Vivian's Gossip Corner
|Cha Siu Yan and Jerry Lam Hiu Fung talked about Joe and Vivian opening a high-class pool hall and said that the pool hall doesn't allow smoking. Jerry and Cha Siu Yan also talked about the grand opening of the pool hall.|
Vivian hard-selling Joe's new pool hall;
Vivian said, "If fans want to see me, then they can come here."
Joe Ngai Jan and two of his friends invested together in an American pool hall. Yesterday (1/8) was the grand opening of the pool hall, and there was a ribbon cutting ceremony. Also, there was an All-Stars Invitational pool tournament, which included Vivian Chow, Leo Ku, Mark Lui, Edmund Leung, Emme Wong and others. There were two celebrities on each team for the competition. In the end, Edmund defeated Joe to be the winner of the tournament. Joe and his girlfriend Vivian had to compete against each other during the first round. Vivian highly praised Joe for having better pool skills than her and said Joe was her first pool instructor. Joe said Vivian would have a great performance when playing pool in front of a crowd, while he was the opposite, as both of them praised each other.
Joe revealed that he invested a 6 figure amount of money, and the total investment was a 7 figure amount. He currently isn't thinking about the problem of making back the money. The most important thing is to keep the place up and running and not lose money. Besides the pool hall, the place also has an American style restaurant and a bar, and it's all open to the public. He hopes his place becomes a spot where celebrities are seen at and said he's not worried that the place would become complicated (like attract bad people to the place). It seems Vivian is even happier for the opening of the pool hall. Joe said, "Vivian didn't see this place until a much later period. She was as happy as if she was opening a present. I gave her a very big surprise. We had happy times with our social interaction in Canada, and about 70% of our friends were made while playing pool, so this year I will quickly be organizing an American pool competition and everyone can make friends while playing pool. An award will be given at the end of the year."
Playing pool with Leo Ku from morning till late night
In order to increase business, Vivian made a big promise saying, "If fans want to see me, this would be a good place." The reporter asked, "Aren't you scared of being disturbed or needing to socialize with other people?" Vivian said, "I seldom socialize with others. I can play pool by myself. I seldom play pool with people I'm not familiar with. I'm a shy person. When I play pool, I'm really serious. When I was with Joe in a pool competition, the other people thought we had an argument, because we didn't say anything to each other. We would talk after the competition."
Joe defeated Vivian but was no match for Edmund Leung;
Grand opening of pool hall and All-Stars Invitational pool tournament
Joe Ngai Jan and two of his good friends had a joint venture of a 7 figure amount to open a traditional American pool hall with a bar and an American style restaurant. The name of the place is "Joe's Billiards & Bar." Opening a pool hall was Joe's dream for many years. Yesterday (1/8) was the grand opening of the pool hall, which is located in Wan Chai at the King's Hotel. Vivian Chow was the guest for the ribbon cutting ceremony. Joe invited some of his good friends to participate in "The First All-Stars Invitational" pool tournament. Participants included Vivian, Emme Wong Yi Man, Leo Ku Kui Kei, Mark Lui Chung Tak, Edmund Leung Hon Man, Wong Yuk Man, Vincent Kuk Tak Chiu, and the boss Joe. Vivian and her boyfriend Joe were the first to compete against each other and neither gave in easily. In the end, Joe defeated Vivian, but during the final match, Joe couldn't defeat Edmund, and Edmund was the champion.
Invested 6 figure amount and didn't think about making money
When Vivian saw the completed pool hall, it was like opening up a present and was better than what she expected. They had some happy times when they were living overseas, and also 70% of their friends were made when they played pool, so she wanted to cherish these memories.
Joe was asked if he thought of when he would be making money. He said he hasn't thought of making money, because this investment is a long-term investment. The most important thing is to keep the place up and running and to make American pool more popular. Joe said the pool hall won't require membership and said, "I don't mind if fans come here to see celebrities. If the celebrities come here, then they shouldn't mind being looked at by other people. It would be great if the pool hall became a place to see celebrities."
Vivian playing pool for 10 hours straight and still isn't tired
She said Joe was her first pool instructor, so Joe's pool skills are better than hers. When they're in a competition, both of them are very serious and wouldn't speak to each other, so other people would think that they had an argument. She loves to play pool so much that she could play till early morning before leaving. Vivian often meets with Leo Ku to play pool, and they could play for more than 10 hours in one day and not go to sleep. Joe's pool hall opens until 5:00AM, so now she could play even longer. She admitted that she and Joe are both night owls and are more active at night compared to the daytime. They would usually leave when the sun comes up. Vivian feels very happy to have another place where she could play.
Vivian becomes a boss without spending any money
Vivian Chow's boyfriend opened a pool hall together with 2 of his friends. The pool hall also has a restaurant and bar. During the grand opening yesterday (1/8), Joe invited some of his good friends in the entertainment circle to compete in a celebrity pool tournament, which included Vincent Kuk Tak Chiu, Leo Ku Kui Kei, Edmund Leung Hon Man, Emme Wong Yi Man and others. In the end, Edmund was the winner.
