Jesseca Liu shares what's the most romantic thing her hubby has done for her

THE SINGAPORE WOMEN'S WEEKLY
Monday, Feb 19, 2018
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Born and raised in Langkawi, Jesseca is one of Mediacorp's Seven Princesses - a bevy of young actresses who rose to fame in the early 2000s, which includes Jeanette Aw, Rui En, Joanne Peh and Felicia Chin.

A former beauty queen and model, Jesseca was talent-scouted by a Mediacorp producer in 2004, who offered her a role in popular swimming drama The Champion.

The rest, as they say, is history: Jesseca went on to win Most Popular Newcomer at the 2005 Star Awards for her role in family drama Portrait Of Home, and starred in hit series like Secrets For Sale, The Oath and feature film Lost And Found, opposite Taiwanese stars Xiao Xiao Bin and James Wen.

An ambassador for Mazda and homegrown beauty brand Estetica, she also stars in this month's Channel 8 psychological drama Mind Matters, where she plays a tailor who is obsessed with cleanliness.

Here's what we learned about Jesseca's plans for her first Chinese New Year as a newlywed, why she doesn't celebrate Valentine's Day, and why she's changed her mind about having babies.

Jesseca laughed at her husband on their honeymoon after he got bird poop on his head

Fresh from her honeymoon to Europe, where she and fellow actor husband Jeremy Chan traversed Italy, Spain and Portugal, Jesseca said that a bird unexpectedly pooped on Jeremy's head, just as they were contemplating whether to enter a restaurant in Florence.

"It was so funny because a huge flock of birds flew by suddenly, and before we knew it, there were bird droppings on Jeremy's head," Jesseca recalls with a chuckle. "Of course I had to laugh before helping him clean up!"

She jokes that her husband used to be "more romantic"

It's clear that Jesseca is deeply in love - she married Jeremy in her hometown of Langkawi last July after a three-year courtship, and the couple has a rock-solid bond, though she jibes that Jeremy was "actually more romantic before we got married".

"Once, he took me on a romantic date where we had a candlelit dinner on a rooftop, and he also proposed to me near a beautiful temple in Japan, overlooking a cliff - it was so beautiful, and he presented me with a cake with a ring on top. Nowadays, I don't get that kind of treatment," she jokes.

"To be fair, we've both been busy filming since we were married, so we didn't always get to spend lots of quality time together aside from the honeymoon."

She's a successful businesswoman

Besides acting, Jesseca is also a shrewd businesswoman. She owns Bellis Spa, with three outlets in Langkawi, a cafe, and an Airbnb apartment, with her family helping to run the businesses.

Still, don't expect her to retire from showbiz anytime soon. "I think acting will always be my first love, and it suits my character because I relish the chance to try new things."

She's spending her first Lunar New Year as a newlywed with her husband's family

This Chinese New Year is Jesseca's first as a newlywed, and she is looking forward to starting new traditions with her husband's family. "I usually go back to Langkawai to spend the whole Chinese New Year season with my family, but this year, I will be with my in-laws in Singapore, then visit Langkawi on the second day. I always look forward to my mum's home-cooked dinners, where she will cook my grandmother's traditional recipes and we'll have homemade cookies as well. Sadly, my grandmother has passed on, but she lives on through her wonderful dishes."

"My wish for the Year of the Dog is for my husband and I to enjoy our married life, grow closer as a couple, and for my family to have good luck and prosperity."

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Husband and wife with their groomsmen, bridesmaids, and adorable page boys.

For the tea ceremony, they wore modern updates of the cheongsam and changsan by local designer Laichan.

Jesseca's accessories were custom-made by Helan Tan (www.gioielli.com.sg) to match her gowns.

The couple gave a speech together.

A little quiet time before the start of their festivities.

For the solemnization, the chairs were draped with lilac cotton, and had confetti paper cones tied to one side. These were filled with seashells, petals and blue flowers.

The couple asked everyone to turn off their phones, iPads, and cameras during their ceremony, so they could enjoy the experience without being distracted or blocked.

White lanterns and strings of flowers adorned the trees, while there were quirky signs throughout the venue.

Photo props and jars of old-school sweets for guests.

The reception table was decorated with framed signs and cute plastic words.

While vintage lamps, flowers, candles and seashells created an even more relaxed, resort feel to the celebration.

Their favours of fans and shell brooches came along with the day's programme.

A variety of pastel blooms and greenery added a touch of pretty to the reception area.

