Simon Yam 2000 News
June - December 2000
Legend: A Dream Named Desire
December 25th: At a mall in Hong Kong, the cast of Legend: A Dream Named Desire-
Simon Yam, Monica Chan and Ben Wong- spent Christmas Day promoting
their show. The event, which included audience participation games, prompted
Yam to joke "Don't worry, these games are fun. I respect them. They have
these games on television and even Heavenly Queens and Heavenly Kings play
them! So, for me, when I come to these events and the organizer has set
these games up, I just go with the flow and don't worry about it too much. You
can't cut these things down and then end up going back on a program and
doing them. So, don't criticize things too much and people will still give you
awards!" The comments seemed to be referring to Nicholas Tse's recent
controversy with TVB's Jade Solid Gold show. When asked directly, Yam
said, "I wasn't talking about anyone in particular. I was just telling people
to relax and have fun."
Legend: A Dream Named Desire is being videotaped and aired concurrently,
which has meant busy schedules for the cast, who had just finished an all
night shoot on Christmas Eve.
Simon shot photos for a new series of ads for his line of sunglasses.
December 15th: ATV held a promotional event for its 2 new serials, one of which
is Legend: A Dream Named Desire. Cast members from 'Legend' were
all there- Simon Yam, Monica Chan, Kenneth Tsang, Ben Wong, Alice Chan,
and Lee Siu Kei. The show will be going up against TVB's Healing Hands II,
so producer Wong Jing says he is more realistic about the ratings possibilities
than he was about Flaming Brothers two years ago. "If we get twelve ratings
points, I will be very happy", he said.
Other ATV stars in the above picture include Sunny Chan, Wong Shee Tong,
Wong Jing and Astrid Chan - can you spot them? Simon Yam is seated next
to Ben Wong, 2nd from right in the middle row.
Legend: A Dream Named Desire, ATV's new drama which follows the lives of
former beauty pageant contestants, will debut this week. Produced by Wong
Jing, the series stars Simon Yam Tat Wah, Ben Wong Chi Yin, Kenneth Tsang
Kong, Monica Chan Fat Yung, Loletta Lee Lai-Chun and Alice Chan Wai.
The script was inspired by real life pageant winners Michelle Reis, Ada Choi
and Pauline Chan.
Richie Ren Gets a Makeover
December 14th: Taiwanese singer Richie Ren (Yam Yin Chai) wanted to update his
boy next door image, so he asked Simon Yam and Qi Qi to design a new look
for him. Richie was interviewed about the new duds, which were said to
be derivative of Japanese star Taky Kimura:
"Ha! Ha! I knew you were going to say that. Actually, this image is quite
normal. It's really trendy overseas. It is absolutely not sexually suggestive.
The fiery colours represent my musical fire. I'm just trying out new looks. I
feel that an singer needs to change from time to time- this change has a real
fashion feel; it's really manly and cool. The look that I like the most is the one
where I wear a skirt and wear leather. It was the first time I wore a skirt. It
was fun. I'll only wear it once or twice though because it's very troublesome.
The clothes weren't expensive at all, Qi Qi borrowed them from others for me.
I wasn't going to be wearing these things all the time so I didn't want to
waste money on it."
On the reaction in Taiwan: "My Taiwanese fans like this new look. Colorful
covers are popular in Taiwan right now."
Simon's wife, model Qi Qi, was in the deserts of Xinjiang Province in
China to shoot a hair care product commercial.
December 5th: Simon attended pal Nat Chan's 51st birthday party at the Central
District Hotel. Also at the bash were Alan Tam and Eric Tsang (of course),
Miu Kiu Wai and wife Chik Mei-Chun, Teddy Chan, Hacken Lee, Philip Chan
and Chinastar president Charles Heung. His friends bought Nat a huge
TV, though he told reporters what he'd really like is "world peace".
Any Baby Yams in the Future?
December 3rd: Simon was busy promoting hard liquor at an event for Martell,
when he was asked why he nevers photographs his wife. "She's so beautiful,
I wouldn't even know which angle I would take her picture from."
Will he and Qi Qi be having children soon? "I think it's best that you ask Qi Qi.
I won't answer. Actually, there's no rush. We are still young!"
December 2nd: An unrecognizable Meg Lam Kin-Ming and Simon Yam
in the ATV studios make up room. OK, knock it off, guys.
Dec. 1st: Simon shot a Martell commercial on location at Victoria Peak, HK.
September 6th: Simon Yam and Raymond Wong Ho Yin (from Expect the Unexpected)
in costume for Johnnie To's PTU (Police Tactical Unit).
Image: Oriental Daily
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