the “Seven Princesses”. The image of them celebrating their bonding moment was still extremely fresh in Alice’s mind. They all wore pure white dresses and held hands in front of the camera to commemorate their most precious memory. Alice feels lucky that fate brought all 7 of them together as sisters. Other than exquisite acting skills, she is also gifted with an exceptional voice. With her love for singing, Alice has performed in multiple Cantonese operas in the past couple years with overwhelmingly positive feedback from her fans.

Crystal Li


The prominent stage presence and quick-wittedness of Miss Chinese Vancouver 2005 Crystal Li earned her the popularity as a much sought-after MC for product launches, gala dinners and business functions in Taiwan. Recently, Crystal returned to Vancouver for the summer with her sons. Meanwhile, we seized the opportunity to sit down with her to learn more about her journey in the Taiwan entertainment industry. Crystal reminisced the school days in Canada and how auditioning for Miss Chinese Vancouver Pageant in 2005 changed her life. It was the decision that rerouted her career path from a research assistant to the astounding achievements that she has accomplished today. Crystal originally took on modelling in Taiwan. The competitiveness in the entertainment industry pushed her to strive and fight harder. Her determination and versatility was soon recognized, ultimately led to her to the road of success. While known to be an iron lady, Crystal is now also a loving mother of two angelic boys. To find out more about how Crystal balances work with family life, please stay tuned to Leisure Talk and City Chat.

Jim Yan


Media personality Jim Yan is well-known for his profound humour and ability to create an entertaining ambience in his programs. Behind this funny character is a very family-oriented man who regularly spends quality time with his loved ones. Jim recently travelled to Vancouver for leisure and seized the opportunity to visit “Leisure Talk” host, also former Commercial Radio Hong Kong DJ Mary Lo, to talk about his journey in the entertainment industry and his concert earlier this year. As a radio fanatic since an early age, he really wanted to make a career out of his passion but lacked the confidence to become a DJ. Thankfully, Jim eventually sent in an application for Commercial Radio Hong Kong’s DJ recruitment with much courage. With a dedication surpassing fellow students, he successfully secured his dream job at CRHK. Being in the industry for more than 20 years now, he is dearly loved by his fans. His 17 year partnership with the hilarious Donald as “I Love You Boyz” has resulted in huge popularity, many musical releases, and even a concert at the Hong Kong Coliseum. Jim laughingly expressed that he was in tears when this dream came true and more happy tears dropped during their concert when fans presented them with cards of gratitude.

Chris Ho and Ahong Chan


Vancouver’s spectacular scenery has attracted Chris Ho, the base guitarist of the band Yellow!, to come visit again. Together with another band member Ahong Chan, he guested on “Leisure Talk” this time to chat about the single that they released last year and their upcoming music projects. They revealed that last year was one full of “first times” for the band. Ahong and Wilson collaboratively composed and wrote lyrics for the single. They all travelled to Thailand to shoot their music video and the entire band had on screen cameos which created a series of hilarious memories. As the years flew by, the band once known as Wildchild were no longer children. With age comes maturity, their performing styles have shifted from youthful to a more adventurous approach. Even though they are currently travelling, Ahong mentioned that they took advantage of this opportunity abroad to record new songs and shoot footage for 2 music videos coming out soon. Their die-hard fans are super excited to look forward to Yellow!’s new creations.

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.