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When Xu Bin was still living in China, his parents gave him a head start in his education by enrolling him in school two years earlier than his peers. But when he turned 11 and entered middle school, his mum decided that it was time for change.

“My grades were bad so my mother was thinking for my future and hoped that I could continue my studies in a better environment,” said the 32-year-old actor on how he ended up moving to Singapore in this week’s episode of Quan Yifeng's talk show Hear U Out.

“She told me that we would be visiting my aunt who lives in Singapore, so we left China on May 20, 2001 at 8.20pm.”

It was the first time that Xu Bin had ever been on plane and the bird’s eye view of Singapore from the window made him very excited.

“When we got to my aunt’s place, they told me to get ready and go to bed because I had to go to school the next day," recalled Xu Bin. "I felt like I was on the verge of collapsing [when I heard that but] my mum talked to me after that. She told me that it was for my own good (…) I don’t know why. It could be because I was mesmerised by how beautiful Singapore was and told myself that it was definitely a great place so I decided to give it a try.”

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