“Long live the Queen!” we are chanting along with Zoe Tay’s royal subjects aka her colleagues and the rest of her Mediacorp family. We have all gathered at Japanese gastropub Enbu at Suntec City to celebrate Zoe’s 50th birthday (she turns fabulous fifty on Jan 10). The big bash also commemorates Ah Jie’s 30th year in showbiz. The stars who show up to the intimate shindig come armed with blooms and balloons, champagne and designer eyewear. Oh, and more blooms. “There are enough flowers here tonight for you to set up your own floral shop,” jokes guest-turned-emcee Bryan Wong to Zoe. The most IG-worthy of them all? A massive bouquet made up of 150 (!) green, pink and red roses that was presented to Zoe by Mediacorp CEO Tham Loke Kheng. There’s a meaning behind those flowers: The three different colours signify each decade that Zoe has been in showbiz, and also, the past, present and future.
“This feels like when I had just given birth to my first son!” an exhilarated Ah Jie says at the sight of the many cameras flashing in her face — a reference to the media scrum at the press conference after her first pregnancy. “I’m really very happy ’cos I never thought of doing such a big celebration for my 50th. Today is a rare occasion that everyone can gather together, so I really treasure it a lot.”
Scroll through the photo gallery (above) to see pictures of Zoe Tay's 50th birthday celebration.
PHOTOS: WILSON PANG