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BUS ADS FOR TARCY SU'S 50TH BIRTHDAY: Taiwanese singer Tarcy Su turned 50 yesterday and her fans gave her a big surprise by placing advertisements on 10 buses to mark her birthday. Her fans told Taiwanese media they were originally planning to send h
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BUS ADS FOR TARCY SU'S 50TH BIRTHDAY: Taiwanese singer Tarcy Su turned 50 yesterday and her fans gave her a big surprise by placing advertisements on 10 buses to mark her birthday.

Her fans told Taiwanese media they were originally planning to send handwritten cards to their idol.

However, as this year also marked Su's 30th year in show business, they decided to make a bigger splash to celebrate.

Thirty fans came up with the money to place bus ads for a month from Oct 15 to Nov 14. The price tag was said to be about NT$100,000 (S$4,800).

The ads were for bus service 299, which appeared in the music video for Su's song Rose Of Taipei.

The singer thanked her fans in a Facebook post. She wrote in Chinese: "This is probably a special celebration for a special number? This is a priceless and touching gesture, although I questioned in my heart the need to spend so much money.

"I mentioned last year that a birthday celebration is not meant to boast how great I am in this world, but to remind myself to be happy during our busy lives.

"I hope you can remember to be happy. Let's clean the beach together if the zeal remains next year."

Su was very popular in the 1990s and is famous for songs such as Lemon Tree, Duck and Fool. In March, she released Every Side Of Me, her first album in 13 years.

She married businessman Jimmy Sun in 2014 and they have a five-year-old son.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 28, 2020, with the headline 'On social media'. Print Edition | Subscribe