Saturday, December 3, 2011

This charming life, 星洲之夜 xīng zhōu zhī yè, A Song To Remember

Today, Saturday, December 3, 2011, Style, T1 - 3
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Source Website: http://www.todayonline.com/Style/EDC111203-0000020/This-charming-life
By Zhang Weifang, zhangweifang@mediacorp.com.sg, 04:45 AM Dec 03, 2011



PHOTO: Revisiting the classics. 星洲之夜 xīng zhōu zhī yè, Eelyn kok, 郭惠雯 guō huì wén, goes back in time for some 1930s glamour.
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Actress Eelyn Kok channels old-world glamour for her latest role

IN AN age where the spians are normally primped for a modern-day role in the typical local household or stepping into the shoes of a criminal investigator in the police department, Eelyn Kok's role in A Song To Remember - Song Qiao Er - stands out.

After all, Kok plays the leading songstress in a dance troupe set in Singapore in the '30s, donning shimmering cheongsams and boasting a slew of sparkling jewels and gems in order to flaunt her status and seduce the big wigs to sustain her lifestyle.


PHOTO: Eelyn kok, 郭惠雯 guō huì wén, the leading songstress in a dance troupe set in Singapore in the '30s.
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Throughout the four-month period of filming, Kok was decked out in a cheongsam almost daily. And while she said she liked the look, it's not something that you'll see her wear on "normal days". "It took me right back to the '30s and it helped me portray the character better. I think I might wear cheongsams during Chinese New Year but on normal days, it feels a bit tough to wear," said Kok.

But there's more to wearing a cheongsam than slipping into one. "When you wear a cheongsam, you have to do something to your hair, you have to pile on lots of accessories ... to make the look more complete," explained the 33-year-old actress. "If it's just a cheongsam, it's pretty dull because I once wore a short, modern-day cheongsam for Chinese New Year and I just felt that it didn't look that good without your hair done."



PHOTO: Eelyn kok, 郭惠雯 guō huì wén, might wear cheongsams during Chinese New Year.
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A Song To Remember marks Kok's third period drama serial (she was previously in Little Nyonya and Together). It's also a film to remember for Kok, who said she is "very happy with the outcome".

"It's quite a challenge to play someone in the '30s," she added.

After wrapping up the 30-parter, the affable actress has also felt the need to dress "more femininely". "While I was filming for this role, it made me feel rather feminine. The feeling is still there after we've wrapped the show.

Perhaps it's because of this role, I (still) feel the need to dress more (womanly)."


A Song To Remember marks Kok's third period drama serial (she was previously in Little Nyonya and Together).
PHOTO: A Song To Remember marks Kok's third period drama serial (she was previously in Little Nyonya and Together). It's also a film to remember for Kok, who said she is "very happy with the outcome".
Dress (S$149), Granny’s Day Out; fascinator (S$75), Dustbunny Vintage; necklace (S$65), Dustbunny intage; Pearl bracelet (S$30), Dustbunny Vintage; ring (S$39), Granny’s Day Out; bag (S$109), Dustbunny Vintage.
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So, will she ever emulate the styling of old-world glamour in A Song To Remember?

"Of course I would try but it's really not easy, I think. (Laughs) You have to pick the right pieces so that once you wear it, people won't go: 'Oh that makes you look very mature'. You have to see how to mix and match."


Eelyn kok, 郭惠雯 guō huì wén, the affable actress has also felt the need to dress
PHOTO: Eelyn kok, 郭惠雯 guō huì wén, the affable actress has also felt the need to dress "more femininely". "While I was filming for this role, it made me feel rather feminine. The feeling is still there after we've wrapped the show. Perhaps it's because of this role, I (still) feel the need to dress more (womanly)."
Cheongsam (S$1,880), Lai Chan; fascinator (S$65), Dustbunny Vintage; earrings (price unavailable), Prada; pearl bracelet (S$30), Dustbunny Vintage; pumps (S$1,070), Prada.
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Tell us more about your sense of style.
It's more comfortable and a bit girlish but I'm trying to become more feminine. Essentially, I always wear jeans and pants because it's more comfortable and you don't have to worry about exposing yourself. (Laughs) I'm trying to change to a different style which is more lady-like.

