The veteran entertainer encouraged his 22-year-old son to further his studies instead of becoming a singer like himself.
Cantopop legend Alan Tam (譚詠麟) was married to wife Sally Yeung (楊潔薇) for many years, but the two did not have any children. His lover Wendy Chu (朱詠婷) later bore him his only son, creating a public uproar at that time due to his infidelity. Now 22, his son Howard Tam (譚曉風) has since graduated with a masters’ degree from University of Oxford last year and now works at esteemed Canadian tech company Axiom Zen, with a bright future ahead.
Always an Outstanding Student
Other than his esteemed position in the Hong Kong entertainment industry, Alan’s proudest achievement is having an outstanding son like Howard. He has excelled in numerous areas despite a low-profile life with his mother Wendy. When he was five, he emerged second runner-up at a nationwide children’s drawing competition. When he was just eleven, he attained level 6 in piano examinations and also plays guitar and drums. Equally athletically-inclined, Howard also dabbled in sports such as basketball, soccer and canoeing.
In 2010, Alan sent Howard to England for further studies. He did not disappoint his father, winning a scholarship to enter the prestigious University of Oxford with an impressive score of 12 As in his GCSE examinations.
In a rare occasion, Alan publicly praised Wendy for bringing up Howard well, saying, “His Mom has taught him very well! But I also want him to understand that happiness is not given, so I brought him to poorer countries since he was young. I don’t give him too much pressure. Although I want to be a stringent dad, but it’s really not possible. I have beaten him only once when he was two,” recalls Alan.
Spent Millions on Relatives’ Expenses at Graduation Ceremony
The generous Alan had willingly paid for the travel expenses of many relatives, such as Wendy’s family and friends as well as his good friends Deborah Lee (狄波拉), Kong Yiu Sing (江耀城), Chow Man Hei (周文曦) and others, so they can all come and share in the joy of his only child’s graduation in England.
Although photos posted by Alan were mostly of his son’s back, it was clear that Howard was a head taller than his father with a fit, six-feet tall physique. Hugging him excitedly, it was obvious that his son is Alan’s source of pride and joy. Howard, in his LinkedIn profile photo, also looks the spitting image of Alan in his younger days.
Following his internship at Axiom Zen as a software engineer, he successfully secured a full-time engineer position at the prestigious company. The company’s clients include NASA and Microsoft.
Anxious About Son’s Romantic Life
As Alan was often away from home and busy with work, Wendy, a university graduate, was Howard’s primary caretaker. Since he was young, she had supervised his homework personally. An insider revealed, “Wendy is knowledgeable and patient. She had spent much effort and time on Howard; but he didn’t need much coercion on his studies. Alan and Wendy have also remained down-to-earth and have always told their son that hard work is needed if he wants to be rewarded.
“Although Alan did not care much about Howard’s studies in the past, he became more concerned as Howard grew up since many in the industry are interested to sign (his son) on, seeing that he is rather talented in singing. However, Alan told him that it’s hard to make a living as a singer nowadays and advised him not to think about it and to study for a master’s degree while he is young.”
While Alan said he is not concerned about Howard’s love life, he secretly told Wendy to keep a close watch on their son. Alan also bought a big apartment in the Oxford district for the pair, as Wendy flies over five to six times a year. Keen to find out more about the women Howard goes out with, Alan is secretly resistant to his son dating Caucasian girls. A traditional man at heart, it is said that Alan prefers his daughter-in-law to be Chinese.
Source: Yahoo HK
This article is written by JoyceK for JayneStars.com.