SALLY YEH – GRACEFUL LIFE WITH AN UNCHANGING HEART
(MING PAO SPECIAL REPORT) A women at her 50th year, who had gone through half a century of life, who had won TVB Jade Solid Gold “The Most Popular Female Singer” award for 4 consecutive years – Sally Yeh, after not having concerts for 7 years, would finally come back to the Hong Kong Coliseum stage, to welcome her 51st birthday with all friends. She can still sing all her classic golden songs; she still has what it takes to dance the hot dances like a 20-year old… sometimes songs reflect the deepest philosophies of life; she’d sung “Seew Sah Gsoe Ee Hway” for more than tens of thousands of times, and today Sally finally realized, actually this is her theme song of life.
I believe every one must have listened to this song, “Seew Sah Gsoe EE Hway” for countless times since the 80s. For Sally, since the number of her age starts with the digit 5, she started feeling that every day is so precious, every day is for us to appreciate and cherish to no end. She finally started to truly understand the meaning behind this song, which in turn makes her more determined to “walk through her life gracefully” for once and all.
SING IN THE HONG KONG COLISUM TO WELCOME HER 51TH BIRTHDAY
To have more experiences and memories in her life, last year, Sally started planning to have a concert on her 51th Birthday (September 30) so she can have an unforgettable birthday, celebrating together with her audience and fans. But since the Hong Kong Coliseum would be occupied on that day for the National Day Celebration Show, she had to move her shows to September 22nd – 24th, that’s when she would be having her “Intimately Yours Sally Yeh 2012 Concert”, for 3 nights in a row, happily welcoming her 51st birthday with her fans, good friends, and audience.
BONES STILL FLEXIBLE TO DANCE HOT DANCES
She cherishes this opportunity to have concerts again in the Hong Kong Coliseum even more. To make sure she would be in the best condition when she goes onto the stage, she gives her all even in her exercises. She said, “When people are at this age, lots of things are no longer in our control anymore. Psychological and physiological changes both started in their own rhythms. Probably because I’d been doing lots of exercises, my arms and muscles are still quite firm, but the quality of my sleep is worse than before. I’m prepared to challenge myself this time, for example, we would be dancing at the same level of intensity as before, I would even dance Latin, and I want to get this message across, which is, even at this age, it’s not necessarily that the bones would become stiff.”
TENS OF THOUSANDS TO SING THOSE CLASSIC SONGS TOGETHER
Sally didn’t plan to invite any special guests to her shows; she said “Every night my audience would be my special guests. I would convert the Hong Kong Coliseum into a huge Karaoke venue, and we can all sing together. Initially my produced suggested that I can sing some of today’s new hit songs, but when I think more about it, I feel I wouldn’t even have enough time to sing all my own classic songs, and I guess the audience come to a SALLY YEH concert to hear SALLY YEH’s songs, so this concert would surely be a SALLY YEH’s concert; I hope my audience would have a happy night at my show, come happily and leave happily too.”
UPSET BECAUSE OF DIVORCE RUMORS
Actually you should feel proud that there’s always rumors about you being chased by others, doesn’t that mean you are still so charming and looked-after now?
She laughed and said, “Those are not true! In the past I wouldn’t care about these rumors, but once when I was in the hairdresser getting my hair done, I saw on the cover of a gossip magazine that they were saying Lam was crying in the backstage of his show because I couldn’t even wait until his shows finish to demand him to sign divorce papers, which made him walk into his makeup room to cry. The fact is, that night, Jackie Chen, Paula Tsui, Alan Tan, they all came; everyone was waiting for Lam to cognates him, and we all went to the celebration dinner happily together. How can the reporter fabricate a story like that on the cover I don’t understand! So angry, and we talked with our lawyer to see how we can sue them, the lawyer told us it would take time to queue, and even if we sue, it wouldn’t really help much. Sigh! I was actually quite upset upon hearing these untrue rumors; these have affected Lam in negative ways too. But, I couldn’t stop them from writing these kinds of things anyways, so I can only let it go and not care too much about it.
DOES LAM ASK IF THE RUMORS WERE TRUE?
“He asked slightly, I told him “I went to play badminton that day. I don’t need to stop playing badminton or stop seeing my ball friends just because of those rumors right? I have to continue playing ball yah!” Lam would just knowingly nod his head, and he didn’t ask again. I guess it’s because he knows the kind of person his wife is. I always ask him to come see me playing badminton; I’d like to have him cheer for me on the court. Usually if he saw that I was winning, he would leave after a short while; if he saw that I was losing, he would sit till the end of the game, cheering for me.” When her husband was there, she always played so well.
