Late last month, local actor-host Fauzie Laily visited Sabah with his wife for a short getaway.
It was his treat to her before she started her new job as a principal at a pre-school.
Days after their return last week, a 6.0-magnitude earthquake struck Mount Kinabalu in Sabah on Friday morning.
Six pupils and a teacher from Tanjong Katong Primary School and a Singaporean adventure guide lost their lives in the disaster.
Another pupil and a teacher are still missing.
Twenty-nine pupils and eight teachers from the school were in Sabah for a leadership camp.
The devastating news affected Fauzie and his wife Nurul Huda Abdul Khalid, both 30, emotionally.
"My wife found a photo of a restaurant in Mount Kinabalu that we had lunch at and it was destroyed. It's crazy to see something like that," Fauzie told The New Paper yesterday on the set of his new 199-episode Channel 5 drama Tanglin. While the couple were relieved to have escaped, their hearts went out to the victims and their families.
"...we cannot imagine how traumatic it must be for the families to go home and see empty rooms that were once occupied by their children. It's very sad," he said.
It was much harder on his wife.
"She kept reading online updates every day and crying. I had to stop her because it really affected her," added Fauzie.
Since his return from Sabah, Fauzie has been busy filming Tanglin, in which he plays a loving but henpecked husband to a ditzy wife (played by Suria actress-host Syirah Jusni).
Tanglin centres on the lives and relationships between four multiracial families - the Tongs, the Bhaskars, the Rahmans and the Lims - who are residents in a neighbourhood located at the Holland Village, Tanglin and Commonwealth area. It premieres on June 30 at 8pm and will then air every weeknight at 8.30pm.
The drama also stars Masturah Ahmad, Elfaeza Ul Haq, Wee Soon Hui, Nat Ho, Constance Song, Adam Chen, Mathialagan and more.
Fauzie, who tied the knot in 2013, can relate to his onscreen alter ego.
"Getting married is all rosy and glamorous, but it's the part after marriage that is most important. You adopt a new life and learn to care for the feelings of new family members," he said.
Fauzie also has to get used to the baby questions not only off-camera but on the show as well, after his character gets married.
"The questions are coming left, right and centre. It is something I'm going through in real life as well," he said.
To answer the million-dollar question, he said with a laugh: "We're going for it.
"If it happens, it happens. Some things you just can't plan."
This article was first published on June 10, 2015.
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