Moses Chan Dares to Love, Not Hate
A man’s charm can come from his appearance, talent, fame, status, and financial resources. These are elements that attract the opposite sex. Moses Chan Ho’s charm also includes his “attitude:” his work attitude, his calm attitude in life, and his loyal attitude in love. Moses was considered a “good man” and a “high quality but inexpensive real estate.” When Bernice Liu Bik Yee let go of this “hot property” last year, Moses became even more vigorous in the market.
In the past, Moses refused to openly speak about his love life. However, his blush often betrayed him and he could not hide his emotions. Unexpectedly, Moses parted with Bernice Liu last year. Bernice grieved that Moses did not acknowledge her as a girlfriend publicly and suggested that Aimee Chan Yan Mei may have been a third party. Since Moses’ has a tendency to never counter or blame, it was impossible to have him respond to the allegations.
In this interview, Moses made a rare confession of love, “Somewhere in life, there is an arrangement. If Heaven arranged for you to love this person, even if this person is bad, you will love him or her. Even if the person is very bad, you will continue to offer support.” It is difficult to assess to what degree Moses personally experienced this painful lesson.
Surrounded by Love After Breaking Up
In his early teens, Moses had a blueprint for his life. He had planned to marry and have children before the age of 30. Currently, he remained single at 40-years-old. He adapted his view and believed that Heaven would make arrangements. Moses was just waiting for the pieces to fall into place. If he encountered the right opportunity, he will advance towards it. In love, he will wait until his luck arrived.
Late last year, after Bernice and Moses broke up, Moses was moved by the love he felt in the people around him. “Everyone has times when they are not happy. However, people have to move forward and immerse in life again. I am a positive and optimistic person. At the time, I felt many people cherished and protected me, such as my friends and reporters’ concern. I regarded it as a gift from Heaven. Perhaps I was just lucky, otherwise it is difficult to explain everyone’s love towards me. ”
Acknowledged He Made Mistakes
Moses acknowledged that he made mistakes as well because he was a normal person, “Of course I will not disclose my own secrets it! Anyhow, from the time I committed mistakes to the Ah Mo today, I have been changing and trying to gain wisdom. With more past experiences, I will know how to face future challenges. There is no need to be afraid of making mistakes; it will allow you to learn the lesson and do better next time. My advantage is that I am broad-minded. When some people encounter unpleasant events, their first reaction is to counterattack. However, I will assume the viewpoint of a third position. Many things are not black or white, or simply right or wrong. ”
Appreciates Aimee Chan
After the turbulence, Moses has been romantically rumored with Aimee Chan. Since the appearance of his “new flame,” Moses became very coquettish. “I have to say thank you. Since the unhappy events, I do not know what kind of mood to face the media. I know that everyone cares about me, but I did not want to appear [too dejected needing] sympathy. I thought about how to let everyone see happy Moses. Due the timing of tabloid news, I was able to show my happiness.” Aimee was praised as sweet, pure, and a good girl. Although Moses insisted that they did not develop a relationship yet, he greatly admired her. Aimee said that Moses did not indicate that he was interested in her. Discussing his rumored girlfriend, Moses often laughed to hide his embarrassment. “Aimee never asked me whether I was interested in her. All along, only reporters asked whether I liked her or not.”
An Aries man was often very focused on his targets. In the past, Moses admitted that once he spotted his target, he would “bite and not let go.” Since his new romantic target appeared, was he in aggressive pursuit? “I am the same in all matters. Staying focused in my strength and weakness because I am a total bore. Regarding future development, it will have to depend on the situation.”
Can Never See Love Clearly
Moses thought that the public imagined him to be perfect. He also had the opportunity to make mistakes, however if he dared to commit the act, he will admit it. His actions are guided by his conscience and should not harm others. Each person has a dark side, but Moses said he has a “colorful face.” Fortunately Moses was an actor, a position which allowed him to freely express himself. An actor looked at each event with 3D vision and can see the consequences. Did Moses possess the same 3D perspective in love? Moses became emotional upon the mention of love. He said that he cannot see clearly in love and could not plan it. Somewhere in life, there will be an arrangement to love someone. Even if the person is very bad, he will support her.
Since he cannot see clearly in love, perhaps Moses can recruit his mother’s assistance. Did Moses introduce Aimee to his mother yet? Moses became suddenly alert, “You’re setting up a trap for me again! Amitabha! My mother has not met Aimee yet!”
Hoping to Become an Entertainment Brand
Moses had constantly changing images onscreen. Appearing handsome and affectionate to please his female fans was not difficult. However, he liked comedy. TVB series, Yes Sir, Sorry Sir <點解阿Sir係阿Sir> allowed him to play freely. He designed his offensive hairstyle, a mushroom cut to match his teacher character, causing the audience to laugh.
“When watching films, I prefer comedies. I was very happy during the filming of Yes Sir, No Sir and allowed to play during work. Can’t Buy Me Love <公主駕到> was my first exploratory stage into comedy. With the experience, my portrayal was more accurate this time and I improved. It’s not easy to act in comedies. It requires you to have a twisted madness inside in order to express the [humorous] ideas.”
Handling Comic and Handsome Roles Equally Well
Abandoning his image in comedy roles, Moses no longer appeared handsome. “I will not attempt to look handsome in a comedy. The character portrayal should come before the image. If the role required to look handsome, I can become handsome and cool. After Yes Sir, No Sir, I still have War of the Heart <心戰>and Heaven and Earth <天與地>. My image in the these series are not comical and look more refined. I am fortunate to play varied roles. Different producers will ask me to partake in different roles. Producer Lau Ka Ho likes to cast me in comedies, Miu Siu Ching prefers to capitalize on my affectionate and romantic side, while Jonathan Chik Kei Yi asked me for varied performances with a deeper psychological approach.”
