Whoa has it really been 10 years already?? 🤯🤯 I had taken full-day leave from work (some horrid admin job at EBIS) and went filming at CHIJMES. The first time I filmed there was for a 4-in-1 wedding scene for the finale of "Honor and Passion" back in May 2007, this time it was for a 2-in-1 wedding (one of them being renewal of vows) for the finale of "By My Side" (不凡的爱, the drama on AIDS awareness). I went as part of Elvinology (yes I was part of the FC back then) and we were amongst the 'guests' alongside fans of RBKD. Filming commenced from 9 am to 5.30 pm, with a 1 hr lunch break in between. The ones who were "getting married" were #chenhanwei #zoetay (10th Anniversary renewal) as well as #elvinng #ruien . Here's the twist: Hanwei's character Bufan (yes the titular role) was diagnosed with HIV and had been blinded in a freak attack early in the finale; this was the role that earned him his 3rd Best Actor Award in 2009. Rui En's role was also an AIDS carrier due to getting the disease from her late boyfriend (played by Terence Cao), and she was getting hitched to Elvin who played Hanwei's younger brother Buqun. Other cast members in attendance were #brandonwong #ongaileng #choohouren as well as Ye Shipin, Doreen Choo, Tommy Wong and a preteen girl named Vina Lim who played the daughter of Zoe and Hanwei.
We did get to take photo with both Elvin and Rui En between takes, and I also got their autographs on 8 days and i-weekly magazines. En captioned "Dear Tanat, thanks for attending my "wedding"... Again! 😁😆 Luff, Rui En" things got rather dull after 4 pm, and half the calefares were feeling very sleepy 😴😴 the poor girl Vina got so stressed from many NG scenes for her begging scenario (the director wanted her to show more expression), she broke down for real and had to be comforted by her mother who was also amongst the guest list. Heard that the director felt very remorseful afterwards for putting so much pressure.
Before we were dismissed from the chapel, I got to take photo with Brandon and also wished him Happy Birthday, having learnt days prior that he shares a bday with my dad. One last photo of Rui-Vin and then we went home. #greatsuccess 😃👍🏻👍