Singapore citizenships are known to take a long time to be approved. And this applies to everyone, even celebrities.
On 18 December, 44-year-old Apple Hong celebrated “a special day to remember to mark [her] new identity [and] new life journey” with her over 60,000 followers on Instagram.
The “special day” being the day she officially became a Singaporean.
Apple, a Mediacorp artiste between 1999 to 2011, now features on TV and ad-hoc projects.
She was nicknamed “Malaysian Shu Qi” at the start of her career because of her slight resemblance to the Hong Kong actress.
Her cinema debut was a strong one, with her starring in Jack Neo’s 2005 film One More Chance as Mark Lee’s on-screen wife.
Apple also garnered fame from her appearances on magazine covers, print ads, and TV commercials in Malaysia and Singapore.
You may recognise her from her appearances in popular shows like Portrait of Home and The Little Nyonya.
Posting pictures and videos from the Singapore citizenship ceremony, Apple’s comment section was flooded with comments congratulating her for this momentous occasion.
The ceremony was held and organised by Tanjong Pagar GRC and Radin Mas SMC.
It had a buffet which showcased a grand statue of the merlion in the centre of local delicacies and food.
Apple received her certificate from Minister of Parliament Joan Pereira.
A Malaysia-born actress and singer, Apple had actually received her pink identity card prior to the ceremony in July of this year.
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When she received her card, she posted about it on her Instagram, writing, “It all began in 2000. With God’s intervention, I travelled from Malaysia to Singapore for work. I experienced and learned about life, made close friends, got married and built a home”.
She also wrote that she had “experienced a lot” and “finally received my pink card in 2022, taking root on this little red dot.”
And indeed, Apple has experienced a lot.
Her career, marriage, and more are all proof of her exciting times in Singapore.
So, what’s next for Apple?
Well, she dabbles in a variety of projects and boasts a wide range of talents, so it is a given that she has something lined up.
Her next venture is actually to release her next music EP in Singapore and Malaysia.
This EP will feature eight tracks of various musical genres like acoustic easy-listening, piano-pop tunes and a fusion of Chinese and Irish-styled songs.
She currently stars in Channel 8’s Healing Heroes, and is also actively livestreaming on TikTok about beauty and makeup.
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