How has it evolved over the years?
I think for the most part of my years here, it has been the same. (Laughs) It's only recently that I tried to change a little because I got a bit bored of my own jeans-and-top style.



PHOTO: Flower Power. Beautiful songstress Eelyn Kok, 郭惠雯 guō huì wén, embraces the floral print look with a pastel colored qi pao and a simple necklace. One word - Elegant.
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What are some of your favourite colours?
Red, green, pink, black and white.

You had to wear a cheongsam almost daily for A Song To Remember. Was it tough getting used to it?
It wasn't tough at all, actually. But while we were filming, it was really, really hot. We had this set in old Tan Tock Seng hospital: it's old and dilapidated. Lots of dust there (and) we didn't have much fresh air or wind.



PHOTO: Joanne Peh, 白薇秀 bái wēi xiù, with a face like that can never look ugly! Wished she would try something more adventurous instead of sticking to such a basic and plain qi pao! Heed the advice and will look gorgeous in no time!
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What item in your wardrobe do you wear to death?
Can you see that this pair of jeans is well worn? (Laughs) I have a few pair of jeans mainly because they are easy to match. But then as I said, I'm pretty tired of wearing jeans all the time so I'm trying to look for other stuff.

What was your last purchase?
A white round-neck flare out top and a knitted blouse (I purchased online) a few days ago.



PHOTO: Julie’s transformation from an “ugly duckling” to a “swan”…Prefer the fresh faced Julie Tan, 陈欣淇 chén xīn qí, or the glammed up version?
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Julie Tan, 陈欣淇  chén xīn qí, the glammed up version.
PHOTO: Julie Tan, 陈欣淇 chén xīn qí, the glammed up version.
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And your priciest?
To date, a black Miu Miu bag I got in Singapore a few months ago. I went for a more classic look so that it will last for quite some time. It's quite a big one actually. I've got this thing for big bags.

Who are some fashion icons you admire?
Alexa Chung. I like her dress sense.

Do you shop a lot locally?
I used to shop in Singapore but a few years back, I started shopping in Taiwan. Later, someone introduced online shopping to me. (Laughs) Recently, I bought something from Victoria's Secret. It's not lingerie but more of the daily wear. Another place (I shop at) is Gmarket; for more casual stuff.



PHOTO: Julie Tan, 陈欣淇 chén xīn qí. At only 17 and already the prospective next generation of seven princesses.
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People have long said that Singaporeans dress too casually. What would you say to that?
When I was strolling along Orchard Road, I would feel that way too. But, because I came from NUS' Arts And Social Sciences (faculty), my opinion would differ a bit because the people in the arts faculty will normally dress up. So, I would think that Singaporeans can still dress up. Today, if you take a walk along Orchard, there are more people taking the effort to dress up.



PHOTO: A taste of old Shanghai for A Song To Remember!
Immersing herself into character, Eelyn Kok introduced herself as "Song Qiao Er" in a sophisticated demure manner and said, "Everyone in the song and dance troupe calls me 'jie' (older sister in Mandarin), that's because all of them rely on me to make a living."
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Now that filming has wrapped up, what are you currently up to these days?
I am doing rehearsals for a play - called Restore - in December. I've three rehearsals every Monday, Wednesday and Friday night and because the play is rather heavy and intense, I get very emotionally tired sometimes. After the play, I'm going for a short getaway to Bali. I really need to relax.
By Zhang Weifang, zhangweifang@mediacorp.com.sg, 04:45 AM Dec 03, 2011



PHOTO: A taste of old Shanghai for A Song To Remember!
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Catch A Song To Remember every Monday to Friday at 9pm on MediaCorp TV Ch 8.



