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Housewives' Holiday

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Housewives' Holiday
Created byCynthia Chong 张湄纭
Freddy Leow 廖明利
Directed by林明哲
StarringHong Huifang
Ann Kok
Xiang Yun
Rayson Tan
Yao Wenlong
Brandon Wong
Opening themePause (休止符) by 刘慧祺
Country of originSingapore
Original languageChinese
No. of episodes20
ProducerLin Mingzhe 林明哲
Running timeapprox. 45 minutes per episode
Original networkMediaCorp Channel 8
Original release4 March (2009-03-04) –
31 March 2009 (2009-03-31)
Preceded byThe Dream Catchers
Followed byTable of Glory

Housewives' Holiday (simplified Chinese: 煮妇的假期) is a Singaporean Chinese drama, which was telecasted on Singapore's free-to-air channel, MediaCorp Channel 8. It stars Hong Huifang , Ann Kok , Xiang Yun , Rayson Tan , Yao Wenlong & Brandon Wong as the casts of the series. This drama serial consists of 20 episodes, and was screened on every weekday night at 9:00 pm. The series is repeated at 7am on Mediacorp Channel 8 on weekends


Three housewives became friends when they worked together to nab a thief that stole bras from the neighbourhood. They discover that while they are each different in character and they have thing in common: an unhappy home life.

Chen Simei, 42, is very thrifty and looks out for discounts and opportunities. Alice, 40, is the modern and trendy one, who enjoys making herself look good. Zhong Aiqin, 39, is a natural worrier. Alice looks down on the others and pretends she’s a rich madame. Simei, in a bid to stand up to Alice, lies that her husband is a rich businessman.

Each has a different set of problems – a philandering husband, interfering in-laws and marriages that have lost their romance.

All things come to a head when Alice discovers her husband has a mistress. Aiqin, too is shocked when her suspicions about her husband is confirmed. Simei is devastated when she finds that her husband has resumed his gambling habit again.

The three women, who had been fighting secretly amongst one another, realise they are all in the same boat. All their sacrifices for their families had come to a nought. It was time for them to live for themselves.

They decide to go for a long holiday and set off without saying goodbye to their families. Their disappearances cause chaos in their families.

What will the outcomes be after they returned from their long holiday? Will things turns for the better, or worst?


Chen Simei's Family

Cast Character Description Episodes Appeared
Hong Huifang
Chen Simei 陈思美
  • 42 year old
  • Wife of Chen Weibin
  • Mother of Chen Meili
  • Best friend of Alice Zeng and Zhong Aiqin
  • Very thrifty
  • Part Time Maid at Alice's house and a karang guni
  • Likes to take advantage from others
  • Pick up people's unwanted items from her block
  • Stays in a 3-room flat
Brandon Wong
Chen Weibin 陈伟斌
  • Husband of Chen Simei
  • Used to be a famous actor called Li Quan from MediaCorp
  • Now a taxi driver
  • Loves to gamble
Hu Yixiang
Huang Xiaoling 黄小玲
  • Mother of Chen Simei
  • Mother-in-law of Chen Weibin
  • Friends of Liu Lianhua and Pan Xiuhui
Cai Yiting
Chen Meili 陈美莉
  • Chen Weibin & Chen Simei 's daughter
  • Huang Xiaoling 's granddaughter
  • Dorothy's Best Friend
  • Studying in Silin Primary School
1 - 20

Alice's Family

Cast Character Description Episodes Appeared
Ann Kok
Alice Zeng 曾慧贤
  • 40 year old
  • Wife of Zhang Jiasheng
  • Mother of two
  • Best friend of Chen Simei and Zhong Aiqin
  • Modern housewife who loves dolling herself up
  • Materialistic and loves to show off
  • Disliked Chen Simei when first met
  • Stays in a 5-room flat
Yao Wenlong
Zhang Jiasheng 张家盛
  • Husband of Alice Zeng
  • Works as an engineer
  • He is a filial son who would always ask Alice to give in to his mother
  • Had an affair with a China lady called Luo Na
Wang Xiuyun
Liu Lianhua 刘莲花
  • Mother of Zhang Jiashang
  • Mother-in-law of Alice Zeng
  • Friends with Huang Xiaoling and Pan Xiuhui
Lu Jiale 卢家乐 Deleon Zhang
  • Zhang Jiasheng & Alice Zeng Son
  • Dorothy Eldest Brother
  • Liu Lianhua 's Grandson
1 - 20
Lei Renning 梁任宁 Dorothy Zhang
  • Zhang Jiasheng & Alice Zeng Daughter
  • Deleon's younger Sister
  • Liu Lianhua 's Granddaughter
  • Chen Meili's friend
  • Studying in Silin Primary School
1 - 20

