Psst! Here’s how local celebs spend their ang pow money

Spend it on a PlayStation. Lose $100 in five minutes. Or save it up — all $30,000 of it

JULIE TAN, 23
JULIE TAN, 23
16 Feb 2016

JULIE TAN, 23

“I’ve always saved all of my ang pow money since I was little and have saved about $30,000 so far. It’s tradition that I pass all my ang pow money to my mum. I still do that ’cos I don’t really need the money, so I might as well put it in the bank to earn interest. The most I’ve received in a year is about $5,000. I get ang pows from my relatives in Singapore and Malaysia. Some are from my godparents and my dad’s friends, who normally give big ang pows. Two years ago, I used $700 from my ang pow money to gamble and I won $2,200. My relatives weren’t unhappy about it — after they lost their money to me, they won it back from my mum!”

ROMEO TAN, 30
ROMEO TAN, 30
16 Feb 2016

ROMEO TAN, 30

“I got about $450 last year. I get ang pows from the married celebs, such as [Zheng] Geping da-ge and [Hong] Huifang-jie, Xiang Yun-jie and Aileen Tan. If I’m lucky enough to resume work during the Chinese New Year period and happen to be acting with married celebs, I might get a few more ang pows. Last year, I gave half of my ‘earnings’ to my mum. I’m sure my parents need it more than I do since they have to give out so many ang pows! I spent the other half on meals with my friends and family, the most expensive being a crab feast that came up to $400. I’m thinking of buying a good massage chair for my family this year. I usually play Blackjack during Chinese New Year and bet a maximum of $6. But I have lousy gambler’s luck. Once, I lost $102 in less than five minutes playing In Between.”

SHANE POW, 25
SHANE POW, 25
16 Feb 2016

SHANE POW, 25

“Last year, I got $350 in ang pows. It doesn’t last me beyond a month ’cos I use it to buy really random things like a PlayStation 2. I play Blackjack and In Between just for fun. The most I’ve lost is about $100. The best part about taking part in Chinese New Year shows is that at the stroke of midnight, married celebs start giving out ang pows! Maybe I’ll spend the money on my next air ticket.”  

SONIA CHEW, 24
SONIA CHEW, 24
16 Feb 2016

SONIA CHEW, 24

“My relatives are usually quite generous, so I got around $2,000 to $3,000 last year. I try to save as much as possible. It’ll go towards my ‘car fund’, since Mediacorp is moving to the Buona Vista and I stay in the extreme East side of Singapore. I had really good beginner’s luck at Blackjack last year and won $150. I don’t know many married celebs, but I’m expecting ang pows from [newly-wedded 987FM DJ] Gerald Koh this year. (Laughs)” 

DARRYL YONG, 30
DARRYL YONG, 30
16 Feb 2016

DARRYL YONG, 30

“I get about $200 every year. Generally, I use that money for gambling with my relatives during Chinese New Year. But I’ll limit myself to losing only half of my ang pow money so I can save the rest for a rainy day. That said, I’m planning to save all my ang pow money this year. After I turned 30, I started to feel a greater need to save up more so that I can buy my own place. The ang pow money will not make a big difference but it’s something, at least. On the first day of Chinese New Year, I empty out my piggy bank — yes, I have a piggy bank — and deposit all that money into my bank. Then I put some money into my piggy bank again. A good friend, who’s a fortune-teller, told me that it’ll help to boost my wealth luck.”

CHERYL WEE, 28
CHERYL WEE, 28
16 Feb 2016

CHERYL WEE, 28

“I get about $1,500 to $2,000 each year. I save part of it and spend the rest on food. Five years ago, on my dad’s birthday, I used my ang pow money to treat my parents to an omakase dinner that cost $250 per person. My mum was so worried the whole night. She kept telling me that money isn’t easy to come by and that I shouldn’t waste it on them. I felt really bad ’cos I wanted her to enjoy but was very touched by her selflessness at the same time.” 

JAYLEY WOO, 24
JAYLEY WOO, 24
16 Feb 2016

JAYLEY WOO, 24

“I usually save my ang pow money so that I can buy a car or house in the future, but one year I immediately spent $600 on an iPad. I hardly buy big ticket items. I also give a $500 ang pow to each of my parents.”

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