What men REALLY want for White Day (according to male celebrities)

The gift of time, a home-cooked meal, and more things men want on the holiday where women give presents to their other halves  

What men REALLY want for White Day (according to male celebrities)
What men REALLY want for White Day (according to male celebrities)
13 Mar 2019

What men REALLY want for White Day (according to male celebrities)

It’s March 14 today, which means that White Day – a variant of Valentine’s Day celebrated in several Asian countries – is upon us. In some traditions, men give women a gift in exchange for whatever they received on Valentine’s Day; in others, women give men a gift on White Day, either as a thank you for what they received a month prior, or as a simple gesture of affection.

That being said, it’s not always easy to think of what to give your significant other - or your crush - to show him how you feel. We surveyed a few male celebrities to ask them if they’ve heard of White Day, and while most of them hadn't, they were all happy to share what they WOULD like to receive from a woman as a present – as well as how they feel about women making the first move on a guy.

So without further ado, here are 8 things to give a man on White Day, according to male celebs.

James Seah
James Seah
13 Mar 2019

James Seah

What is the most romantic/sweet thing a woman has ever done for you?
In 2016, my girlfriend (influencer Nicole Chang Min) planned a birthday trip for me to Phuket. I find that very romantic because the experiences and time that we have together are the most important. I find simple things like this romantic and meaningful.

If you could choose, what would you like to receive from your girlfriend on White Day?
Both of us would benefit from this gift - a DSLR camera. The one that we are using right now is quite old and there are a few new models that we are eyeing. Whenever we get gifts for each other, we get something that the both of us can share.

How do you feel about women making the first move?
It’s not bad. Actually Nicole was the one who made the first move. I am not the type who will make the first move, so I felt flattered and happy.

Love lesson: A camera may sound like a very practical gift, but to us, it’s a gift that keeps on giving. Not only will you be able to enjoy the present together, but you will also be creating and capturing priceless memories with it.

Photo: Instagram/@jamesseah

Jeffrey Xu
Jeffrey Xu
13 Mar 2019

Jeffrey Xu

What is the most romantic/sweet thing a woman has ever done for you?
[Last month] Felicia [Chin] surprised me at the airport when I returned from Shanghai. It was 4am and as I was going down the escalator, someone patted me on the shoulder - it was Felicia! I was so surprised, I cried! I was feeling very down because not only was I exhausted from a long day, but my flight had been delayed and my luggage was stuck in Guangzhou. Even though I was happy to see her, it also pained me because it must have been very tiring for her.

If you could choose, what would you like to receive from your girlfriend on White Day?
I’ve always wanted to go on a trip with Felicia to enjoy nature’s beauty, to see the sunrise on a mountain, or the canyons in the United States. 

How do you feel about women making the first move?
I don’t mind it but I wouldn’t recommend it because I feel ladies should be more reserved. You can go after a guy but you must have some restraint, don’t lose yourself.

Love lesson: While money may certainly help, sometimes the best gifts are free like the heart-warming act of springing a surprise on your loved one or nature’s beauty. Just be sure the other person is as into it as you are. 

Photo: Instagram/@iamfeliciachin, @jeffrey_xu

Andie Chen
Andie Chen
13 Mar 2019

Andie Chen

What is the most romantic/sweet thing a woman has ever done for you?
Made two babies for me.  

If you could choose, what would you like to receive from your wife on White Day?
I really don’t need any gifts, just having time for each other. Maybe a date or a short trip?

How do you feel about women making the first move?
I like it when women make the first move. It’s 2018, if you like what you see, make a move!

Love lesson: To give someone quality time is a truly selfless gesture, as time is the one thing you can never earn back. Plan a day (or even a weekend) around his favourite food and activities – extra points if he can tick off a few things on his bucket list.

Photo: Instagram/@katepang311, @andiechen

Ben Yeo
Ben Yeo
13 Mar 2019

Ben Yeo

What is the most romantic/sweet thing a woman has ever done for you?
Send me home because normally it’s the guys who will send ladies home after a date. As we were very near my home, my wife said there was no point making a detour to send her back first. I was very touched.

If you could choose, what would you like to receive from your wife on White Day?
I really like watches and a good watch can last for a long time and I can even pass it down to my children.

How do you feel about women making the first move?
Very good. If you like the person then why not. If you don’t like her then… (Laughs)

Love lesson: Men may act all macho but they enjoy chivalry too. Once in a while, pick your guy up from work or send him home, so he can enjoy being wooed.

Jeremy Chan
Jeremy Chan
14 Mar 2018

Jeremy Chan

What’s the most romantic thing a girl has ever done for you?
Jesseca cooked porridge for me when I was sick. That was her first time cooking it. And the taste was not bad!

If you could choose, what would you like to receive from your wife on White Day?
I already received the best present, and that’s that she married me.

How do you feel about women making the first move?
That’s very straightforward! (double thumbs up)  

Love lesson: And now we’ve arrived at the most romantic gesture of all: commitment. Nursing a guy to full health certainly gets his attention (see also: George Young and Janet Hsieh), but what gift could be better than pledging devotion till death do you part?

Zheng Ge Ping
Zheng Ge Ping
14 Mar 2018

Zheng Ge Ping

What is the most romantic/sweet thing a woman has ever done for you?
Bore me two kids, a daughter and a son (smiley emoji)  

If you could choose, what would you like to receive from your wife on White Day?
A kiss would do…or should I say cook something simple for me instead. [Ed note: How about both?]

How do you feel about women making the first move?
This is a modern and free world. Men and women are equal. Feel it, just go for it! “Cheong Ah!”

Love Lesson: As they say, the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. Preparing a meal not only shows that you’re willing to set aside the time to make him happy, but that you’re attentive: you know his favourite foods and how he likes them. You could even pack the leftovers as a fancy bento so that he can show it off to his colleagues.

Shaun Chen
Shaun Chen
13 Mar 2019

Shaun Chen

What is the most romantic/sweet thing a woman has ever done for you?
Last year, my wife arranged for my family come to Singapore to surprise me while I was at work on my birthday.

If you could choose, what would you like to receive from your wife on White Day?
A computer because the one I have is wonky.

How do you feel about women making the first move?
It is okay in this day and age but don’t go overboard.

Love lesson: If your man is super practical, get him something useful. Pay extra attention to his habits and lifestyle and buy him something that he'll use in his day-to-day life. After all, wouldn’t you rather he get something out of your gift?

Photo: Instagram/@shaunchenhongyu

Xu Bin
Xu Bin
13 Mar 2019

Xu Bin

What is the most romantic thing a woman has ever done for you?
There was one year when my wife (then girlfriend) attended the Star Awards, however she did not manage to see me accept my Top 10 Most Popular Male Artiste trophy as she had to catch a flight back to China. Later that night, I received a text message from her saying that she knew I would win an award and had prepared a present for me at home. I was really touched. It was a bracelet.

If you could choose, what would you like to receive from your wife on White Day?
The gift of time. I would love for us to spend the day together as a family. We don’t have to have anything planned. We could just stay at home and enjoy a simple meal together. What matters is that we are together.

How do you feel about women making the first move?
I am not the traditional type but I am not keen on girls making the first move – it feels like they are going to eat you up. I used to be quite a hao lian (show off) person and I would enjoy it in the past, probably even play hard to get. Those were the days when I was young and ignorant. (Laughs)

Love lesson: While couple time is important, so is family time, especially if you are often away due to work commitments and don’t get to see your kid as much. Not only will you develop a better relationship with your child, families who enjoy activities together share a stronger emotional bond.

Photo: Instagram/@xubin_

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