SINGAPORE - School isn't what Ah Boys To Men star Joshua Tan needs a break from. It is where he escapes to.
The 23-year-old leading man of Jack Neo's hit local movie says Melbourne, where he is pursuing a degree in journalism and communications at Monash University, is where he gets to "chill out", away from busy acting schedules and being recognised by people.
When he's back in Singapore though, it's a different matter, with casting calls to attend and fans to meet.
"I enjoy my privacy and freedom in Australia, because I'm under the spotlight here," he said.
Tan was on a trip home over the weekend to appear at traditional pastry shop Thye Moh Chan's Mid-Autumn Festival celebrations at ChinaTown Point on Saturday.
For 45 minutes, the local actor - who appears in Thye Moh Chan's new commercial - posed for pictures with fans and played a game where he and his fans tried their hand at reciting traditional Chinese poems.
Ms Law Liang Ting, a reservations and ticketing officer at Resorts World Sentosa, was one of the fans who tailed the heart-throb from start to finish at the event.
A fan of the Ah Boys cast since their first fan meet last October, the 21-year-old has gone for almost all their public appearances, as well as Ah Boys actor Wang Weiliang's getai performances.