Many Hong Kongers have been taking preventative measures to reduce risk of coronavirus infection. The outbreak has started a trend of stockpiling supplies, resulting in a shortage of supplies such as toilet paper at the local supermarkets. Many Hong Kong celebrities are also choosing to stay indoors and, when attending events, are seen keeping their face masks on. However, Rebecca Zhu (朱晨麗) was not afraid of traveling to Suzhou as she wanted to say her final goodbye to her grandmother on her deathbed.
First Visit – Lunar New Year
When contacted regarding this sensitive and difficult time for traveling, Rebecca responded, “Thank you for the concern. There’s no need to worry about me, because I have been in Suzhou for the entire Lunar New Year. I did not go out. I will take the necessary precautions to protect myself and others. I can use this opportunity to spend more time with my family at home. Companionship is the world’s most precious gift! I wish everyone a Happy New Year, happiness, and good health!”
Rebecca further stressed that she plans to stay at home once she returns to Hong Kong in order to protect herself and others from any potential risk.
While many may wish for happiness or fortune, Rebecca’s wish for the New Year is simple – her grandmother’s health. In an earlier interview, Rebecca had stated, “I hope my grandmother can be healthy and good-spirited. No matter how busy I am, I hope to find time to visit her. My mother often comes to Hong Kong, and my father would come occasionally as well. This year, I told them not to come, so that they can just spend more time with my grandma, because she is really the person who needs to be taken care of.
“Earlier, I only had two days off, but I still went back to hopefully see my grandmother more. As a younger generation, we must cherish the moments to see and visit the elderly who are in the phase of counting down their days. I was raised by my grandma, so we are very close.”
Rebecca’s closeness with her grandmother is not only heard through words, but is also shown through her actions. She recounted, “Perhaps her bodily functions were causing her nails to become thick and hard, but they are also very fragile. I have never even helped my mother cut her nails before. However, when I went back this time, I helped my grandmother clip her toenails. It made my back really sore and I couldn’t straighten my back for a while. But all of that doesn’t matter, because I cherish these moments.”
Second Visit – Grandmother’s Funeral
Despite the mounting number of those infected, Rebecca made a second trip to Suzhou recently to attend her grandmother’s funeral. She posted a black-and-white photo on social media and captioned, “The angels have come to take you away. I will try to get used to this and be strong. In the next life, let us be a family again! I believe we will see each other again in heaven. Wait for me!”
On whether she has brought her rumored boyfriend, Matthew Ho (何廣沛), home to introduce him to her family, Rebecca said, “I am rather traditional. I feel that I would only bring someone home to meet my family when we are at the stage of marriage. I am very familiar with [Matthew], and we have gotten closer after collaborating in The Dripping Sauce <大醬園>. However, my relationship with him can only best be described as ‘closer than friends, but not yet considered lovers.’”
Source: Sing Tao
This article is written by Huynh for JayneStars.com.