IT TAKES TRUST TO SHIELD THE RAIN AND STORM
Sally and Lam just celebrated their 16th anniversary on July 17th, but it’d been 30 years since they got to know each other, fell in love, and got married. There had been many rumors about their marriage in recent years, Sally said: “Lam is such a good man. He had to be so determined, strong, and trusting, to shield all the rain and storm coming our way.”
Knowing and being together with a person for more than 30 years, Sally describes Lam as her “Best Friend”. She said, “Even though we don’t have the same hobbies, but whenever I have any difficulties or I’m upset about anything, he would always be there for me. He can accept me and all my moods, and he’s always willing to listen when I want to talk. He’s always the No.1 listener of mine. Even though we may be busy with our own things, but as long as I need, he would always show up the soonest he can, which makes me feel very safe and secure.” Finding such a partner in life, who would still need to look for someone else? Even those she’d given up the entire forest, but this Lam would always be there for her, which is enough for her to happily rest and stay.
Now the number of her age starts with the digit 5, Sally feels every day is so precious that she has to cherish it to no end. She truly understands the meaning behind the song “Seew Sah Gsoe EE Hway” now.
Sally describes Lam as her “Best Friend”, and her best listener too.
GETTING ALONG WELL WITH STEPCHILDREN
There had been rumors saying that Sally wasn’t that close to Lam’s children Alex and April, but as the children grew up, they grew closer to Sally too. Sally said, “Lam’s children are really good kids. They used to live abroad, like those typical kids from abroad, we’d never imaged one day they would be willing to come back to Hong Kong to work and live. When they were still going to school, every summer Lam would look forward to their coming back to visit us, but for 2 of those years they refused to come back, Lam was very disappointed, and he would make sure to find time to visit them in the States. At that time I told him, “Don’t worry, one day they will understand.”, trying to make him feel better. A few years ago, Alex said they would come back to Hong Kong to work, and they also said they wanted to live in my house. We felt happy and surprised at the same time. Finally they understood our hearts and were willing to come back. We were so happy, but how to make sure we would get along?” Sally decided she wouldn’t spoil her stepchildren. She would demand them to make their beds after they woke up, not waiting for the maid to do it for them. She laughed and said, “I was training them to be more independent, even though it didn’t really work, but they were quite good kids. They moved out later, but Alex would still call me always, I would just ask him directly, ‘Is there anything I can help you with?’ and he’d say, ‘No ah, I just want to say Hi, and see how you are doing lately.’ So sweet.” Sally told Alex not to consider getting married until 40 years old, because he would have half a life time to be together with his spouse, but now it’s the best time to work on the career and career wouldn’t wait for him; it’s better not to waste the opportunities at career because of love.”
TAKING GOOD CARE OF HER PARENTS
Sally is well-known for her being extremely good to her parents. A few years ago her dad, who’s 84 years old now, got very sick; her mom was hit by a car while walking across a street. Sally flew back to Canada to keep her parents company. In that 1.5 years, every day she would drive to take her dad to see the doctor, and then go buy meals and deliver them to her parents. After her dad recovered, she rented an apartment for them on the street right across her own house so it’s easier for her to take care of them. Worried that it isn’t safe for the elders to walk across the street themselves, every day the maid would walk together with them to Sally’s house. Wherever she or Lam has concerts, she would bring her parents with her too, hoping that they get to spend more time together. She said: “It’s inevitable that we all get old. As children we can only try to spend more time with our parents. I feel as we are getting older, we have to shoulder more responsibilities too.”
Years ago, Lam, Sally, Lam’s mother and Lam’s two children were enjoying time happily together. Now the children have grown into adults
AS CLOSE AS SISTERS WITH BEST FRIEND LOLETTA CHU
We all know Sally’s best friend is Loletta Chu. Sally describes Loletta as “A good sister who’s On Call all the time. When things happen and my husband didn’t want to listen to me talking about it, this good sister would always give me time and be my listener. No matter what happens, she’s always the first one I would think of. We never need to worry that we would bother each other.”
Sally (Right) and Loletta Chu (Left) are close friends like sisters ; they would play badminton or go to events together.