My Weekend

Singapore actor Chew Chor Meng, who suffers from spinal and bulbar muscular atrophy, or Kennedy's disease, released a bilingual autobiography, Stages Of Life, last month.

The 47-year-old will host two sessions to discuss his book - one at Books Kinokuniya Singapore Main Store at 2pm and the other at Kinokuniya Jurong Store at 4pm - on Feb 20.

The veteran actor entered show business after winning talent competition Star Search in 1990. He believes that holding a simple and intimate gathering at home with family and friends is the best way to spend a weekend. He lives with his 41-year-old wife, his 73-year-old mother and his two daughters, aged 14 and 12, in Serangoon Gardens.

What is a typical weekend for you like?

If I'm not working or busy with my projects, I like to relax.

I usually take my daughters to tuition on Saturdays and, on Sundays, my family and I go to Hope Church and spend quality time with friends.


Actor Chew Chor Meng feels that the best way to spend a weekend is to have a simple gathering with loved ones. PHOTO: THE CELEBRITY AGENCY

Are there any eateries you like to frequent during the weekend?

We are easygoing, so we prefer going to the nearby hawker centre to buy food home. The most important thing for us is to spend time with one another.

Sometimes, I invite friends over for a potluck meal.

I prepare beancurd, which is the best and only dessert I can make.

If you could meet anyone, dead or alive, for just a weekend, who would it be and why?

Hong Kong actor Chow Yun Fat. I grew up watching his movies and I have great admiration and respect for him after seeing how humble and caring he is during interviews.

As his wife is Singaporean, I'm sure he's quite familiar with Singapore.

So, if I get to meet him, I will ask him what he would like to eat. I would be content if I could spend time with someone I admire.

Complete this sentence: My perfect weekend would be...

A delicious meal with good company and great ambience.

Phoebe Low

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 12, 2016, with the headline 'My Weekend'. Print Edition | Subscribe