Zhong Aiqin's Family

Cast Character Description Episodes Appeared
Xiang Yun
Zhong Aiqin 钟爱琴
  • 39 year old
  • Wife of Brian He
  • Mother of two
  • Best friend of Chen Simei and Alice Zeng
  • A very cowardly housewife who often worries for nothing
  • Her worries came true when she realised her husband is having an affair
  • Stays in a 4-room flat
Rayson Tan
Brian He 何龙威
  • Husband of Zhong Aiqin
  • A salesman who sells massage chairs
  • Boss of a pub with Wendy
  • Stays together with his parents so that he can live off his parents' savings
  • Realised his marriage life is extremely bland
  • He later had an extra-marital affair with Wendy
Liang Tian
He Wende 何文德
  • Father of Brian He
  • Father-in-law of Zhong Aiqin
Ou Meixin
Pan Xiuhui 潘秀慧
  • Mother of Brian He
  • Mother-in-law of Zhong Aiqin
Liu Yu 刘羽 He Xiaoqiang何俊强
  • Bryan He and Zhong Aiqin's Son
  • He Wende and Pan Xiuhui Grandson
  • He Tingting's older Brother
  • Studying in Yiming Primary School
  • Stole his classmates handphone
  • Stole Aiqin's money
1 - 20
Zhuo Enqi 卓恩齐 He Tingting 何婷婷
  • Junqiang's younger Sister
  • Bryan He and Zhong Aiqin's Daughter
  • He Wende and Pan Xiuhui Granddaughter
  • Studying in Kindergarten
1 - 20

Other cast

Cast Character Description Episodes Appeared
Joey Swee

Major Main Villain as the series progresses

  • Lady boss of a pub
  • Melvin's Ex Lover
  • Third-party relationship with Bryan He
3 - 20
Lin Jiaqi 林家庆 Raymond
  • Bryan He 's Colleague
Ye Hongqiang 叶宏强 Sam
  • Bryan He 's Colleague
Hu Minghui 胡明輝 Billy
  • Bryan He 's Colleague
Chen Ruiming 陈瑞民 阿成
  • Chen Weibin's Friend
1 - 11
CKay Lim
Zhang Jiaming 张家铭
  • Zhang Jiasheng's Younger Brother
  • Huang Xiaoling's youngest Son
Zheng Weiling 郑玮玲 Female Passenger
  • Weibin's passenger
  • Being mistaken as Weibin's mistress
  • Con - Artist
Jiang Rongjie 蒋荣杰 Daniel
  • Bowling Coach
  • Aiqin's Friend
  • Put up a show in the pub to piss Brian He off
19 & 20
Huang Rongxiang 黄荣祥 Melvin

Supporting Villain

  • Wendy's Ex Lover
12, 14, 15


The reception for the series was excellent, garnering peak points of 23.4%. This serial is the highest rated drama series for 2009.

The three lead actresses of the show - Ann Kok, Hong Huifang and Xiang Yun have gained much audience applause for their wonderful performance. Ann Kok was deemed by the viewing audience as putting up the best performance and having the most breakthrough. (Source(s): NEW Paper, Shin Min, Wan Bao)

Awards & Nominations

Star Awards 2010

Housewives' Holiday garnered 4 nominations in the Star Awards 2010 but only won the Highest Rated Drama Series award. The other dramas nominated for Best Drama Series Reunion Dinner, Daddy at Home, Together and Perfect Cut 2.

Category Award Recipients (if any) Result
Star Awards 2010 Show 2 红星大奖2010 下半场 Best Actor 最佳男主角 Brandon Wong
Best Actress 最佳女主角 Ann Kok
Hong Huifang
Best Drama Serial 最佳电视剧 N/A Nominated
Top Rated Drama Series 最高收视率电视剧 N/A Won

See also

External links

  • Official website
  • Ann Kok - From sex siren to auntie, The New Paper, 27 Feb 2009 [1]
  • Exclusive Preview of 'Housewives’ Holiday' Video 新剧‘煮妇的假期’出炉抢先看, Paul Chan[2]
This page was last edited on 21 February 2021, at 02:27
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