Dennis Chew & Sharon Au catch up in Paris, recall sharing packet of chicken rice 30 years ago

True friends.

Zhangxin Zheng | October 31, 2019, 12:26 PM

Longtime friends will almost always make you feel old when the "remember when" conversations come up.

Dennis Chew, 46, and Sharon Au, 44, have been friends for over 30 years.

Both of them entered the local showbiz around the same time and gained fame steadily, becoming on-screen faces that Singaporeans are familiar with.

Chew recently visited Au in Paris who decidedly went alone to start a new life almost two years ago.

Broke but happy days when they shared a packet of chicken rice

Au brought Chew and his friends for dinner at a restaurant overlooking the Eiffel tower recently.

According to Chew, halfway through the meal, Au suddenly looked up teary-eyed and told him,

“I’m very touched by the meal tonight. It reminds me of how I shared a packet of chicken rice with you, your mum and sister 30 years ago.”

That brought back memories and prompted Chew to write a poignant post about the friendship he shared with Au.

'Back then we were poor but very happy.

Now we are all living comfortably and do not have to worry for the three meals. But, we also realised how society has changed us. To be happy isn’t as simple as before.

The meal we had that night was so heartwarming. While the weather was chilly, our hearts were warm.'

Au also reminisced how Chew used to write songs and perform for her at the old HDB playground.

They would talk about their dreams and goals over a pack of chicken rice.

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Worried for Au living alone in Paris

Chew further added that he worried for Au after she shared that she would usually have dinner alone in Paris.

He could sense that Au is lonely and that's atypical of her so he is worried for her.

Chew wrote:

I know to some extent you feel lonely.

You are someone who seldom feels lonely and it worries me.

I worry if you are safe in Paris alone?

I worry what happens if you fall sick?

I worry who is having dinner with you tomorrow?

I know you are a talented woman but whether you can take good care of yourself has nothing to do with your talent.

Chew ended off the post by asking Au to take good care of herself and said that he would look forward to eating chicken rice with Au when she's back.

In response, Au commented that she's really touched by Chew's post and confirmed that she was really planning to have spicy ramen and a glass of red wine for dinner.

Screenshot from Dennis Chew/Instagram.

Here's a full post:

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认识30年,笑过哭过气过失望过。 但,都过去了。 现在的我们,更懂得友情的可贵。 第一晚在巴黎的那一餐是地道的法国餐。真的好吃。 你吃着吃着突然转过来告诉我, “今晚这一顿很感动让我想到30年前跟你妈妈和妹妹4人吃着一包鸡饭的情形” 你眼眶泛红。 那个时候我们都穷得很开心。如今大家生活都过得去不需为三餐烦恼但都体会到社会让我们的心复杂了。要让自己快乐确实不容易。那个晚上单纯的一餐好温馨。外头的冷天气和心里的温暖是个对比。 你不开心在巴黎和你的第一餐是我们还钱所以约好第二天晚餐再见。你就是硬要请客;那是你从小的个性,开朗豁达。第二个晚上你安排的地点让我们好感动。我们是仰望夜晚的埃菲尔铁塔吃着晚餐。风景很美,东西很好吃可是我问了这个问题让自己好难受。 “我们走了后你每天的晚餐就一个人解决吗?“ 你抬头看了我一眼,轻轻点点头。我知道在某个程度上你是寂寞的。“寂寞”是很少会发生在你身上的。我开始担心。 担心你一个人在冷飕飕的巴黎安全吗? 担心你生病了怎么办? 担心明晚谁陪你吃晚餐。 我知道你是个才女但懂不懂会不会照顾自己跟有没有才扯不上关系。 今天早上在巴黎吃着最后的早餐想着在忙碌上班的你。好好照顾自己,很快再见。海南鸡饭等着你。💜 - - - - - #欧菁仙 #SharonAu #周公周崇庆 #欧周之恋 #Paris #我的朋友都爱上欧菁仙

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Here's a translation of Chew's post:

We have laughed, cried, got angry and disappointed before in the past 30 years of knowing each other.

However, those are the past.

We’ve now learnt to cherish our friendship better.

When you stopped eating suddenly, teary-eyed and told me, “I’m very touched by the meal tonight. It reminds me of how I shared a packet of chicken rice with you, your mum and sister 30 years ago.”

Back then we were poor but very happy.

Now we are all living comfortably and do not have to worry about the three meals. But, we also realised how society has changed us. To be happy isn’t as simple as before.

The meal we had that night was so heartwarming. While the weather was chilly, our hearts were warm.

You weren’t happy that we paid for our first meal together in Paris so you asked us out the next day for dinner again and insisted on paying. That’s your personality since young, cheery and generous.

We were very touched by the dinner location you arranged, where we had our meal with the night view of the Eiffel tower. The view was gorgeous and the food was great but I asked this question that made me feel terrible, “Do you have your dinner alone every day after we left?” You looked at me and nodded your head slightly.

I know to some extent you feel lonely.

You are someone who seldom feels lonely and it worries me.

I worry if you are safe in Paris alone?

I worry what happens if you fall sick?

I worry who is having dinner with you tomorrow?

I know you are a talented woman but whether you can take good care of yourself has nothing to do with your talent.

While I eat my last breakfast in Paris, I thought of you who’s busy at work today. Take good care of yourself and see you soon. Hainanese chicken rice waiting for you.?

Top photo collage via Sharon Au and Dennis Chew/Instagram

 

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