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About a month ago, a friend messaged me on Facebook to let me know that his friend might contact me for a video shoot.

So I asked him what it was about, and said, “I hope it’s not some ‘ham pao’ role”.

He then replied that they were looking for someone to play the role of a young mother, someone who is in her late 20s to early 30s and most importantly, can act.

With that line, “most importantly, can act”, I had an inkling that there may be some crying needed somewhere, because only God knows how many times I’ve been dragged into playing roles that have to cry or kill themselves, just because I “can act”, or can cry on demand.

In case you don’t speak cantonese, ‘ham pao’ refers to someone who cries a lot.  And to clarify, I haven’t played roles that cry a lot, but have played many roles that cry, even if only very briefly.

But my friend said, “No. It’s not a ‘ham pao’ role.”

So I thought, okay…if the rest of the deal’s good, I’ll do it 🙂

Days passed and I got to talking with the production team about the shoot – I knew what it was roughly about, but never had the chance to read the script until after I agreed to do  it. And it turns out, it was a ‘ham pao’ role, after all! OMG.

I wasn’t going to back out just because of that, after all, it’s just acting.

However, I thought I’d just ‘confront’ my friend about it…and here’s how the conversation went.

 

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My family always called me “banana”, because they like to tease me about my Cantonese, or my lack of it. But hey, I guess I’m not as banana as they think. At least I know the difference between “ham pao” and “ham sap”! LOL

If you haven’t already seen it, you can watch it here:

https://www.facebook.com/plugins/video.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fmypanasonic%2Fvideos%2F1217395231634489%2F&show_text=0&width=560″ width=”560″ height=”315″

In reality, I do understand the importance of keeping promises, especially children! I have my niece to remind me of that all the time…haha.

Here are some pics with the cast…photos courtesy of Shawn 😉

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Shawn Loong, played my hubby…

 

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A family portrait of the cast, with the kid in a train track “prison”.

 

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Looks more like I’m the kid here.

 

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Psycho parents mode.

Had fun in the end – cast & crew were simply great 😉

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