Melissa Faith Yeo

Melissa Faith Yeo is in the news. Melissa who? Melissa her. Nope, I’m not her fan or follower. In fact, I’ve only heard about her recently. In this age of superficial things, there is often a lot more behind a pretty face than most people care to uncover. So I took a deeper look at the real Melissa Faith Yeo. I find her background and telling social media postings interesting enough to share on this page. First, a lame video.

No, she’s no standup comedian. Melissa Faith Yeo, a graduate of Ngee Ann Poly Mass Communications, was a popular blogger, model, actress. She is currently a property agent. She seemed to have first caught the public’s attention when she was voted one of FHM Singapore’s 100 Sexiest Women for 2008 and 2009. After going through her videos and social media postings, I find this woman a slightly more tolerable version of Xiaxue. This woman has more class, more style, but all reserved for only the worthy. Now 33, Miss Yeo faced four charges of insulting a public servant or public service worker under the Protection from Harassment Act. She was sentenced and fined $5,000 on 4 December2019.

I know what’s on most people’s minds now – bimbo. But being a property agent does add a layer of complexity to her character. Curious about what the real Melissa Yeo is like (and wondering if there’s more to see apart from that lame joke video), I decided to do a little research on her Facebook profile and YouTube. I’ve picked out a few interesting and hopefully “defining” posts.

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I’m really a very poor judge of how popular an actress is (or ought to be) as I don’t watch TV at all. But after venturing into the property sector, Melissa Faith Yeo seemed to have earned herself some bragging rights. She might even qualify as a socialite given that she gets invited to her clients’ weddings.

I’m perfectly OK with this sort of self promotion. After all, she’s doing sales in a crazily competitive market. You can’t afford to be modest about what you have done and what you can do.

Well, her fans might be a bit disappointed with that dress she wore on that wedding, given her highly publicised boob job in Thailand. But then, that may not be an issue since she’s now a “realtor”. She goes one step further.

Let’s go back to her offence now. So what did she do to deserve the fine? According to court documents, she allegedly made an obscene hand gesture and used vulgarities on assistant station manager Victor Chuang Shi Chang on Nov 21 last year. Now look at a post she made this year.

Like many of us, Melissa appeared to be disgusted (the Haha emoticon is from me) with the woman (she “respectfully” referred to as “aunty”) who attempted to pry open an MRT door when she realised that she was about to miss a train. This would make her look like a considerate commuter, so why did she show the middle finger and spew profanities at the MRT staff (and an “uncle” to boot)? A little more on this uncle/auntie thing in a moment.

There is only one explanation. Some people can have such a sophisticated persona on social media but they are not hesitant with vulgarity in real life – especially with people they consider “below” them.

So much for the MRT. In a second incident on April 2 this year, at about 5.40pm, Yeo allegedly used an expletive on investigation officer Isabella Lee while at the Ang Mo Kio Police Division.

A month later, Yeo was at a block of flats in Ang Mo Kio when she made a remark containing a profanity while speaking to emergency hotline police operator Domnic Sankar Dass at about 6.30pm.

I won’t go into the details of what she said on those occasions, but check this out. We’re on the bus this time (and Melissa Faith Yeo was not on it). Also posted this year, she called out on ridiculously inconsiderate commuters again. Old people privilege strikes again.

While I certainly do not support the actions of this elderly person, Melissa’s highlight of this incident seems to suggest that it’s universal thing among the old and burdensome folks. The bottom half of the post was deliberately included. I won’t advertise for the favourite makan places, but suffice to say that Melissa is definitely a big fan of fine-dining. She even appears to be a champion of single mothers’ rights in calling out a restaurant for discriminating against a single mother.

She chastised the restaurant for its “snobbery” and for being “elitist”, ironically ending the posting by giving it a label of “low-end” restaurant. So does she mean that a high end restaurant could be forgiven for doing the same? Obviously, a more appropriate tag for the restaurant would be one of “shallowness” or “bigotry”.

Melissa Faith Yeo is of course not new to all this moralising. About the same time she insulted MRT staff and the police, she also jumped on the bandwagon to #metoo Eden Ang. Does he deserve all that? I’m sure he does, but what about the girls? Was he obviously creepy? Were they completely innocent in accepting his offers? I don’t think so.

Frankly, if you were to ask me, I would say that they are all the same kettle of fish. Xiaxue is arrogant and annoying, but at least she is real. As for these folks, they make good entertainment both on and off screen. I hope she sells more houses after this.

Melissa Faith Yeo before surgery. She shared this photo on social media herself.

Natalie Siow Escapes The Gallows

16 weeks since July 2 Natalie Siow was arrested and charged with a man’s murder. As it was a capital offence, she has been kept in remand. Soon after her images went public, interest in her case soared. Some netizens even remarked: “how can chio bu be murderer?”

