Hanwei & Phyllis' film trip to Kukup

We bring your snapshots from shoot in Kukup, Malaysia from the upcoming TV drama starring Chen Hanwei and Phyllis Quek, both of whom were, incidentally, born in Malaysia.

Here's what you need to know besides Chen Hanwei's widely-publicized, deliberate tooth extraction for his role in the upcoming drama The Best Things in Life where he plays a sweet-natured, helpful fisherman with a missing front tooth living across the Causeway and who also happens to fancy wrestling crocodiles (don't ask). One fine day, as fate would have it, he meets his dream girl called, um, Dream (Phyllis Quek), after saving the unhappy-with-life lass from trying to kill herself. They spend a few happy days together and cheers her up, but she unexpectedly leaves to return home to Singapore. Herewith, those flashback memories captured on camera.

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Cirque du... kelong: Hanwei and Phyllis are one step closer to being tightrope walkers, or at least having the guts to scamper across the narrow, shaky, wooden planks of the kelong—with smiles plastered on their faces. Both admitted to be initially "nerve-wrecked", but thankfully "still can manage", quipped Phyllis. "Thankfully, no heels!"

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Once and again: The very first time Phyllis got love-paired with Hanwei was during her salad days when the model-turned-actress, then 23, made her TV debut way back in 1995. "Initially I thought she was just a 'pretty flower vase' (a Mandarin phrase referring to actresses with more beauty than talent), and didn't really know how to act", recalled Hanwei. "Now she's a totally different person. She's grown up, gained life experience, and able to bring that to her performance and really act it out." And now they bond over keropok. Aww.

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Light up the sky: Okay, so it's not the National Day Parade-boom boom pow, but which girl wouldn't be bowled over by a kindhearted village guy (albeit with a missing front tooth) who sets off some pretty sparklers to cheer you up?

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Can you believe she's 37?!: This is the curious case of Phyllis Quek — how a 37-year-old lass looks better and better as the years wear on. Her more than a decade-long career is also looking mighty fine, too. She starred as the aloof boss of a modeling agency in the successful drama sequel Perfect Cut 2, and we'll soon be catching her in Kelvin Tong's local thriller Kidnapped with Mr Fann Wong, aka Christopher Lee, early next year.

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Doggy and me: It sure looks like it could pass for the localized take of Marley and Me from our lens. See, even canines can't help but be drawn to chemistry between the two onscreen lovebirds. Or maybe it just wants a bite of the keropok in Hanwei's palm.

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Fan-tastic reception: Malaysian-born Phyllis was stopped repeatedly by ardent but polite fans and the gal graciously posed for pictures with them. Boy, if we earned a penny for every "Wow, Phyllis! So chio!" we hear, we'd be millionaires.

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Here fishy, fishy: Hanwei and Phyllis make a splash at their dinner before heading to the kitchen. Just kidding.

The Best Things in Life will debut Mar 2010 on Ch 8.