Upon their arrival at the resort, overseas guests were welcomed with a pretty pouch of goodies from the couple.

Guests held on to etched out photos of their cats at the wedding booth.

It wasn't love at first sight for newlywed actors Jesseca Liu and Jeremy Chan.

In fact, it was "love at two three sights (before she could see me)", joked Jeremy Chan, 36, poking fun at his shorter stature.

In separate interviews with herworldplus.com, the celebrity couple who got married on July 16, shared how they met and fell in love.

Liu, 38, revealed that she became "more interested in him" after watching a TV series that he was in, and loved the way he played his character.

"That's when I began to develop good feelings towards Jeremy," said Liu.

So what do they love about each other?

"She's a very real and genuine person," Chan shared, while Liu finds him sensitive, considerate and caring, in contrast with her more "careless" nature.

"He reads me well and can complement areas where I am lacking," said Liu.

The funnyman couldn't help but add, "lastly, I like her legs, because mine are so short, I need to find someone with longer legs."

One example of her "carelessness" was exemplified in a story Chan shared about a holiday they took overseas.

Liu had gone to the wrong hotel room door and after the access card didn't work, "knocked and forcefully tried to open it".

While it is no secret that a funny guy often gets the girl, it is evident that the Malaysian-born actress loves Chan's sense of humour.

"He cracks me up in different ways every day," Liu shared.

The interview, which took place during their pre-wedding photoshoot done in Bhutan, also delves into the most touching thing Liu did for Chan (which involved a thoughtful birthday surprise).

As a parting shot Chan told his wife-to-be: "Thanks for giving me this chance to love and cherish you. I'll bring you joy and happiness every day."

Not surprisingly, Liu also thanked Chan for "letting me spend my days in laughter and for making me so happy."

Cue the 'awwws' all around. Congratulations, you two!

Local TV artistes Jesseca Liu, 38, and Jeremy Chan, 36, tied the knot in the bride's hometown of Langkawi on Sunday (July 16).

The pair met on the set of a web drama in 2014, and dated in secret for 2 years before finally confirming their relationship last year.

In his vows, Chan said that he promised to "kiss her before going out of the house and before bedtime", and "even if I don't brush my teeth".

In her vows, Liu said: "I'll use this lifetime to learn to be a good wife. Thank you for not giving up, which has allowed me to be your wife today"

The couple reading their vows at the ceremony.

She added: "People often told you how lucky you are, but little do they know that I am the lucky one. You've made me realise how wonderful it is to be loved."

Liu also made reference to "the ugliest comments" which Chan has had to endure since news of their romance leaked.

In his vows, Chan also thanked Liu for "forgiving" their height difference. Chan is shorter than the statuesque Liu, and at 36, younger by 2 years.

She stated: "Thankfully you have a big heart, and have taken the unkind words in your stride."

According to reports, the dinner comprised of 15 tables, with mostly friends and family in attendance.

The bride wore three different outfits - 2 gowns from Galia Lahay, The Proposal, and a qipao by local designer LaiChan.

According to Zaobao, the dinner lasted for three hours, after which the couple changed into more casual clothing and took wefies with guests.

She's willing to risk her life to become a mum

Jesseca is currently filming Channel 8 drama Babies On Board, where she plays a gynecologist who ironically is struggling with infertility together with her husband, played by Tay Ping Hui. Babies On Board will air in May.

"I talked to real-life ob-gyns and IVF specialists to see what it's like to work with pregnant women and deliver babies," said Jesseca. "One thing that really struck me is how hard it is to be a mother. The doctors told me that mothers risk their lives to bring babies into this world, and sometimes, delivery is a life-or-death situation - which I never considered, because my sister had three kids and it seemed like such a natural thing."

"For a while, I thought I didn't want to have kids because I saw it as a burden. But when I see a child who is very well-behaved, it makes me think, 'Maybe it won't be so bad; I should have one too'. Because of my age, I don't think I'll wait too long to have kids - we will probably try for a baby in the next couple of years.

She doesn't really believe in Valentine's Day

Jesseca says she and Jeremy aren't in the habit commemorating V-Day. Her advice for couples? Don't complicate dates, and keep things chill. "Spend some effort giving your other half small surprises, like going on a picnic together," she says.

"Jeremy and I don't set overly-high targets for each other. Valentine's Day isn't something we celebrate, and we don't go out of our way to make a big thing out of it, because every day can be Valentine's Day when you're treating each other well. We're very open with each other, and neither of us needs much to be happy."

This article was first published on The Singapore Women's Weekly.

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