For a moment, it seemed as if Natalie Siow would become the next “celebrity criminal” ala Serina Wee, but make no mistake, this is no City Harvest saga. As the days went by, interest thinned out and there was hardly any mention of Natalie Siow as most folks switched channels to Hong Kong.

Then, on 18 October 2019, Natalie Siow was brought before the judge again. Her prayers were answered. She was told that her murder charge had been reduced to assault. She could be released on bail to go home to her family. Natalie Siow stole the limelight from Hong Kong for a while, but to be fair, the attention she got is nowhere near to that which Serina Wee has been showered with.

This is her Facebook profile. In brackets under her name, is the Thai word “na rak” (lovely or cute). Surprisingly, she only has 2447 followers as of 24 October 2019. What next? A book? Let’s not mock. I doubt anyone would like to go through her ordeal just for the publicity.

She may still need to go to jail minus the time she spent in remand, but I always believe in second chances. Let’s hope she chooses her friends wisely from now on.

The Real Mulan

The real Mulan is nothing like what we see in cartoons or movies. The reality in the industry is a beautiful unreality. Meet Liu Zhushan, an attractive young lady who could have easily become an “influencer” simply by posting her selfies in Weibo. But unlike most influencers who flaunt their extravagant lifestyles, Miss Liu chose to join the army.

She was posted to an armoured regiment. A pioneering batch of female tank crew. The stark difference in the before and after pictures may make some weep. Such is the reality of military training and the sacrifice that needed from the modern day Mulan.

Natalie Siow, Second Serina Wee?

6 men and 2 women have been arrested in connection with a case of murder after a man collapsed at Orchard Towers on 2 July 2019. Satheesh Noel 31, was found seriously injured. CCTV footage showed the victim being assaulted by 8 people, 7 men and one woman. Satheesh was taken to Tan Tock Seng Hospital where he later died. 8 people were later arrested in connection with his death. Originally all charged with murder, 3 of them had their murder charge withdrawn on 11 July 2019.

4 of them, Tan Sen Yang, 27, Ang Da Yuan, 26, Joel Tan Yun Sheng, 26 and Natalie Siow 22 still faced the charge of murder with common intention and possible death penalty. Loo Boon Chong, Tan Hong Sheng and Chen Jia Xing had their charge reduced to consorting with Tan Sheng Yang. They face jail and caning and are are out on bail. Interestingly, within days after news of the murder first broke, a tongue-in-cheek “Natalie Siow Fan Club” emerged on Hardware Zone.

Since no one will take this “fan club” seriously, it’s unlikely the folks who started it will taken to task for trying to influence the course of justice. Nevertheless, it reminds me of Serina Wee (who has already paid for her crime). Natalie’s looks seem to have drawn a lot of interest in the case. The thread entitled NATALIE SIOW YU ZHEN FAN CLUB had generated 173 pages of comments when I last counted.

Could this be the Serina Wee syndrome all over again? Probably not. Since Natalie is still remanded in prison and no cameras are allowed inside the courtroom, journalists will not be able to take pictures of her walking in and out of court in her latest outfits.


Asia Pacific’s Most Beautiful Faces

Can’t say much about the English, but it’s really one of its kind here. Don’t be surprised if you’ve not seen or even heard of some of these stars (neither have I). And you probably don’t agree with some of them. I think No. 100 is gorgeous.

Downgrade Your Home

And give the Lord a better home. That’s what Kong Hee tells his devotees. I wonder how many “woke up” after hearing that. But then, who am I to say they can’t do that? Interestingly, this video has more dislikes than likes. There you see, the power of the silent majority.

Serina Wee Regains Her Freedom

Some are celebrating and some are crying foul. Like it or hate it, former City Harvest Church leader and Finance Manager Serina Wee, who was sentenced to 2.5 years’ jail for her role in the largest case of misuse of charitable funds in Singapore’s history, has been released from prison.

In case if you’re wondering if there’s any hint of “favouritism” here, former finance manager Sharon Tan, 43, who was given seven months’ jail, and former finance committee member John Lam, 50, who was given 1.5 year’s jail, had been released earlier. Strangely (or perhaps not too strangely), nobody cared or paid much attention to them.

Saying that 70% of Singaporean men adore her could be a bit of an exaggeration. I think 90% of them are curious about her and follow her as they would any celebrity criminal.

The entire City Harvest trial lasted 140 days – a record for Singapore and other than the few who have been following the court proceedings and going through the details of the case, the majority were only keeping an eye on Serina Wee’s outfits.

I wouldn’t call her a “tragic hero”. Her followers know and believe that she committed a crime. They just find it a pity that such a good looking creature could end up in such a harsh situation. She was finally found guilty of 6 counts of criminal breach of trust and sentenced to 2.5 years in prison. Some men have jokingly remarked that they were willing to get locked up with her. Well, even if their fantasy had come true, she is now a free woman. The nightmare is over for her. The dream is over for dreamers.

But wouldn’t it be nice if she agrees to an interview?