PHOTO: The qi paos worn by Eelyn were made-to-measure for a perfect body fit. To maintain her body figure, Eelyn plans to cut down on "cheesecake and chocolate", her two favourite snacks.
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PHOTO: As a songstress who is adept in song and dance in the drama, Eelyn admitted that she's "not well-versed in dancing".
"Because my knees are a little problematic, I haven't been doing any stretching exercise such as yoga. There might be limitations but I'm looking forward to the dance classes. I hope that I'll be able to do a good job."
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  • Photography: Jason Ho
  • Illustration: Dawn Aik
  • Styling: Zhang Weifang
  • Hair: Desmond Yong, Passion Salon
  • Make-up: Zennie Casann (HP: 9139 0422)
  • Accessories: Stylist's own unless otherwise mentioned.


Joey Fung, 冯瑾瑜 féng jǐn yú, gamely took up the challenge to play the role of the lead songstress at the booth singing and swaying to the songs of the 40s.
PHOTO: Presenting a song to remember, 星洲之夜 Xīng zhōu zhī yè, at mediacorp festival.
Joey Fung, 冯瑾瑜 féng jǐn yú, gamely took up the challenge to play the role of the lead songstress at the booth singing and swaying to the songs of the 40s.
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向云蔡琦慧《大世界》性感争艳. 她沉溺于烟酒,等着旧情人回来。
PHOTO: 向云蔡琦慧《大世界》性感争艳. 她沉溺于烟酒,等着旧情人回来。
Xiàng Yún in "Big World" blooming sexy, she indulged in alcohol and tobacco, waiting for the old lover back.
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Xiang Yun flaunts her good figure in her latest movie. The MediaCorp actress felt 'stressed' over her costumes in the movie.
PHOTO: Xiang Yun flaunts her good figure in her latest movie. The MediaCorp actress felt “stressed” over her costumes in the movie.
"Actually, I don't like dressing like this. I'm afraid I'd accidentally reveal myself, so it's very difficult to be in character. It's best if [the clothes] are a little more comfortable," Xiang Yun said.
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向云蔡琦慧《大世界》性感争艳. 向云的样子绝对不输年轻美眉哦。
PHOTO: 向云蔡琦慧《大世界》性感争艳. 向云的样子绝对不输年轻美眉哦。
Xiàng Yún in "Big World" both attractive and sexy, definitely as good as the younger ones.
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PHOTO: Julie Tan, 陈欣淇 chén xīn qí
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PHOTO: Eelyn kok, 郭惠雯 guō huì wén
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PHOTO: Xiao Man (小曼) – played by Shi Xin Hui (石欣卉, shí xīn huì)
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PHOTO: She Sao (蛇嫂) – played by Cynthia Koh (许美珍, xǔ měi zhēn)
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PHOTO: Song Qiao Er (宋巧儿) – acted by Eelyn Kok (郭蕙雯, guō huì wén)
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PHOTO: The star-studded cast include Qi Yu Wu, Joanne Peh, Evelyn Kok, Chen Han Wei, Desmond Tan, Julie Tan, Cynthia Koh, May Phua, Pan Ling Ling, Alan Tern, Priscelia Chan, Wang Yu Qing and Jin Yin Ji.
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Revisiting the classics. 星洲之夜 xīng zhōu zhī yè, Eelyn kok, 郭惠雯 guō huì wén, goes back in time for some 1930s glamour.
PHOTO: Revisiting the classics. 星洲之夜 xīng zhōu zhī yè, Eelyn kok, 郭惠雯 guō huì wén, goes back in time for some 1930s glamour.
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Eelyn kok, 郭惠雯 guō huì wén, the leading songstress in a dance troupe set in Singapore in the '30s
PHOTO: Eelyn kok, 郭惠雯 guō huì wén, the leading songstress in a dance troupe set in Singapore in the '30s.
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