Marked Stephen Chow As His Goal
In addition to Yes Sir, Sorry Sir, Moses appeared in last year’s Eye of the Beholder <秋香怒點唐伯虎> which reminded the audience of Stephen Chow’s films Flirting Scholar <唐伯虎點秋香> and Fight Back to School <逃學威龍>. Moses said, “Only the subject matter was similar. I will not copy Stephen Chow, who has achieved god-like status. Even if I wanted to copy, I could not. I used my own creativity to portray the role. I greatly admire Stephen. In his early career, he exceling in comedy and he has demonstrated his talent and vision in later projects. He represents a very good brand. One day, my goal is to make Ah Mo become a brand. Right now, I need to increase my comic abilities.”
Since Moses’ goal was to establish himself as a brand, was it difficult to do so while working in the television industry and filming 110 episodes per year for TVB? “My onscreen performance is not simply a job. If that were the case, then it is just about doing more work. This is my business career and I hope for greater development. I am confident in my abilities and there is more space for future development. I am waiting for the right opportunity. My progress in the television industry is quite good, but I did not grow complacent. I have greater capacity and vision. I realize that this goal is not based solely on my individual effort. After all, now everything is market-led. I admire that Stephen Chow has his own team, to fit with his ideas and achieve his goals. I am advancing with this goal in mind. Right now, I work in television and continuously improve myself.”
Getting Into the Film World
Some people say that there are framework limitations in television. Moses believed that if an artist does not [work in the television industry] with wide open eyes, possess an open attitude, and willingness to learn, then he will not improve. As long as one’s thinking improves and learns from life experiences, then it will become better and better. “One day if I allow others to see my diversity, my opportunities will increase as well.”
It has been ten years since Moses acted in films. Although he wished to appear in movies, he will not partake in the projects for the sake of appearing on the big screen alone. “I am confident that I will be competitive in the film industry, but the opportunity has not come yet. I have to wait for the directors to trust me and attempt to cast me. My goal is not to only film one movie, but ten, twenty films. I am marching step-by-step towards my target. However, I only have television and coffee as the ‘chips’ on my table right now, so I will handle these areas well first.”
A Flourishing Coffee Kingdom
Moses will be able to realize his coffee kingdom soon. Many years ago, he wanted to open a coffee shop near the sea. He was able to [execute] the plans recently; it was like completing a puzzle. Opening his first coffee shop in Malaysia, Moses chose the location due to the suitable local business environment. Malaysians also liked to drink coffee. He considered opening a coffee shop in Hong Kong, however the rent was too expensive. In the future, Moses would need to travel frequently between Hong Kong and Malaysia. He needed to learn every step and detail of the preparatory stage. Renovation and painting were Moses’ strengths. Will Moses do the renovation himself? “Even if I drew the drawings, this will not make the coffee sell. I am learning how to run a business from scratch. It is necessary to monitor the quality of the coffee in the long run. No doubt my popularity will benefit my coffee business, however fame will not make the coffee taste better. The most important thing is to make a good quality product to be competitive. It takes a long time to establish a coffee brand.”
Facing Moses were two large projects: establishing himself as an entertainment brand and developing a well-liked coffee kingdom. He had other “investments” and he needed to “go house-hunting.” (The tabloids spotted Moses near Aimee Chan’s house and his explanation for his appearance was that he was house-hunting.) While he was busy, will Moses need to continue go “house-hunting?” Moses laughed, “House-hunting is an investment. I have to see whether I have time!”
A Filial Son Who Never Argues With His Mother
On the day of the interview, Moses’ mother accompanied him. Afraid that his mother was bored, Moses brought his mother along. “I am a family man and family is very important to me. If I encounter unhappy circumstances, I will not tell my mother. I do not want to bring my troubles upon the elderly. My mother has worked hard enough; she should just enjoy life now. Her sons grew up and will be able to deal with the problems. ”
It was not easy to have Moses speak about his feelings. Did Moses’ mother rush her son to get married and have children? Did she meet Aimee Chan? Moses’ mother, Mrs. Chan, had a “tighter lip” than Moses. She smiled and waved, not interfering in her son’s matters.
Moses’ mother was an easy-going mother. The interview took place at a concourse in the mall. When Moses proposed his manager to buy a drink, Mrs. Chan said to his son, “You should ask the reporter friend what he wants to drink first!” The reporter laughed upon seeing Mrs. Chan correct her son. After the interview, the reporter chatted with Mrs. Chan and found her to be very talkative. Referring to her son, Mrs. Chan said: “Ah Mo is a great son; he is very filial and will never argue with me.”
Source: Ming Pao Weekly
Jayne: I am impressed with Moses Chan’s maturity and vision. He sounds very sensible and has a good head on his shoulders. At most promotional events, he usually banters engaging with reporters, so we don’t get a frequent glimpse into his deeper side. Its obvious he’s promoting for his coffee business as much as he can in interviews, but he realizes that for the business to remain competitive in the long run, he will need more than his celebrity status.
His belief that if God arranged him to love a person, no matter how bad the person is, you will continue to support her/ him. It’s so ambiguous…is he talking about general blindness and tolerance in love, or is he referring to Bernice Liu? Given the context of her interview last week, what do you think? I sense that Moses was hurt badly in his relationship with Bernice and he seems to hint that Aimee Chan is better? Sometimes, you will say in break-up that things didn’t work out well. However, for Moses to make such a comment, he must realize that some people will interpret it in a negative way.
From the interview, Moses comes across as a man with very carefully chosen words, an expressive and well-thought man who uses language to his advantage to tell you exactly what he wants you to believe.