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Vivian going to Yunnan to experience firsthand how the poor live
As the "Oxfam China Development Fund" ambassador, Vivian Chow will be going on a trip to Yunnan Province, China, to make a goodwill visit to the local impoverished villagers in the mountain area. This will be her first visit to the mainland to assist the poor. Yesterday, she arrived early in the morning at the Hong Kong airport. Vivian said the trip will last for 4 days, and she will be visiting 2 villages to understand the poverty situation of the villagers. She only brought one piece of luggage with her for the trip. She said that the most important thing to bring was a flashlight. Previously during her visits to other places, the water quality in the area was not clean, and she had to bring her own food and water. But this time, the hotel that she's staying at is rather tidy, so she won't need to bring food and water. Reporters asked if her boyfriend, Joe Ngai Jan, will be going with her on one of the goodwill visits. She said, "I hope there's a chance for us to go together, but we have to leave one person at home to take care of our beloved cats, so it would be difficult for us. If both of us are away from home, then I would be worried that nobody is taking care of our cats."
Vivian was asked if she was worried about breaking down in tears during her visit. She said, "I could feel moved to tears, but I wouldn't shed tears out of pity. Even though the people living in the impoverished areas are very poor, they feel rich in their hearts, and they face life in a positive and optimistic way. As an ambassador, I have to show an optimistic and posivite attitude to help them carry out the mission of helping the people help themselves and to rely on their own efforts, so that's why I wouldn't shed tears out of sympathy for them."
|Cha Siu Yan and Jerry Lam Hiu Fung talked about the first show for Vivian's "Back for Love Concert" series.|
Vivian having her concert and congratulating her father-in-law for his
Vivian Chow came back to showbiz for charity and was having her first "Back for Love Concert" last night (5/25). She will be having 3 shows and will be giving her concert earnings of more than HK$1,000,000 (US$128,370) to the 'HK Non-Profit making Veterinary Clinic.' She's bursting with kindness! Vivian's boyfriend and his whole family came to her concert to show their support. While Vivian was on stage, she even led the entire audience to sing "Happy Birthday" to Ngai Hong (Joe's father) to congratulate him for his 71st birthday. Besides Vivian giving him a hug and a kiss, her words "Happy Birthday to Dad" really made her father-in-law melt and feel very happy. It was a touching scene.
Yesterday (5/25) at 5:30pm, Vivian and the concert organizers held a prayer ceremony and cut the roasted pig outside of the Hong Kong Coliseum. Vivian sincerely offered the incense sticks to pray for a smooth performance. She looked very relaxed and frequently waved to her fans, and also showed her 'V' sign to the media while posing for pictures. Although she hasn't performed on stage for many years, she openly said that she wasn't feeling nervous and said that she was still rehearsing the night before until 11:00pm. Earlier, there were rumors that her concert would be the last time that she would be singing. The reporters asked her if she would be making this announcement during her concert, but she said, "I don't have anything to announce!"
Yesterday afternoon, guest performer Leo Ku Kui Kei brought some shark fin soup and abalone backstage for his good friend Vivian. Besides Leo, other guest performers included Hacken Lee Hak Kan, Jo Kuk Jo Lam, Chris Wong Hoi Kan, and Kevin Lam Lung Suen, who sang a Mandarin duet song with Vivian before.
It's been 12 years since Vivian had performed on stage at the HK Coliseum. She was very attentive of all of the details for her concert. Besides the stage being designed in the shape of a diamond, the entire stage was also decorated in a light and graceful manner, putting into effect her natural qualities as the "Jade Girl Master."
Last night's concert was completely sold out. Vivian first appeared on stage accompanied by several dancers and performed on a catwalk. She first sang a fast song medley which included her famous song "One-sided Love" ("Ji Jok Doh Ching") , "Pretend," "Love Song Sha La La," and "Nobody is as Foolish as Me." She was wearing a crystal mini-skirt worth HK$200,000 (US$25,674). On the right side of her hairstyle, she was wearing a very precious hand-made headpiece shaped like the letter "V," which was made up of more than 10,000 red crystals and took a month to string together. The headpiece was worth HK$100,000 (US$12,837).
Vivian explained to the audience about her frame of mind ever since she entered showbiz in 1988 and said that she felt that the audience has watched her grow up, and even said that her happiness comes from everyone. She said, "I haven't seen you all for a long time. It's already been 12 years since I've stood on this stage to sing. Tonight is a really unexpected event. Thanks everyone for still remembering me and for coming tonight to see my show. I've experienced a lot of stages in life, from being a young girl until changing into who I am today." She also said that she doesn't think of herself as an artist, because ever since she left Hong Kong in 1997, she had already found her most comfortable way of living, and understood how to love others. She said her feelings now are more realistic compared to the past and said, "My world is already filled with love!"
Vivian's boyfriend and his family came to her concert to show their support. They were sitting in the first row. At around 9:00pm, Vivian made an announcement on stage saying, "Today is also a big day for another friend. It's Ngai Hong's birthday." Ngai Hong immediately stood up, as the entire audience applauded. Vivian also said, "Happy Birthday Dad. I have something to give to you." She then gave him a bundle of fresh flowers and kissed him on the cheek. Then Vivian's boyfriend, Joe Ngai Jan, stood up and gave Vivian flowers and a kiss. Vivian led the entire audience in singing 'Happy Birthday' to Ngai Hong, and she even sang the line, "Happy Birthday to Dad." When Ngai Hong revealed that he's now 71 years old, Vivian said her father-in-law is really bright.
Ever since 1991, Vivian has been dating famous writer Ngai Hong's son, Joe. Vivian and Joe have a steady relationship and have been together for 15 years. Although Joe and Vivian still haven't personally said that they're already married, Ngai Hong and his wife thought of Vivian as their daughter-in-law for a long time and love her dearly. Vivian would also intimately call Ngai Hong and his wife as Dad and Mom. Since yesterday was Ngai Hong's 71st birthday, Vivian specially arranged for Ngai Hong, his wife, and Joe to come to her concert and enjoy the show.
Guests sitting in the audience last night included Hacken Lee and his wife Emily Lo Suk Yi, who was wearing loose fitting clothes and looked like she might be pregnant. There was also Linda Wong Hing Ping and Gigi Fu Ming Hin sitting in the audience. Guests who couldn't attend Vivian's concert sent flower baskets, including Andy Lau, Leon Lai, Jacky Cheung, Sam Hui, Twins, and others. Vivian's new compilation CD was selling outside of the HK Coliseum, and the entire audience was given a shiny Vivian idol card, a Vivian bookmark, and a Vivian Octopus card plastic cover.
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