The star began his post by recalling how he left his hometown of Yuli, Hualien at the age of 13. While he was in junior college, he took on numerous part-time jobs in restaurants, beer houses, various factories, bookstores, and arcades before joining showbiz.
“I wasn’t popular in the film industry… I was so poor that I had to eat instant noodles to survive,” he wrote. “When I entered the television industry, I wasn’t popular either. I finally joined Sanlih [E-Television], but my first two dramas weren’t popular.”
It wasn’t until 2001’s Taiwan Ah Cheng that things began to look up for Zhaorong, but he said that it was only after 98 episodes that he started getting the public’s attention.
“I was already 32 years old when I finally realised that those who work hard will definitely have a chance to succeed,” he mused. “21 years have passed since then, and I’ve made fewer friends and gotten even lonelier.”Zhaorong then shared his thoughts on haters and their nasty remarks, saying that he feels “indifferent” towards them now.
He added that he’s gotten over those he helped that ended up turning against him, rumours that he’s a “spoiled boss”, and people who talk about him behind his back.
“Don’t think you know me from what others say about me!” he said. “‘Cos you don’t know how hard I’ve worked for my life.”
According to Zhaorong, he is at work from 8am to 11pm every day and doesn’t have any holidays. He also sets aside 20 per cent of his salary to donate to charity, which he’s been doing for the past 20 years.
“So far, I’ve done nothing in my life that I’m ashamed of, and neither is there anyone I’ve let down,” he continued. “To my friends who are slowly becoming strangers that I’ve neglected to contact, please understand, I’m still working hard to live a wonderful life.”