Although Vivian acted as the hostess working hard to greet the guests, when someone congratulated her as being the boss, she kept saying that she just came to give support to her boyfriend. Overall, there was a 7 figure amount of money invested in the pool hall, and her boyfriend contributed a 6 figure amount, but she didn't invest any money. Even if she goes to the pool hall to have fun, she would still need to pay.
Vivian also indicated that the pool hall was her boyfriend's dream. He designed the pool hall all by himself. The only suggestions she made for the decoration of the pool hall were for some of the cartoon paintings of cats and dogs playing pool. She also revealed that every time she and her boyfriend were in a pool competition, they would be very serious and wouldn't speak to each other, and the people beside them would misunderstand that they just had an argument.
Joe is opening a pool hall; Vivian shows up to attract customers
Actually, everyone knows Joe Ngai Jan and his girlfriend Vivian Chow love to play American pool. Recently, Joe has even become a boss, and working together with K.C. City, he will be opening a pool hall "Joe's Billiards & Bar" at the 2nd floor of the King's Hotel in Wan Chai and will be implementing an investment with entertainment.
Joe invested a 6 figure amount of money. On Wednesday (1/4) this week, he accepted an interview with this magazine. He laughed saying, "Pursuing Vivian was the first dream in my life. Opening a pool hall was my second dream." He honestly said that after the grand opening this Sunday (1/8), his girlfriend Vivian would often be at the pool hall playing pool, but he's definitely not worried about Vivian's male fans coming to the place to admire her and just to see their idol. He said, "That would be even better. Then there would be more business! Besides, Vivian plays even better when more people are watching her!"
On Wednesday (1/4) this week at 3:00 in the afternoon, Joe went to the pool hall which isn't open yet to see how everything was. Joe was exposed to American pool ever since he had studied in the USA more than 10 years ago, and at that time, he would spend at least 4 hours everyday playing pool. After returning to HK, he always wanted to open a pool hall, but unfortunately he didn't have this chance. It wasn't until half a year ago when his friend introduced him to the boss of K.C. City, and the two of them instantly clicked.
Joe said, "I like the atmosphere of having a big gathering of friends, but in HK, it's hard to find this kind of place. It was a coincidence that K.C. City had experience in teaching others how to open a snooker's pool hall, and I had no experience in this and didn't want to pay the tuition fee, so this was the best type of collaboration. They're responsible for operating the business, while I'm responsible for the abstract things, such as promoting and publicizing!"
Give his girlfriend a pleasant surprise
Joe explained, "First of all, I wanted to give her a pleasant surprise, and secondly, she's been very busy lately. She came here to the pool hall for the first time just 3 days ago. When she saw the place, she said it was better than what she expected and was more beautiful than what she imagined it would be. She said she really liked it! Afterwards, she came everyday to play pool!" The reporter indicated that Vivian would definitely attract her male fans to come and see her play pool. Joe laughed saying, "That would be even better. Then there would be more business! Besides, Vivian plays even better when more people are watching her!"
The boyfriend is working hard to promote, while the girlfriend Vivian is also working hard to coordinate with him. On Wednesday night, the reporter called Joe, and Vivian was with Joe, and she replied to the reporter saying, "I really like this sport. I can exercise and don't have to be in the sun." The reporter asked, "Are you worried that you'll be watched by your fans when you're playing pool at the pool hall?" Vivian said, "I'm not scared. We can play together!"
Celebrity pool friends
Joe cooks and Vivian washes the dishes
(abridged version of actual articles)
Sandra Ng Kwan Yu and Vincent Kuk Tak Chiu are the hosts of the HK cable entertainment cooking program and invited Joe Ngai Jan and Jo Kuk Jo Lam to be guests on their show. Joe said when his father Ngai Hong came back to HK earlier, he would accompany his father to eat everyday and gained 10 pounds, so now he has to avoid eating carbohydrates to lose weight. Joe has a 'family man' kind of feel. He said he's responsible for cooking in the house. In the past when he and Vivian Chow were living in Canada, he would cook the food while Vivian would wash the dishes, but after returning to HK, they would mostly go out to eat. During the TV program, Joe cooked a chicken dish.
Vivian scared to receive wedding invitation
Vivian Chow, who's enjoying life, has recently been appearing often in newspapers. Last Thursday (12/1), she attended a press conference for a hair care product for the premiere of her TV commercial. Although Vivian doesn't have any plans to get married right now, she still has a big reaction about marriage. When the event ended that day, a crew member handed her a red envelope, and Vivian was immediately startled. She thought it was a 'red bomb' (wedding invitation), which made the crew member very embarrassed and immediately explained that there was a Christmas card inside the envelope. Ha... who knows if Vivian is scared to attend a wedding or if she's afraid to give a wedding gift?"
Making a comeback
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